Star Player and Punt - Gameweek 24 - Tony v Liam

“I’ve gone for probably the safest bet in the whole of Fantasy Premier League – it’s 44.7% owned Alexis Sanchez. A slight hamstring strain shouldn’t stop this Chilean tearing the Villains to shreds come Sunday.”

Marco 24hrs before GW23 deadline

Right you are Marco…….err that’ll be 12-2 in Tony’s favour then. Next up facing new champion Tony is Liam, both have chosen a Star player (free choice) and Punt (under 4% ownership). Here’s an introduction written by Liam himself.

My name is Liam Groves, a 21 year old student from the South of London. I am a big Chelsea fan, cue the glory-hunter chants, but have been since the day I was born. This is my 5th season playing FPL, and I have finished in the top 100K the last two seasons. I’m currently around the 30K mark, which is maybe worrying as I should be spending more time studying in my final year rather than looking at my team over and over again! I’ve been an admirer of FPL Dugout for a couple of seasons now. I particularly enjoy the chat on match days and everyone’s reactions to either Jon Walters scoring a hat-trick last week (absolutely ludicrous by the way) or bringing in a player only for them to be sent off in ridiculous fashion (Giroud earlier in the season springs to mind).

Tony’s Star Player – Sergio Aguero

After not having had Aguero in my team for some time now I’ve always had a good argument against owning him (and Costa); and that’s value.  I think Sergio Aguero is poor value based on the competition for that position.  Previously I’ve owned Austin, Ings and Kane and have reaped the reward at a fraction the cost it would have taken to get Aguero in my side.  I won’t go into the calculations but his injury prone-ness as well as points per pound (in-game pounds) has always been something that put me off…that is, until now.

With my WC active and the Hull game on the horizon I fitted Aguero into my side regardless of his “value”.  Having returned from injury and a couple of full games under his belt it’s safe to assume he’s back in the side.  And with the prospect of a Hull defence to attack he’s going to bang them in for fun if he plays well.  I’ll be captaining him in my side (as will most of the people who own him no doubt) and is a guaranteed double pointer if all goes well.  (I can envisage him getting injured 5 minutes in again as has so often happened in the past).  I’m not sure how long I’ll keep him, but for this week he’s a no brainer.

Liam’s Star Player – Eden Hazard

This choice was really as a result of Tony choosing Aguero as his star player who I think is the obvious choice this week. However, I’m happy to have Eden Hazard who takes a trip to Villa Park this weekend. An assist and 3 bonus points saw him rack up a pretty standard 8 pointer last week that we have come to expect, but I’m hoping he’ll be able to better that this weekend against a struggling Villa who let in 5 against the Gunners.

Liam’s Punt – Theo Walcott

Apart from City at home to Hull and Chelsea away at Villa, all the big guns are looking at tricky games. I’ve gone for Theo Walcott on the back of his goal last weekend. Away at Spurs is obviously not an easy game, but there tends to be goals and Walcott will have gained a lot of confidence after being out for well over a year. It was a toss up between him and Ozil, but I was impressed by the way Theo took his goal, and think Ozil is more likely to be the provider than the scorer (of course it will turn out to be the other way round now).

Tony’s Punt – Philippe Coutinho

This guy seems to have found his footing at last.  Had a good December but has only gotten better since then.  I punted Coutinho before his goal in the Bolton game which only confirmed my belief that he’s a great punt.  Having recently committed his future to the Reds, the Bolton game was merely the latest in a string of displays that have highlighted just what is so great about him.  His vision, creativity, control and technique make him a delight to watch.

When he’s not out assisting the goals he likes to try his hand at long range shots which he’s been getting more and more confident with and what better time to do that the Merseyside Derby.  With an Everton side that has been pretty shaky lately and the wins they have had not being very convincing, it is not a good time to be facing Liverpool and I relish the thought of Coutinho testing Joel Robles with Howard still not returned to the starting 11.