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Week 25 Official FPL Player Picks

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How do we handle January transfers and the mini-DGW with blanks ahead?

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Make that a double.
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It has kept you up at night, occupied your thoughts on the drive to work, and possibly even during that important meeting. Which double game players do you need in your team this week?

Many managers will be taking a points hit to get Manchester City and/or Everton players into their squads. Let’s try to choose the right ones.

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Goalkeepers

Tom Heaton (£4.8, Burnley v. Southampton)

What a good luck charm Heaton has been for Sean Dyche, helping lead a resurgence for his clarets. Unbeaten in five league games, and clawing their way out of the bottom three, we can feel good investing in defensive assists again at Turf Moor.

Ederson (£5.6, Manchester City v. Arsenal, + at Everton)

Choosing three City players was always going to be the plan for the picks this week, but which three to pick is the issue. We go with the Brazilian for the assuredness of his 180 minutes.

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Defenders

Michael Keane (£4.9, Everton v. Wolves, + v. Manchester City)

Goodison Park will host two strong attacking teams, so clean sheets will have to be earned. A double game week means it’s well worth the risk to include an Everton defender though.

Danny Rose (£5.8, Tottenham v. Newcastle)

The goals have started to come for Newcastle lately, which made this a tough choice. Rose has been getting forward, which is why I’m not scared to include him here. The possibility of some assists to Fernando Llorente is high.

Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.3, Chelsea v. Huddersfield)

While results have been very hit and miss up front for Maurizio Sarri this season, Chelsea’s defense has been as solid as ever. The captain is a big part of the consistency over the years and a safe pick this week.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.5, Crystal Palace v. Fulham)

It’s a London derby this week for the man I hope to be the future Manchester United right back. We have a great fixture and need to balance the budget.

Jose Holebas (£4.8, Watford at Brighton)

The assist leader among defenders, he’s a safe pick whether at home or away.

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Midfielders

Andros Townsend (£5.8, Crystal Palace v. Fulham)

With Zaha suspended this week, Roy Hodgson will be needing inspiration from someone else on the pitch.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.4, Everton v. Wolves, + v. Manchester City)

I’ve had a few friends ask me which City asset they must have this week. Not a single one of them has asked about Everton. The Iceland international is a man for the big moment and could be a great investment.

Leroy Sane (£9.7, Manchester City v. Arsenal, + at Everton)

I’ve not made any transfers at the time of publishing, leaning heavily in the direction of Pogba to Sane. Able to produce magic, what worries me about the German is that Benjamin Mendy could take control of the left side.

Mo Salah (£13.6, Liverpool at West Ham)

Not much to say when it comes to this man; he’s too consistent to be left out.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (£4.2, Chelsea v. Huddersfield)

I’m going way out on a limb here, as he may not even be in the squad. The rest of the picks are fairly predictable so let’s take a gamble that the manager who never changes decides to make changes after the drubbing in midweek.

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Forwards

Sergio Aguero (£11.3, Manchester City v. Arsenal, at Everton)

Gabriel Jesus will likely start one game, but Aguero is class, and I trust him to provide points despite probably featuring in one game from the bench.

Fernando Llorente (£5.7, Spurs v. Newcastle)

Tottenham can go second in the table with a win in the first game of the weekend. He might need lots of chances to score a goal, but when you have Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son behind you, those chances will come.

Joshua King (£6.4, Bournemouth at Cardiff )

The Norwegian international looked superb in the demolition of Chelsea, and he will aim to continue the good form in Wales this week.

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Still undecided on which of the City players I add to my squad, getting that decision right will dictate what color arrow is next to my team name. What moves did you make for the mini-double week? How do you plan to cope with the ensuing blanks? And perhaps most important, whom should we captain this week??? Please share in the comments below!

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