Gameweek 27 preview

February 21, 2014

22 Feb 12:45 Chelsea v Everton
22 Feb 15:00 Arsenal v Sunderland
22 Feb 15:00 Cardiff City v Hull City
22 Feb 15:00 Man City v Stoke City
22 Feb 15:00 West Brom v Fulham
22 Feb 15:00 West Ham v Southampton
22 Feb 17:30 Crystal Palace v Man Utd
23 Feb 13:30 Liverpool v Swansea
23 Feb 13:30 Newcastle v Aston Villa
23 Feb 16:00 Norwich v Tottenham

Gameweek 27 is the last week of February, and the last chance to earn a bye into the first round proper of the cup. Whoever wins this week, and whoever finishes the month (probably) in 2nd place in the league, will win those byes. The draw will be made sometime before the start of gameweek 28, and will be posted on here. The February Manager of the month table looks like this…

1 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 102 220
2 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 85 192
3 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 43 178
4 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 54 176
5 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 47 174
6 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 61 169
7 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 59 166

Only an almighty fuck up by the Biscuitmen will stop them winning the February prize.

It’s also the last week before the fixtures go apeshit, with two consecutive weeks of cup competitions depleting the schedule. Not only do League Cup finalists City and Sunderland miss gameweek 28, but also gameweek 29 due to their advancement in the FA Cup. Gameweek 29 sees only six fixtures take place, and only 10 teams play in both 28 and 29. All those still with wildcards can rest easy, but those without will need to plan carefully to give themselves the best possible chance of putting a full team out.

Studying the next two gameweeks and studying the form table might lead managers towards an unlikely source for fantasy points – West Ham. At least, they may have been considered an unlikely source at the start of the year. They have kept five clean sheets in six and four of those six games have ended in 2-0 victories, suggesting their early season goal scoring problems have been rectified. Guy Demel, James Tomkins, James Collins and Adrian all come in at under £4.6 million and are currently averaging between six and nine points per game. And it could continue this week. They’ve a home tie against Southampton, whose form is still good – just not as good as West Ham’s.

A more obvious choice for the weeks ahead is Chelsea. Their failure in the cups has guaranteed them Premiership fixtures from here until the end of the season. Their next three weeks aren’t easy with Everton and Tottenham to face, as well as the derby with Fulham, but form players Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic are guaranteed starters, and will satisfy the need for some big name players to decorate your squad.

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