This Premier League season has been interesting in many ways. Sure, the league title is all but wrapped up by Chelsea, but the remaining top four places are still up for grabs. The bottom of the table is just even closer with just two points separating Sunderland at the bottom from Middlesbrough in 15th place.
The middle of the table is an assortment of teams between 26 and 36 points while Everton have set themselves apart from nearly everyone else to hold down 7th place on 40 points.
Week 25 Predictions:
|Saturday, February 11|
|7:30/12:30||Arsenal||2||v||1||Hull City|| 2 – 0
|10:00/15:00||Stoke City||2||v||0||Crystal Palace|| 1 – 0
|10:00/15:00||West Ham||1||v||1||West Brom|| 2 – 2
|Sunday, February 12|
|Monday, February 13|
Week FPL 25 FPL Matchups
In week 25 there are a lot of question marks about various teams starting out with both Arsenal and Hull City. Arsenal have lost 2 matches in a row while Hull City are looking like a rejuvenated side with a record of 2-1-1 in their last 4 matches including wins over Liverpool and Manchester United. Their one loss came against Fulham in the FA Cup. They have also kept back to back clean sheets in the Premier League against teams that have the 2nd and 3rd most shots per game. In facing Arsenal they come up against the team with the 5th most shots per game at an average of 15.5.
The question here is whether to trust City’s recent form or to stack Arsenal in hopes that they will turn around their recent misfortunes and pick up goals. Even more troubling with Arsenal is trying to decide who to pick outside of Alexis. Theo Walcott has looked good lately, but will Arsene Wenger make changes and drop him for Olivier Giroud? Will Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain get a start or how about Alex Iwobi?
On Hull City’s side there are a number of differentials available, especially now that Robert Snodgrass has moved on. In looking at players on City with under 1% ownership there are several to choose from including: Tom Huddlestone – MID (4.6), Abel Hernandez – FWD (5.9), Sam Clucas – MID (4.7), Harry Maguire – DEF (4.4), and Omar Elabdellaoui – DEF (4.5). Eldin Jakupovic – GK (4.0) is no longer a differential at 21.7% ownership and rising, but at 4.0 he’s certainly an excellent value pick.
Obviously if you are picking up Hull City players there is a lot of risk, but their price makes it such that they are definitely decent value picks, so long as you are willing to gamble on their recent form continuing. Just remember that every season at least one of those teams that have been at the bottom of the table for the majority of the year make a run and pull themselves out. Hull City could be that team for the 2016-17 season.
FPL Future Tips
With the upcoming blanks in both week 26 and week 28 there are a number of teams that are currently guaranteed to play in both weeks as well as some teams that will not feature in either of these two weeks. Now is the time to start preparing your FPL team for these changes. If you are able to do so, then it could be just the right time to push up the table in your mini-league. In addition it gives us an idea of which teams will have double gameweeks in the future.
Teams out for week 26: Arsenal, Man City, Manchester United, and Southampton. All others are playing.
Teams guaranteed to be playing in week 28: Bournemouth, Everton, Hull City, Swansea City, West Brom, West Ham.
The convenient thing with this is that all of the teams that are guaranteed to be playing in week 28 are also guaranteed to be playing in week 26. The two picks from this selection include Everton (v Sunderland (H) in week 26 and v West Brom (H) in week 28) and Hull City (v Burnley (H) in week 26 and v Swansea (H) in week 28.
Start getting your teams ready for these upcoming blanks and prepare for points and, hopefully, green arrows. Even if you are playing in a draft league such as Togga, now is the time to start prepping your transfers and waivers. As always, good luck and have fun!