Chelsea and Manchester United headline Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 26, meeting at Stamford Bridge
Leaders Manchester City play West Ham United and Wolves, as holders Liverpool visit Sheffield United and entertain Chelsea
No less than 14 teams play twice in a double gameweek
PREMIER LEAGUE – It’s another double helping of fixtures this week, but who should be in your squad for Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 26?
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Harry Kane (c)
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 26 could prove to be a pivotal one for managers across the globe, and logic dictates picking five players from the double-duty pool. This first of which is Harry Kane (11.1).
Though Tottenham Hotspur have rather lost pace since the early days of the season, the chance to play Spurs’ talisman twice in a week is too good to pass up surely.
With 13 goals this season, Kane is still only four off the top of the standings, and games against Burnley and Fulham present a golden opportunity to close the gap – even if the case is true of four of the top five in GW26.
Kane has scored just twice in four games in all comps, but as the England skipper returns to fitness from injury, there are also signs, that the Lilywhites’ supporting cast are finding form too.
Spurs have been a much-maligned side in recent weeks, but with Kane, the 29.6% of fantasy managers that own the striker, can feel the full force of his FPL might.
To partner Kane, we have opted to place our faith in Everton and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (7.7), who ahead of GW26 is the second most recruited player in FPL this week.
With over 500,000 new owners for the double GW, the Toffees’ number nine has been reckoned on by the FPL community and with games versus Southampton and West Bromwich Albion, it is easy to see why.
On the same tally of goals for the campaign as Kane, Calvert-Lewin has however, played two games less than his compatriot and faces two sides this week, who have shipped a cumulative total of 23 goals (Saints 18 in five, WBA five in four) in recent weeks.
Playing a 28-minute cameo at Anfield in the Merseyside derby last weekend – returning from a minor hamstring strain – Calvert-Lewin won the decisive late penalty to claim a famous win in front of the Kop for Everton.
Calvert-Lewin will surely take over from Richarlison up top here, and GW26 could be fruitful for the fourth-highest-scoring striker in FPL this term.
Manchester City will again be a huge draw in GW26, but after backing the strike department on previous occasions, Riyad Mahrez (8.1) could be the man to take fantasy sides to the next level.
A full 3.7 and 3.5 points cheaper than Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling respectively, Mahrez looks to be Pep Guardiola‘s wing man for the time being, more particularly in the Premier League.
Having started the last two league outings, the Algerian has a goal and assist to show for his efforts, and having been rested in midweek against Borussia Monchengladbach, looks a good bet to play on the right wing again at the weekend, and may also be a starter on Tuesday.
A bit player for most of the season, Mahrez has been one of the ultimate form players for the Citizens when on his game, and he appears to be in the groove right now.
With two home games on the menu for City in GW26, Mahrez could be set for his fourth double-figure points haul this season – at least.
Leicester City really are becoming perhaps THE most unpredictable team this season, and as such, our fourth pick for the week is the Foxes’ versatile wing-back, Ricardo Pereira (5.9).
Brendan Rodgers‘ men, though third in the table, have been Jekyll and Hyde of late, underlined by their Europa League exit to Slavia Prague on Thursday evening.
Harvey Barnes is undoubtedly an FPL temptation with James Maddison a possible absentee, but Pereira could steal the show, having now taken up a position on the right of midfield.
Having fought his way back from an ACL injury in the second half of last term, the Portuguese has broken back into Leicester’s starting XI and not only that, currently resides on the right of a three man attack, behind Jamie Vardy.
Pereira was a strong points hauler last season, and his goal-scoring proclivities have perhaps been forgotten; they should not, with Arsenal and Burnley as opponents this week.
Owned by a mere 1% of players in the game, Pereira netted twice two seasons ago and amassed a whopping eight assists, to go with it, but his 22 bps across that term, was phenomenal.
A threat as a full-back anyway, his position further up the field now, adds to his value and as a player few are yet to recruit, GW26 might his time to shine once more.
Punt of the Week: Diogo Jota
It’s two weeks in a row the Punt of the Week has paid off, and for Gameweek 26’s helping, we are plumping for a player who is yellow-lit in terms of injury ahead of GW26, but having returned to full training, a move for Diogo Jota (6.6) could just be a masterstroke.
Having been out with a knee injury since early December, the Reds’ spitfire has missed 15 league games, where his side have slipped down the table in attempting to defend their league crown.
Scoring four goals in five games between GW6 and G10 at the start of the season, the Portuguese hit the ground running after his surprise move from Wolves last summer.
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