Following a challenging period which saw many highly owned, premium players injured, FPL managers have been quick to reach for their Wildcard. In this article we look at the key injuries heading into GW 25, as well as what a strong FPL Gameweek 25 Wildcard team could look like.
Time to use the Wildcard?
Although the second Wildcard is typically best reserved for BGW’s and DGW’s later in the season, a recent rush of injuries has left many manager scrambling to patch up their team.
Liverpool ace Sadio Mane, who was the most captained (and triple captained) player in DGW 24, limped off before the end of the first half against Wolves. His injury follows big injury blows to Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford (back) and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (glute). While Vardy’s injury isn’t expected to be serious, Rashford is expected to miss significant time.
With a lot of money tied up between these players, some FPL managers could consider activating their Wildcard if they are facing a significant point hit to fix their teams.
Our FPL Gameweek 25 Wildcard Team (4-3-3)
GK – Alex McCarthy (SOU)
There is simply no better value keeper at the moment than McCarthy. The GW 25 fixture against Liverpool will be tough, but after that Southampton see a tasty run of fixture against weaker opposition.
GK – David Button (BHA)
No real purpose here aside from being a cheap filler. Those still looking to play their Bench Boost chip may want to consider a keeper who will actually start a game.
DEF – Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)
Leading all FPL defenders with 133 points, including 2 goals, 12 assists, 8 clean sheets and 13 bonus points. Liverpool enter an incredible run of fixtures so Trent is a no brainer.
DEF – Andrew Robertson (LIV)
We like the Liverpool double up for Liverpool’s upcoming run against weaker sides. It was a difficult decision between Robertson and van Dijk, but we preferred Robertson’s more consistent attacking threat despite the bigger price tag.
DEF – Jack Stephens (SOU)
Once again, an enticing series of fixtures for Southampton makes a defensive double up very appealing. The team is in good form and they will face opposition who could struggle to score. Just beware of the Liverpool match this week.
DEF – Jamaal Lascelles (NEW)
Having just returned from injury, Lascelles has been flying under the radar. A guaranteed starter, at such a low price, with an incredible stretch of matches is just too hard to pass up on.
DEF – John Lundstram (SHU)
While his place in Sheffield’s starting XI is not as certain as before, his FPL potential can’t be neglected. Like many others on this list, Sheffield are looking at an easy stretch of games and Lord Lundstram could do some serious damage to punish his sellers.
MID – Mohamed Salah (LIV)
With Mane facing injury doubts, Salah is the go-to man for Liverpool’s attack. Salah has a tendency to haul against weaker opposition so owners should be excited about the weeks ahead.
MID – Kevin De Bruyne (MCI)
The most secure and consistent Man City asset. KDB has put together an incredible season with an astonishing 7 goals and 17 assists. City’s upcoming schedule is not easy, but a player like KDB is pretty much fixture proof.
MID – Jack Grealish (AVL)
No matter how much his team tries to drag him down, Jack Grealish continues to find ways to return FPL points. He is an absolute steal at his price tag and should continue to find a spot in your lineup as long as he continues to return.
MID – John Fleck (SHU)
With Sheffield United’s fixtures turning around, John Fleck offers an interesting value option for FPL managers. With 5 goals and 2 assists on the season he won’t be explosive, but will serve as a solid fourth midfielder or first sub.
MID – Todd Cantwell (NOR)
Another great value midfielder with some offensive potential. Cantwell has been a mainstay on many FPL teams since his early season heroics and retains his spot in our lineup for the same role as Fleck above.
FWD – Sergio Aguero (MCI)
Simply the most prolific goal scorer and the man in form at the moment in the Premier League. Six goals in his last three games for a massive 37 points. A rotation risk but ignore him at your peril.
FWD – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS)
Coming back after serving a suspension from a red card, Aubameyang returns into a fantastic run of fixtures with very low ownership. With 14 goals on the season, he’ll look to make up lost ground in the Golden Boot race.
FWD – Danny Ings (SOU)
Undoubtedly the best value forward in the game right now. Ings will look to return to the score sheet after coming on for a sub appearance last game. With 14 goals on the season and his club in fine form, he’ll be motivated to continue his scintillating form.