Fantasy Premier League tips: Gameweek 23 review


Gameweek 23 has been one of the highest-scoring of the season.

We saw 40 goals in the Premier League over the weekend and we still have one more game to go tonight (Monday) as Brentford take on Manchester City at 8pm (UK time).

Here are the talking points…


Richarlison (£7.2million) has nine goals in his last eight league games. The Tottenham Hotspur man has simply been phenomenal since his positional switch up front and his underlying numbers back up his performances. Not only has he scored the most goals (nine) since Gameweek 16, but he also has the best non-penalty expected goals total (4.64) among all players during this period.

However, many FPL managers have been put off buying Richarlison recently due to his blank in Gameweek 26 and rightfully so. Whether you transfer him in now really depends on your team. If you can get sufficient players for Double Gameweek 25 and Blank Gameweek 26, then it’s fine to purchase the Brazilian.

Richarlison, Tottenham


Richarlison is in impressive form (Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images)

Spurs’ next two fixtures before Blank Gamewek 26 are as good as they come with two home games against Brighton and Wolves. Then, from Gameweek 27 to 32, they play Crystal Palace (H), Aston Villa (A), Fulham (A), Luton Town (H), West Ham (A) and Nottingham Forest (H).

Their fixtures on either side of the blank gameweek are fantastic, so it’s only a matter of getting him now or after the blank depending on how your team is set up.


Worries over Estupinan

Pervis Estupinan’s (£5.1m) place in the Brighton starting XI is looking in doubt. He was taken off at half-time against Luton in Gameweek 22 when his team lost 4-0 and the Ecuadorian was also benched in their 4-1 win over Crystal Palace this gameweek.

To make matters worse, Tariq Lamptey (£3.9m), who can play in the same position, started and put in a fine performance. He picked up an assist, too.

It’s a tough spot for FPL managers who own Estupinan because Brighton’s fixtures until Gameweek 28 are great and he may well get reinstated into Roberto De Zerbi’s starting XI.

Brighton’s upcoming fixtures

Gameweek Fixture

24

Tottenham (A)

25

Sheffield United (A)

26

Everton (H)

27

Fulham (A)

28

N. Forest (H)

Estupinan is definitely off the list as a buy right now, but if you own him, then I would keep him for now if your team allows it.

If he is benched against Spurs, then it may be time to let him go and he can be moved on for a Manchester City or Liverpool defender in time for their double gameweek.


The game of the weekend was the 4-4 draw between Newcastle United and Luton.

Kieran Trippier (£6.8m) got a goal and an assist, but the fact Eddie Howe’s team conceded four goals is a tad worrying. I wouldn’t panic just yet though if you own any of their defenders as their long-term fixtures are decent — especially the next two against Forest (A) and Bournemouth (H).

Newcastle’s upcoming fixtures

Gameweek Fixture

24

N. Forest (A)

25

Bournemouth (H)

26

Arsenal (A)

27

Wolves (H)

28

Chelsea (A)

It wasn’t positive news for Anthony Gordon (£6.2m) owners as the 22-year-old was taken off at half-time with an ankle injury and was pictured leaving the stadium in a protective boot.

Howe gave an update post-match: “Looks like he twisted his ankle. He was in a lot of pain at half-time; it was sore enough for him to come off.’’

If Gordon is out for a while, then he is a sell in most cases. But it’s worth waiting until the end of the week for Newcastle’s press conference for an update.


Luton’s assets are staking a claim

Luton are on a respectable run of form, with three wins and two draws in their last six. They have also scored the third-most goals (19) since Gameweek 15 and with Sheffield United (H) next and then a double gameweek after that, they could be worth investing in.

Elijah Adebayo (£4.9m) has four goals in his last two games, but with so many forward options to consider, it will be hard for most FPL managers to accommodate him. The same goes for any of Luton’s midfielders.

However, defender Alfie Doughty (£4.5m) and goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski (£4.5m) could be options. Doughty has seven assists (third among defenders) and at his price is great value. He is a fine option as your fifth defender.

Kaminski is also a worthy asset to have as your second goalkeeper.

Elijah Adebayo, Luton


Elijah Adebayo is an interesting differential (George Wood/Getty Images)

It’s not only Double Gameweek 25 that is the attraction, though, as there is also a 60 per cent chance, according to FPL fixture guru Ben Crellin, that they get another double gameweek in Gameweek 28 against Crystal Palace (A) and Bournemouth (A), and an approximate 65 per cent chance that their fixture in Blank Gameweek 29 against Nottingham Forest (H) goes ahead.

For this to become a blank, Luton would have to beat Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup or Nottingham Forest would need to defeat Bristol City in the two teams’ fourth-round replay, with Forest then beating Manchester United in the fifth round.


Liverpool’s big hitters cause concern

Darwin Nunez (£7.4m) started on the bench against Arsenal on Sunday, but this wasn’t a huge surprise. Jurgen Klopp mentioned that the Uruguayan striker got a knock after the Chelsea game and was a doubt going into this fixture.

Nunez came on in the 58th minute, so the injury doesn’t seem to have been too serious and should be fine for the weeks ahead.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.5m) started his first game since his injury but only managed 57 minutes, indicating he hasn’t yet fully recovered. Before this game, he would have been a popular transfer ahead of the home game versus Burnley in Gameweek 24, but it might be wise to wait on him for another week.

This will also give non-owners a chance to see if Conor Bradley (£4.1m) is back and how Klopp decides to set his team up with both available. The 20-year-old missed out in Gameweek 23 due to personal reasons but has impressed at right-back in Alexander-Arnold’s absence, picking up one goal and three assists in his last two games.


Keep an eye on the Aston Villa-Chelsea replay

This is another week in which we should wait as late as possible before making any transfers. Aston Villa play Chelsea on Wednesday, February 7, in an FA Cup fourth-round replay.

This game may have implications for your transfers this week. If Villa win, then their fixture in Gameweek 29 against West Ham will be a blank. If Chelsea win, then their game against Arsenal will be a blank.

Although Blank Gameweek 29 may seem far away, we really do have to plan for it now due to the high expected number of fixtures that may be postponed. Once again, Ben Crellin has all of the permutations.

(Top photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)





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