That’s another fine weekend of FA Cup and fantasy football done and dusted.
Premier League sides Leicester, Chelsea, Brighton, Southampton and Manchester United successfully made it to the quarter-final stage, while we’re yet to know the fate of Swansea, Spurs and Man City.
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But what did we learn from a Dream Team point of view following the Fifth Round action in Gameweek 25?
1 Giroud is a Blue
We’re sure Arsenal fans will argue this, but Olivier Giroud already looks good in Blue.
The Frenchman netted his first Chelsea goal in the 4-0 win over Hull, finishing off a lovely move from fellow January signing Emerson.
The towering striker will be key for the Blues in their Champions League clash against Barcelona this week, while the reigning champions have daunting back-to-back away clashes with both Manchester clubs coming up afterwards.
Expect the former Arsenal striker to play a big role in all these games, especially with Alvaro Morata’s problems with form and fitness.
2 Spurs fans can be pleased with their new Brazilian
Lucas Moura made a big impression against Rochdale on his first start for Spurs.
The £25million January signing excited the travelling fans at the Spotland with his majestic dribbling and attacking runs, which ultimately resulted in his first goal for the North London club on the 59th minute.
13 points on Dream Team from his very first game is encouraging indeed, but now we just need to see if he can do it in the Premier League.
3 Eric Bailly returns
There was plenty for Man United fans to be happy about in their 2-0 win over Huddersfield.
While Juan Mata will be disappointed to see his goal ruled-out (thank you very much VAR), Romelu Lukaku’s two-goals and Alexis Sanchez’s hard-work and impressive link-up play will please supporters and Jose Mourinho alike.
But perhaps the biggest and best moment of all was the return of Eric Bailly from his lengthy injury spell, who came on for Lukaku in the final few moments of the game.
By-far United’s best defender and one of Dream Team’s most popular picks last season, we’re all pleased to see the £5.2m-valued defender return.
Could even be a starter against Sevilla during the week, y’know.
4 Leicester and Mahrez getting on with things
Mahrez didn’t leave Leicester for the bright lights of Man City last month, much to the surprise of all of us – including him, it seems.
With the Foxes refusing to let him head to the Etihad, Mahrez sulked out of games against Peterborough, Everton and Swansea, before eventually making an appearance against City (you couldn’t make it up, could you?) before starting against Sheffield United on Friday.
And it was like he’d never left, duly setting up Jamie Vardy for the only goal of the game and picking up the Star Man bonus in the process.
Time to stick him back into your Dream Team?
5 It’s all looking a bit grim for West Brom
Last season, having West Brom players in your Dream Team was one of the game’s worst kept secrets.
Goal-scoring defender Gareth McAuley and affordable assist-king Matt Phillips were personal favourites, finishing the season with very impressive points hauls.
No such story this time around.
It was only a few weeks ago that Pardew’s early promise had started to materialise into something resembling a survival fight, but after their little trip to Barcelona last week, it looks like their season just needs to end now.