Talking Points For GW25

The Fantasy Football transfer window for game week 23 is now closed. Join me in our virtual Fantasy Football world while we watch the games and hope our points rack up. Sit back, relax, enjoy the football and hang-out here with your fellow Fantasy Football managers and chat in real time as the action unfolds. Perhaps everyone else is experiencing the same “Aggghhhh” player difficulties you are, or the same “Yeahhhh” moment as your captain puts the ball into the back of the net? Talking Points is simply a chat area for us Fantasy Football First managers. Tell us about your highs and lows, and get into the match day atmosphere. Get involved. 

To help you with your early transfer, these are the expected talking points for this weekend

 Good Runs

Chelsea

Chelsea tightened their grip on the Premier League title with a convincing victory at Stamford Bridge over Arsenal. The Blues have a nine-point lead over Tottenham and fixtures against Burnley (A), Swansea (H), West Ham (A), Watford (H) and Stoke (A) suggest that the title is theirs to lose.

Chelsea have won nine successive Premier League home games and the aggregate score in these matches is 27-4 in Chelsea’s favour. The defence has been key in this run and it’s not a matter of getting a Chelsea defender, it’s a matter of getting in as many as possible. Alonso is a no-brainer while Cahill and Azpilicueta are outstanding in their own right.

Eden Hazard is Chelsea’s lucky charm as the Blues have won all nine Premier League games in which the Belgian has scored this season. His goal against Arsenal was magnificent and his overall performance bodes well for the end of the season.

Diego Costa failed to score in consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time since 2 May 2016 (three in a row), but he still managed to get on the FPL scoresheet with two assists. The Spaniard is the most reliable player in the league with only 4 blanks in the 22 games he started.

Everton

Everton extended their unbeaten Premier League run to seven games with a thrilling victory over Bournemouth at Goodison Park. The Toffees have every chance of extending their run with games against Middlesbrough (A), Sunderland (H), Spurs (A), West Brom (H) and Hull City (H) in the next five.

The Everton defence had a difficult afternoon against Bournemouth as the visitors created a host of openings and managed to score three. Overall the Toffees defenders have been performing well lately with three clean sheets in their last five, and offensive contributions from Baines and Coleman. The Irishman has got an assist or a goal in four consecutive games and is an excellent investment going forward.

Barkley had another great game, capped off with a goal and an assist, but the man of the match award went to Big Rom. Lukaku was immense from start to finish, each of his goals demonstrating the mix of finesse, skill, brute strength and instinct that makes him such a handful for opposition defences. The assist for McCarthy’s goal was the cherry on the cake in a near faultless display. Get him now before his price spikes.

Bad Runs

Southampton

Saints fans may be getting nervous as they are now only seven points above the bottom three after losing to West Ham. Southampton are on a bad run of form after six defeats in their last seven league games, and must step it up against Sunderland (A), Watford (A), Man Utd (H) and Spurs (A) to avoid the relegation zone.

The Saints started well against West Ham, courtesy of a fantastic goal from Gabbiadini, but were unable to come back after falling behind due to defensive mistakes. After conceding just five goals in their first eight home Premier League games under Claude Puel, Saints have shipped nine in their last four. As their defence problems continue, it’s better to stay away from Southampton altogether. Monitor Gabbiadini but don’t get him immediately.

Stoke

Stoke have lost four of their last five top-flight away games, with their only win in this run coming at Sunderland last month. The two upcoming home games against Palace and Middlesbrough look vital as the away games against Spurs and Man City don’t offer much hope of ending the Potters terrible form on the road.

Stoke have kept one clean sheet in the last five and managed to concede only one in each of the other four games in the same period. It’s worth holding onto Stoke defenders for the upcoming home games, if you can bench them for the away games. Attacking-wise the Potters’ finishing has been wayward all season despite Crouch’s recent patch, and the robot now suffers competition from Berahino. Stay away for now.

Other Talking Points

  • Arsenal have lost four of their past nine Premier League games, the same number that they lost in their previous 35 matches in the competition. This poor run of form combined with a blank in gameweek 26, makes this a good exit point for your Gunner assets. Only Alexis Sanchez looks worth holding onto.
  • Lamine Kone set Sunderland on their way with a well-taken goal and an equally impressive defensive display. Last year the Ivorian was instrumental in the Black Cats’ survival and he is an interesting FPL option if he can repeat that feat.
  • Jermain Defoe is a gift that keeps on giving after he scored his 13th and 14th goal of the campaign. Excellent value for money and fixture-proof.
  • Joshua King scored his 11th and 12th Premier League goals for Bournemouth; making him the Cherries’ highest scoring player in the competition. With Callum Wilson out for the season and Stanislas in and out of the team, King is the go-to option for the Cherries.
  • Hull’s deadline-day signing Andrea Ranocchia rewarded his manager with a commanding display at the back as Hull recorded a first top-flight clean sheet at home this season. He also provided the assist for Oumar Niasse’s goal. Consider the Hull defence from gameweek 26 onwards when they enter an easier run of fixtures.
  • Liverpool has now lost five of their past eight games in all competitions; as many as they had in the previous 32 games beforehand. Forget about the Reds until April.
  • Andy Carroll has scored four goals in his last four Premier League appearances, the same total he had scored in his previous 14 before this run. Consider him if you’re looking for a cheap striker.
  • Troy Deeney has scored in three consecutive Premier League appearances and is another cheaper striker option. His striking partner M’Baye Niang’s made a great Premier League debut with a goal and an assist, his first involvement in a goal in 13 league games – since scoring for AC Milan against Chievo in October. Monitor if he can keep up his form.
  • James Morrison has netted three goals in his last five Premier League appearances, as many as he managed in his previous 29. The Scotsman has outperformed his fellow countryman Matt Phillips in the last few games but both remain good options.
  • Premier League champions Leicester are just one point above the relegation zone after defeat at home by Manchester United left them still searching for a first league win in 2017. Don’t consider the Foxes.
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan was instrumental in a dominant win for Manchester United, scoring one goal and setting up another. United’s fixtures are good but beware of the blanks.
  • Ibrahimovic has reached 15 Premier League goals for Man Utd in the fourth fastest number of games (23), following Van Nistelrooy (19) Yorke (20) and van Persie (21). The Big Swede remains one of the best premium options and is worth holding onto despite the blanks.
  • Sigurdsson has scored eight Premier League goals this season – his second-best return in the competition (11 in 2015-16). The Icelandic playmaker is the fifth best scoring midfielder in the game and will be instrumental in Swansea’s quest for survival. One of the best options now.
  • Gabriel Jesus has scored three goals in two games for Manchester City after joining them from Palmeiras. The 19-year-old has the extra pace that allows City to dictate play and already looks like he cemented his place in the team.

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670 thoughts on “Talking Points For GW25

  1. How did KDB play tonight? I have him, but he’s not bringing in the pts for his value. And with a blank coming up I’m considering to swap for Hazard. Or any other suggestions? (team is linked)

    • @sander After the cup and Cl matches I would consider Hazard because they have a good run of matches. Also take a serious look at Pedro who has the same level of form and he would give you money to strengthen other parts of your side. Also honestly Morrison at Brom will not only free up a lot of funds but is sure to play in GAs 26 & 28, and he has good form. :book:

  2. Hi

    I have analysed fixtures in pl/FA-cup/Champions League/international and have come up with 3 dates for dgw; 28/2, 26/4 and 16/5

    Is 28/2 too early? I mean, for instance Liverpool-burnley or Chelsea-watford?

    • @Alfred Nobel

      DGW’s have occured around GW34 in the past, and GW37 if needs be.
      There certainly won’t be a DGW on 28th Feb (GW26)

      • @OldGoat
        Well, seems early. But I would prefer if someone would specify why it would be impossible. I mean, they would rearrange Spurs-fulham that date, so surely they could arrange Liverpool-burnley then (assuming burnley beat Lincoln)

        • @Alfred Nobel

          Liverpool play Leicester on 27th February, so they wouldn’t play again the following day.
          I am also unaware of a Premier League game being brought forward to an earlier gameweek

        • @OldGoat
          Ok, I agree Liverpool was a bad example. But how about Chelsea-watford?

          Or Southampton-arsenal on March 1st? Arsenal will quite possibly need three rearranged pl games

        • @Alfred Nobel

          As I stated, I am unaware of fixtures being brought forward to an earlier game week.
          If Southampton v Arsenal was going to be re-arranged for later in GW26, then it would have been done as soon as the two League Cup Finalists became known.

        • @OldGoat
          With all respect, your being unaware isnt really what I am looking for. I agree it sounds implausible, but I like to philosofize.
          I cant understand why a fixture cant be “presponed”

        • @Alfred Nobel

          Nobody on here can give a definitive reason why a game can’t be moved to an earlier week, or why Southampton v Arsenal hasn’t been re-arranged for 1st March
          Maybe you should contact the F.A for the answers

        • @OldGoat I wouldnt have thought the FA had anything to do with it. I assume the pl has laid down some rules and it is up to the clubs involved combined with the police to set dates.
          I dont want to argue, but i have tried to elliminate dates Based on the few rules i know, and cant Apply any of these rules to 28/2

        • @Alfred Nobel
          FA have the last word on everything. After the weekend they will decide what will be the format of the upcoming game weeks. When will be the double and blank games. I mentioned above that it’s likely GW34 to be mixed. The FA Cup semi finals will be played on 22nd and 23rd of April. The teams who had blanks in 26 and 28 and are out could be included to play twice and the once which will play the semis will blank. GW 37 is the one when the big DGW will happen.

        • @SecretZorro I read that if Milwall – Leicester drew in Cup, they will have replay on 28/02 – but Liverpool has the GW26 with Leicester on 27/02 and that might be postponed for the cup replay.

          Leicester has UCL return leg in 2nd week of March – so not much scope to fit the Cup replay elsewhere – may be 1st week of March.

        • @IvanTheTerrible

          Slowly they are demeaning this great trophy.
          How long before Premier League clubs enter at the 4th round stage?

          They always blame hectic fixture schedules for these changes, but I can remember when the top flight teams played 42 matches a season. Clubs had fewer players to choose from, pitches were mudbaths in winter, the ball was heavier, and you could buy 4 Blackjacks for one old penny.

          Scrapping the Europa League and a Champions league spot for teams finishing below 2nd place would be a start to negate fixture congestion.

        • @OldGoat Make the FA Cup only played on Sat/Sun and make it a knockout, don’t need replays. Too often higher ranked teams ‘rotate’ and then draw away. ET & Pens, tie over. :bliss:

        • @SecretZorro

          Lower clubs depend on ties against Premier League clubs for bumper gates and survival.
          I would be well hacked off if Dulwich Hamlet were drawn away to Man City, somehow managed to draw the game 0-0, but were eliminated on penalties rather than a replay take place at our ground.

        • @OldGoat Dulwich would get about half a million quid from the original tie, don’t be greedy. Also, The FA just got a billion pound deal so they can certainly afford to increase the prize money. In my excitement, there’s much less excitement in the Cup these days. Straight knockout & more money = success.

        • @SecretZorro

          I don’t think you understand the excitement of watching your (lower league) team play against Premier League opposition – especially if you are at home.

          Some lower league clubs are heavily in debt, and the amount of former League clubs folding is on the increase. Hereford being the most recent example as far as I am aware.
          Very little money filters down from the Premier League to League Two and below.

          Goats support grassroots football

        • @OldGoat Of course I understand, like I said, give them more money. Also, the lower ranked team to play at home, if both in the same division/level, then 1st drawn is at home.

        • @SecretZorro

          Nice idea – although I wager that non-league players would be thrilled to play somewhere like Old Trafford.

          Non-league teams to be given –
          3 goal headstart against Premier League teams
          2 goal headstart against Championship teams
          1 goal headstart against League One teams

        • @SecretZorro

          I know. I was just dreaming about beating (insert premier league club) 3-2 at our ground.

          Extra time and penalties would be a killer for non-league clubs. Players just aren’t as fit as Premier league ones – most have jobs so cannot train 9-5.

          In any case, the F.A aren’t going to take any notice of a Masked Man and an Old Goat, even if they are on the greatest Fantasy Football site in the land

        • @OldGoat There’s a chance that they’ll scrap replays, already been discussed. When they signed the TV deal; “we’ll be able to invest more in grass roots football, including for minorities and possibly increase the prize money too”, don’t hold your breath. If the OAPs at the FA had had half a brain, they’d have set up the Prem themselves, old fools.

        • @OldGoat Or something slightly more irregular, like make the premier sides play with blindfolds on, or make them play 5 versus 11 or something.

          But yes, the FA Cup is pretty naff these days. It seems almost ceremonial, something left over from a distant era.

  3. Jesus is out for at least 1 month….or may be even more till end of the season…so Aguero is certain now….anyone thinking of getting Kun by Now – from GW29?

        • @Kralin I want Newcastle back in the Prem, just for the fans, 50k at home every week, huge away following. I don’t care the owner/manager, we could be here for hours on that one. Then I want Nasty Leeds back, we’ll beat Pluds & Nasties in the same season = bliss & Brighton, top manager, top bloke, not always appreciated at the clubs he’s been at since leaving Spurs, direct promotion on a pretty small budget :thumbup:

  4. With liverpools opponents in GW26 and 28, Leicester and Burnley goin out the cup. Does that mean Liverpool does not have a blank in both GW 26 & 28?

    If so I may sell alli for Mane before he goes up in price

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