Tottenham Hotspur host Chelsea in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 22
Leaders Manchester City travel to improving Burnley, Wolves entertain Arsenal, as Manchester United visit Southampton
Aston Villa face West Ham United in top-half battle, with Sheffield United facing-off with relegation rivals West Brom
PREMIER LEAGUE – As the season enters February further midweek fixtures lie in store, but who should be in your squads for Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 22?
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Mohamed Salah (c)
To kick off Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 22’s selections off as a relentless season rolls on, a player, who after suffering from the rigours of it in, Mohamed Salah (12.6), looks back to his very best.
His sublime brace versus West Ham United may have been his first goals in seven league outings, but the Liverpool man’s brace in the FA Cup versus Manchester United also, was further evidence of his growing confidence in front of goal.
The holders have fallen off the pace somewhat since Christmas given their lengthy injury list, but though Brighton travel the North-West fresh from defeat of Spurs, Anfield is a very different examination.
Salah’s price-tag of 12.6 remains steep, but with the form the Egyptian is in – and looks back to be in – his 43.2% of owners are poised to be well rewarded in GW22.
With Sadio Mane set to miss out the visit of Brighton again, Salah will carry the goal burden and is a solid option for the armband in midweek once more.
We looked last weekend at players who look to have come in from the cold, and another such figure is Marcos Alonso (5.6), who looks to have forced his way into new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel‘s plans.
Having not played a single league minute since GW3 before the weekend, the Spaniard was a surprise inclusion at left-back against Burnley, but Alonso paid back his manager’s faith handsomely, with a vintage Alonso showing.
Grabbing a late second goal for the Blues in GW21, the marauding full-back reminded fantasy managers of his value in FPL, grabbing 14 points for his efforts.
Conversely, owners of Ben Chilwell will be shifting nervously in their seats – not least the player himself – and it will be hard to argue dropping Alonso after such a stellar show.
A trip to Spurs could bare further fruit for Chelsea also, given the gaps appearing in the Lilywhites’ defence on a regular basis.
Alonso has been a prolific points-scorer in seasons past and GW22 could well continue that trend.
With Patrick Bamford a doubt to face Everton at Elland Road with a dead leg, another option in the Leeds United attack for GW22 lies with Jack Harrison (5.4), who has began to pick up some serious steam in terms of form.
Scoring in his last two games on the bounce, the Whites’ attacking midfielder now has five goals and four assists for the campaign, three goals of which, have come in the last five games.
Netting away from home in the last two GWs, the former Manchester City youth player is once more timing his runs from deep to perfection and is doing so at a relative pittance for FPL managers.
Welcoming an Everton side who were caught off guard against Newcastle United at the weekend, Harrison will fancy his chances of making it three-in-a-row, as he looks to fire Leeds towards the top half of the table.
As Manchester City open up a three-point lead – with a game in hand no less – at the summit of the Premier League standings, a trip to Burnley lies in wait for the Citizens, but Joao Cancelo (6.0) could just be the tonic for FPL managers.
Now in over 20% of squads the former Juventus player looks the perfect in Pep Guardiola‘s side, and has picked up a clean sheet in the seven of the last nine games he has been named in the starting XI.
Conceding just once during the last five games the Portuguese has begun, the full-back has become a growing force for City this term, supplying a goal, assist and clean sheet, in a weighty 17-point haul away to West Brom in GW20.
Rested at the weekend, Cancelo looks a sure bet to start at Turf Moor in what could be a tight contest, given the Clarets’ huge improvement in recent weeks.
As has been the case with City’s wide players over the years however, Cancelo has joined in the attack on a more frequent basis this term and after threatening from range before his goal last midweek, GW22 could bring further rewards.
Punt of the Week: Billy Sharp
For GW22’s punt, we shift our focus to Yorkshire and as Sheffield United look to build on their shock defeat of Manchester United, Billy Sharp (5.5) might just be a shrewd short-term recruit.
Though still 13 points from safety, the Blades have began to show a deal of fight in their battle against likely relegation, and the visit of fellow basement-dwellers West Bromwich Albion, presents the perfect chance to build on three points from their last two games.
Sharp can be just the catalyst in midweek. With a paltry two goals for the season, the veteran striker however, is something of a cult figure at Bramall Lane and both of his strikes have come on home turf.
Playing only 12 minutes against Manchester City at the weekend, Sharp will be unleashed on a Baggies defence that have shipped 15 goals in five games.
It should also be noted that Sharp had a clear opening to score in their win at Old Trafford, and presented with a back line that have been so poor of late, the Sheffield man could be in business this week.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 22 deadline is Tuesday, 16:30 UK time.
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