NMA – EPL DGW-26 FPL & Fantrax Pre-Deadline & Live Chat

Another major DGW presents our fantastic managers with tons of opportunities to exploit. Let’s take a look at the clubs facing each other all week with all the latest updates on team news, injuries and the likely odds of who will play against their respective opponents.

After several previously postponed EPL matches were rescheduled, eight teams will enjoy a DGW-26.

The highlight is that Liverpool will face Norwich and Leeds in their highly anticipated double title, so thoughts will naturally turn to the Triple Captain (Mo Salah) and other Fantasy Premier League (FPL) tokens.

Other clubs with two matches in GW-26 are:


Saturday February 19

West Ham v Newcastle

West Ham have a lot to play for, but so does Newcastle after spending in the January transfer window to escape the relegation zone. Eddie Howe’s men are in fine form but David Moyes’ Hammers remain better at home than on the road.

Team News:

Kieran Trippier (Newcastle) – Injured in the foot against Aston Villa on 13/2 and has just had surgery – likely out until next season.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle) – Assessed for a “knee problem” before the Leeds game on 22/1 and missed. Howe said on 7/2 that he would be out “for the longer term.”

Callum Wilson (Newcastle) – Substituted for a muscle injury in the game against Manchester United on 12/27. Howe thinks the problem could be serious.

Prediction: 2 – 1

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Arsenal v Brentford

The Bees’ away form this season has not been the best, averaging 1.87 xGA, and they are unlikely to feel confident against an Arsenal side who are finding their momentum and becomes difficult to break in the Emirates.

Team News:

Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – Missed the game against Wolves on 10/02 after testing positive for Covid.

Tomiyasu (Takehiro) (Arsenal) – Ruled out for ‘a few weeks’ on 23/1 with a recurrence of a calf injury.

Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) – Suspended for one game after being sent off for two yellow card fouls on 10/02

Zanka (Brentford) – Lack of match fitness: Partially resumed team training from 10/1 after two months out with a hamstring problem.

Ivan Toney (Brentford) – Missed the game against Man City on 9/2 with a minor calf problem and faces a ‘race against time’ for GW-26.

Christian Erikson (Brentford) – Not fit enough to play against Man City on 9/2 after recently returning to training.

Prediction: 3 – 1

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Aston Villa v Watford

Steven Gerrard is really doing wonders at Villa, where the Villans are difficult to manage at home. They should feel confident hosting a lackluster defensive Watford side with Roy Hodgson on the touchline as the team are yet to score under the new manager.

Team News:

Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa) – Suspended for two matches after being sent off for the second time this season on 9/2.

Wonderful Nakamba (Aston Villa) – Substituted in the game against Liverpool on 11/2 with a knee injury. Has since had surgery and will be out for 12-16 weeks.

Watford have no significant injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s game with Aston Villa.

Prediction: 2 – 0

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Brighton v Burnley

Brighton miss Lewis Dunk who was sent off at Old Trafford. With the Seagulls stretched in defense after losing Dan Burn, perhaps Burnley can take advantage. However, Burnley are yet to win an away league game this season, averaging 0.87 xGF per factor. The Clarets are unlikely to find life easy against a Brighton side who will have most of the ball in this game.

Team News:

Jeremy Sarmiento (Brighton) – Substituted for a hamstring injury in the game against West Ham on 1/12. Release expected between three and four months.

Wout Weghorst (Burnley) – Listed as a late form check after suffering a pinch on February 13. The manager says “He only had a light training session today, but the incredibly professional person that he is, I think he’ll be fine.”

Gudmundson (Burnley) – Ruled out for ‘weeks’ on 3/2 after it was revealed he had undergone surgery for appendicitis.

Matej Vydra (Burnley) – Ruled out for ‘weeks’ on 3/2 after undergoing hernia surgery.

Prediction: 1 – 1

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Palace v Chelsea

The European champions return after winning the Club World Cup, so they could take some time to adjust to life in England, bearing in mind their Champions League midweek. Palace have not been in top form and they will miss Conor Gallagher for this clash against their parent club.

Team News:

Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) – Substituted in the Champions League win over Juventus on 11/23 with a partial ACL injury. Originally ruled out for six weeks on 11/26, required surgery and will miss the remainder of 2021-22.

Reece James (Chelsea) – Limped with a hamstring injury against Brighton on 29/12 and was later spotted on crutches. Back to full training planned soon.

Nathan Ferguson (Crystal Palace) – Knocked out of Norwich game on 9/2 with a reportedly minor injury. A hamstring issue has since been confirmed, so he faces a five- to six-week absence.

Prediction: 0 – 1

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Liverpool v Norwich

Norwich have had terrible nightmarish situations against Liverpool, especially this season. Jurgen Klopp’s men have already recorded a pair of 3-0 wins at Carrow Road, and they now have the first of two home encounters with the Canaries after also drawing them in the FA Cup fifth round.

Team News:

Divock Original (Liverpool) – Back to full squad training for the first time on 3/2 after the best part of a two-month absence with a knee injury.

Jacob Sorensen (Norwich) – Suffered a knee ligament injury against Watford on 21/1. His manager said on 4/2 that he “won’t be out for much longer” and was already running on the grass.

Prediction: 3 – 0

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Southampton v Everton

Southampton have been in fine form of late in the league and cup, losing just one of the last ten and having the confidence to ambush Frank Lampard’s Everton away from Goodison Park.

Team News:

Nathan Redmond (Southampton) – Missed the game against Spurs on 9/2 with a knock to the ankle.

Nathan Tella (Southampton) – Missed Man City’s 1/22 draw with a minor groin injury. His manager first announced that he would return after the winter break, but he remains on the sidelines as of 3/2.

Damarai Gray (Everton) – Replaced with a hip injury against Newcastle on 8/2 but his manager doesn’t think it’s a serious problem.

Prediction: 2 – 1

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City of Man against Tottenham

Spurs come into the game after three successive league defeats, and City could very well make it four for Conte’s side. Pep Guardiola’s men are simply on another level, especially in England. Given their skillful depth and style of play, they are almost unplayable for opposing teams.

Team News:

Jack Greish (Man City) – Missed the Norwich game on 12/2 with a recurrence of an old shin problem.

Eric Dier (Spurs) – Thigh injury.

Olivier Skipp (Spurs) – Left out of FA Cup tie against Brighton on 5/2 with a groin injury.

Prediction: 3 – 1

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Sunday February 20

Leeds vs. united man

Man United had one midweek game, a 2-0 win over Brighton, meaning Leeds will be the fresher of the two. However, one can never predict which Red Devils will show up on any given day.

Team News:

Patrick Bamford (Leeds) – Reported on 20/1 that he suffered a foot injury. Excluded from the Newcastle game on 22/1. The manager says he has ‘doubts’ over Bamford’s ability to return against Aston Villa on 9/2.

Stuart Dallas (Leeds) – Substituted through injury in the game against Everton on 12/2. The manager is unsure of the seriousness of the problem.

Eric Bailey (Man United) – Returned from international duty with a swollen ankle and did not feature in the FA Cup against Middlesbrough on 4/2. No updates provided since, but still not good enough for the bench last week against Brighton.

Prediction: 1 – 2

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Wolves v Leicester

Wolves are aiming to continue a European push, and Bruno Lage’s side can be encouraged by last week’s win at Spurs. Leicester are struggling to halt a dip in form, and this match comes shortly after a Europa Conference League clash.

Team News:

Willy Boly (Wolves) – Fit and available after recovering from a calf complaint, but probably won’t start yet.

james justin (Leicester) – Substituted for what appeared to be a muscle injury on 13/2.

Prediction: 2 – 1


Wednesday February 23

Burnley v Spurs

After facing Man City at the weekend, Spurs could be looking to bounce back against a side that don’t have enough ball. However, Sean Dyche’s men can be tough to break.

Prediction: 1 — 1

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Watford v Crystal Palace

Watford may have more to play in this game than Palace given their relegation battle. However, the men of Patrick Veria, in particular the attackers, have enough to open up space and win three points.

Prediction: 0 – 1

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Liverpool v Leeds

Liverpool have it all to play for, aiming to challenge Man City. Leeds have always had one goal, to play forward, which plays into the hands of Liverpool pretty much all the time given past history.

Prediction: 3 – 0

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Thursday February 24

Arsenal vs Wolves

Each team has adapted to the ideology of a manager, is growing in strength and is full of young talent. Both teams are chasing fourth place, so this game could decide their quest for European football next season.

Also, don’t forget that the FRIDAY deadline for GW-27 is hot on the heels of this match’s heals (less than 24 hours later!), so don’t miss it!

Prediction: 1 – 0

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[Stats and info referenced in this article were sourced from fantasy.footballcommunity and fantasy.premierleague.com.]

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