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13th Feb 2016

JOE’s Fantasy Football Tips – week 26

Tom Victor

After a short break, we’re back for the most super of Super Sundays.

First versus third. Second versus fourth. And Aston Villa against Liverpool for some reason.

There are some huge games, and we’re wishing we’d saved a free transfer to stop our players facing off against one another.

But we can’t turn back time…well, except to see how we – and you – got on last time out.

Previous Total
Player 1
Player 2
Player 3
Okazaki 2
McClean 3
Deulofeu 2
Baines 1
Dummett 0
Wijnaldum 2

Let’s not dwell too much on those scores, eh?

Anyway, we’ve got a chance to put things right this time around.

And, seeing as we technically got more points than you last time out, you should probably listen to us (*shuffles feet uncomfortably*).

JOE’s Picks

Steven Naismith – Forward – £5.0

Relying on Steven Naismith for the goals to keep you in the Premier League is like cooking dinner for four with super noodles, chorizo and some box of what you think is vegetables but the instructions are all written in Polish: don’t ask how you found yourself in that situation, just make the most of the ingredients you have.

Luckily for Norwich, Naismith quite enjoys playing against this week’s opponents West Ham. In his three-and-a-half years on Merseyside he was only once on the losing side against the Hammers, and that was on penalties in last season’s FA Cup.

With the Canaries deciding defending is passe, they’ll need to just outscore their opponents, and their £8.5m signing is the man to do that.

Gary Cahill – Defender – £6.1m

Kurt Zouma’s injury last week was the sort of thing that’ll make you throw up in your mouth a little, which is bad news if, like Cahill, you then have to surreptitiously spit the vomit onto the touchline and prepare to take to the field.

The England defender will slot straight into the starting line-up against Newcastle United, a team who drew a blank against an Everton team that seems to concede at least two goals every game.

If Cahill wants to get back on track for a Euro 2016 place, a big performance is required on Saturday. Or not, as Chelsea have literally no other fit centre-backs aside from him and  John Terry (even Matt Miazga’s not fit yet) so he’s essentially undroppable.

Anthony Martial – Forward – £7.5m

Martial might not have been able to keep up his early goalscoring form for Manchester United, but he has one thing in his favour – the weekend’s opposition.

United travel to Sunderland to face a team with so few reinforcements that DeAndre Yedlin continues to play semi-regular Premier League football for them.

Expect the Frenchman to take advantage of Sam Allardyce still having the luxury of guessing his best line-up, knowing that the next two home games against Crystal Palace and Everton are the ones that really matter.

And now, your selections…

You’re right, Jack, he is class.

Thanks, Idrissa Gana Gueye’s personal statement


Three games, four goals. Hot damn, you’re right!