It has been a busy week for both the managers and players in the Premier League as the teams go on to play their third league game in 7 days. Injuries and tiredness can become a very important factor for the teams at such a situation, and it has been evident as all the top four teams failed to secure a win at midweek. Only 10 more league games to go for the season and the race for the title is still poised at an interesting stage. It is a very important time for the Fantasy Premier League managers as well as they look forward to score as much points as they can in the remaining gameweeks.
Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City all lost at midweek while Leicester City managed a draw in their fixture. Manchester United won for the third straight game running while Liverpool too bounced back brilliantly after their defeat in the League Cup finals. West Ham and Stoke City, at sixth and seventh position respectively, too look in fine form winning their respective games in midweek. Leicester still lead the pack three points ahead of Spurs who are a further three points ahead of Arsenal. Fourth placed City lie four points behind the Gunners having played a game less.
Gameweek 29 brings us 8 games on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. The gameweek kicks off with the North London Derby as Arsenal visit the White Hart Lane. With both teams still in fight for the title, this clash is going to be play a very important role in the title race. Thereafter, Chelsea face Stoke City, West Ham visit Everton, Manchester City play against Aston Villa, Newcastle are up against Bournemouth, Sunderland travel to St. Mary’s while Swansea play against Norwich in the last game for the day.
On Sunday we have Crystal Palace up against Liverpool at first followed by the game between West Brom and Manchester United.
Injuries and Suspensions:
Petr Cech: Sustained a calf injury in the 2-1 defeat to Swansea with Arsene Wenger confirming post-match that he would miss the North London derby with Spurs. Ruled out for 3-4 weeks two days later.
Laurent Koscielny: Missed the 2-1 defeat to Swansea with Wenger confirming in the post-match press conference that he would sit out the North London derby with Spurs.
Kennedy: Had to be substituted in the second half after sustaining a groin injury. Could miss the tie against Stoke subject to fitness tests.
Wayne Hennessey: Sustained a knock and is a doubtful starter for the match against Liverpool.
Connor Wickham: Sustained a knock and is rated ‘touch and go’ by manager Alan Pardew for the clash against Liverpool.
N’Golo Kante: Forced off during the clash with Norwich with a hamstring injury. Could be fit for the clash against Watford after returning to training.
Leighton Baines: Expected to return to the first team after having fully recovered from an ankle injury.
Lucas: Ruled out for 5-6 weeks by Juergen Klopp after suffering a thigh injury.
Alexander Tettey: Sustained an ankle injury in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea which saw him forced off on 36 minutes. Likely to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery, Alex Neil confirmed later.
Shane Long: Sustained a knne injury and had to be substituted in the defeat against Bournemouth. likely to miss the clash against Sunderland.
Charlie Austin: Suffered a knee injury in the 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth which saw him forced off on 60 minutes. Ruled out for several weeks by Ronald Koeman.
Craig Cathcart: Unlikely to be fit in time to face Leicester after sustaining a knock in training.
Others: Victor Moses, James Collins, Sam Byram, Chris Brunt, John O’Shea, Geoff Cameron, Phillip Bardsley, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Papiss Demba Cisse, Donald Love, Junior Stanislas, Harry Arter and Joshua King are out injured and are going to miss the clashed scheduled on this weekend.
With just 10 gameweeks and two and half months of football left in the Premier League, this might be the best time for the managers to use their wildcards if they have not used it yet by now. Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy ,Mesut Ozil, Christian Fuchs, Toby Alderweireld should be the regular starters in your teams like before. Apart from that, players who call for their inclusion in the squad based on their latest performances are Roberto Firmino, Diego Costa, Connor Wickham, Matt Ritchie, Charlie Daniels, Michail Antonio, Xherdan Shaqiri/Marko Arnautovic, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Shane Long.
Southampton, Bournemouth and Manchester City have relatively easy fixtures and we advise you to keep at least one defender from them in your side. In attack, buying Matt Ritchie, Sergio Aguero or Yaya Toure may be beneficial for the Fantasy Premier League managers. Besides, Tottenham against Arsenal, Everton against West Ham and Chelsea against Stoke are the crunch games in this gameweek and one should not risk the defence by keeping players from these sides.
Manchester United and Liverpool have comparatively better fixtures and both are expected to win. Juan Mata, James Milner or Adam Lallana may turn out to be a very good decision for the managers. Amongst others, Stephen Kingsley, Andre Ayew, Gylfi Sigurdsson have a chance to rack up some points. League leaders Leicester will play against Watford in a tie which is likely to end up in a goalless draw, so the managers can take a risk and keep defenders from the either side in their first team.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek Captain:
The managers are advised to keep either Sergio Aguero, Roberto Firmino or Juan Mata as their captain for this gameweek. The managers can also opt for Matt Ritchie or Gylfi Sigurdsson if they feel like. If the managers fancy a risk then they can also go with Christian Eriksen, Mesut Ozil, Diego Costa, Ross Barkley or Dimitri Payet.
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