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Saturday February 24
Leicester City v Stoke City
12.30pm GMT, King Power Stadium, Leicester
Leicester were well beaten away to City in their last league game, but they have made it through to the last eight of the FA Cup. They have only lost once in their last seven home games and their remaining home games are all against teams they would hope to get the better of. They have only won twice in their last 10 games, but they are still only one point off seventh place.
Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy are the best choices in the Leicester team for fantasy managers and Harry Maguire has done quite well too.
Stoke came from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Brighton in their last game, but a late penalty miss kept them in the bottom three. They have taken less points and conceded more goals away from home than any other team and haven’t won in their last eight games on the road. No other team has lost more games or conceded more goals and they have only won twice in their last 12 games.
Xherdan Shaqiri has done well for fantasy managers and he could continue to do so for the rest of the season.
I think Leicester should be good enough at home to win this game by a couple of goals.
Bournemouth v Newcastle United
3pm GMT, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth
Bournemouth lost 4-1 away to Huddersfield in their last game to put an end to their recent good run. They have won their last three home games by the same 2-1 scoreline and they will feel they can make it four in a row in this game. The defeat against Huddersfield was their first defeat in eight games and they’re still in the top half of the table despite only being five points above the bottom three.
Calum Wilson has done well at times for fantasy managers, but he tends to blow hot and cold.
Newcastle won 1-0 at home to United in their last game and that win moved them out of the bottom three. They have taken seven points from their last four away games and that win against United should be a huge boost to their confidence. They have only lost once in their last seven games and they even managed to keep clean sheets in three of those games.
I think Kenedy looks like he could do well for fantasy managers, but it’s a risk to pick any Newcastle players.
This is a big game for two teams looking to stay clear of the bottom three and the chances are it might just end in a draw.
Brighton And Hove Albion v Swansea City
3pm GMT, AMEX Stadium, Brighton
Brighton led at Stoke in their last game, but they had to settle for a point which kept them two points above the relegation zone. They have only lost three of their 13 home games, but only West Brom have drawn more games at home. They have only won twice in their last 16 games and only three teams have scored less goals.
I’m still not sure there are any Brighton players who might make a difference for fantasy managers.
Swansea won 1-0 at home to Burnley in their last game and that win moved them one point above the bottom three. They are unbeaten in three away games, but only three teams have scored less goals away from home. They have taken 14 points in their last seven games, but no other team has scored less goals so far.
Lukasz Fabianski is still the Swansea player most likely to score some points for fantasy managers.
This is a game both teams could really do with winning, but the chances are it will probably end all square.
Burnley v Southampton
3pm GMT, Turf Moor, Burnley
Burnley lost 1-0 at struggling Swansea last time out, but they’re still in seventh place despite the poor run they’re on at the moment. They have only taken one point in their last four home games and no other team has scored less goals at home. They haven’t won in 10 games and they failed to score in six of those games, but they’re still just about hanging on to seventh place.
I can’t see any Burnley players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.
Southampton lost 2-0 at home to Liverpool in their last game and they still in the relegation zone. They have to play seven of their remaining 11 games away from home, but they are unbeaten in their last three games on the road. They have only won once in their last 14 games and they have only kept one clean sheet in their last 18 games.
I can’t see any Southampton players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment either.
I think Burnley might just get their first win in a long time in a very close and low scoring game.
Liverpool v West Ham United
3pm GMT, Anfield, Liverpool
Liverpool won 2-0 at Southampton in their last game and they’re now only two points off second place, but they’re also only two points above fifth place. They’re one of only two teams unbeaten at home with only United conceding less goals at home, but only West Brom have drawn more games on their own patch. They have only lost once in their last 18 games and only City have scored more goals.
Mohamed Salah is an absolute must have for fantasy managers while Roberto Firmino has done very well too with Loris Karius worth considering too.
West Ham won 2-0 at home to Watford in their last game and they’re now four points above the relegation zone. They have only won two of their 14 away games and only Stoke have conceded more goals on the road, but they have only lost once in their last five games on the road. They have taken 20 points from their last 12 games and a continuation of that form should see them finish safely in mid-table.
Now that he’s fit again Marco Arnautovic is certainly worth considering for fantasy managers.
I think Liverpool should continue their pursuit of second place with a fairly comfortable win.
West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town
3pm GMT, The Hawthorns, Birmingham
West Brom lost 3-0 at Chelsea in their last game and they’re now seven points from safety with only 11 games to go. They have taken less points at home than any other team and they have drawn more home games too. They have only won once in their last 25 games with only Swansea scoring less goals.
I can’t see any West Brom players to recommend to fantasy managers at the moment.
Huddersfield put an end to a run of five consecutive defeats by winning 4-1 at home to Bournemouth in their last game, but they’re still only one point above the bottom three. No other team has lost more away games with only West Brom and Brighton scoring less goals on their travels. No other team has lost more games with only Stoke conceding more goals and they have failed to score in five of their last seven games.
Despite winning their last game I still can’t see any Huddersfield players to recommend to fantasy managers.
I think West Brom might just get a very rare and much needed win in this game.
Watford v Everton
5.30pm GMT, Vicarage Road, Watford
Watford lost 2-0 at West Ham in their last game and they’re now only four points above the relegation zone. Only West Brom and Southampton have taken less points at home and no other team has conceded more goals at home. They have only won twice in their last 14 games and only Stoke have conceded more goals.
Abdoulaye Doucoure is the Watford player most likely to make a difference for fantasy managers at the moment.
Everton won 3-1 at home to Palace in their last game and they’re only two points behind seventh place, but still only eight points above the bottom three. They have only won once in their 13 away games with only Stoke and West Ham conceding more goals on the road. They can’t find any consistency because of their awful away form and only three teams have conceded more goals.
Gylfi Sigurdsson looks like he might just be finding his Swansea form for Everton, but it’s a big risk to pick and Everton players away from home.
Watford badly need a win to halt their slide and I think they might just get the better of a very close game.
Sunday February 25
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur
12pm GMT, Selhurst Park, London
Palace lost 3-1 at Everton in their last game and they have slipped back to only one point above the relegation zone. They have only lost once in their last 10 home games, but they did draw five of those games and it’s that home form which can keep them up. They haven’t won in their last four games though and they have three very tough games in a row starting with this game.
Luka Milivojevic has been in very good form for fantasy managers in recent weeks and he’s available at a very good price too.
Spurs won 1-0 at home to Arsenal in their last game, but they’re still a point outside the top four. Only the four teams above them have taken more points away from home, but they have only won twice in their last nine away games. They are unbeaten in nine games and they scored 21 goals in those games as well as keeping five clean sheets.
Harry Kane is still the outstanding choice for fantasy managers in the Spurs team with Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son all worth considering too.
Palace are a tough team to beat at home, but I think Spurs will just about edge them out.
Manchester United v Chelsea
2.05pm GMT, Old Trafford, Manchester
United lost 1-0 at struggling Newcastle in their last game and they’re now 16 points behind City with only 11 games to go. Only City have taken more points at home and no other team has conceded less goals at home with only City and Arsenal scoring more goals on their own ground. They have lost two of their last three games and they only scored one goal in those three games, but no other team has conceded less goals.
United’s defenders and keeper are very good choices for fantasy managers at home in particular, but none of their attacking players are impressing at the moment.
Chelsea won 3-0 at home to West Brom in their last game to just about stay in the top four. Only City and Liverpool have taken more points and scored more goals away from home, but they have only won twice in their last seven away games. The win against West Brom was only their second win in six games, but only the two Manchester teams have conceded less goals.
Eden Hazard has found some very good form for fantasy managers in recent weeks and the Chelsea defenders are still a good bet too.
I think this will be a very close game that will probably end in a draw which will not suit either side.
Thursday March 1
Arsenal v Manchester City
2.05pm GMT, Emirates Stadium, London
Arsenal lost 1-0 at Spurs in their last game and they’re now eight points behind the top four with only 11 games to go. They have only lost once in their 13 home games with only City taking more points and scoring more goals at home. They have only won four of their last 14 games and haven’t kept a clean sheet in nine games.
It’s hard to see any Arsenal players to recommend to fantasy managers, but Aaron Ramsey could be worth a shout if he’s fit to play and surely the goals will start to flow for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang soon.
City won 5-1 at home to Leicester in their last game and they now have a 16 point lead with only 11 games to go. They have won 10 of their 13 away games, but they haven’t won in their last three games on the road and the have the best defensive record away from home. They have only lost one of their 27 games and they have scored more goals than any other team with only United conceding less goals.
Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne are both excellent choices for fantasy managers while Sergio Aguero isn’t certain to play every game now that Gabriel Jesus is fit again.
Everything points to a City win in this game, but I have a feeling Arsenal might just get the better of them at home.
That’s it for this week.
See you next week.