Fantasy Football Preview: Gameweek 23

Theo Walcott

Last week's double gameweek came good in spectacular fashion, with players from Southampton and Chelsea scoring plenty of goals, and this week another tasty double will be the best bet for the points.

Fixtures Analysis: Arsenal and West Ham are the double gameweek sides, with Arsenal at Chelsea and West Ham at home to QPR before they meet each other at the Emirates. Chelsea should also be considered at home to Arsenal, as their poor results haven't stopped a few of their players picking up points. Liverpool at home to Norwich could be worth looking at, and Manchester City could make short work of Fulham at the Etihad. Finally West Brom at home to Villa should see the home side do well, although a Birmingham derby can be hard to predict.

Transfers In: Arsenal's up and down form means you should restrict your choices to a few favourites who have been able to do well even when the team has struggled. Theo Walcott (9.1) is probably the stand out choice despite a dip in point scoring recently, whilst Santi Cazorla (9.6) is worth keeping faith with if you have him. Keiran Gibbs (5.6) could nab a clean sheet against West Ham whilst offering attacking returns in both matches, and Lukas Podolski (8.2) is a fair choice if you have a hole in your strike force to fill.

West Ham have been in terrible form of late, so even a double gameweek shouldn't tempt you to bring in too many of their players. Kevin Nolan (6.5) might pick up a goal somewhere, and Joe Cole (5.6) could be an interesting choice if he starts both matches.

Chelsea’s bizarre home form makes it tricky to predict exactly who to go for, but Juan Mata (10.0) and Eden Hazard (9.4) are both in good form of late, with the Belgian starting to find the net regularly again.

Liverpool’s attack looks a far more exciting prospect with Daniel Sturridge (7.3) involved, and their new signing has shown an eye for goal that makes him a decent alternative to the expensive Luis Suarez (10.4), who is still the obvious choice. Steven Gerrard (9.4) has been good lately too, and could be worth bringing in.

From Manchester City, rotation could well be round the corner for Edin Dzeko (7.4) and Carlos Tevez (8.9), but they are good bets none the less. At the back Matija Nastasic (5.6) is a great cut price way into their back four.

West Brom suffered a nightmare turnaround against Reading last week, but Romelu Lukakus (6.5) brace still shone out as the work of a man in superb form. James Morrison (5.9) is also a good bet with porous Aston Villa coming to town. At the back, Gareth McAuley (5.3) is a reliable man to have.

Captain choice: With a new contract in the offing, hopefully Theo Walcott will celebrate with plenty of goals during Arsenal’s double gameweek.

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