Gameweek 24 may have just finished but there’s barely time to catch your breath with 25 kicking off tomorrow due to the upcoming weekend of cup action.
With this in mind, FPL have been generous, giving us up until 15 minutes before kick off to make our final selections. This means that lineups for Tuesday’s games will have been announced, where you will just need to follow BBC sport’s live text or the Twitter channels for the quickest news.
With Arsenal facing the friendly prospect of a home match against Leicester, if you fancy a captaincy gamble it’s worthwhile monitoring their lineup to see if Sanchez makes a starting return or is simply given a role on the bench.
Anyway, let’s get crack on, so without further ado, here is our selection for the 25th gameweek of the season:
- Fraser FORSTER [WHM(H), 5.5m] – Although, Schneiderlin settled for the bench, Forster still rewarded us with a clean sheet in the match against QPR and he retains the spot between the sticks. West Ham have attacking strength in Sakho and Valencia but Southampton’s home advantage could play a significant role in how this game pans out.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [EVE(H), 7.3m] – Another Select XI player who came good was Ivanovic, who smashed home Chelsea’s winner against Villa. With strikes like that in his locker, it’s no surprise that Mourinho has given Ivanovic greater license to push on and he’s sure to be fighting it out at the top of the defender rankings come the end of the season.
- Patrick VAN AANHOLT [QPR(H), 4.2m] – With Austin out injured, QPR’s attacking threat will be weaker and they’ll be hoping he makes a quick return. Sunderland will be targeting the win and Van Aanholt will be tasked with providing attacking support from out wide. At 4.2m, he’s a bargain as Sunderland embark on a favourable run of fixtures.
- Laurent KOSCIELNY [LEI(H), 5.9m] – Arsenal will be hurting after the Spurs loss but they have the perfect game to bounce back. Wenger will drill out any complacency and we can expect Arsenal to come quick out of the blocks. If they get an early goal, it could be a long evening where Leicester see very little of the ball.
- Eden HAZARD (C) [EVE(H), 10.8m] – Hazard delivered an early strike against Villa to take him ahead of Sanchez to become the highest points scorer of all. The 3 bonus points also accrued simply increased the gap at the top for the talented Belgian. In the game against Everton, Hazard will once again be the creative spark as Chelsea look to maintain their lead at the Premier League summit.
- Santi CAZORLA [LEI(H), 8.5m] – Cazorla may have blanked in the game against Spurs but it was one where Arsenal struggled to have an impact overall. Coming off after 67 minutes, he shouldn’t be too tired and Wenger will be hoping that Cazorla can help Arsenal put the sorry performance behind them with a dominant victory over Leicester.
- Sadio MANE [WHM(H), 6.5m] – Mane looks to be picking up where he left off before the African Cup of Nations, firing in 7 shots against QPR including a left foot belter from close range. With an ownership percentage of just 1%, Mane could be a cheap differential going into a run of home games where he could continue to threaten.
- Angel DI MARIA [BUR(H), 9.6m] – United may be stuttering at present but their attack just has too much quality for them not to produce in home matches against teams like Burnley. Team confidence is lacking but Di Maria is still a wonderfully gifted footballer who could return a strong score in front of the Old Trafford faithful.
- Harry KANE [LIV(A), 6.1m] – Going to Anfield won’t be an easy task but Kane is in such strong form, it’s hard to leave him out (7 goals in his last 5 games). If Sterling and Coutinho fail to shake off their minor injury doubts, that would be a big boost for Spurs but even so, Kane has the potential to punish the Liverpool backline.
- Olivier GIROUD [LEI(H), 8.4m] – Giroud was a tad fortunate with his assist for Ozil’s fine side foot volley but it helped the Frenchman to 2 goals and 2 assists in the last 4 matches. Whilst he remains the best option to lead the line, Giroud is sure to get more chances to notch points, especially in a home game against Leicester.
- Jermain DEFOE [QPR(H), 6.0m] – Defoe has returned from the US, eager to play and score goals, and at Sunderland, that is exactly what he’s been given. With 2 goals and an assist in his 3 appearances so far, Defoe could be the player to keep Sunderland up this season. QPR are known to give plenty of chances away and Defoe is a striker hungry for more goals.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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