Gameweek 26

We’re now done with two thirds of the FPL season and most of our wildcards have dried up as well. New managers have been coming in and toying with the lineups that we were so normally used to. Injuries, disciplinary issues and squad rotations have all crept in and now we have to brace ourselves for the rest of the season. For there is still hope to achieve maybe a mini-league victory, if we can make the right choices at this stage, before it gets too late. Our squad picks for GW26 might just give your fantasy team the nudge in the right direction. So lets get to it then.

Goalkeepers:

West Brom’s Foster (4.6) is our keeper this week. Given that he will be playing an away fixture at the Stadium of Light, but we’re putting our money on the ‘Pulis effect’ for a Hawthorn shut out. The new manager’s ability to turn the porous defense into a well organised unit, topped off with a clean sheet in the last gameweek against the Swans, makes him seem like the right choice now.

Alternatives: Southampton’s Forster (5.6) is our substitute keeper this week, as he’ll be facing a Liverpool side that seems to have regained it’s attacking edge.

Defenders:

Chelsea’s Ivanovic (7.3) and Manchester City’s Clichy (5.8) offer the best attacking potential for this gameweek, as they both have relatively easy fixtures, and have a good chance of picking up those coveted clean sheets as well. Arsenal’s Bellerin (4.6) has recovered from his ankle knock, and should slot straight into the lineup against Crystal Palace. Its an away fixture for the Gunners, so it might be a tight game. But this lad has tremendous potential to deliver those set-pieces into the box. Everton’s Jagielka (5.5) has an easy fixture as well against Leicester City and his aerial threat in the box is always a plus point. Lastly, Southampton’s Clyne (6.0) has a tricky fixture against Liverpool, but again this guy is a bonus point magnet. His continuous raiding down the flank is what we’re banking on this time.

Alternatives: Our alternative picks in defense are Crystal Palace’s Ward (4.7) and Sunderland’s Van Aanholt (4.3) who haven’t been in the best of form defensively, but could nick a clean sheet if they keep it tight at the back.

Midfielders:

Chelsea’s Hazard (10.9) is our first pick in midfield, even though he has a blank gameweek after this one, due to the Capital One Cup clash. He’ll be facing Burnley at home, and we just couldn’t give up on the offer. Although Diego Costa will be back after his suspension, but Hazard’s form has just been splendid and it was very evident during the Champion’s League game against PSG as well. This lad is hungry for glory.

Arsenal’s Ozil (9.1) and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure’ (10.7) made our list purely due to the destructive nature of their respective form’s. Yaya has just returned from a successful AFCON campaign, and should be riding high because of that. He’s definitely someone who can take up the initiative and bridge the point gap between themselves and league leaders Chelsea. Swansea’s Sigurdsson (6.4) is back from suspension and should be back on set-piece duty against Manchester United. Aston Villa’s newboy Carles Gil (5.0) is a class apart in midfield, and is a differential pick under new manager Tim Sherwood.

Alternatives: Liverpool’s Sterling (8.4) and Southampton’s Mane (6.6) are the final two picks in midfield. Sterling has racked up 24 points in his last 4 starts, and looks to be fit after picking up a knock. Mane faces Liverpool and history shows that he delivers in big games.

Forwards:

There’s no doubt here. Tottenham’s Harry Kane (6.3) is a no-brainer. This lad has been in blistering form, outscoring even the most expensive and experienced forwards. He is truly proving the phrase ‘ young potential at its best’. Next up is City’s in form striker Sergio Aguero (12.8). An easy fixture, coupled with the return of Yaya Toure should spell a good brace for the Argentinian. Lastly, we’ve picked West Brom’s Saido Berahino (5.6). The club’s penalty taker has been remarkable under new manager Tony Pulis. 3 goals in 6 appearances and 8 bonus points along with easy fixtures should be a good investment for a mid-priced forward.

Alternatives: Chelsea’s Costa (10.9) is back from suspension and should be good to go, although he has a blank gameweek in the one to follow. Everton’s Lukaku (8.8) is our final pick against a relatively easier opposition in the form of Leicester City.