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:
4. 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.
🦇 Batsman Returns to London!
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 1, 2019
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.
3. 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.
Ashley Westwood laughing and filming it all 😂 pic.twitter.com/SKeHPiIP4S
— Jake🏴 (@bfcjake) January 31, 2019
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.
2. 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.
The beautiful game… Rondon does a Di Canio.
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) February 7, 2019
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.
1. 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.
6️⃣ games 🔴
3️⃣ goals ⚽️
1️⃣ assist 🅰️
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 5, 2019
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.
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