When you hit the 30s, you know that the end is nigh. Nope we’re not talking about your age, we’re talking about the greatness that is the Fantasy Premier League! There are only 9 gameweeks left but don’t despair as some of these will contain multiple doubles from rearranged fixtures. How you approach these valuable doubles could make or break your season.
However, this weekend is just a regular affair with all teams in action just the once. Hull kick things off in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture, playing host to City, who will be disappointed to have been knocked out of the Champions League. Their focus now turns to the domestic front where they can’t afford to drop any points in their pursuit of catching Chelsea and shortening the gap.
3pm sees every other bottom table side barring Aston Villa in action, where the results could significantly alter the standings. Cardiff arguably face the trickiest fixture travelling to Everton. In the evening fixture, Villa face Chelsea, where Mourinho will expect nothing less than 3 points.
To round off the gameweek, we have a Super Sunday to look forward with United playing host to Liverpool at 1.30pm. All eyes will be on RVP following the intense media attention directed his way in recent weeks, whilst Liverpool will need a result if they still harbour hopes of challenging for the title.
At 4pm, we have the North London derby to look forward to as Arsenal look to bounce back and show that they are still in the hunt for the title despite bookies offering odds of over 20/1. Unfortunately for Wenger, Ozil is out for a month, whilst Ramsey is also set to miss out due to fitness concerns.
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 30th gameweek of the season:
- Vito MANNONE [CPL(H), 4.5m] – This week, we’re going for the reliable Italian, Vito Mannone. The Sunderland keeper has made countless saves over the course of the season and is sure to make many more before the season’s out. With 2 clean sheets in his last 4 matches, Mannone has helped Sunderland create the base to build results and Poyet will be expecting the same in this important match against Palace.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [AVL(A), 6.7m] – Chelsea continued their charge towards the title last weekend with a resounding 4-0 victory over Spurs. Their impenetrable backline is building a solid foundation and if they can continue, it only spells dangers for others. Ivanovic remains an important part of Chelsea’s defence whilst offering a potent attacking threat down the right and from set pieces.
- Seamus COLEMAN [CAR(H), 6.6m] – Coleman is yet to regain his deadly attacking form since returning from injury and has recently been overshadowed a little by Baines. However, we’re keeping the faith in the right back who has had an incredible season so far. At home to Cardiff, Coleman has the potential to score points at both ends of the field especially with his buccaneering runs down the right.
- Luke SHAW [NOR(H), 5.0m] – Shaw has really taken his chance to shine this season with equally impressive attacking forays down the opposite side to Coleman. He looks remarkably comfortable on the ball and you’d be forgiven for thinking he was well beyond his years. This weekend, we can’t see Norwich posing many problems for a Southampton side who are going from strength to strength in an excellent season under Pochettino.
- Eden HAZARD [AVL(A), 11.2m] – Last weekend, Hazard reminded us once more of his additional qualities when he stepped up to tuck the penalty past Lloris, helping him to a positive 9-point haul. With Chelsea marching towards the title, it would be hard to leave out their main attacking threat. Villa have improved lately but stopping Hazard and his supporting cast could prove to be one task they fail to achieve.
- Adam LALLANA [NOR(H), 8.3m] – Lallana is another Saints player that has had an excellent season so far, with 7 goals and 8 assists to his name so far. His movement and creativity are a real asset to the Saints attack and Norwich are going to have a serious problem stemming the flow this weekend. They’ve conceded 8 goals in their last 3 away games and we can’t see that trend changing at St Mary’s.
- David SILVA [HUL(A), 9.1m] – With the tie out of City’s hands, Silva was replaced early on against Barcelona as Pellegrini’s thoughts turned to the Premier League. City need to get that result out of their systems quickly and will look to secure 3 points when they travel to Hull. This won’t be the easiest of games with Hull in decent form but City have the ability to punish any backline, especially when Silva is pulling the right strings. His incredible flick back to Nasri against Barca is evidence of the talent this Spanish wizard possesses.
- Kevin MIRALLAS [CAR(H), 7.5m] – Mirallas recently missed out against West Ham and there is a slight chance that he might not play but given that he scored last weekend against Arsenal, we’re expecting the Belgian to return to Everton’s starting eleven. He has a great deal of potential and is capable of causing more than a few problems for Cardiff when they arrive at Goodison this weekend.
- Luis SUAREZ [MUN(A), 13.1m] – Suarez proved all his doubters wrong including us in Gameweek 28, returning yet another double figure haul thanks to a goal and 2 assists that put Southampton to the sword. We’re not making the same mistake again and Suarez regains his usual spot in our Select XI attack. The atmosphere is sure to be lively at Old Trafford and that will only encourage Suarez in his attempts to silence the home crowd.
- Romelu LUKAKU (C) [CAR(H), 8.3m] – Lukaku marked his return from injury with the all important goal against West Ham and we’re expecting more of the same when Everton host Cardiff. The big Belgian is sure to be the focal point of the Everton attack and will be given plenty of chances to add to his 10 goals so far this season. With no clear captain choice, we’re taking a gamble and giving it to the powerhouse that is Lukaku.
- Wayne ROONEY [LIV(H), 11.4m] – Whilst RVP has recently cut a frustrated figure for United, Rooney has stepped up, delivering a brilliant haul against the Baggies by scoring one and assisting another. There’s no doubting his quality and worries about him sitting deeper to influence play were altered last time out, where he was seen venturing forward more. This Sunday, he may have to return to a slightly deeper role but expect him to still have plenty of chances to return attacking points against a leaky Liverpool backline.
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