We take a look at our last player picks of 2023! An important reminder that the first Wildcard will expire this game-week if not already used (a second wildcard can then be used after this game-week, until the end of the season). We have plenty of bargain differentials on offer here which can be great enablers for your sides, especially if you are yet to use the wildcard! Here are our picks:
Jordan Pickford (£4.4m, WOL vs EVE)
Everton looks to bounce back against an in-form Wolves side after two recent losses to Tottenham and Man City. Pickford has been picking up regular save points, and before these two losses he had four double-digit dividends in a row.
Ederson (£5.5m, MCI vs SHU)
Should be a comfortable game for the Man City keeper, with most of the attacking play expected at the Sheffield end. Probably the best bet for a clean sheet with a City triple-up more than tempting.
Gabriel Magalhaes (£5.0m, FUL vs ARS)
With Fulham not registering a goal in three consecutive games now, the Gunners should fancy themselves for a win and clean-sheet in this London Derby. Magalhaes has shown in recent times he’ll chip in with the odd goal too.
Pau Torres (£4.7m, AST vs BUR)
Torres should be back in the lineup after missing the loss to Man United with minor ankle knock. Villa suffered a setback but should bounce back, and the Spanish defender should provide stability, especially against a toothless Burnley.
Trent Alexander Arnold (£8.4m, LIV vs NEW)
The premium defender is up against a Newcastle side who come into this one on back to back losses. Assists are always a potential for TAA against a leaking side in addition to clean sheet points in a home fixture.
Richarlison (£6.8m, TOT vs BOU)
It’s no coincidence that Spurs have turned around since the Brazilian’s return from injury. Richarlison has scored four goals in the last three games, all of which were wins. Let’s see if he continues this against Brighton (Thursday) before committing to GW-20.
Michael Olise (£5.8m, CRY vs BRE)
Reminding the fans what they were missing earlier in the season. Olise is well and truly back to his best, full of confidence and producing well (two goals plus an assist in his last three games). He’s even a differential (<1%) against a Brentford defense that conceded four last time out.
Phil Foden (£7.6m, MCI vs SHU)
Stepping up in the absence of De Bruyne and Haaland, Foden has back to back goal contributions. Man City looks to kick on with a run of games, and there’s no more perfect opportunity than a home fixture against rock bottom Sheffield United.
Alejandro Garnacho (£4.7m, NOT vs MUN)
Dominic Solanke (£7.0m, TOT vs BOU)
Are you watching, Mr Southgate? Solanke is certainly knocking on the door with his sizzling recent form. five goals in three games (12 for the season) is why his stock continues to rise. Spurs will be tough opposition, but one must stand on in-form, confident forwards.
Julian Alvarez (£6.8m, MCI vs SHU)
Our final Man City pick should lead the line against the relegation strugglers. Alvarez scored last time out in the comeback win over Everton and will be a solid bet for more, especially with his game-time increasing during the continued absence of Haaland.
Chris Wood (£4.9m, NOT vs MUN)
The differential is worth a punt for your cheap slot, turning heads with his Boxing Day hattrick. Even more impressive was the quality of finishes. He has four goals plus an assist in two games, and now he plays a home fixture against a Man United side plagued by several injuries at the back.
Who are the essential picks as we enter 2024? Have you used your first-half wildcard yet? If not, it’s use-it-or-lose-it time, so talk to us if you need advice. Please log in and let us know your thoughts in the comments!