Fantasy Football: Will Generous John leave Brightside minding the gap?

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A mouth-watering set of top-four clashes is the highlight of this weekend’s Premier League action but who’ll be delivering the goods in Gameweek 26?

Along with millions of others, The Ladbrokes Life characters resume friendly hostilities but how will they be utilising their Fantasy Football skills?

Generous John heads the famous five and with a handy lead over his rivals there’s no room for error if the others hope to catch him.

Here’s what they’ve been up to…

#GenerousJohn

Generous J

A healthy total of 77 points represented a solid week if you ask me! I’m 22 points ahead of Mr Brightside and can only see that gap increasing. There were plenty of big earners last weekend and the bulk of my points came from my back three as Dann, Koscielny and Alderweireld racked up 23 between them.

My only transfer this week is to bring in Barkley (again) in place of Arnautovic. The Toffees midfielder is the third highest points earner for Fantasy Football this year and is currently on a good run, compared to the Stoke man who has failed to score in his last six appearances.

A change in the starting XI see’s Alderweireld make way for Smalling. City host Tottenham at the Etihad and just like the game at White Hart Lane I can see this one having plenty of goals.

Lukaku takes over from Aguero as my captain for this week. It was a tough decision but I feel the big Belgian will continue his fine form in front of goal against the Baggies.

#MrBrightside

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Firmino was a shinning light in an otherwise disappointment week for my side. The gamble didn’t pay off however I still have faith that the XI out there can have a stronger week and get us right back on track.

With all the big guns facing each other on Super Sunday I’m hoping that the wheels will finally fall off when Leicester travel to the Emirates.

Ighalo and Willian has been very unproductive in 2016 and need to pull their socks up or they will be out of the side sharpish.

#TheProfessor

Gameweek 26

A brilliant week for Statletico Madrid sees me take back third-place from The Gut Truster, an eventualty that was bound to happen sooner rather than later.

Robert Huth really stood out, scoring a brace to deliver a huge 16 points last weekend.

You can expect a few of the others to follow suit and drop Huth into their teams ahead of this weekend’s fixtures. Mahrez performed well once again and I only missed out on an even bigger points haul by not captaining him.

In terms of changes this week, an injured David Silva makes way for Dimitri Payet who grabbed an assist in this week’s FA Cup fixture and has been vital for West Ham.

Romelu Lukaku also comes back into the side after I missed out on his nine points last week. Everton have a pretty easy run of games over the next few weeks so I’m expecting more from him.

#TheBeliever 

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I’ve got a good few points on the board over the last couple of weeks but I’m not getting ahead of myself. I’m still way behind the rest of the Ladbrokes Life gang but that’s not going to stop me thinking I can catch them up.

I’ve opted for a defensive change this week with Arsenal welcoming league leaders Leicester to the Emirates.

I’ve got rid of Mertesacker and brought in Southampton’s Jose Fonte to bridge the gap. This change has #TheBeliever written all over it but Fonte has put a couple of good performances in of late while Arsenal haven’t been convincing.

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One good week from The Professor and everyone thinks that my team are doomed. It’s a good job I always see things with the glass half full!

Using my two free transfers this week, I’ve decided to shake up my defence. The midfield and forwards are doing their jobs, but I’m lacking that bit of extra support from the back.

Southampton have found some good form over recent weeks, and Jose Fonte looks good value for some cheap points – he comes in for Clyne who may be wishing he had stayed at his former club!

The other change see’s the BFG depart, and man of the moment Robert Huth takes his place. He’s one of the reasons The Professor had such a good points haul last week, and he needs to be at the top of his game when the Foxes travel to Arsenal this weekend.

Aguero keeps the armband for a huge game for City against high-flying Spurs.

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William Geldart

Having graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Wales, Bangor, William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.