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FANTASY FORECAST 2018/19: FPL Gameweek 25

February 2, 2019

Ahead of each Gameweek in the Fantasy Premier League, The Hype Train invites a special guest onto its Fantasy Forecast, where the three members of the Hype Team and its Special Guests will duel for FPL supremacy in predicting Premier League scores, as well as going head to head in picking a Scout Picks squad for the relevant Gameweek. In addition, we give our insight into who are the players to watch and those to drop, both for traditional FPL leagues and the Draft mode, as well as providing insight into captaincy picks, differentials for the week, and more. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

 

 

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 25 Deadline

For the 2016/17 Premier League season, the FPL deadline will be one hour before the commencement of the week's first game. The Premier League website lists each FPL deadline, you can always ask on social media, and you can also view a real time countdown on our Weekly Hype page.

 

 

How does our Forecasting work?

We have taken to our Hype Team, and the FPL Community, to compete in a weekly head to head dual of wits. We ask the questions that dominate each week in the Fantasy Premier League: who to pick, who to avoid, who to captain, and who may surprise. The three members of the Hype Team, and a Guest, will provide weekly insight for the Gameweek ahead.

 

For the sake of respecting the rules of the Forecast, we have provided an example of what we're sending out to interested parties that will feature throughout the season.

  • Premier League Fixture Prediction: As pundits, we are testing our football acumen with PL predictions and will be providing regular updated tables and stats in each edition of the FPL Forecast. A perfect score is worth 3 points whilst a correct result is worth 1 point.

  • FPL Gameweek Forecasting: Answering the regular questions that come up every single week in the Fantasy Premier League community that helps with identifying captaincy picks, transfers, attacking options, clean sheet potential, teams to look our for and avoid, players to consider for the Draft game, the wildcard differential players, as well as general analysis and comments.

  • Scout Picks: Picking a squad of 15 for a single Gameweek, without any budget, using the rules of the FPL - formations, captains and vice captains, and the player limits of 3 per club (chips will not be feature of these weekly picks)

  • Each team must pick a Captain, labelled as (c) and a Vice Captain listed as (vc).

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 25

Spurs 2-1 Newcastle

Brighton 1-2 Watford

Burnley 1-1 Southampton

Chelsea 2-0 Huddersfield

Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham

Everton 2-2 Wolves

Cardiff 1-3 Bournemouth

Leicester 1-1 Man United

Man City 2-2 Arsenal

West Ham 0-3 Liverpool

Everton 1-2 Man City

 

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 25

 

Best GW Attacking Options:

Spurs (H) vs. Newcastle

Watford (A) vs. Brighton

Chelsea (H) vs. Huddersfield

Crystal Palace (H) vs. Fulham

Bournemouth (A) vs. Cardiff

Man City (H) vs. Arsenal

Arsenal (A) vs. Man City

Liverpool (A) vs. West Ham

Man City (A) vs. Everton

 

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Chelsea (H) vs. Huddersfield

Crystal Palace (H) vs. Fulham

Liverpool (A) vs. West Ham

 

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Man City: Two games, probably both winnable.

 

Bournemouth: After spanking the rent boys, I am not overlooking the fact they are travelling to Cardiff. Should be easy points though for the Cherries.

 

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Everton: Two games, and ever since Origi+6 their season fell apart. Wolves and Man City are both teams that could put the Toffees to the sword.

 

Man United: After a little bump against Burnley, they travel to big-game Leicester who proved their mettle at Anfield in a display supported by Martin Atkinson in charge.

 

GW Differential Picks:

The January transfer window has ended, and there is an absolute plethora of new options. Christian Eriksen isn’t a new face, neither is Anthony Rüdiger, and against Man City at the Etihad it could be an hour to shine for Alexandre Lacazette.

 

FPL Captaincy Picks:

 

 

(C): Mohamad Salah – The Egyptian has always had good returns against West Ham, and I can see this being another big game for the Egyptian.

 

(VC): Sergio Aguero – I am taking a punt on the Argentine, but fear that he may be rotated in at least one of the games, but just in case, he is in contention.

 

Other Gameweek Comments:

I think this Gameweek will be defined by pure pandemonium, and full of goals. I don’t think there will be many clean sheets, and Man City will at least make six changes between their fixtures. People will be disappointed, people will riot on twitter, and more people will tell me ‘Oh Sam, why does everyone know everything about these new transfers. Am I the only one who doesn’t know about Miguel Almiron (insert crying face emoji)’? I will tell them that I have an interest and keen eye on football, and I won’t let any ignorant neutrals get in the way of what has been one of the most interesting transfer windows.

 

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 25

Formation: 3-4-3

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Ederson

 

DEF: Cesar Azpilicueta

DEF: Aymeric Laporte

DEF: Andrew Robertson

 

MID: Eden Hazard

MID: Leroy Sane

MID: Richarlison

MID: Mohamad Salah (C)

 

FOR: Joshua King

FOR: Sergio Aguero (VC)

FOR: Roberto Firmino

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Jordan Pickford

MID: Christian Eriksen

DEF: Nathaniel Clyne

DEF: Patrick van Aanholt

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 25

Spurs 2-1 Newcastle

Brighton 1-2 Watford

Burnley 1-0 Southampton

Chelsea 2-1 Huddersfield

Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham

Everton 0-2 Wolves

Cardiff 1-3 Bournemouth

Leicester 1-3 Man United

Man City 3-2 Arsenal

West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

Everton 1-2 Man City

 

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 25

Formation: 4-4-2

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Rui Patricio

 

DEF: Marcos Alonso

DEF: Aymeric Laporte

DEF: Andrew Robertson

DEF: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

 

MID: Paul Pogba

MID: Leroy Sane

MID: Richarlison

MID: Mohamad Salah (C)

 

FOR: Marcus Rashford

FOR: Sergio Aguero (VC)

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Jordan Pickford

MID: Gylfi Sigurdsson

FOR: Michy Batshuayi

DEF: Patrick van Aanholt

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 25

Spurs 1-1 Newcastle

Brighton 2-2 Watford

Burnley 1-0 Southampton

Chelsea 3-0 Huddersfield

Crystal Palace 2-1 Fulham

Everton 1-1 Wolves

Cardiff 1-2 Bournemouth

Leicester 0-2 Man United

Man City 3-1 Arsenal

West Ham 0-4 Liverpool

Everton 1-2 Man City

 

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 25

 

Best GW Attacking Options:

Watford (A) vs. Brighton

Brighton (H) vs. Watford

Chelsea (H) vs. Huddersfield

Crystal Palace (H) vs. Fulham

Bournemouth (A) vs. Cardiff

Man City vs. Arsenal (H) and Everton (A)

Liverpool (A) vs. West Ham

 

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Man United (A) vs. Leicester

Liverpool (A) vs. West Ham

Burnley (H) vs. Southampton

Chelsea (H) vs. Huddersfield

 

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Newcastle: An early fixture tomorrow morning will benefit Newcastle at Spurs, with the early fixture sometimes an affair where both teams need to wake up. Almiron's arrival and the win at Man City should push Newcastle to some points at Wembley against a weak Spurs side.

 

Crystal Palace: A big weekend ahead against Fulham could see some real daylight between the hosts and the relegation zone. I've got a feeling the likes of Townsend and PVA might just have big FPL scores on the horizon.

 

Man United: Just got a feeling that they'll roll Leicester over here, even though the Foxes typically perform well against Top  clubs.

 

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Man City: Rotation.

 

Everton: Bang average.

 

Spurs: Injuries.

 

Chelsea: Out of form.

 

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C): Sergio Aguero – Rotation aside, the potential is there for The Kun to have a big week. Maybe. Maybe not. I've given up trying to understand City's line-ups and tactics anymore. None of it makes sense.

 

(VC): Mohamed Salah – The best option who isn't in a Double Gameweek by a million miles.

 

Other Gameweek Comments:

This first Double Gameweek is just not computing with me very well, at all. I'm just not feeling it, and feel like with City facing a Double Gameweek, and then having no fixture the same week Liverpool travel to Man United, that relying on the PL champs might just cause more problems than it is worth.

 

If they were in unbeatable form, I'd probably have 3 of their players, but given their line-up selection and form, there's no way of knowing how high the ceiling will be.

 

 

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 25

Formation: 3-4-3

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Jordan Pickford

 

DEF: Marcos Alonso

DEF: Aymeric Laporte

DEF: Andrew Robertson

 

MID: Andros Townsend

MID: Raheem Sterling

MID: Richarlison

MID: Mohamad Salah (VC)

 

FOR: Marcus Rashford

FOR: Sergio Aguero (C)

FOR: Gonzalo Higuain

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Tom Heaton

MID: Gylfi Sigurdsson

DEF: Virgil van Dijk

DEF: Patrick van Aanholt

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 25

Spurs 2-0 Newcastle

Brighton 1-1 Watford

Burnley 1-1 Southampton

Chelsea 3-0 Huddersfield

Crystal Palace 1-2 Fulham

Everton 2-1 Wolves

Cardiff 1-2 Bournemouth

Leicester 1-2 Man United

Man City 3-1 Arsenal

West Ham 0-3 Liverpool

Everton 0-2 Man City

 

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 25

 

Best GW Attacking Options:

Chelsea (H) vs. Huddersfield

Everton (H) vs. Wolves

Bournemouth (A) vs. Cardiff

Man United (A) vs. Leicester

Man City (H) vs. Arsenal

Liverpool (A) vs. West Ham

Man City (A) vs. Everton

 

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Spurs (H) vs. Newcastle

Chelsea (H) vs. Huddersfield

Liverpool (A) vs. West Ham

 

Who are your essential Gameweek player picks?:

Aguero: The Argentinian managed to start 18 of his 20 appearances this season missing 4 weeks for injury. He managed to score 11 goals and provide 8 assists. He is expected to be the main striker on the front line, and start both games this g

Gameweek. Moreover, Pep will manage his minutes by probably substituting him for Jesus at 60’ for one of the games.

 

Sane: Scored twice and assisted twice over the past 4 Gameweek's. His minutes were managed in his last 3 games (~70’), and rested in cup games. He currently is one of the most in-form players in Man City side, and with Mendy out, he might start both games.

 

Salah: Bad weather and worse performance led to a draw with Leicester at Anfield. However, 6 double-figure hauls in the last 9 Gameweek's says all about the Pharaoh. During his last three matches against West Ham in the league, Salah scored 4 goals, provided 1 assist and had 9 shots on target.

  

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Man City: Although it was a bitterly disappointing match against Newcastle, with Man City players showing a sloppy performance, this team stands out in this Double Gameweek: Facing the slack Arsenal defence at the Etihad Stadium, and visiting the struggling Everton. I don’t expect another “faux pas” from a team racing for the title.

 

Liverpool: GW24 was a chance for Liverpool to widen the gap with Man City, yet, they did not seem determined nor focused for the win against Leicester. They are playing away against a West Ham who, after a surprising win against Arsenal, lost their last 3 games in different competitions while conceding 9 goals.

 

Chelsea: Chelsea are currently out of form after 2 defeats. Unfortunately, they conceded 6 goals and some problems surfacing between Sarri and some players. However, they are hosting Huddersfield who managed to create only 3 big chances while conceding 11 in the last four Gameweek's.

 

Who are the teams to avoid?:

West Ham: It will be wise to avoid the Hammers players for GW25 before their fixtures ease up (to face 1 top 6 in the next 7 gameweek's). Facing the genuine title contenders will not be an easy walk.

 

Arsenal: And more specifically their shaky defence against the attacking power of Man City.

 

GW Differential Picks:

Higuain: Owned by only 1.6% of the FPL managers, I have a punt that the GW25 match against Huddersfield will be a good opportunity to debut his goal-scoring records in the premiere league after a slow start in his first match. This is a hunch and not backed up with stats.

 

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C): Aguero

(VC): Mohamad Salah

 

Other Gameweek Comments:

It might be wise to double-up or triple-up on the teams playing the double gameweek (EVE and MCI) but keep in mind that you will need to either bench them or transfer them out ahead of GW27. Taking hits to on-board those players and/or transfer them out may counter the game points gained from the player double appearance. Plan accordingly!

 

Personally, I am facing many weaknesses in my team that need to be fixed, and seriously considering to navigate this gameweek without additional GW players (I currently own Richarlison only).

 

 

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 25

Formation: 3-5-2

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Kepa

 

DEF: Robertson

DEF: David Luiz

DEF: Trippier

 

MID: Son

MID: Sane

MID: Sterling

MID: Salah (vc)

MID: Richarlison

 

FOR: Aguero (c)

FOR: Higuain

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Lloris

FOR: King

DEF: Keane

DEF: Wan-Bissaka

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