Friday, 16 March 2012

Fantasy Football: Gameweek 29

An FA Cup weekend that involves 7 Premier League teams sees just 4 matches actually taking place during the weekend. With a trip to Wembley at stake, the quarterfinalists will no doubt put out their best lads. This throws up the possibilities of injuries/suspensions taking place during the FA Cup that will hamper the midweek matches (and put this post into jeopardy as well).

With that as food for thought, let’s look ahead to Gameweek 29.

Gameweek 29 fixtures:

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

Player picks:

The Premium Picks

The stand-out fixture of the gameweek is Chelsea’s trip to the Etihad. In the last couple of weeks, Chelsea have been on the up, with 3 wins in their last 3 games turning their season around, making up 3 points on Spurs and going through to the next rounds of the FA Cup and the Champions League. Manchester City haven’t had the best time of it though, being knocked off top spot and out of the Europa League.

City have won every league game at home this season, but Chelsea have the morale and form to snap that streak just as they broke City’s unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge. Come what may, the Etihad means a performance from Sergio Aguero. Away from home has usually been dreadful for one Chelsea man but Juan Mata has proved himself on the road these last few weeks and could be among the points. Didier Drogba is returning to the beast we know he can be.

Manchester United’s trip to struggling Wolves is a plum fixture. Wayne Rooney is just points for the taking at the moment. Nani could make a comeback to the points after a quiet few weeks.

Another plum tie is Liverpool’s trip to equally struggling QPR. They found goals and won at Anfield for the first time in a long while, and the return of Steven Gerrard could propel them to another win. Luis Suarez has looked threatening without scoring many, this could be the time he gets in on the goals. Bobby Zamora won’t take that lying down though.

Tottenham hosting Stoke would qualify as a plum tie but Spurs have been in woeful form, and Stoke will smell blood. Louis Saha is fresh from being rested last week due to a “gentleman’s agreement”, and could be what Spurs need to get back on track. Gareth Bale’s return to the left wing (assuming Lennon is fit) could mean a return to points. Kenwyne Jones might make the net bulge.

Everton at Goodison have tripped up many a big side this season, but Arsenal are the very definition of form. Anything Leon Osman and Royston Drenthe throw at the Gunners, Robin van Persie *yawn* will throw right back.

The Ones You Don’t Think About

The other game in West London pits two form teams against each other. Swansea may find Pavel Pogrebnyak and Clint Dempsey hard to keep out. Fulham will find it equally hard against Gylfi Sigurdsson and Danny Graham.

Sunderland travel to hapless Blackburn, and in Sessegnon’s suspension-induced absence, Sebastian Larsson could make his mark after a quiet few weeks. Yakubu has been the reason Blackburn aren’t yet dead certain to go down, and he’ll show us why. And Fraizer Campbell is worth a look, given that Bendtner is a doubt.

Norwich’s trip to Newcastle is a fixture made interesting by Newcastle’s dip in form. Hatem ben Arfa will look to build on two good performances by him and Demba Ba will do all he can to help the Geordies win, but not if Antony Pilkington and Grant Holt have anything to do with it.

Charles N’Zogbia is in good form for Aston Villa, and could lead the way for them yet again against Bolton. The Trotters are relying on the form of Klasnic and Miyaichi to stay in the Premier League.

West Brom suffered their first defeat in a month at Old Trafford, but will look to get back on track at bottom team Wigan. Shane Long and Chris Brunt could combine to help register a win at the DW.

Hunch of the Gameweek:

The customary stab in the dark this time is Gabriel Agbonlahor

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