The Hard Tackle brings you all they key Fantasy Premier League tips for Gameweek 29.
After last weekend’s rather gloomy matchday with just four matches taking place, the Premier League is back with ten games for Gameweek 29. The final game of the weekend is unarguably the pick of the bunch as it sees Liverpool square off against Manchester City at the Etihad stadium.
The other matches see Arsenal make a tricky trip to the Hawthorns to face West Brom while league leaders Chelsea visit the bet365 to take on Stoke City. Manchester United are on the road as well, as they face Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Sunday.
Everton take on lowly-ranked Hull City at home, which is a massive positive for FPL managers that have Toffees’ players among their ranks. The Merseyside outfit have been prolific at home of late, scoring goals aplenty and also keeping it tidy at the back.
For managers that have 4.8m-rated Ramiro Funes Mori, the time may have come to part ways with the Argentine. Phil Jagielka (4.6m) returned to the lineup last weekend and is expected to partner Ashley Williams (5.1m) at centre-back.
Seamus Coleman (6.0m) is, however, a safe bet at the back, but comes at a considerably higher value than his defensive compatriots. Thus, Williams should be the one to come in from Everton, as he looks set to feature in the coming weeks.
Another Everton player whose name is on everyone’s lips is Romelu Lukaku (10.3m). The Belgian forward was one of the most transferred in for the last gameweek, and given that the Toffees have a relatively easier game this time around, Lukaku makes a case for captain yet again.
While we are on the subject of captains, Lukaku’s Golden Boot challenger Harry Kane is also one of FPL’s hottest prospects, but due to a recent ankle injury, his value is set to plummet considerably in the coming weeks.
Thus, it may be wise to offload him and probably get in Vincent Janssen (7.5m), who got his first goal from open play last week. He may not have been in the best of form this season, but could build on last week’s performance to become a ray of hope for the North London club.
Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez (8.9m) was the talk of the town last season, but this time around, much like the sinking of the metaphorical ship of the Foxes, the Algerian’s demand began to dwindle from the initial gameweeks.
However, since the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Leicester have appeared to be a team on the rise, and the likes of Mahrez have benefited from the team’s upturn in fortunes.
The 26-year-old played a pivotal role in his side’s midweek win against Sevilla as he provided two assists. The attacker also found the back of the net against Hull in Leicester’s last league outing.
He will be looking to continue his run of form against West Ham at the Olympic Stadium this weekend, and it may be a wise decision to bring him back in for the next couple of weeks to gauge the player’s progress.
Coming to Manchester United, talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic will serve the second of his three-match domestic ban, which could see either of Marcus Rashford (6.4m) or Henrikh Mkhitaryan (8.8m) lead the line.
The manager is known to prefer the latter in such instances, and bringing in the Armenian could do wonders for your FPL side. He is one of the hardest working players in the United setup and can score as well as provide valuable assists to his teammates.
Mkhitaryan started in the number 10 position behind Rashford in the FA Cup on Monday, and was unfortunate to be replaced in the first half after Ander Herrera received an early bath for a second yellow in the 35th minute.
Hopefully, the former Borussia Dortmund star will be given at least 75 minutes, and is expected to grab a goal or an assist against a Middlesbrough side struggling to find a win.
THT’s Team of the Week
Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford (Sunderland)
Defenders: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea), Josh King (Bournemouth)
Strikers: Diego Costa (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Bench: Lee Grant (Stoke City), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Winston Reid (West Ham), Peter Crouch (Stoke City)
Points earned last week: 42