The FPLTips Squad Selection - Gameweek 26
Posted by FFPundits
9:52pm Feb 21 2017
Two free transfers are to be used by the @_FPLtips team ahead of Gameweek 26 as they prepare for the first of two upcoming blank gameweeks
Hello and welcome back to all Fantasy Premier League managers – oh how we’ve missed you!
After a well-needed rest from all things FPL, the @_FPLtips team return with their Gameweek 25 review and Gameweek 26 thoughts, as we enter a crucial part of the season where several hurdles might stand in our way.
As you’ll have already seen on Twitter, 4 Premier League clubs will be missing from the Gameweek 26 fixture schedule, and only a handful of teams likely to play in Gameweek 28 – so let’s see how the guys at FPLTips dodgy these bullets.
With many casuals (FPL managers who don’t take things as serious as those of us who’re in the FPL Community) not in-the-know when it comes to fixture changes and postponed games, now could be the perfect time to leap-frog friends and rivals in your mini-leagues.
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Gameweek 26 Score – 62 Points
It was a good week for the defence, with Lee Grant and Seamus Coleman each keeping clean sheets. Stoke managed a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, while Everton were held to a 0-0 draw by Middlesbrough.
Elsewhere in defence, Gareth McAuley scored some rather controversial points. He was deemed to have got the final touch, following a Jonny Evans header that resulted in West Brom’s injury-time equaliser against West Ham.
In midfield, Gylfi Sigurdsson proved as reliable as ever, with an assist during Swansea’s 2-0 win over Leicester. Christian Eriksen blanked for a 4th consecutive game however, as Spurs were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool.
The Spurs midfielder managed 2 attempts on goal, but failed to hit the target with either. Similarly, Matt Phillips has now blanked for 5 consecutive games. He produced just 1 attempted assist during the draw with West Ham. But the big points in midfield were scored by Alexis Sanchez; his 2 goals gave Arsenal all 3 points against Hull.
There was an element of fortune about them; the 1st goal being bundled in by his hand, while the 2nd was a penalty that wasn’t particularly well-placed, but the Arsenal man had a good game overall, producing 4 shots on target and 3 attempted assists.
Finally, there weren’t too many points upfront this week. Harry Kane failed to register a single attempt on goal against Liverpool, while Romelu Lukaku’s only shot on target was saved by Valdes, in Everton’s goalless draw with Middlesbrough.
Captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic provided an assist but should really have done better, considering his 8 attempts on goal and 6 attempted assists. No player managed more goal attempts or attempted assists than Ibrahimovic in Gameweek 25.
Gameweek 26 Transfers
With Blank Gameweeks coming up in Gameweek 26 and Gameweek 28 for both Alexis Sanchez and Cedric Soares, they’ll both be making way this week.
Sadio Mané will replace the Arsenal man. Liverpool became 1 of only 8 teams with a guaranteed fixture in Gameweek 28, after Burnley, their Gameweek 28 opponents, lost out to Lincoln in the FA Cup.
Leighton Baines will come in to replace Cedric Soares in defence. Everton are at home to Sunderland, West Brom and Hull over the next 4 Gameweeks and are also 1 of the 8 teams with a guaranteed fixture in Gameweek 28.
Gameweek 26 Team Selection
Eldin Jakupovic will get a start in goal. Hull are at home to a Burnley side that have scored just 5 away goals all season, which is fewer than every other team.
In defence, it’ll be a back 4 this week, in order to carry Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the bench, due to his Blank Gameweek. They each have promising home fixtures however, against Sunderland, Bournemouth and Swansea, so that shouldn’t be too much of a compromise.
For captaincy this week, the two strikers look to be the standout picks from the FPLtips squad.
Harry Kane has dipped in form during his last 4 Premier League games, where he’s scored just 1 goal; a penalty against Middlesbrough. The Spurs striker has failed to register a shot on target aside from the penalty, during the last 4 Gameweeks.
However, a hat-trick against Fulham in the FA Cup should give him a big confidence boost ahead of his home fixture against Stoke this weekend.
Romelu Lukaku is now doubtful with a calf injury but is expected to recover in time for Gameweek 26. No player has scored more goals than Lukaku during the last 4 Gameweeks, though the Belgian did fire all 4 of his goals in a single game.
For now though, he’s wearing the armband, against a Sunderland side that have conceded 9 goals during the last 5 Gameweeks.