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    George's Fantasy Football Tips: Gameweek 25


    Deadline day isn't until tomorrow, but why not consider some of these options for your side this week?
    West Ham vs. Crystal Palace
    Two managers who have proven their worth after being ridiculed by the footballing world for the past couple of years. David Moyes have overseen an impressive resurgence during his brief time at the London Stadium with West Ham playing with the same kind of grit that their manager’s Everton side always showed. Unfortunately, in a similar vein to Moyes’ Toffees, practically the entire first team squad is dropping like flies. Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini are both side-lined so loan signing Joao Mario (pictured below) may be needed as the creative hub, playing in a more advanced role. He’s priced at £6.5, a slight risk for someone new to the league, but he’s shown glimpses of quality at Inter Milan and internationally for Portugal too over the years.

    Defensively, the team would’ve picked itself before Arthur Masuaku’s suspension at the weekend. Expect either Aaron Cresswell  (pictured below) to slot into the wing-back spot or for someone like Sam Byram to be given a chance. They’ll be encouraged to get into advanced spaces rather than launch crosses into the box given Andy Carroll’s injury and Javier Hernández’ excellent movement but lack of height. Could be in with a shout of an assist and priced at only £5.1 or £4.2, depending on which one you go for.

    Like Moyes, Roy Hodgson’s appointment was considered highly underwhelming. When he got the job back in September, I predicted that he would oversee a major resurgence at his boyhood club… I don’t want to be the “I told you so guy” but… I told you so. Undoubtedly, one of the most underrated players this season has been Luka Milivojević (pictured below). He’s already fast becoming a fan favourite at Selhurst Park and seems to be taking on the role that most fans were hoping Yohan Cabaye would've enjoyed. He’s an absolute steal at £4.7 in a vastly improved side, taking a lot of the set pieces- worth considering.

    Beyond that, it’s the usual suspects for Palace. Wilfried Zaha (title image) has turned his brief glimpses of quality into consistency and will likely be at the centre of anything good that happens for the Eagles. On the other flank, Andros Townsend is doing himself a bunch of favours in a late push for World Cup consideration. He’s come to life under Hodgson and has teamed up with Zaha to give Palace a width that can genuinely threaten teams home and away. Zaha is much more expensive at £6.9 to Townsend’s £5.6, but signing either is a smart move.

    Southampton vs. BrightonTwo sides dragged deep into the relegation battle recently and in desperate need of a win. It's perhaps more surprising to see Southampton in this mess, given the quality they do have in the squad. Dušan Tadić (pictured below) is arguably their most creative player and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a late bid from a top side over the next day or two. He’s capable of playing out wide or in a central role and will be desperately needed if the Saints are to pick up a much-needed win. There are few better midfielders priced at £6.2 as well.

    Elsewhere, with Charlie Austin out for the foreseeable, Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long (pictured below) will be keen to rediscover their goal scoring touch. In some ways, now Long’s managed to break his goal drought, the weight is off his shoulders and he can simply focus on his very accomplished game again. His work rate is second to none and he, therefore, could be a sound investment as a second striker at £5.9. Gabbiadini was on fire when he first signed but is going through a drought himself. He’ll be keen to end that this week, but that’ll depend on if he’s given the chance to.

    Continuing with a lack of goals, Brighton’s major problem all season has been finding the back of the net with just 17 so far. Glenn Murray is top scorer this season and put a difficult week behind him by scoring Brighton’s winner in the cup. A large proportion of his goals have come away from home so against a team low on confidence like Southampton, he could be worth a punt priced at £5.7.

    The return of Leonardo Ulloa (pictured below), signed on loan from Leicester until the end of the season, is an interesting acquisition. The Argentine was a regular scorer in his 18 months on the south coast before, averaging almost a goal per match. He also popped up with several vital goals for Leicester, not least in their title winning season when Jamie Vardy was suspended. A striker with Premier League experience, good movement, finishing and aerial prowess priced at just £4.8? Well worth the risk to fill out your squad… if he can get past Glenn Murray.

    Thank you for reading, hoping to make this a regular thing once again!

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