Friday, 9 March 2012

Fantasy Football: Gameweek 28

After a Gameweek 27 that was 'interesting' to say the least, this FPL guru now looks ahead to Gameweek 28.

Gameweek 28 fixtures:

Chelsea v Stoke
Bolton v QPR
Villa v Fulham
Sunderland v Liverpool
Everton v Tottenham
Wolves v Blackburn
Man Utd v West Brom
Swansea v Man City
Norwich v Wigan
Arsenal v Newcastle
Liverpool v Everton

The Premium Players
One thing that MUST be noted here is that Liverpool and Everton have a double gameweek. Naturally, this means their players take priority as they simply have more chances to get points. The Merseyside derby at Anfield is the second fixture for these times following tricky games at Sunderland and hosting Spurs for Liverpool and Everton respectively.

For the Merseyside Reds, Luis Suarez is expected to perform. If you want a Premium goalkeeper, Pepe Reina is your man this gameweek. Steven Pienaar has experienced something of a renaissance on his return to the Toffees, expect that form to continue.

Tottenham, meanwhile, have Gareth Bale back to fitness. Get in. Expect Emmanuel Adebayor to repeat his performance against Man United, only he might manage to score this time.

United host a high-flying West Brom after another disappointing European home result. They always use the league to bounce back, but West Brom won't lie down. United will probably win with the aid of Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young, but are not value for the clean sheet. The away side will rely on the on-fire Peter Odemwingie (5 goals in 3 games tells its own story)

Chelsea host Stoke in Roberto di Matteo's first league game in charge of the Blues. If Chelsea's performance at Birmingham is anything to go by, the team might continue to turn the corner at home, and if they are to do so, Juan Mata will have to continue inspiring them. Don't bet against Daniel Sturridge breaking his 'missing' streak.

Arsenal are another team on the up, and they host Newcastle who seem to have trouble getting results to go in their favour. I suggest Robin van Persie (Yawn) and Theo Walcott for this one. Don't be too surprised if Demba Ba decides to crash the party.

City's trip to Swansea should be a real treat to the neutral's eye, and one for the FPL player too, provided you pick right. It's safe, for instance, to pick Gylfi Sigurdsson and Danny Graham. Roberto Mancini rested Silva and Aguero last weekend, so take those names (albeit pretty good ones) with a pinch of salt. With Dzeko starting against Sporting, it's safe to assume that the best City pick is Mario Balotelli.

The Ones You Don't Think About
Villa host a road-phobic Fulham. Charles N'Zogbia could carry on from where he left off last week. Meanwhile, pick/keep Pavel Pogrebnyak until you're sure he has stopped scoring (and that seems like a long way away, so tuck in).

Wolves hosting Blackburn is a crucial relegation 6-pointer. Both teams will try going for the points. In the process, Steven Fletcher, Matt Jarvis and Yakubu could be among the points.

Bolton host QPR in a game where victory is crucial for both sides, another 6-pointer. Djibril Cisse has served his suspension, and could make a dream return to the lineup. Ivan Klasnic will do all he can to be a bad host though.

Norwich play bottom team Wigan at home. Antony Pilkington and Grant Holt must be rubbing their hands with glee. Meanwhile, there may not be much work to do, hand-wise, for John Ruddy, who's my pick to keep a clean sheet this week.

Hunch of the Gameweek

This could be the week that the industrial play of Ryo Miyaichi finally translates into serious points.

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