The best fantasy football managers know better than to simply load their teams with the best players available.
It’s all about selecting the best XI you can get for your budget, bearing in mind the games that are being played that particular week; you wouldn’t have much money left over if you opted for a three-man attack consisting of Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane and Diego Costa, and depending on the respective defences they were facing you might not want to anyway.
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Yet the title of this blog post flies in the face of this philosophy.
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City to get back on track against Palace
Last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough was a profoundly disappointing one for Pep Guardiola.
Victory would have seen his side move third in the table and three points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United, but instead the prospect of Manchester City finishing outside of the top four for the first time since 2010 remains a distinct possibility.
“I think the fight for the top four will go down to the last game.”
— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 30, 2017
However, Sam Allardyce himself said before Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win at Anfield that three points would probably be enough to see them safe — and two home defeats (including to the worst travellers in the league Burnley) and no goals scored in the next two games suggests the players thought so too.
What’s more, in the previous three meetings at the Etihad since their promotion back to the Premier League in 2013, the Eagles have conceded eight and scored none.
Gabriel Jesus hasn’t looked as though he’s had any time out of action since returning from a foot injury, having a stoppage-time goal ruled out for offside in the Manchester derby before netting City’s equaliser at the Riverside.
Considering Sergio Agüero is a slight doubt the 20-year-old may well spearhead Guardiola’s attack, so expect him to rack up the points with the potential for goals (8 points each), assists (4 points each) and shots on target (2 points each).
In addition to the Brazilian, Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling will likely be responsible for a lot of City’s attacks, and at £20 and £19 respectively are considerably cheaper than the £25 Kevin De Bruyne.
Also, if Palace’s run of failing to score at the Etihad continues, a City defender might be a good candidate for that three point clean sheet bonus too.
Considering Allardyce’s side have conceded a third of their league goals from set pieces this season, plump for Vincent Kompany for an outside shot at another eight point goal bonus off that big forehead of his.
Liverpool taking a step closer to Champions League football
Jürgen Klopp’s side have struggled against teams they’re supposed to beat this season — their last two home games ended in defeat to Crystal Palace and a disappointing 2-2 draw with Bournemouth — but Southampton have nothing to play for.
The Saints looked every bit a side who were already on the beach during their 0-0 draw at home to Hull City last time out, and as such Liverpool should take another big step towards Champions League qualification.
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Over 40% of the goals Claude Puel’s men have conceded away from home have been from set pieces this season. With this in mind James Milner should be a definite pick for your XI. With Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho doubts for the clash, the 31-year-old will be on free kick and corner duty.
It’ll likely be either Divock Origi or Roberto Firmino on the end of those balls in, but at £9 cheaper you might be better served opting for the former — unless you can afford the Brazilian.
Chelsea to keep it tight against Boro
Steve Agnew’s Middlesbrough side have shown some fight in the last couple of weeks, beating Sunderland 1-0 before a spirited draw against Manchester City, but the north east club still look doomed and face a difficult trip to Stamford Bridge.
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No team has scored fewer goals in Boro this season (26), while Chelsea have the third best defensive records in the league.
The 3-0 win over Everton was the Blues’ first league clean sheet since January, but you’d fancy them to do so again on Monday night.
Thibaut Courtois would receive 10 points straight away for a win (4 points) and a clean sheet (6 points), even before adding on 1.5 points for every save.
Nathan Ake will cost you just £13 and may well start in place of the injured David Luiz, but Marcos Alonso’s average of 8.2 points per game — thanks to his drive down the left hand side — makes him a good option at £17.