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With 8 games being played out on the Saturday, we have just 2 fixtures to keep our eyes on for Sunday’s Premier League action. Despite this, we have 2 huge games, with the earlier game being a relegation battle between Swansea and Middlesbrough in South Wales. The final game of the weekend sees Manchester City take on Arsenal at the Emirates. A win for Arsenal would be huge but a loss could leave them up to 5 points adrift of the top 4 and potentially see them drop to 7th!
There isn’t much clean sheet potential in the two Sunday fixtures, however if you are to bring in a defender from any of the teams then it would be one that may just have the potential to get forward and on the score sheet. You could also argue that there is a better team in each game if form is anything to go by. With that being said, Alfie Mawson and Gael Clichy could be good options. Mawson has 4 goals from his last 10 games while Clichy has been picking up more clean sheets lately thanks to increased game time.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is now turning into a must have every week and now has 8 goals and 11 assists so far this season. Playing at home against Middlesbrough, it would take a mad man not to go into Sunday’s daily fantasy leagues without the Icelandic playmaker. Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne loves a big game, with goals and assists against Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester United, so will he repeat these feats again this weekend? Only time will tell…
Fernando Llorente has really benefitted from Sigurdsson’s form and often finds himself on the end of his assists – 3 goals from Swansea’s last 4 games. Swansea will really look to win this fixture and will be relying on the attacking pair to find the back of the net against a struggling Boro. With Jesus injured and Kelechi Iheanacho struggling to get game time, Sergio Aguero has found his form again with 2 goals and an assist from his last 4 games, and he will look to punish an out of form Arsenal side in the final fixture of the gameweek.
Historically, Arsenal defenders have been brilliant fantasy football picks, but with them struggling for form of late, they are certainly a must not this week as they face Man City. Therefore, the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin should be avoided at all costs this weekend. Arsenal have 1 clean sheet in 6 and in that time have conceded 12 which is over a third of all the goals they’ve conceded they entire season.
Granit Xhaka is our first must-not midfielder for Sunday’s games. He has practically played whenever he is available but we stress “when he is available” as the Swiss is a yellow/red card magnet. He did pick up an assist last time out against West Brom but as that result will tell you, Arsenal are a struggling side and so he is definitely one to avoid. Another side struggling for attacking returns is Middlesbrough but instead of it being a recent blip, it has been ongoing all season. Marten de Roon picked up an assist last time out against Manchester United but with a crunch relegation tie away from home at Swansea on the cards, we are backing the Welsh side to deliver and so Boro’s returns will be at best minimal.
Olivier Giroud may perform on the International stage, but he has struggled somewhat this season in the league and with a fixture against Man City, he may just find this sort of luck trending. He enjoyed a straight 4 gameweek goalscoring run only 6 gameweeks ago but has since then only netted on the one occasion which was a consolation against Chelsea. Our final must-not this week is Middlesbrough forward Alvaro Negredo. He has struggled all season with the North East side and you only have to look at the fact that Boro have netted just 20 times in 28 games this campaign, the lowest goals tally from all 20 teams, to know that.