Fantasy Football Preview: Gameweek 25

After the deadline day dust has settled, plenty of players might have a January wildcard up their sleeves for this weekend, and there will be some interesting choices available.

Fixtures Analysis: A whirlwind transfer window might make them hard to predict, but QPR's form is improving and they will be confident at home to Norwich. Arsenal's attacking prowess should see them do well at home to Stoke, who have starting letting in plenty of goals lately. Everton are the latest side to potentially benefit from a match with Aston Villa, whilst Wigan vs Southampton should see points on offer from both sides. Finally, Manchester United at Fulham could see the league leader's attackers score well again.

Transfers In: Who knows which of Harry Redknapp's new recruits will take to the field to face Norwich, but it's safe to say that Julio Cesar (4.9) will line up between the sticks, and Adel Taarabt (5.7) will play some part in the attack. Both are good choices this weekend, and a riskier punt on Loic Remy (6.0) could pay off as well.

Right now Theo Walcott (9.5) is rivalling Juan Mata and Robin van Persie as one of the clearest must have players in fantasy football, and he should provide plenty of threat against Stoke on Saturday. Olivier Giroud (7.9) is in fantastic form and is also worth considering, but it's probably wise to avoid Arsenal's defence until you're sure Andre Santos won't be playing any part in it.

Everton's Leighton Baines (7.5) is having a barnstorming season, and he looks a vital pick ahead of Aston Villa's visit to Goodison Park. Marouane Fellaini (7.7) is also a good player to have against Villa's generous defence.

Wigan vs Southampton could see both sides get on the score sheet, and Jason Puncheon (5.0) and Rickie Lambert (6.4) look good value signings from the away side. From Wigan, Franco Di Santo (5.3) and Shaun Maloney (4.8) could be fair choices, although Martinez might shuffle the pack for the weekend's match.

Wayne Rooney's (11.8) brace against Southampton might nudge him ahead of Robin van Persie (14.1) in terms of the best United striker to go for this gameweek, but the Dutchman is always a good choice as well. Shinji Kagawa (7.9) is finding some form, but it might be wiser to stick to United's strikers for the time being.

Captain Choice: Arsenal can be a bit of a shambles at times, but that hasn't stopped Theo Walcott scoring plenty of points in recent weeks, and if they have one of their good days against Stoke, Walcott could do very well once again.

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