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Fantasy Forecast 2019/20: FPL Gameweek 24

Ahead of each Gameweek in the Fantasy Premier League, The Hype Train's front-men, Robert Austin and Sam Austin duel for FPL supremacy in predicting Premier League scores, as well as going head to head in picking a Scout Picks squad for each round of games. In addition, we provide general insight that we believe might be relevant for FPL players, such as our personal captaincy picks, differentials for the week, and more. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 24 Deadline

For the 2019/20 Premier League season, the FPL deadline will be one hour before the commencement of the week's first game. Our website provides a real-world countdown timer for the the upcoming Gameweek, whilst you can read our latest Fantasy articles from the season on our 2019/20 FPL weekly hype sub-section.

How does our Forecasting work?

For three years we invited guests from the FPL Community to tackle us with picks for the upcoming Gameweek in Fantasy Premier League. We'll be taking a break from inviting guests onto this article for a year, and have introduced a new feature, Fantasy 5's, which we'll be asking weekly guests their top pick in each position ahead of each Gameweek.

For the sake of respecting the rules of the Forecast, we have provided an example of what we're sending out to interested parties that will feature throughout the season.

  • Premier League Fixture Prediction: As pundits, we are testing our football acumen with PL predictions and will be providing regular updated tables and stats in each edition of the FPL Forecast. A perfect score is worth 3 points whilst a correct result is worth 1 point.

  • FPL Gameweek Forecasting: Answering the regular questions that come up every single week in the Fantasy Premier League community that helps with identifying captaincy picks, transfers, attacking options, clean sheet potential, teams to look our for and avoid, players to consider for the Draft game, the wildcard differential players, as well as general analysis and comments.

  • Scout Picks: Picking a squad of 15 for a single Gameweek, without any budget, using the rules of the FPL - formations, captains and vice captains, and the player limits of 3 per club (chips will not be feature of these weekly picks)

  • Each team must pick a Captain, labelled as (c) and a Vice Captain listed as (vc).

Fixture Prediction: Double Gameweek 24

Aston Villa 1-2 Watford

Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton

Crystal Palace 2-1 Southampton

Everton 2-0 Newcastle

Sheffield United 1-2 Man City

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

Leicester 3-0 West Ham

Spurs 1-0 Norwich

Man United 2-1 Burnley

Wolves 0-2 Liverpool

West Ham 0-4 Liverpool

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 24

Top FPL transfer targets for the weekend:

GK: Alisson (LIV, GK, £6.1mil, 10.0% ownership)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV, DEF, £7.5mil, 40.4% ownership)

MID: Anthony Martial (MUN, MID, £7.9mil, 13.0% ownership)

FWD: Cenk Tosun (CRY, FWD, £5.7mil, 0.2% ownership)

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

Liverpool (Watch x2): The Reds have kept seven straight clean sheets and are on course to break their Premier League curse. Better yet, they have two games this Gameweek, against Wolves and West Ham. All I see is two teams who start with W, so, two W’s for the Reds.

Southampton (Avoid): Crystal Palace have the most enticing run of fixtures out of any club in the league, and up next for the Eagles is a home tie against Southampton who were rocked by Wolves at the weekend.

Everton (Watch): Newcastle’s injury woes are continuing, and this is the type of game Everton need to win if they are to get a top half finish this year. The Toffees may be without Richarlison…again…but I don’t see that as a problem. Newcastle perform better in bigger fixtures, and with Ancelloti at the helm, he will be telling his players three points is the minimum for this fixture.

Man City (Avoid): I know I have put Man City for a win this week, but if there was a harder fixture for an away team this week please show me. City had another setback against Palace, and Sheffield United are a very tough team to break down, and they had a good week away at Arsenal.

Which Liverpool players are you taking into the Double Gameweek?:

MID: Sadio Mane (LIV, MID, £12.4mil, 40.8% ownership)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV, DEF, £7.5mil, 40.4% ownership)

DEF: Virgil van Dijk (LIV, DEF, £6.4mil, 41.6% ownership)

I always believe that in Double Gameweek's have better defensive returns than they do offensive, and with the games six days apart the Reds won’t rotate.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) – Sadio Mane (LIV): Well, this is the easiest pick I’ve ever had to make. Mane is overdue a big game now, and against Wolves he has a great record, and West Ham could be a huge goal fest for the Reds. I don’t even have to tell you why; you should just be able to see the potential. Maybe even triple-captain potential.

(VC) – Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV): The Liverpool defender is the best defensive asset in the game right now, and he could be the first ever £8.0mil option at the beginning of next season. His ability to create goals alongside earning clean sheets makes him the natural second choice this week.

Other Gameweek Comments:

Rotation may be on the agenda, every time there is a Double Gameweek it is inevitable. But, enough with that. I have something on my chest I want to get rid of, and that is Everton. I transferred in Richarlison for GW23, and then Ancelloti announced last minute he was injured, and he said he would be 100% fit for Tuesday, and now it is Monday, and he has ruled out Richarlison again.

Every single time I pick an Everton player in my differentials they blank, every time I transfer them in into my FPL team, they blank (or in Digne’s case he gets -2pts). This is a public service warning to never, ever trust Everton in your FPL teams.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 24

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Kasper Schmeichel (LEI)

DEF: Serge Aurier (TOT)

DEF: Virgil van Dijk (LIV)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) (VC)

MID: Hueng-Min Son (TOT)

MID: Sadio Mane (LIV) (C)

MID: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI)

MID: Anthony Martial (MUN)

FOR: Cenk Tosun (CRY)

FOR: Jamie Vardy (LEI)

FOR: Sergio Aguero (MCI)


GK: Vincente Guaita (CRY)

MID: Jack Grealish (AVL)

DEF: Patrick van Aanholt (CRY)

DEF: Ricardo Pereira (LEI)

Fixture Prediction: Double Gameweek 24

Aston Villa 0-1 Watford

Bournemouth 1-2 Brighton

Crystal Palace 1-1 Southampton

Everton 1-1 Newcastle

Sheffield United 0-2 Man City

Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

Leicester 3-1 West Ham

Spurs 3-0 Norwich

Man United 1-1 Burnley

Wolves 0-2 Liverpool

West Ham 0-2 Liverpool

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 24

Top FPL transfer targets for the weekend:

Outside of the Liverpool assets, Cenk Tosun (CRY) has a good run of games and is a bargain at £5.7 million. Heung-Min Son (TOT) should thrive against Norwich. Bournemouth can’t play football, with Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard good punts away from home. Danny Ings (SOU) also has some good fixtures, whilst Watford defensive assets have been doing a stellar job recently.

Are West Ham players an option for their Double Gameweek?:

No. Just no.

My ideal Liverpool triple-up:

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

Watford (watch): A run of 5 clean sheets in 8 games after losing at Liverpool puts Watford on 8 clean sheets, only 1 behind Liverpool (9).

Spurs (watch): As one-off relief, Spurs should get a few good goals against a Norwich side who are rock-bottom of the Premier League. Moura and Son should get some goals too in the absence of Kane.

Predictable wins: Man City to get a couple of early goals at Sheffield United, Chelsea to do the double on Arsenal, Leicester to stampede West Ham and Brighton to win away at struggling Brighton, are all coveted predictions this week.

Score draws: Everton/Newcastle, Man United/Burnley and Crystal Palace/Southampton all look like score draws. Newcastle always give The Toffees a good game, United don’t have enough firepower and both Palace and Southampton are worth a goal.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) – Mohamed Salah (LIV): The allure of penalty kicks and good forms means that The Egyptian King is an absolute captaincy must this season.

(VC) – Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV): Only Kevin De Bruyne has more assists and with 7 clean sheets on the spin, TAA is an incredible option for a brace of away games, both of which could be low scoring.

(VVC) – Jamie Vardy (LEI): Since saying that he was a winner, David Moyes hasn’t done a lot of winning. Leicester should get back to winning ways against The Hammers, though a slight hint of rotation may play a factor.

Other Gameweek Comments:

I’m not going to be using a chip this Gameweek. If Liverpool were at home in one fixture, the alure of Salah or Mane might have been too much given The Reds form, though two away games have put me off.

Our general belief is that if all else fails in a Double Gameweek, go with defensive players. Any combination of Liverpool defenders are worth the investment this week, though VVD and TAA offer set-pieces and returns at both ends of the pitch.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 24

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Ben Foster (WAT)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) – (VVC)

DEF: Virgil van Dijk (LIV)

DEF: Caglar Soyuncu (LEI)

MID: Leandro Trossard (BHA)

MID: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI)

MID: Mohamed Salah (LIV) – (C)

MID: Heung-Min Son (TOT)

FOR: Jamie Vardy (LEI)

FOR: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)

FOR: Danny Ings (SOU)


GK: David Button (BHA)

MID: Abdoulaye Doucouré (WAT)

DEF: Craig Catchcart (WAT)

DEF: Martin Kelly (SOU)

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