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FPL tips and team news ahead of Premier League Gameweek 23

By Squawka News

Published: 19:14, 20 January 2022


The Premier League gameweeks are coming thick and fast and there really is no rest for the Fantasy Football manager.

As things stand, Gameweek 23 promises a full fixture list and kicks off with a relegation six-pointer between Watford and Norwich City on Friday night.

Five games follow on Saturday, including Steven Gerrard’s trip to Everton which kicks off the day. Also involved on Saturday are Manchester City, Manchester United, West Ham, Leeds and Newcastle.

Sunday is headlined by the London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, but EFL Cup semi-finalists Arsenal and Liverpool are also involved.

Be warned, the rescheduled meeting between Burnley and Watford (February 5) has also been added to Gameweek 23, making it a Double Gameweek for both clubs. It should be another one to keep an eye on for all fantasy managers…

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FPL tips for Gameweek 23: Seven players to consider

Jack Harrison (Leeds), 5.5: The winger is the man of the moment for Leeds with four goals in his past two matches, including a hat-trick in their 4-2 win at West Ham last weekend. Harrison had been threatening to break through at various points in the season and has finally been unleashed — already becoming Leeds’ second-highest scorer in the Premier League this season.

Martin Odegaard (Arsenal), 5.6: After starting tentatively, Martin Odegaard has come out of his shell. The much-talked about Norwegian playmaker is proving to be Arsenal’s most potent creative threat, more so in Emile Smith Rowe’s absence. To illustrate this point: his 20 chances created from Gameweek 14 onwards ranks him third in the division. Odegaard has also netted three of his four total goals — plus all three assists — this season in his last seven Premier League appearances.

Conor Coady (Wolves), 4.6: They may have conceded to a James Ward-Prowse masterpiece last weekend but Wolves are making a habit of shutting out opponents. At the heart of that is Coady, who will be looking to get another six points against a Brentford attack that can struggle. The Englishman has made 74 clearances in the Premier League this season and Wolves have conceded just 15 goals with him on the pitch. He scored last weekend to boot.

Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), 7.0: It’s a toss-up when predicting from which full-back position Liverpool’s biggest threat will come. Trent Alexander-Arnold is enjoying another stellar campaign, and the same can be said for Reds left-back Andrew Robertson, who marked his return from suspension against Brentford last time out with an assist. The flying Scotsman has been involved in four goals across his past three away trips (one goal and three assists).

Bruno Fernandes (Man Utd), 11.7: Bruno Fernandes appears to have rediscovered his form this year with attacking returns in each of his past two Premier League matches. The mini run started with a brace against Aston Villa, before two assists in the win over Brentford.

Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton), 5.3: Having been in-and-out of Brighton’s first-team this season, Alexis Mac Allister is now nailed down a starting berth. The 23-year-old Argentine midfielder has started each of the Seagulls past five Premier League outings, registering two goals and creating one more. On top of that, his 14 total shots and 11 chances created put him above any team-mate in the past six gameweeks.

Emmanuel Dennis (Watford), 6.1: With a double header against favourable opposition, it’s hard to ignore the Watford frontman. He is better value for money than any forward in FPL this season, with only Michail Antonio (98) scoring more than his 94 points so far. Dennis sits alongside Mohamed Salah and Antonio in an elite group of players to have scored 8+ goals and assisted 5+ in the top flight this season.


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Team news, injuries and suspensions for Gameweek 23

Watford are still without the likes of Adam Masina, Imran Louza and William Troost-Ekong, all of whom are on Africa Cup of Nations duty. Norwich are expected to be without Billy Gilmour, Andrew Omobamidele and Mathias Normann, but Kenny McLean, Christoph Zimmermann, Max Aarons and Brandon Williams should all return.

Jarrad Branthwaite and Fabian Delph will be available for the weekend but may still not play for Duncan Ferguson’s side. John McGinn returns from suspension for Aston Villa and Ezri Konsa should also be back, but Leon Bailey remains out.

Brentford are still without the likes of Zanka and long-term absentees Julian Jeanvier and David Raya, while Frank Onyeka is on AFCON duty. Hwang Hee-chan is back training for Wolves but isn’t expected back for a few weeks, neither is Jonny Otto or Pedro Neto.

Leeds have a host of injury issues with the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Adam Forshaw, Jamie Shackleton and Junior Firpo all still out, but Diego Llorente is back from suspension. Javier Manquillo is back after suspension for Newcastle but Callum Wilson, Isaac Hayden and Federico Fernandez are all still out.

Paul Pogba is not yet ready to return for Manchester United and neither is Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while Jadon Sancho’s availability is uncertain after missing the win over Brentford to attend a funeral. West Ham, meanwhile, will be hoping Tomas Soucek is back for this weekend after illness, but the likes of Mark Noble and Kurt Zouma are still injured, while Said Benrahma won’t be home yet despite Algeria’s exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Ralph Hasenhüttl is set to be without Mohamed Elyounoussi and Theo Walcott, while Alex McCarthy, Valentino Livramento and William Smallbone are ruled out through injury. Moussa Djenepo is on international duty. As for Manchester City, there are question marks over the availability of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Nathan Aké, but Pep Guardiola will not be able to call on Riyad Mahrez, who should be returning from the Africa Cup of Nations soon.

Arsenal’s team will not feature Africa Cup of Nations stars Nicolas Pepe and Mohamed Elneny. Bukayo Saka, Cedric Soares, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Emile Smith Rowe and Calum Chambers are doubts heading into the weekend. Maxwel Cornet is on international duty and he’s joined on Burnley’s absentee list by Ashley Barnes. Erik Pieters, Matej Vydra and Charlie Taylor are all doubtful.

Patrick Vieira is missing Africa Cup of Nations trio Cheikhou Kouyate, Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha, while James Tomkins is in the physio room. James McArthur is a doubt. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Naby Keita are missing for Liverpool due to being on international duty. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Divock Origi and Thiago Alcantara are ruled out through picking up respective injuries.

No fewer than four Leicester City players — Daniel Amartey, Nampalys Mendy, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi — are representing their nation in Cameroon at the moment. Ryan Bertrand is a doubt, while Timothy Castagne, Jamie Vardy, Wesley Fofana and Ricardo Pereira are injured. Yves Bissouma is on international duty and misses this game for Brighton. Injured quintet Enoch Mwepu, Jason Steele, Adam Lallana, Jeremy Sarmiento and Lewis Dunk are also out.

Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Trevoh Chalobah remain on the sideline for Chelsea who could also still be without Andreas Christensen and Edouard Mendy. Antonio Conte returns to his former club without Son Heung-Min, Cristian Romero and Eric Dier.

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