It’s been over a week since our last taste of Fantasy Premier League but we’re treated to some midweek action to begin a quick turnaround for Gameweeks 24 and 25.
Since last time, domestic cups have taken centre stage and gave us some food for thought. Most importantly, blanks occur in Gameweek 27 as Liverpool and Man City face off in the League Cup Final.
Everton and Newcastle also miss out, so it’s time to start planning your transfers to ensure you can field a full XI. Of course, if there are players you want to keep in the long run, there’s the option of losing a couple of points and fielding 10 players.
However, we’d recommend making plans to ensure any bench players you have are ready to jump into the void when called upon. Anyway, let’s crack on!
So without further ado, here is our weekly FFA Select XI, where we’ve chosen 11 players in a valid formation who we think will score highly this gameweek…
- Petr CECH [SOT(H), 5.8m] – Cech has picked up 3 clean sheets in his last 5 games and for two of these occasions, he broke into double figure hauls thanks to save points and bonus. Southampton will have to be at their best to keep their run going when they face Arsenal.
- Aaron CRESSWELL [AVL(H), 5.6m] – Villa have improved of late, securing a few more points in their battle for survival but they remain a safe bet to back against scoring. This is why attacking full back Cresswell is first up in our backline.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [WAT(A), 6.5m] – Chelsea are still a work in progress under Hiddink but they’ve now kept a clean sheet in all 3 of their last 3 away matches. On top of this Ivanovic has set up 2 goals in his last 3 games and may be beginning to show the attacking prowess that made him a fantasy favourite in seasons gone by.
- Charlie DANIELS [CPL(A), 4.6m] – Bournemouth have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 6 games but Daniels is a great budget option for your squad for his additional attacking qualities and penalty duties. Whilst Palace have had all sorts of troubles up front, finding the back of the net only once in the last 6 gameweeks.
- Riyaad MAHREZ [LIV(H), 7.1m] – Mahrez’s recent penalty misses will have knocked his confidence a little but now that the duties have been handed over, he can concentrate on getting back to business. He’s clearly a very talented player and more attacking returns are sure to come as Leicester look to remain in the fight for a Champions League spot.
- Roberto FIRMINO [LEI(A), 8.0m] – Firmino did the business last week in the crazy 5-4 victory over Norwich. With 2 goals and an assist, he notched 18 points and will be looking to keep his fine run going against Leicester. It won’t be easy breaking them down but we’re backing the false 9 to find a way.
- Alexis SANCHEZ [SOT(H), 10.9m] – With one South American bandwagon in full flow, Sanchez could be set to start another. Having missed 9 gameweeks, he’s eager to make up for lost time and it didn’t take long for him to find the gear. Wenger’s been cautious, ensuring Sanchez was ready to return and it paid off at the weekend, as he created and scored a goal in the FA Cup win over Burnley.
- Dele ALLI [NOR(A), 5.7m] – Alli is the ideal candidate to free up cash elsewhere and is becoming a more and more important part of this Spurs side. He already has 6 goals and 6 assists to his name and the strike last week was a sight to behold.
- Enner VALENCIA [AVL(H), 5.8m] – To shake things up, we’ve chosen Valencia who faces Villa next. He’s missed the majority of the season through injury but is back and firing with 4 goals and an assist in the last 4 gameweeks. With 1.1% ownership, you don’t get many better differentials.
- Sergio AGUERO (C) [SUN(A), 13.5m] – Aguero is truly back and with De Bruyne out, more responsibility rests on his shoulders. He’ll miss the supply from the talented Belgian but chances will continue to fall Aguero’s way and you’d bet your bottom dollar on him to tuck them away.
- Romelu LUKAKU [NEW(H), 9.1m] – Lukaku is going through a mini-dry spell having not returned any attacking points in the last 3 gameweeks and with a blank on the horizon, managers may be forgiven for losing faith. This match will go a long way to deciding his fate but having been rested against Carlisle, Lukaku should be raring to go.
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