We’ve barely had a day to reflect on the results of GW24 and on we move to the midweek fixtures of GW25. That’s 20 matches in a span of 5 days. And boy do we love it!!! So without further ado lets jump right into the squad picks for GW25.
Arsenal’s Ospina (4.8) is our runaway choice for keeper this week as they take on bottom placed Leicester at home. The Colombian international has racked up 3 clean sheets in his last 4 games, and is looking to be a worthy replacement for the out of favour Szczesny.
Alternatives: Sunderland’s Pantilimon (4.5) with a home game against 19th placed QPR is our alternative pick for the keeper’s position.
Arsenal’s Mertersacker (6.0), Sunderland’s Van Aanholt (4.2) and Manchester United’s Jones (5.3) all pick up spots on our squad as they take on 3 of the bottom 4 teams in favourable home fixtures this week. An upset in any of the three games looks highly unlikely, and should result in three easy clean sheets for the home sides. Chelsea’s Terry (6.8) and Southampton’s Yoshida (4.2) face off against slightly tougher opposition in Everton and West Ham respectively, but both teams have an impressive defensive record at home and should be able to shut out their opponents nonetheless.
Alternatives: Our alternative picks in defense are Crystal Palace’s Ward (4.7) and Manchester City’s Clichy (5.8) who haven’t been in the best of form at the back, but could nick a clean sheet if they keep it tight at the back.
Chelsea’s Hazard (10.9) is our first pick in midfield after a brilliant performance last week saw him pick up a goal and maximum bonus points at Villa Park. A home game against Everton should be favourable for him to get on the scoresheet, seeing as 6 of his 9 goals this season have come at The Bridge. Next up are Arsenal’s Cazorla (8.6) and Manchester United’s Di Maria (9.6) who will take on bottom placed Leicester and Burnley at home. Now we know Sanchez is back to full fitness, but Cazorla, barring the last match, has been in sensational form for the Gunners, having picked up a whopping 33 points in his last 3 games alone.
Liverpool’s Sterling (8.3) and Southampton’s Mane (6.5) are the final two picks in midfield. Sterling has racked up 24 points in his last 4 starts, and looks to be settling into some good form ahead of an important clash against Spurs this week. Mane seems to have picked up right where he left off, after scoring the winner last week, to make it 4 goals in 4 starts.
Alternatives: The in-form Ozil (9.0) gets a spot in the alternatives after scoring 2 in 2 games for Arsenal. The midfielder looks to be making a return with a bang, after being sidelined for the better part of the season. Another option to consider is Swansea’s budget friendly midfielder Ki (4.9).
Weather reports indicate there might be a potentially destructive HurriKane heading towards Anfield today!!! Okay, the joke was terrible, but how insanely good has Kane (6.2) been? The budget friendly striker, priced at a measly 6.2m, has picked up a whopping 52 points in his last 5 games. That’s an impressive average of 10 points per game. The 21 year old youngster is now the highest scorer in all competitions in England, pipping the likes of Aguero and Costa to take the top spot.
Arsenal’s Giroud (8.4) has also been in impressive form after returning from injury, having picked up 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games. A home game against bottom placed Leicester is the perfect opportunity then to add to his tally. Also in equally impressive form is the returning Defoe (6.1) who has scored 2 and assisted one in his first three games for the Black Cats, and will take on QPR at home.
Alternatives: Manchester City’s Aguero (12.8) is shunted to the alternatives this week, seeing how City haven’t been in the best of form lately. But Stoke will be missing 2 of their main defenders (Shawcross and Pieters) through injury, and this might just be what Aguero and company need to break through the resilient Stoke side. Our last pick this week is Burnley’s Ings (5.8) who has racked up an impressive 4 goals in his last 5 games, and could force his through the sometimes shaky Manchester United defence.