FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 32 preview

“Are we in for a goal fest at Elland Road this coming Monday?” (Part of the public domain). Image by John Tillyard.

Gameweek 31 was once again a playground for the lesser owned fantasy assets, as many budget and mid-priced players recorded big hauls last weekend. The official Team of the Week features six players with an ownership below 2.5% and only two assets owned by more than 24% of FPL managers. The player with the highest ownership in this team though, Stuart Dallas, did crown himself Player of the Week with 17 FPL points, courtesy of a brace against Manchester City. Following him are West Brom’s Sam Johnstone and Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic with 15 FPL points each, and the on-fire Jesse Lingard with 14 FPL points.

Talk of the town for gameweek 32 is obviously Spurs’ double gameweek, as this is going to have a major impact on transfer and captaincy decision in the build-up to Friday’s deadline. José Mourinho’s men are first visiting Everton before hosting Southampton and with neither opponent being in scintillating form at the moment, many an FPL manager’s eye will be on Kane, Son and friends. Apart from the the Spurs double, the upcoming stretched gameweek offers a few other appealing fixtures as well, including West Ham rolling up to Saint James’ Park, Man United hosting Burnley, and Leeds and Liverpool squaring off at Elland Road.

In any case, don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 32 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, April 16th..

Also do check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your transfer(s).

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per April 7th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKPope (BUR), Martinez (AST), McCarthy (SOU)Lloris (TOT), Patricio (WOL), Mendy (CHE)Spurs DGW, Wolves fixtures
DEFCresswell (WHU), Cancelo (CIT), Dias (CIT)Dallas (LEE), Alexander-Arnold (LIV), Reguilón (TOT)Spurs DGW, TAA form, Liverpool eliminated from CL
MIDGündogan (CIT), Neto (WOL), Raphinha (LEE)Lingard (WHU), Son (TOT), Mount (CHE)Spurs DGW, Lingard and Mount form, Neto injury
FORCalvert-Lewin (EVE), Antonio (WHU), Bamford (LEE)Iheanacho (LEI), Kane (TOT), Lacazette (ARS)Spurs DGW, form of incoming transfers

Premium pick

His form has been more or less consistently high throughout the season, so when the fixtures line up as well, Harry Kane (£11.7m) automatically becomes a fantasy asset of major interest. This week, his Spurs side are the only side to have a double fixture, consisting of an away game at Goodison Park followed by a home game versus Southampton. With 19 goals and 13 assists so far, Kane has been directly involved in no less than 62% of Tottenham’s goals, a league high. It’s not hard to imagine the England man netting against both of these teams. Everton have taken 2 points from their last 4 games, conceding 6 times in the process, while over that same period, the Saints got 3 points and conceded a worrying 12 goals.

Non-premium picks

This season more than ever, it’s difficult to speak about Kane without mentioning his team mate and partner up front Heung-Min Son (£9.4m). After a relatively dry period in terms of FPL points since his goal back in GW23, the Korean forward got himself on the score sheet again last weekend against Manchester United. He is now up against Everton and Southampton, which could bode very well for the roughly 45% of FPL managers currently owning him. They’ll be hoping that Son can build on his 14 goals and 9 assists against two sides that have been far from their best of late. Is a tenth double-digit haul of the season on the way for the Spurs’ Korean superstar?

At this moment, there are probably few fantasy assets offering a better price-potential ratio than Liverpool’s Diogo Jota. At a price of just £7.0m, the Portuguese forward offers a cut-price way into Jurgen Klopp’s attack. It’s true that the Reds are not having the best of seasons, but remember that Wednesday night’s Champions League elimination versus Real Madrid could be a positive thing for FPL managers. Liverpool have just the Premier League to focus on now (currently placed 6th just 3 points from top 4 qualification) and at the same time, they have one of the kindest fixture runs until the end of the season. The scene seems set for a strong and positive end to the 2020-21 campaign, and we expect Jota, who scored 3 goals in his last three games, to play an important role in the process.

The budget enabler

We just wrote that Jota’s price-potential ratio is almost unbeatable at the moment, but if there is one player who might offer an even better ratio, it’s Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.0m). Since conquering a spot in Brendan Rodgers’ starting eleven back in GW26, the Leicester striker has scored an incredible 7 goals and recorded an impressive 52 FPL points. His impact has been such, in fact, that the Foxes have even adjusted their tactics to accommodate Nacho’s inclusion in the starting lineup, from a single-striker setup with Jamie Vardy up top to a striker duo. Up next for Leicester are West Brom, who rank bottom for most of the key defensive indicators, including conceded goal, conceded shots on target and conceded big chances. Let’s see if Iheanacho can keep up his recent 10-point-per-game average at home against the Baggies.

A differential pick or two

It seems like, at any point during the season, there are always a few players who fly under the FPL radar, no matter how well they perform. Take Alexandre Lacazette (£8.3m), for example. The Frenchman has scored 5 goals and provided 1 assist over the past six league games for a total of 43 FPL points, but is still owned by just 8.2% of all FPL managers. On top of that, Arsenal are hosting Fulham on Sunday. While the Cottagers could turn out to be a tougher nut to crack for Arsenal than they hoped, Lacazette currently looks like the player most likely to score in this encounter. With Everton (home), Newcastle (away) and West Brom (home) after that, he could even be a good shout for the medium to long-term.

We’re finishing gameweek 31’s round of fantasy picks with a real differential, as Adama Traoré (£6.0m) is currently in just 5.2% of FPL squads. That’s not such a surprising number when you consider that his GW30 stoppage time winner against Fulham was his first goal in 49 Premier League outings. However, the Spanish winger might well have found a bit of form, seeing as he has scored a goal and provided an assist over the past 2 games. Up next are Sheffield United, which looks like a perfect opportunity for Traoré to make it three consecutive games with attacking returns. The Wolves will have to make do without Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto and Ruben Neves for their attacking ideas, so it could end up being a low-scoring affair at Molineux, but a punt on their Spanish bulldozer could pay off more than handsomely.

The captaincy

Considering the fixtures in gameweek 32, we figured the mainstream captaincy battle will be between Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, and we have gone with the former. As mentioned earlier, Spurs have two games this round and both look winnable. Neither Everton nor Southampton are flying at the moment and their defences will likely have a lot of trouble dealing with Tottenham’s attacking block. Though Son is an excellent choice as well, we have gone with Kane, who is his side’s star player, on penalties and on plenty of free kicks as well for the captaincy in GW32.

If you’re not convinced by Spurs’ double gameweek or don’t feel confident bringing in players who will blank in GW33, you have more than a few good alternatives at your disposal. Bruno Fernandes at home against Burnley looks like a safe pick, while Salah or Jota away against Leeds could result in major hauls as well. In the round’s last game, Leicester are hosting West Brom, which brings the likes of Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho in the picture. For a daring punt, Jesse Lingard away against Newcastle looks like a stand-out option.

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FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 30 preview

“Big game time at the King Power on Saturday: Leicester vs Manchester City (CC by 1.0) Image by: DougPR.

With a few days to go until the kick-off for gameweek 30, an extended period without Premier League football is coming to an end and that’s something of a rarity this season. The scheduling has been especially nightmare-ish this campaign with a lot of blank and double gameweek-related twists and turns making the management of your FPL team more unpredictable than ever. Therefore, the past two weeks have felt like a bit of a breather for many FPL managers. The players, though, will be coming off two weeks of international World Cup qualifiers and friendly games. This goes only for the internationals, of course, but many Premier League players play for their respective national teams, so keep an eye on this when making your plans for gameweek 30.

As far as the return to PL action goes, the upcoming weekend is once again offering a set of interesting fixtures for both avid FPL managers and casual Premier League fans. The category “Favourable fixtures” includes encounters between Chelsea and West Brom at Stamford Bridge, Leeds versus Sheffield United at Elland Road and Spurs visiting Saint James’ Park, while GW30 will also be the stage for some major clashes. Saturday evening in particular offers some classic top-of-the-table action with Leicester hosting Manchester City and Liverpool visiting Arsenal and if you’re not sure which way the matches might go consider looking at some Correct Score Tips to give you guidance on the expected results. 

In any case, don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 30 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, April 3rd. Also do check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your transfer(s).

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per March 31st, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMcCarthy (SOU), Martinez (AST), Pope (BUR)Mendy (CHE), Martinez (AST), Meslier (LEE)
DEFDunk (BRI), Cancelo (CIT), Dallas (LEE)Shaw (UTD), Azpilicueta (CHE), Rüdiger (CHE)Chelsea defensive stats, Shaw performances
MIDSon (TOT), Bale (TOT), Aubameyang (ARS)Lingard (WHU), Fernandes (UTD), Mount (CHE)Son injury, Spurs and Arsenal favourable fixtures, form of incoming transfers.
FORWatkins (AST), Bamford (LEE), Antonio (WHU)Iheanacho (LEI), Kane (TOT), Calvert-Lewin (EVE)Iheanacho form, Kane form and fixtures

Premium pick

Of all players with at least five Premier League starts under their belts, only West Ham’s Jesse Lingard is currently offering a higher FPL points return per game than Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m). The Portuguese midfielder is averaging 7.2 FPL points per game, and is the leading Red Devil for both goals scored (16) and assists provided (12). On top of that, in a weekend in which rotation could be widespread due to World Cup qualification fatigue, it’s positive to note that Bruno played just a game and a half for Portugal this international break. He came on after 45 minutes against Azerbaijan, he played the full 90 minutes against Serbia, and then missed last Tuesday’s clash with Luxembourg due to a yellow card suspension. This represents his first week-long break from football since November. The United star should be rested and raring to go when Brighton visit Old Trafford on Sunday.

Non-premium picks

There are a few good fixtures coming up in gameweek 30, but from an FPL point of view at least, the game between Chelsea and West Brom in London is probably the most favourable. Rotation is, of course, a real threat when it comes to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side, but Mason Mount (£7.0m) has seemingly once again nailed down a starting spot in the side. The English youngster has so far played 225 out of the possible 270 minutes of international football this break. This means it might not be the freshest of Mounts who will turn up for the encounter with the Baggies this Saturday, but chances are he will still turn up. He already has 5 goals and 5 assists to his name this season, and he has completely missed just one game this season, back in gameweek 4, so keep an eye on him for your upcoming transfer plans.

Like Mount, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) is away on international duty this international break, though he has not yet featured as much as his England team mate. DCL played 63 minutes last week against San Marino (and scored a brace) and remained on the bench for the duration of last weekend’s qualifier against Albania and then came on as a sub for Kane against Poland. Everton are however only playing their GW30 match next Monday. In other words, bar injuries or other negative news, expect Calvert-Lewin in the starting line-up when Crystal Palace visit Goodison Park. The Eagles have conceded a worrying 1.9 goals per away game this season and, over the last six gameweeks, only Sheffield United and Wolves conceded more shots in the box, so Everton are clear favourites for a comfortable win here despite losing their last 2 Premier League matches.

The budget enabler

If you would have told us before the start of this season that by gameweek 30, Che Adams (£5.8m) would be amongst the most on-fire fantasy assets of that moment, we might not have believed you despite his obvious strengths (strength being the main one!). We would have been proven wrong because the Southampton striker is actually going through a bit of purple patch at the moment. Adams scored 4 goals in the first 26 rounds of the current campaign, but has netted three consecutive already since gameweek 27. Sheffield United, Manchester City and Brighton, definitely not the most obliging of defences, were all introduced to his new found goalscoring boots. With Danny Ings probably still out injured, Adams will continue to carry much of his team’s attacking responsibilities, though we think that even with Ings fully fit, he will continue to start. The Saints are playing the resurgent Burnley at home on Sunday and West Brom at the Hawthornes in gameweek 31, so Che Adams could be a very wise decision for your valuable budget.

A differential pick or two

It sounds a bit incredible, so we’re writing it down here, just to be sure: Chelsea have taken 9 clean sheets from their last twelve Premier League encounters, more than any other team in the division. Of those twelve games, César Azpilicueta (£5.8m) started eleven and the Spanish veteran recorded no less than 71 FPL points over that same run. It’s true that he is not cheap, but the Blues have the highest chance of a clean sheet this weekend when West Brom pops over and their fixture schedule post-gameweek 30 is pretty good as well. The fact that Azpi is still owned by just 6.5% of FPL managers makes him into an interesting differential pick on the short and medium term.

We already mentioned the increased rotation risk regarding Chelsea assets ever since Thomas Tuchel took over as head coach, but considering their excellent match-up this weekend and their decent fixture calendar after that, we included Kai Havertz (£8.2m) in this week’s differential category. His start to life in the Premier League has been underwhelming, but he has been coming into some form recently. Tuchel started playing the German wonderkid as a false nine a few weeks ago and he has been delivering since then, for club and FPL. He completed the 90 minutes in the last two league games and got 2 assists for a total of 12 FPL points over that period. Not an amazing return either, but Havertz is also the Chelsea player with most shots in the box and most shots on target since gameweek 27. He looks to be settling in Tuchel’s system and now could be a good, early point to get on the train. Do bear in mind that Chelsea have a Champions League quarter final during the week.

The captaincy

Gameweek 30 is providing us with a very interesting selection of good captaincy candidates, though we do want to repeat that fatigue and the subsequent heightened rotation risks could have an impact on FPL developments this weekend. In any case, we have gone with Bruno Fernandes for the armband this gameweek, as the stars seems to have aligned to allow for a successful return to club football by the Portuguese playmaker. United are in decent form, Bruno himself is almost completely fixture-proof, and he was reasonably rested by Portugal. We’re betting on him to return this round.

Not convinced by Bruno’s potential, or perhaps you don’t have the possibilities or the budget to bring him in for this one? No problem, because there are good alternatives as well. Chelsea at home to West Brom brings Mason Mount and even Kai Havertz into the picture. Leeds hosting Sheffield United automatically turns Patrick Bamford (if fit) and also Raphinha into captaincy candidates. Spurs striker Harry Kane is the most likely to return big when struggling Newcastle welcome them to Saint James’ Park on Sunday. The more risk-prone FPL managers could opt for Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison against Palace, or Michail Antonio away against Wolves.

FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 29 preview

“A big game for the relegation battle at the AmEx in Brighton on Saturday” (CC by 2.0). Image by Paul Gillett.

If gameweek 28 showed us one thing (once more), it’s that the FPL does not need a double or a blank gameweek for the round to be a massacre. With the calendar offering a few decent fixtures from a fantasy point of view, GW28 had all the makings of a more straight forward affair, but it wasn’t to be. From the five most-captained players bringing home a grand total of 8 FPL points together to the official Team of the Week containing just four players with an ownership of more than 8%, last week was yet another one of the differentials. On top of that, two of three highest-owned assets in the game, Heung-Min Son and Patrick Bamford, were injured early on and are now serious doubts for the upcoming blank gameweek.

To make matters worse, they were surely the focal points of many fantasy teams in gameweek 29, as we will see just eight teams in action this weekend, two of which are Spurs and Leeds. For convenience, we have listed the four encounters here below:

HOMEAWAYDATE
FulhamLeedsFri 19/03
BrightonNewcastleSat 20/03
West HamArsenalSun 21/03
Aston VillaSpursSun 21/03

As a result of the reduced fixture calendar, our fantasy picks for this weekend will focus on players from these eight teams. With the current fitness doubts regarding Son and Bamford in the back of our heads, we have not included them in our selection, but we do recommend keeping an eye on developments. They are highly owned and, if declared fit in time, could play a major role in BGW29. Also keep in mind that chip deployment, Free Hits and Wildcards in particular, will likely be high this weekend.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 29 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, March 19th.

Do check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your transfer(s).

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per March 17th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMcCarthy (SOU), Pope (BUR), Ederson (CIT)Meslier (LEE), Martinez (AST), Mendy (CHE)BGW29 players brought in
DEFCancelo (CIT), Dias (CIT), Stones (CIT)Dallas (LEE), Dunk (BRI), Cresswell (WHU)BGW29 players brought in
MIDSon (TOT), Gündogan (CIT), Salah (LIV)Bale (TOT), Lingard (WHU), Raphinha (LEE)BGW29 players brought in, Son possibly out injured
FORBamford (LEE), Calvert-Lewin (EVE), Vardy (LEI)Kane (TOT), Antonio (WHU), Watkins (AST)BGW29 players brought in, Bamford possibly out injured

Premium pick

We are expecting Harry Kane (£11.5m) to be the most-captained player this weekend, simply because he is one of the very top fantasy assets featuring in this blank gameweek. With an incredible 16 goals and 13 assists, no player has recorded more attacking returns than the England striker and Spurs have found a bit of form over the last few gameweeks. As a matter of fact, since gameweek 26, only leaders Manchester City have scored more than Tottenham’s 10 goals. Kane was directly involved in five of those goals (3 goals, 2 assists), while his direct goal involvement over the whole season currently sits at a whopping 62%. He will start, he is on penalties, and despite Aston Villa being a solid unit this season, Kane looks to be the premium fantasy pick of the bunch this weekend.

Non-premium picks

With just four fixtures on the calendar this weekend and with Leeds rolling up to Craven Cottage, you can expect plenty of FPL managers to be tripling up on Leeds players. With Bamford a doubt for Friday’s game, Raphinha (£5.6m) will be in the cross-hairs of many managers, though his current ownership still sits at a surprisingly low 13.6%. Surprising, because the Brazilian winger comes at a bargain price, and already has 5 goals and 6 assists to his name. It’s true that the Whites have seen a dramatic fall in productivity in front of goal lately, not having netted once in the last three rounds, but with an away game at Fulham, they in theory have this weekend’s most favourable fixture. The Cottagers are in full-on survival mode and will not be easy to beat, but Leeds will attack with abandon as usual and Raphinha, who is also on many set-pieces, will definitely get a few chances to work on his tallies.

Our second non-premium fantasy pick for BGW29 is Michail Antonio (£6.6m). With their current fifth place in the league and a game in hand, West Ham are looking more and more like this season’s real surprise package. Despite missing a part of the campaign due to injury, Antonio has managed to play a considerable role in their excellent performance so far, with 7 goals and 3 assists. He was unlucky not to get involved in any goals over the past two weeks, especially the Leeds game in GW27 could’ve been very different for him, but the Hammers forward is proving to boast goalscoring capabilities regardless of the opposition. For example, he scored back-to-back goals in gameweeks 25 and 26 against Spurs and Man City, respectively. Up next are Arsenal at home for a real London derby and despite the Gunners coming off a hard-fought victory over rivals Spurs, they are not favourites for this one. The Hammers are, and we feel Antonio could be a decisive factor on Sunday.

The budget enabler

With the very kindly priced Dan Burn currently an injury doubt for Brighton, we have opted for his team mate Joel Veltman (£4.4m) as our budget-enabler for blank gameweek 29. The Dutchman provides a safe and very budget-friendly way into one of the league’s most solid defences, in terms of underlying statistics at least. Eight teams have conceded less than the Seagulls, but when it comes to expected conceded goals, they rank first, even above Man City. This week’s opponents Newcastle, on the other hand, rank 19th in terms of expected goals (in away games) and they have netted just three times in their last five games. In other words, this encounter looks like a major mismatch on paper, in favour of Brighton’s defence.

A differential pick or two

Since arriving at the Emirates on loan from Real Madrid during the January transfer window, Martin Ødegaard (£5.9m) has had a relatively slow start in an Arsenal shirt, but he seems to be hitting form of late. After scoring his first goal for the Gunners against Olympiacos in the Europa League last week, the Norwegian midfielder was also on target against Spurs in gameweek 28. Over the past two gameweeks, he has ranked amongst the top two players in his team for both chances created and shots on goal, and against a very solid West Ham United defence, he will be key for Mikel Arteta’s men if they want to find a way through. It will be far from an easy game for the Gunners, but with a current ownership of just 1.4%, Ødegaard could be a big-time differential pick for blank gameweek 29.

It has been discussed before, but Brighton are probably this season’s most underperforming team by some difference. A major reason for that is their problematic shyness in front of goal. Just six teams have scored less than the Seagulls so far and their top scorer is Leandro Trossard (£5.7m) with 3 goals and 5 assists. The Belgian’s latest goal came against Southampton just last weekend and with a home game against a Newcastle side in trouble coming up on Saturday, we recommend him as an interesting differential fantasy pick. The Magpies rank amongst the bottom five teams for several important defensive statistics, including conceded shots and conceded shots on target, and Trossard likes to shoot, including from set-pieces. The clash at the AmEx is an authentic six-pointer in relation to the relegation battle and Brighton looks like they’ll be bringing it home.

The captaincy

Before last weekend’s Spurs game, we thought it was between Son and Kane for the captaincy in gameweek 29, but with the Korean an injury doubt now, the armband goes to the English striker. As discussed earlier, no player in the official game has registered more attacking returns than Kane this season and if there is one player fixture-proof, it’s him. The visit to Villa Park could be a tricky one for Spurs, but in a reduced gameweek, the HurriKane looks like the safest bet for your captaincy.

If you’re not convinced by Kane or don’t have the funds to bring him in, then one of his team mates could be a decent alternative, Gareth Bale in particular. Outside of Spurs, BGW29 could be an opportunity to captain a Seagull for a change, with the likes of Trossard, Maupay and Dunk representing appealing differential value. On Friday, Leeds are visiting Fulham and we expect a few managers to put the armband of Raphinha as well, or Bamford if declared fit.

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FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 28 preview

“On Sunday, it’s London derby time when Arsenal host Spurs at the Emirates” (CC by 3.0). Image by Felicilijonas.

After a long run of consecutive smaller and bigger double gameweeks, gameweek 28 sees us returning to the traditional FPL format of one game for every team. It’s been a while, right? Round 27 was a tricky one and potentially a very good one for those managers who made the right Man City bets. The Team of the Week features no less than three City players, with Riyad Mahrez (20 FPL points), Kevin de Bruyne (16 FPL points) and Phil Foden (12 FPL points) all delivering double-digit hauls. Other notable performers in GW28 were Harry Kane, with 2 goals and 2 assists for 19 FPL points, James Ward-Prowse with 18 FPL points courtesy of two penalties, and goal-scoring, bonus-point-snapping Luke Shaw with 14 points.

Looking ahead at gameweek 28, we see a set of interesting match-ups, many of which are hard to predict at the moment. From a neutral point of view, the London derby between Arsenal and Spurs at the Emirates on Sunday and the top-of-table clash between Man United and West Ham at Old Trafford stand out. Having said that, fixtures like Leeds at home versus Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, on-and-off Southampton against this season’s under-performers Brighton and Wolves versus Liverpool on Monday could give some serious fireworks as well. On top of that, it should be noted that gameweek 29 will be a major blank gameweek, with just eight teams featuring, so keep that in mind when considering your transfer in the build-up to GW28.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 28 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, March 12th.

Do check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your transfer(s).

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per March 11th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMcCarthy (SOU), De Gea (UTD), Pope (BUR)Martinez (AST), Mendy (CHE), Forster (SOU)
DEFCancelo (CIT), Robertson (LIV), Stones (CIT)Shaw (UTD), Cresswell (WHU), Dias (CIT)Possible knee-jerk reactions to Cancelo and Stones rotations, Shaw form, Dias undroppable
MIDSalah (LIV), Barnes (LEI), Maddison (LEI)Bale (TOT), Mount (CHE), De Bruyne (CIT)In-form midfielders, Barnes and Maddison injuries
FORIngs (SOU), Calvert-Lewin (EVE), Vardy (LEI)Kane (TOT), Richarlison (EVE), Watkins (AST)Kane double haul, Ings injury, Watkins fixture in GW29

Premium pick

After a 19-point haul and with a traditionally high-scoring derby coming up next, it’s hard to ignore Harry Kane (£11.3m) as the stand-out premium fantasy pick for gameweek 28. His 2 goals and 2 assists against Crystal Palace over the weekend saw him raise his tallies for the season to a mind-blowing 16 goals and 13 assists, making him the second-highest-scoring player in FPL, just behind Bruno Fernandes. As far as encounter between Arsenal and Spurs go, there have been a total of 17 goals over the last five games and four of those were scored by the HurriKane. He has been directly involved in just over 60% of his team’s goals, in part because he is on penalties for them as well, and despite Arsenal not boasting the most obliging of defences at the moment, the England number nine looks like one to back for this weekend.

Non-premium picks

A brilliant run of goal-scoring form came to an end for Richarlison (£8.0m) against Chelsea last weekend as the Toffees failed to find the net at all against Tuchel’s new and improved Blues. As far as the Brazilian is concerned, this meant not scoring a goal for the first time since gameweek 24, a run that saw him net four times and collect a total of 30 FPL points. He could very well get back up on his scoring horse coming weekend though, as Everton host Burnley on Saturday. The Clarets, though in better form of late, still boast some of the worst defensive stats in game as they rank amongst the bottom three teams for important variables as Shots conceded in the box, Shots on target conceded, and Big chances conceded. If Everton want to keep their hopes of European football alive, a win is a must at Goodison Park and Richarlison will be instrumental in that effort.

Our second non-premium fantasy pick for gameweek 28 is Mason Mount (£7.0m), who has proven to be more than just a decent solution to Chelsea’s transfer ban situation last season. Much more. Despite the arrival of more than a few multi-million signings, the academy graduate has kept his place in the starting eleven and with good reason. With 5 goals and 5 assists, he is currently the highest-scoring Blue in the official game. The still just 22-year old attacking midfielder was rested for Chelsea’s home victory over Everton and will be ready to fire against the Premier League’s leakiest defence after West Brom, Leeds United. The Whites have conceded 46 goals in 27 games so far and they are the team who have conceded most goals from set-pieces as well, which is good news for Mount as one of Chelsea’s principal set-piece masters in charge. The more than reasonably priced Englishman could be gold this weekend.

The budget enabler

As is often the case, our budget-enabling fantasy pick of the week is also a very big differential. With key players Harvey Barnes and James Maddison injured for the foreseeable future, one of the players called upon by manager Brendan Rodgers to step up is Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.6m). The Nigerian forward has started for the Foxes in their last three PL games and he has not disappointed, scoring back-to-back goals in his last two games for a total of 18 FPL points. In the absence of the previously mentioned players, Leicester have deployed two strikers instead of the usual lone Vardy up front, and Iheanacho is delivering for the moment. Up next is bottom-ranked Sheffield United, who have conceded 45 goals so far this season. If there was ever a good moment for the Leicester striker to make it three consecutive outings with a goal, it’s this weekend.

A differential pick or two

Iheanacho’s current ownership of 0.8% makes him a huge differential as well, but he’s not the only one on the Leicester roster. With Barnes and Maddison out of action, young Belgian Youri Tielemans (£6.4m) has become a main man on the Leicester midfield and his ownership also sits at a lowly 4.0%. Like his Nigerian team mate, Tielemans also seems to have upped his game of late, scoring 1 goal and providing 1 assist over this last three league games for a total of 12 FPL points. This weekend, he is facing a Sheffield United side that ranks amongst the bottom three teams in the league for Shots on target conceded and Big chances conceded, which bodes well for a midfielder like Tielemans who loves to give it a try from distance and is not afraid to attempt a through pass from time to time.

Our second differential fantasy pick and final fantasy pick for gameweek 28 is what you might call a bit of a pricey punt. Expectations were sky high when Chelsea splashed a cool £70 million for Kai Havertz (£8.2m) in the summer, but the former Leverkusen man learnt very quickly that the Premier League is a beast of its own. With just 12 starts in the league so far, the German wünderkind has not made the entry that Chelsea fans would’ve hoped for, but in GW27, he showed a glimpse of what could come. Havertz started up front for the Blues against Everton and promptly provided 2 assists for a nice 9-point haul. With manager Thomas Tuchel apparently not entirely convinced by Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud, we might be seeing more of the German forward in coming weeks, starting with the away game against Leeds to build on his successful showing last weekend. Owned by just 2.4% of FPL managers, Havertz could be a risky pick to set you apart from the rest in the your mini-league.

The captaincy

We already mentioned it before, but after his showing against Crystal Palace and keeping his record in the derby against Arsenal in the back of our heads, Harry Kane is the one to get our captain’s armband in gameweek 28. He is sure to start and already has 29 returns to his name this season. Kane has been on target four times in his last five meetings with the Gunners and he is on many free-kicks and, of course, penalties as well. Expect the 38.4%-owned forward to be heavily captained this coming weekend.

If you’re not sure about Spurs or simply can’t afford the pricey Kane, fear not, because there are several other good options available for this weekend as well. As always, Bruno Fernandes is a reliable choice, even when United host in-form West Ham. Jamie Vardy at home to Sheffield United could be a good one as well. If you’re prepared to play a bit of Pep roulette, you could opt for any of Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gündogan, or the on-fire Riyad Mahrez as they visit Craven Cottage on Saturday. More outfield picks for the captaincy this weekend include Mason Mount against Leeds, Richarlison or Dominic Calvery-Lewin against Burnley at home, or even Christian Benteke at home to leaky West Brom.

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FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 27 preview

“Are Fulham making it six consecutive defeats at Anfield for Liverpool this weekend?” (CC by 4.0). Image by Ank Kumar.

Another round, another double gameweek in the world of the Fantasy Premier League, although a much smaller one than last time. DGW26 had been heavily anticipated as the biggest double gameweek in FPL history and despite more than a few managers crossing the 100-point mark, the many blanks from premium-priced and/or heavily-owned FPL assets caused plenty of heartbreak as well. The likes of Bruno Fernandes, Raheem Sterling, Mo Salah, Jamie Cardy and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all failed to return for their owners, but fortunately, we’ve got yet another round of action coming up in less than 24 hours. Below you can find a quick overview of the teams doubling in gameweek 27:

TEAM1ST FIXTURE2ND FIXTURE
MANCHESTER CITYManchester United (home)Southampton (home)
SOUTHAMPTONSheffield United (away)Man City (away)

The Man City double looks juicy, no doubt, but Southampton’s double gameweek could be a bit of a trap. The Saints are not in their best form of the season at the moment, and the upcoming two away games will not be walk-overs. The Blades have found a bit of (defensive) form of late, while City, well… once again look like the skyblue Pep Guardiola machine we all love or loathe. As a result, we have not focused on just these two teams for our fantasy picks this week.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 26 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday 6th March.

Do check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your transfer(s).

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per March 5th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKPope (BUR), Ederson (CIT), McCarthy (SOU)Martinez (AST), Ederson (CIT), Mendy (CHE)
DEFCancelo (CIT), Justin (LEI), Wan-Bissaka (UTD)Dias (CIT), Stones (CIT), Dallas (LEE)City double coming up, Dallas out of position, Justin injury
MIDBarnes (LEI), Maddison (LEI), Grealish (AST)Lingard (WHU), Mount (CHE), De Bruyne (CIT)All transferred-out midfielders are injured
FORCalvert-Lewin (EVE), Bamford (LEE), Vardy (LEI)Kane (TOT), Antonio (WHU), Richarlison (EVE)Blanking popular forwards being transferred out

Premium pick

So, our premium pick for the huge double gameweek 26 was a big bust and you know what? We’re repeating our pick for gameweek 27! Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) was rested for City’s first game against West Ham and then failed to get amongst the points in the 4-1 victory over Wolves, but he has a chance to redeem him this round as the Cityzens host Manchester United and Southampton at the Etihad. We can’t imagine Raz not starting against arch rivals United and considering his rest in GW26, he should be good for a start against the Saints a few days after that as well. On top of that, the return leg against Mönchengladbach in the Champions League is only played on March 16th, three days after gameweek 28 and almost three weeks before gameweek 30 (City blanks in GW29). We expect Sterling to feature a lot over the coming weeks, which will give him a chance to build on his current 9 goals and 7 assists in the league.

Non-premium picks

For our first non-premium fantasy pick of the week, we’re sticking with Manchester City and their upcoming double gameweek. For many of the same reasons as mentioned above in the case of Sterling, Ilkay Gündogan (£6.2m) should be good for some points over the coming weeks. The Turkish midfielder played 88 minutes in the first game, but failed to return points and then got 8 minutes in the second game against Wolves and grabbed an assist. The return of the De Bruyne has risen Gündogan’s rotation risk a bit but we expect to see plenty of Gündo in DGW26. He already has 11 goals and 3 assists this season, and with a price tag of just £6.2m, he has recently been essential in FPL.

Our second pick in the non-premium category does not have a double gameweek, but could very well payout like he does. Michail Antonio (£6.5m) has once again been delivering for West Ham, and the 11.1% of FPL managers who currently own him, with goals in consecutive gameweeks against Spurs and Man City. In just 15 Premier League starts this season, the powerful forward managed 7 goals and 3 assists, playing a big part in the Hammers’ impressive fourth place in the league. Up next are Leeds United, who are a dream to play against for opposition strikers. Only West Brom have conceded more than Marcelo Bielsa’s men, while the Whites also rank amongst the bottom three teams for defensive metrics like shots conceded in the box, shots on target conceded, and big chances conceded. An Antonio haul could be incoming.

The budget enabler

Second in the league overall for shots on target over the past seven gameweeks. More key passes and created big chances than any other player in the league over the past six gameweeks. Three goals and 4 assists over the past eight gameweeks. Looking at these facts, it seems incredible that Leeds winger Raphinha (£5.4m) is still owned by just 9.9% of FPL managers, while carrying a real budget price tag. The Whites are facing in-form West Ham away from home in gameweek 27, which is not looking like an easy fixture by any stretch of the imagination. Then again, they will be on the attack on Monday and they will be creating chances, which means that their Brazilian winger will be involved in some threatening situations, especially seeing as he is in charge of many set-pieces as well.

A differential pick or two

It may sound incredible to some, considering the amount of memes that have circulated online over the past seasons, but our first differential fantasy pick for gameweek 27 is Jesse Lingard (£6.0m). The English midfielder’s name was rarely found on the score sheets while at United the past few years, but he seems to have found his scoring boots and his form since moving to West Ham United on loan in January. He started for the Hammers in the last five games, and scored 3 goals and provided 1 assist over that run for a total of 39 FPL points. J-Linz has slotted right into manager David Moyes’ plans and with leaky Leeds at home up next, chances for more attacking returns look to be on the cards for him.

Our final fantasy pick for gameweek 27 marks the return to fitness of Diogo Jota (£6.6m). The Portuguese forward arrived in Liverpool last summer on the back of a huge £45 million transfer fee and did not need much time to make an impact. Despite starting just five times in his first nine games as a Red, he managed to score 5 goals before a serious knee injury saw him sidelined since the start of December. He is now back though, and considering Liverpool’s horrid form and similar results of late, he could be just what they need to get back on track again. Jota got 28 minutes as a substitute against Chelsea in gameweek 26 and we would not be surprised to see him get more involvement this Sunday as Liverpool host Fulham at Anfield.

The captaincy

Captaining a Manchester City player is always a bit risky and counting on that player to feature twice in a row as part of a double gameweek even more so, but we are putting our faith in Raheem Sterling this week nonetheless for the DGW27 Captain. He looks likely to feature prominently in DGW26 after being rested for a game in gameweek 26 and with the form Guardiola’s men are in at the moment, there will be few better options for the armband. Alternatives could be, of course, Kevin de Bruyne, the in-form Riyad Mahrez, or one of their defensive players.

If you are hesitant about City captains or don’t own any of the above mentioned fantasy assets, fear not. Gameweek 27 offers a few other appealing captaincy options as well. Michail Antonio is coming off consecutive goals against strong opposition and plays Leeds at the London Stadium next. Mo Salah is facing Fulham at home, which could be a double-digit haul despite the Reds’ current form. Also, Spurs duo Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son will be looking to break down a sturdy Palace defence on Sunday. Those managers searching for a serious punt could opt for Danny Ings’ double gameweek against Sheffield United and Man City, or West Brom’s Mbaye Diagne for their home game against Newcastle.

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FanTeam 2020-21: €75k Weekly Monster – Gameweek 26 preview

As part of FISO’s special series of weekly articles on FanTeam, Europe’s biggest daily fantasy football provider, we will actually be entering the team we write about each week into the game. Our article will focus on an Early Entry for their Fantasy Premier League tournament held each week in order to help you identify game rules, tactics and the most promising players per gameweek, so you can win some of that large prize money.

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€75k prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool €7,500 (or £6,750 if you prefer). FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes. Join the discussion on FISO’s FanTeam forum.

Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that they apply to their Weekly Monster competition and that represent some of the major differences when comparing the game to the FPL. Do though check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your picks.

Number one is that FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’. The safety net comes into play when a selected player does not start in the Weekly Monster, because the game will then automatically replace this player with the next lowest-priced player from the same position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) in the same team. This is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. This rule helps people who have entered a team into the Weekly Monster not to worry too much about whether their selected players will start or not, particularly if they know there are cheaper players for that same club in that same position who should start instead.

Number two is that FanTeam also have a ‘stacking penalty’ for the Weekly Monster, which penalises teams that have selected more than one defenders/goalkeeper from the same club. The stacking penalty comes into play when you pick more than one defensive player (defenders or goalkeepers) from a particular club and this club records a clean sheet. The points awarded for this clean sheet will decrease by 1 point for each additional defensive player from the same club that you have selected. The stacking penalty has a maximum of minus 3 points. This rule helps stop multi-entrants from gaining an advantage by submitting block defence teams. A reasonable tactic can be to select two players from two different clubs for your Goalie and Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Gameweek 26 €75K Weekly Monster matches

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 26

Formation: 3-4-3

LEICESTER

The Foxes have entered what looks like another purple patch with three victories in their last four Premier League games, a run that included a home game against Liverpool, and away games against Wolves and Aston Villa. They currently share second place in the league with Manchester United and they have got a major clash with Arsenal at the King Power coming up. The Gunners are not going through their best period at the moment with just a single victory in their last five league games, a run over which they conceded 6 goals. It could very well become a tightly contested encounter on Sunday, but we’re favouring the Foxes to get something out of it, which explains our triple-up.

In the attacking department, we have picked Harvey Barnes, who is listed as a midfielder on FanTeam, and the undeniable Jamie Vardy. The former has been on fire of late with 2 goals and 2 assists in his last two games against Liverpool and Villa, while Vardy is Vardy. When he plays, he’s dangerous, and when he’s dangerous, he’s very likely to return. It’s that simple. The former England international scored a goal and provided an assist in his last two games, and his record against Arsenal is something to behold: 12 games, 11 goals and 1 assist. He is also our captain for this round.

Our third Fox is fantasy favourite Ricardo Pereira, who has finally left his serious injury struggles behind him and seems to be part of Brendan Rodger’s plans going forward. He has started the last five Premier League games for Leicester and often occupied a spot on the right wing, in front of Timothy Castagne. After the win at Villa Park last weekend, Rodgers had the following to say about his plans with Ricardo in attack: “It’s been something I’ve been waiting to do for quite a long time, but this is the first period where both of those boys (Castagne and Pereira) were fit to play. Castagne will run more without the balland penetrate, and Pereira’s the one who can be inside and manipulate the ball.”. The Portuguese defender/winger therefore completes our Leicester trio.

LEEDS

Much has been said and written about Leeds United already this season, with most of it boiling down to the same conclusion, namely that the Whites are a guarantee for goals. Only the current top three plus Liverpool have scored more than their 43 goals, but only West Brom have conceded more than them. This makes it hard to predict their results, but in terms of fantasy games like FanTeam, it makes their attacking assets very attractive. Marcelo Bielsa’s men are playing at home against a solid, but most likely Grealish-less, Aston Villa side and we have opted for three of his main men for our €75K Weekly Monster squad in gameweek 26.

In attack, striker Patrick Bamford and winger Raphinha have been the protagonists so far this season. Bamfy is Bielsa’s undisputed number one for the lone striker position and with good reason, seeing as the Chelsea academy graduate has 13 goals and 8 assists to his name already. Raphinha was brought in from Stade Rennais for £14.4 million last summer and managed to quickly cement his place in the Leeds starting eleven as well. The Brazilian is the man on fire at the moment, with 3 goals and 4 assists from his last seven Premier League games. In terms of form on FanTeam, Bamford is the only player who currently scores higher than Raphinha.

As for our previously discussed Leicester trio, our third Leeds pick is also a defender who also plays out of position. Stuart Dallas has been used as a central midfielder of late by Bielsa and the Northern Irishman has repaid that faith in full. Just a few days ago, the fullback/midfielder/winger scored the second of three goals against Southampton to make it 5 goals and 3 assists for him this season. On top of that, and despite Leeds’ risky defensive tactics, he has also been part of 8 clean sheets. This bodes well for the game against a Villa side that will likely be missing their main creative outlet in Jack Grealish.

WOLVES

Wolves have had an underwhelming season so far, with 33 points from 25 games and a current 12th place. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side has been enormously impacted by the long-term absence of their star forward Raul Jimenez, but they seem to have found some form recently. Of their last four league games, they won three and drew one, and this run included encounters with Arsenal, Leicester, Southampton and Leeds. They scored 5 goals over that run and conceded just twice, so it looks like the Wolves have started to find a way to grind out results. We’re aware of this, but with a game against Newcastle coming up on Saturday, we figured a Wolves triple up could be a shrewd differential move.

At the moment, only four teams in the league have scored less goals than Wolves, but the encounter with the Magpies looks like a good opportunity to work on those numbers. Steve Bruce’s men have conceded 9 goals in their last four games and only West Brom have conceded more than their 43 goals. As a result, we have gone with both Willian José and Pedro Neto for our FanTeam €75K Weekly Monster squad this week. The former was brought in this January to fill in for Raul Jimenez and even though he still needs to find the net for the first time in England, he is nailed-on and seems to be getting used to his new team mates. The latter is listed as a midfielder on FanTeam, but used as a winger by Espirito Santo and he is currently Wolves highest-scoring player on FanTeam with 112 FT points, thanks to 5 goals and 6 assists. Our 3rd Wolves player is the effervescent Romain Saiss who is equally comfortable in midfield as he is in defence and deservedly captain of the Morocco national team.

BONUS

Our bonus fantasy pick for GW26 is none less than Liverpool talisman Mo Salah. Now, you might think that spending a large chunk of our budget on a premium Liverpool asset is not the wisest choice considering the Reds’ form of late, but Salah is Salah. Jurgen Klopp’s men are visiting Bramall Lane on Sunday and despite scoring just 5 goals in their last five PL games, four of those goals were scored by Salah. If any Red is likely to make the difference against the Blades and to get Liverpool out of their slump, it’s Momo.

GOALKEEPER

After selecting the ten outfield players of our choice, we still had a decent part of our budget left to spend on the man between the sticks. We ended up going with Crystal Palace’s Vicente Guaita, who will be featuring in what could be the lowest-scoring game of FanTeam €75K Weekly Monster’s gameweek 26. Palace are hosting an improving, but far from free-scoring Fulham side and the Eagles themselves have, according to Roy Hodgson, taken a more “back to basics” approach since a few weeks ago. That means, a return to more defensive tactics, which bodes well for the Palace defence in this one.

FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 26 preview

“Two home games for in-form Manchester City in DGW26”. (CC by 4.0). Image by: Ank Kumar.

From a fantasy perspective, gameweek 26 might very well turn out to be the week of the season. According to Ben “Mr. Double Gameweek” Crellin (@BenCrellin on Twitter), the upcoming round is likely to be this season’s biggest double gameweek with no less than 14 teams playing twice, including many of the big names. We have posted a quick overview of these teams and their FPL GW26 schedules below:

TEAM1ST FIXTURE2ND FIXTURE
ASTON VILLALeeds (away)Sheffield United (away)
BURNLEYSpurs (away)Leicester (home)
CHELSEAMan United (home)Liverpool (away)
CRYSTAL PALACEFulham (home)Man United (home)
EVERTONSouthampton (home)West Brom (away)
FULHAMCrystal Palace (away)Spurs (home)
LEICESTERArsenal (home)Burnley (away)
LIVERPOOLSheffield United (away)Chelsea (home)
MAN CITYWest Ham (home)Wolves (home)
MAN UNITEDChelsea (away)Crystal Palace (away)
SHEFFIELD UNITEDLiverpool (home)Aston Villa (home)
SPURSBurnley (home)Fulham (away)
WEST BROMBrighton (home)Everton (home)
WOLVESNewcastle (away)Man City (away)

In terms of double gameweek teams, we are more than spoilt for choice this round, which is why our fantasy pick recommendations are heavily based on these teams. Having said that, Leeds United and Brighton have reasonably favourable fixtures as well as they face Aston Villa (home) and West Brom (away). Especially for those managers who are set up with a few players from these teams, it could be worth considering starting them or even Bench Boosting. In any case, expect major activity on the chips front this week from those that don’t have 11 players doubling (or have a good bench) and don’t be afraid to take a hit (or two) in order to set up your squad for the doubles.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 26 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, February 27th.

Do check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your transfer(s).

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per February 25th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKPope (BUR), McCarthy (SOU), Mendy (CHE)Martinez (AST), Ederson (CIT), Areola (FUL)Managers bringing in DGW assets with favourable fixtures.
DEFJustin (LEI), Chilwell (CHE), Cresswell (WHU)Targett (AST), Cancelo (CIT), Digne (EVE)Justin injury, managers bringing in DGW assets with favourable fixtures.
MIDGrealish (AST), Maddison (LEI), Salah (LIV)Barnes (LEI), Gündogan (CIT), Son (TOT)Grealish and Maddison injury doubts, managers bringing in DGW assets with favourable fixtures.
FORIngs (SOU), Bamford (LEE), Antonio (WHU)Calvert-Lewin (EVE), Kane (TOT), Watkins (AST)Managers bringing in DGW assets with favourable fixtures.

Premium pick

Double gameweek 26 is offering plenty of interesting premium fantasy picks, including the likes of the ever-present Mo Salah, the fit again Kevin de Bruyne, and the pretty much undisputed king of FPL, Bruno Fernandes. We have gone with a somewhat differential pick in the person of Raheem Sterling (£11.6m), who is still owned by just 12.6% of FPL managers despite returning in ten of his last 12 appearances (6 goals and 4 assists). The 26-year old is also the outfield player with most playing minutes on the Man City roster since gameweek 17 and he even captained his side for the 69 minutes that he was on the pitch against Mönchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday. Sure, rotation is always a risk when it comes to City assets, but Raz once again looks like a key player for Pep Guardiola and he could be of huge value this round.

Non-premium picks

Another player who looks set for a big haul in DGW26 is Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m). The England forward lost some backers due to his absence in DGW24, but he is still owned by more than 38% of fantasy managers. He did not wait to deliver upon his return to action either, winning a huge penalty in the derby at Anfield last weekend. DCL currently sits on 13 goals and 6 assists, and he has returned in his last three appearances for a total of 25 FPL points. In the upcoming round, the Toffees are facing Southampton at home followed by an away game at the Hawthornes. This also explains why he is currently the most transferred-in forward in the official game and why he will probably be amongst the most-captained players overall for this round.

Our second non-premium fantasy pick for DGW26 is a striker as well, and a nailed-on option for his team up front. Ollie Watkins (£6.5m) needed just four games to mark his arrival amongst the English footballing elite and he did so in style, with a hattrick and an assist against reigning champions Liverpool back in gameweek 4. Since then, he has been steadily working on his tallies, which has brought him to 10 goals and 4 assists at the moment of writing. Despite blanking in his last two games, he netted 4 times in the five games prior to that, and he has away games against Leeds and Sheffield United coming up this round. The Villans will probably miss their star man Jack Grealish for one or both games, but Watkins should still be around the top of your watchlists for this week’s transfers.

The budget enabler

It’s true that Fulham are still lodged in the relegation zone and they have been for a while already, but it’s also true that Scott Parker’s men have shown definite signs of improvement over the past months. From their last four Premier League games, they have taken a more than decent 8 points, in great part thanks to a considerably improved defence. The Cottagers conceded just a single goal over that run. With a double gameweek against Crystal Palace (away) and goal-shy Spurs (home), their wing-back and highest-scoring defender Ola Aina (£4.5m) could therefore be a very interesting budget and differential pick. The former Chelsea talent has recorded 28 FPL points over the last three games, courtesy of 2 clean sheets, 1 goal and 1 assist.

A differential pick or two

In the absence of Calvert-Lewin, it was that other Toffee star that needed to deliver in the striker position and deliver he did. Richarlison (£7.9m) scored back-to-back goals against Manchester City and Liverpool, and brought his owners a decent 13 FPL points. Up next is a double consisting of Southampton at home and West Brom away, and despite the fact that DCL will return as the Toffee number nine, his Brazilian partner in crime will get chances to build on his good form as well. With 4 goals, 5 assists and a current ownership of just 7.5%, Richarlison has been having a bit of an underwhelming season so far, but he is a mainstay under Carlo Ancelotti and could prove to be a major differential in DGW26.

For our second fantasy pick in this category, we have gone even more differential. Jack Grealish is currently the highest-scoring Aston Villa midfielder, which is not surprising, but the name following him is. It’s not Ross Barkley or John McGinn, but the tricky Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m). With 5 goals and 3 assists to his name so far, the former Ajax and Lyon star has nailed down a spot as winger in Dean Smith’s starting eleven. He collected 17 FPL points in his last three PL games, courtesy of a goal against Leicester and an assist against Arsenal, and up next are two of the most suspect defences in the league (Leeds and Sheffield United). With an ownership of just 0.8%, Traoré could be the ultimate differential for this DGW.

The captaincy

With so many players playing twice this round and with several of those players actually preparing for a favourable fixture double, there are plenty of captaincy candidates for the armband in DGW26. We have ended up going with Raheem Sterling, who was taken off after 69 minutes in the Champions League on Wednesday. We’re hoping that this points to a spot in the starting eleven against West Ham and Wolves over the coming days for the Pep’s most-used outfield player. Raz has been consistent more than explosive over the past few months with 10 returns in his last twelve games, and we’re hoping for this trend to continue in DGW26.

Not sure about captaining a City asset? Understandable, we have all been there by now. In this case, you can opt for Mo Salah (against Sheffield United away and Chelsea at home), Bruno Fernandes (Chelsea and Palace away), or one of the Spurs boys, such as Kane or Son, as they face Burnley at home and Fulham at the Cottage. More differential picks for the captaincy could be DCL or Richarlison against Southampton at home and West Brom away, Jamie Vardy against Arsenal at home and Burnley away, or even Ollie Watkins away against Leeds and Sheffield United.

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FanTeam 2020-21: €75K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 25 preview

As part of FISO’s special series of weekly articles on FanTeam, Europe’s biggest daily fantasy football provider, we will actually be entering the team we write about each week into the game. Our article will focus on an Early Entry for their Fantasy Premier League tournament held each week in order to help you identify game rules, tactics and the most promising players per gameweek, so you can win some of that large prize money.

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€75k prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool €7,500. FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes. Join the discussion on FISO’s FanTeam forum.

Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that they apply to their Weekly Monster competition and that represent some of the major differences when comparing the game to the FPL. Do though check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your picks.

Number one is that FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’. The safety net comes into play when a selected player does not start in the Weekly Monster, because the game will then automatically replace this player with the next lowest-priced player that starts from the same position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) in the same team. This is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. This rule helps people who have entered a team into the Weekly Monster not to worry too much about whether their selected players will start or not, particularly if they know there are cheaper players for that same club in that same position who should start instead.

Number two is that FanTeam also have a ‘stacking penalty’ for the Weekly Monster, which penalises teams that have selected more than one defenders/goalkeeper from the same club. The stacking penalty comes into play when you pick more than one defensive player (defenders or goalkeepers) from a particular club and this club records a clean sheet. The points awarded for this clean sheet will decrease by 1 point for each additional defensive player from the same club that you have selected. The stacking penalty has a maximum of minus 3 points. This rule helps stop multi-entrants from gaining an advantage by submitting block defence teams. A reasonable tactic can be to select two players from two different clubs for your Goalie and Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Gameweek 25 €75K Weekly Monster matches

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 25

Formation: 4-4-2

MANCHESTER UNITED

The core of our team selection for gameweek 25 of FanTeam’s €75K Weekly Monster consists of Manchester United players as the Red Devils are preparing to host Newcastle at Old Trafford on Sunday. Since their 9-0 thrashing of Southampton back in gameweek 22, United have booked two rather disappointing results with draws at home against Everton and away at relegation-threatened West Brom. They are currently 7 points behind leaders Manchester City and their skyblue city rivals have a game in hand as well. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men really can’t afford another misstep against bottom-half-of-the-table opposition.

Seeing as Man United currently boast the league’s most productive attack, we have gone big on their forwards and midfielders. In the midfield we’ve gone with Mason Greenwood and, of course, Bruno Fernandes. The former was rested for the gameweek 24 and is likely to feature from the start as usual against the Magpies, while the latter is irreplaceable for United. The Portuguese playmaker is going through a purple patch once again with 3 goals and 2 assists in his last three games, bringing his Premier League totals to 14 goals and 11 assists. Bruno is also our captain for GW25. The Red Devils will have to face Real Sociedad on Thursday first, so keep an eye on lineups and team news, but in any case, the FanTeam safety net is active.

Our United trio is completed by Edinson Cavani, who looks to have cemented his place in Solskjaer’s starting eleven for now. The Uruguayan goal machine has started the last four league games and completed the 90 minutes in three of those games. Over that same run, he scored 2 goals and recorded 19 FT points. Should he, for some reason, not start against Newcastle, then the FanTeam safety net will replace him with Anthony Martial for us.

BURNLEY

In defence, we have opted for two double-ups, one of those coming from the north of the country. Burnley are one of the sides that has shown most improvement over the season so far and their increased defensive confidence has everything to with it. After 23 games, the Clarets have scored just 17 goals, but they also boast the eighth-best defence in the entire league. They have got 7 clean sheets to their name already, the last of which was booked in their last game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Sean Dyche’s men will be up against West Brom at Turf Moor in gameweek 25, a game that ended in 0-0 back in gameweek 5.

Seeing as we’re hoping for another low-scoring affair on Saturday, we have picked Matt Lowton and James Tarkowski for FanTeam €75K Weekly Monster team. Neither of the two have offered much in an attacking sense this season, though Lowton did score his first goal of the season last weekend, but they are both nailed-on parts of Sean Dyche’s defence. Against a Baggies team that has scored just 19 goals all season, chances of an eighth clean sheet are real and the Clarets know that this one they simply cannot lose if they want to stay clear of the relegation battle.

BRIGHTON

Our second defensive double-up for this weekend comes from the south of England, from Brighton & Hove to be exact. The local pride has finally started to convert decent to very good performances into points and they have been steadily moving away from the very bottom of the table ever since. While scoring goals is still a major point of concern for the Seagulls, their defence is second only to Manchester City’s at the moment. Over the past six games, they have kept no less than 5 clean sheets and it should be noted that this run included encounters with Leeds, Spurs, Liverpool and Villa.

Up next is a home game against Crystal Palace for Graham Potter’s men and the Eagles will once again be without their star man Wilfried Zaha. This considerably increases chances of a sixth clean sheet in seven for Brighton, as their opponents have not yet managed to score a goal in a game in which their Ivory Coast talisman did not start. Hence, our selection of Lewis Dunk and Dan Burn for our gameweek 25 fantasy team. Both defenders are secured of a start on Monday and just coming off a very sturdy 0-0 draw at Villa Park, so we’re hoping they will carry their solid form into the clash with Palace.

SHEFFIELD UNITED

This could very well be the first time this season that we have considered Sheffield United players for our FanTeam €75K Weekly Monster team and certainly the first time that we have opted for a double pick from Chris Wilder’s side. At the moment of writing, the Blades are bottom of the league, where they have been for most of the season, but budget constraints from our side and some promising signs of improvement from their side plus a positive fixture convinced us to take a punt on them. They have become more competitive compared to the start of the season and even though it might be too late to save them from relegation, it makes them an interesting differential for fantasy managers.

The Blades are playing fellow relegation-zone settlers Fulham on Saturday night and the Cottagers haven’t really felt at home in Craven Cottage this season. They have scored just a single goal in their last six home games, while conceding just five at their own end. For both teams, this game is a must-win and we feel Sheffield United have got a bit more momentum at the moment, so we have added David McGoldrick and John Lundstram to our side. This encounter has all the makings of a low-scoring affair, but the Blades know that victory at the Cottage is needed to maintain any hopes of Premier League survival.

BONUS

With the shape they’re currently in and keeping the fact that they seem to be running away with first place, it’s odd not to include any Manchester City players in our team. Even without Kevin de Bruyne who is on the comeback trail, the Cityzens are the best and most consistent team in the league right now. The only downside to their assets is that they are facing Arsenal at the Emirates this weekend. The Gunners are a bit unreliable at the moment and the game could end 0-1 or just as well 0-4. In case of the latter scenario, we figured it would be smart to cover at least some of our bases by picking Raheem Sterling for our gameweek 25 selection. The England international has scored 3 goals and provided 2 assists in the last five league games, and we’re expecting him to turn up from the start against Arsenal as well.

GOALKEEPER

Gameweek 25 offers us plenty of nice fixtures, but from a fantasy point of view, many of them are hard to predict. Lots of this weekend’s match-ups are quite evenly matched when it comes to squad quality and form, which has led to a high average player price on FanTeam. Our outfield picks stretched our budget considerably as a result, which is why we have gone for a cheap starter in goal again. Newcastle’s Karl Darlow is facing our three Man United aces coming Sunday and though we’re hoping for a few United goals (from our captain Bruno, preferably), we wouldn’t be surprised for Darlow to come off with a few save points as well. He is currently ranked third on FanTeam when it comes to saves and he has been one of the best Magpies in an otherwise up-and-down season for them.

FPL season 2020-21: Gameweek 25 preview

“A top-of-the-table clash at the London Stadium this weekend: West Ham vs Spurs” (CC by 4.0). Image by Hammersfan.

With a bunch of postponed fixtures still needing to be allocated somewhere along the existing Premier League schedule, the coming gameweeks look like they will be all be double gameweeks to some extent. Gameweek 26 looks to become a big one, but every round up to blank gameweek 29 is very likely to feature at least a few teams with two fixtures. For the upcoming GW26, those teams are Southampton and Leeds:

TEAM1ST FIXTURE2ND FIXTURE
SOUTHAMPTONChelsea (home)Leeds (away)
LEEDSWolves (away)Southampton (home)

In our last gameweek preview, we strongly recommended to keep an eye on the FA Cup lineups and results. This week, we’re doing the same, but for the European competitions. Liverpool were the first English side to kick off the Champions League knock-out season, and Chelsea and Manchester City will follow suit this week. In the Europa League, Spurs, Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester City will be in action on Thursday evening. In other words, when it comes to the many excellent FPL assets on the rosters of these teams, keep variables like fitness, fatigue and rotation in mind when planning your transfers and starting lineups for GW25.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 25 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, February 19th.

Do check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your transfer(s).

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per February 17th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMendy (CHE), McCarthy (SOU), Lloris (TOT)Martínez (AST), Ederson (CIT), Pope (BUR)
DEFJustin (LEI), Chilwell (CHE), Robertson (LIV)Dallas (LEE), Cancelo (CIT), Dunk (BRI)City and Brighton defensive shapes, Dallas DGW, Justin injury, Chilwell rotation.
MIDSon (TOT), Grealish (AST), Soucek (WHU)Gündogan (CIT), Raphinha (LEE), Barnes (LEI)In-form budget assets being brought in.
FORCalvert-Lewin (EVE), Wilson (NEW), Antonio (WHU)Bamford (LEE), Vardy (LEI), Ings (SOU)All transferred-out forwards are injured to some degree, Bamford and Ings have a DGW.

Premium pick

Apart from Manchester United, none of the traditional big teams featuring the traditional premium fantasy picks have a particularly favourable fixture for gameweek 25. Sure, Sterling could explode against an unpredictable Arsenal side and Salah could easily put a few past Everton’s defence at Anfield, but we’ve gone for the “safe” option with Bruno Fernandes (£11.2m). United’s Portuguese talisman is on fire once again with three consecutive weeks of returns (3 goals, 2 assists, 33 FPL points) and will be facing a rather uninspired Newcastle on Sunday. United will, of course, play against Real Sociedad on Thursday in the Europa League, which will not be a walk-over by any stretch, but Bruno should be safe for a start against the Magpies three days later.

Non-premium picks

With a double gameweek coming up, it’s hard to look past Leeds United when it comes to FPL decisions. Marcelo Bielsa’s side is a guarantee for goals this season, both in their favour and against them, as the Whites will attack any opposition at any given time. At the moment, just four teams have scored more than their 40 goals, while only West Bromwich Albion have conceded more than their 42 goals. Leeds defenders, apart from the out-of-position Stuart Dallas, are therefore not the most popular fantasy picks in the official game, but Leeds forwards definitely are.

That’s why we have gone with two Leeds United assets as our non-premium fantasy picks for GW25, namely striker and top scorer Patrick Bamford (£6.8m), and midfielder/winger Raphinha (£5.3m). Thanks to his nailed-on spot in the starting eleven, and his current 12 goals and 8 assists, Bamford has already risen by no less than £1.3m this season. With games against Wolves and Southampton up next in gameweek 25, this rise does not seem to be stopping any time soon.

Very much contrary to the Englishman’s very high ownership (53.9%), Raphinha is still going somewhat under the FPL radar with an ownership of just 3.9%, which is surprising. The Brazilian is a starter under Bielsa, has set-piece duties, and has provided attacking returns in five consecutive gameweeks now (2 goals, 4 assists, 38 FPL points). He totals 4 goals and 6 assists for the season so far, and could be a very good asset for gameweek 25 and onwards.

The budget enabler

Rarely has there been an FPL season in which your squad’s bench mattered as much as it does in the current campaign. Injury, illness, fatigue, and rotation all make predicting lineups and results harder than ever, so a good budget-enabling pick can be gold. We believe that Brighton’s Dan Burn (£4.2m) could be such a pick. While Webster and Lamptey remain absent through injuries for the Seagulls, Burn looks set for a starting spot. With 2 clean sheets and 14 FPL points from his last three Premier League games, he has been returning as well for the 0.5% of FPL managers who own him at the moment. Brighton are facing Crystal Palace at home and West Brom away in the next two, which should put Burn on your watchlists for budget gems at least.

A differential pick or two

So far, we have mainly talked about Leeds as the team to focus on for their double gameweek, but Southampton has one coming up as well. In truth, the Saints have seen their excellent early-season form drop off quite dramatically of late, but a little punt on one of their best performers could be worth it. James Ward-Prowse (£6.0m) is what some would call the beating heart of this Southampton side or at least a very important other organ. He is their captain and main man for practically all set-pieces, which makes him particularly appealing for the upcoming double confrontation with Chelsea (home) and Leeds (away). He currently has 5 goals and 5 assists to his, and he was on target for the last time back in GW23 against Newcastle. JWP is owned by 7.7% of managers and will surely get some chances to improve on his tallies in double gameweek 25.

Our second differential pick is the definition of “differential” with a current ownership of just 0.2%. After Raul Jimenez’ head injury, Wolves were in dire need of attacking reinforcement and they opted for Willian José (£7.0m) to address that need. The Brazilian striker was loaned from Real Sociedad in January and has started the last four Premier League games for Wolves, netting once, back in gameweek 22 versus Arsenal. On Friday, he and his team mates in orange will be facing the league’s second-leakiest defence as they host Leeds United at Molineux. The outcome of the game is unpredictable, but José will almost certainly get a few chances to score his second goal in the English top flight.

The captaincy

Finally, the GW25 captaincy. Based on Leeds United’s attacking prowess regardless of the opposition and the fact that they have a reasonably appealing double gameweek coming up, we have chosen Patrick Bamford as our captain for GW25. Another advantage to this captaincy pick is that Leeds and Bamford have no European games or cup games to worry about, so Bielsa is likely to field his strongest starting eleven against both Southampton and Wolves. Bamford is obviously part of that starting eleven.

Many of the usual candidates for the armband are facing tricky fixtures this gameweek, so the captaincy could be a fragmented affair this time. One player who will likely attract a lot of attention is Bruno Fernandes as United play Newcastle at home. The ever-dangerous Mo Salah at home to Everton and in-form Raheem Sterling away at the Emirates are good picks as well. For the more adventurous FPL manager, the likes of double gameweek boys Danny Ings and Raphinha could result in big rewards.

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FanTeam 2020-21: £67.5K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 24 preview

As part of FISO’s special series of weekly articles on FanTeam, Europe’s biggest daily fantasy football provider, we will actually be entering the team we write about each week into the game. Our article will focus on an Early Entry for their Fantasy Premier League tournament held each week in order to help you identify game rules, tactics and the most promising players per gameweek, so you can win some of that large prize money.

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€50k prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool €5,000. FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes. Join the discussion on FISO’s FanTeam forum.

Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that they apply to their Weekly Monster competition and that represent some of the major differences when comparing the game to the FPL. Do though check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your picks.

Number one is that FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’. The safety net comes into play when a selected player does not start in the Weekly Monster, because the game will then automatically replace this player with the next lowest-priced player from the same position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) in the same team. This is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. This rule helps people who have entered a team into the Weekly Monster not to worry too much about whether their selected players will start or not, particularly if they know there are cheaper players for that same club in that same position who should start instead.

Number two is that FanTeam also have a ‘stacking penalty’ for the Weekly Monster, which penalises teams that have selected more than one defenders/goalkeeper from the same club. The stacking penalty comes into play when you pick more than one defensive player (defenders or goalkeepers) from a particular club and this club records a clean sheet. The points awarded for this clean sheet will decrease by 1 point for each additional defensive player from the same club that you have selected. The stacking penalty has a maximum of minus 3 points. This rule helps stop multi-entrants from gaining an advantage by submitting block defence teams. A reasonable tactic can be to select two players from two different clubs for your Goalie and Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Gameweek 24 €75K Weekly Monster matches

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 24

Formation: 4-3-3

GOALKEEPER

Our goalkeeper was actually the last pick for the upcoming FanTeam €75K Weekly Monster tournament, as we first wanted to see how much budget would be left after filling out the outfield part of the squad. To our pleasant surprise, we had enough left in the bank to bring Hugo Lloris into the side. Of course, Spurs are visiting an in-form Manchester City side and will be heavy underdogs for that encounter, but Lloris is still one of the best shot stoppers in the league. City will dominate the match and Spurs will be looking to strike on the counter, especially now that the heroic Kane-Son tandem is back in business. The French goalie will get plenty of opportunities to stand out with saves and who knows, maybe Spurs can even cause an upset. These are José Mourinho’s favourite games, after all.

WEST HAM

Our ten outfield players are neatly divided into five duos from five different clubs. Our four-men defence is made up of two double-ups, the first of which consists of West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell and Craig Dawson. With 39 points from 23 games and a current sixth place in the table, the Hammers are flying high this season and their defence plays a major part in that success. They have recorded 8 clean sheets already and just six teams have conceded more than their 28 goals so far. West Ham are up against Sheffield Utd in London on Monday, who are improving of late, but still bottom of the league. The Blades have scored just 15 goals this season and a defeat without netting looks like a realistic scenario against the in-form Hammers.

As far as our fantasy picks are concerned, Aaron Cresswell was one of the first names on our team sheet. He is combining consistent form with a favourable fixture and is currently the second-highest-scoring defender on FanTeam. Craig Dawson was chosen with his price tag in mind, it being 0.4m lower than Vlad Coufal’s. Still, he has started the last eight league games and scored twice over that run. Let’s hope that at least one of them can get involved in the attacking returns this gameweek, on top of a clean sheet.

BURNLEY

Our two Hammers are joined in defence by two Clarets as they prepare for an away game at Zaha-less Crystal Palace. With 29 conceded goals in 22 games, only eight teams in the league boast a better defensive record than Sean Dyche’s men and Zaha missing for the Eagles plays a big factor as well. To give you an idea of just how big a factor: Palace have not scored a goal yet when the Ivorian didn’t start. Burnley were kicked out of the FA Cup by Bouremouth on Monday, so their full focus will be on the Premier League now and they will have marked the upcoming game as one where vital points can be won.

Where Cresswell and Dawson are defensive picks with a bit of an attacking ceiling as well, the same can’t really be said for our Clarets Matt Lowton and Ben Mee. Both have 6 clean sheets to their name, but they have been barely involved at the other end of the pitch. The only attacking returns between the two of them are 2 goals scored by Ben Mee back in gameweeks 16 and 20. We’re counting on a seventh shut-out of the season against Crystal Palace.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Our team is quite balanced this week in terms of budget spread, but the one team we have splashed on is Manchester United. With 49 goals in 23 games, the Red Devils have become the most productive team amongst the English footballing elite and they are up against the league’s worst defence on Sunday. West Brom have conceded a worrying 54 goals in 23 games, 11 of which were conceded in the last four matches. Sam Allardyce will have his Baggies lie deep against United, which is a tactic the visitors have struggled with at times, but the differences in quality and form look simply too big at the moment for this game to end with a West Brom clean sheet.

As a result, we have, of course, gone for Man United talisman Bruno Fernandes in combination with Edinson Cavani. The Portuguese playmaker is both the highest-scoring player overall on FanTeam and the most expensive asset for gameweek 24 of the €75K Weekly Monster, and our captain for this round. He has recorded 28 FT points in his last three games and we’re hoping for (much) more of the same against West Brom. Cavani is a bit more of a punt, though how much of a punt can one of the best strikers to grace European football in the past decade really be? The Uruguayan played 135 minutes of Premier League football in the last two games and scored a goal in each of those games for a total of 13 FT points. Should he for some reason not start at the Hawthornes, then FanTeam’s safety net will bring Anthony Martial into our side.

LEICESTER

After seeing how Manchester City largely dismantled Liverpool in gameweek 23, we decided to get some Leicester assets into our selection for this weekend. The Foxes are outsiders for the Premier League title, though City are heavy favourites at the moment, and a sensational result could be on the cards at the King Power this Saturday. They have taken 14 points from their last seven games with the 1-3 home defeat against Leeds being the only really surprising one. Brendan Rodger’s men have scored 10 goals over that same run, whilst Liverpool conceded 9 in that period. A face-off with a fit-again Jamie Vardy and his team mates could not come at a worse moment for the Reds.

With Jamie Vardy, we have also mentioned our first Leicester pick for gameweek 24. The English striker got 29 minutes of playing time in GW23 after an absence of three weeks and 62 minutes in the FA Cup clash with Brighton on Tuesday, so expect him to start against Liverpool. Against a wobbly Reds defence, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him add to his current 11 goals and 8 assists.

Accompanying Vardy is fellow forward Harvey Barnes, who is listed as a midfielder on FanTeam. The young Englishman is having a good season, and currently sits on 7 goals and 3 assists. He will be coming up against Trent Alexander-Arnold this weekend, so if his team mates manage to launch him into the spaces that will inevitably appear behind the England international, he will get chances to build on those tallies.

EVERTON

Finally, Everton. The Toffees are coming off a spectacular FA Cup win over Tottenham and are facing Fulham next in the Premier League. After an excellent start to the season, they have become a bit of an unpredictable entity once more. In the last six league games, victories were booked against Wolves and Leeds and they drew with Leicester and Man United, but they also lost to Newcastle and West Ham, both at the King Power. For the upcoming home game against Fulham, we have gone with two attacking fantasy assets from Carlo Ancelotti’s side. The Cottagers haven’t won a league game since gameweek 12 and they have conceded 6 goals in the last five games.

Keeping the possible absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin in mind, we have opted for Richarlison in attack and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the midfield for our gameweek 24 FanTeam €75K Weekly Monster squad. The Brazilian and the Icelandic internationals were two of the stand-out performers against Spurs in the FA Cup on Wednesday. The former scored twice, while the latter scored a penalty and provided 2 assists, including the final pass for Richarlison’s winner in extra time. After a rest of three days, we expect both players to feature from the start against Fulham as well.