Team FPL Connect Picks: Gameweek 25

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

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 24 results

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Simon

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Mohamed Salah – 15pts
  • Predicted differential; Xerdan Shaqiri – 10pts

Gaz 

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week);  Agüero – 17pts
  • Predicted differential; Lanzini – 12pts

Pilko

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Son Heung-Min  – 17pts
  • Predicted differential; Callum Wilson – 12pts

Wow! An incredible week for Gaz who managed to accurately predict that Agüero would not only be the top scoring player that week (5 points), but correctly predicted the exact amount of points he would get too (3 points) after he netted the hat-trick Gaz predicted he would. Combine that with the fact that his TSP pick scored 10+ and that equals a whopping 9 points for the week!

Sometimes you’ve just got to take your hat off and say well done Sir, albeit reluctantly…

His differential in Lanzini only managed 3pts so nothing on that side, not that he needed it!

For me, it was another solid but not spectacular week, as I predicted another decent performing differential in Shaqiri who netted an assist, giving me a point on the Connect Leaderboard.

Swansea shocked Liverpool at the Liberty with a solid 1-0 win which none of us saw coming, so Salah went without any returns for once – so nothing here for me.

After a brief return to the points last week, Pilko reverts straight back to blanking – that makes it 5 blanks in the last 6 gameweeks for the Sheffield-born, baby-faced assassin.

Moving onto this week…

Gameweek 25 picks

Simon

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Eden Hazard – 16pts
  • Predicted differential; Choupo-Moting – 8pts
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Justification for TSP: It’s only natural I suppose that I go with my nemesis! The guy that made me drop Alonso to fund a move to get him, only to regress to an awful return of 1 assist in 5 games, despite getting standing ovations from the stands whilst Alonso killed it in terms of FPL returns, with 4 clean sheets, 3 goals and 1 assist. Then of course, as soon as I drop him (as did many), he goes and scores 27pts in the next 3 games – the true FPL troll of this year. So, with that form and the fixture (Bournemouth at home), you can’t ignore him. He should, should being the operative word, return well in this one, but with Hazard this year, you simply can never know, perhaps that’s the fun in owning him?

Justification for differential: Stoke are on the surge with their new boss after the comfortable 2-0 home win against Huddersfield, in which Choupo netted an assist. At his price, Choupo has delivered consistently this season and is actually ranked the 5th highest for value (points per million) in the midfield category. Watford and their new boss Gracia are up next, so they will be resurgent too, but Watford’s defence has been suspect all season and I can see this one being a high-scoring game and I fancy Choupo to impress his new boss again and bag a goal this time.

Gaz

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Kun Agüero – 16pts
  • Predicted differential; Milivojevic – 8pts
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Justification for TSP: As I took the house down last week, I reserve the right to do it all over again and give it to Agüero for another monster haul. Only Salah (18) has had more goal attempts than the little Argentine (17) over the last 4 gameweeks and after his hat-trick against Newcastle, I think he’s smelling blood this week when WBA come to town with some key defenders a doubt. City are rampant at home and I can’t see WBA keeping the scoring down. I think City will get 3/4 and Agüero is gonna bag 2 goals and 1 assist. Take it home for me again Sergio!

Justification for differential: I’m going for something a little outside the box this week for my differential. Milivojevic is Palace’s pen-taker and with Zaha in the side, there’s always a good chance of penalties. He’s a nice cheap enabling midfielder that’s actually been popping up with some goals recently, with 3 coming in the last 6 games from deep midfield. At £4.7m, if he can grab the odd return every so often, it’s more than enough. Only Everton and City have received more penalties than Palace and I have a gut feeling Palace are going to get one against West Ham.

Pilko

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Firmino – 16pts
  • Predicted differential;  Walcott – 9pts
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Justification for TSP: I’m going for Bobby to go big. Liverpool really need to bounce back after their 1-0 loss to Swansea and being knocked out to WBA in the FA Cup. Huddersfield haven’t been great recently and have conceded the joint most amount of goals in the last 4 gameweeks, so I can see Liverpool tearing them to shreds this week. If Liverpool score 3 or more, then Firmino usually hauls, with him registering 6 double-figure returns in the 12 times Liverpool have scored 3 or more in the PL this season, so I’m backing for those 2 things to occur, as Liverpool’s underlying attacking stats haven’t really dropped off much in the last 4 gameweeks.

Justification for differential: I’m backing Theo. When he’s fit, we know how good he can be and with him now getting the game time he deserves, I think we’ll see Theo start to re-produce those returns. Across the 2011/12 and 2012/13 campaigns, Theo played 2000+ minutes in both and registered 22 goals and 24 assists, amassing 363pts. Of course he’s not in as good a team now, but there’s still quality in Sigurdsson and Rooney to help give him the ammunition to fire and if Everton can get themselves going in an attacking sense again, I expect Walcott to flourish. I think he’ll score in this one and bag a couple of bonus points.

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