Sunday is Gameweek 29’s final set of Premier League fixtures before the International break. There are some big ties to be played out including Southampton travelling to Spurs and the crucial late kick off between Manchester City and Liverpool. Below we have identified some of the ‘must-have’ and ‘must-not’ players in terms of fantasy football, which will hopefully get the best out of your fantasy teams.
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Out of the 3 fixtures on Sunday, the only real ‘banker’ for a clean sheet would be Manchester United. Middlesbrough have been struggling of late and that shows in the fact they are the only team who haven’t scored 20 goals this season, so the likes of David De Gea and Antonio Valencia will likely find themselves in many fantasy teams this weekend! Other than United, defenders that should be considered are those wingbacks that could find themselves amongst the goals or assists and for that reason, we think the likes of Kyle Walker (as long as he’s passed fit to play) and Nathaniel Clyne could be good options this weekend.
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With Harry Kane picking up an injury that is to see him out of action for a number of weeks, Heung Min Son has now become a very attractive fantasy football option. Last time Kane picked up an injury, Son filled the gap in Spurs’ front line and found himself amongst the goals, so can he do the same again? Paul Pogba divides fans and when it comes to fantasy football, he doesn’t tend to feature in many teams but with a fixture against Middlesbrough, he may just want to prove his doubters wrong. Finally we have Sadio Mane, who has been brilliant for Liverpool this season. He may not get the credit he is due, partly because he has some equally talented midfielders around him, however it may be wise to bring some attacking threat from Liverpool into your daily fantasy football teams. Liverpool fans may be encouraged by the fact that the Reds tend to deliver in big games, while City don’t. City’s failure to progress in the Champions League and Monaco’s ability to put 3 past them in each leg highlights that, so this fixture will definitely be an interesting one!
Manchester United are currently without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as the Swede is currently serving his 3 match ban. With a fixture against a struggling Middlesbrough, some attacking coverage from Man United would be wise and our pick (and perhaps the only available pick for Mourinho) is the youngster, Marcus Rashford. Although Rashford failed to find the back of the net against Chelsea, he did look good when he managed to get on the ball and will want to impress this weekend. Another, player from Manchester is Sergio Aguero who has 6 goals in his last 6 appearances in all competitions. A fixture against Liverpool isn’t the most attractive, but Aguero does like the big games!
Southampton are still without Virgil van Dijk and with that, may find it tough to keep a clean sheet against Spurs this weekend who have been in scintillating form. With that being said, it may be wise to avoid the likes of Fraser Forster and Ryan Bertrand as they visit White Hart Lane. As already alluded too, Middlesbrough may find it tough to get any result this weekend against Manchester United, who have only failed to score once in their last 10 league games. Therefore, the likes of George Friend and Fabio da Silva should be avoided.
Continuing the Middlesbrough theme, Marten De Roon is next on our must not list. De Roon has only managed 2 goals and no assists in the 25 games he has featured in and therefore one to avoid at all costs! He may have scored against the blue half of Manchester earlier this season but we can’t see him replicating that against the red half on Sunday. Southampton have a tough trip to Spurs Sunday and despite his brace against Watford last time out in the league, Nathan Redmond is probably one to avoid. If goals are going to come from someone, they will probably be from Manolo Gabbiadini who will be gunning to become the fourth player in Premier League history to score in his first 4 league games. However, Spurs are unbeaten at White Hart Lane this season so this is a tough ask for the Saints.
Finally, we have the must-not attackers. As Middlesbrough have the incredibly tough task of facing Man United, Boro’s main forward, Alvaro Negredo, may be one to avoid this week. Divock Origi has struggled to nail down a starting XI spot within the Liverpool ranks this season and Jurgen Klopp has been starting teams without an out and out striker. Even when Origi does get on the field, he struggles to make an impact and with a trip to Manchester on Sunday, there may be better options within the opposition’s ranks.
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