- Leaders Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 24’s headline attraction
- Manchester United travel to West Brom, Arsenal entertain Leeds United, as injury-hit Leicester City welcome Liverpool
- City, Fulham, Everton and Burnley all play twice in Gameweek 24
PREMIER LEAGUE – As four teams play twice in the coming week, who should be in your squad for Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 24 over the next seven days?
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To kick off our Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 24 picks, Manchester City are likely to command the bulk of interest for their two games, and Gabriel Jesus (9.2) is finally beginning to hit his stride this term.
Having scored just twice in eleven league games before GW21, the Brazilian has netted in the last three he has started in all competitions.
Still owned by less than 5% of FPL managers, this week could be Jesus’ chance to step up and put the Citizens in the box seat to regain their Premier League crown.
After a season of injury and latterly COVID-19, City’s front man could prove he is still the man to drive the champions elect, and also many a fantasy manager’s team.
Bruno Fernandes (c)
Though still within striking distance of their city neighbours, it is now four points dropped in their last three games for Manchester United, but in Gameweek 24, Bruno Fernandes (11.5) will look to reignite the Red Devils’ title tilt this weekend.
Now the highest scorer in FPL by some 14 points this season, Fernandes has now taken his tally to 13 goals and 11 assists – barely letting up since his explosive start to life in the Premier League 13 months ago.
Netting in his last two outings, the talisman ended a run of five without a goal, and with his sights again re-trained, a trip to West Brom this weekend looks a potentially lucrative one for his close to 60% ownership.
The Baggies have conceded at least twice in all of their last eight league games – a startling 24 times in that period. If we also look at United’s staggering 12 goals during their last 180 minutes, everything points to a handsome away win, but also a long afternoon in the West Midlands for the hosts.
Despite only playing once in GW24, United’s away form coupled with Fernandes’ prowess in attack against a side that so easily ship goals looks like a winning formula, and managers will likely flock to the Portuguese for a captaincy haul.
As our next dip into the pool of double-duty personnel, Everton look the next best bet after City, and Josh King (5.5) has spiked our interest in GW24.
With Dominic Calvert-Lewin ruled out for at least the visit of Fulham on Sunday, King presents an intriguing option for managers to recruit, given the fact that boss Carlo Ancelotti has stated there is a “strong possibility” that the Cherries’ loanee could start on Valentines Day.
An added dimension to his play lies in his versatility, meaning he could also slot into a wing position as he often did for Bournemouth, but his immediate value looks to be as a front man.
Few FPL managers are yet to make the leap to King, but given his prior seasons on the south coast where he scored 42 league goals in the past four terms, his price-tag of just 5.5 could prove to be a bargain, not only short-term, but for the remainder of the campaign.
Everton have once more found their prolific nature, and after scoring five versus Spurs in midweek, have now reached double figures in the past three outings across the board. King could help the Toffees continue in that vein here.
As another side that place twice this week, Burnley could be quite active in the attentions of fantasy managers also, and Ben Mee (5.9) is one who will be at the top of the list of recruits from Lancashire.
The Clarets travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday, before a home tie against Fulham next Wednesday, and having improved vastly in recent weeks, a clean sheet looks possible in one or both games.
In the case of Mee however, the Englishman has been another in-form scorer from set-pieces this term to add to his potential value, with 69 points, but more importantly two goals since GW16.
That could outweigh the battle between whether Mee or Burnley ‘keeper Nick Pope – already owned by 15.9% of players – becomes the most-recruited defender ahead of this weekend.
Against Fulham in particular, Burnley will again rely on aerial play and with the defender having netted both his goals at Turf Moor, midweek could see a very handy boost to FPL totals for GW24.
Punt of the Week: Josh Maja
Another Josh you say? Yes, and for GW24’s punt, we look to perhaps one of the most unlikely teams to choose from in Fulham, but Josh Maja (5.5) may just surprise a few.
A former Sunderland player, the London-born Nigerian international forward returned to his native city last month, after a loan move from Bordeaux.
Scoring infrequently in Ligue 1, Maja nevertheless is likely to inject some spice into the Whites’ attack, that is beginning to find form.
Whilst Aleksanndr Mitrovic continues as a shadow of his former self in west London, both Ademola Lookman and Ivan Cavaleiro have also been inconsistent. This is where Maja could come into his own.
Two trips away from home may not look the most attractive on paper, but Maja is still a capable performer up front. Though not even .0% of managers own the striker, a 5.5 punt on a player who made his club debut off the bench last week – and who should play twice this week – is well worth consideration, if funds are tight.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 24 deadline is Saturday, 11:00 UK time.
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