Following the midweek fun, there’s no time to muck around as Gameweek 24 is upon us. United were inspired by Mata’s debut and the return of RVP, whilst Aguero picked up a hamstring injury, which may keep him out until the Champions League returns.
This weekend kicks off with a Saturday lunchtime double with Newcastle taking on rivals Sunderland and West Ham entertaining Swansea. The pick of the 3pm matches include Spurs travelling to Hull, whilst United will look to build on the midweek win by facing Stoke.
On Sunday, Pepe Mel’s West Brom are up against the deadly partnership of Suarez and Sturridge in the 1.30pm fixture. At 4pm, Arsenal host Crystal Palace in a game that Wenger will demand 3 points to reclaim top spot. Their two main rivals meet in Monday night’s blockbuster that brings an end to the gameweek. With Mourinho desperate not to lose, we could see a tight defensive display from the Chelsea backline.
If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. We look into the fixtures and form to see which players are most likely to score high.
So without further ado, here is our selection for the 24th gameweek of the season:
- Wojciech SZCZESNY [CPL(H), 6.0m] – Arsenal’s backline have been incredible this season; before the game against Southampton, they had only conceded twice in the previous 8 matches. In Gameweek 24, they come up against a Palace side who have struggled in front of goal giving Szczesny an excellent chance of a clean sheet.
- Per MERTESACKER [CPL(H), 6.6m] – We’re doubling up on Arsenal as Mertesacker takes our first defensive spot. Arsenal haven’t conceded a single goal in their last 3 games at the Emirates and if they can keep an eye on Puncheon, they are likely to make it 4 from 4.
- John TERRY [MCI(A), 6.7m] – Chelsea travel to the Etihad, where the league’s most in-form defence come up against the league’s most in-form attack. The Aguero injury will be a devastating blow for this important fixture and it gives Mourinho hope of achieving what so many teams have struggled to do and that is to stop City from scoring. Known for his defensive nous, Chelsea will be set up to stifle City’s play so we should expect a closely fought contest.
- Patrice EVRA [STO(A), 6.4m] – Evra rewarded our faith in the previous Select XI by securing a clean sheet and we’re backing him once more in United’s battle against Stoke. The mood has lifted at United following Mata’s arrival and with Rooney and RVP back, United look a different prospect entirely. These matchwinners can make the difference in attack keeping the attention in the opponent’s half.
- Kevin MIRALLAS [AVL(H), 7.3m] – Mirallas has been lighting up the faces of Everton fans lately with a number of great perfomances. He’s in confident form and has found the back of the net twice in the last 3 games. Villa may have found their attacking threat once more but they are still suspect at the back and Mirallas is sure to cause them a great deal of problems.
- Adam LALLANA [FUL(A), 7.6m] – Another midfielder who has scored twice in the last 3 is Adam Lallana. His impressive form stretches to 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 7 matches. With eyes on a spot in England’s World Cup squad, if Lallana can continue to create up top, he’ll have a brilliant chance of showcasing his talent in Brazil.
- Adam JOHNSON [STO(H), 6.7m] – Johnson continued his recent amazing form with the matchwinning goal against Stoke. He’s picked up an incredible 5 goals and 2 assists in his previous 3 games and Poyet will be hoping there is plenty more to come. If Sunderland are to climb further away from the relegation zone, they’ll need Johnson to inspire the rest of the team with more clinical play.
- Santi CAZORLA [CPL(H), 9.5m] – With Cazorla, we make it a quartet of in-form goalscoring midfielders. The two-footed Spaniard scored against the Saints to make it his 4th goal in the last 10 days. Cazorla seems to have found his goalscoring touch and this will please all Arsenal fans. With Walcott out of the picture, Giroud needs his midfielders to give him support and bag some goals as Arsenal continue their fight for the title.
- Luis SUAREZ (C) [WBA(A), 13.4m] – Suarez showed just how dangerous he is against Everton with his 10th (yes 10th!) double figure points haul of the season. He is a striker that no defence will be looking forward to facing and West Brom’s backline is no exception. They’ll relish the challenge but know exactly what he’s capable of and sometimes that can’t be stopped for 90 consecutive minutes.
- Daniel STURRIDGE [WBA(A), 9.3m] – Set for a price rise tonight, managers are finding it hard to ignore the talent of Daniel Sturridge. Whilst Suarez receives a great deal of attention, Sturridge has been allowed to take his game to a top level without the incessant media focus. Playing alongside Suarez and other talented footballers like Coutinho has motivated him and the Baggies defence will have a serious test this weekend attempting to contain them.
- Robin VAN PERSIE [STO(A), 13.6m] – We finally saw the return of RVP in Gameweek 23 and it only took him 6 minutes to get back to what he knows best, scoring the opener. In his first game back from injury, Van Persie was subbed off after 62 minutes, which gives him a strong chance of starting once again as United take on Stoke. With Mata and potentially Rooney in support, RVP has the ammunition to show just how clinical he can be.
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