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. 

Liverpool scores the last-gasp winner against Tottenham to go back at the top: Match Report, Talking Points & Analysis

Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspur by two goals to one on Sunday night to regain the lead at the top. 

An intense tale of two halves concluded at the exquisite stage of Anfield in the most dramatic style as the challengers scored at the death via Toby Alderwild to mark a crucial victory against Tottenham Hotspur.

Premier League has come to its business end and race for the Premier League title is heating up immensely week after week. At this juncture, from the perspective of Liverpool and Manchester City, every fixture is undoubtedly a final.

Apparently, on Sunday, the Reds ingressed their home ground needing nothing but all important three points. It was Tottenham who went off to a good start but after a period of 10-15 minutes, the hosts gathered a good control on the game and slightly started to cause Spurs’ defense a real problem. It was Roberto Firmino who broke the deadlock for the Reds with a well taken headed finish thanks to a sublime delivery by Andrew Robertson. They had an array of chances in the first 45 minutes but failed to capitalize on them and headed to the half time with a narrow lead on their back.

The second half was quite a revelation for Tottenham, and Liverpool seemed to have lost their propulsion to some extent. Spurs looked like will find an equalizer and they got so when Lucas Moura scored from a close range on the 70th-minute mark. The Kop End was injected with a nervy unsettlement. The Reds’ twelfth man needed a late miracle and they got that yet again.

Ultimately it came down to a set piece and then fascinating cross by Alexander-Arnold that saw Salah’s header palmed out by Tottenham’s gloves-man Hugo Lloris and then it was put into the back of the net by Toby Alderwield. Anfield erupted. Their team won it at the last and regained the top spot yet again. While for Spurs, a loss at Anfield is a significant blow to their top four hopes and Mauricio Pochettino’s men will head to their new stadium with a big task on hand. 

Here are the major talking points from this very fixture.

Van Dijk Colossus Yet Again and Reds’ immense full backs

Virgil Van Dijk has been a revelation for Liverpool this season and has been the lifeblood of their title challenge so far. The Dutch rock-solid center back defended sensationally when the situation was 2 on 1 pushing Sissokho to a weak foot finish and keeping his team well alive in the game. He won numerous aerial duels and individual battles with Spurs’ forwards and put forth yet another high caliber performance.


Van Dijk undoubtedly dominated the defense but yet another big applause must go to Liverpool’s full-backs, Andrew Robertson and Alexander-Arnold. The pair has been an integral figure in Reds’ attacking build-ups and they were yet again brilliant on Sunday against Tottenham.

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It was Robertson who provided a delivery for Liverpool’s first goal while Alexander Arnold’s deep cross was crucial in the winning goal.

Tottenham Hotspurs From Title pushers to top four strugglers?

Tottenham Hotspur had a recent dip in their performance and now, they are without a win in their past five premier league games. Two months ago they were getting counted as title challengers but the recent downfall means they are now fighting for top four finish this season.

They have lost a grip on the third place as Arsenal’s win over Newcastle means now the third place is occupied by the Gunners. Tottenham’s points tally now matches with that of Manchester United’s and it only suggests that they need to bend over backward to come in top four places.

Title Race Could go until matchday 38

Before the challengers played, the defending champions had already bagged all the three points against toothless Fulham. But the Reds refused to throw in the towel and are back to the top of the summit after a crucial win over Spurs.

Reds have 79 points in the bag at the moment which are 2 more than Manchester City but have played a game more. This is arguably the tightest title race of the recent past and this all intends that there could be much more drama unfolded in the coming weeks and this unique race for Premier League can go to to the last game. 

Man of the match: Andrew Robertson


Reds’ left-back Andrew Roberston had numerous moments of sheer cheer on Sunday night against Tottenham. He provided a delivery for the hosts’ first goal and it means he has now 9 assists in the Premier League this season. Apart from it, he made a sensational block to deny Tottenham and was constantly surging upwards down the left flank. He was influential in Reds’ attack and in defense as well and apparently, he deserves the man of the match honor. 

A Look Ahead

Liverpool comes in action on Friday night as they travel to the Southcoast to face Saints while Tottenham begins their journey with their new stadium against Crystal Palace on Thursday night.

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. 

Analysing Premier League Top-Four Contenders

Analysing Premier League Top-Four Contenders

Securing Champions League football is of paramount importance to Premier League clubs. And with only eight matches left to play this campaign, the top-four race couldn’t be any more fierce. 

While Liverpool and Manchester City battle it out at the top of the Premier League table, some less-fortunate clubs are fighting tooth and nails to feature in next season’s Champions League.

Even before matchday 30, the standings looked a bit straightforward. Tottenham, sitting four points clear at third, looked on course to feature in Europe’s elite tournament for the fourth successive campaign. However, a defeat to Southampton, combined with Arsenal’s win over Manchester United, has made things complicated. 

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have picked up just a solitary point from their last four Premier League matches, which has allowed their North London rivals, Arsenal, to move within a point of Spurs. Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the league under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also came to a screeching halt as the Gunners thumped them 2-0 at the Emirates.

The win helped Arsenal bounce back strongly from their 3-1 Europa League to Rennes. They played fearlessly, full of confidence, and, in the end, deservedly walked away with all three points. Unai Emery’s Arsenal haven’t always been the most consistent, but in the final stretch, they are really looking like a force to be reckoned with. 

Since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal, Manchester United have looked a lot sharper, more confident. Yes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finally tumbled in the Premier League, but that shouldn’t undermine their progress under the Norwegian in any way. They are only a couple of points behind Arsenal right now, and with eight games still to play, there is plenty of twists and turns still in store. 

Finally, in the sixth position, we have Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea. The Blues have been highly inconsistent this season, but they are still in the running to book a place in Europe. They currently have a four-point deficit to overturn and seem to have enough firepower to pull it off. This weekend, they fell to a 1-1 draw against the Wolves and were lucky not to walk away empty-handed. Sarri’s men are also in the Europa League, and considering their form in the competition, they look like one of the front-runners for the pole position.

The next eight fixtures will decide the teams’ fate, and some teams are more fortunate than others. 

Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool (A), Brighton (H), Huddersfield (H), Manchester City (A), West Ham (H), Bournemouth (A), Everton (H), Crystal Palace (H)


Newcastle (H), Everton (A), Watford (A), Crystal Palace (H), Leicester (A), Brighton (H), Burnley (A), Wolves (A)

Manchester United 

Watford (H), Wolves (A), West Ham (H), Everton (A), Manchester City (H), Chelsea (H), Huddersfield (A), Cardiff (H)


Everton (A), Cardiff (A), West Ham (H), Liverpool (A), Burnley (H), Manchester United (A), Watford (H), Leicester (A), Brighton (H)

After analysing the four sets of fixtures, it’s safe to say that Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have their work cut out for them. Manchester United, too, have a couple of relatively tough fixtures in there, but Arsenal — fourth in the Premier League table — seem to have the easiest run-in and are the favourites to book their place in Europe. 

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Premier League : GameWeek 30 | Man City one point clear at top

Premier League : GameWeek 30 | Man City one point clear at top

The 30th match-week of English Premier League 2018-19 came to a conclusion on Sunday and brought with it some breathtaking action, wonderful goals and the usual dose of excitement and drama.

Match-week 30 of Premier League witnessed plenty of excitement and emotions. Manchester United lost two valuable points against Arsenal at the Emirates, while it was a comfortable week for teams like Liverpool and Man City, who secured all three points. Here are some results from the week gone by, and some of the key talking points.

Manchester City 3-1 Watford

Raheem Sterling stole the show as he grabs a hat-trick against Watford to help Manchester City register a 3-1 win and pull four points clear in the title race and pile the pressure on 2nd placed Liverpool. The England winger bagged three goals inside 13 minutes in the second half, the first of which should have been disallowed, to make it five straight wins in the league for Pep Guardiola’s side. Gerard Deulofeu grabbed a late consolation just 20 seconds after coming off the bench for Watford but the damage was already done. City have won 10 of their last 11 Premier League games, and are on the longest current winning run in the competition with six games.

Leicester City 3-1 Fulham

Jamie Vardy scored two late goals as Leicester City beat Fulham 3-1 in Brendan Rodgers’ first home game in charge of the Foxes. Leicester took the lead in the 21st minute when Vardy beat the offside trap and laid the ball on to Belgian midfielder Tielemans, who is on loan from Monaco, and he netted his first Premier League goal with a simple tap-in. Substitute Floyd Ayite equalized shortly after the break when he surged into the penalty area and beat goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel with a shot which took a deflection off two Leicester defenders. Vardy restored Leicester’s lead with a trademark finish in the 78th minute, drilling in a low shot past Sergio Rico from inside the penalty box. Vardy sealed the home side’s win with a scrambled close-range finish in the 86th minute.

Newcastle United 3-2 Everton

Ayoze Perez scored twice and set up Salomon Rondon in a stunning performance At St James’ Park, Newcastle stormed back from two goals down at half-time to secure a vital 3-2 victory over Everton in a captivating match. The Newcastle striker had leveled three minutes earlier after Pickford spilled Miguel Almiron’s stinging drive into his path, while Perez also set up Salomon Rondon’s fine volley to get the hosts back into the game. Until then, Rafael Benitez’s side had felt aggrieved at referee Lee Mason’s decision not to send Pickford off for a foul on Rondon, with the England goalkeeper saving a poor subsequent penalty from Matt Ritchie. The Magpies’ mood darkened when, moments after that save, Richarlison tapped in his side’s second after Martin Dubravka parried Andres Gomes’ low cross straight to the Everton winger.

Southampton 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse scripted a spectacular comeback win for Southampton who stunned Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at St Mary’s on Saturday after being completely outplayed in the first half. Tottenham held the lead at half-time through Harry Kane’s opener and fully deserved their advantage following the dominant first 45 minutes. However, the Saints came roaring back with two goals from Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse in a much improved second-half display. The Spurs now have lost three consecutive away games in the Premier League for just the second time under Mauricio Pochettino, previously doing so in November 2017.

Liverpool 4-2 Burnley

Liverpool on Sunday had to survive Burnley’s scare on both ends of the game to secure a 4-2 win on the strength of two braces by Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, keeping the pace with the Premier League’s standing leader Manchester City. The home side went 1-0 behind when Ashley Westwood’s corner looped over Alisson straight into the back of the net. 13 minutes after going behind, Jurgen Klopp’s men equalized through Roberto Firmino. In the 29th minute, Liverpool took a 2-1 lead. In the 67th minute, Heaton miscued his goal-kick and Liverpool countered to set up Firmino for his second of the game. Salah was tackled in the box after taking too long to shoot and the ball fell straight to Firmino for another open goal. Johann Berg Gudmundsson later made it 3-2 in stoppage time to set up a nervy finish before Mane rounded Heaton and bagged his second to seal the victory.

Chelsea 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

An injury-time goal from Eden Hazard salvaged a point for Chelsea against a dogged Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday. The Blues looked like they were going to suffer their second defeat of the season against the West Midlands outfit with Raul Jimenez putting the visitors in front at Stamford Bridge. Wolves broke from inside their own half with some attractive interplay before Jimenez clipped the ball over Kepa Arrizabalaga to give the visitors the lead in the 56th minute. With time running out it looked like it was going to be a memorable win for Wolves against the Blues but it was Belgian international Hazard to the rescue in the 92nd minute.

Cardiff City 2-0 West Ham United

West Ham United fell to a frustrating 2-0 defeat at Cardiff City on Saturday, when a goal at the start of each half kept the points in South Wales. Junior Hoilett and Victor Camarasa punished some sloppy defending from the visitors to get the goals, which Cardiff proceeded to defend relatively comfortably. Declan Rice struck the post in the second period, but the Hammers were unable to break down a stubborn home rearguard with regularity and they could have few complaints about the final score.

Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United

Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 in a crucial Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Granit Xhaka put Arsenal ahead with a good striker in the 12th minute, while Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang converted a penalty in the second half to win the match for Arsenal. The Gunners put in an impressive display, while United were below par and most of their players looked a bit jaded. It was only United’s 2nd defeat in 18 matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as Arsenal continued their impressive home form. They have now defeated United, Chelsea, and Tottenham in their home ground in the Premier League.

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Premier League : GameWeek 29 | Man City one point clear at top

Premier League : GameWeek 29 Round Up | Man City one point clear at top

The 29th match-week of English Premier League 2018-19 came to a conclusion on Sunday and brought with it some breathtaking action, wonderful goals and the usual dose of excitement and drama. 

Match-week 29 of Premier League witnessed plenty of excitement and emotions. Liverpool, again lost two valuable points against Everton in the Merseyside derby, while it was a comfortable week for teams like Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United, and Man City too, who secured all three points. Here are some results from the week gone by, and some of the key talking points.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Arsenal

Hugo Lloris saved a late penalty to secure a 1-1 draw for Tottenham against Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday after Harry Kane had equalized with a spot-kick of his own. Arsenal had a chance to win it in the final minutes when substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was adjudged to have been fouled in the area, but the striker’s weak effort from the spot was pushed away by Lloris. Aaron Ramsey had put Arsenal ahead in the 16th minute but Kane leveled in the 74th from a disputed penalty after he was pushed down in the box following a free kick. However, replays showed he was offside when the free kick was taken.

Burnley 1-3 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha shone as Crystal Palace secured victory again to pile misery on Sean Dyche’s relegation-threatened Burnley side. Crystal Palace took the lead after Jeffrey Schlupp’s cross was turned into the net by Burnley’s Phil Bardsley. The visitors doubled their advantage at Turf Moor thanks to a well-taken finish from forward Michy Batshuayi. Wilfried Zaha tricked his way into the box before unleashing a powerful low drive to score Palace’s third goal. Burnley scored a late consolation goal with Ashley Barnes netting in the last minute of Saturday’s match.

Bournemouth 0-1 Manchester City

Manchester City opened up a one-point gap at the top of the league table with a crucial victory against Bournemouth with substitute Riyad Mahrez scoring the only goal. It was a second 1-0 win in the space of four days for City, who once again dominated possession but were forced to be patient against dogged and defensive opponents. City continued to push forward in the second half and deservedly took the lead after 55 minutes. Charlie Daniels failed to properly clear Bernardo Silva’s pass, the ball falling to Silva who teed up Mahrez to fire home at Artur Boruc’s near post.

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Manchester United 3-2 Southampton

Romelu Lukaku’s 89th-minute strike at Old Trafford, his fourth goal in two games, fired United back into the top four at the expense of Arsenal, who were held by Tottenham. The visitors who took the lead in spectacular fashion through Yann Valery’s long-range strike. The Red Devils leveled with another lovely strike from Andreas Pereira early in the second half before Romelu Lukaku turned the game on its head with a second for the hosts within six minutes. However, the Saints looked to have salvaged a share of the spoils when James Ward-Prowse scored a brilliant free-kick on 75 minutes, only for Lukaku to snatch the win for the hosts with just two minutes left on the clock.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Cardiff City

Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez were on red-hot form as Wolves ended a three-match winless run in the league with victory over struggling Cardiff. Jota broke the deadlock in the 16th minute, finishing confidently past Neil Etheridge following a free-flowing move. Wolves doubled their lead just two minutes later when Jota teed up Jimenez, who fired low into the corner for his 11th league goal of the campaign. Leander Dendoncker nearly made it 3-0 in the first half but struck the post from point-blank range before being denied by Etheridge on the follow-up. The win lifts seventh-placed Wolves onto 43 points – while Cardiff remain 18th, two points off safety following a third consecutive defeat.

West Ham United 2-0 Newcastle United

West Ham United claimed a 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday evening, moving them up to ninth in the Premier League. Declan Rice opened the scoring for the hosts after just seven minutes when he met Robert Snodgrass’ pinpoint corner. Mark Noble doubled the Hammers’ lead shortly before half-time, exquisitely putting away a penalty after Javier Hernandez was fouled in the box. Chances were few and far between in the second half, with the visitors going close late on when Salomon Rondon struck the post. The win sees Manuel Pellegrini’s side stretch their unbeaten run at the London Stadium to six games in all competitions, with their last defeat at homecoming against Watford shortly before Christmas.

Fulham 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea beat west London neighbors Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage in Scott Parker’s first game in charge of the home side. With 20 minutes played, the Blues broke the deadlock as Willian found Cesar Azpilicueta, who crossed the ball into the area for Gonzalo Higuain to apply a superb first-time finish and leave Sergio Rico well beaten. But Fulham were level for just four minutes after that through Calum Chambers, however, before Jorginho found the back of the net with an accurate finish from 20 yards out, having been set up by Eden Hazard. Sixth-placed Chelsea have a game in hand and are now a point behind fifth-placed Arsenal and two adrift of Manchester United in fourth.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Liverpool missed the chance to go to the top of the Premier League after being held to a 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby at Everton. The Reds arrived at Goodison Park on the back of a 16-game unbeaten run against Everton in the Premier League, stretching back eight-and-a-half-years to October 2010, while both sides had picked up just two wins from their last six games. And, while Jurgen Klopp’s men carved out several good chances to score, Everton put in a determined display to secure a deserved share of the spoils to ensure their neighbors remain in second place, a point behind Manchester City, while the Toffees sit 10th on 37 points.

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.

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Premier League 2018-19 : GameWeek 27 Round Up | Liverpool one point clear at the top

Premier League 2018-19 : GameWeek 27 Round Up | Liverpool one point clear at the top

The 27th match-week of English Premier League (EPL) 2018-19 came to a conclusion on Sunday and brought with it some breathtaking action, last-gasp goals and the usual dose of thrills and spills. 

There are different motivations at play in Premier League, however, with some teams looking out for the top spot, a few battling for a first-four spot and the rest, trying to salvage some pride. Each match had its own narrative and the teams delivered in spectacular fashion. Here are the results and highlights from the week gone by:

West Ham United 3-1 Fulham

West Ham United returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory against relegation-threatened Fulham at London Stadium on Friday night. The Hammers had to come from behind after Ryan Babel swept the Cottagers into a third-minute lead, and they owed much to Robert Snodgrass’ wicked set-piece delivery for turning the game on its head before the interval. The Scotsman sent two decisive corners into the danger area, which led to Chicharito and Issa Diop making it 2-1 to the hosts. Fulham kept West Ham honest to the end, and it needed a last minute Michail Antonio header to wrap the three points up.

Cardiff City 1-5 Watford

Gerard Deulofeu fired Watford up to seventh in the Premier League with an outstanding hat-trick against Cardiff City in their 5-1 win. Deulofeu opened the scoring on 18 minutes when his 20-yard drive found the bottom corner. The pacy winger added a second on 61 minutes after rounding Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge. Deulofeu completed his hat-trick just two minutes later with an astute chip to put the result beyond doubt. Troy Deeney scored his first goal on 73, minutes, side-footing into the net from Deulofeu’s low cross. Cardiff skipper Sol Bamba scrambled in a consolation goal from a corner with eight minutes remaining. Deeney completed the scoring from close range in stoppage time after latching on to Will Hughes’ cross.

Burnley 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Burnley recorded a famous 2-1 victory at Turf Moor against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. Goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, either side of a Harry Kane goal condemned Spurs to only their third away loss of the season. The Clarets opened the scoring shortly after the break as Chris Wood rose highest to head home Dwight McNeil’s inswinging corner. Kane, making his first appearance since 13 January, equalized after latching onto Danny Rose’s quick throw-in and poking past Tom Heaton, before Ashley Barnes tapped in Burnley’s second. This loss could prove a huge blow in Spurs’ aims for their first ever Premier League crown with games against Chelsea and Arsenal coming next week.

Bournemouth 1-1 Wolves

Joshua King missed an 85th-minute penalty as Bournemouth were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with in-form Wolves in a high-flying game containing three spot-kicks. King gave the Cherries a 14th-minute lead from 12 yards after being brought down by Joao Moutinho, but Wolves pulled level with a spot-kick of their own in the 83rd minute, Raul Jimenez slotting home. Referee Roger East then remarkably awarded a third penalty just two minutes later after Ryan Fraser when down softly under Ivan Cavaleiro’s challenge as he entered the area, King this time firing wide from 12 yards. While Eddie Howe’s side will be disappointed not to have taken all three points, they have at least ended a run of two defeats, while Wolves remain in eighth after being leapfrogged by Watford on Friday.

Newcastle United 2-0 Huddersfield Town

Newcastle United eased past 10-man Huddersfield Town to move four points clear of the Premier League relegation zone. After Newcastle missed several chances in the first half, striker Salomon Rondon swept in the opener 59 seconds into the second period. Ayoze Perez drilled in the second although Paraguay forward Almiron could not add the goal his display deserved. Record signing Miguel Almiron was a constant threat to the Huddersfield defence, having a hand in the second goal and three shots on target himself. Huddersfield have lost all four of their matches under new manager Jan Siewert and remain 14 points adrift of safety.

Leicester City 1-4 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace added a major boost in their task for Premier League safety with an impressive 4-1 victory against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening. It took some good fortune for the Eagles to take the lead as they absorbed plenty of pressure in the first period before Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi opened his account for the club as he deflected James McArthur’s strike past Kasper Schmeichel. Claude Puel’s men replied just past the hour as Jonny Evans speared home an equalizer. That was as good as it got for the hosts as Wilfried Zaha fired in at the back post only a matter of minutes later before Luka Milivojevic extended the lead from the penalty spot. The points were all but wrapped up in the closing stages by Zaha as he robbed Harry Maguire and fired past Schmeichel.

Arsenal 2-0 Southampton

Arsenal took advantage of Manchester United drawing with Liverpool to climb into fourth place and boost their chances of Champions League qualification. Goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were enough to give the Gunners back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time in nearly three months. Lacazette put Arsenal in front with a clever finish from close range early on and Arsenal were in control from the moment Mkhitaryan doubled their lead after 17 minutes. After this defeat, the struggling Saints remain in the relegation zone by one point after the first defeat in five matches.

Man United 0-0 Liverpool

Manchester United held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Old Trafford on Sunday leaving the Red Devils 5th on the league log behind Arsenal. A draw can never really be seen as a good result for United but given the circumstances of losing three players to injury in the first half, a draw was a very good result in the end. The visitors will be really disappointed with the outcome given how depleted United were but the draw means that they are still top, even though their lead now is down to one point. For Liverpool, Virgil Van Dijk was back after suspension in midweek, while James Milner started at right back over Trent Alexander-Arnold. In terms of the game itself, it started at a very high tempo with the hosts letting the visitors have all of the possession with the hosts looking to play on the counter-attack.

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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. 

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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. 

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