Thursday, 28 February 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 28

Following the weekend, there’s a very clear gap between first, second and third in the league. Manchester United are 12 points ahead of neighbours City, while City themselves are 5 points ahead of third placed Tottenham. Chelsea’s season has imploded following di Matteo’s sacking, and they face a fight to finish in the top four, while Arsenal continue to make a fist of an increasingly difficult fight for top four.

This is the last gameweek of the third quarter of the season. Apologies for the break last week. Back to business.

Gameweek 28 fixtures

Aston Villa v Manchester City
Chelsea v West Brom
Everton v Reading
Man Utd v Norwich
Southampton v QPR
Stoke v West Ham
Sunderland v Fulham
Swansea v Newcastle
Tottenham v Arsenal
Wigan v Liverpool

The Big Boys

Santi Cazorla, Arsenal midfielder

It’s the North London derby this week, always a gobsmacking prospect, particularly since Spurs became a realistic competitor for top four. There are always goals in this one, and getting them quite regularly now is Santi Cazorla (9.3), who has scored 4 in his last 4 league starts. Hold Walcott (9.5) if you have him, and never forget that Bale (10.3) has been The Stud of 2013.

Chelsea’s form has been erratic under Benitez, particularly at the back, but Mata (10.1) and Lampard (8.6) continue to bang them in like there’s no tomorrow (there’s this tidbit I wanted to share last week: Frank Lampard has scored more goals than van Persie since December 15), and there’s no reason not to hold on to them. Note that Chelsea won’t play next weekend due to cup commitments, and the Europa League tie immediately after means that GW29 is a confirmed null for Chelsea, so don't buy any Blue on retail right now.

Man City travel to woeful defenders Aston Villa in what is shaping to be the plum tie of the gameweek for City’s attackers. Aguero (10.9) will play, and keep on playing since City have no European commitments. Get in. Mancini is quite hormonal about Tevez and Dzeko, so picking either one is a risk. Hold on to David Silva (9.3), who was outstanding against Chelsea and could be on the rise. City also have a cup match next weekend, but with no European game immediately following it, the postponed league fixture is likely to be rescheduled just 3 days later in the same gameweek (likely, but don't bet your house on it)

Luis Suarez’s (10.6) brilliance is undoubted, and with defending like Wigan’s, there will always be chances for him and Sturridge (7.5). A lot of the upcoming fixtures look promising too.

Van Persie might miss the game due to the hip injury concern coupled with the upcoming Real Madrid game, and with the league title all but wrapped up and two important knockout matches in the coming week, expect a fair bit of rotation. That said, there is little reason to drop who you have, but don’t buy anybody. As for United’s cup commitments/GW29 match, see City.

The Other Guys

Moussa Sissoko, Newcastle midfielder

Laudrup’s Swansea are coming off the high of winning silverware in emphatic fashion, and Michu (8.3) has rediscovered his scoring touch over the last 3 weeks. Against a Newcastle side conceding two every game, he’ll have a great chance of scoring. Sissoko (6.4) is still a good retail purchase, and as I said in my last meaningful post, he’s shaping to be this season’s Sigurdsson.

Lambert (7.0) is on quite a run of form, and will have every chance of setting about his next century of Southampton goals at home against QPR.

Le Fondre (5.0) should get a start or two due to Pogrebnyak’s suspension, and Everton’s defence is not the best. Bon Appetit. Everton players must be avoided on retail for the same reason as the Chelsea boys - their GW29 is a confirmed null because their GW29 opponents Arsenal have midweek commitments.
Tony Pulis vs Sam Allardyce. Oh joy. Most would expect these sides to kick lumps out of each other on the way to a 0-0. If not, then given Stoke’s recent defensive frailties and his own recent form, Carroll (8.2) is the most likely to make the difference.

Berbatov (6.8) is fit, and is generally brilliant. He will get his chances at Sunderland. Fulham, meanwhile, have conceded at the rate of two goals per away game, and this is good short-term news for Fletcher (7.1). 

The Blogger's Team

The Blogger's Team
This team will be massively mauled by next week's fixture fallout, I'm holding my wildcard till then

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  1. where's the 'the blogger's team' part ?

    1. I've written:

      "The blogger is very keenly considering using his wildcard, so there’ll be no Blogger’s Team posted till a final 15 has been arrived upon."

      and I meant it :P

      Check back tomorrow morning :)


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