Welcome to the tenth edition of the Fantasy Premier League 2 In 2 Out! This is the series where I tell YOU which two FPL players to bring in and which two players to kick out of your teams with the aim of giving you green arrows for the coming gameweeks!
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea, Midfielder, 7.3m)
Gylfi Sigurdsson is in tremendous form. The Swansea midfielder has scored seven goals in his last eleven Premier League appearances. He knows where the back of the net is from both open play and dead ball situations. With Aston Villa (H) next up I have Sigurdsson as a MUST transfer in candidate and a potential captaincy choice. Aston Villa leak goals for fun and Sigurdsson scores them for fun, what can go wrong?! At only 7.3m Sigurdsson has one of the best value for money prices and his price will only increase as he scores more and more points in the future. Only 8.5% have him so get him in now before everyone jumps on the bandwagon.
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool, Midfielder, 8.2m)
No Premier League player has been involved in more goals in 2016 than Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian has racked up seven goals and four assists in 2016 making him one of the most popular players in fantasy football today with 15.6% of managers having him. It’s a no brainer having Firmino in your side considering that the double gameweeks have just been announced and Liverpool have 2 fixtures in BOTH GW34 and GW37. I feel like Firmino should be a long term transfer and a transfer that should remain in your team until the season ends because of Liverpool’s friendly run-in. Liverpool’s last five games are Newcastle (H), Swansea (A) Watford (H), Chelsea (H) and West Brom (A). The points are there to be made, Firmino is here to win them for you and I’m here to tell you exactly why Firmino is a MUST for you to bring in this week.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal, Midfielder, 9.8m)
Apart from Riyad Mahrez, I believe Ozil has been the best midfielder in the league this season (please don’t hurt me) and the 18 assists this season so far speaks for itself. It’s not Ozil’s fault that Arsenal are the least clinical team in the history of football and his team-mates can’t take their chances despite Ozil creating the most per game in the league. As I always say, fantasy football is about points and now Arsenal’s title hopes have almost faded away, will he keep scoring points when there’s replacements such as Mahrez, Alli and Eriksen with something to play for that keep scoring points? I’m not sure. Ozil only has one double gameweek coming up whereas midfielders that are cheaper and have two double gameweeks in the future such as Payet (8.2m), Firmino (8.2m) and Barkley (7.1m) are available, I believe there are better options out there.
Odion Ighalo (Watford, Forward, 5.9m)
Ighalo has gone fairly dry on the goals front recently in the league, he’s failed to find the net in his last six league games. I’m sure Ighalo will score a few more goals but my method of thinking behind this one is that Troy Deeney seems to be a much more sensible choice. Deeney is cheaper (5.2m), in better goal scoring form and he takes penalties which is always a bonus. This is me technically giving you another IN option but hey, why not! Watford have two double gameweeks coming up and also have to play Aston Villa (H) in between them. If you decide to take Ighalo out and go for Deeney, you’re guaranteed to save 0.7m for other players and also could be gaining many points on other fantasy football managers as Ighalo has a selected percentage of 24% whereas Deeney has a percentage of 4.5%. This is a suggestion I won’t say is a MUST but it’s one I’d say you should maybe consider and the rewards may come from it. Let us know if you’re planning to take a risk on this!
It’s that time of the season where the double gameweeks have been announced and we are all planning what we will do and when we will do it. It’s more than likely we’ll all change our mind at some point and end up regretting it but that’s fantasy football! Hopefully these predictions can sort you out with some lovely green arrows as we get closer to the end of the season.
Written by Tom Mellor