With Swansea crowned victorious champions of the Capital One Cup, in Gameweek 28 we return to a full selection of matches before the minefield that is Gameweek 29, where the FA Cup wreaks havoc. A special fixtures analysis article is set to be published early next week to address the troublesome Gameweek 29.
However, before then it’s back to this weekend, where a bumper-packed Saturday sees 16 teams in action. With no early kick off, 3pm gets us underway with 7 matches due to take place including United who will be looking to extend their lead once again when they take on Norwich. Rotation is expected for this match with Tuesday’s Champions League fixture in mind but Ferguson will also be keen to notch up another 3 points at Old Trafford. To finish things off for fantasy football Saturday, at 5.30pm Wigan will look to build on their victory last week at Reading by taking on a well-rested Liverpool side.
Sunday features the final two matches, starting with the North London derby where Spurs and Arsenal will look to settle who exactly is the stronger side. Bale is in amazing form and Wenger will be desperately trying to figure out how to nullify his threat. The final game of the fantasy premier league gameweek sees relegation candidates Villa take on a City side looking to shorten the gap at the top.
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 28. 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 28th gameweek of the season:
- Petr CECH [WBA(H), 6.4m] – Chelsea haven’t been the most reliable at the back of late but Terry made his return last night in the FA Cup to help secure a clean sheet against Middlesborough. With the in-form Lukaku unable to play against his parent side, West Brom’s attacking threat will be severely diminished and Cech may just pick up 4 clean sheet points along with a few saves.
- Pablo ZABALETA [AVL(A), 6.2m] – City have been in excellent defensive form of late, picking up 5 clean sheets in their last 7 matches as they look to chase down United. Zabaleta is one the most reliable full backs in the Premier League and offers decent attacking threat at the same time. Travelling to Villa Park, Mancini will be disappointed if they return to Manchester with anything less than 3 points.
- Patrice EVRA [NOR(H), 7.3m] – Unfortunately for City, United have almost matched their defensive form with 5 clean sheets in the last 8 fantasy premier league gameweeks. This is particularly impressive given that they had only picked up an additional 2 previously since the start of the season. With defensive solidity back on the agenda for both Manchester clubs, Zabaleta and Evra both have the potential to deliver at both ends of the field.
- Leighton BAINES [RDG(H), 7.6m] – To round off our backline we have one of the most attacking defenders of all, Leighton Baines. Currently in a rich vein of attacking form with 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 matches, Baines will have plenty of opportunity to add to his points tally when Everton take on relegation candidates Reading.
- Gareth BALE [ARS(H), 10.3m] – Bale’s recent form has been incredible with a lot of media attention focusing on the dynamic Welshman. His price has shot up given his goalscoring antics and next up he faces Arsenal, a club he has scored more goals against than any other. It won’t be the easiest of matches but the atmosphere is sure to be lively and Bale may just feed off it in his hunt for more goals.
- Juan MATA [WBA(H), 10.1m] – Mata was given the night off against Middlesborough and should be completely fresh for the home game against the Baggies, who have only kept one clean sheet in their last 10 matches. Mata is having an amazing season for Chelsea with 10 goals and 12 assists so far and just like the next man, he is the creative spark of the team.
- David SILVA [AVL(A), 9.3m] – Silva justified his pick in the last Select XI setting up 2 goals for his team mates as City ran out 2-0 winners against Chelsea. Silva was back to his old self, looking sharp on the ball to drive City forward. Next up, he faces Villa who have not kept a clean sheet since Gameweek 16, and he is sure to cause them all sorts of problems.
- Marouane FELLAINI [RDG(H), 7.8m] – Fellaini is currently still an injury doubt although we expect the big Belgian to recover in time to put Reading to the sword. Reading are another side struggling at the back and it comes as no surprise that they are languishing near the bottom of the table. Everton are sure to have too much quality for them and Fellaini will be more than a handful for the Reading backline.
- Rickie LAMBERT (C) [QPR(H), 7.0m] – Given Lambert’s form since Boxing Day, it was surprising that his price was still 6.5m two gameweeks ago. However, the cat is well and truly out of the bag and Lambert’s price has shot up by 0.5m in this short space of time. With form on his side, Southampton are sure to compound QPR’s misery in Gameweek 28 and this is why we’ve decided to give the captain’s armband to Lambert.
- Wayne ROONEY [NOR(H), 11.9m] – With doubts over Van Persie’s involvement in the Norwich game due to his hip and the upcoming second leg against Real Madrid, we’ve opted for Wayne Rooney who made his return, playing 30 minutes in Gameweek 27. With 3 goals in his last 3 starts, Rooney is worthy of our consideration and with an ownership percentage of 7.3%, he can also act as a handy differential.
- Daniel STURRIDGE [WIG(A), 7.5m] – The away win to Reading was Wigan’s first clean sheet in 7 matches. However, it’s unlikely that Al Habsi will be able to make it back to back shutouts as they take on Liverpool next, who have had plenty of time to reflect on their exit from the Europa League. Sturridge is currently an injury doubt but should be expected to shake it off to take his place in the Liverpool side. With 4 goals and 2 assists in the 5 games that he has played for Liverpool, he has clearly settled in straight away and takes up the final spot in this week’s Select XI.
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