A lifelong Birmingham City fan, Tom relocated to Germany for five years after graduating from university, where his interest in the Bundesliga developed. He began writing about and betting on German football for FST in 2016. He's also an avid fantasy football player and closely follows the Premier League and European competitions.
Gameweek 27 is fast approaching, and with it comes the first “double gameweek” of the 2016/2017 Premier League season. Gameweek 26’s action earnt 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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Last week’s winner was Ronan McGinley’s “Tins&TopBins”, who bagged himself £20 in bet365 free bets and, most importantly, an FST Mug!
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Who to Buy
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – Price: £7.8m
Sunday’s visit to Sunderland, who hold the worst home record in the Premier League, presents Raheem Sterling with huge potential to build on his new-found consistency as a Fantasy Premier League asset. Sterling’s two goal, eight assists and 5 bonus points have seen the English winger take four points or more in eight of Manchester City’s last ten matches and his goal threat has improved around the board since Gameweek 20. Manchester City are also one of two sides involved in the first “double gameweek” of the season, meaning that Sterling will also collect points for next Wednesday’s fixture at home to Stoke City too.
Marco Arnautovic (Stoke City) – Price: £7.1m
Though Arnautovic is without a goal or an assist in three outings, a match at home to Middlesborough, who have lost five of their last six on the road, shove prove to be an excellent opportunity to turn around his poor run. Stoke City are also the other side whose players will benefit from the “double gameweek”. Next Wednesday’s match away to Manchester City may prove a difficult match to win given City’s form, but Pep Guardiola’s side have kept a clean sheet in just 24% of their matches this season. Hence, winger Arnautovic should have some decent potential for a few extra points in that fixture too.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) – Price: £7.6m
The Swans are much improved under manager Paul Clement, winning three of their last five in the Premier League, and must be given credit for even netting a goal against league leaders Chelsea on their own turf last weekend. Swansea scoring and Gylfi Sigurdsson being involved come hand in hand these days – Siggy has scored or assisted 55% of Swansea’s goals this term. Sigurdsson also assisted Swansea’s only goal last weekend, meaning he has now either scored or assisted in six of Swansea’s last seven matches. With seven of Swansea’s next eight fixtures being rated two or lower on the FDR (Fixture Difficulty Rating), including this weekend’s match at home to Burnley, who have lost 83% of matches on the road, expect him to be a sound long-term investment for just £7.6m of your budget.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – Price: £11.3m
Harry Kane is back to his best and stands as joint top goalscorer in the Premier League (17 goals) after last weekend. Kane scored three, assisted one and took three bonus points in Spurs’ 4-0 win at home to Stoke, earning his owners a massive 20 points. Over his last six outings, Kane has earnt a huge 51 points (an average of 8.5 points per match) and all of Tottenham’s next seven matches are rated 3 or lower on the FDR, starting with another winnable fixture at home to Everton, who are under-performing on the road.
Gareth McAuley (West Brom) – Price: £5.2m
West Brom and Gareth McAuley are in decent form. McAuley has earnt no fewer than 7 points in five of his last seven outings (thanks to three goals, one assist, two clean sheets, and seven bonus points) and West Brom are a side that have been their best at home (W8 D2 L3). Hence, a fixture at home to relegation contenders Crystal Palace this Saturday, who have lost to nil in three of their last four Premier League matches on the road, should provide ample opportunity for him to pick up more points this weekend.
Who to Bench
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 has seen Lallana now seven matches without a goal or assist. Hence, there is some cause for concern, especially when there’s the option of more inform alternatives in the same price range, for example, in City’s Raheem Sterling or Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
With Arsene Wenger reverting back to Alexis Sanchez up front in a false nine formation, Giroud finds himself being relegated back to the bench. After a spout of decent form between gameweeks 18 and 21, Giroud has clocked just 81 minutes of football over Arsenal’s last three matches. Not to mention that Arsenal have a potentially tricky fixture away to Liverpool this weekend.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
Simply put, Hector Bellerin (14% ownership) hasn’t been worth anywhere near his £6.5m price tag this term. The young Spaniard saw himself benched for Arsenal’s last match on the road (a 3-1 defeat away to Chelsea) and alongside a short injury spell he’s clocked just 118 minutes across Arsenal’s last five Premier League outings. Arsenal’s defensive instability (just 25% clean sheets in away matches) makes a fixture away to Liverpool a hard match for him to earn points in.
Matt Phillips (West Brom)
Though Matt Phillips’ £5.7m price tag isn’t breaking the bank, his five match run without a goal or an assist, alongside missing last weekend’s match at home to Bournemouth, raises some questions to whether he should be replaced. His 4 goals and 9 assists this season is slighty better than last season’s tally (3 goals and 8 assists), but his recent performances suggest there may not be too much more to come from him. Especially with just two of West Brom’s next eight fixtures being rated 2 or lower on the FDR.
Michail Antonio (West Ham), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Danny Rose (Spurs), Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)
All of the above are some of the latest potential absentees ahead of Gameweek 27, 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. That way, 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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