NMO concentrates on the lower portion of the Premier League table this time, as the results in Week 24 intensified the battle at the bottom.

An eye-catching win for Sunderland along with one for the much-improved Hull City kept the pressure on their rivals.

With players at clubs in the bottom half coming into form, there is plenty of opportunity for low value points-grabbing in FPL

Swansea City are rallying well despite being edged out by Manchester City last week and their star man Gylfi Sigurdsson continues to be the stand-out individual at the base of the table.

£7.4m is expensive compared to his team-mates but the Iceland international’s return of points from a side stuck in the drop zone, has been sensational. He has 120.

That’s more than Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne and anyone in a Liverpool shirt.

The playmaker is stunningly underrated and FPL managers should strongly consider his purchase as the Swans continue to show signs of revival.

Home ties against Leicester City and Burnley sit either side of a trip to Chelsea in his calendar.

If Sigurdsson is important to Swansea, then the continued form of Jermaine Defoe (£7.8m) is set to be the deciding factor in whether Sunderland can beat the drop.

The evergreen forward has a tally of 136 for the season so far. More than his two next highest-scoring team mates combined.

Defoe’s eye for goal has pushed the percentage of FPL managers owning him up to 28.3 but with three tough fixtures in the pipeline, a temporary lull in his net-finding is possible.

While investing in Sunderland’s main hope should guarantee a good return between now and the end of the campaign, better options for the next three weeks include: the revitalised Andy Carroll at £6.3m, Swansea target-man Fernando Llorente (£6.2m) or the Watford pair of Troy Deeney and M’Baye Niang (£6.7m and £6m respectively).

At the other end of the pitch, the early stages of Marco Silva’s transformation at Hull has lead to consecutive clean sheets against Man United and Liverpool.

A key figure in both matches was keeper Eldin Jakupovic. At just £4m the Tigers’ stopper is one of the cheapest in the game but has amassed 19 points in his last two outings.

The odds are stacked against him continuing that run at the Emirates Stadium this weekend but he still represents fantastic value for money.

His side’s new robust appearance also adds value to the likes of new signing Andrea Ranocchia, or Andrew Robertson at full-back. Looking beyond the Arsenal game, Hull will be eyeing further clean-sheet opportunities in February and March.


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