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WEEKLY WILDCARDS 2016/17: FPL Gameweek 27

March 3, 2017

| The Hype Train |

Every week The Hype Train analyses the best wildcard options for your Fantasy Premier League teams. Historically weekly FPL Dream Team’s comprise of mostly wildcard players whose selection falls with a low selection % of overall players, to which there is no doubt that their influence cannot be ignored. With such an abundance of points coming from the FPL’s hidden gems The Hype Train selects one player from each Premier League match in the upcoming Gameweek to decide who could be the differential that sets your team apart. All aboard.

 

 

Weekly Wildcards: 2015/16 Season Review

The pursuit of Fantasy Premier League glory never hinges on the success of key 'essential' players, instead finding a differential with very little player ownership can help drive your team up mini-leagues and the global points ladders. The Hype Train invested a great deal of time last season trying to unearth the FPL gems that lay just beneath the surface of our thinking, and we have taken the journey to review our efforts from the 2015/16 season. We're reviewing what worked, what didn't, the teams and players to rely on, and those to avoid. All aboard as we review a season of Weekly Wildcard picks.​

 

To read the full Wildcard Season review, click here, or on cover stars Troy Deeney and Gylfi Sigurdsson below.

 

 

DIFFERENTIALS: WHAT IS A WILDCARD PLAYER?

The rules for the 2015/16 season were easy enough to follow. The only rule was that a player had be to selected by less than 5% of the FPL's populace. With 2016/17's price changes, and player selection trends, we have been forced to revise our rules on what constitutes a differential. After testing the waters with selection, there are just not enough differentials with the 2015/16 classification in each position, so we have introduced position specific rules regarding what is and isn't a wildcard/differential player in the FPL that we believe is representative to the game this season.

 

We have set new boundaries for selection, and these rules listed below will be running throughout the 2016/17 FPL season.

 

Goalkeepers

- Any shot stopper outside of the top 5 selected. A differential Goalkeeper is now considered outside of the top bracket due to the overwhelming ownership selection % of the top 5 GKs for any one Gameweek.

- A GK's ownership must not exceed 10%

 

Defenders

- Due to the pricing structure, a differential Defender is the uncommon picks for any one side. There is one or two overwhelming options for most teams in the FPL that consume ownership percentage.

- We cannot pick the top 2 selected Defenders, unless they fall below 7% ownership. We can only pick the second most selected for the same reasoning. This ensures 2 wildcard options are available for all teams.

 

Midfielders

- Any Midfielder under 8% ownership is classified as a differential.

- Our percentage criteria of 8% is due to a greater wealth of premium midfielders. There is a monopoly of top midfielders for most Premier League clubs, leaving only a handful of Midfielders that provide differential options on a weekly basis.

 

Forwards

- We cannot pick the most highly selected Forwards in the FPL, most of which are over 10% player ownership. The exception is if the top selected Forward from any club falls below 9%.

- Our percentage criteria of 9% is high because there is already a monopoly of Forwards, and anything outside of that is considered to be a differential.

DIFFERENTIALS: GAMEWEEK PERFORMANCE (GW26)

Our scoring procedure is exactly the same as the FPL's, and each week a good barometer of success is whether or not our weekly selections outscore the average points for a Gameweek. Each week the results vary due to rotation, and unpredictable scorelines, which applies more so to differential players. We have an invested interest each and every week at finding the different players to make a difference, especially since it is easy to say Aguero or Kane will get on the score sheet.

 

See below for how our wildcard selections got on this past Gameweek.

 

Gameweek 26 Average Points: 45pts
Gameweek 26 Wildcard Points: 38pts

 

 

DIFFERENTIALS: SEASON PERFORMANCE

To help track our progress throughout the 2016/17 season, below you can check how our wildcard selections have done by week to week in the Fantasy Premier League.

 

Best Wildcard Week: GW21 - 65pts, 6 player returns

Worst Wildcard Week: GW10 - 24pts, 2 player returns

 

Average Points: 44 (1), 57 (2), 42 (3), 43 (4), 48 (5), 45 (6), 42 (7), 39 (8), 42 (9), 58 (10), 52 (11), 40 (12), 46 (13), 50 (14), 46 (15), 48 (16), 47 (17), 54 (18), 45 (19), 49 (20), 56 (21), 46 (22), 35 (23), 51 (24), 47 (25), 45 (26) = 1,227pts


Wildcard Points: 25 (1), 25 (2), 26 (3), 57 (4), 37 (5), 32 (6), 46 (7), 36 (8), 35 (9), 24 (10), 39 (11), 57 (12), 42 (13), 55 (14), 45 (15), 41 (16), 42 (17), 44 (18), 50 (19), 63 (20), 65 (21), 46 (22), 39 (23), 29 (24), 43 (25), 38 (26) = 1,081pts

 

 

Best Gamweek Wildcard Player(s)

GW1: Lukasz Fabianski (Burnley vs. Swansea) - 8pts

GW2: Michel Vorm (Spurs vs. Crystal Palace) - 7pts

GW3: John Terry (Chelsea vs. Burnley) - 6pts

GW4: Romelu Lukaku (Sunderland vs. Everton) - 17pts

GW5: Manuel Lanzini (West Brom vs. West Ham) - 7pts

GW6: Hueng-Min Son (Middlesbrough vs. Spurs) - 15pts

GW7: Troy Deeney (Watford vs. Bournemouth) - 9pts

GW8: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Arsenal vs. Swansea) - 9pts

          Callum Wilson (Bournemouth vs. Hull) - 9pts

GW9: Winston Reid (West Ham vs. Sunderland) - 14pts

GW10: Claudio Bravo (West Brom vs. Man City) - 6pts

            Yannick Bolasie (Everton vs. West Ham) - 6pts

GW11: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea vs. Everton) - 13pts

GW12: Harry Kane (Spurs vs. West Ham) - 13pts

GW13: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea vs. Crystal Palace) - 10pts

GW14: Christian Eriksen (Spurs vs. Swansea) - 18pts

GW15: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea vs. Sunderland) - 13pts

GW16: Divock Origi (Middlesbrough vs. Liverpool) - 11pts

GW17: Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland vs. Watford) - 15pts

GW18: Andy Carroll (Swansea vs. West Ham) - 8pts

            Troy Deeney (Watford vs. Crystal Palace) - 8pts

GW19: Andre Gray (Burnley vs Sunderland) - 17pts

GW20: Leighton Baines (Everton vs. Southampton) - 15pts

            Dele Alli (Spurs vs. Chelsea) - 15pts

            Olivier Giroud (Bournemouth vs. Arsenal) - 15pts

GW21: Marcos Alonso (Leicester vs. Chelsea) - 21pts

GW22: Andy Carroll (Middlesbrough vs. West Ham) - 13pts

GW23: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea vs. Southampton) - 13pts

GW24: Troy Deeney (Watford vs. Burnley) - 7pts

GW25: Manolo Gabbiadini (Sunderland vs. Southampton) - 13pts

GW26: Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace vs. Middlesbrough) - 15pts

 

 

Gameweek Wildcard History

GW1: 25 points, 2 player returns

Fabianski (8), Townsend (2), Deulofeu (3), Friend (2), Tadic (2), Nolito (1), Callum Wilson (2), Lovren (0), Diego Costa (5)

 

GW2: 25 points, 1 player return

Targett (1), Kolarov (2), Lallana (2), Llorente (2), Vorm (7), Deeney (1), Rondon (2), Cazorla (3), Defoe (2), Kouyate (3)

 

GW3: 26 points, 2 player returns

Janssen (2), Terry (6), C. Benteke (2), Lukaku (2), Huth (4), Fonte (2), Holding (2), Abel Hernandez (2), Stuani (2), Otamendi (2)

 

GW4: 57 points, 5 player returns

Nolito (2), Mustafi (2), C. Wilson (6), Heaton (2), G. Ramirez (0), Bony (2), Antonio (13), Wijnaldum (5), Sigurdsson (8), Lukaku (17)

 

GW5: 37 points, 5 player returns

Oscar (2), Monreal (2), Huth (6), Bravo (6), Lanzini (7), Stekelenburg (-1), Rooney (1), Benteke (2), Tadic (6), Lloris (6)

 

GW6: 32 points, 2 player returns

Huth (-1), Bolasie (2), Matip (2), Hueng-Min Son (15), Chadli (1), Mandanda (1), Kolarov (1), Walcott (8), Lanzini (1), Deeney (2)

 

GW7: 46 points, 5 player returns

Christian Benteke (5), Karius (2), David Luiz (6), van Aanholt (7), Deeney (9), Downing (2), Rashford (2), Austin (2), Dele Alli (8), Iwobi (3)

 

GW8: 36 points, 4 player returns

Slimani (1), Sigurdsson (9), Callum Wilson (9), Nolito (6), Arnautovic (5), Danny Rose (0), Christian Benteke (-1), Deeney (2), Forster (2), Milner (3)

 

GW9: 35 points, 2 player returns

Dele Alli (2), Mustafi (5), Stekelenburg (1), Joe Allen (2), Huth (2), Sigurdsson (2), Reid (14), Matip (2), Austin (2), Moses (3)

 

GW10: 24 points, 2 player returns

Monreal (0), Smalling (0), Adama Traore (3), Alli (2), Deeney (2), Bravo (6), Christian Benteke (2), Bolasie (6), Redmond (2), Pieters (1)

 

GW11: 39 points, 3 player returns

Wilshere (2), Keane (1), Gundogan (3), Bony (2), Alonso (13), Kane (8), Fonte (1), Matip (2), Sigurdsson (5), Zieler (2)

 

GW12: 57 points, 6 player returns

Monreal (2), Zaha (6), Coleman (9), Karius (6), Martins Indi (2), van Aanholt (10), Musa (1), Kane (13), Alonso (6), Vokes (2)

 

GW13: 42 points, 5 player returns

Yaya Toure (2), Phillips (5), Simpson (4), Matip (6), Sigurdsson (10), Alonso (2), Deeney (2), Mustafi (1), Mata (2), Soares (8)

 

GW14: 55 points, 5 player returns

Pedro (1), Zaha (2), Eriksen (18), Glen Johnson (7), Anichebe (2), Phillips (9), Lanzini (2), Origi (6), Coleman (2), Valdes (6)

 

GW15: 45 points, 5 player returns

Deeney (2), Monreal (2), Ake (1), Benteke (6), Sigurdsson (13), David Silva (5), Alonso (6), Rose (1), Bertrand (0), Origi (9)

 

GW16: 41 points, 5 player returns

Slimani (1), Gabriel (1), Origi (11), Alonso (7), Randolph (8), Zaha (2), Iheanacho (0), Lloris (8), Arnautovic (-2), Phillips (5)

 

GW17: 42 points, 4 player returns

Alonso (6), Llorente (2), Glen Johnson (0), van Aanholt (15), Cresswell (7), Phillips (2), Boufal (1), Oxlade-Chamberlain (1), Lloris (2), Mignolet (6)

 

GW18: 44 points, 5 player returns

Deeney (8), Monreal (1), Andre Gray (7), Alonso (6), Slimani (2), Phil Jones (2), Carroll (8), David Silva (6), Mignolet (2), Jay Rodriguez (2)

 

GW19: 50 points, 5 player returns

Mirallas (6), Gray (17), Alonso (3), Ayew (2), Jones (0), Forster (1), Ake (8), Milner (3), Lloris (2), Giroud (8)

 

GW20: 63 points, 5 player returns

Valdes (0), Baines (15), David Silva (0), Klavan (1), Brunt (8), Carroll (1), Giroud (15), Townsend (1), Pieters (7), Alli (15)

 

GW21: 65 points, 6 player returns

Vertonghen (6), Gray (2), Stanislas (7), Grant (2), Sigurdsson (2), Deeney (1), Carroll (5), Alonso (21), Barkley (9), Milner (10)

 

GW22: 46 points, 5 player returns

Mignolet (1), Stanislas (2), Barkley (3), Carroll (13), Arnautovic (2), Dawson (6), Wimmer (0), Yoshida (6), Mustafi (7), David Luiz (6)

 

GW23: 39 points, 2 player returns

Ozil (2), Stanislas (2), Gray (2), Brunt (2), Lloris (0), Sigurdsson (13), Milner (4), De Bruyne (8), Phil Jones (1), Coleman (5)

 

GW24: 29 points, 3 player returns

David Luiz (2), van Aanholt (0), Tom Davies (1), Milner (1), Jack Stephens (1), Deeney (7), Chadli (6), Ben Davies (6), Sane (2), Schmeichel (3).

 

GW25: 43 points, 4 player returns

Rannochia (0), Mkhitaryan (3), Robles (7), Crouch (2), Gabbiadini (13), Chadli (6), Wijnaldum (7), David Luiz (2), Llorente (2), Gabriel Jesus (1)

 

GW26: 38 points, 4 player returns (from 8 matches)

David Luiz (1), van Aanholt (15), Robles (6), Markovic (0), Chadli (5), Deeney (9), Heung-Min Son (1), Matip (1)

 

 

WILDCARDS: HALL OF FAME

To honour the exceptional diamonds in the rough, below is a a Hall of Fame highlighting last season's top performing wildcards, as well as the best individual points returners from this season.

 

2015/16: Top 5 Wildcards
1 - Troy Deeney (WAT) (P15) (77pts)
2 - Christian Fuchs (LEI) (P10) (48pts)
3 - Gylfi Sigurdsson (SWA) (P6) (43pts)
4 - Nicolas Otamendi (MCI) (P9) (39pts)
5 - Daniel Sturridge (LIV) (P5) (38pts)

 

FPL Wildcards: Our Best Individual Wildcard Points Returns

1 - Marcos Alonso (Chelsea): 21pts (GW21)

2 - Christian Eriksen (Spurs): 18pts (GW14)

3 - Romelu Lukaku (Everton): 17pts (GW4)

3 - Andre Gray (Burnley): 17pts (GW19)

5 - Hueng-Min Son (Spurs): 15pts (GW6)

5 - Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland): 15pts (GW17)

5 - Leighton Baines (Everton) - 15pts (GW20)

5 - Dele Alli (Spurs) - 15pts (GW20)

5 - Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) - 15pts (GW20)

5 - Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace): 15pts (GW26)

11 - Winston Reid (West Ham): 14pts (GW8)

12 - Michail Antonio (West Ham): 13pts (GW4)

12 - Harry Kane (Spurs): 13pts (GW12)

12 - Marcos Alonso (Chelsea): 13pts (GW11)

12 - Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea): 13pts (GW15)

12 - Andy Carroll (West Ham): 13pts (GW22)

12 - Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea): 13pts (GW23)

12 - Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton): 13pts (GW25)

19 - Divock Origi (Liverpool): 11pts (GW16)

20 - Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland): 10pts (GW12)

20 - Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea): 10pts (GW13)

20 - James Milner (Liverpool): 10pts (GW21)

 

 

FPL DREAM TEAM ANALYSIS: GAMEWEEK 26

Wildcards: Hennessey, van Aanholt, Fabregas, Pedro, Gueye, Huddlestone, Vardy

Non Wildcards: Coleman, McAuley, Eriksen, Kane

 

Points achieved by Wildcards: 81pts

Points achieved by Non-Wildcards: 53pts

 

 

GAMEWEEK WILDCARD DIFFERENTIALS

  • For each FPL Gameweek we select a wildcard player from each game.

  • We do not select a back-up player for the differentials we bank on – that’s the whole point, being a wildcard.

  • The selection percentage and player price is accurate with the posting of the article.

  • Our rundowns of player selections are representative of the Premier League’s TV fixture list.

     

 

MANCHESTER UNITED VS. AFC BOURNEMOUTH

Player: Eric Bailly (MUN)

Position: Defender

Player Price: £5.3

Player Selection %: 6.0

 

Success in the League Cup final will be a huge boost to Jose Mourinho who now claims his first trophy as the Red Devil's boss. Having once mocked the trophy as 'trifle' the master Portuguese has the honour of returning to Old Trafford with new silverware ahead of their clash of the unstable Bournemouth. What has gone wrong for Bournemouth recently? The easy answer is that Eddie Howe no longer has the versatile Nathan Ake at his disposal, nor the sense to play Junior Stanislas who has been their main outlet for creating and scoring chances this season. Slowly the Cherries are being picked apart by teams who are starting to figure Howe's game plan out. They'll recover eventually, but that won't come this weekend when they visit Manchester to take on the inflated Devils. Eric Bailly has recently returned to the setup in defence and after keeping two clean sheets in his last two appearances the confidence and winning mentality is there. Bournemouth may struggle and clean sheet points are in high demand for this fixture.

 

LEICESTER CITY VS. HULL CITY

Player: Christian Fuchs (LEI)

Position: Defender

Player Price: £5.2

Player Selection %: 4.5

 

Whatever you make of the way in which Leicester upstaged Liverpool on Monday night the credit for Fuchs is due to his ability to manage Mane down the left-back position was a throwback to when the Austrian was FPL royalty. Chipping in with an assist for one of Jamie Vardy's goals was a reminder of the quality that he could offer to the Leicester back line, a real fight or flight player for the Foxes. Fuchs still have a place in The Hype Train's annuals of greatness for rising from obscurity to fame as a differential defensive option, and voted as one of the team of the season for last year. Leicester now have the chance to get further from the relegation zone when they host relegation rivals Hull City at the weekend and this is a six-pointer if there ever was one, victory for either side could be a real advantage in the respective club’s pursuit to stay in the Premier League for next season. With a reinvigorated Fuchs back in the team and making goal scoring chances is good news for FPL managers, no matter how you feel about Ranieri the Leicester revolution since the Italian's departure could have benefits for your fantasy teams.

 

STOKE CITY VS. SUNDERLAND

MANCHESTER CITY VS. STOKE CITY

Player: Burno Martins Indi (STK)

Position: Defender

Player Price: £4.9

Player Selection %: 0.7

 

Middlesbrough away from home and them scoring goals is like Leicester players wanting to play well under Ranieri since the turn of 2017, it rarely going to happen. Take nothing away from Karanka's team, they are defensively solid but they have no real penetrative edge to their game as demonstrated in their lacklustre efforts to even score against Crystal Palace who have conceded in nearly all their games this season. Bruno Martins Indi must be happy that he has a relatively tame game coming up, and with the way Stoke lost to Spurs there should be a good reaction when they return to home soil for this encounter. The Dutchman has been a consistent starter for the Potters and his place is not under any threat, so this could be a relatively straight forward six fantasy points achieved for all the Stoke defenders.

 

There is also the matter of the away leg to Manchester City, but we'll keep quiet on that one as we think Stoke will be in line for another torrid game whilst on the road. If you are a betting kind of person you could gamble, worst possible scenario is Martins Indi dropping a few points.

 

SWANSEA VS. BURNLEY

Player: Fernando Llorente (SWA)

Position: Forward

Player Price: £6.2

Player Selection %: 5.4

 

Gylfi Sigurdsson has once again been pulled out of differential obscurity to fully fledged FPL option, he is the most active midfielder in the league and except Alexis Sanchez in terms of goals and assists, two players separated by nearly the entire Premier League table. Paul Clement's arrival has been a good one for Llorente who has scored vital goals in their mission to survive the drop. Untouchable now in his position and keeping record signing Borja Baston on the bench the Spaniard is up against a Burnley who just don't know how to operate playing away from home, and you wouldn't want to bet against Paul Clement's team with players of Gylfi and Fernando's quality. 

 

Llorente will also feature in next week’s short gameweek, so if you are looking to freshen up your attacking line for that gameweek the Spaniard is an essential pick for the week.

 

WATFORD VS. SOUTHAMPTON

Player: Manolo Gabbiadini (SOU)

Position: Forward

Player Price: £6.6

Player Selection %: 5.5

 

Chosen as our differential captain for the week the maverick Southampton forward has made the perfect start to his Saint's career by scoring five goals for them since signing, and has a mammoth twenty points from just two fixtures in the Premier League. There isn't even a debate about one thing, Southampton played the better football in the League Cup final and Gabbiadini didn't deserve to be on the losing side after scoring three onside goals. Able to run into space, make problems for defenders, link play up, and head the ball it isn't hard to see why he is keeping Shane Long on the bench, he currently is embracing life on the South Coast and is already their go-to man.

 

 

Following on from the disappointment of the cup loss the Saint's travel to Watford in the reverse fixture from the opening day of the season. Southampton could have definitively used Gabbiadini in that opening fixture (we know as The Hype Train attended the match) to help break down their stubborn defence. Priced very reasonably and in clear goal scoring form the Italian has ousted Troy Deeney out of his regular spot in a Watford home match as our key differential. 

 

WEST BROMICH ALBION VS. CRYSTAL PALACE

Player: Nacer Chadli (WBA)

Position: Midfielder

Player Price: £6.0

Player Selection %: 1.8

 

Crystal Palace picked up a big win against Middlesbrough to help spur on their fight against the drop to the Championship. Then again, Middlesbrough are on the tail end of a poor losing form and Crystal Palace had to win that game. West Brom are a much different opponent, more visceral and demanding to play against due to the Pulis factor. There is no doubt that Pulis will earn the Baggies a top ten spot in this year’s league, they have been a real threat this season and are picking up points against teams like Crystal Palace at home. One acquisition they made was that of Nacer Chadli of whom we picked last week in the win over Bournemouth and he picked up an assist for his efforts. The Belgian has been in great attacking form lately and starting to once again gain momentum. Rolling off the back of his good form we continue to place faith in Chadli's ability to produce goal scoring chances against a vulnerable Eagles defence.

 

LIVERPOOL VS. ARSENAL

Player: Georginio Wijnaldum (LIV)

Position: Midfielder

Player Price: £7.5

Player Selection %: 1.3

 

Gini Wijnaldum has officially returned to the Premier League with his current form. Almost redundant on Liverpool's travels the Dutchman is very much a player of home comforts as seen by his recent home record:

 

GW16: Man City - 11pts

GW22: Swansea - 5pts

GW23: Chelsea - 10pts

GW25: Spurs - 7pts

 

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone as the dynamic Gini pulled the same type of form for Newcastle United before his big money transfer to Anfield. Four consecutive home returns is promising because he has found the confidence in front of the Kop to perform, and with three of the clubs being Chelsea, Spurs, and Man City he is also establishing himself as a big player in the big games. Arsenal are the latest team from the top six to visit Anfield and it would be just typical for the Reds to be grounded by Leicester at the King Power only to them turn up and beat Arsenal at Anfield. Either way the recent records will tell you that Gini will be one of the players to watch for this heavyweight encounter at the weekend. 

 

SPURS VS. EVERTON

Player: Ben Davies (EVE)

Position: Defender

Player Price: £4.7

Player Selection %: 0.5

 

All good things must come to an end, which is a shame because Everton have been defensive powerhouses in the last ten games. Refreshed from the January transfer window and a change of momentum the Toffees are on an upswing of good form. Unfortunately, they must play teams like Spurs, Liverpool, and Manchester United on their journey to finish the season and Everton always struggle in these fixtures against the teams above them, the only team they never have an issue with is Manchester City. Spurs know how to win games at White Hart Lane, and they are unbeaten in their last eight games against Everton on home soil. The last Toffees win at the Lane came on the 30th November 2008 courtesy of a Vedran Corluka own goal which is a far cry from the team today. Then, Spurs were 16th in the Premier League and started Roman Pavlyuchenko up front with Darren Bent, and Mikel Arteta was still in a blue shirt. Spurs have come a long way and Ben Davies has come in for the injured Danny Rose, his cheap value in an expensive defensive line is tempting as this is either going to be a tight game with little-to-no goals or a Spurs domination.

 

SUNDERLAND VS. MANCHESTER CITY

MANCHESTER CITY VS. STOKE CITY

Player: Leroy Sane (MCI)

Position: Midfielder

Player Price: £7.5

Player Selection %: 1.0

 

Manchester City are poised for a double gameweek starting with the visit of Sunderland away from home, and then hosting Stoke City on Wednesday. 2017 has been good for Manchester City, they are starting to find their rhythm under Pep Guardiola and have even dropped Claudio Bravo from the spotlight after a string of high profile errors. One major change has also been the introduction of Leroy Sane to the main team whose pace, movement, and eye for goal have Premier League defences on notice. The combination of Sane, Aguero, and Sterling is a terrifyingly quick trio and they are causing everyone problems. In the last two away games, Sane has two FPL returns and is looking to become a major player for Guardiola for the remainder of the season, he is currently an integral part of their side and we can't see that changing for the next two fixtures. There are risks of rotation with any Manchester City player, especially because they have the second leg of their Champions League encounter with Monaco coming up, so don't be surprised if the German winger is not in the team to face Stoke...but he should be regardless as he is City's top performer at the moment.

 

WEST HAM VS. CHELSEA

Player: Pedro (CHE)

Position: Midfielder

Player Price: £7.1

Player Selection %: 7.8

 

Chelsea are just in cruise control now, everyone and everything they currently face in the Premier League they easily laying down the challenge and overcoming it. Antonio Conte has worked wonders for Pedro in particular, after his move from Barcelona the Spaniard looked out of place and lacking confidence to function in Jose Mourinho's negative setup, but with a free-flowing attacking role under Conte the midfielder has been reborn in the Premier League as part of the league’s most dangerous trifecta or Hazard-Costa-Pedro. Two goals and one assist from his last two fixtures (both double digit returns) have seen his stock rise ahead of the visit to West Ham who boast a leaky defence and inconsistent record at the London Stadium. Pedro may not see out a lot of ninety minutes but he gets the job done before that time for his goals and assists, and without him their title challenge wouldn't exist.

 

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