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EPL Week 30 - Outs, Doubts, Ins and Wins

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We give you the early team news heading into week 30.

At home against a poor defence Charlie won't be in many sides this week but is a great alternative pick
At home against a poor defence Charlie won't be in many sides this week but is a great alternative pick
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Arsenal

Out: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshere

Doubt: Tomas Rosicky,

In: Theo WalcottDanny Welbeck, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey (all maybe)

Win: Alexis Sanchez

With a plumb fixture against a Newcastle squad full of injuries and perhaps in holiday mode the Gunners are very much in our thoughts this week.  Aaron Ramsey showed signs of the Ramsey from last season but would he play with Santi in midfield or be an impact sub?

Newcastle's bare bones seem right for fantasy king Sanchez to exploit.  Those of you who have him at 5m are very lucky, those of you like me he and don't should seriously consider him.

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Aston Villa

Out: Nathan BakerAly Cissokho, Philippe Senderos

Doubt: Ron Vlaar,

In: Charles N'Zogbia, Alan Hutton

Win: Scott Sinclair

The Villains are back in form under Tim Sherwood.  Clean sheets are still no certainty but many more efforts on goal are.  Swansea could join Newcastle on their holidays and seem have less to play for than the home side.


Scot Sinclairs personal and professional life's have both taken positive turns in recent weeks and the feel good factor could bring him joy against a side he once did fantastic things for.

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Burnley

Out: Dean Marney, Matt Taylor, Kevin Long

Doubt: Stephen Ward

In: N/A

Win: Kieran Trippier

Trips is fantastic and the clear winning pick if you can find the cash.

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Chelsea

Out: John Obi Mikel

Doubt: Cesar Azpilicueta, Willian, Gary Cahill, Ramires (all rotation)

In: Juan Cuadrado (maybe),

Win: Eden Hazard

The champs in waiting are stuttering but should still find a performance or two before the seasons end.  Hazard is so consistent and so great to watch, that brace or better must come soon.

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Crystal Palace

Out: Mile Jedinak (suspended), Frazier Campbell, Jordon Mutch, Marouane Chamakh,

Doubt: Wilfried Zaha. Jason Puncheon

In: Glenn Murray,

Win: Yannick Bolasie

The Eagles are flying to safety under Alan Pardew.  They are playing some decent football as well and the fans are fantastic in their support and noise.

Bolasie scored 10pts last time still without that goal.  Its coming I tell you.

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Everton

Out Bryan Oviedo, Aiden McGeady, Christian Atsu, Stephen Pienaar, Gareth Barry (suspended)

Doubt: Kevin Miralles

In:

Win:  King Troll

You cannot argue with his form but you do have to concern yourself with Everton's motivations.  They are not safe but may well be safe enough and QPR are a handful at home despite losing.  Furtehr they took a beating Thursday night and don't seem the sort to bounce back to me.

Why Lukaku then? Master Mo tipped him and I will not argue with him so the troll is the win pick here.

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Hull City

Out: Robbie Brady, James Chester, Mohamed Diame, Robert Snodgrass, Tom Huddleston

Doubt: N/A

In: N/A

Win:  Michael Dawson

Hard to tip Hull against the Chelsea machine.  You have to figure their defenders will need big games so we will have a bash with Dawson.

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Leicester City

Out: Dean Hammond, Anthony Knockaert, Liam Moore, Chris Wood

Doubt: N/A

In: N/A

Win:  Riyad Marez

The failure to beat Hull's 10 men last time may be the ultimate failure that cost them their Premier League life.

They need to win games not draw them now.  Spurs away should be a big ask but they concede chances whenever they play.  Let's try Marez once more to breach that shaky north London rear guard.

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Liverpool

Out: Jordon Ibe, Jon Flanagan

Doubt: Joe Allen, Adam Lallana (rotation), Lucas Leiva,

In: Steven Gerrard, Lazar Markovic (maybe as wing back)

Win: Daniel Sturridge

As you know I'm a Manu fan so hopefully none of the Pool squad do well this week!

However its my duty to pick one.  Assuming he starts I will go with Sturridge.  I cannot see a clean sheet for Utds defence with it's holes galore.  With his pace and movement Daniel will cause major problems.

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Manchester City

Out: Yaya Toure

Doubt: Bacary SagnaAleksandar Kolarov, James Milner

In: Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Wilfried Bony

Win: Sergio Aguero

Home to WBA should be dribbling time for us fantasy managers but City are struggling.  The manager could be under threat and somehow they have been dragged into the top four battle rather that title race.  Just 2 pts ahead of Man Utd with the squad City has is incredible.

WBA could make this tough but they could also get blown apart with an early city goal.  Kun is always the most likely.

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Manchester United

Out: Jonny Evans, Robin van Persie

Doubt: Luke Shaw, Juan Mata

In: Angel Di Maria

Win: David De Gea

I hoping for the best performance of the season but expecting one similar to the trips to Southampton and Arsenal with the side pinned back and De Gea doing what he does best.  Rooney is on kicks and in form.  He may only get one or two chances so de Gea gets my vote.  He will have to be good, maybe world class in this one.

Note, Juan Mata is now under 6m!  I think LVG will reward the starting 11 from last week seeing Mata start over Di Maria.  It's a very sough fixture but Mata did the job very well in the previous meeting this season and assuming he starts is a low risk, high reward pick this week.

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Newcastle

Out: Papiss Cisse and Coloccinin (suspended), Paul Dummett, Cheikh Tiote, Rolando Aarons, Mehdi Abeid, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor

Doubt: Gabriel Obertan (rotation)

In:    Jonas Gutierez

Win:  Tim Krul

Nothing other than an away win here for me but Krul will make many saves along the way.

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Queens Park Rangers

Out: Richard Dunne, Leroy Fer

Doubt: Adel Taarabt, Darnell Furlong, Eduardo Vargas

In:  Joey Barton

Win:  Charlie Austin

Austin is a player certain to move on in the summer and continues to cause big teams problems when playing at Rangers.  Everton's defence is awful and I would not be surprised to see QPR take points from this fixture.  Austin could got 20pt plus here.

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Southampton

Out: Jay Rodriguez, Jos Hooiveld

Doubt: Maya Yoshida, Filip Djuricic, Graziano Pelle (all rotation)

In: Toby Alderweireld,

Win:  Saido Mane

As pointed out by Mo in his player picks, Mane is the Saints danger man and the attacking player in great form.  Easy pick.

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Stoke City

Out: Bojan Krkic

Doubt: Phillip Wollscheid, Victor Moses, Ryan ShawcrossPeter Crouch (rotation), Jonathan Walters

In:  Stephen Ireland

Win: Charlie Adam

I went with Adam last week and he returned a big fat zero.  Home fixture this week should enable him to return to decent figures if he holds onto his starting spot.

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Sunderland

Out: Lee Cattermole (suspended what else), Emmanuele Giaccherini

Doubt: Will Buckley, Jack Rodwell (rotation)

In: Ricky Alvarez, Jordi Gomez, Adam Johnson

Win:  Jemain Defoe

Picking a Sunderland player in your side would be very brave.  Best I can come up with is a player playing his old side, playing for a new manager and playing for a place in next seasons league.  Cheap as well.

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Swansea City

Out: Kyle Bartley

Doubt: Leon Britton (rotation), Nathan Dyer (selection)

In: Jack Cork

Win:  Siggy

With the loss of Wilfried Bony Siggy is the only pick for the Swans for the remainder of the season.  Villa's recent improved form suggests they may even be favourites for this one but I can see a Swansea goal and Siggy seems most likely.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Out: N/A

Doubt: Ben Davies (rotation), Ryan Mason

In:

Win: Harry Kane

I'm not convinced about Spurs ability to defend or keep clean sheets.  They made Man Utd look the side of old last week and got cut apart at times by Swansea and QPR in the games prior.

Its Spurs attack that seems the best bet.  Kane has had his England call up his fantastic form deserves.  Expensive buy but it seems very unlikely Leicester hit back to back clean sheets so a 20pt plus game once again is possible.

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West Bromwich Albion

Out: Claudio Yacob, Chris Brunt (both suspended), Graham Dorrans, Ben Foster

Doubt: Victor Anichebe, Callum McManaman

In:   Stephane Sessegnon , Jonas Olsson, Boaz Myhill

Win:  Olsson

City will shoot on site therefore there should be plenty of blocked shots and pass interceptions for your 2m.

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West Ham United

Out: Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia

Doubt: James Tomkins, Joey O'Brien,

In: Kevin Nolan, Nene, Alex Song, Carl Jenkinson

Win: Diafra Sahko

If you think Sunderland will continue their form of recent weeks you have to have a happy Hammer in your side.  Aaron Cresswell will be in most so to be a little different let's try Sahko.

An impressive first season for him where he has shown given decent supply he will take his chances.

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As it stand my side looks like this

Courtois

Cressell, Okore, Kompany

Hazard, Phillips, Eriksen, Sinclair

Kun, Sturridge, Sanchez

As normal I will be making changes.  I'm not sure I can go through with Sturridge against Utd from a fans view.  Hazard, Sanchez are expensive and Eriksen is off form.

In the double week I wanted to pick Sturridge over Kun but wimped out.  This week I prefer Kane over Kun who may have to share pitch space with Bony but again I'm not sure I have the courage.

Lots to think about

Stall