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Man Utd’s defence, Gray and Cornet’s injuries, Bowen’s form: The FPL lessons from Gameweek 24

We round up the key Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points from Tuesday’s Gameweek 24 fixtures.

The graphics below are taken from LiveFPL, Ragabolly’s excellent and ever-expanding website, and our own Premium Members Area.

GOALS, ASSISTS AND BONUS

INJURY NEWS

Everton suffered injuries to Demarai Gray (£5.5m) and Yerry Mina (£4.9m) at St James’ Park on Tuesday night, with both players coming off in the first-half.

“Yerry’s a muscle injury, his quad. Demarai was a hip. We are hoping with him it’s not too bad. It’s something that he’s had before that he got over quite quickly but, with Yerry, we’ll have to assess him over the next few days.” – Frank Lampard

For Newcastle United, Kieran Trippier (£5.0m) was replaced late on due to a minor calf complaint, which will now be assessed by the club.

“Kieran I think has got a slight calf issue. He motioned that he needed to come off, so we’ll have to assess how that is. It would be devastating to lose him in the form he’s in.” – Eddie Howe

Maxwel Cornet (£5.9m), meanwhile, was substituted after 69 minutes, though Sean Dyche later suggested it was more of a knock than a serious injury.

“We have to make decisions with Maxwel, I was almost not going to play him because of his fitness levels and the risk of injury. He is still adapting to the Premier League and has hardly played in weeks. His training schedule has not been the demand we have for the Premier League so we are trying to factor all those things in and getting him fit and not break him. It is a fine line. He did fine and his fitness will improve and his sharpness will improve.

I don’t think his injury is a serious one, it was more of a knock. But he was cramping up as well and fatiguing and he was definitely going to come off at that stage anyway because we have got to be very careful. We can’t keep losing players.” – Sean Dyche

GAMEWEEK 24 TALKING POINTS

RONALDO BENCHED AS UNITED CONCEDE AGAIN

It was a tale of two halves for Manchester United at Turf Moor in Gameweek 24.

During the opening 45 minutes, Ralf Rangnick’s troops looked dangerous in their 4-3-3 shape, with Bruno Fernandes (£11.7m) – who regularly pushed up looking for pockets of space – working well alongside Paul Pogba (£7.4m) in the engine room.

However, they underwhelmed after the break, and paid the price once again for not taking their chances.

Following tonight’s 1-1 draw, it’s now just one clean sheet in their last seven Premier League matches for United, a period which has seen them concede goals to the likes of Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley… twice.

As for Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m), the 28.1% owned forward was benched for the second time in the last four Premier League matches. It wasn’t hugely surprising given his 120-minute run out against Middlesbrough on Friday, however, and does at least increase the likelihood of him starting against Southampton in Double Gameweek 25, the more appealing of United’s two fixtures.

BURNLEY ASSETS ON FPL RADAR

Wout Weghorst (£6.5m) produced his first attacking return since signing for Burnley in Gameweek 24, as he supplied the assist for Jay Rodriguez’s (£5.2m) leveller.

The towering Dutchman was a real menace in the second-half, ending the match with three goal attempts and two shots in the box, and is now set for further investment ahead of the Clarets’ double-header against Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 26.

Before we get too excited, we should probably remind ourselves that Sean Dyche’s side are without a win in 11 Premier League matches, and have only scored four goals in their past nine, but it’s still hard to argue against Weghorst’s potential given his price, the lack of appealing alternatives in the forward category, plus the fact that Burnley have several matches that still need rearranging.

However, their defence may prove to be the main source of points, given that they have now conceded just one goal in their last three matches, despite facing Man Utd, Arsenal and Watford during that time.

NEWCASTLE ON THE UP

It was a big night for Newcastle on Tuesday, as they moved out of the relegation zone for the first time since November.

As a result of their 3-1 win, they are now four games unbeaten in the Premier League, and are also just one point behind Everton, who really are in a relegation scrap now.

Prior to tonight, the Magpies had won just once in 11 home league games this season, but will now move forward with renewed optimism ahead of matches against Aston Villa (h), West Ham United (a) and Brentford (a) in the next three.

Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.8m), meanwhile, was electric in Gameweek 24, and following his assist, is now the third-highest scoring forward in FPL, only behind Michail Antonio (£7.9m) and Emmanuel Dennis (£6.2m).

LAMPARD LOSES FIRST PL GAME

There was added intrigue at St James’ Park on Tuesday, with Frank Lampard taking charge of his first Everton game in the Premier League.

However, it was a night to forget for the former England midfielder, as his team failed to build on Saturday’s 4-1 win over Brentford, and eventually succumbed to a damaging defeat.

Deadline-day signings Dele Alli (£6.2m) and Donny van de Beek (£5.7m) were both introduced from the bench but failed to make much of an impact, whilst Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9m) was an unused substitute having only recently recovered from a minor injury.

The Toffees have now lost 11 of their last 15 Premier League fixtures, amassing fewer points than any other team since Gameweek 8, with Leeds United up next in Double Gameweek 25.

BOWEN MAINTAINS FINE FORM

Jarrod Bowen (£6.9m) is having a season to remember, as he produced his 11th goal of the campaign against Watford on Tuesday night.

The winger’s winner had more than a touch of good fortune to it, as his shot deflected off Samir (£4.5m) and trickled past Ben Foster (£4.1m). However, he later hit the post, with manager David Moyes praising his display following the full-time whistle.

“I think at different times of the season you need players to stand up. Michail Antonio was fantastic in the early part of the season. When his goals dried up, Bowen was the one to step in.

He looks more mature and calmer in his decisions. (The goal) was probably the first time in the game we got through the lines. It took us about 70 minutes or so to get that chance. Thankfully it fell to Jarrod, because he’s the one in form with his goalscoring.

Without his goals we’d be struggling. He’s really stepped it up. His goals and assists – he’s a really top player and he’s going to be a star.”


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701 Comments Post a Comment
  1. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Can people stop buying Salah please - at least until just before the next deadline.

    I don't have any wiggle room left now with the money I have ITB!

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Haha

    2. fplgaruda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Ridiculous, just buy him if your money is tight

    3. Phlajo
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Haha same issue. Got exact cash for KdB to Salah now, so probably have to skip Bruno for the United DGW and get Salah now.

    4. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      As an owner it was a nice surprise i can't lie, feels like a small benefit from holding out, definitely going to make things awkward for those yet to bring him back in especially with the double next week and a lot punting on City mids for the 2 good fixtures

  2. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Burnley defence is actually looking ok then?

    How many do we think Liverpool score against them? I think 2 max

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I thought Roberts looked a bit shaky & overwhelmed by the Shaw/Sancho overlap. Could be good for Robbo

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Lowton back?

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Or was it about them playing Arsenal and United?

    3. THE SHEEP HUNTER
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      The Pope is key to the wall.
      One.

    4. Marty McFly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      2-3

  3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Any more big doubles expected? I still have two FHs and can easily field 11 in 27 and 8 in 30. Don't want to use them in those GWs.

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      36 and probably other smaller ones, probably be a big red arrow in 30 with 8 players but could be worth it

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Don't see too many I would want to get in 30. Will already have this:

        1 Arsenal def
        1 Wolves def
        2 Burnley def
        1 Leeds attack
        1 Villa attack
        1 Southampton attack
        1 Leicester attack

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Wow. Those look huge.

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I'm using one FH in 30 for sure. T'will be mostly rubbish teams that week, so I don't want to be holding many of the players from those teams just so I can get a team out.

      There should be dgw's most weeks now - but it's looking like most will only be small ones.

      I'm just keeping my 2nd FH for a rainy day. Have a feeling an opportunity will present itself to play it at some point.

      1. HD7
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Wildcard idea around which GW
        31?

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        I have listed my team composition for GW30 above. 6 out of those 8 I would already be holding. The additions I would get is 1 Burnley def and 1 Leicester attack.

      3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        But now when I think of it, I guess you are right. Play one in 30 and keep one for later might be the right strategy. Thanks!

  4. CABAYE4
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Early GW25 thoughts - who would you start?

    Dennis (BHA) or Antonio (lei)?

    Tbh it feels like one I think about all week and is irrelevant when they both get 2 points.

    1. internal error
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      probably antonio but think its 2 points either way as you said

    2. Fish up a tree
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Leicester defence is poor so Antonio

    3. THE SHEEP HUNTER
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      That's the game for Antonio big time, very confident he does not blank in that one.

    4. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Antonio Watford under Roy will not score more 2 than goals total until end of the season

    5. CABAYE4
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Thanks all

  5. mcflyjohn
      4 months, 15 days ago

      How do I get Salah back in this team for next week, without losing Bruno for his DGW?

      £2m ITB 0 FT

      Ramsdale

      TAA | Laporte | Cancelo | Dalot

      Bruno | Foden | Bowen | | Jota

      DCL | Edourad | Dennis

      Sanchez | Tierney |ESR | Dennis

      All chips - do i need to WC?

      1. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Foden and Jota to Salah and Ramsey is achievable?

        1. mcflyjohn
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Makes total sense. Mis-typed, I do have 1 FT

            thinking for this week

            DCL >> Fodder
            Foden >> Salah

            -4
            then next week

            Bruno > Foden

            I'd prefer to drop Jota to Foden, but Foden is back down to what I bought him for, so I'd rather not lose the value I have with Jota.

      2. YoungPretender
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        No playing GK this coming GW.

        Ramsdale*
        TAA Cancelo Dalot
        Bernardo Foden Bowen Son
        Dennis King Watkins

        Steele* Coufal Livramento Gray

        Unsure on what to do. All chips available, is it time to WC?

        I have 6.5itb so could do Gray > Bruno and go without a GK. But would then need to take a hit to bring in Salah.

        Any suggestions? Thanks

        1. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Steele to DDG and captain him could be a shout. Paired with Dalot, a couple of clean sheets should give you a big rank boost. Surely they’ll get at least one

        2. Free tips
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Bring foster in for steel you will have playing backup keeper in the long run

            1. YoungPretender
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              I was considering this. Is it then worth bringing in Bruno for Gray for -4?

        3. internal error
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Anyone daring to go without any Utd attackers for gw25?

          1. Arteta
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Yes.

          2. aapoman
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Just Bruno who is basically a Son placeholder.

          3. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Just Bruno

          4. ameisin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            I would need to do a lot of restructuring to get them in, and I think I'd prefer to use my FTs on DGW26 instead.

            Plus I think Brighton will play them off the park so wouldn't expect much from that game.

          5. CABAYE4
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Yes - have gone with Salah instead of Bruno.

        4. SMOOTH
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          sorry for repost but bottomed on last page

          can anyone advise on how nailed veltman is with dunk and lamptey playing?

        5. SMOOTH
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          can fernandes and veltman outscore mbeumo and ait nouri by 8 points?

          might also C fernandes in this case over ronaldo

        6. HD7
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          With all chips available -
          lets say FH 30 is certain

          WC then in 31? BB 32/33
          and next FH around 36?

          1. fplgaruda
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Next FH in 38

        7. Dammit_182
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Morning Folis,

          It’s 1 week punt time ahead of WC 26. What do we think for the double next week?

          A) Maupay
          B) Veran
          C) both (-4)

          Already have DDG, Bruno, Cucurella and will be ditching all of them on WC.

          Thanks

        8. THE SHEEP HUNTER
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Brighton knowledge.
          Who's likely to take the penalty if they get one? tx.

          1. NateDog
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Maupay if he's on the pitch, if not then Trossard or Gross

            1. THE SHEEP HUNTER
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Cheers!

        9. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Webster or Bruno (c) ?

          1. JBG
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Webster huh, where you one of the FPL managers that gave Dunk(?) TC that infamous DGW or TGW or whatever it was?

        10. boc610
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Zouma kicked a cat on a video-abhorrent, unacceptable, he should be dropped, fined, punished accordingly. I totally agree

          Newcastles' owners .................

          what cosy bubbles we all like to live in when it suits us.

          1. Shineonme
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Can you add your signature? ✍️
            https://chng.it/M6X7vzTQ

        11. quayle99
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Odds on KDB outscoring Fernades despite the DGW?

        12. FCSB
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          DDG
          TAA Cancelo Dawson
          Jota Foden Bilva Bowen
          Ronaldo King Dennis

          Foster Livramento Martinelli Alonso

          1FT, 4.5itb

          Plan is to do: Bilva >> Fernandes with the FT

          Would you do Alonso >> Lamptey (-4) too to get another DGW25 player in ?

          Or something else, or just stick with the FT move ?

          Thanks!

        13. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Eff this game:
          18: Bought Watkins five minutes too early for a hit only to find the game canceled. Salah captain, blank
          19: Had to play first FH, Ronaldo captain, blank
          20: Salah captain, 0
          21: Antonio captain over Bowen, got Gray for a hit for a 2 pointer.
          22: Ronaldo captain, blank
          23: Dennis captain, -2
          24: WC, Kane captain, -30% rank.

          Went from 19k to 60k.