A lifelong Birmingham City fan, Tom relocated to Germany for five years after graduating from university, where his interest in the Bundesliga developed. He began writing about and betting on German football for FST in 2016. He's also an avid fantasy football player and closely follows the Premier League and European competitions.
Fantasy Premier League returns this weekend, and with a full set of fixtures after the international break! Gameweek 29’s action earned plenty of points for players recommended in our previous article, so read on to see our recent winners and tips for who to buy and who to sell for the upcoming matches!
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Who to Buy
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – Price: £11.6m
With Arsenal scheduled for eleven fixtures over the final nine Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweeks, the potential offered by Alexis Sanchez, even amid concerns over the Gunners’ form, looks impossible to ignore – the rescheduled matches result in two “double Gameweeks” for Arsenal. At home to Manchester City should prove tricky for Arsenal on Sunday – City have kept clean sheets in four of their last six Premier League matches – but Alexis’ personal form should cause Guardiola’s back-line some problems. The Chilean international put in a solid shift during the week against Venezuela (one goal and one assist) and he’s returned at least a goal or an assist in all but two of Arsenal’s last 15 Premier League outings.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) – Price: £7.8m
Swansea are much improved under manager Paul Clement, scoring at least one goal in all but one of their last eight Premier League outings. Swansea scoring and Gylfi Sigurdsson being involved come hand in hand these days – the Icelandic international has scored or assisted 53% of Swansea’s goals this term. Sigurdsson has also returned either a goal or an assist (one time both) in eight of Swansea’s last ten matches. With all but three of Swansea’s remaining nine fixtures being rated two or lower on the FDR (Fixture Difficulty Ranking), including this weekend’s match at home to Middlesborough, who have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine Premier League away matches (D1 L6), expect him to be another sound long-term investment for just £7.8m of your budget.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) – Price: £7.0m
Southampton are another side with eleven matches – seven of which are at home – to squeeze in over the remaining nine Gameweeks, and Dusan Tadic (£7.0m) is the perfect answer for Fantasy Premier League managers seeking a midfield differential. Tadic is owned by just 1.8% of fantasy managers, despite a decent run of form that has seen him take one goal, three assists and 3 bonus points over his last three outings (24 points total – an average of 8 per match). Since Gameweek 25 the Serbian international, who plays in the number 10 role for the Saints, has more than doubled his average number of chances per match and also improved his accuracy in front of goal. With Claude Puel’s men facing Bournemouth this weekend, who have conceded a massive 12 goals over their last four on the road, Tadic should prove a dangerous asset for Southampton going forward.
Joshua King (Bournemouth) – Price: £5.8m
Bournemouth may not hold the best defensive record in 2017, but the Cherries have been significantly better in front of goal, with Joshua King being a central figure going forward. King followed up his first ever Premier League hat-trick with an assist and two bonus points in Bournemouth’s 2-0 win at home to Swansea last time out, meaning that the Norwegian international has now returned at least a goal or an assist in six of his last eight Premier League outings – a total of eight goals, one assist and 8 bonus points over this period. Southampton have conceded two or more in all but one of their last seven Premier League matches, so King has some decent potential this Saturday.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) – Price: £5.9m
Valencia’s popularity has sky-rocketed over the international break, topping the “transferred in” list ahead of this weekend, and not without reason. The Ecuadorian has returned either a goal (1), an assist (3) or a clean sheet (4) in all but one of his last eight outings. Given that United have a favourable fixture at home to West Brom this Saturday, who have not only conceded ten goals in their last four away matches, but have also failed to score in two of those encounters, Valencia has huge potential to take even more points. Especially as he’s registered more successful open-play crosses than any other FPL defender.
Who to Sell
Seamus Coleman (Everton)
Everton are confident that Seamus Coleman will eventually fully recover from the sickening and career-threatening double-leg break he picked up against Wales last Friday. Needless to say, however, that Coleman has been ruled out for the season (and likely the rest of the year), a huge blow to the Toffees ahead of this weekend’s Merseyside derby.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspurs)
Harry Kane limped off with an ankle ligament injury in Tottenham’s FA Cup quarter-final match at home to Millwall in mid-March. Spurs have been given a massive boost by his potential return from injury, with estimations currently standing on April 15th, but, for now, we recommend the 9.5% of fantasy managers that have him still selected to use the £11.2m of their budget elsewhere.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Hazard has scored two goals and assisted three over Chelsea’s last eight Premier League matches, which is by no means awful, but it’s not quite enough from one of the most expensive players (£10.2m) in Premier League Fantasy. Hazard remains a minor doubt ahead of this weekend and Chelsea’s range of other alternative attacking players on the wing, such as, Pedro (£7.2m), Victor Moses (£5.6m) and Marcos Alonso (£6.6m) further lowers his potential.
Alvaro Negredo (Middlesborough)
10.6% of fantasy managers still have faith in Alvaro Negredo – making him the 11th most popular foward in Premier League fantasy – despite scoring just one goal over his last eight starts for Middlesborough. Simply put, Negredo’s £6.1m price tag should much rather be used on a similar priced, more in-form alternative, such as, Swansea’s Fernando Llorente (£6.5m). Even if the fault alone shouldn’t be given to Negredo, Middlesborough hold the weakest offense in the Premier League (just 20 goals scored), so there’s even less potential for assist or bonus points.
Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Matt Phillips (West Brom),
All of the above are some of the latest potential absentees ahead of Gameweek 30, though there are others to be aware of. Leaving doubtful players in your lineup in the hope that they are fit in time is a gamble, but it can sometimes have its reward. If you choose to take the risk, then make sure to order your benched players. That way, if your doubtful player doesn’t feature, the players you want will automatically be subbed in after all this weekend’s matches are over.
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