April
26

As always on a Saturday morning, we scour the market for some overlooked options as the minutes tick down on another Gameweek’s deadline. All of our trio have left it late in the season but are finally starting to fulfil expectations and play a key part in their respective sides’ fortunes.

Lukas Podolski

In his first start of the season back in Gameweek 2, the Arsenal forward was quick off the mark and grabbed a two-goal haul and maximum bonus points in a 3-1 win over Fulham. Podolski’s campaign was immediately brought to an abrupt halt with a hamstring injury sustained against Fenerbahce in late August, however, and he failed to feature again until mid-December – climbing off the bench to bag a goal and assist against West Ham.

Having flitted in and out of the Gunners’ first XI over the subsequent few months, he finally seems to have nailed down a regular role, and with a security of starts boosting his match sharpness, the German international has finally flourished. Five goals and two assists in the last five Gameweeks, with a brace in each of his last two appearances, is indicative of Podolski’s current form – despite a role on the left of the attacking midfield three, he has still racked up the returns and looks a key figure in Arsenal’s push for a fourth-place finish.

Available for 7.9 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), 8.7 in the Sky Sports game and 4.0 in the Sun Dream Team, he now welcomes Newcastle and West Brom to the Emirates, and with a final day trip to Norwich also on the Gunners’ agenda, Podolski looks poised to continue his fine recent showings.

Marko Arnautovic

A somewhat enigmatic figure, the Austrian struggled to adjust to his new surrounds after arriving at Stoke last summer. With the Potters in a period of transition under new manager Mark Hughes, Arnautovic managed just a goal and two assists in his first five months in the English top-flight and showed little of the talents that persuaded the likes of Inter to shell out for his services in seasons gone by.

As Hughes’ tactics finally clicked, Arnautovic stepped up and has since become a crucial member of a side that has tasted defeat just twice in the last 12 matches and has comfortably secured their survival for yet another season. With two goals, three assists and five bonus points in his last six, the Austrian is now up to eight assists for the season and, as we witnessed in last week’s draw at Cardiff, is also now on spot-kick duties for the Staffordshire outfit.

Available for just 5.1 in FPL, 4.9 in the Sky Sports game and 2.0 in the Sun Dream Team, Arnautovic now welcomes Spurs and Fulham to the Britannia – where Stoke have already beaten the likes of United, Chelsea and Arsenal – whilst a trip to neighbours West Brom on the final day of the season affords further reason for optimism, bearing in mind the Baggies have conceded three times in each of their last three at the Hawthorns.

Fabio Borini

Just two Gameweeks ago, Sunderland seemed dead and buried, but thanks to a couple of gritty away displays, Gus Poyet’s great escape looks very much on the cards. A draw at City was followed by an incredible victory at Chelsea, where Borini grabbed a vital spot-kick winner as the Black Cats moved to within three points of safety.

Whilst Connor Wickham may have been a little more prolific over the past fortnight, the Italian’s underlying statistics have been far more impressive and suggest he could be the cannier acquisition for those eyeing up the Wearsiders for the run-in.

Poyet’s side have three home games still to play and, crucially, all are against relegation rivals. Cardiff, West Brom and Swansea have yet to make their way to the Stadium of Light, and with a double Gameweek 37 trip to Old Trafford also thrown in, Sunderland’s recent exploits suggest they have the momentum on side to secure their survival. If the Wearsiders are to retain their palce in the Premier League for another season, Borini – priced at 6.2 in FPL, 7.5 in the Sky Sports game and 2.0 in the Sun Dream Team – will surely have a part to play.

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  1. Which team do you think has more goals in them this week?

    A) Everton
    B) Cardiff

    I'm thinking A.

    • 8 months, 18 hours ago
    1. Bob

      Yeah A

      • 8 months, 18 hours ago
      • 8 months, 18 hours ago
  2. DEfence atm:

    Colemann Dann Ivanovic (Azpilicueta Chambers)

    As reports suggest neither Ivan nor Azpi will be playing this GW, any defender worth taking for a hit? Thinking Ivan -> Evra/Demi or Chambers -> Alonso/Brown

    ??

    • 8 months, 18 hours ago
  3. Bob

    Start Snodgrass or Puncheon? Cheers

    • 8 months, 18 hours ago
      • 8 months, 18 hours ago
  4. Punch or barkley?

    • 8 months, 18 hours ago
    1. Bob

      Barkley.

      • 8 months, 18 hours ago
      1. Thats how im set up at the moment. Cheers!

        • 8 months, 18 hours ago
  5. Good morning all. 25 points ahead in my mini-leagues.
    Any changes needed, inside the top 2,500 at the moment.
    0.0 in bank after -4. Is double SUN a bit much?

    Mannone
    Bardsley - Coleman - Flanagan
    Eriksen - Rambo (vc) - Garard - Nasri
    Suarez - Aguero - Rooney (c)

    Adrian - Chester - Ward - Sissoko

    • 8 months, 18 hours ago
    1. double up on Sunderland defence?

      • 8 months, 18 hours ago
  6. Ok, one thing left before lift of.....

    Vidic in for Cahill/Ivan, -4 but would it not work out since i then get another week for it to pay for it self?
    Also, bigger chance for a utd cleanie then Chelsea dito.

    This of course could crash and burn if Vidic is not picked or has a headache..

    • 8 months, 18 hours ago
  7. who is more likely to get a CS?

    Hull or Villa?

    • 8 months, 18 hours ago
  8. Do I play this team or should I take a hit to get yaya ( who I'll be getting next week anyway ) for silva? Would mean id probably bench Lallana?

    Mannone
    Chester. Kos. Coleman
    Lallana. Mata. Sterling. Eirksen
    Aguero. Rooney ( c ). Suarez

    Boruc. Azp. Ward. Sliva

    • 8 months, 18 hours ago
  9. Would anyone captain Mata this week? Surely Utd are going all out attack and he'll be played in his best position. Surely?!

    • 8 months, 17 hours ago
  10. LAST MINUTE CHANGES

    Mannone
    Zab,Ivan,Coleman
    Eriksen,Lallana, Mutch, Ramsey (c)
    Suarez, Aguero, Lukaku

    (Cech, Mutch, Ward, Olsson)

    Should I play Mutch or Livermore for this weekends games?

    • 8 months, 17 hours ago
    1. * 1 mutch should be a livermore

      • 8 months, 17 hours ago
  11. All set? :)

    Harper
    Kosc Coleman Vlaar
    Mata Sterling Eriksen Nasri
    Aguero Suarez Lukaku

    Subs: Boruc, Mutch, Ward, Bardsley

    • 8 months, 17 hours ago
  12. Lallana to Ramsey?

    Yay or nay??

    • 8 months, 17 hours ago
  13. the decisions you make in the next 15 minutes will affect the rest of your life

    • 8 months, 17 hours ago
  14. Play lallana or barkley

    • 8 months, 17 hours ago
  15. Am I crazy to do Suarez > WickHam?

    • 7 months, 28 days ago
    1. Not if your chasing...Long or Jelly are the other options.

      • 7 months, 28 days ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 17

  • Lloris
  • Zabaleta
  • Ivanovic
  • Cresswell
  • Sánchez
  • Eriksen
  • Y Touré
  • Downing
  • Bony
  • van Persie
  • Austin
  • Evans
  • Nasri
  • Carroll

Fixture Ticker

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 1:25pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hart MCI A, Vs
Up McGregor HUL B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR B, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN A
Up De Gea MUN A
No Change Fabianski SWA B
Up Adrián WHM B

Defenders

Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 12:51am
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Down Baines EVE C
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, £
Up Janmaat NEW B, VsX, Inj
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Down Hutton AVL B, Vs, £, Sus
No Change Taylor SWA B
Up Chester HUL C, Vs, VsX
Up Evans MUN B, Vs

Midfielders

Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:40pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE A, VsX
Down Sánchez ARS A, VsX, OoP
Up Y Touré MCI B, Vs, Sus
Up Downing WHM A
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Nasri MCI A, Vs, Inj
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
No Change Bolasie CPL A, VsX
Down Oscar CHE B, VsX
Up Fer QPR B, Vs
Up Sissoko NEW B, Vs, VsX

Forwards

Last updated: 20 Dec, 2014 10:12am
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE B
No Change Bony SWA A, Vs
Up Austin QPR A, Vs
Up van Persie MUN A
Up Kane TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Rest, £
Up Giroud ARS B, VsX
Up Benteke AVL B, Vs
Down Rooney MUN B, Inj, OoP
Up Carroll WHM B
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Cazorla ARS 4
Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Besic EVE 4
Naismith EVE 4
Chester HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Vardy LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Pieters STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
O'Shea SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 4

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder