FPL Tips’ Fantasy Premier League Watchlist – Gameweek 25
Posted by FFPundits
5:08pm Jan 27 2020
Newcastle United’s Florian Lejeune grabbed the headlines with 2 goals off the bench against Everton, but it’s his team-mate Jamaal Lascelles that caught our eye
Double Gameweek 24 has come to and eventful end, and we’re back on the horse once again with the Gameweek 25 schedule waiting for us around the corner.
Please note that all players prices and ownership percentages in this video and article were correct at the time of writing and publishing.
Adama Traoré – £5.8m | 19.8% owned
Next 3 fixtures: Man United (A), Leicester (H), Norwich (H)
Wolves made Liverpool work hard for the 3 points last Thursday in spite of what online betting sites predicted, as Adama Traoré picked up his 7th assist of the season.
No midfielder has created more than his 2 big chances during the Gameweek so far and he ranks 6th with a 0.51 expected assists (xA) value.
The 24-year-old has 1 goal and 4 assists in the last 6 Gameweeks, with only Martial (37), De Bruyne (39) and Pérez (43) earning more than his 33 FPL points, amongst midfielders.
He’s created a league-best total of 6 big chances during that time, ahead of De Bruyne (5), Salah and Mahrez (each 4).
Wolves take on Man United and Leicester in the next 2 Gameweeks, but have some favourable long-term fixtures for the remainder of the season.
After their meeting with Spurs in Gameweek 28, their next match against a ‘top six’ side doesn’t come until the last day of the season.
Enda Stevens – £5.1m | 2.3% owned
Next 3 fixtures: Palace (A), Bournemouth (H), Brighton (H)
Sheffield United continued to impress defensively in Gameweek 24, restricting Man City to just 1 goal as Dean Henderson saved a Gabriel Jesus penalty.
The Blades have faced 4 of last season’s ‘top six’ in the last 5 Gameweeks but conceded just 6 goals over that period, with 8 teams faring worse.
In 16 matches against teams outside the current ‘top six’, they’ve shipped just 9 goals and have kept all 8 of their clean sheets.
Although Lundstram and Baldock have been the top scoring Blades defenders, it was Enda Stevens who offered the most in the way of attacking returns in the Championship last season (4 goals, 6 assists).
In addition to his 1 goal and 2 assists this season, no teammate has created more than his 7 big chances or his 27 attempted assists.
With favourable fixtures in the next 6 Gameweeks, a double-up on Sheffield United defence could be viable.
Jamaal Lascelles – £4.2m | 2.7% owned
Next 3 fixtures: Norwich (H), Arsenal (A), Palace (A)
Florian Lejeune grabbed the headlines with 2 goals off the bench against Everton but it’s his teammate Jamaal Lascelles who offers the cheapest and most secure route into the Newcastle backline.
The centre-back recently missed 10 games with a knee injury but made a return in Gameweek 23 to help his side to a 1-0 win over Chelsea; earning their 6th clean sheet of the season.
In the 6 Gameweek period prior to injury (GW6-11), the 26-year-old returned 4.2 points per game, with 2 clean sheets and a goal.
Newcastle United boast one of the strongest home defences in the league this season, shipping just 12 goals in 12 matches; only Sheffield United (11) and Liverpool (9) have conceded fewer.
The Magpies don’t face any of the current ‘top six’ until Gameweek 34 and host Norwich, Burnley, Sheffield United, Aston Villa and West Ham in their next 5 matches at St. James’ Park.
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