Game week 26 throws up plenty to consider for FPL managers, with the impact of other competitions meaning both Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Southampton, are all without a Premier League fixture this weekend.

The absence of United and Arsenal in particular, from the schedule, means popular captain choices, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez, will need replaced.

The first issue is to decide whether the one-week absence is enough to remove a big money star in order to transfer in a replacement.

Such a move, will of course require a second transfer to reinstate either of the pair when their sides return to action.

Looking at the fixtures however, there is plenty to encourage managers to go ahead and make the switch. Potential high-profile replacements in either position, have enticing looking fixtures ahead.

Sanchez is the game’s mostly costly midfielder, granting managers complete financial freedom to find a stand-in.

When it comes to the forward line, only Sergio Aguero at £12.7m, is more expensive than Zlatan but is also off the table for this week.

Replacing Ibrahimovic would seem a very obvious three-horse race, with Diego Costa at the head of the pack.

Chelsea take on Swansea at home, in a clash where £10.6m Costa would be highly fancied to continue his fine season.

Similarly, Romelu Lukaku at £9.9m will be backed to do damage against rock-bottom Sunderland.

NMO however, would choose to overlook both men in favour of Harry Kane.

Unlike his rivals, the Spurs man was in action in midweek but his recent hat-trick at Fulham suggests he is red hot. Kane (£11.2m) will also play his next three league games at home and could well out-score Ibrahimovic between now and the end of March.

Unfortunately for Leicester City fans, NMO fancies Liverpool’s attacking midfield trio as the best looking options to deputise for Sanchez.

The Champions host Jurgen Klopp’s side on Monday night on the back of a 5 defeat stretch that sealed the controversial fate of Claudio Ranieri.

Mane (£9.3m) Coutinho (£8.2m) and Firmino (£8.4m) will all be well rested and sizing up a shaky and aging Leicester rearguard.

NMO is backing the electric Sadio Mane as a prime candidate to inflict further misery on the Foxes.

Liverpool however, are entering a difficult run and those managers thinking more long term when seeking a Sanchez replacement, should consider Eden Hazard (£10.3m) who is the second highest point-scorer this term after the Chilean himself and is also approaching an easier looking schedule.


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