Gameweek 25 preview

February 5, 2016

06 Feb 12:45 Man City v Leicester
06 Feb 15:00 Aston Villa v Norwich
06 Feb 15:00 Liverpool v Sunderland
06 Feb 15:00 Newcastle v West Brom
06 Feb 15:00 Spurs v Watford
06 Feb 15:00 Stoke v Everton
06 Feb 15:00 Swansea v Crystal Palace
06 Feb 17:30 Southampton v West Ham
07 Feb 13:30 Bournemouth v Arsenal
07 Feb 16:00 Chelsea v Man Utd

 

Is that a title decider on Saturday lunchtime? Leicester play Arsenal next week. What if they won them both? Arsenal are faltering. Vardy, Mahrez, Ighalo, Barkley and Kane have returned to their scoring ways after their winter breaks. Mesut Ozil hasn’t. Fantasy form can tell us so much about the on field fortunes of a team. Without Ozil performing Arsenal have failed to win in four games. It’s six games since Ozil last contributed anything. His value has started to fall. Is that it for the German?

It’s worth highlighting the form of some lesser fancied players. West Ham are quietly going about their business. They’ve a realistic chance of the top four and are more than capable of ousting United from the fifth spot if their recent form continues. Thanks not necessarily to Dimitri Payet, although he has looked impressive since his injury return, but to Michail Antonio and Enner Valencia. Payet will contribute more – it’s only a matter of time. He’s too good not to. Meanwhile Valencia has scored four in his last seven and added six bonus points. Antonio has been the Hammers’ main provider with five assists in the last seven. He’s also added three goals in the same amount of time.

Southampton’s defence haven’t conceded in four. Koeman has had to chop and change a little bit at the back, but he was able to play arguably his strongest five against Arsenal in midweek. Bertrand, Soares, Van Dijk, Fonte and Fraser Forster are all available at under £5.5 million. Forster’s four clean sheets in four games since his injury lay off make him the most sought after keeper at the moment.

Christian Eriksen has begun to make his mark. He’s bagged two goals, three assists and seven bonus points in his last three games. He, Kane and Alli would have amassed 86 points in that time, and he’s become only the second player to reach double figures for assists this season. Could he catch his north London rival?

Benik Afobe has played four games for Bournemouth and scored in three of them. Also adding goals to his game in recent weeks is a little known English forward called Wayne Rooney. He was in danger of completing his first Premier League season without reaching double figures for league goals. Five in his last six have taken his total to seven. His value had dipped below £10 million. I think that may also be a first. He might be the best value striker around at the moment.

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