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AM's Perfect XI - Week 24

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 24 player picks. This column focuses on Togga's Perfect XI game which you can play via their IOS and Android app. Download the apps via the link below and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements:


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Once downloaded, open the app and register an account. Once registered, click the Fantasy tab at the bottom of the app screen. Then from the Fantasy screen, click the arrow at the top of the app screen to select Perfect XI.


We've set up a Rotoworld PL Private League where you can challenge myself and the rest of the RW PL team over the course of the season. To join it download the app and then click the below link from your device, or find us from the Featured Leagues tab:


http://tog.ga/rotoworld

 

Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek of Premier League fixtures, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions for each position. The main 11 players listed won't necessarily be the exact players selected for my own Perfect XI fantasy side. The point of this column isn't to tell you exactly who to pick; it's to present some ideas to get you thinking. Hopefully you'll find the advice useful, whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.

 


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Week 23 was another good one as my own Perfect XI side notched 196 points. Many of the picks recommended in last week's column came through for us, with Craig Dawson, Manuel Lanzini, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane the stars of the show. I'm up to 150th Overall now, just 40 points off the Top 100. I like 2018 so far.


Week 24 begins with a standard early Saturday 12:30 GMT kick-off as Brighton host Chelsea down on the South Coast. It's important to have your fantasy team locked in ready for these matches but remember in Perfect XI you can swap out a player from your squad right up to one minute before their match kicks off and bring in an alternative player whose match is also yet to kick off. This wonderful flexibility allows you to avoid the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat ZERO. Just make sure you keep an eye on the starting line-ups as kick off approaches each week by following the Rotoworld PL Twitter account.


Here are your Week 24 fixtures:


Saturday 20 January
Brighton v Chelsea
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Burnley v Man Utd
Everton v West Brom
Leicester v Watford
Stoke v Huddersfield
West Ham v Bournemouth
Man City v Newcastle


Sunday 21 January
Southampton v Spurs


Monday 22 January
Swansea v Liverpool


As always we want to focus on the players from teams with the "most winnable" match ups and so our attention turns immediately to Manchester City at home to Newcastle, as Pep Guardiola's men look to bounce-back from their first defeat of the season. Which brings us nicely on to Liverpool, who are rightly huge favourites to beat bottom placed Swansea while Tottenham away at Southampton, West Ham at home to Bournemouth and Chelsea away at Brighton are all worth investing in. There could also be some value in Manchester United away at Burnley, Leicester at home to Watford and Stoke at home to Huddersfield. I'm ignoring Arsenal given their current situation.


With that in mind, here are your picks. I took some risks last week and it paid off but this week feel right to play it a bit safer given the fixtures ...


KEEPERS
Jack Butland - A slightly risky choice given Stoke's defensive frailties (conceeding the most goals in any of the Top Five European Leagues so far) but there should be a new manager bounce from the arrival of Paul Lambert, and Huddersfield don't score many goals on the road. As such I feel Butland can act as a decent differential this week, hopefully making a few saves, keeping a clean sheet and returning double digits in PXI.


Honourable Mentions: Ederson at home to Newcastle, Thibaut Courtois away at Brighton, David De Gea away at Burnley


DEFENDERS
Nicolas Otamendi - Otamendi has been enjoying his best season in England but was given the run-around against Liverpool to remind us all that the defender still has his limitations. Lucky for him he faces a far easier match-up this weekend against Newcastle so we should expect a clean sheet and perhaps even a fifth Premier League goal of the campaign.
Cesar Azpilicueta - Brighton are really struggling for goals at the moment and I can't see that changing against Chelsea in the early Saturday kick-off. Including a Blues defender is therefore a necessity and I'm considering Azpilicueta over Marcos Alonso. There's no real basis for this; just a hunch, so feel free to ignore me and go for the left wing-back instead.
Harry Maguire - Leicester's towering central defender has played himself in to contention for England's World Cup squad with a series of commanding displays and he's proved an extremely useful pick in PXI, passing double figures in 11 games this season. Out-of-form Watford are the visitors this weekend and so we could see another bumper points haul from Maguire.
Andrew Robertson - Liverpool's problems at left-back appear to be over with Robertson providing the defensive solidity that Alberto Moreno sorely lacks. The Scottish international is also no slouch in attack, picking up an assist and creating 11 chances for team-mates in his ten starts this season. I'm expecting more good things from him at the Liberty Stadium.


Honourable Mentions:  Ben Davies away at Southampton, Marcos Alonso away at Brighton, Luke Shaw away at Burnley, Aaron Cresswell at home to Bournemouth, Kurt Zouma at home to Huddersfield


MIDFIELDERS
Son Heung-Min - It's back-to-back appearances for Son in this column and if you've watched Spurs in recent weeks you'll know why. Outstanding again against Everton, he should trouble Southampton's defenders with his electric pace, endless energy and sharp finishing.
Manuel Lanzini - And back-to-back appearances for Lanzini, who proved the match-winner at Huddersfield with two wonderful goals, dovetailing brilliantly with Marko Arnautovic. I'm tipping him to weave his magic again as the Hammers host Bournemouth.
Kevin De Bruyne - There is absolutely no way Newcastle will be able to cope with the genius of De Bruyne this weekend. He must be in your team.
Sadio Mane - Mane has struggled to hit the heights of last season due to injuries and missing games through suspension but the Senegalese attacker looked back to his explosive best against Manchester City and you wonder whether the departure of Philippe Coutinho could actually benefit him. Extra responsibility should mean more of the ball, more runs to make, more chances to create, more shots to take. Swansea beware.


Honourable Mentions: Eden Hazard away at Brighton, Riyad Mahrez at home to Watford, Paul Pogba away at Burnley, Xherdan Shaqiri at home to Huddersfield, Leroy Sane at home to Newcastle


STRIKERS
Sergio Aguero - Aguero hasn't been at his sharpest in recent weeks but with Gabriel Jesus still working his way back to fitness it will down to the Argentinean to lead the line against a Newcastle side struggling for form. It's unlikely he'll bag five goals as he did in this fixture back in 2016 but a brace is not out of the question if City click.
Mohamed Salah - Kane or Salah? Salah or Kane? Right now I'm leaning in Salah's direction given that Liverpool's explosive attack comes up against bottom-placed Swansea, but it's not set in stone. Oh how I wish for the option to switch to 3-4-3.


Honourable Mentions: Harry Kane away at Southampton, Marko Arnautovic at home to Bournemouth, Jamie Vardy at home to Watford, Roberto Firmino away at Swansea, Raheem Sterling at home to Newcastle


That's it for Week 24. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to access a host of fantastic content to get you ready for the weekend ahead. If you have any questions about the Perfect XI game or general questions about a player or your own team then feel free to post them below or ping me on Twitter (@nikarg) and I promise to get back to you.

 

Thanks for reading, and good luck to all fantasy managers this weekend.



Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for Rotoworld and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.
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