Heading into GW25, Arsenal (SWA), Chelsea (BOU), Liverpool (HUD), and City (WBA) all have extremely favorable matchups. Tottenham and United faceoff against each other in a top-6 derby, which we think is best to be avoided.
Forwards: Aguero, Firmino, Lacazette. Aguero still deserves the armband. After putting together a nice 3-0 performance last week, we think Kane owners are best to swap out of Harry and into Kun given the ease of fixtures for City relative to Tottenham. The move also opens additional market cap which can be utilized elsewhere.
City this week go up against WBA, having won 20 of their last 22 matches. On the flip side, West Brom have failed to win 21 of their last 22 matches. With Sane out, we think Sterling, Aguero, and Silva will line up as top 3 with Silva, Fernandinho, and Bruyne supporting right behind them.
Firmino and Lacazette are our other favorite forwards this week given their ease of fixtures. Liverpool having lost to 1) Swansea and 2) WBA in a 3-2 defeat at Anfield on Saturday, will be looking to rebound this week.
We expect Klopp to make slight changes to the side that lost to WBA with Karius, Robertson and Gomez, likely returning to the lineup. Huddersfield have lost their last 3 matches and conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches.
With Sanchez leaving the club and Mkhitaryan coming in, we think Arsenal is ripe to set themselves up for a big win against bottom-ranked Swansea.
Arsenal were also not involved in the FA cup and will be well rested for the trip on Tuesday. Mkhitaryan is expected to make his Arsenal debut on Tuesday. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Swansea’s last 7 home games, suggesting a large haul for fantasy managers this week. We’d expect a greater than 50% chance of Mkhi and/or Lacazette scrapping together a goal here.
Salah, Sterling, Mkhitaryan, and Zaha make up our midfielders. No surprise here with Salah and Sterling leading the midfield line. City are somewhat strapped for options with Sane sidelined, reducing the chances of possible rotation. We do think Mkhi is worth looking at for a possible option this week particularly for those looking for a mid-priced starter.
With Arnautovic being injured for a couple weeks, we expect a fair amount of rotation this week as managers evaluate possible swaps. Zaha makes our side this week as we expect him to return to his forward role alongside Benteke.
Townsend was an unused substitute against Arsenal last weekend and should slot back into a midfield line of Townsend, Mili, Riedewald, and McArthur. Moyes is working with a thin West Ham squad this week and could be without 12 first team players for Tuesday’s matchup.
Defensively, we think Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and City all have the best odds of keeping a clean sheet. While Abraham and van der Hoorn are returning from injury, Swansea’s lack of attacking ability have steadily kept them at the bottom of the table. Chelsea are playing at home where they have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 matches. Huddersfield’s non-existent attack (lone striker Depoitre) is unlikely to give Liverpool much trouble. Finally, Man City at home to WBA is our favorite pick of the litter. Man City have won their last 13 matches against West Brom in all formats.