It feels like an age since the last gameweek but it’s back to business this weekend as we resume Premier League action. After disastrous first legs in the Champions League, City and Arsenal will be looking for morale-boosting wins to put the midweek losses behind them.
Chelsea get us started on Saturday lunchtime when they come face to face with Everton. This will be a tricky encounter for Mourinho but these are matches Chelsea will have to win if they want to finish top of the table come the end of the season. Fellow title challengers, Arsenal and City are in action at 3pm, taking on Sunderland and Stoke respectively. The confidence of both teams will have been knocked but we’re expecting them to bounce back in these two favourable home fixtures.
Saturday’s evening fixture sees United travel to Crystal Palace. With a gap of 11 points between United and 4th placed Liverpool, they can afford no more slip ups as they battle for Champions League football next season. Liverpool appear to be in the driving seat and their deadly attack will look to punish the Swansea backline in the pick of Sunday’s action at 1.30pm.
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 27th gameweek of the season:
- David MARSHALL [HUL(H), 4.7m] – In Gameweek 27, we have an unlikely character between the sticks in the form of Cardiff’s keeper Marshall. Currently, sitting in the relegation zone, Cardiff desperately need a result against Hull who have struggled all season in front of goal. If Cardiff can keep it tight at the back, they might just be able to nick the important goal down the other end to take home the 3 points.
- Vincent KOMPANY [STO(H), 6.4m] – City haven’t been the greatest at the back this season but they have picked up the odd clean sheet here and there. Kompany’s saving grace is his ability to notch at the other end of the field, scoring 3 times since his return from injury in December. City will come out fighting on Saturday and should have too much for Stoke to cope with.
- Martin SKRTEL [SWA(H), 5.6m] – With Rodgers favouring an attacking game given the strength in depth he has, Liverpool have struggled for clean sheets this season. However, if they can continue to bombard defences with early goals, shut-outs should come eventually. Skrtel also has the added bonus of being a threat from set pieces as shown by his brace in Liverpool’s last home game against Arsenal.
- Patrice EVRA [CPL(A), 6.4m] – United are still struggling to find their rhythm but there were glimpses of it against Arsenal in Gameweek 26. It must be a matter of time before their attacking trio gel together and once that happens, it will relieve their defence of considerable pressure. Next up, Evra takes on Palace who have been far from prolific in front of goal and nothing less than a win will satisfy the United faithful.
- Eden HAZARD [EVE(H), 10.9m] – Chelsea struggled away at West Brom in the last gameweek and they’ll have to improve considerably if they want to win the title, starting against Everton. This could prove to be a tough encounter and Mourinho will once again look to his star Belgian to lead the way. With a hat trick in his last game at Stamford Bridge, Hazard will be looking forward to taking on the Everton backline and showcasing his talent once more on the Premier League stage.
- David SILVA [STO(H), 9.3m] – City have continued to toil in front of goal with unfit strikers affecting Silva’s attacking returns. However, this could all change as City’s strikers build up their fitness, whilst Aguero is set to return to training next week. Silva has the creative ability to unlock any defence and City may just rediscover their attacking verve against Stoke this weekend.
- Santi CAZORLA [SUN(H), 9.6m] – Cazorla was unfortunate to be sacrificed against Bayern but this will have given him a little rest whilst saving him the agony of losing so convincingly in the end. He’ll be raring to go this Saturday and Wenger will need the little Spaniard to encourage his team mates as they look to move back to the top of the table. It has been a trying fortnight for Arsenal but we’re expecting them to return to winning ways against Sunderland.
- Yaya TOURE [STO(H), 10.2m] – With Fernandinho back from injury, Toure may be given more licence to bomb up the field, which can only spell danger for Stoke. Pellegrini will be desperate for City to find their killer instinct once more and is sure to give Toure instructions to attack Stoke’s backline. With 3 goals in his last 6 games, Toure clearly knows where the back of the net is.
- Luis SUAREZ (C) [SWA(H), 13.4m] – For the first time in a million years, Suarez failed to deliver any attacking returns against Fulham after being denied by the post once again. However, we’re refusing to focus too much on the final result as Suarez has more than enough talent to do the complete opposite this weekend. With goals and assists scattered all over his FPL history table, we’re backing him to come good when Swansea come to town in Gameweek 27.
- Daniel STURRIDGE [SWA(H), 10.1m] – Fighting for our attention is fellow striker, Daniel Sturridge, who continued his amazing run of finding the back of the net in every game since his return from injury (7 goals in 6). It’s awfully tempting to give him the armband but once again our focus is on how talented the player is instead of the end results. Suarez is more dangerous than Sturridge but the England star is clearly raising his game alongside the Uruguayan.
- Robin VAN PERSIE [CPL(A), 13.6m] – RVP was unable to continue his own goalscoring run, missing a golden chance against Arsenal in the opening stages. He’s still finding his groove but we shouldn’t forget just how good this striker is. Despite missing a sizeable chunk of the season, RVP is still in double figures for goals and has more than enough firepower to help United climb the table. All is not lost when you have the Dutch hitman up front.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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