This weekend sees us tackle the first of two very tricky gameweeks where a number of teams are missing. However, Gameweek 28 looks like a walk in the park compared to the decimation that is 29. A mere 4 sides are out this time round compared to 10 in the subsequent round of fixtures.
So these two gameweeks will separate the men from the boys and the women from the girls (I’ve been reliably formed that there are some magical women out there who play this game). They could very well prove to be an excellent chance to make up ground or to forge a sufficient gap between yourself and your rivals.
Any transfers you make for this weekend should also benefit you for Gameweek 29. Shortsightedness will only seek to hurt you in the long run. In 29, many managers will struggle to put out a full eleven but if you can get close to a full first team, that will give you a strong chance of performing well.
Although, don’t forget that any players that miss out will have doubles coming their way soon enough, with Hull, Liverpool, City, United, Sunderland and West Ham already confirmed to be playing twice in Gameweek 31. Planning ahead has never been this important and it all begins now.
If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. We look into the fixtures and form to see which players are most likely to score high.
So without further ado, here is our selection for the 28th gameweek of the season:
- Hugo LLORIS [CPL(H), 5.8m] – With two clean sheets in his last three games, Lloris is clearly playing his part in helping Spurs find a defensive resolve. Currently only 6 points behind Liverpool, they still have a chance of Champions League football but they can afford no more slip ups. Games against teams like Palace must be won and we expect this to be a tight contest where goals will come at a premium.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [FUL(A), 6.5m] – Chelsea have been rock solid at the back of late, preventing their opposition from scoring in 4 of their last 5 fixtures. This has helped Ivanovic to rack up an incredible 49 points over this period, where his attacking ability has returned 2 goals and an assist. Fulham are still trying to find their feet under Magath and Mourinho will drum home the importance of a win here to keep their lead at the top of the table.
- Curtis DAVIES [NEW(H), 4.7m] – Hull look like a different team going forward now that they have Long and Jelavic, and this has helped to relieve some pressure on their defence. With 2 clean sheets in their last 3, Hull are showing that they have the fighting spirit to potentially stay up this season. If that’s the case, they need to build on last weekend’s win with another victory against a weakened Newcastle outfit.
- Seamus COLEMAN [WHM(H), 6.5m] – Coleman was finally overtaken at the top of the defenders table thanks to a dubious goal from Terry last weekend. However, we fully expect him to push any defender to the end of the season with his attacking bursts down the right. West Ham have been on a great winning run but this match could be one too many as they come up against a valiant Everton side who have a little catching up to do on their Merseyside rivals.
- Eden HAZARD [FUL(A), 11.0m] – Chelsea aren’t exactly making things easy for themselves in this title challenging season but they are still top of the table and that will give them great hope. If Hazard only had a little more support we would surely see more attacking returns but he remains their chief threat and in a tricky gameweek, it’s hard to ignore his appeal.
- Adam LALLANA [LIV(H), 8.1m] – Lallana is having the season of his life and if he keeps this up, he could end it with the perfect reward of a spot in England’s World Cup squad. In the last 11 gameweeks, he has picked up 4 goals and a further 5 assists to push Southampton to Premier League safety. Liverpool have been far from watertight at the back and the Saints are sure to come out flying in what could be a high-scoring affair.
- Santi CAZORLA [STO(A), 9.6m] – Cazorla helped Arsenal to a morale-boosting victory over Sunderland with an assist to keep his points tally ticking over. Wenger will want another confident performance from his team as they look to close the gap on Chelsea. It won’t be the easiest of matches but Arsenal have the attacking talent to cause Stoke more than a few problems.
- Kevin MIRALLAS [WHM(H), 7.5m] – Mirallas continues to be a creative spark for Everton’s attack and will always cause issues for the opposition. With 3 goals in his last 6 games, he’s in decent form and West Ham will have to keep a close eye on him. Mirallas has recently stated that he demands greater consistency in his performances to help Everton’s push this season and it’s now time for him to step up as we approach the final ten fixtures.
- Olivier GIROUD [STO(A), 8.7m] – Giroud put his off-the-pitch antics behind him as he put in a matchwinning performance against Sunderland. Scoring twice and setting up another will have done him the world of good and he’ll be eager to get back out on the field. His performances this season have given Arsenal a great shot at the title but the fight is not over and Wenger will have drilled this into the minds of his players.
- Daniel STURRIDGE (C) [SOT(A), 10.4m] – It has finally become impossible to ignore Sturridge’s attacking output. All of the superlatives that were reserved for Suarez earlier in the season now apply to his strike partner. A brace and an assist against Swansea helped Sturridge continue an incredible run of scoring in all 7 matches since his return from injury in mid-January. In such fantastic form, there is no other player more deserving of the armband this weekend.
- Emmanuel ADEBAYOR [CPL(H), 8.3m] – Adebayor was previously frozen out of the squad by AVB but has since been brought back in from the cold by Sherwood, who has reaped the rewards. With 8 goals so far, Adebayor is making up for lost time and currently appears to be Spurs’ best bet of securing Champions League football. It’s a hard ask but they can’t afford many slip ups with Liverpool ploughing ahead in 4th spot.
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