The fate of many a Togga manager rests on the outcome of Arsenal’s clash with Spurs at Wembley where they’ll try to repeat their dominant 2-0 display from GW12. While Arsenal’s away form is middling, they’ve enjoyed plenty of recent results at Wembley and the beatdown they served Everton has put the whole of England on notice. Except. Not really. As if Everton aren’t bad enough, Big Sam’s team selection was absurd, asking Schneiderlin and Gueye to provide the sort of service that could have tested Arsenal’s shaky back line. I digress.
If you own any attacking players for this North London derby, profit is likely. Defenders? Davies and Trippier, perhaps, but careful with anyone else.
- Postscript from GW26: the Cherries front three did very little and were bailed out by none other than Joshua King, which cemented my humiliation. Ozil played well, but barely scored in double digits despite Arsenal’s 5 goals. Oh, but Townsend had 1.5 points in his triumphant return!
- Studs: Danilo, should he start, is a no-doubt-about-it Top 10 choice. No, he’s not a comfortable defender but he won’t be tasked with marking Mahrez and the quality he brings when he links up on runs from the left flank or when he cuts in and cracks it from 20 yards is undeniable. Brighton have scored 6 away goals all year, 2 of them from Glenn Murray penalties, and 3 of which came away at West Ham one week before Slaven Bilic was sacked. That’s why you see 3 Stoke defenders in the Top 25 and with the center half pairing, they’re not exactly clean sheet dependent options.
- Duds: I own him so this one hurts. I can’t rate Marc Albrighton highly this week. Love the player, hate the matchup. Between the absence of Mahrez and the presence of Kyle Walker, Leicester will be better off working Diabate down the right, but I suspect neither he nor Albrighton will have much success. As the aforementioned Mr. Laird observed, “Mahrez is not Messi.” No, but he’s certainly Leicester’s Messi.
|1||Lukasz Fabianski||Marcos Alonso||Kevin De Bruyne||Mohamed Salah|
|2||David De Gea||Cesar Azpilicueta||Eden Hazard||Sergio Aguero|
|3||Thibaut Courtois||Kyle Walker||Christian Eriksen||Harry Kane|
|4||Nick Pope||Antonio Valencia||Xherdan Shaqiri||Alexis Sanchez|
|5||Jonas Lossl||Nicolas Otamendi||Willian||Roberto Firmino|
|6||Jack Butland||Chris Smalling||Mesut Ozil||Romelu Lukaku|
|7||Ederson||Andrew Robertson||Paul Pogba||P.E. Aubameyang|
|8||Jordan Pickford||Davide Zappacosta||Henrikh Mkhitaryan||Raheem Sterling|
|9||Hugo Lloris||Danilo||Sadio Mane||Callum Wilson|
|10||Petr Cech||Phil Jones||Heung-Min Son||Christian Benteke|
|11||Loris Karius||Virgil Van Dijk||Jesse Lingard||Anthony Martial|
|12||Asmir Begovic||Ben Mee||Bernardo Silva||Chicharito|
|13||Adrian||Ben Davies||Andros Townsend||Joshua King|
|14||Mat Ryan||Antonio Rudiger||Cesc Fabregas||Jordan Ayew|
|15||Kasper Schmeichel||Aymeric Laporte||Oxlade-Chamberlain||Theo Walcott|
|16||Alex McCarthy||Ryan Shawcross||J. Berg Gudmundsson||Richarlison|
|17||Wayne Hennessey||Kurt Zouma||Aaron Ramsey||Olivier Giroud|
|18||Orestis Karnezis||Shane Duffy||Abdoulaye Doucoure||Gerard Deulofeu|
|19||Ben Foster||Aaron Cresswell||Joao Mario||Glenn Murray|
|20||Karl Darlow||Hector Bellerin||James Ward-Prowse||Mame Diouf|
|21||Kieran Trippier||Dele Alli||Jay Rodriguez|
|22||Moritz Bauer||Pascal Gross||Guido Carrillo|
|23||Matthew Lowton||Jordon Ibe||Laurent Depoitre|
|24||Gary Cahill||Gylfi Sigurdsson||Ashley Barnes|
|25||Simon Francis||Junior Stanislas||Daniel Sturridge|
|27||Harry Maguire||N'Golo Kante|
|28||Kevin Long||Luka Milivojevic|
|29||Nacho Monreal||Emre Can|
|30||Seamus Coleman||Mark Noble|
|31||Charlie Daniels||Badou Ndiaye|
|32||Christopher Schindler||Aaron Mooy|
|33||Alfie Mawson||Yohan Cabaye|
|34||Jan Vertonghen||Alex Iwobi|
|35||Patrick Van Aanholt||Fernandinho|
|36||Erik Pieters||Marc Albrighton|
|37||Nathan Ake||Mario Lemina|
|38||Cuco Martina||Wilfried Ndidi|
|39||Jamaal Lascelles||Mohamed Diamé|
|40||Ahmed Hegazi||Joe Allen|
This season, our weekly fantasy Premier League ranks are a one-man affair, with Benji Wade taking over the mantle. You can find him on Twitter: Follow @benjiwade.