Fantasy Premier League Week 26 Transfers and Tips: Raul Jimenez to be the star of Monday Night Football
The Premier League title race is hotting up, as are the mini-leagues of many a FPL manager. Paul Robinson takes a look at the good and the bad ahead of GW26...
"The Wolves frontman has gone somewhat under my radar this season, but two goals against West Ham and another at Everton last weekend have got my attention."
Six to like
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - £11.2m. The Arsenal striker is only classed as 75% likely to play due to illness, but the vibes are that he will, and the Gunners have a game against Huddersfield. The Terriers are pretty much dead and buried and they were thrashed 5-0 at Chelsea last Saturday. Aubameyang has 15 Premier League goals to his name this season and while he has netted just one in four, there won't be much of a better opponent to get back into form against.
Raul Jimenez - £6.7m. The Wolves frontman has gone somewhat under my radar this season, but two goals against West Ham and another at Everton last weekend have got my attention. Wolves are in great form, and the visitors to Molineux are Newcastle, so there is definite potential in Jimenez adding to his tally of nine goals and seven assists.
Heung-Min Son - £8.8m. Spurs' saviour will have been grateful of the seven days rest he's had ahead of the match, and I expect him to again be influential for the title chasers. Leicester City are the visitors to Wembley, and they have lost four of their last five in all competitions. Son has scored in each of his two games since his return from international duty and he will be the main man in Harry Kane's continued absence.
Paul Pogba - £8.7m. Manchester United are in such good form that I have to include one of their players in my six to like, and while I was tempted to go with Marcus Rashford, I think that Paul Pogba has slightly more potential - and he gets an extra point for a goal, as well as a clean sheet. The World Cup winner has delivered attacking returns in all but one of his league appearance since he was brought back into the starting XI, and he has delivered double figure hauls in three of them.
Sergio Aguero - £11.4m. The Manchester City striker didn't let us down last week when he was our captain's pick as he scored a hat-trick against Arsenal, as well as taking all three bonus points. He did draw a blank at Goodison Park in midweek, but there is no doubting his quality, and it's very unlikely that Guardiola will rest him against Chelsea.
Nathan Redmond - £5.3m. The Saints midfielder has started to flourish under Ralph Hasenhüttl, and he looks like an appealing proposition for their match against Cardiff on Saturday. Redmond bagged at Burnley last weekend, and he also scored against Huddersfield and West Ham in GW's 18 and 19. He can flatter to deceive, but at £5.3m, he's a bit of a snip.
Michy Batshuayi - £6.5m. The Chelsea flop made an immediate impact for new club, Crystal Palace last weekend as he came off the bench to earn an assist in Palace's 2-0 win over Fulham. With Christian Benteke failing to score on his comeback from injury, I think that there is a strong possibility that his countrymen will get the nod, and Batshuayi has every chance of silencing his critics against a West Ham defence that have leaked goals away from home.
Troy Deeney - £5.9m. The Hornets have remained in good form - just two defeats in 12 in all competitions - but Troy Deeney hasn't been scoring many of late, which makes him an excellent candidate for this section of the article. The Watford man hasn't scored since his brace against Bournemouth in GW21, and he will surely fancy his chances of ending that barren run against an out-of-form, Everton.
Two to avoid
Roberto Firmino - £9.3m. There is no denying Roberto Firmino's talent, but he put in a terrible display at West Ham on Monday, and he wasn't much better against Leicester, the week before. Firmino has suffered from Jurgen Klopp's decision to play Mohamed Salah through the middle, so while he's still contributing to the team, his goal tally has taken a bit of a hit. I know that the Reds are at home to Bournemouth, but I wouldn't want to be owning him right now - especially at the price.
Richarlison - £6.8m. Richarlison has been in just about every section of my previews this season, but he's on my cold list this week. The Brazilian didn't even start against Manchester City during the week, and while he will likely return at Watford, he has scored just one Premier League goal since GW19. He has only assisted twice this term too.
Mohamed Salah - £13.6m. While I have written about the negatives of one Liverpool player this week, I can't help but throw the armband to Mo Salah. The Egyptian has 16 goals and eight assists so far this season, and while he has delivered two point hauls in his last two games, prior to that he had been in explosive form. He clicked back into gear with a hat-trick at Bournemouth in GW16, and the Cherries defenders will be quaking in their boots as they line up against him at Anfield on Saturday.
It's 15/2 for lightening to strike twice and Salah to score a second hat-trick.
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*Remember the deadline to submit your teams for GW26 is 11:30 on Saturday.