Gameweek 24 comes at an interesting point in the season for FPL managers. There are likely to be multiple teams with Double Gameweeks in the near future.
As a result, FPL managers need to keep both eyes on fixture changes and fixture lists to maximise the opportunities in the weeks ahead.
Manchester City are among the teams with a Gameweek 24 double. Burnley, Fulham and Everton are the other three teams with two fixtures in Gameweek 24. To what extent to transfers this week revolve around these teams? Here are five players who could be good short-term and medium-term transfers into FPL sides.
Matt Lowton – Defender – Burnley – £4.5m
Burnley have a kind Double Gameweek 24 in terms of fixtures. Crystal Palace away and Fulham at home represent excellent fixtures and with West Brom to come in Gameweek 25, it is the time to invest in the Burnley defence as a short-term option.
At £4.5m, Matt Lowton is cheaper than James Tarkowski and Ben Mee. There are doubts over which left-back is available so the safest bet is Lowton on the right of Dyche’s defence.
Against Brighton last time out, Lowton had three shots, highlighting attacking threat in addition to reliability at the back. Burnley have kept seven clean sheets thus far, making Lowton’s £4.5m price a steal ahead of a good Double Gameweek 24.
Jorginho – Midfielder – Chelsea – £4.7m
At 4.7m, Jorginho has emerged as an excellent option for a fifth midfield spot. As Chelsea’s penalty-taker, the Italian midfielder presents an alternative Chelsea attacking option compared to the unreliable yet more expensive stars, such as Timo Werner.
Jorginho has scored five in the league this season, all from the spot. Having established himself in Thomas Tuchel’s plans, Jorginho looks exempt from rotation, making him even more viable.
With Newcastle at home, Jorginho’s Gameweek 24 is only a single game however, he provides an interesting option for those wanting to free up cash. He’s achieved four double-point hauls this season and Newcastle at home looks like a perfect fixture to capitalise on Chelsea.
Phil Foden – Midfielder – Man City – £6.1m
Phil Foden’s masterclass at Anfield during Manchester City’s 4-1 demolition of Liverpool at Anfield felt like a coming of age. The young midfielder was the star of the show, capping of his virtuoso display with a goal.
Foden not only gave Pep Guardiola and Gareth Southgate food for thought, his performance must have caught the eye of FPL managers. A goal and an assist provided evidence of Foden’s brilliance. Having notched ten goals for Manchester City this season, he has emerged into a huge goal threat while earning Pep Guardiola’s trust.
Guardiola’s incessant rotation is always a risk with Manchester City’s attackers. However, Foden’s performance at Anfield and subsequent rest in the FA Cup at Swansea mean that at least one start in the Double Gameweek 24 is likely for Foden.
At 6.1m, Foden is a fantastic option for a player that is improving game-by-game and looks to have had his coming of age.
James Rodriguez – Midfielder – Everton – £7.7m
James Rodriguez is a player that can flatter to deceive. However, the Colombian playmaker has five goals and three assists in 15 appearances, averaging a goal contribution every other game.
Rodriguez has Fulham and Manchester City in the Double Gameweek 24, making him an interesting selection. Four of his five goals have come at Goodison Park while in his last outing at Old Trafford, Rodriguez found the net.
Two home games in Gameweek 24 make Rodriguez an appealing short-term pick. The 29 year-old is sure to be the fulcrum of Everton’s attack, especially if Dominic Calvert-Lewin is injured. As a short-term punt in a Double Gameweek, Rodriguez could be an option worth looking into.
Edinson Cavani – Forward – Man Utd – £7.9m
While it’s a good strategy to target Double Gameweek 24, Man Utd’s fixture away at West Brom simply cannot be ignored. Most managers have Bruno Fernandes however, a double-up in the Man Utd attack looks appealing.
At 5.1% ownership, Edinson Cavani provides a differential in the striking position. Having started four of the last five, the Uruguayan has established himself as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice striker with six goals in the Premier League to date.
Cavani’s next two fixtures are West Brom and Newcastle. High points returns look very possible. £7.9m is an excellent price for Man Utd’s first-choice striker and goals in his last two outings should ensure his place in the team. This makes Cavani an exciting differential in a position dominated by three or four players in the game. With Dominic Calvert-Lewin missing, Cavani could be the best striking option in Gameweek 24, despite his single game.
Gameweek 24 is the start of an exciting run of fixtures, with plenty of Double Gameweeks. Maximising these should be at the forefront of transfer strategy. However, clubs without Double Gameweeks still have excellent fixtures. It is important not to forget this in the weeks ahead.