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Gameweek 33 sees 7 fixtures being played out on Saturday and there are some clear Daily Fantasy must-haves and must-nots you should consider this week.
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First up this week we have Everton centre-back Ashley Williams, who has picked up 2 clean sheets and 2 assists from his last 4 games. This doesn’t include Everton’s last outing against Leicester because Williams was serving his suspension for his handball against Manchester United but he will be raring to go on his return. Speaking of teams putting in good home performances lately, Watford could be considered for that category. After a valiant effort against Southampton 3 home games ago (a 4-3 loss) they’ve since had 2 home wins against Sunderland and West Brom, despite finishing the game with 10 men in both of of those matches!
He may be considered a yellow card magnet but Jose Holebas has now gone 4 games without one, and in that time he’s bagged 2 clean sheets. He is up against a struggling Swansea at Vicarage Road this Saturday so could well be worth a punt. In the late kick off, City travel to Southampton, and they’ll want to keep the gap between them in fifth place as large as possible to secure Champions League football next season. City have only recorded one loss in their last 10 matches and that was against league toppers Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Gael Clichy is enjoying an extended run in the team with 6 starts on the bounce. City have been pretty good defensively lately, only conceding more than once on 2 occasions in those last 10 games whilst playing most of the league’s top teams.
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Our final defensive pick this week is Ben Davies. He has picked up 4 clean sheets from his recent 8 game starting XI run and he’ll be looking to make that 5 when Bournemouth visit North London on Saturday. Spurs have been formidable at home this season so we can only see one outcome here.
Continuing the Spurs theme and despite a certain striker’s return, we fully expect Heung-Min Son to feature given his recent performances. Son has been simply electric in recent weeks, with 4 goals and an assist in his last 3 games! Given the home record and Bournemouth’s inability to keep a clean sheet most weeks, Son is a great shout for your midfield line-up. Another great shout is Wilfried Zaha. His 2 goals and 3 assists in Palace’s last 5 games have been instrumental to their turnaround in form at this vital time in the season. He is the key man in the middle of the park for Palace at the moment and it will be an interesting tie when Leicester, another team whose form has been reinvigorated, come to visit Selhurst Park.
On their side, a noteworthy midfielder at the moment is Marc Albrighton. 4 assists and a stunning free kick goal from his last 5 games is form to be pleased about, and he grabbed 2 of those assists in a match he only played 29 minutes in! Leicester may be looking to rest some players ahead of their big Champions League second leg tie midweek next week but we expect Albrighton to feature for the Foxes in the league this Saturday. Our final midfield pick is Manuel Lanzini. With Michail Antonio ruled out for the rest of the season, Lanzini will be expecting to step up for the Hammers. 3 goals and an assist from his last 8 games may not be spectacular form but coming up against a surely doomed Sunderland is enough to whet his appetite.
Completing our Spurs trio is Harry Kane. He made his return last week against Watford, which surprised us all considering he was ruled out through ligament damage only 4 gameweeks ago. He was in scintillating form before his injury, with 6 goals and an assist from 4 games. With the way Spurs are playing currently and several players dialling up their performances for the run-in, Kane will no doubt be back to his usual goalscoring self soon enough and we wouldn’t want to miss out if it’s this week! Our next perhaps obvious choice is Romelu Lukaku. His performances have been staggering lately, with 11 goals and 2 assists from Everton’s last 9 games. Everton’s home record has been brilliant of late, and welcoming the team with the worst away record in the league is just the game they’ll want.
Sergio Aguero is also in good form, having netted in 5 of the last 6 Manchester City games which included matches against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. Up against Southampton this weekend, he should be able to increase that tally. Our final attacking option this week is Andy Carroll. West Ham haven’t been at their best this season, especially recently given their run of 5 losses in a row. However, that form was ended last week with a vital win against relegation candidates Swansea and we expect West Ham and Andy to add to Sunderland’s misery this Saturday.
A team to avoid playing at the moment is Spurs and unfortunately for Bournemouth, they have that task away from home this weekend. Charlie Daniels and co should be avoided at all costs as Spurs have averaged 3 goals a game in their recent 6 game winning streak! Another team that should be avoided is Burnley. We always make this suggestion when Burnley play away from home and to be fair to Michael Keane and co., they have kept 2 clean sheets from their last 2 away ties. However, they visit Goodison Park this Saturday, a step up from their recent trips to Middlesbrough and Sunderland, and we can’t see them frustrating Everton like they did to Boro and the Black Cats.
Another team who will struggle to keep a clean sheet this week is Sunderland. They have managed 3 clean sheets in their last 10, including one against title chasers Spurs. However, they have endured 6 losses from their last 7 and are winless since the start of that 7 game run. Billy Jones and team mates are definitely ones to avoid whilst this form continues. Our final team struggling for clean sheets is Swansea. 1 clean sheet from their last 7 is not helping their survival bid and they are now on a run of 5 games without a win. Kyle Naughton and the rest of the defensive line should be avoided until performances improve.
In midfield, Ryan Fraser has been an influential player when Bournemouth play. However, he doesn’t get the attacking returns required to make him a viable fantasy option and this is even more unlikely to happen this week as he faces off against Spurs. Another player very unlikely to return the attacking points required from midfielders is Burnley’s Joey Barton. The Burnley man hasn’t scored since his return to the Premier League against Southampton 12 league games ago. However, considering the away record Burnley have this season and the home record their opponents have recently, we can only see this tie finishing one way. Our final midfield must not is Dusan Tadic. He has managed 4 assists and a goal in Southampton’s last 6, but Man City are playing some pretty good football lately and it will be very difficult for Southampton to break them down.
To finish up our must-nots, we have doubled up on Southampton representatives and chosen Shane Long as a must not option. No attacking returns in 5 games and struggling for game time are not statistics that bode well for the Saints striker. With a City defence to contend with, we aren’t confident in backing the Irish striker this week. Our next and final 2 must nots are perhaps more obvious choices. First up, we have Bournemouth’s Benik Afobe. He was unlucky last week not to find the back of the net after striking the post with a great effort against Chelsea. However, we expect Bournemouth to struggle even more this weekend as they are away from home against number 2 in the league, Spurs. Our final must-not and to round off our trio of Burnley must-nots, we have Andre Gray. No attacking returns in 5 and a trip to Goodison Park. No need to say anymore after that so definitely avoid!