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Gameweek 26 Best Free Hit Team

With a new Gameweek upon us we take a look at the free hit chip. Using the Fantasy Football Scout members area we can utilise the season ticker and underlying stats to determine the Gameweek 26 best free hit team.

The free hit chip in FPL allows managers, within the same budget and formational limits, to select a team for one particular Gameweek. Managers can attack any given Gameweek with the free hit whether that be to utilise a good set of fixtures, in-form teams or players or a mixture of it all.


Who has the best fixtures?

Wolves, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Manchester United all rank in the top five teams with the best fixtures.

Who has the worst fixtures?

Tottenham, Luton, Liverpool and Chelsea do not have a fixture this week and so join Bournemouth amongst the bottom five teams with the worst fixtures.

Gameweek 26 Best Free Hit Team

Using the Live FPL website we can use one of its fantastic tools to plan transfers weeks in advance. Not just this, but we can also create team drafts to plan for using a chip. Take a look at the best free hit team for Gameweek 26:


Sheffield United continue to be woeful and combined with the fact Wolves have a home match this week, investing in their defence could be beneficial. For that reason Jose Sa (£5m) comes in between the sticks.

Backing Jose Sa up in goal is West Ham man Alphonse Areola (£4.2m) who helps to enable money elsewhere in the team. Areola will only feature in the unlikely event that Sa does not.


Aston Villa play at home this week, a ground they are significantly stronger at. They face an inconsistent Nottingham Forest up next so someone like Alex Moreno (£5.1m) could be an interesting pick. Moreno has shown plenty of attacking potential this season and has already managed two goals in just 12 starts this season.

Manchester City remain one of the best sides in the league when it comes to underlying defensive data so investing at the back against Bournemouth could work. The safest route into the Manchester City defence could be Nathan Ake (£5.1m). Ake has also picked two goals and two assists this season so also has offensive potential.

The lack of defensive options this week is a concern so it could be wise to back the best defence in the league, Arsenal. The standout Arsenal defender is Gabriel (£5.2m) who scored three goals in his last five league matches.

On the bench is Arsenal centre-back William Saliba (£5.7m) and Brighton centre-back Jan Paul Van Hecke (£4.1m).


Wolves have put nine goals past the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham in their last four matches. With a match against the worst defence in the league next, it could be hugely rewarding to invest in their frontline. Back from the Asia Cup is Hwang Hee-Chan (£5.5m) who leads the attack but has also netted 10 goals this season.

Brighton are back to scoring form after netting 10 in their last three matches. Creating a bulk of their chances is Pascal Gross (£6.4m). The German doesn’t just take his sides penalties but he has also collected an impressive 29 points in his last three matches.

Bukayo Saka (£9m) is in some ruthless form for his club – racking up a mammoth 49 points in his last four league matches. His recent points were helped by six goals. Saka also faces a Newcastle side who rank as one of the worst in the league recently for underlying defensive data.

Another player playing for an in-form scoring side and maintaining some brilliant recent form is Phil Foden (£8.1m). Foden has banked three goals and three assists in his last six matches for Manchester City and faces a leaky Bournemouth next up.

On the bench is Aston Villa’ Leon Bailey (£5.6m). Bailey will feature if any other of the attackers do not. The Jamaican continues to impress at Aston Villa – bagging four returns in his last six matches.


Going without Aston Villa’ Ollie Watkins (£8.7m) isn’t an option at this point. Watkins has collected four goals and four assists in his last six league matches which is form we cannot ignore.

Another in-form forward managers are finding difficult to squeeze into their squads is Rasmus Hojlund (£7.2m). The Manchester United focal point has picked up some serious form recently – hitting returns in each of his last five matches with six goals, one assist and three double-digit hauls.

One player who won’t be over thought this week is Erling Haaland (£14.4m). The Norwegian will be keen to return to his pre-injury form and a game against Bournemouth could certainly do that for him. The Cherries have been averaging three goals conceded per match recently so Haaland could also be the standout captaincy option.

We take a look at ownership and pick out the top 10 most popular players going into Gameweek 26 here.

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