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Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 24

Preview
After a weekend of thrilling FA Cup action, we’re delighted to only have to wait a couple of days for the next set of Premier League fixtures. The top six should be looking forward to them in particular, as all will expect to be winning: Liverpool host Leicester, Arsenal welcome Cardiff to the Emirates, Manchester United are on for a seventh straight league win at home to Burnley and, after a tough week, Tottenham will hope to return to winning ways when Watford head to Wembley. Both Manchester City and Chelsea are on the road, at Newcastle and Bournemouth respectively.

Elsewhere, Wolves host West Ham and Fulham will be desperate to get three points at home to Brighton. New Huddersfield boss Jan Sievert will hope to kick off with a win against under-pressure Everton counterpart Marco Silva, while resurgent Southampton host a Crystal Palace team on a high after dumping Tottenham out of the FA Cup.

Captain’s pick

A tough choice this week, with a good number of the old favourites capable of racking up the points against beatable opposition. In the end, though, we’ve plumped for Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is still the top-scoring forward in Fantasy Prem.

The Gabon international is a master when it comes to movement on the blindside of defenders – witness his goal in a losing FA Cup clash against Manchester United on Friday night (above) – and his cunning in the penalty area will be required against a Cardiff side likely to defend deep.

 

Aubameyang has netted five times in his last seven games in all competitions, four of which have come against teams in the bottom half of the Premier League. It would be a surprise if he didn’t add to that on Tuesday evening.

Value selection

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Southampton have enjoyed a huge turnaround in both form and results since the arrival of new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl in December, and no one embodies that more than attacking midfielder Nathan Redmond. The 24-year-old failed to score or register a single assist in the first 16 Premier League fixtures of the season, but in nine games since the new man took charge he has scored five goals and assisted two.

Saints have lost only twice in nine games under Hasenhuttl – and one of those defeats was to Manchester City – and this weekend they host Crystal Palace. The Eagles have won only once in five league games since their shock win at the Etihad, and might be vulnerable to fresher legs on Wednesday night. Redmond is available for just £5.2m and has the same number of fantasy points as Riyad Mahrez – not to mention more than a host of more expensive options such as Jesse Lingard, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi. He might just be worth a punt.

Avoid

Few players started the Premier League season in better form than Richarlison, but the golden-boy tag has worn off significantly in recent weeks, with Everton’s form as a whole equally worrying.

The Brazilian attacker has scored only one goal in his last seven league games, in a downturn mirroring what happened at Watford in his first season in England. It may be a cliche, but there has to be a question mark over how much the young forward will fancy an away trip to face a fired-up Huddersfield on a freezing Tuesday night in January. This might be a good week to bench him.

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