Arsenal: CECH, MUSTAFI, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL, BELLERIN, RAMSEY, XHAKA, KOLASINAC, OZIL, WELBECK, LACAZETTE Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Iwobi, Walcott, Alexis, Giroud Bournemouth: Begovic, Daniels, Mings, Ake, Cook, Smith, Gosling, Arter, Fraser, Defoe, King Subs: Boruc, Francis, Surman, Cook, Pugh, Ibe, Mousset Fantasy Football Gameweek 4 We’ve been busy again this week at FantasyYIRMA.com […]
Following the Transfer Window slamming shut at the end of last week I got together with @FantasyGaffer and @TalkinTogga to record a podcast looking at the best players who moved and didn’t move during the summer. As is becoming standard, I manage to sidetrack the guys from talking about Fantasy Football and take them on […]
Following the Transfer Window slamming shut at the end of last week I got together with @FantasyGaffer and @TalkinTogga to record a podcast looking at the best players coming from Deadline Day. As is becoming standard, I manage to sidetrack the guys from talking about Fantasy Football and take them on a tangent opening up […]
GW9 FANTASY REVIEW FROM @FANTASYGAFFER Please vote FantasyYIRMA as best FPL blog at the Football Blog Awards – Thanks again for the ongoing support 1. On the website – Click Here 2. On Facebook – Click Here 3. On Twitter – Click Here It was an interesting week across all formats of Fantasy Premier […]
DEFENCE: Kieran Gibbs – £5.3m (Away v Sunderland)
Fresh from the confidence boost of getting a nice goal in the Champions League, Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs should be backed to have a good game as the Gunners go to a Sunderland side still reeling from their hammering at Southampton.
Of course they’ll be desperate to recover following such a high-profile defeat but the Gunners should be good enough to get the better of them, and given that Gibbs is in my team it’s a surprise to me that his ownership rate is so low.
MIDFIELD: Gylfi Sigurdsson – £6.8m (Home v Leicester)
These are the sort of games in which the Icelander has been cleaning up all season, and although he hasn’t managed a goal since the opening day of the season you get the feeling that he’ll get a few chances against Leicester, a match in which Garry Monk will be desperate to win.
He could also add to six assists this season, too.
FORWARD: Romelu Lukaku – £9.0 (Away v Everton)
Burnley continue to struggle, and they won’t be looking forward to the visit of a player who got back in the groove with a goal against Aston Villa last week.
Romelu Lukaku hasn’t been at his best for the majority of this season but when he’s on his game there are few better strikers in the division, and he’ll be ready to trouble the Clarets at Turf Moor.
THE OUTSIDER (a player with less than 5% ownership): Wilfried Bony – £8.2m (Home v Leicester)
As you might be able to tell, I quite fancy Swansea to beat Leicester on Saturday, and after a slow start to his season I think it’s about time Wilfried Bony got going and showed his importance to the Swans side.
The Ivorian scored a penalty against Stoke last time out and he’ll fancy his chances against the Foxes.
THE CAPTAIN: Sergio Aguero – £12.4m (Away v West Ham)
There’s no Diego Costa, but the smart ones amongst you would have picked Sergio Aguero as skipper for the Spurs clash last week and should follow suit for City’s trip to West Ham.
The Argentinean is, on his day, the best player in the Premier League and he can prove that again at Upton Park.
We all know who the key players have been during this Fantasy Premier League season, but as the campaign draws to a close it is your differentials who’ll be crucial.
Gaining a few extra points here and there on your rivals are what now stands between mini-league glory and potentially your status amongst your office or group of mates, and so we’re going to assume that you’ve already got the likes of Luis Suarez, Yaya Toure, Eden Hazard, Seamus Coleman and Daniel Sturridge to call upon ahead of Gameweek 32. Everyone else has.
It could be seen as a toss-up between Suarez and Hazard for your captain this week, with a personal preference for the former as he takes on a Tottenham defence he battered with two goals and three assists in the same match in December. For those crucial differential points though, we’re off to Wales.
Only 5.1% of Fantasy players currently possess Swansea’s Wilfried Bony (£7.1m) in their team, and as the Ivorian comes towards the end of what has been a largely successful first season in the Premier League, the Swans are looking towards him to score the goals which can ensure they stay in the division for the next campaign.
With Norwich heading for the Liberty Stadium this weekend before Swansea go to a Hull City team who’ll be a week away from an FA Cup semi-final next Saturday, Bony can fire those goals which would, with two wins, place Swansea on 36 points and within touching distance of survival with five matches left.
Bony is in good form, too.
In the past month he’s scored against Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal to take his tally to 11 league goals for the season (or 12 in the Fantasy game, where he’s still awarded a goal which was later credited to Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel), whilst the return of Michu (£8.4m) from injury ensures that he’s likely to get plenty of chances in the weeks ahead.
He can be the difference between staying up and going down in the next couple of weeks for Swansea, and your team can benefit from his good form as well.
Elsewhere on another huge weekend in the title race, Chelsea go to Crystal Palace and it isn’t just Hazard (£11.0m) you should be focusing on.
Picking a Chelsea defender should be a given due to their excellent defensive record – Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.6m) is a current favourite despite being owned by just 5.3% of teams – but further forward it’s Andre Schurrle (£6.8m) who is currently making an impact.
The wide man found the net in the 6-0 hammering of Arsenal and fired a hat-trick the last time the Blues faced an away game in London at Fulham earlier in the month. Willian (£7.5m) will return from suspension at Selhurst Park, but if you can afford to take a gamble on his German teammate then he could well be worth it.
Of the other title contenders, Manchester City go to an Arsenal team who are seemingly on the slide. Edin Dzeko (£6.8m) will be confident following his Manchester derby double and could be turned to in place of Bony if you’re not convinced about the Swansea man, and whilst everyone knows about Liverpool’s main men ahead of their home clash with Spurs, Raheem Sterling (£6.0m) remains pleasingly cheap.
Manchester United’s next attempt at getting things right under David Moyes comes at home to Aston Villa, and although Villa were awful in last weekend’s loss at home to Stoke you really can’t back any United players with confidence at the moment. They should win and Wayne Rooney (£11.4m) should star, but you just never know this season.
Meanwhile, that Stoke win at Villa was inspired by a fine display from Peter Odemwingie (£5.4m).
The Nigerian features in just 0.5% of Fantasy teams despite becoming revitalised in the Potteries, and following three goals in two games he faces up to Hull at home on Saturday eyeing one or two more.
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To help you in your quest to build the perfect Fantasy Football team we are delighted to present this excellent overview on Swansea City for the upcoming season. We all know what a revelation Michu was last year. Michael Laudrup has been building an impressive squad, read on for some insight into who to look […]