Goal’s handy Fantasy Premier League guide aims to assist your team selections over the course of the 2020-21 campaign
The latest set of Premier League fixtures offers up another double gameweek as both Leeds and Southampton feature twice over the course of the next five days.
Ilkay Gundogan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ola Aina were the stars of Gameweek 24 as they each claimed 19 points or more, with Manchester City continuing their march towards the title.
So, as we head into Gameweek 25, Goal is on hand to offer team selection advice, possible captain picks and more as you look to turn those arrows green and climb your FPL league tables.
|Feb 19||Wolves vs Leeds||20:00|
|Feb 20||Southampton vs Chelsea||12:30|
|Feb 20||Burnley vs West Brom||15:00|
|Feb 20||Liverpool vs Everton||17:30|
|Feb 20||Fulham vs Sheff Utd||20:00|
|Feb 21||West Ham vs Tottenham||12:00|
|Feb 21||Aston Villa vs Leicester||14:00|
|Feb 21||Arsenal vs Man City||16:30|
|Feb 21||Man Utd vs Newcastle||19:00|
|Feb 22||Brighton vs Crystal Palace||20:00|
|Feb 23||Leeds vs Southampton||18:00|
|GAMEWEEK 25 CHANGES DEADLINE: Feb 19, 18:30|
Aston Villa No.1 Emiliano Martinez (£5.3m) continues to set the standard for goalkeepers in FPL, with the Argentine having moved onto 128 points following his 12-point haul – that included an incredible nine saves – against Brighton last time out.
The 28-year-old has been consistently excellent since his switch from Arsenal in the summer and with at least one double gameweek likely to be on the horizon for Villa in the coming weeks, Martinez remains the best goalkeeper pick.
If you’re after a cheaper alternative then Robert Sanchez (£4.5m) might just be your man.
The Brighton goalkeeper has kept clean sheets in five of his last six matches and with Graham Potter’s men facing Crystal Palace (H), West Brom (A) and Leicester (H) in their next three matches, he’s likely to rack up one or two more.
With Leeds’ double gameweek in mind it’s well worth bringing in at least one defender from Marcelo Bielsa’s side ahead of matches against Wolves (A) and Southampton (H) respectively.
Indeed, Pascal Struijk (£3.9m), who scored against Arsenal last time out, remains one of the best value defender picks in the game and has become a regular in the starting XI at centre-back.
It would also be prudent to have at least one Manchester City defender in your squad, albeit with there always being the risk of Pep Guardiola’s rotation roulette.
To that end, Ruben Dias (£6.1m) looks the best bet of all the City manager’s defensive options to regularly retain his place, with the Portuguese having only missed one of the Premier League leaders’ last 15 games.
It’s worth noting that City still have two fixtures to fit in before the end of the season, leading to the potential of two double gameweeks, and Dias should start the large majority of their matches for the remainder of the 2020-21 campaign.
After his impressive 17-point haul during Burnley’s double gameweek last time out, Matt Lowton (£4.5m), meanwhile, is a cheap option that can help fill out your squad.
The right-back has cemented a place in Sean Dyche’s starting XI these days and with the Clarets facing West Brom at home next, there’s a decent chance he’ll come away with some more clean sheet points.
In what was another barnstorming week for Ilkay Gundogan (£6.1m), despite only playing one of City’s double gameweek fixtures, he continues to be the standout midfielder pick in the game.
It will, however, be interesting to see how Guardiola reintegrates Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) into his starting XI, with the Belgian now available again following a long injury lay-off.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t already got him in your team it’ll be worth taking advantage of Leeds’ double gameweek to bring in Raphinha (£5.4m).
The Brazilian has produced returns in each of his last five league fixtures and he’ll be confident of continuing that form against Wolves and Southampton respectively.
We mentioned Harvey Barnes (£6.8m)’ form in the column a couple of weeks back and the Leicester City midfielder has continued to showcase his talents since then.
Indeed, the 23-year-old claimed a goal and an assist to earn a 12-point haul in the 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Foxes’ last match, and he has become one of Brendan Rodgers’s key men as they battle for a place in the top four.
He may have had a quiet Gameweek 24 but Patrick Bamford (£6.9m) should be the go-to forward choice this week.
Over half of the total number of FPL bosses in the game now own the Leeds striker and with the double gameweek taken into consideration, coupled with the fact he’s in the top five highest-scoring players this season, the appeal is obvious.
Similar logic can be applied to those considering transferring in Danny Ings (£8.4m).
Southampton have a double gameweek featuring matches against Chelsea and Leeds, with Ings having broken a four-game goal drought in the league with his strike against Wolves in Gameweek 24.
Our suggestion to give Gundogan the armband last week paid off and we’re hoping for similar results in Gameweek 25.
The double gameweek is too tempting to ignore again, and for that reason we’re going with Bamford (£6.9m) as our captain pick, with the England hopeful likely to start both games as he looks to add to his tally of 12 league goals this season.