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Official FPL: Food for thought in Gameweek 26

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It’s Gameweek 26 in Fantasy Premier League and we’re giving you all the options that you need for your team ahead of the deadline.

Our in-house expert talks you through the ones to watch and which Cherries players could be the difference makers across the next few weeks.  

Midfield options

With Jefferson Lerma suspended for this weekend’s game at Bramall Lane, you might need an alternative option in your midfield and there is plenty of choice in the Cherries squad.

Philip Billing of course scored last weekend, netting the opener in a crucial 2-1 win over Aston Villa. He also bagged himself three bonus points for his efforts, meaning he now sits on 52 for the season.

Additionally, the Dane has started all but four of the Cherries’ 25 league games this season, proving to be a regular in Eddie Howe’s team since signing from Huddersfield in the summer.

Let’s also not forget that, while Saturday may have been his first Premier League goal for Bournemouth, he proved himself in front of goal twice in the FA Cup against Luton, with two superb long-range strikes beating Hatters ‘keeper Simon Sluga.

In a midfield three which manager Howe has opted for, Billing has been able to drive forward and get more involved, potentially promising some fruitful attacking returns.

Dan Gosling is another one to bear in mind, having started eight of the last nine top-flight fixtures for the Cherries.

Additionally, he scored crucial goals in the win over Chelsea and the draw against Arsenal during the Christmas period, while he also had a golden opportunity to net against Aston Villa last week, his effort from six yards clearing the crossbar.

With Gosling costing just £4.9 million and Billing’s price £5 million, both could prove to be excellent differential options for Gameweek 26 - or even a place amongst your benches.

Ake worth considering

The 6.6% of users who have Nathan Ake in their team would have been delighted to see the centre-back pop up with a goal against Aston Villa last week.

The Dutch international got nine points for his contribution on Saturday and is the fourth highest scoring Bournemouth player in the game.

Additionally, Ake will get a minimum of four extra points with every clean sheet the Cherries keep, so is therefore capable of adding to his tally at both ends of the pitch.

It’s worth mentioning that he always gets up the pitch for corners or threatening free-kicks, as we saw on the weekend, as his goal came from the rebound of Ryan Fraser’s long effort following a set-piece.

At £4.8 million, the defender is certainly worth considering and has started every game he’s been fit for in the Premier League this season.

He’ll be looking to add to his 64 points this season at Bramall Lane on Sunday with another goal, just as fellow centre-back Chris Mepham did against the Blades on the opening day of the season.

Ramsdale continues to impress

Aaron Ramsdale is having quite the season between the sticks for AFC Bournemouth, his debut campaign in the Premier League seeing him feature in all but one league game so far.

While he may well have liked a few more clean sheets, his save ratio is one of the best in the league and he’s frequently picking up bonus points as a result.

For every three saves that a goalkeeper makes in one match, they will receive an additional point for their contribution no matter what the score is.

As a result, of the 24 Premier League games that Ramsdale has played in this season, he has picked up an extra save point on 15 occasions, not to mention that on six of those he actually made more than six saves and gained an additional two.

In the last three weeks, he has picked up four extra save points alone and has made the fourth highest number of saves out of any goalkeeper in the Premier League.

For just £4.6 million, Ramsdale is a superb addition to any team and rarely misses a game, so if you’re stuck between the sticks, you know where to look!

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