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Gameweek 32 is here and Saturday could prove crucial at both ends of the table. All of the top 4 clubs are in action and Spurs have the opportunity to cut Chelsea’s title lead to four points – for a few hours at least. Meanwhile at the bottom, Swansea do battle with West Ham where a win for the Swans could lift them out of the relegation zone and leave the Hammers teetering on the brink.
So who should you pick and who should you avoid? Here are our must haves and must nots for Saturday’s Premier League fixtures…
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The lunchtime kick off is a ‘must win’ game for Spurs if they are to even consider challenging Chelsea for the title. That being said, Spurs should manage to keep a clean sheet and a win at home against Watford, meaning that the likes of Kyle Walker and Ben Davies will be great picks this gameweek. Hull City have been in some good form at home of late, however this weekend they travel to Manchester City and defenders such as John Stones and Vincent Kompany could be good selections to bring in some potential clean sheet points. Our final must have defender is Marcos Alonso who has gone a tad quiet on the daily fantasy football front of late, however with a game against Bournemouth, he could just find himself amongst the points.
Man City will want to keep the pressure on the top 4 and with a home game against Hull Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane are likely to be good selections. Both been in some good form of late and may take advantage against a Hull side that poor away from home. Gylfi Sigurdsson was unfortunately on our must-not list last gameweek but this week he is back with a tricky match against West Ham. Swansea may fancy themselves given West Ham’s recent poor run of form and if the Swans are to make a game of it, it will be through the Icelandic playmaker. The Saints midfielder, Nathan Redmond, managed to net his 6th Premier League goal midweek and with a fixture against West Brom this week who lost out to an out-of-form, 10-man Watford side midweek, he could look to improve this tally.
Up top there are a few decent options this week. Firstly we have Divock Origi, who has now found a spot in the Liverpool team with Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane out injured. Liverpool make a trip to Stoke this week, and Origi will want to make the most of the time that he has in the starting XI against a side who are struggling for form. Sergio Aguero is another must have this week with his home game against Hull City. Need we say more? Middlesbrough have an important fixture this week against Burnley and Alvaro Negredo will now look to kick on with a few more goals after he scored for the first in 6 matches against Hull on Wednesday. Our final must have is Diego Costa, who squares up against Bournemouth. Costa has not managed to score in 3 gameweeks, however he always has the potential to explode with a couple of goals and he is now well overdue!
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Starting at the back, it may just be a week to avoid Hull City defenders. Yes, Harry Maguire did manage a goal last week and has had some very good daily fantasy football returns, but he kicks off our must not list this week simply due to his opposition being Manchester City. On Wednesday, West Ham conceded 3 goals against Arsenal, and Jose Fonte is still yet to keep a clean sheet with the Hammers. This week, they do host Swansea, but they are still likely to concede given they are currently on a 5-game losing streak. Bournemouth will be really up against it this week as they host Chelsea who are quite frankly running away with the league and with that said, it may be wise to avoid the likes of Artur Boruc and Steve Cook.
Josh King has been brilliant of late, with 6 goals in his last 6 Premier League games. However, the Blues won’t be no pushover this week and he may just struggle to come away with the goods. Hull City, specifically Lazar Markovic and Kamil Grosicki, have been in some brilliant form, which was shown last time out as they put 4 past Middlesbrough. However, it may be slightly different against Manchester City this weekend, who will be desperate to pick up a win after 4 games without one. West Ham face Swansea this week and on paper this could be a tight one. Michail Antonio went off during the midweek fixture so he will be one to avoid. Without his creativity, the Hammers may well struggle and therefore others such as Manuel Lanzini should also be avoided.
Salomon Rondon has seen his form slip of late and is currently struggling to even spend 90 minutes on the pitch. West Brom face a tough fixture against Southampton and if you wanted to take a punt on a West Brom striker, it may be wise to avoid Rondon and go for the likes of Robson-Kanu instead. Since Peter Crouch scored his 100th Premier League goal, he has gone quiet on the fantasy football front and although he comes up against one of his former teams this week, he is one to avoid. Our final must-have of the week is a bit of a gamble considering his form, but facing Manchester City, we don’t expect Oumar Niasse will be continuing his form in this gameweek.
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