After a mammoth gameweek 34, we are treated to a more normal gameweek 35, with every team only play the 1 fixture.
In a twist to the scheduling, we have 4 fixtures on Sunday and 1 on the Monday which means 5 fixtures are available to us for Saturday’s daily fantasy football competitions. Who out of those fixtures are must haves or must nots?
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Crystal Palace have hit form when they needed it most, picking up 6 wins in their last 9 games, and more importantly, 19 points to lift them to within touching distance of Premier League football next season. Despite their loss last time out against Spurs, they put in a sterling performance and will fancy their chances against a team with one of the worst away records this season, Burnley. Joel Ward and Palace have kept 4 clean sheets from those last 9 games and they will fancy themselves to make that 5 in the late kick off this Saturday.
Another team who could do well is Southampton. They play a Hull team who have only managed 1 win away from home all season, and that was back in August! Despite it only being a consolation, Ryan Bertrand did manage a goal against his former club and he will also fancy his chances of a clean sheet against a team that has only scored 4 goals in their last 13 away games.
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Our final pick is Charlie Daniels. His Bournemouth side face a Sunderland team who will surely be playing their football in the Championship next season. Sunderland have managed only 2 goals in their last 9 league games and they both came in the same fixture! Daniels also picked up a goal last weekend against Middlesbrough so could be a good option this week.
One place to start with Saturday’s fixtures and that is to continue the Bournemouth theme with Norwegian, Josh King. What a run this man is on, 12 goals and an assist from 13 games makes the midfielder a fantasy football must have right now and against a team surely heading for relegation, you’d be brave to not have this guy in your ranks.
Our other pick this week for must have midfielders is Southampton man, Dusan Tadic. Hull have conceded 3 or more in each of their last 4 away league games so what better chance could Tadic ask for to improve his goals/assists tallies? He has 4 assists and a goal from his last 8 so he’ll be wanting to add to that this Saturday.
To kick us off with our must have forwards, we have Belgian striker Christian Benteke, whose goals have been pivotal in Palace’s change in fortune. He has got 5 goals from his last 6, a run of fixtures which included games against Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs, so we imagine he’ll add to his goal tally against Burnley this Saturday.
Our second pick is Jamie Vardy. Arsenal had to rely on a Huth own goal to beat Leicester last time out and the Foxes put in some good performances during their quarter final tie of the Champions League recently. Despite Leicester being winless in 3 in the league, Vardy has managed 6 goals and 3 assists from their last 7 games, and they will be keen to get what should be the final win they need to secure Premier League status for next season.
Our final pick is Manolo Gabbiadini. His play was positive midweek against Chelsea, despite the loss, and a lot of chances fell to him, especially on set pieces. He also picked up an assist in that match so we expect him to do one better and net against Hull at home this weekend.
Burnley have managed only 3 clean sheets away from home all season, 2 of those coming in recent weeks against practically relegated sides, Sunderland and Middlesbrough. Michael Keane and co. are going to have their work cut out if they are to do the same against a strong looking Crystal Palace team so it would be worth avoiding them this week.
The same goes for Sunderland defender, Jason Denayer, as the Black Cats have only kept 5 clean sheets all season. Bournemouth have scored 12 in their last 7, and from the 3 of those games they won, they have scored 2 or more. We expect this to be a game Bournemouth see off with ease and therefore Sunderland to concede a few. Our final must not defender is Andrew Robertson, whose Hull side have kept just a single clean sheet from their last 10 games. A trip away from home is unlikely to result in another clean sheet, especially a difficult trip to St Marys, so avoid the Hull back line.
West Brom have hit holiday mode; not going to be relegated and not going to reach Europe. Their results recently have shown this, with 3 consecutive losses as part of a 4 game winless run. As a result, players like Nacer Chadli have dropped off in form. Chadli has no goals in 8 games and a Leicester team that are still showing some hunger and fight could prove to be too much for them at home. Our other must not is Didier Ndong. With Sunderland failing to produce anything recently and Ndong failing to deliver any attacking returns in 9 games, you’d be brave (or crazy) to back him to deliver this week.
Our must not forwards starts with Hull striker, Oumar Niasse. He successfully had his red card from last week overturned and is available for the trip to Southampton this week, but it is away games that don’t favour Hull or Niasse, as shown by their record. Niasse has scored 5 goals in total this season, all at the KCOM, so we wouldn’t back him to produce away from home against the Saints.
Our final must not pick for the week is Burnley striker, Ashley Barnes. 1 goal and an assist and arguably inconsistent playing time over Burnley’s last 10 league games aren’t good stats for Barnes and as the Palace Spurs game proved midweek, travelling to Palace is no easy feat. Burnley aren’t known for scoring plenty away from home so we would suggest avoiding this man this week.