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
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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 23 results
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Alexis Sánchez – 15pts
- Predicted differential; Jordan Ibe – 8pts
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Lingard – 14pts
- Predicted differential; Martial – 9pts
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Salah – 15pts
- Predicted differential; Lallana – 5pts
I wrote my piece on my picks earlier in the week, when the rumours for Sánchez were much quieter, but as the week went on, the rumours picked up pace, with Man United entering the race for the Chilean and he was duly removed from the match day squad against Bournemouth – so nothing here for me.
However, my differential more than made up for it with his goal and two bonus against Arsenal, just 1pt away from a correct score, giving me 1pt for the week for correctly predicting a differential to score 5+ points,
Gaz’s TSP of Lingard backfired as he blanked and got himself booked, but in the same game, his differential call of Martial did very well, scoring a brilliant curling effort from the edge of the box, as well as adding an assist, giving Gaz a point also for correctly predicting a differential to score 5+ points.
Pilko rounds out the clean sweep with his call of Salah to be the top scoring player of the week, though he only managed 11 of the 15 Pilko guessed, he scored above the required threshold of 10+ points to bag Pilko his point.
So a good week for team Connect, responding to the full blanks all round in GW21.
Gameweek 24 picks
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Mohamed Salah – 15pts
- Predicted differential; Xerdan Shaqiri – 10pts
Justification for TSP: Not that the man requires any justification what so ever, but here goes. He’s on course to hit 300+ points this season with a points per game ratio of 8.1 and once again delivered last week against leaders City, with a brilliantly taken goal from Ederson’s mistake and an assist to Mané’s excellent finish. There’s no-one he can’t return against and I fancy Liverpool and magic Mo to take bottom of the league Swansea to the cleaners like they did last time out, where they won 5-0. In that game Salah bagged 2 assists, but this time I fancy him to score 2 goals and mop up maximum bonus in what I can only see as a comfortable win for the reds of merseyside.
Justification for differential: Stoke have been pretty awful overall so far this year, but Hughes has finally gone and a replacement has been made – granted, Paul Lambert isn’t the most inspiring of choices, but it’s a new manager and a fresh start nonetheless. Shaqiri is their main creative outlet going forward and he was doing well earlier in the season. He’s the type of player that scores his points in patches, as he demonstrated earlier this season when he scored 3 goals and bagged 3 assists in a 6 game period from GW10 to GW15. He’s also still performing relatively well despite not returning any FPL returns of late, creating 8 chances for his teammates in the last 4 gameweeks, 3 of which being big chances. Huddersfield are their next opponents, who just experienced a a hefty defeat to West Ham, so I fancy Shaqiri to net a couple of assists and for Stoke to score 2+ goals.
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Kun Agüero – 17pts
- Predicted differential; Lanzini – 12pts
Justification for TSP: I had to go with the little Argentinian this week. Agüero has scored 11 goals in 9 starts in the Premier League against Newcastle. He LOVES playing Newcastle and of course, we can’t forget the 5 goal master-class in their 6-1 win against them last time out at The Etihad. He’s not been in his usual imperious form of late, but has still been putting in solid underlying stats recently and has been unlucky not to have scored more than the 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 4 games. He’s had 15 goal attempts (12 of which inside the box) in that time, as well 4 big chances and with Newcastle and WBA next on the agenda, he really could go big. I fancy that to happen with him continuing his brilliant record against the Magpies with a hattie.
Justification for differential: If it weren’t for his new partner in crime Arnautovic, Lanzini would be the one we’d be bringing into our teams. But for those that don’t fancy going with Arnie because of his increasing ownership, Lanzini could be a great alternative. He’s bagged a brace and an assist in his last 2 games and has a brilliant fixture next up in Bournemouth – a game I can see plenty of goals in. He’s fired in 10 goal attempts, 7 of which inside the box, over the last 4 gameweeks and it doesn’t like slowing down. I can see him netting a goal and an assist in this one with goals aplenty.
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Son Heung-Min – 17pts
- Predicted differential; Callum Wilson – 12pts
Justification for TSP: Son’s in fantastic form, with 6 goals and 5 assists in his last 9 Premier League games. With Saints up next, there’s no reason this guy can’t continue his brilliant form. Over the last 4 gameweeks, Saints are one of 4 teams to have conceded the most amount of big chances (11) and Spurs have created the most amount of big chances in that same period (14) of any team. This can surely only mean one thing? I think Spurs are gonna roll Saints over comfortably and if they score 3+ goals, Sonny’s usually involved and I expect him to be again with a brace and an assist.
Justification for differential: I think this one is a no-brainer. Wilson has 3 goals and an assist in his last 4 games and is boasting some impressive underlying stats of late on top of his actual FPL returns. He could well be the answer to our 3rd striker problems, with Defoe out with an ankle injury for the foreseeable future. He’s had the same number of shots as Agüero over the last 4 gameweeks and has some nice fixtures coming up, including the Hammers next. I think it’s a game with goals in and I can see Wilson bagging again in this one. A goal and assist for me in an open and entertaining game.