Gameweek 24 preview

February 5, 2015

07 Feb 12:45 Spurs v Arsenal
07 Feb 15:00 Aston Villa v Chelsea
07 Feb 15:00 Leicester vCrystal Palace
07 Feb 15:00 Man City v Hull
07 Feb 15:00 QPR v Southampton
07 Feb 15:00 Swansea v Sunderland
07 Feb 17:30 Everton v Liverpool
08 Feb 12:00 Burnley v West Brom
08 Feb 14:05 Newcastle v Stoke
08 Feb 16:15 West Ham v Man Utd


It’s your last chance to use your January wildcard. Transfer deadline day passed with it’s usual whimper. More players went out than came in. A common trend was for players who’ve had very little game time this season moving down a notch or too to reignite their careers – see Aaron Lennon moving to Everton from Spurs, Darren Fletcher moving from United to West Brom, Wilfried Zaha moving back to Palace from United and Robert Huth going to Leicester from Stoke. All are capable players who have had good fantasy seasons in the past. Should they hit the ground running, they’d be good acquisitions for the rest of this season. They’re cheap enough having lost value due to not playing. As with most January buys, managers are probably better off sticking with what they know and waiting and seeing on the transferred players.

And that would include the few big money buys. The biggest being Juan Cuadrado’s transfer to Chelsea. He’s been bought to complete the attacking quadrant at the top of Chelsea’s line up alongside Hazard, Costa and Oscar. Willian is the most likely to see game time reduce, but there’s always that danger of a settling in period being required – which is of no use to a fantasy manager. For the record, he’ll set you back £8.5 million. Chelsea travel to Villa at the weekend. In his favour – could there be an easier game to start his Premier career?

And if you weren’t facing Villa, you’d want to be playing Hull. Similarly useless in every aspect of the game, Hull have failed to score in eight of their last eleven games. Managers may have had a week off Chelsea and City after they played each other and cancelled each other out, but for those still sitting on a wildcard, or with itchy transfer fingers, reverting back to the title chasers would be wise. It’s City who should be keeping a clean sheet and knocking at least three past the Tigers.

Ryan Bertrand made his loan move from Chelsea to Southampton permanent. He also helpfully went and got himself sent off last weekend, and subsequently banned for three matches. It’s not quite as much of a headache as the Diego Costa ban. Picking consistent clean sheet keeping defenders is still a bit of a lottery. Ignoring the four they shipped against Bradford, Chelsea are still probably the best port of call if you don’t want a suspended player warming your bench for three gameweeks, although you will have to spend a bit more to draft in Azpilicueta, Terry or Ivanovic. Kurt Zouma is the long shot. He has started two of the last three in place of Gary Cahill and is valued at £4.6 million.




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