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    George's Fantasy Football Tips: Gameweek 27



    Some tasty games this weekend with the season beginning to reach the final bend before the home stretch...
    Tottenham vs. Arsenal
    A massive North London Derby starts off this weekend’s action. A win for Spurs gives them a seven-point lead over their biggest rivals and pushes them into the top four, at least until Chelsea’s match on Monday. For Arsenal, a win puts them back within touching distance of european places after a recent wobble. A draw doesn’t really suit either side, so both teams will likely go for broke.

    There isn’t much elaborating needed beyond simply: get the usual suspects for both sides in your team wherever you can. In terms of how the game will pan out, it wouldn’t surprise me if either side were to win. Arsenal haven’t had the best record against Spurs at White Hart Lane of late, failing to beat them since a Tomasz Rosicky’s winner within two minutes of kick off in 2014. The difference this time around though is they’re playing at a stadium where they actually have a very impressive recent record, unbeaten since the League Cup final defeat to Birmingham City back in 2011. Spurs hardly have the Wembley hoodoo they used to, putting the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool to the sword at their temporary home this season. But they still sometimes fail to convince in the big games- the Gunners will be hoping that’s the case again this weekend.

    With regards to certain players on both sides to look out for, Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (main image) are both likely to lead the lines. Everyone knows what Kane’s game is, the only issue is how to stop him from playing it. Despite his impressive form over the past few seasons at Borussia Dortmund, Aubameyang is still likely to be a bit of an unknown entity to most Premier League sides. With his incredible pace and finishing, he is likely to be the main goal threat for the away side, especially given that Wembley's pitch size will expose gaps in wide areas and in behind the Spurs defence.
    Beyond the front two, the main creativity will likely come from Christian Eriksen (pictured above and, in my opinion one of the most underrated players in the league) and Dele Alli for Spurs, and Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Arsenal. Alli’s form has dipped recently but he is still one of the home side's key players, Eriksen is a sure bet for an assist. Mkhitaryan was very impressive against Everton last week, gaining three assists, but the away side did make it easy for him. It’ll be interesting to what these four all contribute to the game. Finally, the potential return of Toby Alderweireld (pictured below) is a massive boost for Spurs. Whether this match will come too soon for the Belgian is yet to be seen, but he may be worth putting in your side if fit to play.


    Huddersfield vs. AFC Bournemouth
    Two teams with plenty to play for but totally different runs of form meet in West Yorkshire for the first ever time in the top flight.

    Huddersfield are in desperate need of points after dropping into the relegation zone following an abysmal run of form. The Terriers do have home advantage on their side but haven’t won at the John Smith’s Stadium in any competition since a 2-0 over Brighton in early December. Attacking threat could come from Tom Ince (pictured below) who was reinstated into the side and was key to Huddersfield’s 4-1 win against Birmingham in the FA Cup during mid-week. He’s only scored one goal so far this season and has been out of the team recently, but he certainly did his selection chances no harm last time out. Alex Pritchard and Rajiv Van La Parra are the other two potential creators and will hope to provide plenty of chances for either Steve Mounie or Collin Quaner. Both strikers are mobile and strong but have failed to adapt fully to the rigours of the league just yet. They’ll see this weekend’s game as the perfect time to change that.

    Bournemouth’s recent form has seen them looking up the table rather than down after an incredible resurgence. Unbeaten in the league since December, the Cherries are in fine form (let’s forget their 3-0 mauling against Wigan in the Cup last month), taking notable scalps such as Chelsea and Arsenal along the way. Callum Wilson (pictured below) will likely lead the line once again and hope to continue his rich vein of form in front of goal: three in five games at the time of writing. At £5.9 he is also a fairly cheap but reliable option up front. Ryan Fraser’s form has tailed off slightly of late but he is still more than capable of the spectacular for Bournemouth, as is Jordan Ibe, who provides pace and power but lacks consistency. Both are always a decent bet as a cheap option for your team, priced at £5.1 and £4.9 respectively.


    Bit of a rushed one this week but hopefully some of these predictions will be right!
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