FPL Recommendations: Ins and Outs! 4/02/2017

Written by Jorge Velasco

After a very captivating two days of football, here’s a quick recap of what happened in all matches:

Swansea (2) vs. Southampton (1)

After Gylfi Sigurdsson was made MOTM, the Jack Army overcame underdogs Southampton in a 2-1 defeat with Alfie Mawson scoring first but right after halftime, Shane Long equalized, and Sigurdsson took it home to escape from the relegation zone.

Sunderland (0) vs. Tottenham (0)

Tottenham were on the road to the Stadium of Light for an expected win, but Sunderland denied them 3 points. Tottenham along with its fans were very disappointed after many missed opportunities and did not capitalize on Arsenal and Chelsea’s draw.

Middlesborough (1) vs. West Brom (1)

Middlesbrough needed 3 points at the Riverside in order to be considered out of the Relegation Zone, but the struggle continued when each team received a draw instead. West from remain in 8th place 4 points behind Everton and 4 points above Stoke City, which simply puts West Brom in no danger for the bottom half.

Burnley (1) vs. Leicester (0)

Sam Vokes grabbed a late winner to win 3 points for his team and is currently in the middle of the table behind Stoke City. The champions failed to score and are now facing the relegation zone.

Arsenal (1) vs. Watford (2)

Arsenal fell short of Watford at the Emirates when Watford took a two goal lead just 13 minutes into the match. Their heads rose up again when Alex Iwobi put the ball in the back of the net, but it wasn’t enough for the Gunners as they fell to 3rd place, just three goals behind Spurs.

Bournemouth (0) vs. Crystal Palace (2)

Bournemouth were as surprised as I was after Scott Dann and Christian Benteke sealed the deal to take 3 points back to Selhurst Park and bring their hopes alive again after falling to 18th in the relegation zone.

Liverpool (1) vs. Chelsea (1)

Liverpool came in with a surprise draw against 1st place Chelsea after Simon Mignolet saved the day after Diego Costa failed to capitalize on the night for 3 points.

West Ham (0) vs. Man City (4)

West Ham were humiliated Wednesday night at London Stadium four goals to nil after Dimitri Payet departed from the club. Peak form Hammers Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini did not make a mark and left London Stadium empty handed.

Stoke City (1) vs. Everton (1)

Peter Crouch was gifted his milestone of scoring his 100th EPL goal during the match against Everton but were given 1 point after Ryan Shawcross’ carelessness caused Stoke to give up its advantage of three points.

Man U (0) vs. Hull City (0)

Manchester United were one of the four teams that did not take advantage of getting back into the title race after they were goalless alongside their opponents after a very even match ended in zeroes at the Theatre of Dreams.

So now that you have an idea on what happened, here are a few players in each position that could give you a push in your fantasy team:

GK: Tom Heaton, Burnley, 5.0M

Heaton saw his 7th 8+ point game this past Tuesday against Leicester and is priced at only 5.0M. Considering he is coming up against a struggling Watford side, Heaton could see a possible clean sheet alongside a bonus and minutes played.

Defenders: Patrick Van Aanholt, Crystal Palace, 5.0M

Upon arrival at his new London club, Van Aanholt achieved 6 points for the clean sheet and considering he just got there, that’s not a bad start at all. Palace is coming up against last place Sunderland who have only scored 5 in their last 7.

Midfielders: Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea City, 7.2M

This man has been completely unstoppable, 30 FP in his last four games for a bargain of a price. This isn’t my top play of the week because they’re playing a very high form Manchester City next, but afterwards, I highly suggest you make him captain of your team after this week.

Georgino Wijnaldum, Liverpool, 7.5M

The Liverpool midfielder grabbed the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with league leaders Chelsea. Since he is only owned by 1.3% as well as coming up against a desperate Hull City side, things could get interesting and is my top play of the week.

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Forwards: Peter Crouch, Stoke City, 4.9M

The old chap has gotten off to a fiery start after marking 38 FP in his last five. Coming up against West Brom, this will be a battle of the mid table, not to mention he is only 5.3% owned.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United, 11.7M

The one and only Zlatan is facing a relegation zone contending Leicester City, and after a very frustrating game against Hull, this is should be a clean match for him to bounce back on as he hasn’t scored in his last three games.

That’s it for this game week, make sure to follow me on twitter @JorgeVelasco71 for the latest transfer speculations, EPL/FPL recommendations, and more. I hope these suggestions help out a lot of people, best of luck to all! -JV

What are your top tips for this week? Let us know in the comments below!