Premier League: GW24 Starting XI

After research, discussion on Twitter and a number of beers last night, I have come to a well thought out decision ahead of game week 24. Carrying 2 FTs into the game, I am going to roll one, on the off chance I feel the desire to pick up a Man City player ahead of DGW25. Right now, the only one of interest is Leroy Sane, which I can’t afford with £1.5 ITB. Instead, I will go a different direction, one that is probably ill advised by many in the community but it feels more right that busting up my squad that’s played rather consistent.

With no decision rendered yesterday when I wrote Premier League: GW24 Transfers, I decided to wait until Tuesday morning to get any further news on questionable players. Two of those players, Virgil van Dijk (illness) and a nasty Twitter rumor, from an unsubstantiated source that Marcos Alonso won’t play. Ignoring both of those, I have decided to ship out West Ham’s, Felipe Anderson, ahead of the Wolves match. Now Wolves have kept just one CS since game week 11, so the chance we see multiple games from the Hammers is a possibility.  Moving Anderson allows me to buy Heung-min Son. See, told you it was an unpopular move.

The Spurs man, fresh off a South Korea loss to Qatar in the AFC Asian Cup has been brought in by 89k managers ahead of the home fixture to Watford.  No surprise to see Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba, as the bandwagon continues to roll in Manchester, the top transfers in, with Leroy Sane and Mo Salah rounding out the top four. Thoughts of moving on Diogo Jota are still fresh in my head, as he is the fifth most transferred in this week, off the back of a hat trick in game week 23. Should I make it? Ryan Fraser out for Jota, in? On paper it looks a logical move, based purely on fixtures and the fact Jota seems to have some confidence back, so says FPL_Fly. That will be a last minute transfer IF the decision is made.

Today’s starting lineup, sans Jota is a 4-4-2 formation as Neil Etheridge gets the start against Arsenal. Hopefully he can mind the net and put together some save points. In defense, it’s Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Marcos Alonso and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. While I don’t want to speculate on rumor, I am banking on Sarri playing the Spaniard, as he’s continued to look dangerous, but well of where he was early in the season. Van Dijk, appears to have practiced, so the illness shouldn’t keep him out of the starting XI. AWB has a great chance at a CS and bonus points, as Palace visit St. Marys.

In the midfield, I am going against the grain and NOT captaining Mo Salah, home to Leicester. The Foxes have been a tough defense to figure out; a CS at Chelsea, 1-0 and a 2-1 home win against City, but then concede two goal to So’ton and four goals to Wolves. Which defense will show up? Paul Pogba retains his starting spot, just because of ownership, which forces me to keep the United man. My new signing, Son slots in against Watford and could start. Finally, Fraser, home to Chelsea. He may or may not make the cut as we approach the 1845 deadline.

Up front, I’ve dropped Callum Wilson due to his knee injury and the fact they are playing Chelsea. This leaves Marcus Rashford and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as my starters. The Arsenal forward has been given the captain’s armband, as they play at home against Cardiff. He seems to eat up weak teams, this could be a great captain differential.

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