A lifelong Birmingham City fan, Tom relocated to Germany for five years after graduating from university. His time in Germany saw an interest in the Bundesliga develop and 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 28 sees just four fixtures being played due to rescheduling for this weekend’s FA Cup quarter final round. Gameweek 27’s action earned plenty of points for players recommended in our previous article, so read on to see our recent winners and our tips for who to buy and who to sell for the upcoming matches!
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Last Week’s Winner!
Last week’s winner was Matthew Page’s “Tittsburgh feelers”, who bagged himself £20 in bet365 free bets and, most importantly, an FST Mug!
FANTASY FOOTBALL WINNER – WEEK 27
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February’s overall winner was Charlie Wright’s “FckDimi”, who also scored himself an FST Mug alongside £50 in bet365 free bets!
FANTASY FOOTBALL WINNER – FEBRUARY
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Who to Buy
Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Price: £9.5m
At a time when Philippe Coutinho (£8.2m), Roberto Firmino (£8.4m) and Adam Lallana (£7.0m) have struggled to meet FPL expectations, Sadio Mane offers an explosive, in-form route into the Liverpool midfield. Mane was central in Gameweek 27’s 3-1 win at home to Arsenal, with his goal, assist and 3 bonus points earning him a huge 13 point haul – the Senegal international remained fourth overall in the FPL midfield standings. Liverpool are at home to Burnley on Sunday, who not only hold the worst away record in the Premier League, losing 85% of matches (D2 L11), but have also conceded two or more in three of their last four on the road. With Mane near the top of the rankings for “big chances” and “goal attempts on target” over recent weeks, we expect another bumper tally from him this weekend.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Price: £10.1m
Romelu Lukaku scored a record-breaking 61st goal in an Everton shirt last weekend, a bittersweet moment as the Toffee’s also left White Hart Lane with no points in a 3-2 defeat against Spurs. Everton and Lukaku have, however, been at their best at home (W8 D4 L1), with the Belgian striker scoring at least one goal in his last four outings at Goodison Park (7 goals total). Everton have a favourable set of fixtures in the coming weeks – both of their upcoming matches are at home and rated 2 on the FDR (Fixture Difficulty Ranking) – and this weekend’s opponents, West Brom, have kept a clean sheet in just 8% of their matches on the road. Hence, we expect more from the Belgian striker here. Other Everton players, such as, Ross Barkley or Seamus Coleman also warrant consideration for the similar reasons.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) – Price: £7.7m
The Swans are much improved under manager Paul Clement, winning four of their last six in the Premier League. Swansea scoring and Gylfi Sigurdsson being involved come hand in hand these days – Siggy has scored or assisted 52% of Swansea’s goals this term. Sigurdsson also assisted one of Swansea’s three goals last weekend, meaning the Icelandic international now returned either a goal or an assist (one time both) in seven of Swansea’s last eight matches. With six of Swansea’s next seven fixtures also being rated two or lower on the FDR, including this weekend’s trip to Hull, who have kept a clean sheet in just 8% of their home matches, expect him to be a sound long-term investment for just £7.7m of your budget.
Fernando Llorente (Swansea) – Price: £6.4m
Another Swansea player who warrants attention is Spanish striker Fernando Llorente (£6.4m). He’s scored three goals (including one against league leaders Chelsea) and collected 4 bonus points over Swansea’s last two matches, with his performance (2 goals and 3 bonus points) in Swansea’s 3-2 win against Burnley last weekend earning him a spot in the “Dream Team” for the 4th time this season. As mentioned before, Swansea have a very favourable set of fixtures ahead, including this weekend’s trip to Hull, so expect him to be another sound long-term investment for just £6.4m of your budget.
Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) – Price: £6.4m
Lanzini has adapted well in the West Ham midfield since the departure of Dimitri Payet during the January transfer window. Lanzini has scored three, assisted three and taken a massive 10 bonus points over his last seven matches (an average of 6.5 points per match) and he’s on track to record his best ever season in the Premier League. West Ham are another side who have a “favourable” set of fixtures ahead – five of their next six matches are rated 2 or lower on the FDR – and this weekend’s match away to Bournemouth is no exception.
Who to Sell
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
Following last weekend’s 1-1 draw at home to Bournemouth, Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic received a three-match ban for intentionally elbowing Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings in an aerial clash. Ibrahimovic will miss Monday’s FA Cup clash against Chelsea, as well as two important Premier League fixtures against Middlesbrough and West Brom. Given Zlatan will be illegible to play until Gameweek 31 (April 4th), we recommend using the £11.5m of your budget elsewhere.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Sergio Aguero (£12.8m) disappointed many fantasy managers who looked to capitalise on him for last week’s “double gameweek”. City’s 0-0 draw at home to Stoke on Wednesday was an un-inspirational performance and not only are City without Premier League action this weekend (FA Cup quarter final), but they also have an extremely difficult run of matches against Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea once Pep’s side return to action in Gameweek 29. Aguero’s £12.8m value, which is almost enough for Swansea’s Sigurdsson and Llorente combined, is simply too much to keep locked up over this “unfavourable” period. Hence, he’s worth trading out, even with the potential -4 point hit for a double transfer.
Players Without a Match
The FA Cup quarter final round this weekend put the following sides out of action: Manchester City, Stoke, Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Middlesborough, Sunderland, Arsenal, Leiceseter, Southampton, Manchester United, Chelsea and Watford. Obviously, there is a penalty for making more than one transfer (unless you have an extra transfer saved up) so we’d tend to just bench players from these sides who don’t take up too much of the budget, for example, Spurs’ Christian Eriksen. Especially as the players that miss out this weekend have the added potential of “double gameweeks” in the near future.
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 the last two matches to injury, 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.
Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth), Jose Fonte (West Ham), Winston Reid (West Ham), Matt Phillips (West Brom), Tom Heaton (Burnley)
All of the above are some of the latest potential absentees ahead of Gameweek 28, though there are some others 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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