Our focus is again firmly on the double gameweek for this week’s midfielders tips. Gameweek 26 looks like it has the potential to be another high scoring round. So as usual, we’ve done the hard work for you and come up with the players who look the most likely to return a decent points haul in the week ahead.
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) £9.6 million. Fixtures: West Brom & Swansea (Home)
Gerrard has been quietly racking up plenty of Fantasy Football points in the last couple of months. With the likes of Bale, Mata and Walcott continually grabbing the headlines, Gerrard now finds himself second in the list of points scoring midfielders. With 7 league goals and 12 assists to his name, the Liverpool talisman now has an excellent total of 139 points. He has also been picking up plenty of bonus points of late and now has a total of 15 to his name. His current ownership is just 9.9% but inevitably this will increase before Liverpool’s double gameweek.
As mentioned in yesterday’s ‘defenders tips’, Liverpool play two home games. First against a completely out of form West Brom side followed by the visit of Swansea. Liverpool have been playing well of late which has been largely due to the resurgence in Gerrard’s form. Earlier in the season, he was forced to play a far deeper role but in recent times he has been getting further forward, making him a decent option in terms of Fantasy Football. Gerrard is the only real viable option for Liverpool midfield coverage for their upcoming double gameweek. The likes of Downing and Henderson look too risky for me and with Sterling seemingly out of favour at the moment, Gerrard looks set for a big points return in gameweek 26.
Michu (Swansea) £8.4 million. Fixtures: QPR (Home) & Liverpool (Away)
The only saving grace for Michu’s poor run of form will be that Swansea play twice in gameweek 26. Plenty of managers have grown frustrated with the Spaniard as his £8.4 million price tag isn’t yielding the returns that it should be. Michu has failed to score in his last seven outings which has seen plenty of managers selling him on. The ones that have stuck with him, have certainly had an eye on this GW 26 in the hope that he can get back to goal scoring ways.
Saturday’s game with QPR will be a tough game, especially when he comes up against Christopher Samba. However, Michu should be able to match him for power and strength and could well get the better of a player who hasn’t played much football in recent weeks. Liverpool have been less than impressive at the back in recent games and Swansea will again be hoping to exploit their frailties. With Danny Graham being sold to Sunderland, it is left to Michu to lead the line for the Swans. He needs to rediscover his goal scoring touch and two games in a week is the ideal time to do so.
Gareth Bale (Tottenham) £9.8 million. Fixture: Newcastle (Home)
Bale’s form of late makes it impossible to ignore the Spurs winger for this week’s midfielder options. His two goals in his last two goals have both both been absolutely stunning and he seems to be coming into a serious run of form. It is appears that Bale is playing in a more central role which he is greatly profiting from. Both goals came from him picking the ball up centrally and driving at the opposition defence. He has now scored 11 goals for the season which is his best season yet. With four months of the campaign left to play, few would back against Bale in doubling his previous best tally (10 goals). Newcastle had an impressive victory over Chelsea last time out but will have their work cut out to stop an ever improving Gareth Bale and his Spurs side.
Robert Snodgrass (Norwich) £6.2 million. Fixture: Fulham (Home)
Snodgrass again makes an appearance in my weekly midfielders tips section. Since being hammered 5-0 by Liverpool, Norwich have had two draws on the bounce. The Canaries were excellent against Spurs in gameweek 24 and would have taken all three points but for a piece of Gareth Bale magic. Norwich are without a win in their last 9 games but a home game against Fulham this weekend, could well see them get back on track. Norwich signed Snodgrass’ former Leeds team mate, Luciano Becchio on deadline day and he should bolster their attacking options. Snodgrass as we all know by now is deadly from set pieces – his chances of picking up more assists could well be enhanced with the arrival of Becchio. Both players had an excellent relationship when playing for Leeds. Snodgrass’ set piece quality always makes him an attractive Fantasy Football prospect and against a Fulham side who are generally poor on the road, he could once again be the star at Carrow Road.
Will you double up on Liverpool and Swansea players for the double gameweek? Are Gerrard and Michu the best looking options? Get in touch and let me know.