Written by @Niallhawthorne I’ve worked it out. We’re living in some form of The Matrix or The Truman Show. There’s no other explanation for this past season, this past fourteen months and particularly this past week. The biggest game in English football cancelled by fans doing bicycle kicks into the Stretford End. Gary Neville and […]
GW32 has now evolved into the perfect antithesis of the FPL game we know and love, while simultaneously being the perfect reflection of what this god-forsaken football season has been like. We start on Friday night, end next Thursday night, have games every night of the week in between and by the time it ends, […]
We’re firmly into the home straight of the 2020/21 FPL season now and it’s a sprint to the finish to see who can get that magical Top 10k / 5k / 1k spot that will be bragged about over pints for years to come.
This is where the wheat gets cut from the chaff, where the brave take chances and where you can make yourself a legend.
Are you ready? Well, are you?
Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool
Possibly the most talked about defender in the English game right now, we need to separate ourselves from the hyperbole and the hysteria, to focus on his numbers.
Right now, his numbers are good. Three clean sheets in his last five games, maximum bonus points on all three occasions and an assist thrown in for good measure.
This week he faces a home game against Aston Villa, and while it’s true to say that Liverpool haven’t won at Anfield in over 98 years or so, Villa are not the same team with Jack Grealish, and there is a doubt around his availability for this game. Even with Grealish back, the return of Fabinho as a defensive midfielder has protected the inexperienced CB pairing behind him.
While they were exposed once more against Real Madrid in midweek, Aston Villa are not Real Madrid, with all due respect.
If TAA is out of your budget however, I wouldn’t put you off looking at Kabak or Phillips for the clean sheet potential.
Midfielder: Matheus Pereira, West Bromwich Albion
Fresh from mauling the much-vaunted Thomas Tuchel last weekend, Big Sam Allardyce will now pit his wits against Ralph Hassenhutl.
Matheus Pereira was astonishing at Stamford Bridge with two goals and two assists netting him an astonishing 21 points, and there’s reason to believe he can continue this form against a Southampton side who should be safe with a 10 point barrier between them and the drop zone.
The Saints have the second worst defensive record in the division however (ironically second to their opponents this week), so I expect goals in this fixture. My hunch is that Pereira will be among them.
Forward: Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham
When you’re hot, you’re hot and right now Mitro is red hot.
If you haven’t been following the gazillions of international matches during the recent international break you may have missed the fact that Mitrovic was banging them in from all angles for his country. He brought that confidence and form back to the Premier League by putting Fulham ahead against Aston Villa in GW30. While that itself turned out to be nothing more than a consolation for the Cottagers, it will have kept up Mitro’s dander, and this week he faces a Friday Night Lights outing at home to the defensively wobbly Wolves.
Captain: Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur
Just the seventh double digit haul of the season for Harry Kane as he now leads the race for this seasons golden boot.
At this stage of the season you are searching for those players with motivation, and looking to avoid those who like to mentally don their flip-flops in April and head for the metaphorical beach of their mind weeks before the curtain falls on the season.
One of those previous six double digit hauls for Kane this season was at Old Trafford, where Spurs walloped United. Kane has Maguire’s number. He knows it. Harry knows it. Jose knows it.
Now, you know it.
Outsider: Matej Vydra, Burnley
This tip is partly motivated by form and partly motivated by ‘Who plays Newcastle next?’.
Vydra has two goals and an assist in his last four and is getting regular starts alongside Chris Wood. He is owned by just 1.1% and costs £4.8m.
Burnley also are motivated as they look to AVENGE their defeat at St. James’s Park in GW4.
If I’m right, it’ll be misery around South S.H.I.E.L.D.S as we all shout HAIL VYDRA!
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And we’re back! Finally, after two weeks and 6,500 international matches, we get to concentrate on FPL once more, and I for one am delighted. Hang on, I’m having a nightmare season and I just remembered I hate this game. Thankfully that smug git Ryan @FantasyYIRMA is still clinging on around 10k OR so we […]
Yes, I’m talking to you. Don’t skip past this bit and head straight to the ‘Forward’ tip seeking the next Kelechi Iheanacho hat-trick hero, I’m talking to you, like I do every week.
I may have picked up close to 100 new followers on Twitter thanks to my quite frankly outrageous tipping of Iheanacho in GW28 but how many Purple Monkey Dishwasher replies did I get? About five. If you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, you’re proving my point.
Shame on you all. If you think my FPL tips are good, you should read the life tips I put in here most weeks. You might learn something useful that you can use outside of the Fantasy Football realm.
You’ve stopped reading already, haven’t you? Yeah….
Defender: Aaron Cresswell, West Ham United
With just four matches and eight teams to choose from this week, the selection of the top scoring defender in the game is a no-brainer, right?
Someone should ask Gareth Southgate that very same question as he quite inexplicably left young Cresswell out of his latest England squad. Clearly ten clean sheets and ten assists this season is just not good enough. I trust Southgate’s squad picking skills about as much as I trust his penalty taking skills.
Midfielder: Adam Lallana, Brighton & Hove Albion
I’ll tell you what I’ve learned in recent times – if you’re English and have a job in the Premier League, you get a far smoother ride from the media than those not English. Take Graham Potter for example, who, according to media pieces I’ve seen this week, is an amazing manager with an incredible philosophy, despite having Brighton hovering around the drop-zone after just 6 wins in 28 attempts.
This dovetails nicely with the arguments in recent years that English managers don’t get a fair go in the Premier League, and if trusted they’d be just as good as those not from England. Well the bottom six in the Premier League are all managed by Englishmen. Well, they were until Chris Wilder got sacked for having one of the worst Premier League records in a season, ever. A crying shame, by all accounts. Honestly!
One Englishman I do fancy to do the business for us this weekend is Adam Lallana who seems to have some modicum of fitness at last after completing consecutive 90 minutes for just the second time this season. A home game against Newcastle United awaits in a real relegation six-pointer at the AMEX. Whoever wins this one will deserve all the credit.
Boom and indeed Tish.
Forward: Michail Antonio, West Ham United
A very bold decision made by Michail Antonio this week, as he appears to have pledged his international allegiance to Jamaica rather than England.
The only reason this is noteworthy is that he’s now not like Harry Kane who can commit life-threatening tackles with impunity every week. Instead he’s now technically a ‘foreign’ striker and could be defined as a diving, cheating horrid git starting at 3.01pm this Sunday, March 21st.
Not that anyone cares in the FPL world as we don’t care if you’re from Blighty, Bulgaria or the moon, if you’re hauling. After recent goals against Spurs and City, I see no reason why Antonio won’t net against Arsenal.
Captain: Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur
Before you mock and jeer, I have two words in my defence: Kelechi Iheanacho (last time, maybe…)
The thing with Gareth Bale is, he’s spent about three years not being a footballer, so it takes a bit of time to get back into the swing of things, rather than the swing of a golf club.
GW26 – 19 points. Bale is back baby!
GW26 – 2-point blank. Hah! He loves golf more than goals!
GW27 – 14 points. Could it be? Is it really him?
GW28 – 1 point. Hauled off before the hour. Useless. He’s a busted flush!
Or, and hear me out here, he could be building back up his fitness and relearning what it is to be a relentless FPL point-scoring machine, which he used to be. So BGW29 is against Villa on Sunday night, and another double-digit haul is coming.
Outsider: Dwight Gayle, Newcastle United
The emergence of Dwight Gayle each football season can be synchronised with the emergence of the Spring season. The birds are chirping, the grass is growing again, and Dwight Gayle starts to fancy it once more.
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Every week I put quite a lot of thought into my pre-tip preamble, and I’ve been made aware that there’s a chance nobody reads what I say here. Written by @NiallHawthorne As is the way of the modern world, my tips are simply sought, consumed and digested, with nary a thought for the nuanced, thought-provoking […]