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However, recent days have served up plenty of news for consideration. Manchester City and Everton are now due to enjoy this season’s first Double Gameweek in round 25.
While many managers will be flocking towards City assets, it’s worth remembering that they will face a blank GW in round 27. With that in mind, the Free Hit chip may be a better course of action for GW25.
First though, there’s the small matter of GW24 to deal with. Big guns Liverpool, Manchester United, City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal all face relatively comfortable fixtures so there may be some big hauls in store.
Here are a few tips ahead of this GW.
CAPTAIN – MOHAMED SALAH | LIVERPOOL | 13.6M
Mohamed Salah was our captain pick for GW23 and he delivered with a brace in Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace. The second goal was opportunism at its finest and that’s exactly what you want from your FPL asset – breaking his neck to get the final touch on a ball that was creeping over the line anyway.
The Egyptian has now registered an incredible six double-figure hauls in just the last eight GWs. The oppositions against whom he blanked in that time? United and City.
He’s feasting against the lesser sides and Leicester are next to enter the slaughter house. The Foxes travel to Anfield having conceded 62 shots inside the box in the last six GWs. Only Cardiff City have allowed more over that period.
PAUL POGBA (8.5m) is on a remarkable run of form as well, delivering attacking returns in five of the last six GWs with three of them resulting in double-figure hauls. He shone for United in the FA Cup win over Arsenal as well and should spend more time closer to the goal at home to Burnley.
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (11.3m) has blanked in three of the last four GWs but his underlying stats are impressive. Over the last six GWs, only Marcus Rashford (18) has had more than his 17 shots inside the box. Meanwhile, his opponents Cardiff have conceded a league-high 77 shots inside the area over the same period.
EDEN HAZARD (11.0m) hasn’t been up to his usual standards and neither have Chelsea. However, he looked like his old self again during the League Cup win over Tottenham with Olivier Giroud playing through the middle. Gonzalo Higuain’s impact could bring the best out of the Belgian who boasts a fine record against Bournemouth.
TWO TO WATCH
SON HEUNG-MIN | TOTTENHAM | 8.6M
Spurs face an inviting fixture at home to Watford and with Harry Kane and Dele Alli both sidelined, they will have to turn to Son Heung-min for goals. The South Korean has returned from international duty after his country were eliminated from the Asian Cup in the UAE. With his ownership dropping to around five per cent during his absence, he represents a fine differential as well.
DIOGO JOTA | WOLVES | 6.0M
His hat-trick last in GW23 has certainly caught the eye but Diogo Jota has been on the radar for a while. He’s delivered in four of his last five starts, racking up a tally of 43 points in that time. Wolves have good fixtures coming up and the Portuguese is almost playing in a front two along with Raul Jimenez while boasting an ownership of just over two per cent.
TWO TO AVOID
DELE ALLI | TOTTENHAM | 8.9M
Many FPL managers had the good sense of drafting in Alli following Kane’s injury and he scored against Fulham. However, he also pulled his hamstring and has been ruled out until March. While it’s less than ideal to immediately drop him again, Son’s return and Spurs’ fixtures make it necessary, really.
RICARDO PEREIRA | LEICESTER | 5.3M
Ricardo Pereira hasn’t actually done as well as people seem to think lately. A goal and two assists are his attacking returns since GW eight and he’s picked up just four clean sheets over that time. Leicester have Liverpool, United and Spurs in their next three.
Kevin De Bruyne and James Tarkowski spoke to the media after Manchester City thrashed visitors Burnley 5-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Gabriel Jesus’ 23rd-minute strike was the only goal of the first half but City hit form in the second, with Bernardo Silva and De Bruyne on target, before Burnley defender Kevin Long added an own goal.
Substitute Sergio Aguero sealed the win from the penalty spot as City beat Burnley 5-0 at Etihad Stadium for the second time this season – Guardiola’s side also enjoyed a five-star performance in last October’s Premier League meeting.
City have now won their last eight games in all competition and have scored 31 goals in the seven games they have played this January, while conceding only once.
Manuel Pellegrini admitted he was ashamed of his players after West Ham’s humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of AFC Wimbledon.
The Hammers, 10th in the Premier League, were deservedly beaten 4-2 by a team lying rock bottom of League One.
They found themselves three behind a minute into the second half after goals from Kwesi Appiah and two from Scott Wagstaff.
Substitutes Lucas Perez and Felipe Anderson raised hopes of a comeback, but they were extinguished when Toby Sibbick struck the fourth two minutes from time.
Boss Pellegrini pulled no punches afterwards. He said: “Was I angry at half-time? Yes of course. I was ashamed of them.
“I didn’t expect it, the attitude, playing against a team that sits two divisions below us, but in football, you can lose in two or three balls.
“They started the way we needed to start and when you have such high pace with the quality of the players and we didn’t have the same level.”
Marko Arnautovic was left out of the squad following his recent flirtation with a move to China.
Yet 10 minutes after the final whistle West Ham announced the Austrian forward had signed a new contract, although they made no mention of the length of the extension.
Pellegrini, not at all impressed by the whole Arnautovic saga this month, refused to even discuss the announcement, angrily insisting: “I only talk about the cup.
“Ask me about the game today and I will answer. Any other question I will not answer.”
By contrast, it was a sweet evening for Dons boss Wally Downes, a fully paid-up member of the original Wimbledon ‘Crazy Gang’ from back in the day, as well as a former West Ham coach.
“It was terrific, I’m really pleased for the boys, they put in a shift, said Downes, whose side only four days earlier were beaten 3-0 at home by Fleetwood.
He added: “Of course, you don’t expect to be 3-0 up against a Premier League team.
“I said you don’t get medals at half-time in any game, it was important we approached the second half well. We proved that by getting the third goal, it was terrific.
“The first time they’ve not performed for me was Tuesday night. Having to play this game the fear factor kicked in.
“If they’d played as badly it would have been a cricket score. The attitude was spot on tonight.”
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