Fantasy Premier League GW25/26 – All You Need to Know
With last weekend’s FA Cup action behind us, we’re looking ahead to two sets of Premier League matches in short succession – Gameweek 25 consists of midweek football on Tuesday and Wednesday before Gameweek 26 continues as normal over the weekend.
Below you’ll find the GW25/26 starting lineup for the Free Super Tips Fantasy Premier League team, candidates for the captain’s armband, and some other potential transfer options worth consideration.
Team FST Gameweek 25 and 26 Line-up
GW25 Deadline – 20th Jan 18:45
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GW26 Deadline – 3rd Feb 11:30
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FST – GW25/6 Captain
Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – £10.2m or £9.2m
Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino may have been unable to fulfill their full potential against an organised and structured Swansea defense last time out, but a trip to Huddersfield followed by a match at home to Spurs should provide ample opportunity for the pair to reignite their form. Both Salah and Firmino produced a goal and an assist in the win over league leaders Manchester City last time out at Anfield, with Salah claiming his 10th FPL double-figure score of the season, and with Tuesday’s opponents Huddersfield having conceded 2 goals or more in all of their last three Premier League outings, the Reds should soon be back to their best.
Other GW25/26 Captain Alternatives
Sergio Aguero or Kevin De Bruyne or Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £11.8m or £10.2m or £8.9m
Manchester City bounced back strong after their first league defeat of the season. Sergio Aguero continued his impressive record against the Magpies – his hatrick in the 3-1 win brought his tally up to 11 goals over the last 6 home meetings against them – and matches against West Brom and Burnley in the coming weeks should prove equally fruitful. Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne should also benefit from these fixtures. No Premier League player has created as many chances (72) or provided as many assists (13) as Kevin De Bruyne, while Sterling is the 4th highest scoring player in the Premier League (14 goals) and the third highest-scoring player in FPL.
Jamie Vardy or Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – £8.5m or £8.7m
Vardy’s reasonable form this season has gone somewhat unnoticed due to the number of new additions to the Premier League. He has scored 10 goals in 23 matches for the Foxes and ranks 5th of all forwards, yet is owned by only ~16% of FPL managers. Vardy’s main strength as a fantasy forward is that when he does find the back of the net, he tends to earn those coveted bonus points too. He’s earned 19 of these so far this season – the 3rd highest number of any player – and with a reasonable enough set of fixtures against Everton and Swansea in the coming weeks, he and Riyad Mahrez – who has delivered at least a goal or assist in 9 of his last 11 outings – should be looking to better their totals.
FST – Ones to Watch
Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United) – £11.7m
Sign or wait? That’s the question on everyone’s mind regarding Alexis Sanchez ahead of United’s trip to Wembley to face Spurs. While he’s yet to justify his huge price tag, the Chilean forward has lots of potential at his new club. Sanchez was the top-scoring player in the game last season, with 264 points from 24 goals and 11 assists for the Gunners, so most FPL managers know what he is capable of. Part of only 3.1% of squads, a streak of form and a couple of big scores from the Chilean could have a major impact on FPL ranks and mini-leagues. Sanchez’s new role and position is uncertain, but it’s unlikely that United will be leaving him on the bench, so expect both Lingard’s and Martial’s time on the pitch to suffer.
Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) – £6.5m
It’s hard to fault Manchester City this season, but it’s their defense which has come on leaps and bounds since their 2016/17 campaign. Center back Nicolas Otamendi has become a permanent fixture in Guardiola’s back line, playing the full 90 minutes in all but two of City’s matches this season, and there’s almost no chance he will be rotated given their current defensive injury crisis. His intimidating presence from set pieces gives him huge attacking potential – he’s scored 4 goals already this season – and with matches against two of the lowest scoring sides in the Premier League coming up (West Brom and Burnley), he has plenty of potential for clean sheets too in the coming week.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) – £6.0m
Xherdan Shaqiri is well on course for his best ever Premier League season, registering 4 goals and 6 assists already this term. With the Potters’ confidence seemingly restored under new coach Paul Lambert, a run of favourable fixtures at home to Watford and away to Bournemouth is exactly what Shaqiri needs to find some form again. At just £6.0m, Shaqiri is one of the cheaper midfielder options available for such an involved player – the Swiss international has been involved in 40% of Stoke’s 25 goals this season.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) – £5.7m
Jurgen Klopp has started Oxlade-Chamberlain in four of their last five Premier League matches and that show of faith has had an obvious impact on his confidence and performances. Again, while Liverpool as a whole were poor against Swansea last time out, the English midfielder is another player who is on track to record their best ever Premier League season and a very reasonably priced option for midfield. He was directly involved in Liverpool’s first two goals against league leaders Man City, scoring one and assisting the second, and his minutes per shot and chance created are only getting better as the weeks go by.
Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – £7.3m
Chelsea’s raiding wing-back has shown exactly why he is the most expensive defender in FPL fantasy over recent weeks, and why he’s in our team. Another clean sheet in a hard-working performance against Bournemouth last time out earned him 6 points, which kept his average at just under 8 points per match over his last eight outings for the Blues. Alonso consistently shows huge potential in both his offensive and defensive performances and has also proven to be a danger from direct free-kicks. Favourable matches at home to Bournemouth and away to Watford lead us to think there’s much more to come from the Spaniard yet.