Gameweek 25: Fantasy Preview

Posted by John Culea

Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC/Getty ImagesTop fantasy point producer Luis Suarez will look to score against Arsenal after being held scoreless last week.

Saturday, February 8
Liverpool (14-5-5) vs. Arsenal (17-4-3)
The marquee game of the week is the only one to check announced lineups before the lock. Luis Suarez is a goal-scoring/assist machine and Daniel Sturridge has five goals and an assist in four matches.
Arsenal has Santi Cazorla and Oliver Giroud for offense and Mesut Ozil for distribution; however, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's brace on Sunday was a new injection of goals. Jack Wilshere may be available but Mathieu Flamini is suspended.

Aston Villa (7-6-11) vs. West Ham (5-7-12)
Christian Benteke is back in form and Gabriel Agbonlahor could return.
Kevin Nolan had a brace working in tandem with Andy Carroll, but Carroll is suspended. Winston Reid might start.

Chelsea (16-5-3) vs. Newcastle (11-4-9)
Chelsea come off Monday's road shutout against Manchester City and have conceded the fewest goals (20) in the league. Eden Hazard is at the top of his game. Petr Cech has six clean sheets in the last eight matches. Oscar and Nemanja Matic could get starts while David Luiz may sit.
The struggling Magpies are without suspended Loic Remy and injured Fabricio Coloccini and Papiss Cisse. Hatem Ben Arfa was in a fog against Sunderland.

Crystal Palace (7-2-15) vs. WBA (4-11-9)
Palace were resolute on defense in the first half against Arsenal but were burned in the second. Their 15 goals scored are the lowest in the PL.
The Baggies allowed just one goal to Liverpool and got the equalizer from Victor Anichebe for their 11th draw of the season. Captain Jonas Olsson will miss with a hamstring problem.

Norwich (6-6-12) vs. Manchester City (17-2-5)
The Canaries are marginally better at home than on the road, but that is small consolation considering their Carrow Road opponents.
The Citizens goal-scoring rampage with 68 was stopped at home against Chelsea. On the road, they are so-so with six wins in 12 matches. Sergio Aguero is out injured. Edin Dzeko's goal-scoring streak was stopped. Yaya Toure remains the top midfield fantasy point producer. David Silva's last goal was December 14. Fernandinho is out.

Southampton (9-8-7) vs. Stoke (6-7-11)
Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, and Jay Rodriguez were on target last time out and the defense has tightened again.
Stoke come off an upset win over Manchester United. Charlie Adam had a brace. The Potters are brutal on the road with only eight goals scored.

Sunderland (6-6-12) vs. Hull (6-6-12)
The Stadium of Light is filled with renewed confidence. Adam Johnson with six goals in four games is on a torrid streak and Vito Manonne has been exceptional in goal. Fabio Borini has two goals in two games.
Hull's upgraded offense with Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic will have Jake Livermore back hoping to improve on only seven goals scored on the road. GK Allan McGregor is suspended.

Swansea (6-6-12) vs. Cardiff (5-6-13)
The shock sack of Michael Laudrup carries questions about how a team that has one win in their last ten league games will respond. Michu will likely miss his ninth game but Jonjo Shelvey returns. The Swans that took 20 shots with none on target last time out. Goalkeeper Michel Vorm could be available.
Cardiff escaped the bottom and offer hope with newcomers Kenwyne Jones, Wilfried Zaha, and Fabio.

Sunday, February 9
Tottenham (13-5-6) vs. Everton (12-9-3)
Spurs were held by Hull and wonder if Emmanuel Adebayor's sparkle is fading.
Everton may have Seamus Coleman back. Kevin Mirallas is trying to pick up the slack left by injured Romelu Lukaku.

Manchester United (12-4-8) vs. Fulham (6-1-17)
Robin van Persie has two goals in two matches since his return from injury. Wayne Rooney is in a scoring funk and injuries have taken Jonny Evans and Phil Jones out of the mix. Danny Welbeck did not start against Stoke. Adnan Januzaj could get a start.
Fulham are as bad as it gets. The Cottagers were bounced from the FA Cup by a League One side. They got some transfer reinforcements and Lewis Holtby will start, but with 53 PL goals conceded (28 on the road), this game could be ugly.

Fantasy captain recommendations: Adam Johnson, Robin van Persie, Edin Dzeko, Eden Hazard, and Luis Suarez.


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