- Holders Liverpool host pretenders-to-the-throne in Manchester City during Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23
- Aston Villa face Arsenal, high-flying West Ham travel to Fulham for London derby, whilst Manchester United welcome Everton
- Struggling Spurs entertain West Brom, Wolves play Leicester City, as Leeds United face-off with Crystal Palace
PREMIER LEAGUE – With yet another round of fixtures on the menu this weekend, who should be in your squad for Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23?
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Son Heung-min (c)
To begin our Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23 picks, An out-of-sorts Tottenham Hotspur could still spike a lot of interest with the visit of West Bromwich Albion to north London, and Son Heung-min (9.7) will be the focus of fantasy manager’s attentions.
It’s now three defeats on the bounce for Lilywhites, who for a team considered outsiders for the title only a few short months ago, have now slipped well off the pace into eighth.
Without the injured Harry Kane, Spurs have been devoid of ideas but in truth, the hosts’ form had dipped alarmingly even before their skipper was forced onto the treatment table.
Fortunately for the north Londoners, this weekend’s visitors in West Brom are perhaps the worst team in the top flight on current form, and Son here has his best chance to break a run of five games without a goal.
The Baggies have conceded at least twice in the last seven, and even with Spurs’ problems in front of goal, surely GW23 will present them and indeed Son with ample opportunity for a points haul?
The question is, do we captain a man so out of form, or not?
On the back of their 9-0 drubbing of Southampton on Wednesday night, temptations will be to further fill our fantasy squads with Manchester United players, and one such individual in Anthony Martial (8.7) is registering a deal of interest ahead of GW23.
Despite the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford having rather left the latter in the shadows, the Frenchman has nevertheless in recent weeks, began to blip onto the FPL radar.
With just four goals and six assists thus far this term, Martial netted a brace and grabbed an assist against Southampton, and is again beginning to find his confidence in front of goal.
Suddenly finding competition in Edinson Cavani up front, the Uruguayan started versus the Saints but is expected to be rotated in GW23, with Martial a prime candidate to start as lead striker.
Martial represents a far cheaper alternative to both Fernandes and Rashford, and as his owners grow to now 5.4%, managers could do worse than recruit the United forward.
As if to emphasise the unpredictable nature of this season, Leeds United followed up victory against title-chasing Leicester City, with defeat at home to Everton, but in GW23, Patrick Bamford (6.6) can fire the Whites back to victory.
Claiming a goal and assist against the Foxes, Bamford set up Raphinha for Leeds’ goal at Elland Road in midweek, but the forward also hit the bar, as his side were edged out for a defeat.
Eleven goals in 22 games averages out at a goal a game for the oft-maligned Bamford, but whatever you think about his rather inconsistent game, his numbers do not lie.
Welcoming Crystal Palace to Yorkshire in GW23, Bamford has shrugged off his dead leg complaints of the past week and ready to go at an Eagles side who are unlikely to be cautious in their own approach, Bamford looks a good bet for points this weekend.
As club debuts go, Jesse Lingard‘s (6.0) brace for West Ham United was quite the return to Premier League action in GW22, and ahead of the weekend is spiking serious FPL interest,
Having been frozen out at Old Trafford, the former England winger burst back onto the scene in the Irons’ impressive 3-1 win away to Aston Villa, where he grabbed a 15-point haul, and over 150,000 managers have brought the midfielder in.
With not a single league minute under his belt this campaign beforehand, Lingard’s re-introduction to action was a revelation, proving there a still a player in there, who at his best scored eight goals and six assists three seasons ago.
If anything, West Ham’s set-up could improve Lingard’s chances of a regular points hauls from here until the end of the season, beginning with a trip to Fulham for an east-west London derby.
The Cottagers have improved immeasurably since the turn of the year, but have still conceded six in the last four games. Given the visitors form – particularly away from home – West Ham and Lingard, could be the right move before his value begins to climb post-GW23.
Punt of the Week: Nicolas Pepe
As the top two meet this weekend and could cancel each other out, fantasy managers may be looking at other avenues of potential points. One such individual could be Nicolas Pepe (7.6), who is our Punt of the Week.
For Arsenal’s club record signing, the pressure has been relentless on Pepe since his switch from Lille 18 months ago.
Enduring a difficult transition to life in English football however, there are growing signs that the Ivorian international is starting to find his feet in north London.
With just two goals in his 12 games played this season before GW20, its now as many in a quarter the amount of games, but is his 7.6 price-tag worth the investment?
Though Arsenal picked up their first loss in eight games against Wolves, the Gunners were dominant before being reduced to ten men.
In their second trip to the West Midlands in a matter of days versus an Aston Villa side licking their wounds after loss themselves, the visitors will also be keen to amend matters, and Pepe might just be the shrewd move of GW23.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23 deadline is Saturday, 11:00 UK time.
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