GAMEWEEK 26, FIXTURES ANALYSIS ; PREMIER LEAGUE FANTASY FOOTBALL 2019/20

H17 2020-02-06 Fixture Analysis

Greetings FPL managers, welcome to another edition of fixture analysis, where we look at the best and worst fixtures focusing on their next three upcoming gameweeks...

BEST ATTACK: LIVERPOOL

The high flying Reds just can't stop winning, they made it 24 wins in 25 PL games to stretch their lead to 22 points after hammering Southampton 4 - 0 in a first class second half display. Mo Salah continued his good form, after getting another double digit haul, outshining both Henderson & Firmino who also got big hauls respectively. Liverpool face the three sides in the relegation zone in the next three ganes, so it comes as no surprise that the current top 3 transfer ins for GW26. The trip to a leaky Norwich defence has a lot of FPL managers licking their lips, with the triple captain chip been thrown in to consideration. Next they'll face David Moyes' struggling West Ham who conceded 3 goals at home to Brighton in GW25. Then it will be away to Watford who have hit some kind of a stumbling block as they've suffered back to back defeats. As already mentioned above, Salah (£12.7) seems like the standout pick at the moment, with Firmino (£9.7) also attracting a lot of attention at an affordable price. Henderson (£5.4) would make a brilliant fifth midfield. Keep an eye on the possibly returning Mane (£12.2).

WORST ATTACK: NORWICH CITY

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Basement boys Norwich City are again the worst attack for this upcoming gameweek, as they face a really tough defences in the next three games.The Canaries bad form in front of goal was evident again in GW25 when they were away to Newcastle as they failed to score despite getting some good chances. The ever reliable Teemu Pukki couldn't make extend his scoring run to three games as he missed two big chances in the 0-0 stalemate. It won't get any easier as they'll host the best defence in the Premier League, Liverpool and Top 4 contenders Leicester, in the next three games. The game away to a well organised Wolves is sandwiched in between the two home games. In FPL terms, again no Norwich player looks a good bet. Pukki has done well in recent weeks as already mentioned, but there are definitely other great options with favourable fixtures in that price range.

BEST DEFENCE: SOUTHAMPTON

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The Saint's hard fixture run has come to an end and they did fairly well during this period. Southampton have three home games in their next four and Ings could be the top-scoring forward in this spell, but for this article we will be focusing on their cleansheet potential. They have back to back home games against a resurgent Burnley side who did well during their tough fixture schedule & a very Jack Grealish dependant Aston Villa side. Both these sides don't score as frequent away from their respective home grounds. Then The Saints will make their way to the London Stadium to face a West Ham side who has recently dropped into the relegation zone. Southampton's defence haven't delivered that many points when it comes to FPL, but with their upcoming fixture run, it's time pick into their very affordable goalkeeper & defenders. McCarthy (£4.4) makes a lot of saves, so his bonus points potential is very high when they get a cleansheet. Stephens & Bednarek are both £4.4, but Bertrand (£4.8) is the standout pick because he sometimes takes set-pieces.

WORST DEFENCE: WEST HAM

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It really looks like a very long long time ago when David Moyes marked his return to West Ham back in GW21 with a 4 -0 win over Bournemouth at the London Stadium, because they haven't won and haven't kept a cleansheet since then, so it comes with no surprise that they are now in the relegation zone.
Looking at their next two opponents, it will send shivers to the spine of the manager & the board because it's back to back away games against the current Premier League leaders Liverpool and the defending Champions Man City. The home game vs Southampton after these two games will provide another tough test as they'll have to face a Danny Ings lead attack. Fabianski (£4.9) will definitely make a lot of saves in this period, maybe even come out with a penalty save or two but he definitely is not worth keeping at the moment.

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