Fantasy Premier League Week 28 Transfers and Tips: Aguero to see off the Hammers
The action is coming thick and fast for Fantasy Football Managers this week as the deadline for GW28 is on the horizon. Paul Robinson takes you through the good, the bad and the ugly...
"The Argentine has been sublime since his return from injury, and he's got hat-tricks in two of his last three Premier League matches."
Six to like
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - £11.1m. The Arsenal striker was my choice of captain last week - and I'm sure I wasn't the only one - but Unai Emery broke our hearts and only gave him 15 minutes at the end of the game. For that reason, I am very sure indeed that he will return to the starting XI here, as Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea continue to fight it out for fourth place. The Gunners are up against Bournemouth at home, with the Cherries having conceded 30 away goals this season - the second worst record in the Premier League.
Aubameyang is 11/5 to score two or more against the Cherries.
Xherdan Shaqiri - £6.9m. Liverpool have now gone two matches without scoring, which means that Jurgen Klopp is likely to change up his attacking players. Shaqiri is usually the go-to man in this situation, and with doubts about Roberto Firmino's fitness, it appears to be a pretty safe bet that the former Stoke man will play. The Swiss international has already got six goals four assists to his name this season, and that's just from 1010 minutes of action - an attacking return every 100 minutes in average. The Reds are at home to Watford on Wednesday, with the Hornets having kept just two away clean sheets from their last 10 on the road.
Harry Kane - £12.4m. Harry Kane returned to action at Turf Moor on Saturday, but even his scoring return wasn't enough to stop Spurs from being defeated. Nevertheless, it shows us that he would be a great asset to have back in our squads, and a trip to Chelsea given their goalkeeping situation could end up being quite rewarding.
Leroy Sane - £9.5m. Leroy Sane is a name that will give some managers nightmares given his one point return in GW25, but I'm backing Pep to give him the nod against West Ham, given that he only played five minutes plus extra time in the EFL Cup Final. The German winger can be highly explosive, and he's already had five double figure hauls this season. He will fancy his chances running up against the West Ham defence, as City look to pile the pressure on Liverpool at the top of the league.
Matt Doherty - £5.4m. The Wolves right wing back is the sixth highest scoring defender in the game, and with three goals, six assists and a fixture against Huddersfield, he has to be included in my six to like list. The Terriers again failed to score at the weekend, which was their fifth blank in six outings. Wolves did concede at Bournemouth, but Doherty grabbed an assist, and he offers potential at both ends of the field.
Wilfried Zaha - £6.7m. The Crystal Palace forward retains his place in the six to like thanks to two goals at Leicester, which means he now has four in his last three starts. Zaha has had more joy away from home than at Selhurst Park this year, but with Manchester United in town, this could end up being like an away game for the Eagles.
Harvey Barnes - £5.5m. Claude Puel has been sacked by Leicester, following a string of bad results, but the one bright spark has been Harvey Barnes, and he could prove to be a nice little differential in your squads, with just 0.2% ownership. He picked up his second assist since his return to the King Power in the 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, and there is the possibility of more returns against Brighton on Tuesday - especially if the Foxes adopt a more attacking approach.
Charlie Austin - £5.5m. The Southampton striker hasn't scored since GW17, and while he hasn't featured much in the time since, with just two goals to his name all season, he is most certainly due. Austin came off the bench at half-time on Sunday, and I expect him to start against Fulham on Wednesday. The Saints will obviously fancy their chances against a side who have conceded 61 goals in 27 matches.
Two to avoid
Mohamed Salah - £13.6m. This is a huge risk, but I have to put Mo Salah on the avoid list this week. He was poor against Bayern in the Champions League, and even worse against Man United on Sunday. He did score in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth prior to those two games, but before that he didn't do much in the draws with Leicester and West Ham. He just isn't warranting the price tag at present, and even Jurgen Klopp subbed him off at Old Trafford.
Eden Hazard - £10.8m. Chelsea are a club in disarray at present, which means I wouldn't touch any of their players with a bargepole. Hazard has only delivered an attacking return in one of his last seven Premier League games anyway, and with a wounded, Spurs, in town, it could prove to be another frustrating night for the Belgian forward.
Sergio Aguero - £11.6m. There were a couple of different captain options this week as four of the top six are at home, but one stands out from the rest, and that is Sergio Aguero. The Argentine has been sublime since his return from injury, and he's got hat-tricks in two of his last three Premier League matches. He is tied with Mohamed Salah in the goalscorer charts, but there is only one player I want in my side at present and that is the Manchester City man.
A third Aguero hat-trick is available to back at 5/1 on the Betfair Sportsbook.
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*Remember the deadline to submit your teams for GW28 is 18:45 on Tuesday.