Fantasy Football Preview: Doubles, Doubles and More Doubles

Double Gameweek 26: They Just Keep On Coming!!

Written by @NiallHawthorne

With the news that ‘Frasier’ is coming back to our screens, joining the likes of Sex And The City in making a comeback, it seems that the 90’s are back, baby!

I, for one, welcome this development. Obviously, I’m going to tell you why…

In the 1990’s we had an American President whose biggest scandal was getting off with an intern in his office. Compare that to the most recent incumbent.

In the 1990’s we had Saturday night TV featuring Mr. Blobby and Noel Edmonds pouring gunge on celebrities’ heads. Compare that to the sneering, scowling blood sport reality shows that replaced it.

In the 1990’s we had Oasis, Blur, Pulp and Britpop. Bands with attitude, individual styles and genuine rivalry. Compare that to Ed bloody Sheeran.

If the 90’s are really getting a reboot, then bring it on. They should go the whole hog too and FPL should be run by newspapers and you should pick your team just once and live with it for the whole season.

Onto DGW26!


Defender: Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira, Leicester City    

Following his return from a long-term lay off, and the unfortunate injuries picked up by those who had replaced him, it’s time to embrace this FPL must-have from the past couple of seasons once more.

While he has notched up ‘just’ a couple of clean sheets in his recent starts, his FPL pedigree shows that we can expect attacking returns sooner rather than later. Five goals and ten assists in the last two seasons prove that Pereira is worth a punt right now, as his ownership is less than 1% and he costs less than £6.0m.

Two fixtures against Arsenal and Burnley offer clean sheet potential as Leicester City continue to cement their place in the top four this season.


Midfielder: Pedro Lomba Neto, Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves are staging an overdue revival in recent weeks with three wins and a draw in their last four outings. The one man who has been consistent all season long has been Pedro Neto. Five goals, six assists and ten bonus points have been the reward for those who have stuck by him as a budget midfielder costing less than £6.0m.

While his second game this week against Manchester City doesn’t look that appealing, Wolves have had a bit of a hoodoo over Manchester City in recent seasons. Also, he faces Newcastle United first up this weekend, and they’re bobbins.




Forward: Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa  

Ah, Ollie Watkins.

An FPL puzzle, stuck inside a riddle, wrapped in an enigma.

His underlying numbers are good – Ten goals, four assists. However, he has a hat-trick of goals in one game, and a hat-trick of assists in another, so his returns are not exactly spread evenly. He’s certainly a ‘bonanza’ type of FPL asset.

A couple of trips to Yorkshire await Ollie this week as he faces the ever-enjoyable but leaky Leeds United defence, and the 1 in 25 clean sheet defence of Sheffield United.


Captain: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton  

DCL returned from injury at Anfield last weekend, kicked TAA in the back of the head and picked up an assist for his troubles.

When you’re hot, you’re hot.

As Everton continue to push for a Champions League place, they will be looking for maximum points this week as they face a faltering Southampton shorn of at least six players and the wonderfully generous defence of West Brom at The Hawthorn’s.

DCL had eleven goals in his first eleven appearances this season, and there’s every chance he could recapture that kind of form this week.


Outsider: Josh Maja, Fulham    




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