Gameweek 23: Tips, Fixtures and Analysis with Guest Expert (@WGTA_Nick)

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This Weeks Expert: @WGTA_Nick

Nick is one half of the popular FPL podcast Who Got the Assist. Their website is www.whogottheassist.com and their weekly podcast takes a stats-based approach to looking at FPL with a little bit of psychology mixed in.

GW23 Fixtures

Saturday 19 January

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leicester City (12:30)

Bournemouth vs West Ham United (15:00)

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace (15:00)

Manchester United vs Brighton and Hove Albion (15:00)

Newcastle United vs Cardiff City (15:00)

Southampton vs Everton (15:00)

Watford vs Burnley (15:00)

Arsenal vs Chelsea (17:30)

 

Sunday 20 January

Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City (13:30)

Fulham vs Tottenham Hotspur (16:00)

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Nick’s Fixtures Takeaways

The first thing that sticks out like a sore thumb in regards to the fixtures is the Manchester United ones. I actually managed to go half a season without any of their players but after Mourinho’s sacking they look like a completely different team and are definitely worth covering, considering their affordable prices.  Pogba (£8.5m) is already in my team but with that in mind, I am bringing in Rashford (£7.5m). I wouldn’t necessarily rule out the defence either, after two clean sheets in a row and Luke Shaw (£5m) would be my pick of the bunch.

Other teams worth considering based on the fixtures are Spurs. Their next five fixtures look excellent, however, they are also a team that is going through a personnel crisis with Kane looking like he is going to be ruled out for a fair while and Son also having left for the Asian games. My pick would be Kieran Tripper (£6.1m). The problems with Spurs are not in defence and Trippier will play. He also has also massive potential for attacking returns with 5 assists so far this campaign and 7 last year, which will also lead potentially for bonus points.

The final team I will highlight for the fixtures is Everton, who also have a run of very nice fixtures. My favourite player to own this season for Everton is Lucas Digne (£5.3m). He has 3 goals and 3 assists to his name and has created 41 chances this campaign, 10 more than any other defender, so the potential for more attacking returns is massive.

Gameweek 23 Goalkeepers

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Nick’s Goalkeeper Thoughts

Which 2 Goalkeepers do you currently own and why?

Are there any other Goalkeepers you have an eye on?

I currently own Fabianski (£4.8m) and Button (£4m). I’ve always preferred owning cheaper Goalkeepers playing for poorer clubs. They present an opportunity to rack up save points pretty rapidly and Fabianski makes lots of saves, having made 84, more than any other keeper this season. His save percentage is also 74.8% which is the second most out of keepers who have played every game this season. Button is in my side as a cheaper than cheap second goalkeeper who is currently playing whilst Mat Ryan is attending the Asian games.

The keeper with the best save percentage is Allison (£5.9m) though with 84.2%. Despite the price, I think he is definitely worth considering, Liverpool have kept 13 clean sheets, which is 3 more than any other club.

Gameweek 23 Defenders

Nick’s Defender Thoughts

Which Defenders stand out to you for the next few weeks?

Shaw, Digne and Tripper are all top of my recommendation list. I would also consider Holebas (£4.8m) as a differential pick this week. He is on corners and is second to Digne for chances created within defenders. He also plays Burnley up next, who have conceded 402 shots in total. The most in the league.

Is there a stand out option for those who have to get rid of Trent Alexander-Arnold but don’t have any cash left in the bank?

For those who are short of cash, the Brighton defenders may be worth considering. Duffy (£4.6m) and Dunk (£4.5m) are decent value picks that are also very dangerous on the corners and could easily nick a goal.

Gameweek 23 Midfielders

Nick’s Midfielder Thoughts

Which Midfielders stand out to you for the next few weeks?

The premium midfield assets remain the stand out options and Salah (£13.4m) has proved over the past few gameweeks that he is essential, even at his price tag. Alli (£8.9m) has to also be worth considering and will be expected to be the talisman in the absence of the other key men at Spurs.

Is there a stand out option to replace Son?

The Manchester City midfielders are definitely worth considering. Sterling (£11.3m) and Sane (£9.6m). They have Huddersfield up next who were annihilated by City earlier in the season 6-1 and with the Terriers seemingly in disarray following Wagner separating from the club, they could be on the end of another thrashing which will surely see points for the key men in the City midfield.

As a cheaper option, Pererya (£6.4M) at Watford is certainly worth considering at £6.4m. He is the top 10 midfielders for goal attempts with 45 and could easily be in the points this weekend.

Gameweek 23 Forwards

 

Nick’s Forward Thoughts

Which Forwards stand out to you for the next few weeks?

Marcus Rashford is the man who I have brought in this gameweek. He has been absolutely brilliant for Manchester United and is looking essential.

Stand out Kane Replacement?

Do you currently see more value in the premium midfielders?

There are few real options in the front line this season and as such, I have disinvested quite heavily on the forwards. Aubameyang (£11.3m) is one you should never write off though. At £11.3m and with great underlying stats, he will continue to be in the reckoning for the golden boot this season and will be key for Arsenal’s hopes for a top-four finish.

However, personally I see more value in the premium midfielders over the premium forwards, it is always important to remember that the midfielders get an extra point for goals and clean sheets and with many of the midfielders playing in the number 9 position like Hazard, Richarlison and Salah – the appeal of the existing forwards is further decreased.

Gameweek 23 Captain Pick

Nick’s Captaincy Picks

Top 3 Captaincy picks and why?

Salah, Sterling, Eriksen are my three captaincy picks.

Salah (£13.4m) needs no explanation. He has been a tour de force of FPL points since joining Liverpool in 17/18. 14 goals and 8 assists so far this season makes him the top scoring FPL asset of the season and the underlying stats which are top for most metrics across midfielders suggest he will continue to deliver the points.

Sterling (£11.3m) is another player that has had a fantastic season so far. He is proving himself indispensable to Pep’s plans and continuing to compound critics with brilliant performances week in week out.

Eriksen (£9.3m) is more of a differential captain pick this week. Like Alli, Eriksen will be critical for Tottenham over the next few weeks. There will be plenty of opportunities though next week for the creative star of the Tottenham team when they play Fulham who have conceded 129 shots on target this season, which is more than any other team.

Closing Remarks

 

Thanks to @WGTA_Nick for being this week’s expert. You can hear more from him on this week’s Who Got The Assist podcast that you can find here:

Or by following @WGTA_Nick and @WGTA_FPL on twitter.

We hope you found this week’s article useful and if there is anything you would like us to discuss in next week’s article please let us know!

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