Fantasy Football Preview: Gameweek 26

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An FA Cup weekend means a midweek round of Premier League fixtures, and there are some juicy looking fixtures that could bring in big points for your side.

Nick Harris runs through all the Fantasy Football details you need to know so you don't get caught short this midweek gameweek...

Fixtures Analysis: Newcastle's squadron of new players might be given a chance to impress away at struggling Aston Villa, whilst Stoke will be looking to recover some form against Wigan at the Britannia. Tottenham Hotspur will try and bounce back from their FA cup exit away at Norwich, who are looking very shaky at the back once again. Finally, big guns Manchester United and Chelsea both enjoy good fixtures as well, with the league leaders at home to Southampton, and Benitez's side heading away to Reading.

Transfers In: Newcastle' new players might create some selection dilemmas in upcoming weeks, but for now it'll be best to stick with some of the old guard. Papiss Cisse (8.8) and Yohan Cabaye (6.6) look decent bets if the Frenchman is confirmed fit for the game, and if you back them to keep a clean sheet at Villa, Mathieu Debuchy (5.0) might be a good choice, with the right back showing plenty of attacking intent at his new club.

Stoke are not in wonderful form, but their home record makes them worth considering with Wigan coming to town. Jonathan Walters (6.6) and Kenwyne Jones (5.0) have been threatening recently, whilst at the back, Ryan Shawcross (6.0) has been a reliable pick this season.

Spurs' midfield trio of Gareth Bale (9.8), Aaron Lennon (7.3) and Clint Dempsey (9.0) are all worth considering, with the American potentially starting as a lone striker if Jermain Defoe doesn't recover from the injury that kept him out of the match with Leeds. Bale scored twice in this fixture last season, and Norwich have been conceding plenty of goals in recent weeks.

Robin van Persie (14.1) enjoyed a rest at the weekend, and should be suitably refreshed for Southampton's trip to Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney (11.8) is also a good pick if you balk at van Persie's astronomic price tag, whilst Shinji Kagawa (7.9) gives an option from midfield, although he is not a guaranteed starter.

Chelsea's away form means that a trip to Reading has the potential to bring in plenty of points. Rafa Benitez has hopefully realised that Juan Mata (10.) and Demba Ba (8.8) should be starting every match, and those two are both excellent picks. With Hazard suspended, Oscar (7.8) should see plenty of aciton, and is a cheaper alternative to Mata.

Captain Choice: Robin van Persie. If you really fancy a differential, then Juan Mata is also a good choice, but van Persie is the clear choice this midweek.

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