Fantasy Premier League Week 23 Transfers and Tips: Llorente to the rescue
The Premier League title race is coming to the boil and Paul Robinson is backing Liverpool and Man City players to shine in GW23 - with one notable exception though...
"Harry Kane's injury pushes Fernando Llorente onto the six to like list and unless he has a deluge of transfers this week, he could prove to be a great short-term differential."
Six to like
Raheem Sterling - £11.3m. Picking Manchester City players is proving to be a bit of a minefield of late as none of the big guns are even guaranteed to start, and none of them have been producing big hauls in the last couple of weeks. I can't ignore Sterling though for City's clash at Huddersfield. David Wagner has left the John Smith's Stadium this week, but I can't see them improving, and City are trying to chase down Liverpool at the top.
Marcus Rashford - £7.5m. Ole Gunnar Solskjær has clearly made Marcus Rashford his number one striker and he has repaid his manager with goals. The England man got the only goal of the game at Wembley last Sunday, and he has now scored in his last three Premier League matches. A home fixture against Brighton looks very appealing indeed.
Rashford is 6/5 to score anytime.
Fernando Llorente - £5.6m. Harry Kane's injury pushes Fernando Llorente onto the six to like list and unless he has a deluge of transfers this week, he could prove to be a great short-term differential. He scored a hat-trick against Tranmere in the FA Cup, and while that obviously isn't too much to shout about, it does prove his sharpness in front of goal. He should get plenty of chances at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
A repeat of his FA Cup hat-trick is priced up at 35/1.
Xherdan Shaqiri - £7.1m. The Reds are at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday and it looks likely that Shaqiri will get the nod in midfield. Jurgen Klopp has been favouring the Swiss international more and more as the season progresses, and with James Milner set to be fielded at left-back, the competition in midfield is reduced. Shaqiri both scores and assists, and he's aided by his share of set-pieces.
Felipe Anderson - £7.3m. Felipe Anderson did us plenty of favours towards the end of 2018 and I feel like the time is right to bring him back in from the cold. The Hammers put a couple if in-different league performances behind them last week to beat Arsenal, and while Anderson wasn't involved in the goal, he continues to look dangerous. His team are away at Bournemouth this week, and the Cherries give their opponents plenty of time and space on the ball. The Brazilian could well take advantage.
Sol Bamba - 4.5m. I have to leave Sol Bamba in the six to like this week following his eight point haul against Huddersfield. Cardiff are away this weekend - which normally doesn't bode well for them - but they are playing Newcastle, and the Magpies don't score many goals. It's also worth noting that Rafa Benitez's side had to play 120 minutes in the FA Cup during the week.
Jamie Vardy - 8.9m. The reason why Vardy is a bit of a punt at present is because Leicester have suffered some shocking results of late, and Claude Puel is a manager under pressure. What I like about them this week however is that they are away from home, which will suit their counter-attacking style. Wolves will play their usual game, which means Vardy should get plenty of space, and the hosts could be tired from being ran ragged by Man City on Monday - in a game that they had to play with 10 men for the most part.
Eden Hazard - £11.1m. No change in the He's Due section this week as I'm keeping Eden Hazard in there. He did get an assist in the 2-1 win over Newcastle, but he didn't find the net himself. Chelsea are at Arsenal on Saturday evening, and the Belgian must be relishing the prospect of going up against a Gunners defence that conceded five against Liverpool and three against Southampton.
Hazard is 5/1 to score first at the Emirates.
Two to avoid
Gabriel Jesus - £10.1m. It's hard to knock Jesus' recent output as he scored twice against Wolves on Monday and four against Burton in the game prior. The returning figure of Sergio Aguero looks large though and I'm not convinced that Guardiola won't start the Argentinian over the Brazilian. Jesus will always play second fiddle to Aguero for the time-being, and I wouldn't want a £10.1m striker in my squad who will miss more minutes than he plays.
Callum Wilson - £6.5m. The Cherries striker retains a large ownership in the FPL game, but if you haven't ditched him already, it's time to do so now. Bournemouth are out of form anyway, and Wilson keeps picking up little niggly injuries. He isn't guaranteed to be fit for the West Ham match, and even if he is, all of the transfer talk could unsettle him.
If you think I'm wrong though, back him at even money to score.
Mohamed Salah - £13.4m. The stand-out captain's pick this week is Mohamed Salah. Liverpool are taking on Palace at home and the joint top Premier League scorer could be set to fill his boots against Roy Hodgson's side. In their last three games at home, Liverpool have put three past Manchester United, scored four against Newcastle, and netted five against Arsenal. Salah is good for assists as well as goals, and as he's still classified as a midfielder, he gets an extra point per goal, and a point for a clean sheet too.
The Egyptian is 13/5 to score two or more this weekend.
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*Remember the deadline to submit your teams for GW23 is 11:30 on Saturday.