Coming up in Gameweek 26, we have yet another double gameweek where we can take advantage of a fixture alteration. Liverpool face West Brom first whilst Swansea take on QPR before Liverpool host Swansea a week later during the FA cup fixtures. However, there is a consequence of this double, where both teams miss out on Gameweek 27. So with this in mind, if you want to max out on double gameweek players, be prepared to either transfer a player or two out, or have a squad to fully utilise.
First up, we have Swansea who take on QPR at home before travelling to Anfield to complete their double. Swansea have struggled since the turn of the year, recording 3 draws, losing to West Ham recently whilst their only win came against Stoke in Gameweek 23. This run of average results has coincided with Michu’s poor form, where he returned only one assist in the last 5 matches. Currently selected by 49% of all fantasy premier league managers, a lot of people will be hoping that this double gameweek will be where Michu (8.4m) returns to form, otherwise we could see a mass exodus as managers plan for the Gameweek 27 blank.
Other attacking alternatives include De Guzman (5.9m) and Hernandez (5.9m). In the last 4 gameweeks, De Guzman has returned similar attacking statistics to that of Michu, with 8 attempts on goal (2 on target), had 24 crosses (8 successful) and has created 4 chances for other team mates. In comparison, Hernandez has had less attempts at goal (5 with 2 on target) but has created 7 chances for other team mates.
In defence, there may be more potential, with Swansea conceding only twice in their last 4 matches whilst keeping two clean sheets. The favourite amongst the Swansea defenders is sure to be budget option Ben Davies (4.6m) who has had over 150,000 transfers in during the last two gameweeks. Looking at the statistics from the past 4 gameweeks, we can see that he’s also offering the most attacking potential with 4 shots at goal in addition to creating 3 chances. The next best is Chico (4.8m) who has notched 3 attempts at goal whilst creating a solitary chance.
Swansea’s favourable fixture is obviously the home match against QPR, which if it sticks to form is likely to be a low scoring affair. QPR have recently turned in some strong performances with Taarabt impressing in particular and he is sure to be a threat to Swansea’s clean sheet potential. Whilst Cesar and Samba will be looking to keep things tight at the back limiting Swansea’s attacking potential.
Following, the QPR fixture, Swansea travel to Anfield to battle Liverpool. In Swansea’s favour is the Europa League match that is sandwiched into Gameweek 26, where Liverpool travel to Zenit on the Thursday before the Sunday Premier League fixture. However’s Liverpool’s recent home form shows how difficult this fixture could be for the Welsh side, in their last 3 games at Anfield, they have scored 12 whilst conceding none. With this in mind, the key to this double gameweek seems to be Liverpool coverage instead of picking up Swansea players. This concludes the first part of our analysis of Gameweek 26’s doubles, check out the second half of our double gameweek posts where we look at Liverpool’s options here – http://www.fantasyfootballaddict.org.uk/double-trouble-fpl-gameweek-26-liverpool-2013/.
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