The Fantasy Football transfer window for game week 27 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
Hull City missed the chance to move out of the Premier League bottom three as they drew with a Burnley side who remain without an away league win this season. Luckily for Hull, the next five fixtures provide a good opportunity to climb the table, as the Tigers face Leicester (A), Swansea (H), Everton (A), West Ham (H) and Middlesbrough (H).
Hull have picked up more points under Marco Silva in their last six Premier League games (eight) than their previous 18 games under former boss Mike Phelan (seven). The improvement is clear all over the pitch, which has put goalkeeper Jakupovic and defenders Maguire and Robertson back on our radar for the upcoming games.
In attack the pickings are slimmer as Hull remain wasteful in front of goal and the only shot on target against Burnley was the penalty they scored. Kamil Grosicki looks worth a gamble as he’s turning in good performances and won the penalty that opened the scoring.
Swansea’s next four games – Burnley (home), Hull City (away), Bournemouth (away) and Middlesbrough (home), give them a chance to stay clear of the bottom three before they entertain Tottenham on the 4th April.
No player has more assists in the Premier League this season than Gylfi Sigurdsson (nine, level with Kevin de Bruyne). The Icelandic has returned three goals and four assists in his last seven Premier League games, which is the kind of consistency FPL managers love. He’s a no brainer right now given both form and fixtures.
Fernando Llorente has scored nine goals in all competitions this season for Swansea, three with his head, three with his left foot and three with his right. Three of those goals have come under Clement in the last 5 games, but Gylfi is a much better choice and doubling up is overkill. If you can’t fit in Siggy then Llorente provides a solid alternative.
Patrick van Aanholt scored the winner for Crystal Palace, as they moved out of the Premier League relegation zone with victory over fellow strugglers Middlesbrough. The victory came just in time as the Eagles embark on a testing schedule that includes West Brom (A), Watford (H), Chelsea (A) and Southampton (A).
The Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made four comfortable saves as he helped his side to just their second clean sheet of the campaign, but debutant Mamadou Sakho was a towering presence at the back. The Frenchman, who signed on loan from Liverpool in January, was making his first start of the season and in an assured performance, he won the ball back 11 times and made six clearances, which was more than any team-mate. Van Aanholt also had an excellent game and the Dutchman has now scored eight goals in the Premier League since the start of last season – a joint-high for a defender (excluding penalties), with team-mate Scott Dann also netting eight. Both could prove to be the difference in Crystal Palace’s bid to stay in the Premier League and could be useful in FPL at some point.
Arsenal have had some time off after their last game against Sutton in the FA cup, and now face a very mixed schedule which includes Liverpool (A), West Brom (A), Man City (H) and West Ham (H).
As the next four gameweeks see the Gunners have three testing games, trading in your Gunners looks viable. Sanchez is difficult to let go given his form but on the other hand he can provide the necessary funds to get Aguero or Sterling who both have a tasty DGW next.
Other Talking Points
- Jamie Vardy has scored eight goals this season and three of them have come in the past week. If he has indeed rediscovered last season’s form, then he becomes an interesting differential as the Foxes have a decent schedule until GW34 when they host Spurs. Monitor Vardy against Hull before transferring him in.
- Liverpool top scorer Sadio Mane was a peripheral figure in the game against Leicester as he was restricted to just a handful of touches in the box. Liverpool have now lost five of their past seven matches in all competitions as they continue to struggle with form. Mane remains an interesting option but don’t overload on Liverpool either.
- Spurs striker Harry Kane now has 22 goals in all competitions this season after his hat-trick against Stoke, with 12 goals coming in the 11 games since the start of 2017. With two home games on either side of the blank it’s worth holding on to Kane if you have him, or transfer him in after GW28.
- Cesc Fabregas justified his return to the side in place of Nemanja Matic with an influential performance capped by a goal on his 300th Premier League appearance. Apart from the goal, his all-action display included five touches inside the Swansea area and an effort that cannoned off the bar. Monitor if the Spaniard can hold his place in the team.
- Pedro has been directly involved in 10 goals in his past nine games for Chelsea in all competitions (seven goals, three assists). Despite the rotation threat, the Spaniard continues to provide value as he’s a lot cheaper than Hazard or Costa but putting up better numbers lately. Keep him or consider as Chelsea cover at a cut-price.
- Middlesbrough remain on the current longest winless run in the Premier League, failing to win any of their past nine games, drawing four and losing five. Aitor Karanka’s Boro side have scored a league-low 19 goals, while their top-flight games have produced a total of 47 goals, 12 fewer than any other team in the competition this season. Keep defenders as part of a rotation, but don’t pick up anything else.
- Everton stretched their unbeaten league run to nine games with victory over bottom of the table Sunderland at Goodison Park. Romelu Lukaku scored his 60th Premier League goal in 129 games, equalling Duncan Ferguson who scored 60 in 239 matches. The next game at Spurs will be testing for Big Rom but on this form, he can score against anyone.
- After scoring in five consecutive league games, Sunderland have been goalless in four of their past five games. With Man City next and then a blank, this is a good exit point for those still holding Defoe.
- Seamus Coleman has been directly involved in as many goals in his past six league games as he had in his previous 34 (four – one goal, three assists). Indeed, Coleman has been directly involved in 35 Premier League goals for Everton, the only defenders to be involved in more are David Unsworth (45) and Leighton Baines (76).
- Artur Boruc has made seven errors leading to goals in the Premier League since the start of 2015-16; more than any other player in this period. Stay away from the Cherries defence, even though they play in GW28.
- Michael Antonio was West Ham’s driving force, as his brilliant run and shot eventually resulted in the equaliser against Watford. His day was somewhat spoilt by the red card, but that came after he had brought the Hammers back into the game. Consider him or Lanzini for GW28.
- Manolo Gabbiadini has scored five times in three appearances for Southampton since joining from Napoli and is clearly the most in-form striker in the league. With the next game coming against a Watford side that have kept only one clean sheet in their past 16 Premier League matches, we can see the Italian continuing his scoring streak.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic provided the attacking threat which proved wrong those who felt his days as a big-game player were over. Lovely goal from a free-kick to open the scoring and a great header to clinch the EFL cup trophy. These were Ibrahimovic’s 25th and 26th goals of the season in all competitions, the most of any Premier League player this season. Excellent captain choice against the porous Bournemouth defence and worth holding onto in the long run despite the blank.
- Aguero’s future has been subject to much speculation after he was dropped by Guardiola last month, but against Huddersfield he showed the City boss exactly what he can offer: movement, energy, tenacity – and goals. Triple captain option for the DGW.