All aboard Alonso? Who’s HOT & Who’s NOT - FPL Gameweek 24
Posted by FFP-Danny
3:12pm Jan 16 2018
Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso tops our HOT or NOT list for Gameweek 24, but which fantasy assets should we be ditching?
Gameweek 23 produced one of the games of the season as Manchester City suffered their first defeat of the campaign at the hands of Liverpool, but is it time to relinquish your City superstars, or is now the time double down on Pep’s men in anticipation of a backlash?
Elsewhere, we explore some huge potential for a bumper Gameweek in the defensive department, as well as shedding some light on why FPL bosses have been ditching one particular premium forward in their droves.
So, without further ado, here are my thoughts ahead of Gameweek 24 and, as always, I wish all of you the very best of luck and may your arrows be green.
Marcos Alonso vs. Brighton (A)
Despite being the FPL’s most expensive defender at £7.3m, Marcos Alonso is most definitely an asset worth considering for Gameweek 24 – if you can possibly stretch to it.
The Spaniard has netted three times in the last six Gameweeks, and faces a Brighton side in Gameweek 24 who have scored just four in their last ten – so there is serious potential for another significant points return on the Chelsea man this time around.
Upcoming fixtures against Brighton (A), Bournemouth (H) and Watford (A) in Chelsea’s next 3 are likely to produce both attacking and defensive returns for Alonso – ignore him at your peril.
Marko Arnautovic vs. Bournemouth (H)
West Ham are finally beginning to see a return on the investment they made in Marko Arnautovic last summer, and so too are the growing number of FPL bosses who are taking a punt on the Austrian.
Despite being listed as a midfielder, the former Stoke man has played in a more advanced role for the Hammers, which paid dividends in Gameweek 23 as he produced a goal and two assists, as David Moyes’ side eased past Huddersfield.
West Ham face Bournemouth in Gameweek 24, who have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last ten Premier League fixtures.
Sergio Agüero vs. Newcastle (H)
It could well be a case of ‘beware the wounded animal’ for Newcastle United in Gameweek 24, as they travel to the Etihad to face a Manchester City side who suffered their first defeat of the season in Gameweek 23.
Whilst Aguero hasn’t quite been at his devastating best in recent weeks, he remains City’s only fit centre forward in the absence of Gabriel Jesus, and faces a Newcastle defence in Gameweek 24 which has managed just two clean sheets since Gameweek 9.
What’s more, the Argentine has scored 11 goals in 9 career appearances against the Toon Army.
Who’s NOT? (hot)
Ben Mee vs. Man United (H)
It’s no wins and just one clean sheet in five Gameweeks now for Burnley, as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace in Gameweek 23.
Manchester United visit Turf Moor in Gameweek 24, who have only failed to score once since Gameweek 12, so another disappointing return could be on the horizon for Mee owners.
An ideal replacement for the Clarets’ defender comes in the shape of Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson – the Reds face Swansea in Gameweek 24, who are the Premier League’s lowest scorers.
Pascal Groß vs. Chelsea (H)
Brighton’s chronic lack of goals has seen them dragged to within three points of the relegation zone.
Pascal Gross was an early season bargain for FPL bosses, but on more recent form, the Seagulls’ attacking options are no longer viable assets.
Chris Hughton’s side face Chelsea in Gameweek 24, who have kept five clean sheets in their last six – a run which includes a 2-0 victory for the Blues when the two sides last met just four Gameweeks ago.
Alexandre Lacazette vs. Crystal Palace (H)
Arsenal’s record signing saw his barren run stretch to eight Gameweeks, as he failed to find the net in the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth in Gameweek 23 – form which has seen his ownership rate fall below 10%.
Gameweek 24 sees Arsene Wenger’s side face one of the Premier League’s form teams in Crystal Palace, who have managed five clean sheets in their last ten – so this is likely to be a cagey affair at the Emirates.
At a hugely over-inflated cost of £10.3m, Lacazette is worth steering well clear of – especially with the likes of Roberto Firmino in such excellent form.
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