Friday, 29 April 2016

Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero the must-have men in Premier Fantasy

The title race could well be over by the end of this weekend, but the decisive date in the ESPN FC Premier Fantasy calendar is a little further down the line.

Gameweek 37 involves double fixtures for eight teams, so a certain amount of forward planning is required in Gameweek 36.
Here's a few pointers.
Watford are this week's opponents for Aston Villa, which should be a great chance for the Hornets to bounce back from their FA Cup semifinal disappointment against Crystal Palace last weekend.
Wembley scorer Troy Deeney (£7.5m) is the key man hoping to take advantage of a Villa defence that has lost their last five matches on the road.
Watford aren't much better at the back -- they've allowed a league-worst 16 big chances over the last four gameweeks -- but Villa have scored just once in six away fixtures so keeper Heurelho Gomes (£5.6m) will hope to keep his second clean sheet in three.
Watford also have a double GW37, away at Liverpool and then Norwich.
Draws have been hampering Arsenal's attempts to nail down a Champions league place, but they're unbeaten in seven and have kept four clean sheets over the last six matches. The visit of Norwich suggests another Gunners' shut-out -- only two sides have scored fewer goals on the road than the Canaries' 13.
Petr Cech (£6.8m) and Hector Bellerin (£7.6m), who has 43 points from his last six matches, look solid bets.
Alex Iwobi and Alexis Sanchez have been hugely effective fantasy players in recent weeks.

The midfield trio of Mesut Ozil (£10.0m), Alex Iwobi (£6.4m) and Aaron Ramsey (£7.5m) also merit consideration as Norwich are very fragile at the back. The 33 goals they've conceded on their travels is only "bettered" by the other three teams making up the bottom four.
The Canaries do have a double GW37, with home fixtures against Man United and Watford, but it will take a brave manager to invest in a side that's lost five of their last eight matches.
Stoke entertain a Sunderland side finding form just at the right time. The Black Cats have kept three clean sheets over the past four gameweeks. Over the same time frame, Stoke have earned a single point and conceded 14 goals.
Patrick Van Aanholt (£6.2m), Vito Mannone (£5.4m) and Jan Kirchhoff (£5.6m) all offer good value, with the latter a particular gem as he's listed as a defender but is currently being used in midfield.
Striker Fabio Borini (£6.3m) was highly influential in the 3-0 win at Norwich, notching a goal and an assist, and he's also the side's penalty taker. Duncan Watmore (£4.6m) is a great budget option as he's a midfielder employed in a very advanced role.
Sam Allardyce's men also have a double GW37, entertaining Chelsea and Everton.
Chelsea host Spurs in a match that could essentially mean nothing if Leicester win at Man United the day before. That won't stop Harry Kane (£10.0m) from trying to secure the Golden Boot. He drew a blank against West Brom but has eight goals from his last seven matches.
The Blues are inconsistent, but their 4-1 demolition of Bournemouth reminded us of what a potent midfield they possess.
Willian (£6.8m) scored and Cesc Fabregas (£7.3m) provided three assists against the Cherries, while Cesar Azpiliceuta (£6.6m) is a good option for those who like defenders with assist potential -- he has four, only Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels has more (five).
Chelsea are another double GW37 team, with trips to Sunderland and Liverpool, so Diego Costa (£9.1m) is also worth considering.
On paper, Liverpool's next three fixtures -- away at Swansea this weekend and then a double GW37 at home to Watford and Chelsea -- should make their players highly attractive. But the Europa League is their main concern, making second-guessing Jurgen Klopp's league selections a very tricky task.
Cesc Fabregas was back among the assists against Bournemouth.
Alexis Sanchez (£10.0m) drew a blank against West Brom for the first time in eight matches. But Arsenal are in the top four for chances created and goal attempts over the last four matches and Norwich will struggle to contain them, and him.
Sergio Aguero (£10.9m) is thriving domestically, with seven goals in his last five starts. Southampton are unbeaten in three, but haven't kept a clean sheet since the middle of February. There only looks to be one winner from such a scenario.
And Jermain Defoe (£7.6m) has three goals in his last six matches. A trip to Stoke will hold no fears -- he's scored 10 of his 13 goals for the season away from home, including the last seven he's netted.
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard (£7.2m) is owned by just 2.8 percent of ESPN FC Premier Fantasy managers after a season to forget.
His double at Bournemouth last weekend were his first goals in the league this season, but they capped a fine individual performance during which he had three attempts, six penalty area touches and an impressive 32 minutes per chance average.
With teammate Oscar (£6.2m) currently out of favour, Hazard is likely to be on penalty duties against Spurs, a team against whom he has something to prove after he publicly hoped Leicester would win the title.

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