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Sunday and Monday sees the completion of Gameweek 33 with the final 3 fixtures of the round and they could all be crucial in the final table. So keep reading for the must-haves and the must-nots for these matches, or check out our Daily Fantasy tips for Saturday’s matches.
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Without further ado, here are the must haves for the 3 fixtures…
Sunday has arguably the best fixture of the weekend, as Chelsea travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. This fixture is likely to see goals, and therefore it may be wise to avoid defenders from this game unless you really want to take a gamble. Liverpool take a trip to West Brom, which surely will be a must-win fixture for them and they will look to pick up a win and a clean sheet, so Nathaniel Clyne and Simon Mignolet could be good picks this weekend. Arsenal are also in a similar situation and need to start picking up wins as they take the trip to Middlesbrough on Monday night. With that being said, it could still be a tight affair and defenders from both sides could easily be justified, with the likes of Nacho Monreal and Ben Gibson likely to feature in the sides this weekend.
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In the middle of the park the main man this weekend could once again be Phillipe Coutinho, who comes up against West Brom. So far, the Brazilian has 9 goals and 7 assists to his name and he will be looking to reach double figures this weekend. Eden Hazard loves a big game and there aren’t many bigger than Manchester United versus Chelsea! Hazard has been in cracking form of late, with 3 goals in his last 2 games, and he will certainly be a popular choice this gameweek.
Up top there are a few good picks this weekend. Firstly there’s Alexis Sanchez, who certainly has a point to prove. The Chilean has failed to bring in any attacking returns in the last 4 gameweeks, but with a must-win fixture against Middlesbrough, he could just make up for these blanks. Sadio Mane has left a big hole in the Liverpool team as he has been ruled out for the season, but this has left the door open for Divock Origi. The Belgian has 2 goals and 2 assists from Liverpool’s last 6, and he hasn’t started all of those games, so he should be pleased with his performances of late. Our final must have striker is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Just like Hazard, the Swede also likes a big game and has proved his doubters wrong this season with 17 goals and 7 assists so far. 2 of those goals and 1 of those assists have come in his last 2 games since his return from suspension.
At the back, defenders usually find most of their points from clean sheets, and West Brom may just struggle to keep one as they come up against a very attacking minded side in Liverpool. Chris Brunt and Craig Dawson may be ones to avoid this week, especially as they’ve only managed 1 clean sheet from their last 8 games. The fixture at Old Trafford will hopefully be a brilliant watch and should bring some goals and therefore the likes of Gary Cahill and Eric Bailly should be avoided, as a clean sheet for either could be very tough to come by. Chelsea are arguably even more unlikely to keep a clean sheet as they haven’t enjoyed a one in over 9 games now, conceding once on all of those outings bar one (their loss to Crystal Palace).
West Brom have performed well once again this season and much is due to midfielders Nacer Chadli, Matt Phillips and co. However, this week we feel they will be up against it and Liverpool may be a tougher nut to crack than some other teams that they have come up against recently. Middlesbrough on the other hand haven’t seen a Premier League win in 14 games and with a fixture against Arsenal on Monday night, it’s unlikely to change – even with Arsenal’s form! With that form, it is unlikely that Grant Leadbitter and Stuart Downing will be featuring in many fantasy teams this weekend! Avoid.
Finally, up top there are a few players to avoid this week. Firstly, we have Salomon Rondon, who not only comes up against a tough game versus Liverpool, he is unlikely to even last the full match. Last week was the first time in 5 gameweeks that we played 90 minutes! Secondly we have Alvaro Negredo, who only has 1 goal in his last 8 gameweeks and he may just struggle once again against Arsenal on Monday.