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Week 29 EPL Fantasy Pre-Deadline Chat

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Should be a tense round of games this week. The matches are starting to really matter and who handles the pressure best will succeed,

Is he adding or reducing the pressure on his side with his comments in recent weeks?
Is he adding or reducing the pressure on his side with his comments in recent weeks?
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Looking at the league in general this weekend will be very influential to how they clubs may finish the season.

The Title Race

Chelsea hold a 5 point lead and have a game in hand. The disappointment of Champions League elimination will require a bounce back performance. In Southampton they face an extremely well drilled side who will be under no pressure at all. If the saints hold out for an hour it will be very interesting and tense, should they lead after an hour even more so.

Manchester City and in simply must win mode. An away trip to Burnley should be very winnable but the shadow of Barcelona midweek may distract them.

The Champions League Race

Perhaps where this seasons best drama will ultimately come from. 5 points separate Arsenal in 3rd from Southampton in 7th. Sandwiched in between are Manchester United in 4th a point behind the gunners, Liverpool 2pts behind Utd and Tottenham Hotspur a point behind them.

The week seems a great chance for the gunners to pull away hosting a West Ham side that do not travel well. Arsenal do have Champions League issues themselves but you have to like a home win and home goals.

United host spurs in a shootout game. For me I see this as must win for the Red Devils. They are continuing to play some terrible football and LVG tactical choices continue to cause frowns. Perhaps we will see yet one more change to his system here. I would like to see Falcao get a starting spot with Wayne Rooney playing in a free role. Fellaini can enjoy the bench while in Ashley Young/Adnan Januzaj we could try and play with the wingers that can supply the chances Falcao needs. Fellaini seems LVG's boy though and Falcao may be watching from the bench once more.

LIverpool are the league best form side and will fancy themselves at a Swansea side with little to play for. The tricky bit is that it will be the Monday night game and sides tend to play better at home under the lights. Very hard to see a Swans clean sheet in this one.

Who Stays Up?

Leicester City are 9 points behind Hull City who they face this week. The Foxes do have a game in hand but this is one of those 6 pointers Leicester need to win. They have played well in recent weeks and if they can produce that form they can win this one.

Meanwhile the second relegation battle sees Sunderland face Aston Villa. Sunderland hold a single point lead but they are on a terrible run. Villas back to back derby wins over WBA must breed confidence and and I can see them breaking their goal drought in this one.

QPR are rubbish away from home, we know that but they are giving sides decent games at the moment. Palace look strong favourites in this one and many of us are picking up their players. With 4 of QPR's rivals facing each other someone will make points on rangers. They could really do with picking up at least a point this weekend.

That leaves us with Everton v Newcastle...

Its possible Everton may only need a win and draw to stay up and they look like the Europa Cup has taken over their minds. Newcastle meanwhile appear the first side on their summer holidays. Leighton Baines is likely out and who of you have the courage to risk the Troll King in form or not?

...And West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City

Its Tony Pulis against his old club. Fitness concerns for Pulis may not stop the traditional old manager gets one up on club who let him go. Keep an eye on old favourite Charlie Adam in this one. He racked up 12 pts in Stephen Ireland's absence last week without a SOT or assist. Maybe he has the bit between his teeth for a summer move.

My side looks disjointed at the moment as I have not worked on it all week.

Thibaut Courtois

Seamus Coleman, Jores Okore, Robert Huth

Ashley Young, Riyad Mahrez, Yaya Toure, Scott Sinclair

Daniel Sturridge, Kun and Sanchez

I'm paying 15m for Sanchez and I'm not sure I want to as I'm chasing. Maybe I will swap him for Cazorla and take Yaya out who sits too deep for my liking. Colemans form does not match his price so he may go and I will upgrade Sinclair pushing him back on the bench. Its a call between Sturridge and Rooney I'm thinking or maybe both.

Of course I have neither of my gut picks right now in Yannick Bolasie or Jeff Schlupp. Will that change?

Lots to think about, how is your side looking?


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