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FANTASY FORECAST 2018/19: FPL Gameweek 28

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 28 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 28

Cardiff 1-2 Everton

Huddersfield 1-2 Wolves

Leicester 2-0 Brighton

Newcastle 2-0 Burnley

Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth

Southampton 2-1 Fulham

Chelsea 1-1 Spurs

Crystal Palace 2-2 Man United

Liverpool 3-0 Watford

Man City 3-1 West Ham

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 28

Best GW Attacking Options:

Everton (A) vs. Cardiff

Wolves (A) vs. Huddersfield

Snakes (H) vs. Brighton

Newcastle (H) vs. Burnley

Arsenal (H) vs. Bournemouth

Crystal Palace (H) vs. Man United

Man United (A) vs. Crystal Palace

Liverpool (H) vs. Watford

Man City (H) vs. West Ham

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Leicester (H) vs. Brighton

Newcastle (H) vs. Burnley

Liverpool (H) vs. Watford

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Leicester: One the snakes drive their manager out of town, they end up enjoying themselves again. The Foxes are a team that appear not to rely on a manager, so expect Jamie Vardy to suddenly be amazing again and actually trying again.

Liverpool: This is a must win game, and I will be depressed for the next month if we lose this game. The good news is that it is a home game and Naby Keita will play, so I’ll be happy.

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Man United: Nine of their senior players are out injured, which could result in a lack of cohesion between the players, enough for the Eagles to exploit their injuries.

Burnley: Despite being on a winning run, they travel to a ramped-up Newcastle United who have a habit of forcing their own style of play. Runs come to an end, and Newcastle are in some good form of their own.

GW Differential Picks:

Miguel Almirón of Newcastle did everything other than score against Huddersfield, it is boiling up to that moment and it could be against Burnley my patience with the Paraguayan is repaid. Yes, he is in my personal team too.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is also an obvious pick against Cardiff.

Joel Matip has two consecutive clean sheets, so we’ll keep with him.

FPL Captain Obvious Picks:

(C): Mohamad Salah – The record the Egyptian King has against Watford is the best in his career, and it can only be better than the toothless performance against Man United.

(VC): Sergio Aguero – With Gabriel Jesus out of the game against West Ham, it should be plain sailing for Aguero this gameweek.

Other Gameweek Comments:

Rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, Man City, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, Man City, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation, rotation….

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 28

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Alisson

DEF: Virgil van Dijk

DEF: Fabian Schar

DEF: Matt Doherty

MID: Mohamed Salah (VC)

MID: Raheem Sterling

MID: Miguel Almiron

MID: Paul Pogba

FOR: Alexandre Lacazette

FOR: Sergio Aguero (VC)

FOR: Raul Jimenez

Substitutes

GK: Martin Dubravka

MID: Gylfi Sigurdsson

DEF: Jan Bednarek

DEF: Ricardo Pereira

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 28 Cardiff 1-2 Everton Huddersfield 0-3 Wolves Leicester 2-0 Brighton Newcastle 3-0 Burnley Arsenal 2-1 Bournemouth Southampton 1-1 Fulham Chelsea 2-1 Spurs Crystal Palace 1-2 Man United Liverpool 2-0 Watford Man City 4-1 West Ham

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 28

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Rui Patricio

DEF: Andrew Robertson

DEF: David Luiz

DEF: Matt Doherty

MID: Mohamed Salah (VC)

MID: Raheem Sterling

MID: Eden Hazard

MID: Paul Pogba

FOR: Alexandre Lacazette

FOR: Sergio Aguero

FOR: Raul Jimenez

Substitutes

GK: Martin Dubravka

MID: James Maddison

DEF: Harry Maguire

DEF: Kyle Walker

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 28

Cardiff 1-1 Everton

Huddersfield 0-2 Wolves

Leicester 2-1 Brighton

Newcastle 1-0 Burnley

Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth

Southampton 2-1 Fulham

Chelsea 1-1 Spurs

Crystal Palace 0-1 Man United

Liverpool 3-0 Watford

Man City 3-1 West Ham

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 28

Best GW Attacking Options:

Wolves (a) vs. Huddersfield

Leicester (H) vs. Brighton

Arsenal (H) vs. Bournemouth

Liverpool (H) vs. Watford

Man City (H) vs. West Ham

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

Wolves (a) vs. Huddersfield

Liverpool (H) vs. Watford

Man United (a) vs. Crystal Palace

Newcastle (H) vs. Burnley

Who are your essential Gameweek player picks?:

Jimenez, Salah, Robertson, Vardy, Doherty, Aguero, Sterling and Pogba

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Newcastle: My beloved Magpies were brilliant at home against Huddersfield. The entire team purred and Miguel Almiron made a memorable home debut. Burnley will provide a stiffer test, though an edgy 1-0 game is incoming.

Arsenal: Emery’s got The Gunners ticking at home and maybe it’s time to Aubameyang to provide returns for his owners after featuring in a cameo role in a 2-0 home win over Southampton.

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Crystal Palace: United are a tough nut to crack and I envision another low-scoring game at Selhurst Park for both sides.

Chelsea/Spurs: An unpredictable affair with both teams having just lost important games. A scrappy draw seems most likely.

Watford: Hot one week, cold the next.

Southampton/Fulham: Both are terrible sides that have rolled their soft bellies over. I’d not want to hedge my bets on this six-poitner.

GW Differential Picks:

Martin Dubravka (NEW): The commanding keeper will be involved in a gritty low-scoring affair against a team that plays the same as Newcastle. The £5.0m is worth his weight in gold in FPL with a fine run of fixtures ahead of him.

Willy Cabellero (CHE): If Kepa gets dropped for his actions in the Carabao Cup final, we’ve a £4.7m differential on our hands. That said, his first game is against Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) Mohamed Salah – With Firmino injured, Mo will be playing up top against Watford and is the main captaincy pick after Aguero tallied 120 minutes in the League Cup final.

(VC) Sergio Aguero – It’s looking like a pair of City/Liverpool wins this week, and with Jesus still potentially injured, Aguero is the popular alternative and is probably the right call in case you don’t own Salah.

Other Gameweek Comments:

It’s probably wise to hold a transfer this week as the weekend is quickly approaching too, though with Son primed for back-to-back tough games at Chelsea and at home to Arsenal to test your patience. Marcus Rashford’s ankle issues will also be a concern for players and I’ll be struggling to hold on to both of them (maybe even deducting points to move them on).

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 28

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Martin Dubravka

DEF: Andrew Robertson

DEF: Virgil van Dijk

DEF: Matt Doherty

MID: Mohamed Salah

MID: Raheem Sterling

MID: Eden Hazard

MID: Paul Pogba

FOR: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyand

FOR: Sergio Aguero

FOR: Raul Jimenez

Substitutes

GK: Kasper Schmeichel

MID: Miguel Almiron

DEF: Luke Shaw

DEF: Fabian Schar

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 28

Cardiff 1-2 Everton

Huddersfield 1-1 Wolves

Leicester 2-2 Brighton

Newcastle 1-0 Burnley

Arsenal 4-1 Bournemouth

Southampton 3-2 Fulham

Chelsea 2-1 Spurs

Crystal Palace 1-3 Man United

Liverpool 3-0 Watford

Man City 4-0 West Ham

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 28

Best GW Attacking Options:

City, Liverpool, Arsenal

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

City, Liverpool, Wolves

Who are your essential Gameweek player picks?:

Salah, Sterling, Aubameyang

Who are the players that might make the difference this Gameweek in the Draft?:

Salah, Hazard, Aubameyang

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Keep an eye on Leicester to see if they warrant serious consideration of players over the blank Gameweek’s. As a very inconsistent side under Puel (whilst he was still at the club), it would be nice to start seeing some players come in to form with a plum home fixture vs Brighton.

Also Newcastle, with a savvy manager like Rafa, you would always back them for a clean sheet especially at home in the relegation six pointers. With a nice run and no blanks upcoming, its worth looking at their defence to try and spot some value.

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Fulham are on a slide, cannot help but concede goals and if Mitrovic doesn’t turn up, you expect them to be turned over every game.

Bournemouth – against an Arsenal side always confident at home, they’re facing a team with a similar style of play, but simply better than them. With their leaky defence, and injury problems upfront, it could be a long night for the Cherries.

GW Differential Picks:

One completely out of the blue – Adama Diakhaby for Huddersfield. How long can they keep on not scoring goals? They paid over 10 million for him from Monaco in the summer and he's finally getting a run in the side under the new boss and has looked a live-wire in recent games. 0.0% Ownership too!

Ander Herrera – Man United. Always been a fan favourite, wears his heart on his sleeve and comes across as really loving the club which OGS seems to admire. Been getting forward recently and with Man Uniteds attacking style, could see him pick up a cheeky assist. 5.0 and 1% owned.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C): Salah

(VC): Aubameyang

Other Gameweek Comments:

Midweek Gameweek’s have notoriously thrown up some stinkers in the past, with rotation especially factoring in to hurt managers. However, with the top two relentlessly pursuing the title and both with plum home fixtures, expect a high scoring Gameweek. With that in mind, don’t go covering the blanks with mid table fodder from Leicester and West Ham just yet, roll the transfer if you can.

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 28

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Alisson

DEF: Robertson

DEF: Kolasinac

DEF: Laporte

MID: Sterling

MID: Salah (C)

MID: Pogba

MID: Eriksen

FOR: Aubameyang (VC)

FOR: Aguero

FOR: Lacazette

Substitutes

GK: Dubravka

MID: Redmond

DEF: Maguire

DEF: Bamba

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