First the good, now we have the bad.
Welcome back to another edition of Forecasting Bad Fixtures, in which we anticipate which teams will have a difficult set of games in regards to the Fantasy Premier League.
There may not be any English top flight games this weekend due to the FA Cup, but with the next gameweek featuring blanks, there will likely be many who will chop and change their squads in an attempt to have at least 11 Fantasy assets playing in Gameweek 27.
So to help you with your choices, we have previewed which teams will have players you could bring in, but here we also forecast those you should avoid for the time being.
This list will NOT feature clubs that have a blank, which are Everton, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Newcastle United.
Without further ado, here are THREE TEAMS you should AVOID heading into Gameweek 27.
Arsenal have just come off an ecstatic 2-1 win over league leaders Leicester City this past weekend, and the club once again believe that they can win their first title since 2004 this season.
But, the Gunners have a tricky set of fixtures to navigate in their schedule, with Arsene Wenger’s men playing Man United (Away), Swansea (Home), Tottenham (Away), West Brom (Home), and Everton (Away) in their next five.
The agenda looks easier with home games against Swansea and West Brom, but these two are difficult to break down and with Arsenal having one eye focused on Barcelona in the Champions League, it won’t be as easy.
If you have either Mesut Ozil (9.9) or Alexis Sanchez (11.0) it would be wise to hold on, but with Theo Walcott (8.1) and Danny Welbeck (7.3) recovered from injury, owners of Olivier Giroud (9.0) should definitely be worried by the increased competition.
Swansea are one of the better footballing sides in the English top flight, but they have greatly underperformed this term and are firmly in the relegation battle four points off 18th place. And they could be worse off after their next run of games.
The Welsh club face Tottenham Hotspur (Away) and Arsenal (Away) in their next two, and managers hoping to sign Gylfi Siggurdsson (7.1) should really hold off despite his recent good form.
After that, the Swans will have three relegation scraps that could see the likes of Sigurdsson and Andre Ayew (6.8) supply points, but until Gameweek 29 they shouldn’t be considered.
Aston Villa could be the pick here with their crazy set of awful matches, but the Villans have been so bad it is unlikely anyone will invest in their players.
Norwich City, however, have just come off a decent 2-2 draw with in-form West Ham United as they battle to survive the drop. Yet they have one of the most difficult run-ins over the next few weeks, with the Canaries facing Leicester City (Away), Chelsea (Home), Swansea (Away), and Manchester City (Home) in their next four.
Wesley Hoolahan (4.7) has been sporadically earning goals and assists this term, while Steven Naismith (5.0) has become a solid choice for a third striker in a 3-5-2 formation due to guaranteed starts. But, Norwich players should be saved for those that are going to use their wildcard later on, as these cheaper players could come in handy to have on the bench. Until then, it’s best to avoid.