Ones to Watch: Game Week 26

Game week 26 is the last full game week in February. If you’re looking to use up your February transfers here are some of my best picks for game week 26.

Kane (Tottenham)

After grabbing a hat trick in the FA cup at the weekend Harry Kane will be a top transfer target for many managers. This result turned around what could have been a poor week for Tottenham as they drew a blank against Genk in the Europa League. Fortunately they put out a strong squad in both games suggesting they are taking the competition seriously. It’s hard to imagine after the first leg that Kane won’t start on Thursday, and considering they are a goal down after the first leg they simply must score if they wish to remain in the competition. This is followed up by an important Premier League game at home to Stoke at the weekend. If they wish to push Chelsea for the title and remain in the top 4 they will be looking for another good result.

Ibrahimovic (Man Utd)

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ibrahimovic rested for the return leg of the Europa League. Man Utd are already 3 – 0 ahead and I’d imagine he will be saved for the EFL cup final on Sunday. Either way Ibrahimovic is the second highest point scorer to date and it’s easy to see why with a hat trick against Etienne last week. He’s looking like the must have striker for the rest of the season. Man Utd look as though they will progress to the next round of the Europa League so this should also give them some additional fixtures in March.

Costa (Chelsea)

It’s hard to imagine Chelsea will slip up in the Premier League with one hand on the trophy already. They play Swansea at the weekend and Costa seems to grab a goal in every game he plays. Despite Swansea’s good run of recent form it’s difficult to see anything other than a home win for Chelsea. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Costa on the score sheet once again.

I personally wouldn’t be looking beyond these 3 teams for game week 26. I’ve tended to go for the striker as they generally pick up the goals, however I could equally make a case for Eriksen or Alli at Spurs, Pogba at Man Utd and Hazard at Chelsea. If you have more than one transfer to spare and were looking to grab an advantage over other managers, you could look at who is starting for Arsenal this evening against Sutton. However as it is unlikely to be one of their key players, as a result if you don’t want to risk having enough transfer to replace them in the long run this could be a game to avoid. Man City also face Monaco in the Europa League, Aguero could be among the goals with home advantage and a point to prove. It’s worth noting however that they don’t have a Premier League game at the weekend and neither do Arsenal.