The Merseyside derby headlines Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 25
Arsenal host leaders Manchester City, as West Ham United and Spurs meet in a east-north London derby
Leeds United and Southampton both play twice, facing each other on Tuesday evening
PREMIER LEAGUE – As another double fixture looms for two sides this week, who should be in your squad for Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 25?
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We begin Gameweek 25’s picks with a player who had flattered to deceive upon his arrival into the Premier League, but in Timo Werner (9.2), Fantasy Premier League managers are quickly considering if this is the time to bring the German back into the fold. We believe it is.
Having scored just four goals in his first eight league games for Chelsea, in recent weeks, the former RB Leipzig forward has began to find his form, with one assist in the win against Spurs, followed by being involved in both goals versus Sheffield United.
Breaking his 14-game goal-less league streak last weekend, Werner has won rave reviews for his performance in the last three games, and with Marcos Alonso back in the Blues’ fold, looks to be benefitting from Thomas Tuchel‘s new 3-4-3 system.
With a trip to Southampton in GW25, Chelsea have yet to concede a goal during under the new era in west London, and in attack – against a Saints side that cling on to the spectre of shipping nine at Old Trafford only a few weeks ago – will put the hosts under another examination here.
Indeed, with Werner looking to be building confidence in front of goal, this weekend could be his big chance to make a statement, and one that 12.1% of owners have bought into already.
Patrick Bamford (c)
As the first of three picks involving the Leeds United-Southampton GW25 monopoly, Patrick Bamford (6.9) looks a no-brainer for his latest fantasy pick, and could be earmarked for captaincy also.
For those that have owned the Englishman for most of the campaign, said managers would have seen the Whites’ striker’s stock rise from a paltry 5.5 at the outset of the season.
Still one of the most consistent performers in the game, Bamford has 12 goals and eight assists this term so far, having missed just one game in 25 played.
Though having netted only twice in the last eight outings, Bamford’s appeal has also been built on his all-round game, and has three assists in his last four, for a Leeds side that frequently throw caution to the wind.
A double gameweek then, looks mighty appealing and with a trip to Wolves first up – who continue to leak goals – there then follows a home clash with Southampton, who could be licking their wounds after Chelsea’s trip south.
Bamford will be a key facet of many a manager’s plans in GW25, and for us, is a serious shout for the armband.
Kevin De Bruyne
As Manchester City opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the table in midweek, the return of Kevin De Bruyne (11.8) as a substitute at Everton would have left many fans of opposing clubs shaking their heads, and as the leaders face Arsenal this weekend, the Belgian could return with a bang.
Having missed the last five league games, the Citizens have nonetheless galloped ahead of the field even without their talisman, and GW25, rather disconcertingly for the Gunners, should see De Bruyne back in the starting XI.
His record versus the north Londoners is a shining one, having scored five against them, two of which have come at the Emirates Stadium.
City’s goal tally during the last eight league games makes for harrowing reading for opposition defences, with 24 goals having come in that period of time.
Hitting four at Anfield in GW23 and three at Stamford Bridge in GW17, Arsenal will be prepared for trial by fire, but dealing with said threat is easier than actively undertaken.
De Bruyne looked fresh and rejuvenated in his cameo at Goodison Park on Wednesday, which could make for bad news for the hosts here. The Belgian could lay a reminder this weekend, that City will take some stopping now, not least with his return.
The second of three plucks from the double gameweek band see our focus switch to the south coast, and though Southampton are still showing the signs of their mauling at the hands of Manchester United, Takumi Minamino (6.0) has slotted into the Saints’s attack with aplomb.
Making the loan move from Liverpool during the January transfer window, the Japanese livewire attacking midfield showed glimpses of his Salzburg days on debut, scoring his first goal for his new club.
Taken off shortly after the hour-mark last time out, Minamino can expect a good deal more game time this week, housed on the left of midfield behind the two front men.
At a reasonable price-tag, the Asian has been picked up by only 0.5% of FPL managers to this point, making his inclusion as something of a differential, as the games ebb away this term.
Southampton will be keen to be the first side to break the Chelsea boughs under Tuchel, but should that be prevented once more, a trip to a Leeds side that will go on the offensive, should provide ample opportunity for Minamino to impress.
Punt of the Week: Stuart Dallas
After GW24’s rousing success in picking Josh Maja – netting a brace against Everton – this week we are again plumping for a double-duty contender, and having moved from his right-back berth into midfield, Stuart Dallas (4.9) is beginning to rise to prominence in FPL.
Now in almost 20% of teams, the Scottish international has become one of the those commodities in FPL that appear every so often, as a full-back who has been pushed further up field.
With four goals this term, back-to-back strikes in Gw13 and 14 came from his attacking forays, but his effort versus Leicester City was his first in a central role.
Notching an assist in the 2-0 win at home to Crystal Palace 10 days ago, Dallas looks great value in GW25. With a possible 180 minutes and the promise of more attacking ventures, Dallas could be a very handy points boost.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 25 deadline is Friday, 18:30 UK time.
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