Gameweek 25

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Arsenal vs Hull

Coming off the back of 2 defeats (Watford and Chelsea), Arsenal will be after blood. They will want to put several goals past Hull to send a message to their rivals. Hull have managed 3 positive results in their last 5 games, with 2 wins and a draw and 2 losses. Interestingly, this is the same record that Arsenal has in their last 5 games.

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Players to watch:

  • Sanchez (£11.8m) – Still the highest scoring player in the game with 168 points. Although he blanked against Chelsea in Gameweek 24, he’s still managed to get 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 games. 
  • Walcott (£7.4m) – With Hull’s lack of pace at the back, Walcott is fully capable of causing them issues. After playing 70 minutes in Gameweek 24, I expect him to get 90 minutes this week. He’s averaged 5.2 points per match this season, the 7th highest of any player that has played at least 1000 minutes. 
  • Jakupovic (£4.0m) – Jakupovic has been incredible so far, since his return he’s kept 2 clean sheets in his last 4 games, those clean sheets were against none other than Liverpool and Manchester United. In his last 2 games he’s also managed to pick up 4 bonus points and 3 save points. Even if Jakupovic does concede then he could still easily get 4 or even 5 points!

Man Utd vs Watford

Manchester Utd will be putting their 15 match unbeaten run in the league to the test this weekend at home to a Watford side that has turned their form around. With only 1 loss in their last 5 games and an impressive 2-1 victory over Arsenal in Gameweek 23, they certainly won’t be pushovers.

Players to watch:

  • Ibrahimovic (£11.6m) – Zlatan picked up a goal in Utd’s 3-0 defeat of Leicester in Gameweek 24 after having blanked in his previous 2 games. This takes his tally for the season to 15 goals for the season and 3 in his last 5 games. 
  • Mkhitaryan (£8.8m) – Mkhitaryan put in a fantastic performance last week, he picked up a goal an assist and 3 bonus points. This meant he got 14 points for the Gameweek – the second highest score of anyone in GW 24. He’s also played 60+ minutes in his last 6 Gameweeks which suggests he’s pretty nailed considering Jose’s winger carousel. 
  • Deeney (£6.7m) – Deeney is Watford’s best and possibly only attacking outlet. He’s scored 3 goals in his last 3 games and picked up 7 bonus points in the process. With Phil Jones being a doubt for the game, Deeney will be up against a centre back pairing with very little chemistry.

Middlesbrough vs Everton

Middlesbrough vs Everton is a game with two sides in contrasting form. Middlesbrough have 1 win in their last 8 games whilst Everton have only 1 defeat in that time. Romelu Lukaku scored more goals against Bournemouth last weekend that Middlesbrough have in their last 7 games. It’s safe to say that this game will at Defence vs Attack.

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Players to watch:

  • Lukaku (£9.8m) – Lukaku did okay last weekend I guess… he only managed to score 4 goals! In absolute thriller against Bournemouth in Gameweek 24, Lukaku scored 4 goals and deservedly got 3 bonus points. He’s got 6 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 games. The numbers don’t lie and they spell disaster for Middlesbrough at The Riverside. 
  • Coleman (£5.8m) – Coleman has been in fantastic form lately, he has 3 assists and 1 goal in his last 5 games. In the one game where he didn’t get attacking returns, he still managed to keep a clean sheet. Those would be considered decent for a midfielder, let alone for a defender!

Stoke vs Crystal Palace

After a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Sunderland, Sam Allardyce and Crystal Palace will be looking to get their relegation escape back on track. Interestingly, 12 of Palace’s 19 points in the league this year have come away from Selhurst Park. Stoke are in reasonable form with only 1 defeat in their last 5 games.

Players to watch:

  • Crouch (£4.9m) – You’ve got to love Crouchy! He’s got 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 games and still looks like Stoke’s main striker for the time being. Crouch is up against a Crystal Palace side who shipped 4 goals against relegation rivals Sunderland in Gameweek 24 and have only kept 2 clean sheets all season (the least of all Premier League teams). 
  • Christian Benteke (£7.3m) – Benteke picked a goal against Bournemouth in Gameweek 23. 7 of his 9 goals have come away from home this season and he’s up against a Stoke side that have only kept 2 clean sheets in their last 10 games.

Sunderland vs Southampton

North faces south in this game as Sunderland take on Southampton at the Stadium of Light.Sunderland have seen a mini turnaround of form recently with a 0-0 draw against Tottenham in Gameweek 23 and a 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace in Gameweek 24. Meanwhile Southampton seem to be getting worse as each gameweek goes by, they’ve lost 6 of their last 7 games and their defence is looking very frail without Fonte and Van Dijk.

Players to watch:

  • Defoe (£7.8m) – Only 5 players have scored more points than Jermain Defoe this season. With 14 goals 136 points to his name, he offers the most points per £m (17.4) of all the forwards in the game. He’s got 5 goals in his last 5 games and picked up a brace against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 24. 
  • Gabbiadini (£6.5m) – Manolo Gabbiadini scored in his debut against West Ham last weekend. With Southampton struggling to have a consistent striker due to Austin being injured and Long being out of favour, the Italian looks likely to be Southampton’s main man for the time being. 

West Ham vs West Brom

The battle for the title of “Best of the rest” takes place this weekend when 9th place West Ham host 8th place West Brom. Both teams have similar styles with dynamic and tricky wingers and a target man upfront. I expect this game to be pretty close, both teams have 3 wins in their last 5 games and West Ham have 1 win in their last 3 home games whereas West Brom have 1 win in their last 3 away games.

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Players to watch:

  • Carroll (£6.3m) – The big man from Newcastle has scored 4 goals in his last 4 games, when he’s fit he can be unstoppable. It’s just an issue keeping him fit. If he plays, he’ll be up against a West Brom that have only kept 1 clean sheet in their 12 away games. 
  • Antonio (£7.0m) – Antonio hasn’t scored a goal in his last 6 games (not the most encouraging of stats, I know) but he has amassed 4 assists in that time. 
  • Morrison (£4.6m) – James Morrison has  been in fine form with 3 goals in his last 5 game. I’m sure his owners would be saying it’s a Wonderful World if he got attacking returns again this Gameweek! A word of warning though, Jonny Evans’ return to fitness should push Chris Brunt back into an attacking position which could result in Morrison being dropped to the bench. For the record I would include Chris Brunt in my players to watch but his only attacking returns have come in home games this season.

Liverpool vs Tottenham

In another game with teams that have similar play styles, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are at home to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham. Both teams have a high pressing system with a fluid attack and could easily be the game of the weekend based on the attackers on show. The form guide suggests a Tottenham win, they are undefeated in their last 9 games and have scored goals for fun (except against Sunderland). Liverpool, meanwhile, haven’t won in their last 5 games but they are a funny old side and make a habit of turning up in the big games. They haven’t lost in any of their 6 games against the top 6 sides this season. This game will surely be closer than the form guide suggests.

Players to watch:

  • Firmino (£8.4m) – Now that Coutinho and Mane are both back playing for Liverpool, Firmino is back playing as a striker. The Brazilian has 2 goals in his last 3 games although both came in Gameweek 22 against Swansea. 
  • Kane (£11.3m) – Kane has 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 games. He is the most in form forward in the game (alongside Romelu Lukaku) and is up against a Liverpool side that hasn’t kept a clean sheet in their last 5 games. 
  • Walker (£6.3m) – The right back has kept 4 clean sheets in his last 5 games and has got 2 assists and 6 bonus points in the process. It’s worth keeping in mind that Vertonghen and Rose are injured so the likelihood of a clean sheet this week is probably quite low.

Burnley vs Chelsea

Simply put, Burnley have been incredible at home this season. 28 of their 29 points in the league have come at Turf Moor, it’s just a shame that their away form has been so bad. Chelsea’s form has been brilliant regardless of whether they’re home or away, they’ve only lost 3 games all season. I expect a Chelsea win but I don’t think it’ll be by lots, I’d go for Chelsea to win 2-0.

Players to watch:

  • Heaton (£5.1m) – Heaton can do no wrong. In a game against the runaway leaders of the league, you’d think that Heaton wouldn’t score high but Burnley’s home form has been incredible this season and Heaton is the king of the save points. He’s racked up 25 points just through saves this season and I can see this increasing quite a lot against Chelsea.
  • Alonso (£6.7m) – In my opinion, Alonso has been the best defender in FPL this season. The Spaniard has got 3 goals and 2 clean sheets in his last 4 games,  those are considered good statistics for a midfielder or forward, let alone a defender.
  • Costa (£10.5m) – Costa has managed attacking returns in 17 of the 22 Gameweeks that he has been a part of this season, he’s been phenomenally consistent! He has 2 assists and 1 goal in his last 3 games. If Chelsea can break down Burnley’s stern defence at Turf Moor on Sunday, it’s safe to say that it’s likely going to be Costa that does it.

Swansea vs Leicester

The current champions, Leicester travel to Swansea this week and will be looking to get their first league goal and win of 2017. Swansea have really turned their season around under Paul Clement so far, he’s guided the Swans out of the relegation zone with 3 wins in their last 5 games and they currently sit on the same number of points (21) as their visitors.

Players to watch:

  • Sigurdsson (£7.4m) – Gylfi Sigurdsson is Swansea’s talisman, he’s got 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 3 games and has scored more points than Firmino, de Bruyne and Mane this season. He’s facing a Leicester team that is in poor form in the league, conceding 10 goals in their last 4 games.
  • Gray (£4.8m) – Demarai Gray hasn’t had a lot of game time in the league this season, he looked very dangerous in their cup game in midweek. He scored a fantastic goal made some very good chances for his team-mates who probably should have scored them. I’m not saying that we should all rush to get him in our teams just yet but he could very well be the player to spark some life back into Leicester.

Bournemouth vs Man City

Eddie Howe must be desperately hoping for a miracle to stop Jesus (Gabriel Jesus, that is) and his disciples running riot at the Vitality Stadium on Monday. Bournemouth have leaked 25 goals in their last 10 games, Manchester City have scored 19 goals in that time with 6 of them coming from their last 2 games. City seem to have found their form again after changing back to the 4-1-4-1 formation they played at the start of the season, they’ve won 2 of their last 3 games. Bournemouth on the other hand haven’t won in 5 games. It’s safe to say that the form guide suggests a Man City win and I certainly agree.

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Players to watch:

  • Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) – This guy seems to have relegated Sergio Aguero to the bench due to how well he is playing. He has 3 goals and 1 assist in 2 games so far and he’s also mopped up maximum bonus points in both of those games. He’s up against a Bournemouth team that has conceded 25 goals in their last 10 games.
  • De Bruyne (£10.6m) – KDB has 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 3 games and is looking far more dangerous in Pep’s 4-1-4-1 formation. Owned by only 8.5% of FPL players, he could be a good (but pricey) differential.
  • Sterling (£7.8m) – Sterling has been an assisting machine just lately, he’s got 11 assists for the season (only de Bruyne has more) and 8 of them have come in his last 9 games.
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