And just like that, it’s Double Gameweek season again! Granted, it’s a relatively small one this round with Burnley, Everton, Fulham and Manchester City featuring twice, but it still concerns a more than decent set of FPL assets. That’s also why our fantasy picks for gameweek 24 will be largely based on players from those teams. For convenience, we have placed a quick overview of the teams playing twice here below:
|TEAM||1ST FIXTURE||2ND FIXTURE|
|Burnley||Crystal Palace (A)||Fulham (H)|
|Everton||Fulham (H)||Man City (H)|
|Fulham||Everton (A)||Burnley (A)|
|Manchester City||Spurs (H)||Everton (A)|
Apart from the DGW fixtures, there is also the FA Cup to take into account which is a big event in the sports betting world. The 5th round of the world’s oldest football cup tournament is being played this week and in the middle of an already hectic Premier League schedule, this will surely have its effects on player fitness and starting lineups. In short, the scene for another nerve-wrecking round of FPL action looks to be set. Keep an eye on the starting lineups in the FA Cup and don’t ignore the many teams with a single game this weekend. Points come from everywhere this season.
Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 24 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, February 13th.
Do check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your transfer(s).
Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per February 11th, 2021)
|TRANSFERS OUT||TRANSFERS IN||POSSIBLE REASONS|
|GK||McCarthy (SOU), Lloris (TOT), Ederson (CIT)||Pope (BUR), Martinez (AST), Ederson (CIT)|
|DEF||Robertson (LIV), Chilwell (LEI), Zouma (CHE)||Dias (CIT), Wan-Bissaka (UTD), Justin (LEI)||Defenders in form being brought in, new-look Chelsea under Tuchel.|
|MID||Soucek (WHU), Son (TOT), Zaha (CRY)||Gündogan (CIT), Foden (CIT), Sterling (CIT)||City’s double gameweek|
|FOR||Wilson (NEW), Antonio (WHU), Lacazette (ARS)||Calvert-Lewin (EVE), Kane (TOT), Watkins (AST)||Form strikers being brought in, Wilson hamstring injury|
With the return to fitness of popular premium assets such as Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, gameweek 24 offers quite a few interesting picks in this category, but we feel that it’s hard to look past Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) at the moment. The City winger, who is classified as a midfielder in FPL, in currently the highest-scoring Cityzen in the official game and his recent run of form has a lot to do with that. In his last three starts, Raz collected 27 FPL points, courtesy of 3 goals and 1 assist. In DGW24, he is facing strong opposition in the form of Spurs and Everton, but in his current form, he could be a huge asset for your fantasy team. On top of that, he played just 56 minutes against Swansea in the FA Cup on Tuesday, which should be good news for FPL managers.
Sterling’s and City’s recent good goalscoring form aside though, the most value in terms of Man City assets has been in defence this season. That’s why we have included Joao Cancelo (£6.0m) in our selection for gameweek 24. It’s true that for a defender, his price tag definitely flirts with the premium category, but the way he’s playing right now, we’d consider him more like a sixth midfielder. Even though his returns currently don’t show it (1 goal, 2 assists), the Portuguese wingback/midfielder has been one of Pep Guardiola’s best and most consistent performers this season. He passes each and every eye test with flying colors, and the fact that he has been part of 10 clean sheets already makes him a double threat. Spurs at home and Everton away up next for the league’s best defence.
Speaking of Everton, one of the most popular incoming transfers in the build-up to the GW24 deadline will very likely be Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m). The Everton striker is already the most transferred-in forward in FPL, which makes sense, because he is combining form and fixture this round. The Toffees have a double gameweek against Fulham and Man City (both at home) coming up and DCL himself looks to be going on another good run of form with 2 goals and 1 assist in his last two games, as well as a goal against Spurs in the FA Cup on Wednesday. A downside to this pick is that in that same game against Spurs, the English forward was also replaced after 55 minutes with what looked like a hamstring injury. He did walk off the pitch by himself though, and no worrying official reports have been published yet, but we suggest to keep an eye on the situation.
The budget enabler
Our budget-enabling pick for the upcoming gameweek does not feature twice this round, but he’s definitely worth considering for those FPL managers looking to free up funds quickly. Pascal Struijk (£3.9m) has started every game for Leeds United since gameweek 15 and collected 27 FPL points since then. Nothing to get overly excited about, apart from the fact that he costs just £3.9m at the moment of writing. The young Dutchman has no attacking returns to his name yet, though he came close three times in the last game against Crystal Palace, but he does have 3 clean sheets to his name already. As a fifth defender in your team, he could be an excellent addition in a season in which the bench players are more important than ever.
A differential pick or two
For our differential fantasy picks this round, we have come up with the Burnley assets. The Clarets had a horrid start to the season, but they have been steadily improving over the past few months, which has lead to the current 8-point gap between them and the relegation zone. The fact that only eight teams in the league boast a better defensive record than Sean Dyche’s men has more than a bit to do with it. They have conceded 29 goals in 22 matches and they have a double gameweek coming up against two of the shyest attacks in the English topflight at the moment, Crystal Palace (away) and Fulham (home). The Cottagers have scored just 2 goals in their last four games, while the Eagles will be most likely be missing their main man Wilfried Zaha when they host Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
As a result of this seemingly favourable coming-together of circumstances for the Clarets, we figured Matt Lowton (£4.5m) and Ashley Westwood (£5.3m) could be shrewd differential picks. It doesn’t take much imagination to see the former taking 12 points from 2 clean sheets this gameweek, while even 1 clean sheet and an 8-point haul would be acceptable. As far as the latter is concerned, it’s a fact that no team has scored less than Burnley so far this season, but he is on most set-pieces, including direct free-kicks. Westwood has 1 goal and 3 assists to his name, and is the Claret’s main creative outlet at the moment. A return against Palace and/or Fulham could happen and would see you gain some ground in your leagues. While Lowton is currently owned by 2.1% of FPL managers, Westwood features in just 0.6% of all teams.
With a double gameweek coming up and him being replaced in the FA cup before the hour, our FPL captaincy pick for gameweek 24 is Raheem Sterling. The Man City attacker is bang in form at the moment and despite the difficulty of his upcoming encounters on paper, the English dribbler will get chances to score and assist. He was a constant threat against Liverpool in GW23 and we find it hard to imagine him not being very involved in both upcoming games.
If you don’t have the budget for Raz or simply don’t trust Pep Guardiola (we feel you), there are plenty of other good options for the armband to consider as well. There are, of course, Sterling’s defensive team-mates Joao Cancelo, John Stones and Ruben Dias who could deliver big over the coming days. In case of good news surrounding his injury, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a good shout as well. Bruno Fernandes is one of the single gameweek candidates as United visit Sheffield United on Sunday, while Michail Antonio or even Aaron Cresswell at home against a Wilson-less Newcastle could result in pretty differential rewards as well.
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