Telegraph Fantasy Football 16/17 tips: Week 23 round-up

Andy Carroll's stunning bicycle kick was the highlight of Week 23. Credit: 2017 Getty Images/Shaun Botterill

Chelsea returned to winning ways in Week 23, firing three past champions Leicester. Spurs and Arsenal both kept the pace with 4-0 wins respecitvely, while Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw against Manchester United and are now seven points behind the leaders.

Everton recorded arguably the most impressive result of the weekend, beating Pep Guardiola's Manchester City 4-0, with teenagers Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman both finding the back of the net.

Hull came from behind to beat Bournemouth 3-1, a crucial result at the bottom of the table as Swansea, Sunderland and Crystal Palace all suffered defeats. 

Player of the week

Harry Kane topped the Week 23 scoring charts with 17 TFF points. The striker bagged a hat-trick as Spurs cruised to a 4-0 victory against West Brom. 

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Manager of the week

Gordon Dickson from Wishaw was the manager of the week, scooping himself a £200 first prize. His team, Calhan 2, chalked up a whopping 123 points, almost three times the average score of 42.

Our predicted best XI

Each week, we predict the best player from each of the 10 fixtures. In Week 23, 65 points were accumulated, 20 of which came from Tottenham's flying full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose - who earned a full clean sheet and key contribution apiece. 


Tottenham 4-0 West Brom

Tottenham set the tone for a high-scoring weekend, beating West Brom 4-0.

Many had tipped Spurs to struggle against the Baggies, having drawn 1-1 earlier this season, but an early strike from Harry Kane was the catalyst for a barrage of free-flowing Tottenham attacks.

The £6.8m rated striker completed a fine hat-trick either side of Gareth McAuley's own goal and Mauricio Pochettino's side are now up to second after Liverpool dropped points against Man U.

Star player: Harry Kane (£6.8m) 17 points

When he was injured earlier this season, Kane was 66/1 to win the Golden Boot. This hat-trick means he now has 13 for the 16/17 campaign, just one behind Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.

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Burnley 1-0 Southampton

Burnley's fine home form continued as they heaped further misery on Southampton. 

Joey Barton came off the bench to score the only goal of the game - a deflected free-kick that left Fraser Forster helpless.

The Saints, who have now lost four games in a row, drop down to 13th, with Burnley leapfrogging them and sitting pretty in the top half.

The Clarets have won their last four home matches and also beat Liverpool there too, meaning Turf Moor is quickly becoming one of the trickiest grounds to visit in the Premier League.

Watch out Sunderland, who face Sean Dyche's side in an FA Cup replay there tomorrow night.

Star player: Michael Keane (£3.0m) 7 points

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A rock in the heart of Burnley's defence, Keane was instrumental in the Clarets' sixth clean sheet of the season.

Hull 3-1 Bournemouth

Hull came from behind to pick up three crucial points at home to Bournemouth. 

It looked like it was going to be a long afternoon for the hosts when Harry Maguire brought down Ryan Fraser and Junior Stanislas stepped up to convert a third minute penalty. 

But two goals from Abel Hernandez either side of half time turned the game in Hull's favour and a Tyrone Mings own goal confirmed a first win of the season for new boss Marco Silva. 

Star player: Abel Hernandez (£4.4m) 12 points

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Having missed 10 weeks through injury, Abel Hernandez couldn't have returned at a better time. He followed up his goal against Swansea in Week 22 with a double this time out. Can his goals help Hull beat the drop?

Sunderland 1-3 Stoke

On paper, this was a fixture Sunderland had to be winning if they're going to avoid relegation. A home clash against a Stoke side that had only won one in five, David Moyes will be disappointed this game was over after just 19 minutes.

A Marko Arnautovic double and header from Peter Crouch put Stoke out of sight, and even a well-taken finish by Jermain Defoe just before the break wasn't enough to inspire a Black Cats revival.

Star player: Marko Arnautovic (£4.5m) 12 points

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This double was just the second and third goals of Arnautovic's campaign. The Austrian was fantastic last season and Mark Hughes will hope more goals now follow suit.

Swansea City 0-4 Arsenal

The Gunners stormed to a 4-0 win at Swansea.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring and the hosts were unlucky to see two own goals fly in courtesy of Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton, with Alexis Sanchez adding a fourth as he marches on to 142 TFF points for the season.

The Chilean midfielder, valued at £6.0m, is irresistable at present and could be set for more goals against Burnley next weekend.

Star player: Alex Iwobi (£4.2m) 8 points

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Iwobi forced both own goals and seems to have his place cemented in Arsene Wenger's starting XI. A cheaper alernative to all other attacking options in Arsenal's squad.

Watford 0-0 Middlesbrough

A goalless draw at Vicarage Road was hardly surprising, with many tipping this to be one of the dullest games of the season. 

Neither side produced much quality in front of goal, with the strikers on the field all relatively out-of-form, but TFF managers with Watford and Middlesbrough defenders in their sides were pleased to see their easiest full clean sheets of the campaign.

Star player: Ben Gibson (£2.7m) 7 points

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The 23 year old produced another assured display at the heart of 'Boro's defence, keeping Watford at bay.

West Ham 3-0 Crystal Palace

Considering the prelude to this match, the result was a real surprise. 

The majority of the build-up surrounded Hammers midfield Dimitri Payet, who has gone on strike from the club demanding he be sold during the January transfer window.

His presence wasn't missed as the hosts eased to a 3-0 win, leaving Palace boss Sam Allardyce still awaiting a first win at his new club.

Andy Carroll scored the best goal of the game, a stunning bicycle kick which made it 2-0.

Star player: Michail Antonio (£4.3m) 11 points

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Antonio was the puppet master in this one, producing a key contribution in all three goals.

Leicester City 0-3 Chelsea

This was a fantastic response from Chelsea who bounced back from their defeat to Spurs last time out. 

Diego Costa was absent for the Blues as the striker appears uncertain as to whether he wants to remain at the club or not. But he wasn't missed, as Hazard, Willian and Pedro ran riot in a makeshift front three.

Leicester's problems continue and they look a shell of the side they were last year. No Mahrez or Slimani meant Jamie Vardy was their only real attacking threat but he struggled against a side that has only conceded 15 times so far this season.

Star player: Marcos Alonso (£3.8m) 17 points

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What a week for the Chelsea defender. Two goals and a full clean sheet meant he matched Harry Kane's tally of 17 TFF points for the week.


Everton 4-0 Manchester City

This result was the upset of the weekend as Everton smashed Man City 4-0, piling even more pressure on the shoulders of Pep Guardiola. 

Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the first half after good work down the right from Kevin Mirallas, with the midfielder adding a second before teenagers Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman got in on the act.

The result was a fifth defeat of the season for City who are now all but out of the title race; 10 points behind Chelsea and even two off the top four.

Star player: Seamus Coleman (£3.6m) 10 points

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Coleman was phenomenal down the right. Not only did he keep Kevin de Bruyne quiet, he also chipped in with a key contribution too.

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool

Manchester United robbed Liverpool of a famous win as Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed in an equaliser minutes before the final whistle.

The Reds had taken the lead via another successful penalty by James Milner, but Jose Mourinho's side ensured they maintained their unbeaten run with a late goal typical of the Alex Ferguson era.

Liverpool are now seven points behind leaders Chelsea and have dropped down to third on goal difference, behind Spurs.

Star player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£6.6m) 7 points

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Time and time again Zlatan has delivered for United this season. His goal on Sunday was the 14th of an impressive debut campaign.

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