Team FPL Connect Picks: Gameweek 23

Fantasy Premier League tips from the team at FPL Connect ensuring you have those key performing players as well as a few cheeky differentials to get the jump on your rivals from gameweek to gameweek

Hello and welcome to all the FPL managers around the world. The latest instalment of our ‘Team FPL Connect Picks’ series is back, following a short pause for New Years and the cup break.

If you’re just reading this series for the first time and have absolutely zero idea what this article is about, hit the updated link > https://fplconnect.blog/2017/08/10/team-fpl-connect-picks/ where the concept is introduced and explained fully.

Gaz – (4 time top 100k finisher, last season finishing 35k).

Pilko – (3 time top 10k finisher, last season finishing 125k).

Simon – (3 time top 200k finisher, last season finishing 11k).

Gameweek 21 results

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Simon

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Eden Hazard – 16pts
  • Predicted differential; Mesut Özil – 9pts

Gaz 

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week);  Coutinho – 15pts
  • Predicted differential; Juan Mata – 8pts

Pilko

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Morata  – 16pts
  • Predicted differential; Robertson – 7pts

For the 3rd time in the last 10 GWs, all 3 of us blanked, but we always knew it was gonna be a tough one with all the rotation about.

Both of my choices were no-shows, as Conte decided to rest Hazard for the Arsenal game, whereas Özil picked up an injury, so absolutely no representation for me.

Coutinho didn’t get involved in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Leicester and Mata couldn’t help United to a victory at Old Trafford against Southampton, who earned a 0-0 draw.

For Pilko, it was Morata that was the big let down – 5 goals for Chelsea and nothing for Morata. His ambitious shout of Robertson for his differential failed, as the Scots full back got booked, conceded and didn’t manage an attacking return, having netted an assist in his previous game.

Moving on to the next week where things are slightly more normal in terms of team sheets etc.

Gameweek 23 picks

Simon 

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Sánchez – 15pts
  • Predicted differential; Jordan Ibe – 8pts
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Justification for TSP: It will be business as usual for Sánchez in my opinion, who will get on with his job regardless of the transfer rumours surrounding him. He’s a consummate professional and gives his all and has been in great form recently. He plays a Bournemouth team that play an expansive game at home, a team that will attack and will leave spaces for Arsenal and in particular, Sánchez, to exploit and I think they will. I can see this being a cracking game with plenty of goals and I’m backing Alexis to get amongst them. He loves playing the Cherries too, with 3 goals in the 3 appearances he’s made against them. Some might say he’ll get rested again like he did against Chelsea in the cup, but the facts were that he played 90 minutes in every game over Christmas and New Years, so that was the more likely reason for his benching. If it was to do with the transfer rumours Wenger would have left him completely out of the squad. I think he will start and if he does, he’ll continue his good record against Bournemouth.

Justification for differential: Before you laugh, just hear me out. This is purely based on his underlying stats. He doesn’t have much form in terms of FPL returns, but he’s definitely due something and why not this weekend? In a game where I think there will be goals, I think Ibe is gonna get something. In the last 6 gameweeks, Ibe has 15 penalty area touches, 19 goal attempts with 10 of them coming inside the box. Not only that but he’s created 13 chances for his teammates in that time – for perspective, Sanchez has 26 goal attempts and has created 14 chances in the same period. That is what you call, due. Let’s see if I’m right. At £4.8m, he could be a steal if he starts getting some returns and at that price, a return every so often is more than enough.

Gaz

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Lingard – 14pts
  • Predicted differential; Martial – 9pts
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Justification for TSP: I’ve gotta go for Lionel Jesse here. United face manager-less Stoke on Monday night and even though Hughes has gone, his awful defensive legacy very much remains and will do for this game. Even with Zouma and Wimmer back in the team they weren’t great – losses to Newcastle and Coventry show that. They conceded 13 shots (10 inside the box) at home to Newcastle, with 3 of those being big chances. They fielded close to a full strength 11 against Coventry in the cup and lost 2-1. Lingard is in the form of his life right now and is playing out of his skin, with confidence personified in his last goal against Derby in the cup. 5 goals and 1 assist in his last 6 games speaks for itself. I think he’ll continue this purple patch with a goal and an assist in this one, accompanied by 3 bonus points in a comfortable 4-0 home win for United.

Justification for differential: Martial is one of those players that have been ticking along nicely for most of the season without really blowing us away. Until he gets regular game-time and slightly more explosive returns, we’ll still look away and even more so now Lingard has entered the fold at £1.7m cheaper. But regardless, he actually represents better value than Pogba, Sanchez and Hazard with a value of 10.8 PPM, so he’s actually still a decent pick and I think he’ll start this weekend after his beautifully placed curling shot against Everton last time out in the PL. United should really be blowing Stoke’s door down and if they do, I expect Martial to get involved in the scoring.

Pilko

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Salah – 15pts
  • Predicted differential; Lallana – 5pts
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Justification for TSP: As the above picture displays, Salah was back in training this week with his teammates suggesting he’s over his recent groin injury and should be okay to start the match against City. This one has got goals written all over it and this man specialises in them. It’s true that Coutinho leaving leaves a huge gap to fill in terms of creativity, but I believe Lallana will be able to step in and do a decent enough job in that role. Liverpool will still play the same way and I can’t see it affecting Salah’s output too much. This game has ‘high-scoring’ written all over it and I think Salah will just keep on going. Another brace for the unstoppable Egyptian!

Justification for differential: I’m going for double-trouble this week with Liverpool and picking Lallana as my differential. As I said above, I think the responsibility will fall on Lallana, in the main, to take over Coutinho’s job as the free roaming creator/scorer from the midfield. He did it very well the previous season with 8 goals and 7 assists, all from the same position/role Coutinho has been operating in this year. I can see him assisting one of Salah’s goals in this game and being a decent option from here on in at a decent price of £7.3m. Something to consider for the future if Liverpool don’t buy a direct replacement for Coutinho in the January transfer window.

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