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Week 26 Preview: Five Questions

This weekend, we head into the final third of the 2014 - 2015 Premier League season. Let's take a look around the league to see what questions remain ahead of this weekend's matches.

Have Villa found their savior in Tim Sherwood?
Have Villa found their savior in Tim Sherwood?
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Can Tim Sherwood save Aston Villa from relegation?

After being unceremoniously dumped by Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last season--despite having the best winning percentage among all Spurs managers in the Premier League era--Tim Sherwood is back in a job with Villa. The 46-year-old has perhaps wrongfully earned a reputation as a poor manager from many people, but he's got a proven track record with young players having taken the U-21s to the League final in 2012. Villa are one of the youngest squads in the league at the moment, so can Sherwood get the best out of them to help them secure survival for another season?

Are Arsene Wenger's comments on Alexis Sanchez legitimate cause for concern?

Arsenal have enjoyed an excellent season, largely thanks to their big-money summer signing Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has been in fantastic form, though has struggled with a few injuries of late. Arsene Wenger revealed there may be more than minor injuries to worry about, though, as he stated the striker "was not himself" against Leicester City in midweek. Fatigue has been mooted as a possible cause for Wenger's comments, and with Sanchez having played in nearly every match for the Gunners this season it's not hard to see why. The question, then, is whether or not this means Sanchez will be rested now that Arsenal have Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil back fit to challenge for a starting role.

Who starts in the Chelsea attack - Willian, Juan Cuadrado or both?

Chelsea's deadline-day signing earned a first start against Everton in week 25 and acquitted himself well, but it was the player most people thought he would be replacing in the starting lineup who scored the only goal in the 1-0 win over the Toffees. Oscar was the man to drop out of the starting lineup, although it was an injury that ruled him out and not an indication of Jose Mourinho's likely team selection moving forward. With Oscar expected to make a return from injury, there are four players vying for the attacking band of three behind the striker.

With only EPL fixtures to play, do Southampton have an advantage in the Top 4 race?

Each of the other four clubs in the battle for the Top 4 still have horses in other races at this point of the season, while the Saints only have the Premier League to focus on. One of the main stumbling blocks pundits and fans alike have posited has been a lack of depth in the Southampton squad, but could that be balanced out against the other challengers for the Champions League places due to their involvements in the Capitol One Cup, FA Cup, Europa League and/or Champions League?

Where are the bargain fantasy plays this weekend?

Bottom-of-the-table strikers were the order of the day in Week 25, with each of the top four highest scoring players at the forward position (Danny Ings, Dame N'Doye, Andrej Kramaric and Brown Ideye) coming from teams in the bottom 5, with only Ings costing in double digits heading into the weekend. With relegation on the line, we could start seeing better fantasy returns from attackers on teams near the bottom of the table as they attempt to save their clubs from the drop (hell, even Scott Sinclair scored this week!). This could mean more shots on target, corners won and successful crosses in addition to goals and assists. Are there additional bargain picks out there this week, and if so, who are they?