The trickiest gameweek of the season is finally upon us where only half of the Premier League sides are in action. Many of us will struggle to get a full eleven out but don’t despair as doubles are just around the corner to compensate.
With most teams sitting this one out, we’ve got a slightly unusual Select XI with some names you won’t have seen for a while if at all this season. West Brom get us underway this weekend in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture where they come face to face with United, who are desperate to finish strongly and achieve the unlikely task of getting into the top 4.
The only top 4 side playing in Gameweek 29 is table toppers Chelsea, who have a chance to extend their lead at the top when they welcome Spurs to Stamford Bridge. This fixture takes place on Saturday evening, concluding this very short gameweek in the space of a day. We’re expecting a tight affair with Chelsea emerging with a hard fought victory.
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 29th gameweek of the season:
- John RUDDY [STO(H), 5.1m] – In between the sticks this week, we’re going for the safe hands of John Ruddy. Norwich have recently turned Carrow Road into somewhat of a fortress, preventing the opposition from scoring in their last 4 home games. This is particularly impressive given that two of those teams were Man City and Spurs.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [TOT(H), 6.6m] – Ivanovic retains his spot in our backline following his spectacular form of late. Chelsea have been rock solid at the back picking up 4 clean sheets in their last 6 games and we’re expecting another strong defensive performance this Saturday. Throw in Ivanovic’s attacking threat (2 goals and an assist in the last 5) and you’ve got yourself one strong proposition.
- Steven CAULKER [FUL(H), 5.2m] – Cardiff are in desperate need of points and next up they face the only team below them in the table, Fulham. This is a massive clash for both sides so we’re expecting an incredibly tight game where neither team will want to lose. With Cardiff and Fulham both strugging for goals and form, Caulker might just pick up a clean sheet, especially as Fulham’s star signing, Mitroglou might be sitting this one out.
- Patrice EVRA [WBA(A), 6.5m] – Evra showed just how dangerous he can be going forward against Palace, setting up both goals to help himself to a massive 15-point haul. United face West Brom next and another win is needed if they have any hope of catching the top 4 sides. In addition to Evra’s attacking potential, United have been steadily racking up the clean sheets to suggest that a revival could be just around the corner.
- Eden HAZARD [TOT(H), 11.1m] – Another Chelsea player to retain his position in our Select XI is Eden Hazard. He rewarded our faith last week with a brace of assists that helped him to a double-figure points haul. Hazard remains Mourinho’s attacking starlet and if Chelsea are to win the title this season, they’ll need more impressive performances from the talented Belgian.
- Adam LALLANA [CPL(A), 8.2m] – Lallana’s World Cup aspirations will have been lifted following his substitute performance for England where he added a bit of creativity and provided the telling cross for Sturridge to nod home. He’s clearly in the form of his life and with this in mind, it’s impossible to leave him out.
- Robert SNODGRASS [STO(H), 6.0m] – Snodgrass is a slight injury doubt but is expected to shake it off in time for their important clash against Stoke. He’s been Norwich’s chief creator of late and Hughton will once again look to Snodgrass to take the fight to Stoke, who will be missing their own midfield playmaker, as Adam is set to miss the next 3 matches following the incident with Giroud.
- Juan MATA [WBA(A), 9.6m] – Mata will have been gutted that he was left out of the Spanish squad this week and you can bet your bottom dollar that he’ll be playing out of his skin from now until the end of the season in an attempt to change Del Bosque’s mind. He faces the Baggies next and they’ll have to watch the Spaniard closely as there’s no doubting that he could put any team to the sword when he’s in the mood.
- Andre SCHURRLE [TOT(H), 6.9m] – This week, we’re switching formation to a 3-5-2 to accommodate Schurrle who shocked the fantasy world last weekend with an unlikely (to say the least) hat-trick. He’s been used sparingly all season and there’s a risk that he might not even play but in a tricky gameweek we’ve little option but to put our faith in Mourinho to give Schurrle another shot against Spurs. If he is dropped, he can count himself the unluckiest footballer in the league this weekend.
- Gary HOOPER [STO(H), 5.8m] – In this particularly tricky gameweek, we’re taking a gamble on unlikely striker, Gary Hooper. His arrival at Norwich has been a little underwhelming but as he showed in December where he scored 3 goals in 4 matches, the ability is there. If Norwich are to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle, Hooper will have to find his scoring boots quickly.
- Robin VAN PERSIE (C) [WBA(A), 13.6m] – If anyone can drag United up the table it is Robin Van Persie. Since his return from injury he’s scored in 4 of the last 5 matches and is showing exactly what Moyes has been missing for a good part of the season. With this in mind, there’s no one more worthy of the captain’s armband and the Baggies will have to hope that the Dutchman has a rare off day this weekend.
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