Looking back at gameweek 21 before the FA & Carabao cup break, it was a hard one to call with it heavily going one way or the other for a lot of FPL managers. The points gained by last week’s picks show this:
1. Harry Kane – 12 points
2. Paul Pogba – 3 points
3. Eden Hazard – 3 points
Differential – Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 2 points
Gamble – Mohamed Salah – 2 points
Now onto this week’s selections:
1. Sergio Aguero (WOL)
It feels like a year ago, but Man City’s win last week was crucial against Liverpool. Aguero had next to no chances, but he took his one delightfully well, proving how clinical he is. Since his return, he’s scored 2 goals and assisted once, and City take on Wolves next at the Etihad, and really, every game from now is a must win. They’ve been in terrific form, scoring 16 goals in their last 2 games at home, and while Wolves will be a lot more difficult than Rotherham and Burton (they beat Spurs, remember?!), you’d still like to think that City should win this.
2. Eden Hazard (NEW)
Ignoring Hazard for a second, how bad is Chelsea’s attack? Barkley, Morata, Willian, Jorginho and Kante doesn’t exactly scream amazing, and in the last 10 gameweeks, Chelsea have only scored 3 goals that Hazard didn’t score or assist. He’s a huge threat, but there is surely only so much one man can do. That being said, they take on Newcastle at home, which should see Hazard add to his goal tally, especially considering how poor Newcastle have been away to the big 6.
3. Mohamed Salah (BHA)
He was largely ineffective against Man City, but was unlucky not to score or assist in the game, especially considering how lucky Stones got when he cleared the ball through Salah’s legs. He’s still scored 6 goals and assisted 3 times in the last 5 games, a terrific record that shouldn’t be ignored because of his previous blank. Liverpool can afford to slip up, as they’re 4 points ahead, but with 2 losses in a row (including the FA cup defeat to Wolves), they’ll want to bounce back from this with a win against Brighton, so they’ll need Salah to be on his game for this one.
Differential – Jamie Vardy (SOU)
Leicester – The only team to beat Chelsea and Man City in the same week, followed by a defeat to Cardiff and then Newport in the Cup. You don’t really know what Leicester to expect, but Vardy’s record has been good in the last few weeks, 4 goals and 1 assist before and after his injury. He’s only owned by 4.5% of FPL managers, and they take on Southampton this week. Vardy could be a decent punt to captain!
Gamble – Harry Kane (MUN)
Would you believe me if i said that Kane’s last blank was in gameweek 10? No? He’s got 9 goals and 5 assists in that time, which is amazing considering that Spurs had little rest over the festive period. He also got one against Chelsea in the cup too. It’s unbelievable how clinical he is. This week may be tough for Kane, as Spurs take on Man United who have entered a good spell of form under Solksjaer, and it’ll be interesting to see how Ole handles his first real challenge at United.
Written by Bonus FPL (@BonusFPL)