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I did enough talking for the both of us yesterday so I’ll keep this intro short and sweet. We had a classic match between Liverpool and Spurs yesterday with the most unlikely of heros (Mario Balotelli) scoring the deciding goal. Today we have 6 more fixtures to discuss and a ton of FPL stars in action. Enough with the hellos and how do you dos, let’s get on to it. Matchweek Preview, Week 25, Wednesday Edition.

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Chelsea Everton

Chelsea

Player to watch:

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Cesc Fàbregas 120 £9.6 1.5 0.2

He’s been on the shelf for two weeks with a hamstring thing. I guess he’d be hamstrung then, right? What’s with these balky hamstrings with Cesc and Alexis, did Barca ditch them because of these weak hamstrings? FA get your best man on the case, we need to get to the bottom of this. All silliness aside, he’s potentially returning and that means a lot to a whole bunch of managers out there. Cesc is Mr. Safe or Cesafce as I like to call him. He’s had a goal or an assist in 13 of his 21 matches, and the passing numbers are off the charts. Cesafce averages 86 passes per match, at a success rate of 86.8%, including 1.8 crosses and 6.1 longballs per match. The most stagering of all these numbers might be the one I’ve yet to mention, 3.2 key passes per, that’s nearly a full .5 kp per game difference between Cesc and the next highest average in that category. Explains those 15 helpers.

Everton

Player to watch:

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Romelu Lukaku 84 £8.8 2.8 0.3

Wouldn’t it be poetic justice if Lukaku had a big day against the man who sold him from the club he dreamed of playing for? He’s been very much on the bad side of meh this term and I’m not inclined to bite just yet, but he’s been known to get hot like sriracha.

 

Man Utd Burnley

Manchester United

Player to watch:

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Daley Blind 49 £5.2 6 1.2

He scored the goal that saved the game and broke the hearts of Hammers everywhere. He’s one of the few United players that deserves any praise from the 1-1 draw at West Ham. He had a goal and two assists over the last two weeks and collected the full three point bonus in both matches. Should have some room to work vs. Burnley but we’ll see.

Burnley

Player to watch:

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Danny Ings 94 £5.8 5 0.9

Ings and things had his 4th goal in his last 5 matches Sunday. I’d call him my Bae but I can’t quit Charlie Austin and I also despise the word Bae. So I’ll be watching Danny like Rick Springfield did his bro Jesse’s girl. I wonder if Rick ever hit it?

 

Southampton West Ham

Southampton

Player to watch:

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Maya Yoshida 46 £4.2 3.2 0.8

With some injuries to the backline there is some playing time opportunity for Yoshida. He’s cheap enough that if he cements some playing time going forward he could be a great bench option to free up some £ for the starting XI.

West Ham

Players to watch:

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Diafra Sakho 74 £5.5 0.5 0.1

Had a run of five straight weeks with goals between matchweek 5 and matchweek 9, and hasn’t done a whole heck of a lot since. We’re all looking for it because he looks dynamic on the pitch at times, but will we finally see another breakout?

 

Stoke Man City

 

Stoke City

Player to watch:

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Peter Crouch 35 £4.6 3.3 0.4

The original RoboCrouch, was back at it last week scoring the equalizer in stoppage time of Stoke’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle. After the match Stoke manger Mark Hughes told us to forget about Harry Kane because Peter Crouch has been scoring for years. I agree with Hughes’ statement and even applied it to my own life. Later that day I reminded my wife to forget about Zac Efron because I have been in fact taking my shirt off for years, and in doing so achieve the same result as Mr. Efron, a shirtless man. That’s right Peter forget about those young whippersnappers.

Manchester City

Player to watch:

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Joe Hart 80 £6.1 1.2 0.2

I’m watching Hart to see if he can get his shizz together. Talk about bad investments, buying Joe Hart is like turning over your inheritance to Bernie Madoff. Sound business sense for the average village idiot. This should present a good opportunity for a clean sheet as Stoke have scored 6 total goals in their last 13 Premier League meetings with the Citizens.

 

Crystal Palace Newcastle

Crystal Palace

Player to watch:

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Dwight Gayle 58 £5.0 5 1

Here’s a quick factoid of FPL fruit for you. Gayle has opened the scoring in both matches against the Magpies this season (week 3, Capital One Cup round 2). So I’m looking at Gayle to give the Eagles an early advantage in the Alan Pardew revenge game. Pardew’s Revenge, this time it’s personal!

Newcastle

Players to watch:

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Papiss Cissé 72 £5.4 0.5 0.1

He came on in the 65th minute of the 1-1 draw with Stoke and looks ready to return to the starting XI for Newcastle. Had a nice run of form between week 5 and week 19 scoring 9 goals before leaving for AFCON. He’s been back for 2 weeks and has played a total of 35 minutes, so I’d expect him to see at top of the Magpies 4-2-3-1 formation. Priced at £5.4, he’s a great value if he gets hot again.

 

West Brom Swansea

West Bromwich Albion

Player to watch:

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Ben Foster 77 £4.6 2.2 0.5

It’s all about the defense once again for the Baggies, because when they concede goals and how often dictates the outcome of their matches as much as any other team in the Premiership. Over the last 35 matches at the Hawthorns the Baggies have won all 7 games where they keep a clean sheet and have won 0 of the 28 where they concede a goal. They’ve also allowed 10 goals in the opening 15 minutes of League matches this season, which is the most in the Premiership. So it’s up to Captain Tracksuit Tony and his first mate Foster to put the clamps on the Swans.

Swansea

Player to watch:

Player Total Points Price Form Rating Value Form
Ki Sung-yueng 80 £4.9 2.5 0.5

Fresh off his return from the Asian Cup, Ki picked up right where he left off, scoring in the 66th minute to draw Swansea level against Sunderland on Saturday. With Gylfi out for one more week Ki might be the most FPL relevant player the Swans have, which isn’t saying much. But he’s a good value at £4.9.