Gameweek 28 Preview – 1 March 2016

Gameweek 28 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365.

There’s a full round of midweek fixtures to look forward to, with 5 games taking place tonight and 5 tomorrow.

Leaders Leicester are the only team from the top 5 in action tonight, and a home fixture against West Brom should give them every chance to extend their lead at the top back to 5 points. The Baggies’ win at Everton on 13 February was their first away win in 8 in the Premier League, while Leicester have lost only one of their last 16 home league matches. They’ve also kept 5 clean sheets in a row at the King Power Stadium, and are up against a team who are the third lowest scorers in the league, so captain Wes Morgan (£4.3m) and the returning Danny Simpson (£4.2m) could both be real bargain buys tonight. Up front Jamie Vardy (£7.7m) was credited with an assist in Saturday’s last-gasp win against Norwich, and the league’s leading scorer will be looking to build on an impressive season that’s so far netted him 168 Fantasy Football points.

Elsewhere Chelsea will be looking to continue their impressive form with a win at Norwich. The Blues haven’t lost in 11 in the league, whilst tonight’s hosts are winless in 7. The form points to a comfortable away victory, and Diego Costa (£10.8m) is well worth consideration up front. He has 7 goals and 4 assists from his last 9 league matches, scoring 61 Fantasy Football points in that run. Cesc Fàbregas (£8.4m) is also one to look out for. He’s picked up 2 goals and 2 assists from his last 6 matches, having not scored and contributed just 2 assists all season before that.

Onto tomorrow’s action, and Arsenal will be hoping to get back to winning ways at the Emirates against Swansea. The Gunners haven’t won in three in all competitions, with Sunday’s league defeat at Manchester United preceded by a home defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League and a goalless draw at home to Hull in the FA Cup. Swansea were beaten in North London by Tottenham on Sunday though, and haven’t won any of their last 4 league games. They’re just 3 points clear of the relegation zone, and should be an enticing prospect for Arsenal’s attacking talent to face. Mesut Özil (£9.9m) and Danny Welbeck (£7.3m) both impressed at the weekend with a goal and an assist each, and are the main players to consider for the home side tonight.

A repeat of Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final takes place at 8pm, with Liverpool looking to take revenge for that penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of Man City. The Reds comprehensively beat City 4-1 earlier in the season, and the prospect of a league double over them for the first time in 10 years could provide them with extra motivation to take the points tomorrow night. Roberto Firmino (£8.1m), who scored one and assisted two in that win at the Etihad, is in decent form with 5 goals and 3 assists from his last 6 league outings. He is certainly worth a look for your midfield. For the away side Sergio Agüero (£13.4m) is a safe choice for your side despite his expensive price tag – he has 7 goals from his last 7 league games and is chasing down Jamie Vardy for the Golden Boot.

Finally it’s Manchester United v Watford, and the Reds will be hoping to continue with the kind of form that’s seen them bag 11 goals in their last 3 games in all competitions. The man of the moment is Marcus Rashford (£4.6m), who followed up a Europa League brace against Midtjylland with another double on his Premier League debut on Sunday. Confidence will be high, and he could be on the scoresheet again tomorrow against a team whose only clean sheet away from home in their last 8 league matches came against Sunderland, who are currently second-bottom in the table. If the home side pick up the three points and Man City lose at Liverpool then only goal difference will be keeping United out of the top 4, which will be a huge boost going into their last 10 league games of the season.