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Fantasy Football Advice and Predictions for this Week

Fantasy Football Advice and Predictions for this Week

What a barn-stormer of a week in football! We’ve had sublime goals, horror tackles, red cards and Chelsea lifted the first silverware of the year. But, how did my fantasy football picks rate this week?


Goalkeepers


1. Fraser Forster – Southampton – DISCARD

Next fixtures: Crystal Palace (H), Chelsea (A), Burnley (H)

Previous match: vs. West Brom – Lost 1-0 – Conceded 1

 

Southampton have had a terrible February. They have managed just 1 point from a possible 15. Furthermore, they have failed to score in any of these games. This is quite a shocking statistic for a team who have previously beaten Man United and Arsenal and looked set to challenge for the Champions League places. With a resurgent Crystal Palace to face next followed by a visit to the league leaders Chelsea, Southampton’s poor form looks likely to continue. For this reason, Fraser Forster must be dropped.


2. David De Gea – Man United – KEEP

Next fixtures: Newcastle (A), Arsenal (H), Spurs (H)

Previous match: vs. Sunderland – Won 2-0 – Conceded 0

 

At last! United didn’t concede!! United’s defence had a relatively calm day by their standards and De Gea did not put a foot wrong. United managed 30 shots at goal compared to Sunderland’s 5. But the question is, can United continue their winning ways in the visit to Newcastle? Due to De Gea’s wonderful performances this season, he must stay as one of my picks. United are due to concede a shed-load of goals sooner or later with their shoddy defending, but for now I am willing to let this slide to accommodate such a quality goalkeeper. De Gea stays.


3. Simon Mignolet – Liverpool – KEEP

Next fixtures: Burnley (H), Blackburn (H), Swansea (A)

Previous match: vs. Man City – Won 2-1

 

The Belgian showed a few signs of nerves in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over the Champions, however ultimately it did not cost Liverpool the points. A few times he was hesitant to retrieve loose balls in his area, but asides from this it was a decent display from Mignolet. With Liverpool being the form team at the moment, and with some favourable fixtures coming up, Mignolet is my number 1 goalkeeper choice.  Mignolet stays.

 


Defenders
 
1. John Terry – Chelsea – KEEP

Next fixtures: West Ham (A), PSG (H), Southampton (H)

Previous match: vs. Spurs – Won 2-0 – Conceded 0 – Goals 1

 

Not to be confused with Nemanja Matic. If that joke is lost on you, check out Terry lifting the Champions League trophy in full Chelsea kit (complete with shin pads) despite being suspended and missing the game. Matic was suspended for the Capital One Cup Final but bizarrely did the same thing.  Aside from this kind of malarkey, Terry had an outstanding game, notching the opener in the process. He kept Harry Kane quiet all game and made a fantastic tackle late on. An obvious first choice defensive pick. Terry stays.

 


2. Nathaniel Clyne – Southampton  – KEEP

Next fixtures: Crystal Palace (A), Chelsea (A), Burnley (H)

Previous match: vs. West Brom – Lost 1-0

 

Gah! Southampton!! What has happened to you? No blame can be put at the door of Clyne however; it is simply that Southampton’s attackers are not putting the ball away. Luckily, the Saints aren’t conceding too many goals. If they were I might have to discard Clyne and that would be annoying, given how many points he has accrued so far this season. Given Southampton’s form however, Clyne’s time may almost be up, should they not pull their finger out! Keep Clyne for the Palace game.


3. Jordan Ibe – Liverpool – DISCARD

Next fixtures: Burnley (H), Blackburn (H), Swansea (A)

Previous match: vs. Man City – Won 2-1

 

Disastrous pick. He got injured against Besiktas and is likely to miss around 4 weeks. Such a disappointment for a promising player. Discard immediately.


 

Midfielders
 
1. Christian Eriksen – Spurs – KEEP

Next fixtures: Swansea (H), QPR (A), Man United (A)

Previous match: vs. Chelsea – Lost 2-0 – Goals 0 Assists 0

 

Eriksen was unlucky to see his free kick hit the bar against Chelsea; apart from this he was unable to make a telling contribution on the match. A very disappointing day for Spurs indeed. However, with a home game against Swansea next, I expect them to bounce back with a win. Eriksen is sure to be at the heart of everything good for Spurs in this match. One disappointing match can be allowed. Any more and we’ll have to rethink the Christian situation.


2. Coutinho – Liverpool  – KEEP

Next fixtures: Burnley (H), Blackburn (H), Swansea (A)

Previous match: vs. Man City – Won 2-1 – Goals 1 – Assists 0

 

MOTM against Man City. Oh… and what a goal…again!! Pure class from the jinky Brazilian. Definite keeper is young Philippe!

 


3. Eden Hazard – Chelsea – KEEP

Next fixtures: West Ham (A), PSG (H), Southampton (H)

Previous match: vs. Spurs – Won 2-0 – Goals 0 Assists 0

 

He briefly mesmerized the Spurs’ defenders in the cup final. H did not have a brilliant game by his standards, but he definitely played his part. Hazard has got to stay in the team.


 

Attackers
 
1. Harry Kane – Tottenham – KEEP

Next 3 fixtures: Swansea (H), QPR (A), Man United (A)

Previous match: vs. Chelsea – Lost 2-0 – Goals 0 Assists 0

 

A very disappointing performance from Kane in the cup final. He held the ball up relatively well but was unable to test the Chelsea defence to any real extent, mainly due to the brilliance of John Terry. It will be interesting to see how he picks himself up from this disappointment. Due to his form, Kane will stay for the next match.


2. Sergio Aguero – Man City – KEEP

Next 3 fixtures: Leicester (H), Burnley (A), Barcelona (A)

Previous match: vs. Liverpool – Lost 2-1 – Goals 0 Assists 0

 

Sergio tried everything in his power to get a goal against Liverpool, but ultimately their defence held firm. He does however look back to his best and has had an extended run in the team without injury. With games against Leicester and Burnley coming up, goals are on the cards for Aguero.

 


3. Daniel Sturridge – Liverpool – KEEP

Next 3 fixtures: Burnley (A), Blackburn (H), Swansea (A)

Previous match: vs. Man City – Won 2-1 – Goals 0 Assists 0

 

Brendan Rodgers is using Sturridge very carefully in order to build his fitness and match sharpness back up. He started the match on the bench and came on for the final 15 minutes. Again he showed some nice touches, but ultimately no fantasy football points. I really thought that Liverpool would miss him against Man City when I saw the line-ups, but they didn’t! Rodgers has worked wonders with his team of late and with Sturridge back up to full fitness soon, things can only get better on Merseyside. Liverpool face Burnley on Wednesday and it will be interesting to see whether Sturridge starts the game. If he doesn’t, I might look at discarding him.

 

That’s all for this weeks’ fantasy football guide. But what’s in store for next week?

Next week I am going to bring in a new format to my team. Instead of 3 picks for every position, I will be picking a 4-4-2 formation and players to fill each position (plus a goalkeeper). This way, I will be able to pick my ultimate fantasy team for the week and tally up the score.


 

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