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    George's Fantasy Football Tips: Gameweek 28

    Liverpool vs. West Ham
    Liverpool are on an impressive run of form at late and will hope they can brush the Hammers aside as they have so many teams at Anfield this year. The usual suspects are all fit so, given City don’t play this weekend, it could be a calculated risk to replace them with one or all of Mohamed Salah (pictured below), Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found some form at the turn of the year but has been in and out of the squad since. He could be worth a shout at only £5.6- he’ll be keen to prove that he deserves a regular starting spot. Georgino Wijnaldum (feature image) is in a similar situation at the moment and will be keen to add more goals and assists to his game. Although at £6.6 and not a guaranteed starter, he’s a bit of a risk.

    David Moyes is overseeing a quiet revival at West Ham, only losing one league match in 2018. They’ve also made a habit at times of surprising teams while away from home- they were unlucky not to grab a win against Spurs and took Huddersfield to the cleaners. If West Ham are to make a statement and win at Anfield, there’s a good chance that Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez will have something to do with it. Arnautovic has been a revelation since Moyes took over and picked up where he left off, grabbing a goal against Watford on his return from injury. His pace, power and unpredictability is a real threat, especially to a defence that still has a lot to prove. Javier Hernandez’s West Ham career was a real disappointment until recently but the Mexican has grabbed three goals in his last four games. The poacher’s instinct that he showed countless times at Manchester United and Bayern Leverkusen could be key at the weekend. Manuel Lanzini is most likely to miss out once again as he recovers from injury.

    David Moyes has failed to win at Anfield in his managerial career- could he break that unwanted record this weekend?

    Watford vs. Everton:
    Two sides hovering around mid-table with patchy form face each other In the late kick off this Saturday.

    A key player for the home side this weekend could be the former Toffee, Gerard Deulofeu (pictured above). The Spaniard showed several glimpses of real ability when playing for Everton over two spells but was woefully inconsistent at times. Nevertheless, he was firmly established as a fan favourite at Goodison thanks to his pace and trickery down the flank. His deliveries into the box were also devastating at times, especially for a large period of the 2015-16 season.

    He also recently played a key role in the Hornets’ impressive 4-1 victory over Chelsea, grabbing a goal and an assist. He’s only priced at £6.0 and, given he’ll be up against a shaky Cuco Martina down Everton’s left, could be worth a punt in midfield.

    For Everton, Theo Walcott (pictured below) has settled into life pretty well at his new club and could even be in with an outside shout of an England call up before the World Cup. In a wide open game, he could be the difference for an away side likely to absorb pressure before attempting to catch their hosts on the counter. Walcott is famous for hitting purple patches, where he is untouchable, before slipping back into poor form. He’s threatening to hit one of those upturns once again, so could be worth a go in your team even if he is considerably more expensive than Deulofeu (£7.3).

    Elsewhere, both sides are struggling at the moment for regular goalscorers. Abdoulaye Doucore and Richarlison’s early season form for Watford has disappeared, while Andre Gray and Troy Deeney have been inconsistent in front of goal. Then again, all four are more than capable of bucking that trend and are all reasonably priced too.

    For Everton, Gylfi Sigurdsson is beginning to show signs that his form is returning. He’s earned the most points out of the Toffees’ midfielders by a country mile and is usually involved in some capacity whenever they go forward. Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney is on a bit of a goal drought after scoring five in six before the New Year. He’ll be keen to get in amongst the goals again and will probably be Everton’s main set-piece taker as well. Finally, although he’s not always a consistent scorer, Oumar Niasse is still a steal at just £4.9 and is definitely worth putting in as a cheap option to free up funds elsewhere.
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