After the disappointment of the Champions League for English sides, it’s back to domestic action where they’ll look to redeem themselves. City face the tricky task of travelling to Anfield whilst Arsenal will look to bounce back against Everton at the Emirates.
This is also the gameweek where Chelsea, Leicester, Tottenham and QPR all sit out due to the League Cup final on Sunday (at 4pm). Have you got a full eleven after weeks of careful planning? If not, don’t worry too much and avoid taking hits unless it’s a player you really want to get out and replace with another for the foreseeable future.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that Gameweek 28 arrives on Tuesday with FA Cup action taking over next weekend. Rotation may very well be a factor over these two gameweeks so ensure that your bench has players ready to step in if needed.
Anyway, let’s get crack on, so without further ado, here is our selection for the 27th gameweek of the season:
- Asmir BEGOVIC [HUL(H), 4.8m] – Barring the beating dealt out by City, Stoke have been relatively strong at the back conceding 3 in the other 4 recent matches. If they can stop a resurgent Hull strikeforce at home, a clean sheet could be on the cards for budget keeper Begovic.
- Marcos ROJO [SUN(H), 5.8m] – Rojo has secured a starting role since returning from injury, playing the full 90 in the last 5 gameweeks. Although, United haven’t been in particularly strong form, Sunderland on the other hand failed to score against WBA at home and seem to rely heavily on Defoe’s finishing ability.
- Daryl JANMAAT [AVL(H), 5.3m] – Janmaat is expected to shake off the slight knock picked up last weekend against City to start against Villa. With 6 assists already this season, it’s clear he’s an attacking threat and seems a good pick for this weekend’s Select XI.
- Ryan BERTRAND [WBA(A), 5.7m] – For managers who are playing without Clyne, Bertrand is a great way into the Saints’ backline following his return from suspension. Available for 5.7m, he’ll provide attacking support and has an equal chance of scoring similar points with Clyne until the end of the season.
- Angel DI MARIA [SUN(H), 9.6m] – Despite United’s stuttering form, Di Maria continues to accrue points with 4 assists in his last 4 games. He’ll need to keep this up to assure managers that he justifies his lofty pricetag, especially against teams like Sunderland at home, and with Silva available for a similar cost.
- Alexis SANCHEZ (C) [EVE(H), 11.3m] – Sanchez has now blanked in his last 3 gameweeks for Arsenal and managers must be getting itchy trigger fingers. To prevent the exodus, he’ll need to perform against Everton and that’s what we expect. Wenger will be furious with the Monaco performance and Everton can expect a difficult reaction to deal with.
- Raheem STERLING [MCI(H), 8.4m] – The game against City could be tricky but the Anfield crowd will be fired up for this encounter. Sterling is a danger to any backline and with 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 games, he’s in decent form. City will have to watch out for his pace and trickery as they look to bounce back from the midweek disappointment.
- Moussa SISSOKO [AVL(H), 5.0m] – Sissoko was the one glimmer of light for Newcastle against City with his powerful dribbling and strength. Against Villa, he’ll be expected to inspire the team to victory and could be set for a decent return in what should be an open game.
- Mame Biram DIOUF [HUL(H), 6.1m] – Diouf has struggled for form this season but a striker thrives on goals. With 3 in his last 5 appearances, Diouf is an interesting differential (less than 1% ownership) for this gameweek where they come up against Hull.
- Diafra SAKHO [CPL(H), 5.5m] – Sakho is another budget striker vying for our attention after finding the net in the 2-2 draw against Spurs. That strike took his tally to 8 for the season, which is quite impressive given his limited gametime over the course of the campaign.
- Sergio AGUERO [LIV(A), 12.9m] – Aguero is on fire with 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 4 and as he showed against Barca, all he needs is a half chance in the box and he’ll bury it. With games coming midweek, he may not play the full 90 but Aguero’s shown before that he doesn’t need a full game to punish the opposition.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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