Fantasy Premier League Tips: Captain Man City's Raheem Sterling, drop Wilfried Zaha

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Following an action packed midweek of Premier League fixtures, this weekend promises plenty more to look forward to with another round of Fantasy Premier League to indulge in.

Manchester United host Huddersfield as Alexis Sanchez looks to get off the mark, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will aim to do the same at Arsenal as Theo Walcott returns to the Emirates Stadium with Everton.

Manchester City and Chelsea have relatively comfortable fixtures while Liverpool and Tottenham square off.

Here are a few pointers to guide you ahead of Gameweek 26.

CAPTAIN – RAHEEM STERLING | MANCHESTER CITY |8.9M

Sergio Aguero served us well for the past two weeks, scoring a hat-trick and then registering a strike against West Brom in gameweek 25. This time however, we’re opting for the man who assisted him and Kevin de Bruyne in midweek, Raheem Sterling.

The winger has been incredibly consistent this season and has delivered attacking returns in seven of the last nine gameweeks, scoring five goals and providing six assists in that time.

City face Burnley away from home who have kept just two clean sheets in their last 13 outings. However, Sean Dyche has a reputation for setting his team up to defend stubbornly and will certainly do so. With Aguero likely to be well marked inside the box, it may take one of Sterling’s darting runs into the box to unlock the defence.

Sterling made three key passes against West Brom, that’s two more than De Bruyne and led the way with four dribbles as well.

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling

ALTERNATIVES

SERGIO AGUERO (11.9m) may face a difficult outing against Burnley but with five goals in his last four league outings, you can’t rule out the Argentine getting on the score sheet again. He was kept rather quite against the Baggies as well, mustering just two shots but ended up getting his goal anyway.

CALLUM WILSON (5.8m) Callum Wilson is making sure we don’t ignore him. He’s now got four goals and two assists in his last six games, including two double-figure hauls. The Cherries take on Stoke City at home and after their resounding 3-0 win away to Chelsea, confidence will be high within the camp.

BOLD CHOICE

ALEXIS SANCHEZ (11.7m) was largely anonymous against Spurs but the team’s performance was abysmal. United face Huddersfield at Old Trafford next in his first home fixture as a Red Devil. The hosts should dominate and the more the Chilean sees of the ball, the more likely he is to hurt the opposition. With just 4 per cent ownership, this gamble could pay out in a big way.

TWO INS

DANIEL STURRIDGE | WEST BROM | 7.9M

Sturridge is just as prolific as the best Premier League strikers but injuries prove to be a constant disruption. He also needs to be the main man and fortunately at West Brom, that’s just the kind of status he will be afforded. He could end up being a bargain up front.

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge

JORDAN AYEW | SWANSEA CITY | 5.1M

Talking about bargains, Ayew seems to have finally gotten into his stride at Swansea. He’s scored four times in his last seven games in a side that’s not exactly creating a host of opportunities for him. With his brother Andre returning from West Ham, perhaps the supply line will improve.

Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew

TWO OUTS

JONJOE KENNY| EVERTON | 4.5M

Kenny’s had a good run in the side and was a popular budget signing in FPL but with Seamus Coleman back into the fold, he’s set to be relegated to the bench as he was against Leicester City.

Jonjoe Kenny (R)

Jonjoe Kenny (R)

WILFRIED ZAHA | CRYSTAL PALACE | 6.9M

You probably remember the scramble among FPL managers to bring Zaha into their sides earlier in the season. He’s definitely gone off the boil now though. He’s scored just once in the last 13 and has no attacking returns in the last five. Meanwhile, Palace face Spurs, United and Chelsea in a row from Gameweek 28 onwards.

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants to become Arsenal's new Thierry Henry

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants to be Arsenal‘s new Thierry Henry.

The Gabon striker revealed his lofty ambitions after completing his move to the Emirates Stadium from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee of £56million.

The 28-year-old, who scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga games for Dortmund, is a replacement for Alexis Sanchez following his switch to Manchester United.

But Aubameyang has set his sights higher than stepping into the Chilean’s boots – he wants to emulate record Gunners goalscorer Henry.

“I think the club has such a big history and great players like Thierry Henry,” he told Arsenal Player.

“He’s an example for us strikers because he was fast and scored a lot of goals.

“I think I have to work a lot to be like him, but I will do. I’m a fast player and I score goals too, like Henry a little bit. But as I said, I have to work a lot more.”

Aubameyang will be reunited with former Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who moved to north London in exchange for Sanchez.

“Of course I can join Micki in this team, so I’m really happy to be here in this great team,” he added.

“I hope that we will come back to the top as soon as possible. I will do my best to join in.”

Aubameyang’s arrival signing is a welcome boost for boss Arsene Wenger, who saw his side’s hopes of a top-four finish suffer a setback with a 3-1 defeat at struggling Swansea on Tuesday night.

It could also pave the way for the departure of French striker Olivier Giroud, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea.

Tensions between Aubameyang and Dortmund had grown in recent weeks, but the German side’s sporting director Michael Zorc said on the club website: “He has done great things for Borussia Dortmund, scored many important goals and is part of the team that brought the DFB-Pokal to Dortmund in 2017.

“We wish Pierre-Emerick all the best for his future at Arsenal.”

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Man City shrug off Riyad Mahrez disappointment to ease to victory over West Brom

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Pep Guardiola congratulates his charges at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City brushed aside the deadline day disappointment of failing to sign Riyad Mahrez to power on at the top of the Premier League.

The leaders pulled out of a potential deal for the Algeria forward after baulking at Leicester’s rumoured £95m asking price, but that hardly seemed to affect their current star man Kevin De Bruyne on Wednesday night.

The Belgium playmaker was at his inspirational best as City extended their lead at the summit to 15 points with a comfortable 3-0 win over bottom side West Brom at the Etihad Stadium.

De Bruyne created the opening goal and scored the second himself before Sergio Aguero wrapped up proceedings with a late third.

Combined with defeats for Manchester United and Chelsea, and a successful debut for record signing Aymeric Laporte, it made for an excellent night for a delighted manager Pep Guardiola.

The City boss said: “I’m so happy. I feel that is one of the best performances we have played this season. Playing better than the way we played here is quite difficult. It was a joy to watch the guys play.”

There was again controversy over tackles with City substitute Brahim Diaz caught by a high, studs-up challenge from Matt Phillips.

Only on Sunday Guardiola reiterated his oft-repeated call for referees to give players better protection after a bad tackle on Leroy Sane in the FA Cup win at Cardiff. Sane is facing up to seven weeks on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage.

James McClean was also booked for a cynical attempt to foul De Bruyne in the build-up to the second goal.

Guardiola said: “We were lucky. We could have been unlucky, like with what happened three or four days ago with Leroy.

The image can speak for itself. I repeat what I said after the previous game. It was not necessary.”

Opposite number Alan Pardew did not excuse Phillips’ tackle but he felt Guardiola’s recent remarks had affected the atmosphere.

Pardew said: “He’s a winger and in desperate situations wingers can make poor challenges. It was a poor challenge, make no mistake about that.

“But I thought Pep’s comments at the weekend affected the crowd. Every challenge they were saying, ‘You’re not protecting our players, referee’.”

The result left the Baggies three points adrift at the foot of the table.

Pardew said: “It was a tough night. Against that kind of quality, we found it very difficult to get the pace of the game.

“We couldn’t do it. We never knocked the wind out of their sails. They were absolutely terrific.”

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