Fantasy Football Preview: Gameweek 22

Adel Taarabt

A genuinely Super Sunday fixture list means points from the top teams will be harder to come by, but there a chance to remedy that with an enticing double gameweek.

Fixtures Analysis: Southampton and Chelsea's double gameweek make them the obvious contenders for selections, something especially true of the London side despite Benitez's penchant for rotation. Chelsea go to Stoke and Southampton play at Villa before the two sides meet at Stamford Bridge. Elsewhere the Saturday morning fixture between QPR and Tottenham could see points on offer from both sides, and Fulham's home match with Wigan should see investment in Jol's side. Finally, Norwich's home game with misfiring Newcastle could see the Canaries deliver plenty of points once again.

Transfers In: Chelsea are a horrible side to predict, with their form jumping all over the place and rotation of vital players becoming a regularity. However they have two crucial matches this gameweek, and Juan Mata (9.9) should see plenty of playing time as the key man in their side. Demba Ba (8.6) looks far better than Fernando Torres, and could start both upcoming games as result. Frank Lampard (8.4) will most likely be off the pitch for long periods, but could still be worth bringing in as a genuine goal threat. From their defence, David Luiz (6.7) is still a fair gamble, as he had as much chance as any of their centre backs of playing both matches, and could be given a more advanced role.

Southampton are thankfully easier to pick from. Gaston Ramirez (5.6) and Jason Puncheon (4.9) give good midfield options at cheap prices, and Rickie Lambert (6.3) does the same if you fancy a forward. Even with a double gameweek, their defence is probably worth steering clear of unless you already have one of their players in your side.

From QPR, Adel Taarabt (5.7) is looking like an increasingly good choice, with the Moroccan playing at the tip of Redknapp's attack. Add in the incentive he, and indeed his manager, will have against their former club this weekend and Taarabt looks like a great choice. The usual suspects will be present from Spurs, with Gareth Bale (9.8), Clint Dempsey (9.0) and Aaron Lennon (7.2) all good bets for a midfield goal.

Fulham have been fairly awful of late, but the win over West Brom might give them some confidence going into a home match against Wigan. Dimitar Berbatov (7.1) is the clear choice, and Alex Kacaniklic (4.4) is a good bargain in the midfield. Norwich also have a winnable home game against the disastrously out of form Newcastle. Pardew's side is full of good players, but their low confidence and fragile defence makes Robert Snodgrass (6.2) and Anthony Pilkington (5.8) good men to have in the midfield. It's also worth looking at Russell Martin (4.1) at the back, with the defender netting three times in his past two Premier League matches.

Finally, Robin van Persie (14.0) is worth picking no matter who he plays, and Liverpool’s ability to drop out of form overnight means the Dutchman could do well at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Captain Choice: Chelsea's double gameweek against Southampton and Stoke make them the clear choice for your captain, with Demba Ba and Juan Mata the obvious choices.

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