Fantasy Football Week 25 – All You Need to Know

There were some huge scorelines in the Premier League in Gameweek 24, with a couple of matches in particular earning plenty of points for players recommended in our previous article. Read more below to see our recent winners and our tips for who to buy and who to bench for the upcoming matches!

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Who to Buy

  1. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Price: £9.7m

    He got a mention in our last article and he’s earned the right to remain at number 1 for this one after last weekend’s performance. Romelu Lukaku’s four goals and maximum 3 bonus points in Everton’s huge 6-3 win at home to Bournemouth last Saturday earned him a massive 21 points and a spot in the Fantasy Premier League “Dream Team” for the 3rd time this season. Everton have potentially the most favourable set of fixtures of any Premier League side in the coming weeks – four of their upcoming five matches are rated 2 or lower on the FDR (Fixture Difficulty Ranking) – and most of these (3) are at home, where the Toffees excel (W6 D4 L1). Everton face Middlesborough this weekend, who are winless in seven, so expect more from the Belgian striker here. Midfielders Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley and young prodigy Tom Davies should all also warrant consideration.

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  2. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – Price: £7.8m

    Monday night’s visit to Bournemouth, who have conceded at least two goals in seven of their last eight matches, presents Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling with huge potential to build on his new-found consistency as a Fantasy Premier League asset. Sterling’s one goal and eight assists have seen him take four points or more in seven of City’s last nine matches and the English winger’s goal threat has improved around the board since Gameweek 20. Sterling’s total of 10 efforts on goal is more than any other Man City player from Gameweeks 21-24, while only Gabriel Jesus (eight) can better his six penalty-area attempts. Bournemouth still have injury concerns over regular defenders Simon Francis, Adam Smith and Charlie Daniels, so we may see something similar to last weekend’s 6-3 defeat unfold on Monday.

    Man City Kevin De Bruyne

  3. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) – Price: £7.4m

    Swansea are much improved with three wins in their last five Premier League matches and were somewhat unlucky to leave with nothing in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat away to Manchester City. Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson was once again at the centre of it all, his goal marking his name on the score-sheet for the third consecutive match. Even more impressive is that Sigurdsson has scored or assisted 55% of Swansea’s goals this term. With five of the Swans’ next six fixtures being rated two or lower on the FDR, including this weekend’s match at home to the out-of-form Leicester, expect him to be a sound investment for just £7.4m of your budget.Swansea City Premier League

  4. Chelsea Defenders – Price: varied

    Chelsea are leagues above the rest when it comes to keeping clean sheets this season (13). It’s no surprise then that three of the top four defenders in Premier League Fantasy belong to the league leaders. Chelsea’s back three consistently produce unrivaled defensive stability, with wing back Marcos Alonso (£6.7m) earning himself a spot in the limelight. Alonso’s relentless forward raids offer unmatched attacking potential for a defender – his four goals, three assists, thirteen clean sheets and 6 bonus points means he has only finished a match with less than six points in 4 of his 18 starts for Chelsea. Azpilicueta (£6.6m) is the most popular of the Chelsea back line (19.6% owned) and has earnt the highest number of bonus points (16) from the bunch. Gary Cahill, meanwhile, stands as the highest scoring of all three and is slightly cheaper (£6.5m), but his points tend to come in bulk in matches where he scores (3 so far this season).Chelsea Premier League

  5. Joshua King (Bournemouth) – Price: £5.3m

    Though Bournemouth are struggling for defensive form, which sees them without a Premier League win in five matches (D2 L3), the Cherries are not struggling too badly in front of goal with 9 goals in their last five matches. With a knee injury ruling striker Callum Wilson (£6.1m) out for the season, Norwegian internation Joshua King, who is midfield-listed in Fantasy Premier League, found himself as Eddie Howe’s lone striker in last weekend’s trip to Everton. King netted twice despite a 6-3 defeat and significant improvements in his attacking threat since Gameweek 21 – his attempts on goal and penalty area attempts have tripled – make him a desirable option for a “cheap” fantasy player at just £5.3m.

Who to Bench

  1. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

    Fan favourite Sergio Aguero (17.7% ownership) undoubtedly has moments of class. However, he just hasn’t been able to justify his position as the most expensive player in Premier League Fantasy (£12.7m) so far this season. Not only are there too many cheaper, more in-form and consistent strikers available, such as, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.6m), Harry Kane (£11.3m) or Romelu Lukaku (£9.7m), but last Wednesday’s 2-1 win at home to Swansea saw Aguero benched for a 2nd consecutive match in place for youngster Gabriel Jesus. With the added risk of not starting matches due to Pep Guardiola’s squad rotation, we’d steer clear of the Argentinian.Man City Champions League

  2. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

    Manchester United’s £90 million man hasn’t had the most impressive return to the English top flight. He’s selected by 9.9% of teams despite now going five matches without a goal or assist. His season-long tally is not much better with a meager four goals scored, three assisted and 11 bonus points earned over his 23 appearances. Though United themselves are in decent form and have a fairly favourable set of fixtures ahead of them, £8.4m could be much better off used on more in-form midfielders like City’s Raheem Sterling or Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson.Manchester United Premier League

  3. Adam Lallana (Liverpool)

    Adam Lallana has undoubtedly had a blinding season so far. Seven goals, six assists and 13 bonus points make him one of the highest earning midfielders from the mid-range budget. However, Liverpool’s poor league form continued last weekend in a 2-0 defeat away to Hull City and Lallana is now five matches without a goal or assist, so there is some cause for concern. Especially when there’s the option of more inform alternatives in the same price range, for example, Everton’s Ross Barkley.Wigan v Liverpool Betting Tips and Predictions

  4. Salomon Rondon (West Brom)

    Salomon Rondon (£6.7m) is another who’s remained somewhat popular (7.5% teams selected by) despite scoring just three goals – all of which came in a 3-1 win at home to Swansea in December – over his last twelve Premier League outings. Due to his lack of goals and just one assist, he’s earned no more than two points in ten of West Brom’s last twelve matches. Notably, West Brom have struggled for goals in recent away matches – the Baggies have failed to score in 3 of their last 5 – so another trip on the road this weekend isn’t doing Rondon any favours.West Brom Premier League

  5. Phil Jones (Manchester United), Virgil van Dijk (Southampton), Danny Rose (Spurs),Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth)

    All of the above are some of the latest guaranteed absentees ahead of Gameweek 25, though there are plenty of other doubtfuls to be aware of. Leaving doubtful players in your lineup in the hope that they are fit in time is a gamble, but it can sometimes have its reward. If you choose to take the risk then make sure to order your benched players, so if your doubtful player doesn’t feature, the players you want will automatically be subbed in after all this weekend’s matches are over.

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