Welcome to our game-week 23 picks. Game-week 22 is still fresh in our minds, with an enticing upper-table match-up still being fought by Spurs and Chelsea as we write, giving new boss Tuchel his first taste of a London Derby. He will face the former two-time Blues manager, Jose Mourinho. Elsewhere, Southampton and Arsenal are in the midst of defensive crises, after each side finished with 9 men!
Karl Darlow - £5.0Mil - Southampton (H)
Not only have the Saints been vulnerable in defense, coming into this one off the back of a record-equaling 9-0 shellacking, but they’re also struggling to get going upfront. They have just one goal in their last four league games, which is even worse than Liverpool. This should give the improving Newcastle a chance to shut out the Saints, with Darlow having banked a clean-sheet back in GW-21 against Everton.
Robert Sánchez - £4.4Mil - Burnley (A)
Any keeper who records back-to-back clean-sheets at home to Spurs and away to Liverpool deserves his place in our player picks. Sánchez was called into action a few times across the 2 games and stood up well. He now faces a Burnley side who haven’t scored in 2 games; giving him a chance of making it 3 in a row.
Luke Shaw - £4.9Mil - Everton (H)
Shaw is one of the Manchester United assets to benefit from their rampant 9-0 drubbing of Southampton, helping himself to 2 assists. This is even more impressive when you consider that he only featured for one half. The only frustration was that Shaw missed out on the clean-sheet points. The managed minutes for Shaw should put him in position to start against Everton.
James Justin - £5.1Mil - Wolves (A)
In the absence of Jamie Vardy, even Justin has started to chip in with the goals! Hopefully Justin will now get a taste for the business end of the pitch. Opponents Wolves may have won last time out, but they faced an Arsenal side who ended up with 9 men on the pitch, with the Gunners looking comfortable and likely to score more before they went down to 10 at the end of the first half. Justin could kick on and offer good value in this one.
Aaron Cresswell - £5.6Mil - Fulham (A)
The first pick of our trio of West Ham players. Cresswell has been in strong form in recent weeks, with two assists in his last three games. Next up is a Fulham side that has conceded four goals in the last two while shooting blanks the last time out. This should give Cresswell opportunity to register points at both ends of the pitch.
Leandro Trossard - £5.7Mil - Burnley (A)
Brighton has struggled to pick up points this season, but what a way to stop the rot! The Seagulls are now full of confidence after recording back-to-back wins over Tottenham and Liverpool. This has been a fantastic couple of games, earning Trossard a call-up to our picks. Trossard has been integral, with a goal and assist in each victory.
Jesse Lingard - £5.9Mil - Fulham (A)
The forgotten man is back! Lingard may be out of favor with Ole, but what an impact he made on his West Ham debut! The England International was the bright spark, bagging himself an impressive brace. The Hammers are in form, and Lingard looks up for his new challenge. He’s a brilliant differential (0.2%) with his stock bound to rise.
James Maddison - £7.3Mil - Wolves (A)
The Foxes may be without their star man Jamie Vardy, but Maddison has still managed to rack up a decent number of points without him. Three assists in his last three games without Vardy is promising and should continue with. In the last six league games, Maddison has three goals in addition to those three assists.
Calum Wilson - £6.8Mil - Southampton (H)
After some poor form for both Wilson and Newcastle, the hitman is looking like his old self. The Magpies have turned their fortunes around in the last couple of game-weeks as Wilson bagged two goals and two assists in his last three matches. This could be a good time to get him into your side, especially against a Southampton defense that just shipped 9 its last time out!
Anthony Martial - £8.7Mil - Everton (H)
It’s fair to say that Martial has been out of favor recently, having played a bit-part role after facing competition from the experienced Edinson Cavani. Martial is back on the FPL radar after netting two goals plus an assist in just a half of football against the woeful Saints. The reduced minutes and strong performance for Martial could put him in contention to start against Everton.
Michail Antonio - £6.6Mil - Fulham (A)
West Ham’s and Antonio’s strong form continues, showing no signs of slowing down. Yet another win for David Moyes’ men continues their hunt for European football as well. Antonio may not have been in the goals in the last couple of weeks, but he has turned provider with three assists recently in as many games.
What do you think of our selections this week? And whom are you dropping? Do you have plenty of money left in the bank? Or are you carrying some high-priced assets? Please let us know in the comments!