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Fantasy Preview – Match Week 23

After a short break for the FA Cup for several Premier League clubs, it is straight back to league action with a full round of midweek fixtures. Here are my tips for your teams with these games in mind but, as ever, I make no promises!

BUY

Dele Alli – Midfielder, Tottenham Hotspur, 8.8

Alli has been on a tear of late launching himself all the way up to third in overall points. Much as I hate the phrase, he is playing right off Harry Kane for the most part and, as such, could, technically, be referred to as a second striker. I know people may feel as though they are too late for this move but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of room on the hype train.

Andre Gray – Forward, Burnley, 6.2

With Origi and Iheanacho both well and truly useless now, why not shift to Burnley’s start man? He has four goals in his last five matches, has picked up seven bonus points in that stretch, and is cheaper than the aforementioned benched strikers. This week Gray comes up against Leicester’s third worst away defence and, with just one top ten defence in the next five matches, is a great option in the coming weeks.

Tom Davies – Midfielder, Everton, 4.4

With three consecutive starts and a counting stat in each match thus far Davies is starting to look a very interesting fantasy option. It will be interesting to see if he continues to hold onto his starting place in the coming weeks but, considering his price, Davies is definitely worth the gamble as your fifth midfielder.

Wilfried Zaha – Midfielder, Crystal Palace, 5.5

I was not sure that he would be pressed into service this soon, but the injury to Jeffrey Schlupp may just force the hand for manager Sam Allardyce. Zaha is still top fifteen in successful crosses despite his brief sojourn to Africa and should help provide life to a Palace attack that has managed just two goals in their last five matches. Bournemouth’s defence are definitely vulnerable at the moment having conceded 2+ goals in four of their last five.

Seamus Coleman – Defender, Everton, 5.6

I cannot believe I have this much faith in Everton at the moment, but both he (eight points per game) and the whole defence (four clean sheets in the last five matches) have been phenomenal of late. With very kind fixtures on the horizon, it is definitely a better idea to have at least one Everton defender than not.

SELL

Sergio Aguero – Forward, Manchester City, 12.8

This call somehow did not burn me last week and this week we are going for the double. Manager Pep Guardiola has stated that Aguero picked up a knock against Tottenham and is currently a doubt to play against West Ham. I have no doubt that Aguero will be in and among the goals soon, but it seemingly will not be this week.

Eden Hazard – Midfielder, Chelsea, 10.2

I was one of the last holdouts, especially considering the Hull matchup last week, but he failed to live up to even that low standard. Hazard’s price has already dropped 0.2 this week and with three consecutive top ten defences on the horizon it is almost impossible to rationalise holding onto the Chelsea talisman.

Robert Snodgrass – Midfielder, West Ham United, 5.7

At time of writing he is still listed as a Hull player but his move to West Ham has been confirmed by the club. That having been said, this is really more of a “don’t buy” than a full on sell. My concerns are that I am not certain where he will fit into this West Ham team and his new club will be facing four top ten attacks in their next five matches.

Salomon Rondon – Forward, West Brom, 6.8

I really like Rondon as a player but the fantasy stats just have not been there. He has no goals and just two shots on target in his last five matches and his chances of finding the net are not terrific against Middlesbrough’s vastly underrated defence.

Hugo Lloris – Goalkeeper, Tottenham Hotspur, 5.5

This may seem strange considering the Sunderland matchup is technically a good one, but there is plenty of reason for concern. Lloris is only 13th in saves this season, has only managed two clean sheets in the last five, and is now facing the possibility of playing without both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. Add in the potential for a Jermain Defoe revenge game and things start looking quite scary for the Spurs captain.

TEB FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE – TOP TEN

Rank Team & Manager Round Score Total Points
same Head Down Studs Up ⚽ – Jesse Boyce 74 1223
up Pepsi Guardicola – Craig Perry 82 1222
up waddon_massive – Steve Larden 76 1217
down ROD’S ROCKETS – john bridge 46 1189
up Sik United – Sir Wayne Nizamovic 63 1188
down himanshu_utd – HIMANSHU SAJWAN 45 1188
up King’s Army – Edward King 57 1177
up Dad all over again – Wayne Byrne 57 1176
down Soper’s No Hopers – Mike Soper 49 1171
10  same Abra-Mandanda – Matthew Freeman 49 1168

 

 

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Kevin De Vries

Kevin De Vries

Kevin lives in the US and hosts the EPL Roundtable podcast. He has more than a passing interest in Dutch football. Avid supporter of Spurs and Pittsburgh Steelers among others.

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