Once again, a number of Premier League sides have been in European action with Arsenal dropping out of the Champions League after a valiant effort in Munich. This should make things a little simpler with Arsenal rotation an unlikely scenario. This is great considering they have some excellent fixtures coming up not to mention a tasty double in Gameweek 33, which is sure to attract investment in the transfer market.
After last weekend’s partial gameweek, we’re back to a full quota with some great matches to look forward to. To kick things off we have the small matter of Everton versus Man City in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture. Everton will be looking to bounce back after their disappointing exit from the FA Cup quarter final at the hands of Wigan whilst City will be desperate for 3 points to keep their title hopes alive. United take on Reading in Saturday’s evening fixture where many are expecting a comfortable home win.
On Sunday, we see all 3 Europa League sides in action, giving them as much time as possible to recover. Fulham travel to White Hart Lane at 3pm, where they take on a Spurs side that may be a little tired after playing 120 minutes in Milan to progress. An hour later to finish the gameweek, we have Chelsea taking on West Ham and a Wigan side looking to climb out of the relegation zone when they play host to Newcastle.
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 30. 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 Premier League Fantasy Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. So without further ado, here is our selection for the 30th gameweek of the season:
- Hugo LLORIS [FUL(H), 5.9m] – One player who won’t be tired from the midweek action is Hugo Lloris who was given the night off as Friedel took the spot between the sticks. Lloris has been excellent in goal for Spurs and has rightly made the goalkeeper jersey his own with Friedel having to remain content with a seat on the bench. Fulham have been far from prolific in front of goal and a clean sheet might be on the cards for Lloris.
- Maynor FIGUEROA [NEW(H), 4.3m] – Wigan arguably played their best football of the season last weekend against Everton and Martinez will be demanding more from his players if they have any hopes of staying in the top flight. Figueroa grabbed a goal and an assist in Gameweek 28 and followed this up with another goal in the FA Cup last weekend. Against a tired Newcastle side, we fancy Figueroa’s chances to score points at both ends of the field.
- Patrice EVRA [RDG(H), 7.3m] – United have not conceded in the last 4 gameweeks and we’re expecting them to make it 5 in 5 when they take on Reading in Saturday’s evening fixture. Fergie will expect no complacency as United hunt down the league trophy and this should be a strong victory for the Manchester side. As ever, Evra will also pose a serious attacking threat including set pieces.
- Ashley COLE [WHM(H), 6.4m] – Cole remains one of the best left backs in the Premier League and although Chelsea haven’t been rock solid at the back, they secured a clean sheet against West Brom last time out. This was followed up by a strong comeback at United and a 3-1 victory over Steaua to progress in the Europa League. Chelsea are in decent form and as long as they can brush off their tiredness, they should dispatch West Ham this weekend.
- Theo WALCOTT [SWA(A), 9.0m] – Surprisingly, despite Walcott scoring or assisting in 10 of the last 12 gameweeks, many chose to dump him with the blank gameweek in mind. They may rue this decision as Walcott kept up his attacking returns in midweek with an assist for Giroud’s goal. Arsenal will be disappointed that they did not progress in the Champions League but they will take heart from the victory in Munich and will be looking to build on this in Wales.
- Juan MATA [WHM(H), 9.7m] – Mata is another player having an amazing season and is clearly enjoying his football. Playing full of confidence, Mata picked up a goal and an assist against Steaua and barring a slight Hazard flick, it would have been 2 assists. He did pick up a slight knock and although he was able to see the game out, we need to keep a close eye on this.
- Stephane SESSEGNON [NOR(H), 7.1m] – Sunderland have struggled lately and O’Neill will be nervously looking over his shoulder with the other relegation-threatened sides slowly sneaking up on them. Sunderland will need to perform in matches like this if they are to secure their top flight status and Sessegnon could be the player to inspire them with 2 goals in his last 3 matches.
- Gareth BALE [FUL(H), 10.8m] – Another Spurs player who will be raring to go is in-form Gareth Bale. Jol would have been hoping that Bale was involved in the 120 minutes in Milan but following the yellow card in the first leg, the Welshman was forced to sit this one out. Bale is in the form of his life at the moment and if Fulham are to get anything out of this game, they will need to hope that Bale suddenly forgets how to play football!
- Robin VAN PERSIE (C) [RDG(H), 13.7m] – As with Walcott, some managers chose to ditch Van Persie in the previous gameweek and once again they may be punished. The Dutchman continues to be the focal point in attack for United and with Fergie recently stating how he wants more 4-0 and 5-0 victories, he clearly had this fixture in mind. So we’ve put our faith in Van Persie and have given him the armband this weekend.
- Luis SUAREZ [SOT(A), 11.1m] – Suarez proved to be the difference in the victory over Spurs and fully justified our captain selection last weekend with a goal, an assist and the maximum bonus points. So we’ve decided to reward the mercurial striker with another spot in our Select XI. It could prove to be a tricky away fixture for Liverpool but Suarez is more than a match for any defence.
- Wayne ROONEY [RDG(H), 11.9m] – Given Ferguson’s request for more goals and for United to be more clinical in dispatching teams, we’ve decided to double up on United strikers this gameweek as they play host to a struggling Reading side. Following the disappointing fall out from the Champions League and the Chelsea comeback in the FA Cup, Fergie will be expecting no mistakes in this match as United look to get things back on track.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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