At the end of FPL GW 17, we should see a real treat of a match. The clash between two main title favorites – Arsenal and Manchester City. So in this article, we’re gonna look at potential FPL value for upcoming fixtures amongst the players expected to feature on Monday.
Arsenal fantasy tips GW 17
At the moment, almost everyone has (or wishes to have) at least one Arsenal midfielder. Ozil (now valued at 9.8m) is the obvious choice, but there are other names pushing through our watchlist. The likes of Ramsey (8.1m) and Walcott (8.3m), for instance, are both back in action and can be considered fully fit. Walcott seems to be very effective as a replacement for Alexis on the left side (cutting inside). But he will have to fight for his place (with Campbell, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Giroud) once the Chilean returns. On the other hand, with Cazorla out for 3 months, Ramsey is finally back in his preferred CM position. From here he scores most of his goals, with intelligent runs towards the box. He can also provide few assists and generally tends to leave his mark in the final third. I think he would be the definite option in case Ozil shows signs of complacency and/or form-dropping. If you have the money, you should consider getting either Ramsey or Walcott in place of some bit cheaper and off form midfielder (eg. Ayew, Mane, Tadic, Depay).
Giroud – differential striker
If you’re looking for a differential striker outside of the magnificent trio of Lukaku, Vardy and Ighalo, Giroud (9.0m) is a not a bad choice. The Frenchman is currently full of confidence. He’s Arsenal’s first-choice penalty taker and he’s getting excellent support from Ozil and Ramsey. Arsenal is going to face some leaky defences over the coming period. I would expect Giroud or Kane (9.8m) to overturn Ighalo as the league’s 3rd best scoring striker (see Watford’s upcoming fixtures).
As for their defence, the Gunners finally managed to keep a clean sheet after 4 games. Overall, I think their defensive line has really improved this season. I would advise you to have one defender (or GK) from Arsenal, Tottenham and Man Utd in your team in the long-term. However, considering Man Utd’s injury crisis and Arsenal’s game against Man City, Spurs have the most value in their defence for FPL GW 17
Man City fantasy tips GW 17
On the other side, Man City’s defence has been struggling lately, mostly because of the absences of Kompany and Zabaleta. So I wouldn’t recommend taking anything out of your bank to buy Sagna or Kolarov ahead of Monday’s title clash.
Most of the Citizens’ FPL value this gameweek lies in their midfield. Ramsey and Flamini might struggle to control Yaya, Silva and De Bruyne when they push forward. Silva (10.0m) is the most tempting choice in their squad as he’s always involved in their goals when he’s fit. Sterling (8.9m) could be neutralised by matching his pace with Bellerin‘s. Aguero (13.0m) will be available for the match, but I would unit he gets some match sharpness before deciding to spend that amount of money.
All in all, I think Ramsey, Giroud and Silva would be the best picks for FPL GW17 if you’re looking to bolster your team with more players from the two main title contenders. If you are looking on who to captain though, you might find our Gameweek 17 captain tips Fantasy Premier League article very useful.