Gameweek 27 preview

February 26, 2015

28 Feb 12:45 West Ham v Crystal Palace
28 Feb 15:00 Burnley v Swansea
28 Feb 15:00 Man Utd v Sunderland
28 Feb 15:00 Newcastle v Aston Villa
28 Feb 15:00 Stoke v Hull
28 Feb 15:00 West Brom v Southampton
01 Mar 12:00 Liverpool v Man City
01 Mar 14:05 Arsenal v Everton

 

We have out first blank gameweek this week. Due to the League Cup final on Sunday four teams do not play this week. They are Spurs, Chelsea, QPR and Leicester. So it throws up a potentially tricky week of transfers given that Ivanovic and Terry, Hazard and Fabregas, and Kane and Costa are among the top five most popular players in their respective positions. It seems everyone has Harry Kane in their teams – and why wouldn’t you – and you’d expect him to be benched by most managers. Those carrying Kane and more than one Chelsea player need to determine whether what they have in reserve is enough to at least register some points on the board.

But remember – for every blank gameweek, there’s going to be a double gameweek just round the corner. And it comes instantly – in gameweek 28. Spurs and QPR’s fixture will now take place on March 7th. So, any Spurs players, regardless of their form, should be worth clinging on to. QPR’s main man is Charlie Austin, and I doubt it’d be a wise move to remove him from your attack if you’ve got him. There aren’t really any other QPR players in blistering form, although those at the cheaper end (most of them admittedly) would probably be worth retaining if at all possible. It’s the managers with a front three of Kane, Costa and Austin that have the biggest decisions to make. Chelsea and Leicester’s fixture is still awaiting a new date.

Gameweek 28 also sees the start of the Buckets Cup – and it takes place (predominantly) in midweek, starting on Tuesday night. Whoever wins manager of the week for gameweek 27 will receive their bye into the first round proper, joining Pescara and Crazylegs. That team could also be in with a chance of winning the February manager of the month award, although it’s more than likely going to be one of the teams in the table below. Currently challenging for the latest monthly prize are…

1 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 58 186
2 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 71 183
3 Van Damme United P Hawkins 65 177
4 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 79 177
5 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 49 169
6 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 49 169
7 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 56 168
8 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 43 165

 

…last week’s high 70+ scorers, one of whom is a former champion, two other former champions, and a host of other teams still in with a chance providing they improve on their performances from last time out.

 

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