Get yourself into the mix Week 23 Premier League

Last weekend gave us a record high prize pool for the €11 buy-in. This round we keep the guarantee at €25,000 for that competition, but we increase the guarantees for the smaller buy-ins! The €1 will be €3,000 GTD, while the €3 will be €5,000! It reminds us that it is indeed possible to win big money on daily fantasy while risking very small amounts

Gameweek starts out with Wolverhampton vs Leicester at 13:30 CET Saturday. As usual, we skipped the early match, so the fantasy managers can check out the line-ups. This round we get as many as six matches at 4pm, which is extremely nice for this purpose. If you have an opinion on the early match, you can compete in the 5-a-side format, this time with an increased guarantee of €750 for the €11 buy-in.

Tottenham in crisis

The big news this week is the injury of Harry Kane. The Tottenham striker suffered an ankle injury at the end of the all-important Premier League defeat to Manchester United and is expected to be on the sidelines for at least a month, maybe even two. Spurs were already bracing for the impact of losing Heung-Min Son to the Asian Cup, as he now has left the UK. They already had a lengthy injury list, considering that they do not have as deep a squad as for instance Manchester City. Lucas Moura, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko and Wanyama are all missing in action. For fantasy managers, it is interesting to note that Kane’s replacement, FERNANDO LLORENTE (7.8M) is priced moderately. The problem is that Llorente has only played 36 minutes total in the Premier League this season. To be fair, he did score three times against Tranmere in the FA Cup recently, and also got a goal against West Ham in the League Cup in October. Other than that, he has hardly been on the pitch at all, even in the cups. In what looked to be a very big season for Tottenham, they may decide that they need to buy a striker to have a chance to keep up in the Premier League and the Champions League. However, for this weekend, Llorente looks like the obvious replacement. He may be a bargain in the 25k GTD.

The big three

There are three big favourites in this round: Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City. When looking for a captain, one should probably choose one from one of these teams. They all have good candidates. Perhaps the best would be to ride the Manchester United/Ole Gunnar Solskjær wave. They now have six wins in a row. The victory over Spurs was a bit lucky, as Tottenham were pressing hard for most of the second half. Fortunately, for United, De Gea was at the right place at the right time, repeatedly. He managed an amazing 11 saves, and got a well-deserved match of the match award. Perhaps it was a bit disappointing that United could not fight back and keep Tottenham from getting chances repeatedly, but after all, Tottenham are extremely good when they are at their best. This time, United face Brighton, which is a different cup of tea altogether. Admittedly, Brighton are in great form. They kept Liverpool from scoring in open play; the only goal came from the penalty spot. Before that, they played 2-2 against West Ham in London. However, we do expect Manchester United to score some goals, and on top of the list is PAUL POGBA (14.4M) who scored twice against Huddersfield and Bournemouth. Additionally, he did deliver an excellent pass to MARCUS RASHFORD (14.0M), which opened up the Spurs defense and ended up in the net behind Lloris. Rashford shot nicely from an angle in that spot, and like Pogba, he has improved a lot after Mourinho left. ROMELU LUKAKU (13.0M) is back after a break, but Rashford is definitely the number one striker at United now, so Lukaku will come in as a sub, as best.

Topping the Liverpool list of candidates is of course MOHAMED SALAH (15.4M). He has scored eight times in the last ten matches, and is joint top scorer in the Premier League at the moment (alongside Aubamyeng and Kane). Salah is not in fantastic form, but even at a level slightly below his best, he may be the best goal scorer in Premier League.

With Manchester City, there is always some uncertainty as to who will be in the line-up, but LEROY SANE (14.6M) and RAHEEM STERLING (15.0M) are Pep’s first choice wingers at the moment and we see no reason for him to not start with them against Huddersfield. GABRIEL JESUS (13.0M) has finally started to score goals, and has shown so good form, we suspect Pep is about to move the Brazilian ahead of SERGIO AGUERO (13.9M) on the striker list. Remember, Pep always really liked Jesus, and we do not think he needs any more reasons now to pick Jesus as his main man. But we could be wrong, and there is certainly a chance that Aguero will start this match. Other than that, it only a matter of time until KEVIN DE BRUYNE (13.5M) will be a permanent starter. He has done very well in his come back, and could make life hard for BERNARDO SILVA (13.0M) who has been the caretaker in the midfield spot on the right side, while De Bruyne has been long-time injured. Bernardo is great too, so it is a difficult choice for Pep. Unfortunately, City travel to Huddersfield on Sunday, so we will not be able to check their line-ups.

Newcastle can keep Cardiff out

We like Newcastle for the defense this week. They have played well defensively lately, although they conceded twice against Chelsea and twice against Manchester United, but that was to be expected. This time they face a Cardiff that have scored only one goal in the last five matches! The goal gave them a surprising win over Leicester, after Victor Camarasa scored in the dying moments of the game. It was a freak accident, and we think Newcastle have a nice chance to avoid something similar. Fixtures in the Newcastle defense are JAMAL LASCELLES (7.6M) and DEANDRE YEDLIN (8.2M). Yedlin is a offensive minded wing-back, so he could achieve an assist on a good day. Lascelles is good on headers, so he has a chance on set pieces. Keeper MARTIN DUBRAVKA (9.2M) is very good, but we wish he was a bit cheaper. FLORIAN LEJUNE (6.2M) is back from injury and impressed us in the Chelsea match. We will be surprised if he is not in the starting XI, and at this price, he is a good buy, even though he does not offer much offensive potential.