Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 22 Tips

by Phil McGrath on January 15, 2015

Not for the first time this season fantasy managers have plenty to mull over ahead of the gameweek deadline and while on paper this week looks to be one for the usual suspects there are plenty of outside forces that could scupper the form book.

The new managerial appointments at both Crystal Palace and West Brom looked to have the desired effect, for the moment at least, which will leave fantasy managers wondering if they can really bank on players from either club producing this weekend. Of course that is not where the variables stop, injuries to Debuchy and Gibbs have thrown the ability of the Arsenal rearguard into question ahead of their visit to the Etihad, which in turn has stoked the fire on Aguero’s potential to deliver just one week on from his return. However this too could be a false economy, after all the Argentine striker only managed to find the net once in 6-3 drubbing of the Gunners at the Etihad last season.

Elsewhere there are injury concerns over Robin van Persie who was withdrawn early against the Saints with an ankle injury and although it is not thought to be bad enough to keep him out of the game at Loftus Road, it does cast doubt over his suitability for the weekend. While we are on the topic of United, both Luke Shaw and Angel Di Maria were also withdrawn early last time out, with Van Gaal stating in his post match press conference that the pair lacked match fitness or “match Rhythm” as he called it, so are we to believe that the pair or more importantly Di Maria are to be hauled off early again this weekend as he eases them back into the side after injury lay offs?

Thibaut Courtois is another concern, the Chelsea number one was only fit enough for a place on the bench last time out after he picked up a finger injury against Spurs the week pervious, but with this news not breaking until after the gameweek deadline, it seems as though we may once again be left in suspense by Mourinho, but hopefully the “special one” will be feeling gernerous in his pre-match press conference and update us on Courtois’ situation.

Outside of that all we have to contend with is Gylfi Sigurdsson’s foot injury that he has reportedly been carrying for a number of weeks, the potential effect the loss of both Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama could have on the Saints, although it is thought that Alderweireld’s injury is not too serious and of course whether or not Dusan Tadic will be able to shake off a knock that is threatening to keep him out of the game against Newcastle, assuming of course he makes the starting line up anyway!

Pheewwww……the funny part is that I am sure I have left something out, oh yeah, Raheem Sterling looks set to return to the fold for Liverpool having been rested by Brendan Rodgers last time out, although with doubts over Gerrard, and Lallana still out, that once comes as no great surprise. 

So with all that and a whole lot more to consider, here are our thoughts on players for the weekend ahead. 

Goalkeepers

Frasier Forster (Southampton) £5.5 million Fixture: Newcastle (Away)

Adrian (West Ham) £5.0 million Fixture: Hull (Home)

Defenders

Danny Rose (Tottenham) £4.8 million Fixture: Sunderland (Home)

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) £5.7 million Fixture: Newcastle (Away)

Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) £5.6 million Fixture: Hull (Home)

Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) £5.0 million Fixture: Villa (Away)

Midfielders

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) £10.7 million Fixture: Swansea (Away)

Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) £6.5 million Fixture: Sunderland (Home)

Stewart Downing (West Ham) £6.5 million Fixture: Hull (Home)

David Silva (Man City) £9.4 million Fixture: Arsenal (Home)

Forwards

Harry Kane (Tottenham) £5.8 million Fixture: Sunderland (Home)

Sergio Aguero (Man City) £12.4 million Fixture: Arsenal (Home)

Charlie Austin (QPR) £6.5 million Fixture: Man United (Home)

 Let us know your thoughts, who has made it into your team, have we left someone out, or do you think that we have got it completely wrong? leave a comment below and let us know!