Thursday, 25 January 2018

Gameweek 25 - Daily Fantasy Premier League Tips


Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has become extremely popular amongst the FPL community since August 2017, as managers get to pick a brand new fantasy team each week, without the headache of managing a season-long team.

As always, this week’s picks are suitable for all fantasy football game formats and will suit most scoring systems, so we hope you find good use for them, whether you’re playing Fantasy Premier League, or daily fantasy games over at Starting 11.

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Forwards


Safe Pick - Harry Kane vs Manchester United (H)


Spurs may find themselves up against a Manchester United defence that has failed to concede in its last 4 league games, but Harry Kane has shown us time and time again that he can find the back of the net no matter who the opposition.

Closer inspection of those 4 United clean sheets show us that they allowed 45 shots on goal.  It's fair to say that at times United rode their luck.

A striker with Kane’s ability will cause that United defence more problems and I expect him to add to his current run of 3 goals in 2 games.






Differential - Andre Gray vs Stoke (A)


Having scored 2 goals from his last 3 games, Andre Gray has hit some form and can now challenge Troy Deeney as Watford’s main striker.

Watford’s overall form has not been great of late, but the new manager effect always brings the best out of a team and Stoke City will count themselves unlucky at the timing of this fixture.

Stoke themselves have started playing better football, but after conceding 10 goals in their last 5 league games, Gray could do some more damage on Wednesday.







Midfielders


Safe Pick –  Riyad Mahrez vs Everton (A)


There is no denying that the 2015/16 player of the year is on form again - scoring in the 2-0 win over Watford to make it 8 goals and 10 assists for the season.

On Wednesday, Leicester host Everton who have now gone 6 league games without a win and have conceded 9 goals in their last 4.

Both Mahrez and Vardy continue to be tempting options for the forcible future with a fixture list that has caught the eye of many fantasy football bosses.







Differential Pick – Xherdan Shaqiri vs Watford (H)


Paul Lambert's arrival at Stoke has already resulted in an increased attacking threat within their line-up.  They may have lost 3-0 to Manchester United but Stoke were very unlucky not to score, Shaqiri also denied by a fantastic save from David De Gea.

They followed this up with a 2-0 win against Huddersfield with Shaqiri recording an assist.  They have Watford up next, who haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 11 league games, this is a great opportunity for Shaqiri and Stoke to build some momentum.




Defenders


Safe Pick – Nicolas Otamendi vs WBA (H)


Otamendi has created a name for himself this season as a defender who poses an attacking threat as well as clean sheet potential.

West Brom made life difficult for Manchester City at the Hawthorns early in the season, scoring twice despite losing 3-2.  At the Etihad, I can’t see West Brom causing the same problems again.

Otamendi was unlucky not to score vs Liverpool after hitting the post, he's due some more attacking returns.








Differential Pick – Ryan Bertrand vs Brighton (H)


You won’t have seen many Southampton defenders in articles like this one often since the opening weeks of the season.  So how has Bertrand found himself a place as this week’s differential defender?
Well the reason is Brighton’s attacking returns, or indeed their lack of attacking returns, with them failing to score in 4 of their last 5 league games.

From his left back position Bertrand is also an attacking threat, having created a goal vs Spurs, his fourth assist of the season.






Goalkeepers


Safe Pick – Thibaut Courtois vs Bournemouth (H)


Chelsea continue to rack up the clean sheets - 6 in their last 7 games - should a home fixture vs Bournemouth prove to be any different?

The Cherries picked up a good win at Arsenal, but a 3-0 defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup brought them back down to earth and highlighted their struggles away from home.

Courtois currently has a 75% chance of playing, he should be available.  If not, I recommend you switch to Caballero, as a Chelsea goalkeeper will prove key on Wednesday.








Differential Pick –  Nick Pope vs Newcastle (A)


Burnley aren’t quite having it their own way lately and the clean sheets have dried up.

That said, having lost their last two games only 1-0, their defence is still tight and you could argue that they were the better team in the defeat to Manchester United.

I think the game vs Newcastle is a chance for us to see those #PopeMee celebrations return with a clean sheet at St James Park.





CAPTAIN PICK

Well this was a tough decision and I was close to going with Harry Kane, however due to having both form and a more favourable fixture, this week I have gone with Mahrez as my recommended Starting 11 captain pick.

3 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 games (only blanking away to Chelsea during that period).  I expect him to continue providing those returns.

Having moved back out to the right wing, instead of playing as a number 10, seems to have suited the Algerian, finding more time and space away from the congestion in the middle of the park.  He gets the armband for me this week.

Whatever you decide, I hope you’ll join us this Gameweek by downloading the FREE Starting 11 app in the App Store or the Google Play Store.