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Staff Picks: Best EPL Fantasy Fixture, Week 29

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We're immediately moving on to the next round of fixtures with another full slate of Premier League matches. There's a pretty strong consensus among our writers this week.

Trigger warning for Villa fans. The content below isn't pretty.
Trigger warning for Villa fans. The content below isn't pretty.
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Simon - Manchester City v. Aston Villa

Injuries and the hammering at Anfield concern me but there is no better fixture for City, plain and simple. Guessing who starts is a problem, but picking the known spine of the team is an option that should work out.

The way this crazy season has gone, bloody Villa win!

Charles - Manchester City v. Aston Villa

City have scored 35 goals at home this season, that's 8 more than second place in this category, Everton. They face a Villa team that is reeling, disorganized and leaking goals. The Villians allowed 3 goals at home Tuesday against the Toffees and it easily could have been more. Aston Villa have a -29 goal differential this season, 7 more than fellow relegation candidates Newcastle and Norwich. This, on paper, appears to be one of the standout fixtures of the season.

Sergio Aguero has rounded into form and ordinarily he jumps all over bad defenses like the one at Aston Villa. Yaya Toure and David Villa can explode at any time. Manchester City's defense has been vulnerable recently, this may be the match they get it together. Vincent Company, City's captain has returned after a long absence with injury. It would not surprise anyone, were he the key to a nice run of form for the Citizens.

There are a couple of players who may be options for Villa. Jordan Veretout has enjoyed some productive games recently as has Joleon Lescott. I really believe the value in this game week, however rest with the Manchester City players.

Roberto - Tottenham Hotspur v. Arsenal

A must win for both in this North London derby. A cheap buy will have to be David Ospina in goal for the Gunners, hopefully looking for the biggest match of the Colombian's career in North London. Another buy will have to be Ramsey or Ozil in the midfield meaning dropping someone from maybe the Manchester clubs or Merseyside ones. Meanwhile, at striker for Spurs, Harry Kane seems to be the right man to help score the goals for them, while a cheap buy (in the official game) like Dele Alli, who has been a revelation for the club, might prove big this Saturday at White Hart Lane.

Chris - Manchester City v. Aston Villa

Normally this one would be a simple pick for the standout fixture, but with the Citizens struggling in having lost their past three games, there is some temptation to look elsewhere. However, those defeats came against Leicester City and away at Tottenham and Liverpool. Last place Aston Villa, which has itself three in a row, offers a welcome drop down in class and the home side should be the team to break its poor streak with a high likelihood of doing so in resounding fashion.

The influential Yaya Toure hopefully will be able to return from injury, powering the offense with Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Raheem Sterling. Meanwhile, don't hesitate to turn to Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi given the high probability of a clean sheet. Kompany and Silva in particular are great bargains in Fantrax. The wing defenders of choice by Pellegrini are always murkier propositions, but Bacary Sagna seems likely to return to the starting line-up and should bring plenty of fantasy glory.

Gavin - Manchester City v. Aston Villa

I wanted to choose a different fixture...I really did. I like a consistent Chelsea side playing at home against beleaguered Stoke City this weekend and a confident Swansea City side facing a plucky Norwich City, but when it comes down to it this match is impossible to overlook. Even though City were awful against Liverpool midweek, I expect them to bounce back with a strong performance at home in front of fans who will be urging them to finish in the top four, particularly as their Manchester neighbors have caught them up on points.

While this is usually the time of season we see the relegation-threatened teams put in that extra bit of effort to survive, the Villa team seems to have accepted that it will drop out of top-flight football in a few months' time. Maybe it's that they don't have the quality available to call on, or a leader to inspire them to make a last-gasp effort, but whatever it is it just doesn't look like turning around, which is unfortunate for a team that finished 5th just 6 seasons ago.

Look to invest in defense and attack from the Citizens, with a particular focus on Sergio Aguero, though I also like Yaya Toure, Aleksandar Kolarov and Vincent Kompany as options this week, depending on your budget.