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Premier League Fantasy gameweek 23 preview

It is gameweek 23 of the Premier League Fantasy Football season and there are some fascinating fixtures in the English top flight this weekend.

As always, fantasy-team managers will be scouring the schedule in search of an edge and we have picked out five players who could be worth bringing into your line-up.

League leaders Arsenal are bidding to bounce back from their shock defeat against Everton when they host Brentford on Saturday and champions Manchester City travel to Aston Villa on Sunday.

However, Newcastle's trip to struggling Bournemouth is definitely a game to focus on from a Fantasy Football perspective while attacking stars are expected to rack up the points when Leicester and Tottenham meet at the King Power Stadium.

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Goalkeeper - Nick Pope

Keep it simple with the goalkeeping position in gameweek 23 as Nick Pope's Newcastle, who have the best defensive record in the Premier League, travel to a Bournemouth side who have scored only once in six league fixtures since the World Cup.

The Cherries also lost 1-0 at Newcastle in the EFL Cup on 20th December so England keeper Pope will be eyeing up another clean sheet.

Newcastle have conceded in their last two games, a 2-1 EFL Cup win over Southampton and a 1-1 draw with West Ham, but they had a run of six straight clean sheets in the Premier League before that and are 11/8 To Win to Nil at Bournemouth.

Defender - Fabian Schar

Bournemouth's goal drought, coupled with the fact that Newcastle have conceded only 12 times in 20 Premier League matches this season, means another Magpies stopper is worth snapping up this weekend.

Consistency of selection has been a huge factor in Newcastle's success this term and Eddie Howe should have his first-choice back four of Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schar, Sven Botman and Dan Burn available to protect Pope on Saturday.

Swiss international Schar gets the nod as he could chip in with a goal as well as a clean sheet on the south coast and his disciplinary record has improved dramatically.

After three bookings in his first four league appearances this term, Schar has picked up only one yellow card in his last 16 outings, and he has played all but 15 minutes of Newcastle's 2022/23 league campaign.

Schar's only goal of the season came against Nottingham Forest in gameweek one but he has had 12 shots in his last five appearances, including three against leaders Arsenal, and is 6/1 in the Anytime Goalscorer betting.

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Defender - Craig Dawson

Like Newcastle's Schar, Craig Dawson is a centre-back with an eye for goal and the Wolves new boy could also enjoy a successful trip to the south coast on Saturday.

The experienced defender had a dream debut against Liverpool last weekend, scoring in the 12th minute of a 3-0 victory for Wolves at Molineux, and his new teammates should be confident of achieving another positive result at Southampton.

Struggling Saints have lost eight of their last nine in the league, including 1-0 defeats to Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest in their last two home games.

Brentford defender Ben Mee scored a towering header and claimed a clean sheet against Southampton last weekend and Dawson looks good value for a similar haul on Saturday.

Midfielder - James Maddison

Leicester lost 6-2 at Tottenham in September and the last 12 Premier League meetings between the teams have averaged 4.67 goals per game so it should pay to focus on the attacking talent at the King Power Stadium.

Spurs, missing the suspended Cristian Romero and injured goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, will be wary of Leicester's James Maddison, who scored in the reverse fixture with one of his seven attempts at goal.

The England midfielder had a frustrating injury layoff after the World Cup but is looking sharper and sharper with every game and his recent goalscoring record for the Foxes is outstanding.

Since the start of the 2021/22 campaign, Maddison has scored 20 Premier League goals in 42 starts, including one in last week's 4-2 win at Aston Villa.

The last time he played 90 minutes in the league, against Everton in November, he had eight shots and he is 5/1 for over 1.5 in the Player Shots On Target market against a leaky Spurs defence.

Striker - Heung-Min Son

Harry Kane's record-breaking goalscoring feats have hogged the headlines for Tottenham but teammate Heung-Min Son looks to be rediscovering his best form after a patchy campaign.

One of the highlights of Son's season came against this weekend's opponents Leicester as he bagged a second-half hat-trick in September's 6-2 rout at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The South Korean star scored in the 4-0 win at Crystal Palace on 4th January and had five shots at goal against top-of-the-table Arsenal later in the month. Having notched five goals in his last two games against Leicester, he should be relishing another crack at the Foxes' defence.

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