It feels like an age since the last gameweek with FA Cup and European action taking centre stage but the Fantasy Premier League is back this weekend!
It’s the final full round before we enter the minefield that is Gameweek 27, so if you haven’t started planning, it’s time you did. Teams missing out include Chelsea, Leicester, Spurs and QPR; although the last two have rearranged their game in Gameweek 28 so they have a double to make up for it. Whilst Chelsea and Leicester’s game has yet to be rescheduled yet.
If possible, it’s best to get out a full eleven but be wary of taking points hits, especially to take out Chelsea players who you were planning to keep long term and will have to bring back in. In some cases, it might be worth taking the points loss and having less than the full quota in Gameweek 27. If you can, you may want to save a transfer this week and have 2 to play with next week.
Anyway, let’s get crack on, so without further ado, here is our selection for the 26th gameweek of the season:
- Allan MCGREGOR [QPR(H), 4.8m] – This weekend’s game is huge for Hull as they host QPR, looking to build on their morale-boosting win over Villa last week. Although, Austin is set to return, with Fer out of the picture, another rare clean sheet could be on the cards for Hull.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [BUR(H), 7.3m] – Ivanovic once again highlighted his attacking threat with another goal this season against PSG and is set to be the highest points scoring defender come May, topping the charts at the moment. For those who can afford his pricetag, Ivanovic looks like a season keeper.
- Vincent KOMPANY [NEW(H), 6.4m] – City haven’t conceded more than a single goal in their last 3 and against Newcastle they may just go one better. Yaya is set to return and if they come out of the blocks firing, City have enough strength to put the game out of sight by half time. Kompany remains the most secure option in City’s backline as they look to hunt down Chelsea.
- Nathaniel CLYNE [LIV(H), 6.0m] – Southampton’s defensive form continues to be strong with 2 clean sheets in their last 2, where Clyne has also picked up 4 bonus points. Liverpool play Besiktas tonight and could suffer a Europa League hangover on Sunday when they have the unenviable task of travelling to St Mary’s.
- Eden HAZARD [BUR(H), 10.9m] – Costa may be back in the picture but we’ve decided to hold with Hazard in a home game against Hull. He remains Chelsea’s most creative player and is sure to benefit from Costa’s return. In addition, he’s picked up the maximum bonus point haul twice in the last 3 gameweeks.
- Mesut OZIL [CPL(A), 9.1m] – Arsenal have Champions League next week, so Wenger could have this in mind when making his selection but with Ozil in such fantastic form, he takes our second midfield spot. He’s racked up an incredible 32 points in the last 3 games and looks hungry to make up for lost time.
- David SILVA [NEW(H), 9.4m] – With Yaya returning, Silva will have a solid foundation behind him to inspire City with his creative skills. He’s been ticking along since his return from injury back in December and with City embarking on a favourable run of fixtures, Silva remains an expensive option for those looking to double up with Aguero.
- Carles GIL [STO(H), 5.0m] – Gil is rated a slight doubt for Gameweek 26 but is set to play a key role if Villa are to stay up this season. Sherwood has stated that he wants Villa to go down fighting and is sure to instil an attacking philosophy that could make Villa an exciting prospect to watch once more. Gil will benefit from this strategy and could be a useful 5th midfielder priced at 5.0m.
- Harry KANE [WHM(H), 6.3m] – Currently, the most in-form striker with 5 goals in his last 3 games, Kane’s presence in our Select XI is a given. Spurs may be a little tired from tonight’s Europa action but with their fitness training under Pochettino, they should be ready for West Ham on Sunday.
- Diego COSTA [BUR(H), 10.9m] – Costa may have looked a little off the pace against PSG but with every game, his match fitness will improve. He remains as hungry as ever and will look to pick up where he left off before the ban, where he scored 4 goals in his previous 3 games.
- Sergio AGUERO (C) [NEW(H), 12.8m] – Aguero is expected to shake off his injury knock in time for Newcastle but could receive limited gametime with Barcelona in mind next week. Despite this, we’re backing the talented Argentinian to continue his form where he notched twice away at Stoke to announce his goalscoring return.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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