With the FA Cup taking place this weekend, Gameweek 26 appears a little sooner giving us more midweek action to look forward to. Following disappointments for Arsenal and United, they’ll be grateful for the opportunity to correct matters after poor results at the weekend.
On Tuesday, we have 4 matches to prepare for before the subsequent 6 are played on Wednesday. West Brom versus Chelsea is the pick of the bunch where all eyes will once again be on the talented Belgian, Hazard. After scoring a hat trick against Newcastle, managers would be forgiven for handing the captain’s armband to the Chelsea star.
On Wednesday, we’re treated to a cracker where Arsenal take on United. Both teams will be eager for a morale-boosting result and this game could be a classic if their defences continue to falter. Elsewhere, City take on Sunderland, looking to break their two-game goalless run and Liverpool travel to Fulham in the highest of spirits following the pummeling they gave Arsenal.
If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. We look into the fixtures and form to see which players are most likely to score high.
So without further ado, here is our selection for the 26th gameweek of the season:
- Petr CECH [WBA(A), 6.1m] – Chelsea are rock solid at the back, so once again we’ve decided to keep the faith with Cech in goal. The Baggies are seriously struggling for form and they’ll have to up their performance if they are to get anything against the title challengers Chelsea.
- Vincent KOMPANY [SUN(H), 6.3m] – Whilst City appear to be experiencing a slight blip in front of goal, their backline remains strong and Kompany takes the first defensive spot in our backline. Following the weekend draw with Norwich, City will be looking to put on a show to get their season back on track. This only spells bad news for a Sunderland side who recently came off the rails with a home defeat to Hull.
- James COLLINS [NOR(H), 4.1m] – Next up, we have an excellent budget option in the form of James Collins. With 3 clean sheets in his last 3 along with bonus in each, Collins and West Ham are finding the defensive solidity to grind out results. With things so tight in the second half of the table, Allardyce will continue to set up his team as one that is hard to break down.
- Seamus COLEMAN [CPL(H), 6.5m] – The top scoring defender finally made his return from injury in Gameweek 25 and Coleman comes straight into our Select XI for Everton’s home game against Palace. With substantial attacking threat to back up the possibility of a clean sheet, Coleman might be set to reward those managers that kept the faith.
- Eden HAZARD [WBA(A), 10.7m] – In our previous post, we mentioned that it was only a matter of time until Hazard started producing attacking returns and he did so in spectacular fashion. Smashing in a brilliant hat trick, Hazard picked up 21 points against Newcastle and we’re fully expecting him to cause further misery to West Brom on Tuesday evening.
- David SILVA [SUN(H), 9.3m] – City may have failed to score in their last 2 games but next they face a Sunderland side missing Brown. Mannone has been nothing short of amazing in goal for Sunderland racking up 28 saves in his last 4 games but this only shows the pressure he has been under. City’s strikers may be short of fitness but they have a more than capable midfield behind them including Silva who has the ability to dissect Sunderland.
- Kevin MIRALLAS [CPL(H), 7.5m] – Everton were excellent in the first half against Spurs but were made to pay for not taking their chances. The loss will have hurt them and Martinez will be expecting an instant reaction in front of their home fans. With 3 goals in the last 5 games, Mirallas is one player to keep your eye on as Everton look to make amends against Palace.
- Charlie ADAM [SWA(H), 9.8m] – Stoke seemed to have turned a corner with two impressive results of late, winning against United and holding the Saints to a draw. This is in short due to Adam picking up the mantle with 2 goals and 2 assists in these matches. He’ll be full of confidence going into the next game and could be set for further attacking returns against Swansea.
- Luis SUAREZ (C) [FUL(A), 13.4m] – Suarez was more than unfortunate to pick up a solitary assist in the battering handed out to Arsenal. An incredible volley that hit the post was followed by a 40 yard free kick that looked destined for the top corner, only for Szczesny to make the vital save. He’s clearly not lacking in confidence and we’re backing him to once again have some fun alongside his in-form attacking team mates.
- Daniel STURRIDGE [FUL(A), 9.9m] – One of those team mates is Sturridge, who appears to be loving the chance to play alongside such talented players. Having been brought off after 65 minutes, he’ll be raring to go against Fulham as Liverpool look to blitz another Premier League defence. Sturridge has scored in every one of the 5 games he’s played since returning from injury and there’s little to suggest that this won’t continue.
- Robin VAN PERSIE [ARS(A), 13.6m] – RVP is looking to do the same but has only played 3 games so far. Playing as the focal point for United, Van Persie is set for more chances to make up for lost time. United will be gutted conceding the last minute equaliser against Fulham and they’ll be desperate to make up for it at Arsenal. It won’t be an easy return but strikers have a knack of scoring against former sides and we’re backing RVP to take any opportunity that may arise.
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