Gameweek 28 preview

March 1, 2016

01 Mar 19:45 Aston Villa v Everton
01 Mar 19:45 Bournemouth v Southampton
01 Mar 19:45 Leicester v West Brom
01 Mar 19:45 Norwich v Chelsea
01 Mar 19:45 Sunderland v Crystal Palace
02 Mar 19:45 Arsenal v Swansea
02 Mar 19:45 Stoke v Newcastle
02 Mar 19:45 West Ham v Spurs
02 Mar 20:00 Liverpool v Man City
02 Mar 20:00 Man Utd v Watford

 

Believe it or not there are actually worse teams in this league than Aston Villa. Norwich and Crystal Palace have picked up fewer points over the last six games. They’re coincidentally the two teams that Villa have most recently beaten. At home, Villa are clearly ahead of Palace, Sunderland, Bournemouth and Everton, who they play tonight. Let’s not ruin the stat by mentioning their away form. Unfortunately, Everton’s away form is the best in the league, aside from Spurs and Chelsea. They’ve gone eight unbeaten and scored 12 goals. A Barkley/Lukaku captain choice could guarantee some points tonight.

Regarding Palace – Alan Pardew has admitted that his team are now part of the relegation battle, having not won a game since the 19th December. This will be welcome news for Sunderland, who have an under the radar new signing that might be worth some consideration. Wahbi Khazri will cost you £6 million and in four games has accumulated 22 points. I’m absolutely certain Sunderland will fancy their chances against Palace, with a win potentially seeing them climb out of the bottom three. Scott Dann, despite Palace’s woes, is still delivering. Two one point scores in his last two games hasn’t prevented him from slipping out of the top three defenders overall. He’s an ever present, their top scorer, and second top bonus scorer. Anyone else in blue and red, at present, really isn’t worth touching.

Tomorrow night, three days after losing to them in the Carling Cup final, Liverpool welcome Manchester City, who now probably feel like they have to win every game, or hope for some major nervous slip ups from the three teams above them. Leicester and Arsenal’s home games look very winnable, but Spurs’ trip to West Ham is the first of a double of London derbies. The next being against Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime. Spurs’ run of six consecutive victories hasn’t necessarily come courtesy of one outstanding fantasy player. Thirteen of the Spurs squad have contributed more than just their appearance points in the last three games. Christian Eriksen is the most tempting captain choice with three double figure scores since the start of 2016. West Ham’s main man isn’t Dimitri Payet. Payet has played eight games since returning from injury, scoring or assisting in just two of them. Michail Antonio on the other hand can boast seven scoring contributions in the last ten games. Antonio has 24% less ownership across the game and comes in at £3 million less.

The first two rounds of the Buckets Cup have been drawn. Check the cup link for the full draw. This gameweek 24 teams play off in the preliminary round. Leaders, FC Caligula play Greensmeansbusiness and will face current holders, Sergio Five 0 if they win. Bottom club, Brussia Hairbach will be looking to pull off a major shock against fourth place Rocky Ba Bauer. The prelim round hasn’t thrown up any top of the table clashes, but if Your Ad Here beat Below Par, they will face Atletico Chappers – that’s 2nd against 3rd.

 

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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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