Thursday, 17 January 2019

Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 23

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Safe Pick – Rashford vs Brighton (H)

To be successful at fantasy football you need to own in-form players and right now Rashford epitomizes that more so than anyone else.

Three goals and two assists during his last three games are fantastic returns and with the backing of interim manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer, Rashford is certainly a safe pick this week and will challenge Salah for your captaincy backing.

Their opponents on Saturday, Brighton, have only kept a clean sheet once during their last twelve Premier League games, which bodes well for United to cause havoc.

Differential Pick - Llorente vs Fulham (A)

A bit of a punt this week in Llorente, but with Kane and Son both missing for different reasons he could cause a surprise or two.  Just think of what Jesus has done at City with his recent opportunities.

The fixture is certainly a good one for Tottenham. If Harry Kane was fit he would have been my safe pick for Gameweek 23 and it's a travesty for fantasy football that he can't play.

Fulham, having conceded eight goals in three games (two of which were against League 2 Oldham Athletic) look destined for relegation. I expect even a depleted Spurs side to win easily this weekend.


Safe Pick - Pogba vs Brighton (H)

What a partnership we are now seeing between Rashford and Pogba! Who would have thought earlier in the season that come Christmas we’d be doubling up, even tripling up on United players?

De Gea may have taken all the headlines against Spurs, but Pogba put in another fantastic display on Sunday afternoon and provided the assist for Rashford’s winning goal.

Pogba is starting to become a must own player and should slot into your fantasy teams for the foreseeable future.

Differential – Sigurdsson vs Southampton (A)

Everton continue to run hot and cold. Last week we were expecting fireworks against Bournemouth but in the end a 2-0 win with goals from Calvert-Lewin and Zourma wasn’t really much use to anyone.

Another week and another favourable fixture beckons.  Some fantasy football managers may be beginning to lose patience with their Everton assets but I'm expecting us to see more from their Iceland international, Sigurdsson.

Other than the surprise 0-0 against Chelsea (when Southampton allowed 17 shots on goal), you have to go all the way back to October 2018 for the last Southampton clean sheet – Everton will no doubt create chances, let’s see if they can finish them off this week.


Safe Pick – Laporte vs Huddersfield (A)

The fixtures led me straight to Liverpool for a clean sheet this week, but with Lovren, Gomez and Alexander Arnold all out injured – Klopp needs to patch up that defence and even van Dijk might not be able to carry them.

However, Gameweek 23 offers us Manchester City against Huddersfield, a side who have have scored only three goals during their last eight games.

Yes, Manchester City players are subject to rotation but Laporte has started 21 of Manchester City’s 22 league games this season, so has a good chance to start and register a clean sheet.

Differential – Holebas vs Burnley (H)

He loves a yellow card and only has two clean sheets to him name all season, but this weekend Watford face Burnley which instantly draws our attention to the Hornets.

On to the positives for Holebas - nine of them in fact in the form of three goals and six assists this season – not bad for a fullback especially when you consider Robertson (with a reputation as an attacking fullback) hasn’t scored all season and only has five assists.

Burnley have conceded ten goals during their last five games and I fancy Watford to add to that this weekend, with Holebas on corners and arriving late at the edge of the box – he could be the differential to own this weekend.


Safe Pick – De Gea vs Brighton (H)

Is big Dave back?  It’s amazing what a bit of confidence from a new manager can do to a player.  We all know De Gea is world class but he hasn’t backed up that reputation with performances this season.

His stand out effort of 11 saves in one half of Premier League football earned Manchester United their second clean sheet on the run, I’m certainly not backing United’s defence – however with De Gea you are guaranteed to see save points and stand every chance of a clean sheet too.

Differential – Etheridge vs Newcastle (A)

I did look at other options but I see absolutely no reason why Etheridge shouldn’t continue for a second week as my differential goalkeeper pick.

After picking up a clean sheet last weekend that’s now three in his last four games, with a favourable fixture again this week away to Newcastle.

Newcastle have only scored two goals in their last five games and will have tired legs after having played 120 minutes on Tuesday night in the FA Cup. 

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