Usually on a Sunday, we see 2, maybe 3 fixtures. However, this gameweek we are treated to 4 fixtures; Man Utd vs Swansea, Everton vs Chelsea, Middlesbrough vs Man City and the London derby, Spurs vs Arsenal!
We then even have a game on Monday evening between Watford and Liverpool! This means that there will be plenty of daily fantasy football action to get involved in, so why not get involved?!
So who should you be picking for those leagues? Well, look no further; here are the must-haves and the must-nots of the gameweek.
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There are a few must decent picks when it comes to the back lines this weekend. Firstly, we have Manchester United playing at home against Swansea, which they will surely want to win if they are to be looking at picking up a top 4 spot. With 5 clean sheets in their last 6 games, the likes of David De Gea and Antonio Valencia will find themselves in many fantasy teams this weekend. Manchester City also have a great chance of a clean sheet against Middlesbrough, as Middlesbrough have only scored 7 goals in their last 15 fixtures and City are on the back of 2 clean sheets. Thus, Vincent Kompany or Gael Clichy could also be great picks this weekend. Our final must have defender this weekend is Nathaniel Clyne, who does have a potentially tricky away fixture against Watford on Monday night, but not only is there the potential for a clean sheet, but Clyne does often find himself quite high up the pitch, so could even chip in with a goal or an assist.
In the middle of the park, our first pick is Kevin De Bruyne or Leroy Sane. Both have been showing some good form of late and with them taking a trip to a leaky Middlesbrough side, it is fair to say they could find themselves amongst the goals. Philippe Coutinho is another player who has been showing some great form, with 4 goals and an assist in his last 5, and he is really filling the gap left by Sadio Mane. Liverpool take a trip to Watford Monday night and we could once again see a Brazilian master class again from himself and even Roberto Firmino. The London derby this weekend will be a fixture many look forward to and with the form Spurs are in, it is hard to look past a Tottenham win. One player that loves a big game is Dele Alli. With 2 goals against Man City and Chelsea this season, he may just be one to watch this weekend.
Completing the Manchester City must haves coverage, Sergio Aguero could just be the perfect striker for your daily fantasy leagues this week. Coming up against Middlesbrough, the Argentine may just want to have a late push for that golden boot! This second pick could be a little bit of a risk, but Romelu Lukaku may just want to silence his doubters this weekend. Many say that he doesn’t perform in the big games, but coming up against his former (and maybe future) employers, the big Belgian will want to put in a performance this gameweek.
Coming up against Manchester United this gameweek, Swansea will find it tough to keep a clean sheet and if they are to bring home some fantasy points, it’s hard to see it coming from the defence and therefore it may be wise to avoid the likes of Alfie Mawson and Lukas Fabianski. Watford have done quite well defensively of late, with 3 clean sheets in their last 5, however coming up against a free flowing Liverpool side could be a bit too much to ask for and therefore Jose Holebas and Miguel Britos find themselves on the must-not list this week. Our final must-not is Ben Gibson. Middlesbrough have kept 11 clean sheets this season, which isn’t too bad for a side in the relegation zone, however this week they face Man City who will want to push for a top 4 finish.
Marten de Roon may have found the back of the net last gameweek, however this week they host Man City who are on the back of 2 consecutive clean sheets and with just 4 Premier League goals all season from de Roon, it may just be a bit too much to ask for this week. Granit Xhaka just loves a red card and with the feisty London derby coming up on Sunday, the Gunners midfielder should be one to avoid. With 2 red cards and 5 yellows, not only will he be potentially picking up negative points, it’s also unlikely to see him providing much of an offensive threat. Our final midfield must not is Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has 0 goals and 1 assist in his last 6. The Icelandic playmaker seems to have hit a bit of a dip in form and coming up against Manchester United this weekend, it’s hard to see this changing.
Finally onto the forwards and continuing the Swansea theme, we have Fernando Llorente as our first must not. Manchester United have been defensively solid, with 5 clean sheets in their last 6 and therefore Llorente’s chance of scoring may just be somewhat limited. Middlesbrough’s Alvaro Negredo has struggled somewhat this second half of the season, with just 2 goals since gameweek 24, even failing to score against the likes of Sunderland, Burnley and Swansea. Therefore, as Swansea face Man City this week, he may be avoided by quite a few fantasy managers this weekend. Our final must not of the gameweek is Watford’s Troy Deeney. Deeney and Watford host Liverpool Monday night, but with Liverpool’s top 4 spot under threat, they may just put on a show and Watford may struggle a little.