Several big hitters are back in the fray for Gameweek 25 as the race for the 2015-16 Fantasy Premier League title hots up.
Kun Aguero is back to his explosive best, Wayne Rooney is hitting form at the right time, and Alexis Sanchez is back from his long term injury lay off. The winter transfer window has seen the infusion of unknown quantities into our fantasy rosters. Everton’s Oumar Niasse, Newcastle’s Seydou Doumbia, Swansea City’s Alberto Paloschi, Sunderland’s Wahbi Khazri, Stoke City’s Giannelli Imbula and Watford’s Nordin Amrabat will all be competing for a place in our 15 man squads.
With the business end of the season finally upon us, here are 4 must haves for your Gameweek 25 Fantasy Premier League lineups.
Fraser Forster (4.8£) — Southampton
Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster’s long awaited comeback from injury has seen his side accumulate 4 consecutive clean sheets. Forster put in a virtuoso display on Tuesday as Southampton held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw at Emirates. The England international made some gravity defying saves to thwart Arsenal’s much vaunted attacking threat.
Earlier, Forster’s assured performance in goal saw his side execute a perfect snatch and grab against Manchester United at Old Trafford. With the fixture list easing up for Southampton (West Ham United (H), Swansea (A), Chelsea (H), Bournemouth (A)), fantasy managers would be well advised to consider monitoring the 4.8£ priced Saints goalkeeper.
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Kevin Wimmer (£4.6m) — Tottenham Hotspur
With Jan Vertonghen being ruled out for up to 2 months, 23-year-old Kevin Wimmer has stepped up to replace the Belgian centre-back alongside Toby Alderweireld. Vertonghen, whose formidable partnership with fellow Belgian and former Ajax teammate Alderweireld has seen Spurs enjoy the best defensive record in the league this season, injured the medial ligament in his knee during his side’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in January.
Wimmer, signed from FC Cologne in the summer, put in an assured display against Norwich in midweek on his way to securing his clean sheet with the club. Priced at a mouthwatering £4.6m, Wimmer seems to be a secure budget route into the much vaunted Tottenham defence ahead of those heavily priced such as Alderweireld (£6.2m), Danny Rose (£5.1m) and Kyle Walker (£5.2m).
Spurs, who welcome a 9th place Watford side that has gone off the boil lately, will be confident of securing their 10th clean sheet of season.
Alexis Sanchez (£11.0) — Arsenal
Chilean sensation Alexis Sanchez made his much awaited return from injury to start for Arsenal against Southampton in midweek. Although Arsenal played out a morale damaging 0-0 draw with the Saints, Sanchez put in an eye-catching display that saw him get away with more shots inside the box than any other midfielder in the Gameweek.
The Chilean’s metronomic link up play with German playmaker Mesut Özil saw the Gunners put in a swashbuckling display at the Emirates — only to be denied by the heroics of Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster in goal. With Kevin De Bruyne out of action for the foreseeable future and Mesut Özil firing 5 straight blanks, the £11.0 priced Chilean is screaming for attention of Fantasy managers in the heavy hitters category.
Arsenal travel to Bournemouth on Sunday looking for their first win in 5 matches in the Barclays Premier League — a sequence that has seen them fall from 1st to 4th in the space of 3 weeks.
Sergio “Kun” Aguero (£13.6m) — Manchester City
Argentine superstar Sergio Aguero has been on fire since his return from injury in early January. The heaviest hitter in the Premier League exploded on to our fantasy radars after smashing 6 goals, 1 assist and 8 bonus points in the last 5 matches.
Aguero’s explosive goal scoring returns makes him virtually impossible not to own for fantasy managers across the world. The Manchester City hitman won the Golden Boot last season after smashing 26 goals in the league. When fully fit and firing, Sergio Aguero is like a spring ·that never runs dry.
High flying Leicester City, currently atop the Barclays Premier League table, will do well to keep out the diminutive Argentine at the Etihad on Saturday.