Our review of every game from the Premier League weekend… Get the lowdown on all of the action from the eyes of a Draft Fantasy Football expert!
A very disappointing performance from Arsenal, what must new signing Pierre Aubameyang be thinking about now? The Gunners might have made some tasty additions and increased their firepower, but worryingly there has been no interest in strengthening at the back. The good news for Draft Fantasy Football managers however is the return of Aaron Ramsey and the two new January transfers Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Both feature in our January Transfer Analysis article will give Draft Fantasy Football managers two new targets to pounce on; but be quick chaps – if they are still available, it is essential you snap them up immediately.
A stunning victory for The Cherries away to Chelsea which comes on the back of an impressive victory against Arsenal recently. Bournemouth have now gone on a 6 game run without a loss, winning 3 and drawing 3. Several Draft Fantasy Football prospects have been in solid form; Callum Wilson, who featured a few weeks back in our GW23 Punting For Gold selections, bagged another goal and assist; taking him to 7 goals and 2 assists in the 16 gameweeks he has been available post injury and another assist. This sort of form has seen Wilson make our Hot List for the first time after some encouraging performances. The returning Junior Stanislas has not taken long to settle into his stride, the influential midfielder has contributed with a goal and 2 assists in the two gameweeks post injury.
Brighton & Hove Albion
The struggles continue for Brighton as they picked up a draw on the road to Southampton, but it is not all bad news as Brighton did actually score an away goal; their first since GW11. Brighton fans will be hoping that the signing of former striker Leonardo Ulloa will change their fortunes in front of goal, you can read more about Ulloa in our January Transfer Analysis article. Draft Fantasy Football managers that have been riding the Pascal Gross wave need to be considering their position; Gross has not made an attacking return for 6 gameweeks now. Keep your eye on our ‘Punting for Gold’ GW26 feature for a suitable Gross replacement.
As expected and pointed out in our January Transfer Analysis article, Sean Dyche was reluctant to change his Burnley side and new players Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Aaron Lennon merely made guest appearances from the bench. Burnley have suffered somewhat of a wobble in form, having not won a game since GW17. As a result Draft Fantasy Football managers would be advised to avoid the Burnley-boi’s other than perhaps the very reliable and dependable goalkeeper, Nick Pope.
Wow. Not Good. Of course this Bournemouth result is merely a blip; yeah definitely a blip. The likes of Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, and new signing Olivier Giroud will bounce-back well against Watford in GW26. A short term punt is Giroud; with Alvaro Morata still out injured, Conte will want a reaction. Giroud also has a ridiculous minutes per goals ratio! An area of concern for the Draft Fantasy Football managers who were riding on the Andreas Christensen bus; he has now failed to complete two gameweeks on the bounce as injury concerns mount up.
Another vital point against relegation rivals West Ham, but the worrying news for Draft Fantasy Football managers will be the injury to Bakary Sako. The midfielder had just started to pick up some form having scored a goal in his second game back from injury; we even suggested in our GW23 Chaps Review that Sako would be a good short term option. Short term indeed as this injury could be a lengthy one. The good news for Draft Fantasy Football managers is the continued good form of Christian Benteke. With 3 assists and a goal in the past 4 gameweeks, and struggling Newcastle coming up in GW26 Benteke would be an excellent addition to any Draft Fantasy Football squad.
New signing Theo Walcott sparked an excellent win at home to the dangerous Leicester. Walcott has long been a favourite of the Fantasy Football Chaps, we highlighted Walcott as one of our five Punting for Gold picks for GW25. Walcott did not fail to disappoint; his two goals were more than enough to seal the deserved victory. There was no surprise that Gylfi Sigurdsson got one assist, but perhaps a surprise might have been that the other assist was from Michael Keane. The defender will need to keep chipping in since the arrival of Manchester City’s defender Eliaquim Mangala. You can read more about Mangala signing and what this means for Draft Fantasy Football managers in our January Transfer Analysis article.
Huddersfield were comfortably beaten by Liverpool in what turned out to be a bit of a non-event. With the next fixture being Manchester United things aren’t exactly looking very promising. However will take confidence from having beaten United earlier in the season, the catalyst on that day was the influential Aaron Mooy. In all reality, Mooy would be our only recommendation for Draft Fantasy Football squad, as a cheap midfielder he is also the Huddersfield set piece taker.
Oh classic – Transfer Deadline Day wouldn’t be the same without a paddy. Well to the disappointment of any Draft Fantasy Football manager owning Riyad Mahrez, you are the one’s on the receiving end. You have two options: 1. Look to trade him out now and get what you can from the situation. 2. Stick with him, he’s got his head down before after transfer window disappointment; and Puel seems to have left the door wide open with his remarks about getting Mahrez back in and settled as soon as possible. Also, there is no real telling as to how much the media have just whipped it up for some Deadline Day bants. If you don’t already, may we suggest that in the interim you sign either Marc Albrighton or Demarai Gray. Their prospects of regular football in the next couple of gameweeks has just increased significantly.
The usual suspects turned up for Liverpool against a poor Huddersfield side; Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane all came away with attacking returns. As did the underrated Emre Can; who now has a goal and six assists this season. Imagine a classic Draft Fantasy Football league of 8 managers; the free agents shelf is pretty bare. Can is not the worst shout for a very cheap and reliable midfielder.
In what was another comfortable victory for the Citizens we got a glimpse of what new signing Aymeric Laporte will bring to the side. We initially graded Laporte a two-star rating in our January Transfer Analysis, but after his composed performance last night against an average West Brom side, we might have to concede our rating and bump him up a notch. Of course Draft Fantasy Football managers won’t be interested in Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling as these chaps will be taken in your league, so instead we will turn our attention to someone likely to be available Bernardo Silva. We highlighted Bernardo in our GW25 Punting for Gold article and although he didn’t come away with an attacking return this week don’t be too hasty on his future potential. With news of Leroy Sane and Jesus both being on the sideline for longer than expected, David Silva pulling up injured in GW25, and with the Mahrez transfer not making it over the line; Bernardo will have no competition for a starting place in what is likely to be the next 6-8 gameweeks.
United were bullied all over the park in GW25 by a Spurs side that looked man for man a better team. The recent chaps that have been lighting up Draft Fantasy Football leagues across the world were left embarrassed, but hey, don’t lose the faith. The likes of Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial (who features high on our Hot List) will all have the chance against a poor Huddersfield team next. Phil Jones had a shocker, but he is Jose’s boi and we don’t expect him to take the can.
Draft Fantasy Football manager take note, there is a new kid on the block and his name is Kenedy. Whilst he might have made a slight faux par off the field having said he learnt about Newcastle from the smash hit film ‘GOAL’ his performance on the pitch would have got the Toon Army back on side. His performance culminated in an assist for defender Jamaal Lascelles to guarantee a draw at home to Burnley. Lets just wait and see if Kenedy can backup his debut performance before we dive in feet first and sign him up.
Although we didn’t get the returns we hoped for from Southampton in our Calculating the Cleanie feature for GW25 we did however single out Jack Stephens; who got himself an attacking return with a goal! Cashback. James Ward-Prowse continues to impress with another assist to his name. But worryingly was the half time removal of Dusan Tadic. We are still trying to get to the bottom of this substitution.
Another tip for our Calculating the Cleanie Stoke did not let us down. New signing Moritz Bauer has been quite the hit with two clean sheets in his three games; although it would appear he does enjoy a yellow card. But at a cheap price, Bauer is an excellent budget defender. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Xherdan Shaqiri are our favoured tips for attacking returns, although neither of them were able to influence the 0-0 draw with Watford keep any eye out as the future fixtures look to be favourable to the Stoke duo.
All aboard the Swansea train!! Back to back wins against top 6 teams Liverpool and now Arsenal. Unbelievable scenes. Yet again our boy Jordan Ayew picked up a goal, Ayew has now score 37 points in 7 GWs (if you use the Fantasy Premier League points system for offline Draft Fantasy Football, or you play FPLdraft). And who is Sam Clucas? Oh he’s the chap that scored two goals against Arsenal. He is also a dirt cheap midfielder and is worth a look if the free agent pool is bare in your Draft Fantasy Football league. The win was made even sweeter with the news of the return of Andre Ayew, Jordan’s brother. Expect the two Ayew brothers to be linking up nicely in the coming weeks. You can read more about Andre Ayew and his Draft Fantasy Football prospects, along with all the new January transfer signings Draft Fantasy Football prospects in our January Transfer Analysis feature.
Tottenham demolished Manchester United on route to a 2-0 victory. Of course the usual suspects were at it again for Spurs. But something to pay close attention to is the ongoing wingback saga. Whilst Danny Rose has been out injured we saw a resurgence of Ben Davies’ Draft Fantasy Football prospects. But Rose is now fit, so expect rotation. On the other side of the park, Serge Aurier has been taking advantage of a few stellar performance and nailed down the starting birth at right back, but Aurier is now injured and Kieran Trippier put in an outstanding performance against United with an assist to accompany his clean sheet. Will Trippier now hold down his spot? Probably just more rotation with Champions League and FA cup replays on the horizon.
A bore draw at Stoke did nothing for the nutrels or Draft Fantasy Football managers interested in the likes of Andre Carrillo, Troy Deeney, and new signing Gerard Deulofeu. It is too early to say whether Deulofeu will be a hit and with a tough couple of fixtures ahead (Chelsea and West Ham) perhaps it is worth keeping the Barcelona loanee on ice for the time being.
West Bromich Albion
Comfortably second best to Manchester City we saw nothing of any note from regular performers Craig Dawson, Jonny Evans, and Jay Rodriguez. Draft Fantasy Football managers will be keeping their eyes on Daniel Sturridge however. Sturridge made no impact in his cameo 20 minutes from the bench in GW25, but expect him to start in GW26 when West Brom play hosts to Southampton.
West Ham Utd
West Ham will be pleased to take a point away from the match with fellow strugglers Crystal Palace. With injuries to Marko Shit Hot Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini, their talismen this season, it was interesting to see that Javier Hernandez; who was given the chance to start contributed with an assist. Hernandez assisted the ever reliable Mark Noble who now has two goals in three.
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