With Gameweek 24 taking place in midweek, there’s barely time to catch your breath before the weekend’s action. If any of you fantasy football managers have yet to play your wildcards, don’t forget to do so in the lead up to Gameweek 25’s deadline otherwise it’s gone for good. There weren’t many clean sheets to be had in the last gameweek, especially on the Wednesday where not a single side was able to prevent the other team from scoring. With this in mind we’ve stuck to the usual 3 at the back for our Select XI.
This weekend, we’ve got some excellent matches to look forward to starting with bottom of the table QPR taking on Norwich in search for valuable points. Fulham host Man United in Saturday’s evening kick off, where the table toppers look to extend their lead. People often say that the best is saved for last and that is definitely the case for Gameweek 25, as Man City host Liverpool in a must win match if they plan to shorten the 7-point gap at the top of the table.
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 25. 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 25th gameweek of the season:
- Julio CESAR [NOR(H), 4.9m] – QPR battled hard for a deserved point on Tuesday as they played host to City and Cesar deserves plenty of praise for his performance where he pulled out some outstanding saves to keep them in the game. This weekend, QPR take on Norwich who have struggled to score away from home. Redknapp will be keen for 3 points and will be expecting another shut-out in order to build from the back.
- Pablo ZABALETA [LIV(H), 6.1m] – Zabaleta is arguably the best right back in the Premier League and with Kompany out injured, he has adopted the captain’s armband. After scoring in the cup, he was unlucky not to bag another as his header rebounded back off the crossbar against QPR. Keeping a clean sheet against Liverpool may be tricky but the Argentinian has plenty of attacking threat from his late surges upfield.
- Patrice EVRA [FUL(A), 7.2m] – Evra is another player with plenty of attacking potential and he continued his great form with another assist against Southampton, nodding back across goal for Rooney to tap home. How the short Frenchman manages to win so many headers remains a mystery but with attacking potential in his bag, it’s always worth having him in your side if you can afford to do so.
- Leighton BAINES [AVL(H), 7.5m] – To complete the backline we have the deadly Leighton Baines, who grabbed a brace against West Brom. His first was a cracker and his second was a calmly taken penalty. For a long time this season, Baines struggled to deliver but January has been an excellent month for the left back and for those who can afford him, he is definitely a danger for the upcoming gameweek where Everton take on Villa.
- Gareth BALE [WBA(A), 9.8m] – Spurs struggled for large periods in their match against Norwich but it was a moment of genius from Bale that dragged them back into the game. The Welshman skipped past a couple of challenges and ran half the length of the field before composing himself just enough to blast a shot into the side netting. A truly wonderful goal to remind us of the ability that Bale possesses when Spurs play on the counter, which could be the strategy for this weekend as they travel to the Baggies.
- Theo WALCOTT [STO(H), 9.5m] – Walcott continued his amazing form with another goal against Liverpool, where he smashed a shot home with Reina barely moving. He’s in the form of his life and simply can’t be left out of the Select XI. Especially as they take on a Stoke side who have somehow forgotten how to defend and have lost the solidity that made them so strong at the beginning of the season.
- Adel TAARABT [NOR(H), 5.7m] – Taarabt has had an excellent January, picking up 7 bonus points in addition to his two assists in the last 4 games. With a tricky match with City out of the way, Redknapp will once again be looking to Taarabt to provide the impetus and creative spark to defeat Norwich and shorten the gap at the bottom of the table.
- Marouane FELLAINI (C) [AVL(H), 7.7m] – Villa showed some fighting spirit in the second half against Newcastle and were unlucky not to draw level but playing away at Everton will be completely different. If they start like they did against Newcastle, it might not even be worth coming out for the second half. Fellaini is bound to have chances and we’ve decided to give him the captain’s armband as Everton look for their second victory in the space of a week.
- Rickie LAMBERT [WIG(A), 6.4m] – Southampton have been playing incredibly well since Pochettino took over with the high pressing game suiting them well. So much so that Sir Alex claimed that they were the best side to have played at Old Trafford all season and considered himself more than fortunate to have come away with the 3 points. Wigan showed great spirit to record a draw away at Stoke and are sure to put up a fight against Southampton but we fancy the Saints to cause them plenty of problems with Lambert at the heart of it.
- Robin VAN PERSIE [FUL(A), 14.1m] – For the first time in fantasy years, Van Persie failed to return any attacking points but surely lightning can’t strike twice, so we’ve kept our faith in the Dutchman. Fulham have been out of sorts of late but were able to defeat West Ham in midweek, however taking on United is never easy and they’ll have their work cut out. Van Persie will be eager to get back to scoring ways and we think it may just happen this weekend.
- Sergio AGUERO [LIV(H), 10.9m] – With City drawing away at QPR, Mancini will be keen for them not to drop anymore points, especially at home. With Aguero fit again, he’s sure to continue in the starting eleven for the upcoming match. In Liverpool’s last 9 matches, there have been 3 or more goals and this statistic bodes well for Aguero, as he looks to pick up from where he left off before getting injured.
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