Premier League’s Fantasy Football Gameweek 23 is here and it’s yet another mini-double one. This time around it is the top two teams on the Premier League standings that have two fixtures in one fantasy matchday. This week might shake the Premier League, as Manchester City and Arsenal have not faced each other yet for this year’s Premier League, meaning the encounter on Gameweek 23 is just the first of the two. Of course, there is the big issue regarding the allegations of fraud City face. This could shake not just the league, but European football as a whole. Until then, let’s see our fantasy football player picks for Gameweek 23.
Except for the Arsenal vs City match, Gameweek 23 includes more than a couple local derbies and matches between fierce rivals. It all starts with Crystal Palace vs Brighton on Saturday and continues with Leeds United vs Manchester United on Sunday and Liverpool vs Everton on Monday. Those derbies usually incentivise bookmakers to offer exclusive betting welcome bonuses, so keep an eye as the fixtures approach. Enough with all that, let’s move to the picks for gameweek 23.
West Ham vs Chelsea
Arsenal vs Brentford
Crystal Palace vs Brighton
Fulham vs Nottingham Forest
Leicester vs Tottenham
Southampton vs Wolves
Bournemouth vs Newcastle
Leeds vs Manchester United
Manchester City vs Aston Villa
Liverpool vs Everton
Arsenal vs Manchester City
Price: £5.5m | Opponent: Bournemouth (a)
105 points | 25.5% owned
Nick Pope is the highest-scoring goalkeeper in the game. After 6 clean sheets in a row, he conceded a goal against West Ham, but now his Newcastle, the team with the second-best defensive record in Europe’s Big-5 leagues (behind only FC Barcelona).
Price: £4.5m | Opponent: Nottingham Forest (h)
80 points | 2.4% owned
One of the most affordable players in the game, Bernd Leno has a theoretically easy game ahead. Just be careful, as Forest are performing way better than in the first half of the season.
Price: £6.1m | Opponent: Bournemouth (a)
143 points | 69.6% owned
His ownership percentage rises week by week. He is the third-highest scorer in the game, behind just Erling Haaland and Harry Kane. What more can you say about Kieran Trippier. He is fantasy gold and should be on your team for gameweek 23 too.
Price: £5.1m | Aston Villa (h) & Arsenal (a)
43 points | 3.8% owned
After Joao Cancelo’s departure, Nathan Ake is Manchester City’s defensive swiss army knife, as he plays every minute, either as a centre-back or a left full-back. Even if he does not get many points against Arsenal, we has the chance for a big first game of the week, hosting Villa.
Price: £5.3m | Brentford (h) & Manchester City (h)
93 points | 35.4% owned
He’s only missed 15 minutes of play all season and he is expected to play every minute in Arsenal’s double feature this week. He scores plenty of bonus points and he is always a threat from set pieces.
Price: £3.9m | Aston Villa (h) & Arsenal (a)
15 points | 2.0% owned
Guardiola’s new favourite boy, Rico Lewis has got plenty of opportunities ever since Cancelo left. He will play at least one of the Citizens’ two games and priced at £3.9m he can prove to be great value for money.
Price: £7.2m | (a)
128 points | 53.1% owned
Manchester United’s best attacker, the Red Devil’s main scoring threat, is listed as a midfielder in Fantasy Football. Marcus Rashford is a must-have at this point of the season. He is one of the best options for Gameweek 23.
Price: £7.7m | Aston Villa (h) & Arsenal (a)
68 points | 10.6% owned
Pep Guardiola uses a different left winger every match. But on the right, Mahrez has made the position his ever since the World Cup. After a mediocre week, by his standards, he hopes to return with some scoring contributions.
Price: £5.2m | Crystal Palace (a)
67 points | 11.7% owned
Out of his 67 points, Kaoru Mitoma has accumulated 42 in the past 5 matches. He is one of the season’s biggest revelations and we couldn’t have excluded him from our Gameweek 23 picks.
Price: £7.0m | Brentford (h) & Manchester City (h)
119 points | 36.0% owned
We’re just past the mid-point of the season and Martin Odegaard has nearly equalled the point total he had the whole last season. He is Arsenaal’s main engine cog and he will continue producing.
Price: £12.2m | Opponent: Aston Villa (h) & Arsenal (a)
171 points | 85.5% owned
Haaland didn’t record a single shot on target against Spurs. But he has two games ahead, so he gets the nod ahead of red-hot Harry Kane.
Price: £6.7m | Brentford (h) & Manchester City (h)
44 points | 10.3% owned
Since Gabriel Jesus’ injury, Nketiah has claimed the starting role as Arsenal’s striker. He isn’t the fanciest of players, but he excels in positioning and already has six goals in his last six starts.
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