Marcus Rashford stars for Man United, Marko Arnautovic key for Stoke
The frenetic nature of the Premier League, and ESPN FC Premier Fantasy, means that just as one set of matches ends, another begins. Here's how Gameweek 27 panned out and how Gameweek 28 -- on Tuesday and Wednesday -- could look.
Marko Arnautovic (£6.6m) hit both goals in Stoke's 2-1 victory over Villa, earning him a top five place among midfielders.
Even man of the moment Marcus Rashford (£5.5m) had to play second fiddle to that, his 14-point haul coming from his dream league debut of two goals and an assist.
Craig Gardner (£5.5m) doubled both his goal and assist output for the season with one of each against Crystal Palace. He also managed six shots and seven crosses in a prolific 12-point performance.
In the same match, Connor Wickham (£5.9m) hit two goals for 11 points. With an assist added over the last two matches, he looks set for an extended run in Alan Pardew's side.
Rashford grabbed the headlines, but there were a number of other issues surrounding Manchester United's team against Arsenal. Memphis Depay (£5.1m) was given his first league start since before Christmas and the Dutchman seems to be playing his way back into Louis van Gaal's favour.
United's defensive woes meant Michael Carrick (£5.8m) was used as a makeshift centre-back, but the return of Marcos Rojo (£6.4m) lasted 55 minutes before he limped off. The Red Devils currently have seven defensive options sidelined.
Arsenal also rang the changes, with Danny Welbeck (£7.1m) and Theo Walcott (£7.1m) coming in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.4m) and Olivier Giroud (£8.8m). Welbeck impressed, Walcott waned.
Gabriel (£6.3m) got the nod ahead of Per Mertesacker (£6.3m) -- the big German has now started just one of the last four matches in the league.
As we predicted, Emmanuel Emenike (£5.2m) made his first league start for West Ham, but it was Michail Antonio (£5.8m) who caught the eye in a match that saw the return of Manuel Lanzini (£5.6m) after nearly two months out.
THE NUMBERS GAME
Tottenham's title challenging credentials are now there for all to see. The 2-1 win over Swansea was their sixth straight league victory and the match's attacking stats pointed to a display far more dominant than the scoreline suggested.
Harry Kane (£9.2m), Christian Eriksen (£8.1m) and Dele Alli (£6.7m) might have failed to fire against the Swans, but all three had their shooting boots on, with seven, six and four attempts respectively.
Goalscorers Nacer Chadli (£5.9m) and Danny Rose (£6.4m) were also productive, with four and three shots apiece, showing that Spurs offer an attacking threat across the side. The latter, however, also demonstrate the potential pitfall when it comes to picking Spurs players. Chadli is generally used as a substitute, while Rose is one of four full-backs consistently rotated by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Everton travel to an Aston Villa side with the fourth worst home defensive record in the league (20 goals conceded.) The Toffees, for their part, boast an attacking record of 27 away goals that is second only to Man City, and will be fresh after a weekend off.
The match looks primed for points from Romelu Lukaku (£9.2m) and Ross Barkley (£7.9m).
We keep stressing the horror show that is Newcastle's away form this season, and even their weekend break looks unlikely to help them change that when they visit Stoke.
The Magpies have conceded a second worst 31 goals on their travels and the seven they've managed to score in 13 away days puts them dead last in the league.
A confident Stoke side with consecutive wins behind them should boost the prospects of points from Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.1m) and Ibrahim Afellay (£6.1m), while Jack Butland (£5.6m) offers good odds of a clean sheet. However heroic Swansea's rearguard action at Spurs might have been, they were lucky not to concede a lot more than two, and a trip to a wounded Arsenal is just what the doctor wouldn't have ordered.
Danny Welbeck (£7.1m) will surely get another start after scoring in back-to-back league matches, while Alexis Sanchez (£8.7m) is our latest last chance saloon man after failing to produce anything of note since his return from injury five matches ago.
The Gunners have not kept a clean sheet in two matches, but have three from the last six, making Hector Bellerin (£7.2m) and Laurent Koscielny (£6.9m) attractive defensive options.
Meanwhile, a resurgent Chelsea travel to Norwich, which should mean a good night out for Willian (£7.1m), Cesc Fabregas (£7.6m) and GW27 match winner Branislav Ivanovic (£7.3m).
Arnautovic (£6.6m) was far too classy for Villa's defence; Newcastle's is even worse. Mesut Ozil (£9.9m) was kept quiet at Man United, but still scored and provided his 18th assist of the season. If Swansea don't contain him, he'll be back for more. Diego Costa (£8.9m) failed to score for only the fourth time since before Christmas against Southampton on Saturday. Instead, he notched his fourth assist in the same time frame and looks good for more points against struggling Norwich.
A PUNT OR TWO
Rashford (£5.5m) is already owned by nearly one percent of ESPN FC Premier Fantasy managers on the back of just two stellar matches and with Watford up next, he looks likely to provide more of the same.
Wahbi Khazri (£5.7m) has made an immediate impact for Sunderland, with a goal and two assists from four matches, one of which was as a sub. He's created 11 chances, taken 19 corners and provided 27 crosses and could be a major threat to a visiting Palace defence that's not kept a clean sheet in eight 2016 matches, conceding 19 goals in the process.