The crazy cupset weekend is out of the way and a few Premier League sides will be glad to get back to league action to forget about the poor displays in the FA Cup. Sunday was particularly painful for the top flight with Chelsea held by Brentford before Leeds and Oldham knocked out Spurs and Liverpool respectively.
So in Gameweek 24, we’re treated to a midweek dose of fantasy football with a full round of fixtures taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday night. On Tuesday evening, we have QPR playing host to the current champions Man City, whilst we have a relegation 6-pointer in the form of Villa versus Newcastle. A win for Villa would take them above Newcastle and one position further away from the dreaded drop zone, which they currently teeter on.
On Wednesday night, the remaining 6 matches are played out with matches including Man United taking on Southampton at the fortress that is Old Trafford and rejuvenated Reading battling Chelsea at the Madejski. To top it all off we have a cracker between Arsenal and Liverpool, which could very well be a goalfest considering there have been 3 or more goals in each of Liverpool’s last 8 games.
To help you plan ahead for this gameweek, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures and form, and have come up with some players you might want to consider bringing in or captaining for Gameweek 24. 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 Premier League Fantasy Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. So without further ado, here is our selection for the 24th gameweek of the season:
- Simon MIGNOLET [SWA(H), 5.3m] – With 3 clean sheets in his last 4 home games, Mignolet has given Sunderland a base in which to secure much needed results. Sunderland had a tough start to the season but O’Neill has finally got them performing and a new-found resilience at home is pushing them up the table. Mignolet will have his eyes on another shutout and if the Sunderland defence can keep Michu quiet, it may just happen.
- Andy WILKINSON [WIG(H), 4.3m] – Our first choice in the backline is the budget full back, Andy Wilkinson from Stoke. Although, Stoke have not been their rock solid self of late, we have a feeling that Pulis will be keen to put this right. With that in mind, Wilkinson offers great value for Stoke defensive coverage and with Wigan travelling to the Britannia, he may be able to pick up a clean sheet.
- Patrice EVRA [SOT(H), 7.2m] – Evra has been in awesome attacking form lately, picking up 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 matches for United. Although, United are struggling for clean sheets, Evra’s attacking output is justifying his pricetag. With Southampton up next, Evra will once again have the potential to score points at both ends of the field.
- Leighton BAINES [WBA(H), 7.5m] – Next up we have another attacking left back in the form of Leighton Baines, who has recently started returning points. Currently experiencing an average season, Baines has picked up a goal and 2 clean sheets in his last 3 matches to reward his owners. With a pricetag of 7.5m, he doesn’t come cheap but with set pieces and penalties in his locker, Baines is always worth a shout.
- Juan MATA [RDG(A), 10.0m] – Mata continues to be the creative force for Chelsea; when he appeared for the second half against Brentford, Chelsea looked like a different side altogether. Reading have been resurgent of late and will provide Mata with a difficult test but we fancy the little Spaniard to pull the strings as Chelsea look to put their disappointing cup draw behind them.
- Theo WALCOTT [LIV(H), 9.4m] – Walcott continued his amazing form by racking up a massive 18-point haul in the previous double gameweek. He’s clearly brimming full of confidence and there’s no chance that we can leave him out of our Select XI. Playing against Liverpool won’t be an easy challenge but with the home advantage, we expect Arsenal to be firing on all cylinders come Wednesday evening.
- Steven GERRARD [ARS(A), 9.5m] – Another player in spectacular form is Gerrard who has scored or assisted in his last 8 matches. Travelling to the Emirates may be a tricky encounter but despite Arsenal’s strength going forward, they still seem fragile at the back. With the way Gerrard has climbed back to the fantasy premier league heights, Arsenal will need to be completely focused at the back to keep the Liverpool talisman quiet.
- Marouane FELLAINI [WBA(H), 7.7m] – With Fellaini’s versatility, the Belgian was pushed back into a central midfield role for the weekend cup game whilst Neville filled in at right back. Whether Fellaini will continue this role is uncertain but considering his value, we decided to select him for Gameweek 24. Everton are strong at home and Moyes will be looking for a win against the Baggies on Wednesday night.
- Dimitar BERBATOV [WHM(H), 7.0m] – Fulham have struggled a little of late but they now have 3 home games in their next 4 to put things right, starting in Gameweek 24. With Ruiz and Berbatov up front, it’s surely a matter of time before the Fulham attack click once again and we’ve picked this home match against West Ham as the one where they find their feet.
- Robin VAN PERSIE (C) [SOT(H), 14.1m] – With United winning their last 8 home games in the league, it’s clear that they’re developing the sort of performances that win titles. Van Persie was given a complete rest in the weekend cup game with the rest of the team able to take care of business so he will be ready and raring to go against Southampton. With a goal or an assist in his last 10 matches, the Dutchman is in unstoppable form at the moment and is rightly given the captain’s armband for Gameweek 24.
- Sergio AGUERO [QPR(A), 10.9m] – Aguero made his return from injury in the FA Cup match away at Stoke and put in the important cross that eventually reached Zabaleta to stab home the winner. Before getting injured, Aguero was started to show signs of the star quality he produced in his debut season, with 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 2 gameweeks. With Kompany out injured, we’re expecting an open match that could be packed full of goals.
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