Fantasy Premier League: Differential Picks for Gameweek 35

We are officially in the final stretch of the marathon. FPL managers have a lot at stake and are desperate to pull ahead of their fellow runners. And this section of precious FPL tips aims to make the task easier. 

Premier League Gameweek 34 was feisty as ever, as all top teams turned up to make the Premier League Matchday 34 a grand occasion. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City dug deep to bury their past demons and registered a comfortable 3-1 win at Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool responded to Manchester City’s comprehensive win by nicking a solid 2-0 win over Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, who will now need a bit of favor from the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal to secure Champions League football for next season. Manchester United and Arsenal secured slender wins over West Ham United and Watford, respectively, while Tottenham cruised to a 4-0 win over Huddersfield. 

Premier League Gameweek 35 will aim to return the English top-flight to all its glory. All 20 sides are in action this week and will look to pick up right where they left off last week. 

Here are Fantasy Premier League differentials for Gameweek 35:

Kevin De Bruyne — Manchester City — £9.7m — 4.9%

Yes, the Manchester City maestro doesn’t come cheap, but the man is worth every single penny on his day. The Belgian has struggled with niggling injuries this season, which has hurt his numbers, but, now, he is once again ready to help his team in the final stretch of the season. 

Manchester City have a double Gameweek this time around. In their first encounter, they host Tottenham Hotspur, hoping to avenge their Champions League exit, earlier this week. For the second match, they take on derby rivals, Manchester United, at Old Trafford, which practically is their game in hand.

Alex Iwobi — Arsenal — £5.4m — 1.6%

Alex Iwobi probably is not the first name that pops to mind when we talk about influential Arsenal stars, but the player is certainly capable of doing something spectacular with the ball at his feet. Unai Emery hasn’t always been generous with game time, but after Thursday’s demanding Europa League clash with Napoli, he might want to rotate some of his players for the upcoming Premier League double Matchday. 

The Gunners had to dig surprisingly deep to secure last week’s 1-0 win at Watford, but that away win is bound to give them some confidence. At home, they have been almost spotless this season, and we expect the trend to continue against Crystal Palace. In their next match, they make the trip to Wolverhampton, which has all the makings of being an end-to-end contest. 

Danny Ings —Southampton — £5.4m — 2.9%

Over the last weeks, Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side has done superbly to return to winning ways. They still have a bit of work to do, but by the looks of it, they are on their way to featuring in the next edition of the Premier League. Shane Long has been the more in-form forward lately, but Ings’ reliability is quite exemplary. 

Like Arsenal and Manchester City, Southampton, too, have a double Gameweek. For the first one, they make the trip to Newcastle, while their next match pits them against Watford, away from home. Two consecutive away games are never good for a team fighting for survival, but Saints’ recent form gives them plenty of reasons to be optimistic. 

Fantasy Premier League: Differential Picks for Gameweek 32

Fantasy Premier League: Differential Picks for Gameweek 32

We are officially in the final stretch of the marathon. FPL managers have a lot at stake and are desperate to pull ahead of their fellow runners. And this section of precious FPL tips aims to make the task easier. 

Premier League Gameweek 31 was a bit different than the previous weeks. Only five English top-flight matches took place last weekend due to postponements caused by the FA Cup quarter-finals ties.

Manchester City’s FA Cup commitment allowed Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to open up a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 2-1 win at Fulham. 

None of Arsenal, Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur were in action, last week. The only top-four contender in action, Chelsea, however, failed to capitalize and succumbed to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Everton. 

Premier League Gameweek 32 will aim to return the English top-flight to all its glory. All 20 sides are in action this week and will look to pick up right where they left off before the international break. 

Here are Fantasy Premier League differentials for Gameweek 31:

Gonzalo Higuain – Cardiff City vs Chelsea,  – £9.6m

The Argentina international missed the chance to prove his quality in last weekend’s defeat at Everton. Olivier Giroud’s superb run of form during the international break has put the pressure back on Gonzalo Higuain — who announced his international retirement on Thursday — to perform.

He may very well be coach Maurizio Sarri’s favorite center-forward, but the Italian is never the one to pick favorites when crucial points are on the line. Ahead of Saturday’s deadline, he has been picked by only 4.3% of Fantasy Premier League managers but could turn out to be a gamechanger in this Gameweek.

David Silva – Fulham vs Man City, Man City vs Cardiff – £8.5m

Statistically, the Manchester City playmaker hasn’t been at his best this season, but it’s judging a player of Silva’s quality through sheer numbers is certainly a blasphemous act. Having registered only six assists in the Premier League this season, Fantasy Premier League managers haven’t been too fond of Silva, and understandably so. But this week, we believe something big could be in store.

In the reverse fixture, Manchester City registered a 3-0 win over the relegation-threatened side, with Silva returning his season-best haul of 11 points. Ahead of Saturday’s deadline, he is owned by only 5.0% of managers, making him an ambitious differential pick. 

Ryan Babel – Fulham vs Man City, Fulham vs Watford – £5.5m

Yes, Fulham have a challenging fixture on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean that each of their players will endure a difficult outing. Ryan Babel, for one, has always thrived in adverse conditions, and, chances are, he would pop up with something exciting against Manchester City as well.

The Fulham winger has registered two goals and three assists in nine appearances since arriving late in the January transfer window, including contributions against both Liverpool and Chelsea in last three Matchdays. Ahead of Saturday’s deadline, he is owned by only 0.4% of managers but could turn out to be a solid wild card. 

Dele Alli – Liverpool vs Tottenham – £8.8m

Tottenham Hotspur have not been at their best lately but going into the business end of the season, they simply can’t afford any more slip-ups. This week, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are against Liverpool, and they’ll need all their stars to be at their best to see this game through.

Ravaged by niggling injuries, Dele Alli hasn’t been a reliable option lately and is currently owned by 2.4% of Fantasy Premier League managers. In his last Gameweek appearance, he got on the scoresheet in a 2-1 win over Fulham in mid-January. 

Fantasy Premier League: Differential Picks for Gameweek 29

Fantasy Premier League: Differential Picks for Gameweek 29

We are officially in the final stretch of the marathon. FPL managers have a lot at stake and are desperate to pull ahead of their fellow runners. And this section of precious FPL tips aims to make the task easier. 

Gameweek 28 provided plenty of entertainment to Fantasy Premier League managers. We saw Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool return to the summit with an emphatic 5-0 win over Watford, opening up a one-point lead over second-placed Manchester City. Manchester City, on the other hand, struggled at home to West Ham and could only manage a slender 1-0 win.

Chelsea returned to winning ways with an impressive 2-0 win over Tottenham, while Arsenal, too, managed to register a convincing 5-1 win over Bournemouth at the Emirates. 

The famed North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur headlines Matchday 29, but Premier League has many other great fixtures in store. Fantasy Premier League captains are bound to have a difficult week, and this section is about making their pennies count. 

Here are Fantasy Premier League differentials for Gameweek 29: 

Divock Origi — Everton vs Liverpool — £5.0m — 0.1%

Liverpool forward, Roberto Firmino’s injury has opened up new avenues for the second-choice center-forward. For the Reds, the situation is far from ideal, but from the Belgian’s perspective, it’s the lucky break he desperately needed. 

He replaced the Brazilian against Watford and got on the scoresheet in an emphatic 5-0 win. Thanks to his impressive outing Jurgen Klopp could very well keep him on for Sunday’s Merseyside Derby. 

Pedro — Fulham vs Chelsea — £6.3m — 3.5%

It hasn’t been a very straightforward campaign for the former Barcelona star. But if he can get a foothold in the business end, he could potentially enjoy an extended run in the team. 

The Chelsea winger got on the scoresheet — his 8th goal of the season — in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur and looks to be on course for yet another start against Fulham this weekend. In the reverse fixture, the Spaniard made the most of Fulhams defensive lapses and bagged 11 points against them in Gameweek 14.

Andros Townsend — Burnley vs Crystal Palace — £5.9m — 4.1%

Andros Townsend isn’t an automatic choice for most Fantasy Premier League managers, but his recent form has been quite encouraging. At just 5.9m, he comes off as a solid value for money purchase, which could very well pay dividends this matchday. 

Sean Dyche’s Burnley have been in fine form this season and are capable of beating most teams in the Premier League. However, they, too, have their shortcomings and defensive lapses, and Townsend seems like the perfect man to exploit their vulnerabilities. 

Manuel Lanzini — West Ham United vs Newcastle United — £6.4m — 0.1%

Yes, selecting a player who has gone through a potentially career-threatening injury doesn’t come off as the best of ideas, but the Argentine could really turn out to be a game changer for his club and the 0.1% managers who own him.

After coming off the bench in West Ham’s last two Premier League games, the attacking-midfielder is raring for a start. Newcastle United are the easiest of opponents for sure, but that won’t probably stop Lanzini from making his first Premier League start of 2018/19.

Also Read: Gameweek 28 Roundup

Fantasy Premier League: Players to Avoid for Gameweek 28

Fantasy Premier League: Players to Avoid for Gameweek 28

Gameweek 27 didn’t offer many goals but still presented an abundance of entertainment to  Fantasy Premier League managers. We saw Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool return to the summit with a frustrating 0-0 draw at Manchester United on Sunday, opening up a one-point lead over second-placed Manchester City. Second-placed Manchester City and Chelsea took part in the final of the Carabao Cup, hence didn’t participate in the Premier League. 

Top-four contenders, Arsenal picked up a comfortable 2-0 win over Southampton, while Tottenham Hotspur succumbed to a shock defeat at Burnley on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to Chelsea headlines Matchday 28, but there are many other mouth-watering clashes to enjoy, as well. Fantasy Premier League managers are in for an unpredictable Matchday, and this section is all about making their task a little easier. 

Here are four players to avoid for Matchday 28: 

Eden Hazard – Chelsea vs Tottenham – £10.8m

Eden Hazard undoubtedly is one of the best players in the Premier League, but the last few weeks haven’t been very kind on the Belgian skipper. He did his best to force a result against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final but couldn’t force a breakthrough. And considering the way Chelsea are playing right now, he’s not expected to enjoy much against Tottenham, either. 

Alternative: Paul Pogba – Crystal Palace vs Manchester United – £8.9m

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s favorite midfielder is arguably the most in-form player in the world right now and should be having a field day at Crystal Palace on Wednesday. 

Also Read: Lesser known facts about Eden Hazard

Roberto Firmino – Liverpool vs Watford – £9.2m

Premier League leaders, Liverpool, are set to be without first-choice striker Roberto Firmino for the foreseeable future after he rolled his right ankle in Sunday’s 0-0 stalemate at Manchester United. Watford aren’t always the easiest teams to play against and the forward will certainly be missed at Anfield on Wednesday.

Alternative: Raul Jimenez – Huddersfield vs Wolves – £6.9m

The Wolves forward has been directly involved in 17 goals this season, including 4 goals in the last 4 Premier League matchdays. Against the worst side in the division, he’s expected to get plenty of joy and hopefully a couple of goals. 

Marcus Rashford – Crystal Palace vs Manchester United – £7.7m

Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford, has been a revelation under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He went into the match against Liverpool in blistering form but couldn’t finish the match unscathed. As his side were already out of substitutions, he had to continue playing through the pain, but the player won’t be fit to feature against Palace this Wednesday.

Alternative: Romelu Lukaku – Crystal Palace vs Manchester United – £10.7m

It’s pretty much a like for like substitution. The Belgian fell out of favor since Solskjaer’s introduction but is expected to enjoy an extended run over the next few weeks. 

Aymeric Laporte – Manchester City vs West Ham United – £6.0m 

Manchester City lifted their first silverware of the season beating Chelsea on penalties on Sunday night. But the Carabao Cup success came at a hefty cost. They lost Fernandinho and Laporte to injuries and are likely to be without their services for the next several weeks. 

Alternative: Lucas Digne – Cardiff vs Everton – £5.3m

The Everton defender has been in brilliant form lately and is expected to have another comfortable outing this week. Cardiff have managed to score 6 goals in as many league matches and should much threat to Digne‘s back-line. 

Fantasy Premier League: Top 4 Captain Picks for Gameweek 27

Fantasy Premier League: Top 4 Captain Picks for Gameweek 27

Gameweek 26 offered an abundance of entertainment to  Fantasy Premier League managers. We saw Jurgen Klopp’s leaders return to winning ways with an emphatic 3-0 win over Bournemouth and restore their three-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table. Second-placed Manchester City responded in style, thumping Chelsea 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Top-four contenders, Arsenal and Manchester United, picked up comfortable wins, while Tottenham Hotspur kept pace with the leaders with yet another impressive victory.

Liverpool’s trip to Manchester United headlines Matchday 27, but there are many other mouth-watering clashes to enjoy, as well. Fantasy Premier League managers are in for an unpredictable Matchday, and this section is all about making their task a little easier.

Here are the top 4 captain picks for Gameweek 27:

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang – Arsenal vs Southampton – £11.1m

The Gabon international hasn’t been at his usual best lately but should enjoy a comfortable run against Southampton this weekend. After a short break, the Gabon international returned to action in Thursday night’s decisive Europa League last-32 win over BATE. He couldn’t get on the scoresheet, but his delivery forced a fourth-minute own goal from Zakhar Volkov at the Emirates Stadium. 

Southampton are never an easy side to play against, but their recent form — winless in three games — should give the Gunners plenty of confidence going forward. 

Also Read: Players to avoid in your Fantasy Team

Paul Pogba – Manchester United vs Liverpool – £8.8m 

Manchester United’s most expensive player, Paul Pogba, has been a revelation under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Frenchman has been bossing oppositions from the middle of the park and we expect the trend to continue against Jurgen Klopp’s leaders, as well. 

Since the managerial change in December, no midfielder in the Premier League has scored more goals than Pogba (8). The World Cup winner looked at his best against Tottenham, Chelsea, and Arsenal, in all competitions under the Norwegian, and we see no reason why he won’t manage to produce something similar against the Reds on Sunday. 

Mohamed Salah – Manchester United vs Liverpool – £13.6m

The most expensive player in Fantasy Premier League, Mohamed Salah, has mostly been a safe bet. But on Sunday, banking on him doesn’t seem to be that straightforward. Judging by his ability and decisiveness, his inclusion seems like a no-brainer. However, his record against the Premier League’s big-six — no goals or assists against Tottenham, Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and United — is hardly encouraging. 

The Egypt international, however, is the leading scorer in the Premier League this season with 17 goals and is capable of producing moments of absolute genius. A really tough call, this! 

Son Heung-min – Burnley vs Spurs – £9.0m

Struck by injuries, Tottenham Hotspur needed some inspiration to maintain their fine run in the Premier League. And despite not being one of the hottest names in the division, the South Korean has stepped up exactly when required. 

The dynamic midfielder has delivered a whopping 132 points in FPL, so far, and we expect him to add a few more precious points to his tally by the end of the weekend. Sean Dyche’s Burnley aren’t the most straightforward of teams, but considering the form Tottenham are in — 10 wins in their last 12 league games — it’s safe to bet on the Lilywhites to walk away with all three points. 

Fantasy Premier League: Players to Avoid for Gameweek 27

Fantasy Premier League: Players to Avoid for Gameweek 27

Gameweek 26 offered an abundance of entertainment to  Fantasy Premier League managers. We saw Jurgen Klopp’s leaders return to winning ways with an emphatic 3-0 win over Bournemouth and restore their three-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table. Second-placed Manchester City responded in style, thumping Chelsea 6-0 at the Etihad.

Top-four contenders Arsenal and Manchester United picked up comfortable wins, while Tottenham Hotspur kept pace with the leaders with yet another impressive victory.

Liverpool’s trip to Manchester United headlines Matchday 27, but there are many other mouth-watering clashes to enjoy, as well. Fantasy Premier League managers are in for an unpredictable Matchday, and this section is all about making their task a little easier. 

Here are the top five players to avoid for Gameweek 27: 

Leroy Sane – Manchester City – £9.5m

Leroy Sane, hands down, is one of the best players in the Premier League, but the last few weeks haven’t been very easy on the German. He seems to have fallen out of favor at the club and has looked pretty short of confidence lately. Manchester City also have blanks on Matchday 27th and 31st — yes, that means no Sergio Aguero either — making Sane an ideal candidate to offload. 

Alternative: Heung-Min Son – Spurs vs Burnley – £9.0m

The Tottenham Hotspur star has been in blistering form lately, scoring in each of his last 3 outings. He is one of the most dependable players right now and is expected to have a stellar impact against Burnley as well. 

Eden Hazard – Chelsea – £10.8m

It’s safe to say that the Belgian has been in stellar form for the Blues this season. The team’s leading scorer — 3rd in the Premier League — has led from the front, scoring 12 goals in 25 league appearances. Sadly, Chelsea have a weekend off in Gameweek 27, making him an ineffective purchase. 

Alternative: Paul Pogba – Manchester United vs Liverpool – £8.8m

Paul Pogba has been a revelation under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and we expect the fine run to continue even against the league leaders. The man, who has directly contributed to 14 goals in 9 league matches under Solskjaer, will be out for blood against the Reds at Old Trafford on Sunday. 

Roberto Firmino – Manchester United vs Liverpool – £9.3

Liverpool have one of the fiercest strikeforce in the Premier League, and each of the three members can be just as decisive. However, since the turn of the year, the Brazilian forward hasn’t been at his lethal best. In the last 8 matches across all competitions, Firmino has only managed two goals and an assist — a lackluster return considering his quality. 

Alternative: Raul Jimenez – Bournemouth vs Wolves – £6.8m

The Wolverhampton Wanderers forward has managed to score 3 goals and provide an assist in the last 4 Gameweeks. Bournemouth don’t have the meanest defense in the division and should present enough opportunities for Jimenez to add to his tally. 

Chris Smalling – Manchester United vs Liverpool – £5.6m

Chris Smalling performance in Monday’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Chelsea was truly commendable. But his displays, so far, haven’t been that reassuring. He is still a very capable defender, but against Liverpool’s intimidating strikeforce, he is bound to have some difficulties. 

Alternative: Victor Lindelof – Manchester United vs Liverpool – £5.0m

Victor Lindelof has turned his Manchester United career around over the last seven months. He’s now one of the first names on the team-sheet and deservedly so. Not only is he an impeccable defender, but his ability to attack set pieces could also come in handy against the Reds. 

Also Read: Everything you should know about United vs Liverpool Rivalry 

Fantasy Premier League: Differential Picks for Gameweek 26

Fantasy Premier League: Differential Picks for Gameweek 26

Gameweek 25 offered plenty. We saw Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool drop two invaluable points at West Ham United, allowing Manchester City — who thumped Arsenal 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday — to cut the deficit at the top of the Premier League table. Other top-four contenders enjoyed a successful Gameweek, with all three of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester United picking up comfortable wins. 

Manchester City’s clash with Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium headlines Gameweek 26, but other fixtures, too, are just as capable of keeping us on the edge of our seats. Fantasy Premier League managers are in for a difficult Matchday, and this section is all about making their task a little easier. 

Here are the top differential picks for Gameweek 26: 

Michy Batshuayi – Crystal Palace vs West Ham – £6.5m

The on loan and in-form Crystal Palace forward is owned by only 0.6% of managers for Palace’s home clash with West Ham United. The Belgian only played for eight minutes against Fulham, last week, but did enough to catch everyone’s attention. He looked sharp, kept the opposition on their toes and made his chances count. 

Batshuayi came up with an impressive assist for Jeffrey Schlupp to double Palace’s advantage, eventually helping them to a comfortable 2-0 win. West Ham, who have managed only one clean sheet in the last eight Gameweeks, aren’t the grittiest of opponents and should present the Belgium international with an opportunity or two. He will be an asset to the Fantasy Premier League managers.

Ashley Westwood – Brighton vs Burnley – £4.5m

The versatile Burnley midfielder is chosen by only 2.9% of managers for the Clarets’ visit to Brighton & Hove Albion. Burnley have been in fine form lately and are unbeaten over the last six Premier League Gameweeks. Westwood may not be one of the hottest names in the English top-flight, but he has certainly been pivotal for Sean Dyche’s men. 

He has created 14 chances between Gameweek 20 and 25, which is more than any of his team-mates. Westwood has also provided assists in three of those matches, picking up points against Manchester United, Huddersfield, and Watford. Brighton haven’t been at their best lately. 

Salomon Rondon – Wolves vs Newcastle United – £5.7m

The Venezuelan forward is picked by only 3.5% of managers for his trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rondon has been Newcastle’s primary attacking threat this season and we expect him to extend his excellent run deep into the season.

With the fitness issues brushed aside, Rondon is finally living up to the billing. After providing a crucial assist in the 3-0 routing of Cardiff on January 19th, he scored Newcastle’s opener in the shock 2-1 win over Manchester City, last Wednesday. Wolverhampton Wanderers aren’t the most straightforward of opponents, but considering the form he’s in, he could prove to be an invaluable addition for Gameweek 26. 

Alexandre Lacazette – Huddersfield vs Arsenal – £9.3m

The French striker is selected by only 6.7% of managers for the Gunners’ trip to Huddersfield Town, this weekend. Gameweek 25 wasn’t too great for the North London club. They were completely outplayed by the Premier League champions and could barely do anything to improve their state. This week, however, they have a much greater chance of bagging all three points. 

Defensively, Huddersfield have been all over the place this season, offering very little resistance. Lacazette, on the other hand, has been quite clinical in front of goal, netting 9 goals in 24 appearances, this season. The prospect of facing the league’s worst side must surely be exciting for the forward, who would be aiming to touch double digits for goals in this matchday itself. Seeing the form he is in Fantasy Premier League managers cannot afford to ignore him.

Also Read: Man City determined to win the title

Premier League 2018-19 : Week 24 Round Up | Liverpool five points clear at the top

Premier League 2018-19 : Week 24 Round Up

The 24th match-week of English Premier League 2018-19 came to a conclusion on Wednesday and brought with it some breathtaking action, last-gasp goals and the usual dose of thrills and spills. 

Liverpool and Manchester United failed to continue their winning run with draws, while Manchester City and Chelsea suffered shocking defeats. Here are the results from the week gone by, and some of the key talking points.

Arsenal 2-1 Cardiff City

Arsenal booked their top-four Premier League aspirations with a 2-1 win against Cardiff City at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal went ahead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 66th-minute spot kick after Bruno Ecuele Manga clumsily brought down Sead Kolasinac. Alexandre Lacazette doubled Arsenal’s lead with a fine low strike into the bottom corner, although substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing pulled one back for Cardiff in added time when he curled a shot past Bernd Leno.

Fulham 4-2 Brighton

Fulham showcased a sensational comeback at Craven Cottage, clawing their way back from 2-0 down at half-time to win 4-2. The Cottagers looked down and out at half-time as two goals from striker Glenn Murray gave Brighton a commanding lead. However, Fulham produced a stunning second-half display and scored four goals in 32 minutes to win a pulsating match. Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic struck either side of Calum Chamber’s 47th-minute volley, while forward Luciano Vietto rounded off the remarkable victory with his first goal for the club.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 West Ham United

Raul Jimenez scored both his seventh and eighth Premier League goals of the season to seal a comfortable victory for Wolves over West Ham United on a cold Molineux evening. A match dominated by Wolves chances, the home side had to wait until Romain Saiss’ 66th-minute header to take the lead, but that only opened the floodgates as Jimenez netted twice in six minutes to send Nuno Espirito Santo’s side up to seventh in the table.

Huddersfield Town 0-1 Everton

Richarlison’s early strike was enough to earn a narrow 1-0 victory for 10-man Everton at bottom club Huddersfield and relieve some the pressure on Marco Silva. The Brazilian striker netted in the third minute and although Everton substitute Lucas Digne was sent off midway through the second half, new Huddersfield boss Jan Siewert’s first game in charge ended in another damaging defeat.

Newcastle United 2-1 Manchester City

Manchester City’s chances of retaining the Premier League title were hit after surrendering an early lead to lose 2-1 at relegation-threatened Newcastle on Tuesday. Matt Ritchie’s 80th-minute penalty completed a remarkable turnaround by Newcastle, which fell behind to a goal from Sergio Aguero inside 24 seconds. It was the quickest goal scored in the league this season. Salomon Rondon canceled out Aguero’s goal with a 66th-minute equalizer.

Manchester United 2-2 Burnley

Burnley ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning start at Manchester United as a late comeback from the Red Devils earned a 2-2 draw. After the first half of few chances, Burnley took the lead after 51 minutes when Ashley Barnes fired in from Jack Cork’s pass. Chris Wood doubled their advantage when he headed in Ashley Westwood’s 81st-minute cross. But Paul Pogba pulled a goal back for Man Utd with an 87th-minute penalty, after a foul on Jesse Lingard. In stoppage time, Victor Lindelof equalized with his first goal for the club after Alexis Sanchez’s effort had been saved. Man Utd are sixth with 45 points, while Burnley move up to 15th on 23 points.

Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace

Southampton and Crystal Palace were left hovering above the Premier League’s relegation zone after they fought out a 1-1 draw in a drab encounter on Wednesday. The result left both sides on 23 points from 24 matches, level with Burnley and four ahead of 18th-placed Cardiff City. The lively Zaha fired the visitors ahead with a stinging low shot from inside the penalty area in the 41st minute, beating Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy at the near post after good work by Andros Townsend. Ward-Prowse equalized out of the blue in the 77th with a superb first-time finish from 10 metres after Matt Targett squared the ball back to the midfielder from the right flank.

Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea

Chelsea was shoved out of the top four in the Premier League as two goals and an assist by Joshua King helped Bournemouth to a thumping victory over the Champions League hopefuls. King scored either side of a composed David Brooks finish before Charlie Daniels added a fourth as the Cherries condemned the visitors to a second consecutive league defeat. A second consecutive league win for Bournemouth moved them up to 10th in the table, while Chelsea drop to fifth by virtue of scoring fewer goals than Arsenal.

Liverpool 1-1 Leicester City

Liverpool missed out on the chance to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League following their 1-1 draw with Leicester City. The Reds took the lead after three minutes through a composed finish by Sadio Mane – his tenth league goal of the season. But Liverpool failed to build on their fine start and Harry Maguire deservedly equalized in front of The Kop at the end of the first half after the hosts failed to deal with a free-kick carelessly conceded by left-back Andrew Robertson.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Watford

Fernando Llorente scored the 87th-minute winner as Tottenham came from a goal down to beat Watford 2-1 in the Premier League on Wednesday and move just two points off second place in the table. Tottenham looked set for a frustrating evening at Wembley when Craig Cathcart headed home a corner in the 38th but Son Heung-min marked his return from the Asian Cup with an equalizer in the 80th. Llorente then made up for a glaring miss earlier in the game by heading home a cross to secure a second straight late comeback win for Spurs, who netted in injury time to earn a 2-1 win at Fulham in their previous league match.

Fantasy Premier League: Five Standout Performers of Matchday 23

Fantasy Premier League: Five Standout Performers of Matchday 23

Game Week 23 of the Fantasy English Premier League delivered plenty of thrills and spills. We saw two 7-goal thrillers, Arsenal’s brilliant win over Chelsea, and a crucial win for relegation-threatened Newcastle United. 

Fantasy Premier League managers were spot on with a couple of inclusions, but this Gameweek was largely dominated by wildcards, by players who are often neglected by the managers.

Here are five standout performers from Matchday 23:

Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal – £5.4m – 15 Points

Arsenal welcomed top-four and crosstown rivals, Chelsea, to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening. The Gunners started on the front foot and got rewarded for their bravado after just 14 minutes into the first half. Alexandre Lacazette left a couple of defenders for dead before squeezing the ball past Kepa Arrizabalaga, putting Arsenal 1-0 ahead. Six minutes before the half-time whistle, Arsenal’s ever-reliable defender, Koscielny doubled their advantage, heading the ball in from close range. He was impeccable throughout the tie and helped his side to a rare clean sheet.

Looking ahead

Arsenal take on Cardiff in the first match of Gameweek 24. The Gunners are the outright favourites to bag all three points, and FPL managers would be wise to keep Koscielny in their respective squads.

Also Read: Top 5 encounters between the London rivals

Danilo – Manchester City – £5.1m – 15 points

Having seen Liverpool extend their Premier League lead to 7 points, Manchester City just had to come up with a fitting reply. Huddersfield, even away from home, was never supposed to be too big a challenge, and in the end, the reigning champions, once again, lived up to the hype. Danilo, who has barely gotten the chance to feature this season, was fortunately chosen to start the match and promptly rewarded his coach’s faith by hitting the back of the net after just 18 minutes of play. Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane added two more goals to wrap up a comfortable outing.

Looking ahead

Manchester City’s next Premier League commitment pits them against Newcastle, away from home. They could end up with yet another clean sheet, which makes Danilo a lucrative choice.

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Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – £13.5m – 15 Points

Premier League leaders, Liverpool, were forced to dig deep to bag all three points against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace. The visitors started brightly at Anfield and wasted no time standing on ceremony. Their efforts finally paid dividends in the 34th minute when Andros Townsend converted from close range. Liverpool’s famed front three were quiet until the goal but sprung back into life in the second-half. Salah converted just minutes after the restart, restoring parity for the Reds. Roberto Firmino added another, a few minutes later, but Liverpool were, once again, pegged back by James Tomkins’ 65th-minute equaliser. Salah and Sadio Mane converted two more chances for the hosts to take the Tie away from Palace, who got a consolation goal through Max Meyer in injury time.

Looking ahead

Liverpool’s next fixture sees them welcome Leicester City to Anfield. Salah is expected to be included in the starting XI and will need to be at his sharpest if the league leaders are to bring the Foxes down.

Diogo Jota – Wolves – £5.9m – 19 Points

The Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder was at his majestic best as his side beat Leicester City 4-3 in a dramatic Saturday afternoon affair. The hosts came into the match trailing Leicester by two points. Desperate for a win, Wolves started the game on the front foot and got themselves ahead through Jota fourth-minute opener. Ryan Bennett doubled their 8 minutes later, handing Wolves a 2-0 half-time lead. Leicester came out all guns blazing in the second half and restored parity by the 51st minute. Jota restored Wolves’ advantage in the 64th minute, but Wes Morgan’s late strike, once again, pegged the hosts back. Finally, three minutes into the stoppage time, Jota popped up to send the home fans into a frenzy. By netting the winner, he became the second Portuguese ever to score a Premier League hat-trick – behind Cristiano Ronaldo.

Looking ahead

8th-placed Wolverhampton host 10th-placed West Ham United in their next Premier League commitment. This match, too, is expected to go down to the wire and having Jota in the squad doesn’t seem like a bad idea.

Fabian Schar – Newcastle – £4.6m – 21 Points

Fabian Schar starred with a brace as Newcastle United cruised to a 3-0 home win over relegation rivals, Cardiff City. The win helped Newcastle climb to 16th, a place, and two points, above the drop zone. A brace for a defender is indeed a rare occasion, but the beauty of his opener makes his performance even more special. The right-back picked up the ball around 50 yards from goal. Using a clever change of pace, he evaded Cardiff’s first challenge and instigated a menacing solo run towards goal. With three dumbfounded defenders in front of him, he cut inside, took a calculated touch, before cushioning an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.

Looking ahead

Newcastle host defending champions, Manchester City, in the next round, which almost guarantees a couple of goals. City defenders will also keep a close eye on Schar’s movement, which would directly affect his attacking contribution. He was brilliant on Matchday 23, but probably won’t be that successful next week.

Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23: Three Players to Avoid and Probable Replacements

Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23: Three Players to Avoid and Probable Replacements

Following a wildly exciting Gameweek 22 – which was headlined by Manchester United’s nail-biting 1-0 win at Tottenham – Fantasy Premier League is back again with more thrills and unpredictable spills. 

The Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23 starts with Leicester City’s trip to Wolverhampton at 6:00 PM (12:30 GMT) on Saturday, with the final match of the week, which sees Tottenham take on Fulham, set to be played on Sunday at 9:30 PM.

Injuries to a couple of big players are bound to make things difficult for the managers, this week. And here, we hope to make things a tad easier by outlining the players to avoid and their probable replacements.

Players to Avoid

Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur – £12.6m

The Tottenham Hotspur ace is one of the sought after forwards in the world and, quite naturally, is one of the most picked players in the Fantasy Premier League. Sadly, the England skipper picked up a nasty ankle injury in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, leaving 30% of managers in despair.

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According to Spurs’ medical report, the forward won’t return to training until the first week of March, forcing him to miss at least 6 Premier League Gameweeks. He had been in scorching form, scoring 6 goals and providing 2 assists in his last 5 appearances. So, his replacement also needs to be right up there.

Replacement: Roberto Firmino – Liverpool – £9.3m

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Losing Harry Kane is indeed a big blow, but this in-form Liverpool forward could provide more than a solid cover. Roberto Firmino has scored 4 goals in the last 4 Premier League matches and will fancy himself against 14th-placed Crystal Palace.

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Son Heung-Min – Tottenham Hotspur – £8.7m

The Tottenham midfielder has been in blistering form in the Premier League lately, but will not be available for selection, this week. The wide midfielder has flown out to the United Arab Emirates to help his country, South Korea, in the AFC Asian Cup, and has already provided an assist in his tournament debut.

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Before flying off to the UAE, Son had scored 8 goals and provided 5 assists in 17 Premier League appearances, giving a commendable return of 106 points.

Replacement: Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur – £8.9m

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Truth be told, the England international has not done much to justify his hefty Fantasy Premier League price tag, since the start of the season. However, in Harry Kane and Son’s absence, the youngster is bound to get a more prominent role. So far, he has scored 4 goals and provided an assist in 16 Premier League appearances, but we expect for him to boost his goal tally against Fulham, this week.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – £5.2m

On Tuesday, Liverpool confirmed their prized right-back’s unfortunate knee injury. The untimely injury will rule the Englishman out, at least, for the next four weeks. This injury will force Jurgen Klopp to dig deep into his reserve bench as he looks for a suitable alternative.

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Liverpool have the best defensive record in the English top-flight, and the youngster has been an irreplaceable part of the Reds’ gritty back-line. Before injuring his knee, the 20-year-old had scored 1 goal and kept 10 clean sheets in 17 Premier League appearances.

Replacement: Matt Doherty – Wolves – £5.2m

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Wolverhampton Wanderers were hammered 3-0 by Manchester City, last Gameweek, but they are expected to fare a lot better against an inconsistent Leicester City, this Saturday. Doherty has been one of the standout performers for Nuno Santo’s men, this season, and has a fair chance of picking up crucial defensive and attacking points against the Foxes.