Fantasy Premier League Week 22 Transfers and Tips: Aguero to shine against Wolves
The Premier League is back following a weekend of FA Cup action and Paul Robinson has marked your card for GW 22...
"The Argentinian forward has looked sharp since his return from injury and he's the safest bet for the armband at present."
Six to like
Raheem Sterling - £11.3m. Manchester City arguably have the easiest task of the big teams this weekend and that means that we have to have one of their players at the top of this list. Pep Guardiola's men were in rampant form in the cup during the week, and with Sterling sitting out that match, there is every chance he will be a definite starter against Wolves. The winger hasn't quite been as explosive as usual of late, but there is no denying that City are back in the groove now, so a big haul could be likely.
Roberto Firmino - £9.2m. Liverpool are away at Brighton on Saturday which is a tricky fixture in its own right, but it's made all the harder thanks to their two recent defeats. Firmino has returned to goal-scoring form though - netting a hat-trick against Arsenal and another goal at the Etihad. Obviously Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have proved popular this season, but Firmino could be a nice differential now.
The man they call Bobby is 6/1 to score two or more at Brighton.
Jamie Vardy - £8.9m. Leicester were humiliated in the FA Cup last weekend as they were knocked out at League Two, Newport. Claude Puel made plenty of changes for that match though, so I would be hopeful of a better performance against Southampton. The Saints have been conceding plenty of goals under Ralph Hasenhüttl, and Vardy is back in form following his injury - two goals and an assist in his last four appearances.
Back Jamie Vardy to score anytime at better than even money (11/10).
Heung-Min Son - £8.8m. This will be Son's final match before he jets off for the Asian Cup and I think he could sign off in style. Tottenham are taking on an in-form, Manchester United, but the Red Devils are still suspect at the back, and Son is racking up both goals and assists at present. Mauricio Pochettino probably won't sub him as early as usual either given that he loses him after the game, so that only increases his worth.
José Holebas - £4.8m. Watford are at Crystal Palace on Saturday and although the Eagles have won two on the bounce in all competitions, I still have some concerns about their ability to score goals. They have failed to find the net in two of their last three at Selhurst Park and seven of their 11 there overall. The Hornets haven't been keeping many clean sheets of late, but they have a good chance here, and Holebas also offers plenty of attacking threat.
Sol Bamba - 4.5m. I wouldn't often put a Cardiff defender in my six to like, but he's cheap, and the Bluebirds are taking on a Huddersfield team who are in woeful form. The Terriers have lost their last nine matches, and they only scored five goals during that period. Cardiff have bene doing the business against lower-ranked sides this year, so I expect them to do well at the weekend.
A clean sheet for Neil Warnock's men can be backed at 7/5.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin - 5.3m. Everton haven't been in good form and the pressure is mounting on Marco Silva. Calvert-Lewin has been doing okay though and he should continue to get plenty of minutes until the Toffees sign a new striker. They are playing Bournemouth on Sunday with the visitors struggling for form and conceding plenty of goals.
Eden Hazard - £11.1m. It is now four games in all competitions since Eden Hazard scored a goal, and that is just about long enough for him to be due. He has netted 10 Premier League goals this season and he's racked up plenty of assists too. The Blues are at home to Newcastle on Saturday evening and Rafa Benitez's side could struggle - especially if Hazard is on-song.
The Belgian is 16/5 to break his duck and open the scoring.
Two to avoid
Alexandre Lacazette - £9.4m. I have gone back and forth with Lacazette this season and this week he's on my cold list. The Gunners are away from home so that opens up the possibility of Unai Emery fielding Aubameyang as a lone striker. Even if the Frenchman does start, he's liable to be subbed well before the 90 minutes are up, and the Hammers have been enjoying some decent results of late.
Paul Pogba - £8.4m. I have to admit, Paul Pogba has saved my bacon since I transferred him in two gameweeks ago, and he's now produced double figure hauls in the last three weeks since his return to the team. My concerns this week are that he's had a knock - although he has been declared fit - and that United are at Spurs, in what will be their first proper test under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
If you think I'm wrong to leave Pogba out, then back him at 5/2 to score at Wembley.
Sergio Aguero - £11.2m. This column is book-ended by Manchester City players as Raheem Sterling topped the six to like and Sergio Aguero is my captain's pick this week. There are some slight doubts about Aguero's fitness, but apparently he's just had a slight illness and he was given the Burton game off. The Argentinian forward has looked sharp since his return from injury and he's the safest bet for the armband at present.
A Sergio Aguero hat-trick is 7/1.
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*Remember the deadline to submit your teams for GW22 is 11:30 on Saturday.