With the FA Cup quarter finals taking place this weekend, Gameweek 29 features only 6 fixtures with 8 teams missing out. Low scores can be expected as many a fantasy side struggle to put out a full eleven for this nightmare gameweek. However, fantasy managers can hold onto the fact that doubles will appear in the coming weeks to make up for this weekend.
With many of the teams at the top of the table missing out, this gameweek’s Select XI features some unlikely characters as we look elsewhere for our fantasy premier league points. Once again, there’s no lunchtime fixture on Saturday but at 3.00pm, there are some interesting fixtures, especially with the bottom of the table in mind. Villa travel to Reading in a relegation cruncher, whilst QPR host Sunderland looking to build on their impressive away win last weekend.
On Sunday, there are two fixtures with Newcastle battling Stoke at 3.00pm before Liverpool and Spurs finish the gameweek off in style at 4.00pm. There are slim pickings on offer this fantasy football gameweek but it is sure to mix things up for various private and public leagues with differentials taking centre stage.
To help you plan ahead for this gameweek, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures and form, and have come up with some players you might want to consider bringing in or captaining for Gameweek 29. 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 Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. So without further ado, here is our selection for the 29th gameweek of the season:
- Ben FOSTER [SWA(H), 5.0m] – Foster has been great form recently, performing heroics in goal for West Brom. They had him to thank in Gameweek 28’s match at Stamford Bridge, where he denied Oscar from point blank range on more than one occasion. Foster picked up an additional 2 points in that game for making 7 saves and taking on Swansea at home, he will be hoping to pick up a clean sheet.
- Glen JOHNSON [TOT(H), 6.4m] – Johnson finally delivered some attacking returns in last Monday’s game against Wigan where he picked up an assist in the 4-0 victory. That took his assist tally to 5 for the season and he’ll be looking for more fantasy premier league points when Liverpool take on Spurs. Clean sheet points are far from guaranteed but Spurs have little time to recover from their game against Inter.
- Chris SAMBA [SUN(H), 4.9m] – Fernandes could’ve made a quick buck with Samba but his better judgement told him to stick rather than twist and it could be one of his most important decisions. It’s clear that Samba is being paid rather handsomely but he played an important role in the big win at Southampton and as QPR look to build on this, Redknapp will be expecting more from the giant in this make-or-break fixture run.
- Davide SANTON [STO(H), 4.9m] – Santon takes our last defensive spot after some impressive recent home form, where he has picked up 3 assists in his last 2 games at St James’. With Stoke struggling to find the back of the net, Santon has the potential to pick up points from both ends of the field this weekend.
- Moussa SISSOKO [STO(H), 6.6m] – Sissoko has been a revelation since joining Newcastle and Pardew will look to him to lead the charge against Stoke on Sunday afternoon. Tiredness could play a factor but with Stoke in such dismal form, Newcastle should have enough to defeat them to record another home victory.
- Miguel MICHU [WBA(A), 8.4m] – With the reduced fixture schedule this weekend, we call on an old favourite in the form of Michu. The Spaniard hasn’t been as deadly as he was earlier in the season but he still has the potential to find the back of the net. If Swansea are to get anything out of this game, Michu is sure to play an important role for the Welsh side.
- Phillippe COUTINHO [TOT(H), 6.6m] – Coutinho has the makings of a real quality player and he is already beginning to strike up an understanding with Suarez and Sturridge. It’s clear that he’s building up his match fitness, collecting more minutes in each match he plays and unfortunately for Wigan, Coutinho came good in the previous gameweek with 2 assists. Parker will have to watch him closely if Spurs are to get a result at Anfield.
- Gareth BALE [LIV(A), 10.6m] – What can we say about this rising star? Bale is in the form of his life at the moment and it was impossible to leave him out. Inter were duly dispatched as he started the scoring before setting up Vertonghen for the third and he was still running around up until the final minute. Bale is really enjoying his football at the moment and Liverpool will need to have a trick up their sleeve if they plan halt his charge to stardom.
- Rickie LAMBERT [NOR(A), 7.2m] – We were all a little shocked at last weekend’s loss to QPR but Pochettino will be looking for an instant turnaround when Southampton travel to Norwich in Gameweek 29. The Saints still carry plenty of attacking threat and once again Lambert will be at the heart of it all as they look for a victory to give them a little breathing space at the bottom of the table.
- Luis SUAREZ (C) [TOT(H), 10.9m] – Suarez was excellent away at Wigan picking up his second hat trick of the season to put him in pole position for the golden boot. If Liverpool have any hope of competing in the Champions League next season, a win is a must and their players will know this. With Sturridge back, Liverpool should be firing on all cylinders and despite the threat of Bale, we’re expecting a win for Liverpool with home advantage playing a significant factor.
- Loic REMY [SUN(H), 5.7m] – Remy marked his first start since his injury with a matchwinning performance away at Southampton grabbing a goal and the maximum bonus points to boot. Harry will be desperate to keep him fit for this favourable run of fixtures as his goals could prove to be the difference come the end of the season. We expect QPR to seriously test Sunderland in front of their home fans and Remy will be looked upon once again to provide the all important touch in front of goal.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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