The Premier League ushers in the long-awaited winter break gameweek, but don’t let the term ‘break’ fool you – we’re in for a bumper schedule of action. Every single game will be televised by either Sky or BT Sport, while there will be an unprecedented nine days between the first and last match.
If you’re looking for a late surge to climb your 2019/20 FPL league table, we’ve got you covered. Here we present you with some of the best fantasy football tips and stats around. For detailed betting predictions on each match this gameweek, make sure to check out our football predictions. Right, let’s crack on…
Best possible fantasy team for GW 26
Fantasy football transfer tips this week
With Raheem Sterling set to be out for around three weeks with a hamstring injury sustained against Tottenham, Riyad Mahrez is sure to start on the wings for the foreseeable future. The Algerian has been in red-hot form recently and has already provided seven goals and nine assists this season. He faces a struggling West Ham side at home this weekend, making him one of our top transfer picks of the weekend.
With Harry Kane out until the end of April and Spurs having failed to bring in a striker in the January transfer window, Moura looks set to be the Lilywhites’ frontman for the foreseeable future. Manager Jose Mourinho has great faith in the Brazilian, who has regularly commanded a starting spot during the Portuguese’s time in charge. He provided an assist against Manchester City last time out and faces Aston Villa this week, where he’ll be expected to bag a few points.
Didn’t expect this one did you? Ward was in fine form before injury struck back in November, forming an integral part of Crystal Palace’s formidable defence. The 30-year-old is now back to full fitness and joins a backline that has conceded only 29 goals in 25 games this season. What’s more, the Eagles’ upcoming opponents are hardly bursting with goals – they face the likes of Newcastle, Brighton, Watford and Bournemouth in the coming weeks.
Who to captain this gameweek
The Manchester City forward has been on fire recently, bagging six goals in his last four Premier League outings. He comes up against a West Ham side who have conceded nine in their last three games, while Pep Guardiola has been victorious in all eight competitive meetings with the Hammers, racking up 28 goals in the process. It all means Aguero is the standout choice to be your fantasy captain this week.
Strap yourselves in, here’s our selection of the best fantasy football stats to help you get the most from this week’s action…
Top 10 in-form players
We kick off our FPL stats with the most in-form players at the moment, based on their average number of points accumulated in the last 31 days.
Top 10 players to buy
This value is based on each player’s chance of scoring points in the coming gameweeks. It takes multiple factors into account, including position, points, form and opponent difficulty.
Total expected goals for the next six gameweeks
Expected number of clean sheets over the next six gameweeks
Gameweek 26 biggest price changes:
Which players’ prices have changed since last weekend? The figures in brackets are their new values, while all changes are by £0.1m.
Price rises: Roberto Firmino (£9.7), Heung-Min Son (£10.0), Winston Reid (£4.0), Raul Jimenez (£7.7), John Fleck (£5.1), Mohamed Salah (£12.7), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8).
Price drops: Jonny Evans (£5.2), Fikayo Tomori (£4.4), Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.4), James Justin (£4.7), Martin Kelly (£4.3), Willian (£7.1), Aaron Ramsdale (£4.6), Andre Gray (£5.5), Mohamed Elyounoussi (£5.2), Sadio Mane (£12.2), Jamie Vardy (£9.8), Ashley Barnes (£6.1), Juan Foyth (£4.8), Todd Cantwell (£4.9), Daniel James (£5.9), Eldin Jakupovic (£4.2)