By Neil Leverett
- Liverpool and West Ham United both play twice in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 24
- Manchester City travel to Sheffield United, whilst Chelsea and Arsenal clash in London derby
- Manchester United host Burnley, Spurs entertain Norwich, as AFC Bournemouth seek desperate league points at home to Brighton
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – With both Liverpool and West Ham United playing twice in the coming eight days, who do you need in your squads for Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 24?
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The initial thought of many Fantasy Premier League managers will be again to turn to Liverpool in their double Gameweek 24 calendar, and with the possibility of rotation in mind, Sadio Mane stands out from the crowd.
With the Emirates FA Cup and soon-to-be-returning UEFA Champions League to juggle, Jurgen Klopp may be considering shuffling his pack despite the approaching week’s break in February to come. The Reds front three all present tantalising options here and whilst all three of Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah could be rested, it is the Senegalese who appears the most likely to at the very least start both games.
Both Firmino and Salah have been switched up for Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri in league games this season already, but in the case of Mane, the flying forward has no genuine replacement in his position. Two trips on the road could be tricky assignments for Liverpool, but the need for one of the three front men is surely imperative.
Differentials are likely to play a big part in the coming week, and though Mane has had a quiet last two games, those considering his sale stand to be punished. Mane is a player who for those without him, may end up with serious regrets.
Perhaps the biggest mark of the second coming of David Moyes at West Ham United has been Robert Snodgrass‘ purple patch, and as the Irons form the second player in Gameweek 24’s double offering, the Scot appears on Britwatch Sports’ fantasy radar.
Though the Hammers’ re-arranged game with Liverpool is still a week off in a staggered fixture list, the East Londoners first travel to the King Power Stadium to face a Foxes side who have lost the last two league games.
Snodgrass was on the fringes of the West Ham starting XI for much of the Manuel Pellegrini era, but under his compatriot steward in Moyes, the midfielder has been central to his side’s efforts of late contributing a goal and two assists.
Despite remaining somewhat a peripheral figure, the former Hull City man is still one of the best set-piece takers and distributors in the Premier League, and with two opportunities to impress in the next eight days, fantasy owners will be hoping his assist for Issa Diop at the weekend is a sign of things to come in a very short period of time.
Whether charged with delivery or with his dead-eye for goal, Snodgrass is nothing if not a form player and with Felipe Anderson a doubt again, the former will be vital to West Ham’s chances against both Leicester and Liverpool. He is a gamble worth considering.
After Manchester United’s resounding defeat to the champions elect last time out, the Red Devils return to Old Trafford to face more venerable opposition in Burnley, with Anthony Martial as the hosts’ big threat in Gameweek 24.
Starved of the ball for large periods on Sunday afternoon, the Frenchman will be confident of making an impression against the Clarets with Marcus Rashford set for a lengthy spell on the injury table.
United will therefore be relying on Martial to spear-head the home attack here, and the forward has proved to be the difference when fit and could once more be set for a points haul. The former AS Monaco man has struggled for form away from home, but in front of the Stretford End, Martial has netted three times in the last two games.
Sean Dyche’s men will be buoyed from their victory over Leicester on Sunday – juxtaposed to the result of United – but a trip to the Theatre of Dreams could see another reality check even without Rashford, and Martial could be the Clarets’ poison.
After finally keeping their first clean sheet under Jose Mourinho last weekend, Tottenham welcome bottom of the table Norwich City to North London on Wednesday night and with chance for points at both ends of the field, Serge Aurier stands to deliver in Gameweek 24.
As Watford’s attack was largely snuffed out, Aurier kept Gerard Deulofeu quiet in a turgid and goalless Gameweek 23 clash at Vicarage Road, however this time around around against the Canaries, the Ivorian full-back may look to do some attacking of his own.
With Kyle Walker-Peters yet to be deployed by Mourinho since the Portuguese’s arrival, Aurier seems under little threat of dropping out and with a wicked delivery from the right wing a trademark of the bullish defender, Norwich may present the opportunity to further increase his tally of assists this term.
Aurier has reached has reached five already this season and though missing the presence of Harry Kane up top, the right-back looks a good bet for fantasy points here – potentially at both ends of the pitch – with Norwich still finding goals hard to come by.
As Aston Villa find themselves buried in a relegation dogfight, if the Birmingham side are to dig their way out of the trenches, Jack Grealish could be the Villans’ hero as arguably the man in form in the bottom half of the table.
Gameweek 24 presents another chance for the Euro 2020 contender to shine in front of his own fans, and though Watford are yet to taste defeat under Nigel Pearson, Villa Park will be a cauldron of noise for the remainder of the season.
Scoring in two of his last three league games, Grealish looks to have adapted to life in the top flight well and will seek to be a catalyst against the Hornets here. After the visitors for the first time showed a lack of inspiration against the Lilywhites, can Villa change their own fortunes much like the Hertfordshire side have. If they are to do so as documented, Grealish could be the man.
Premier League Gameweek 24 begins on Tuesday evening with five games kicking off at 19:30 UK time, including Sheffield United vs. Manchester City.
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