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Staff Picks: Best EPL Fantasy Fixture, Week 30

Only half of the teams in the Premier League will be in action this weekend. Which of the 5 fixtures has the best chance of producing fantasy returns?

Title hopefuls are taking on relegation candidates this weekend. Will the outcome be as expected?
Title hopefuls are taking on relegation candidates this weekend. Will the outcome be as expected?
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Chris - Leicester City v. Newcastle

Sometimes a team fighting relegation can benefit from a match-up against a team that does not have much to play for. Unfortunately for the Magpies, Leicester City should have no trouble summoning the requisite motivation since it is doing its best to hold off Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City. Newcastle has an absolutely atrocious away record, where it's scored seven goals and allowed 32, whereas the Foxes have scored eight goals in their past four home games along with five clean sheets in their past six contests at King Power Stadium. That leaves this about as close of a lock for a 2-0 win or better as you can get.

You'll want to load up on the usual subjects: Jamie Vardy up front, Riyad Mahrez, N'Golo Kante and Marc Albrighton in midfield, Christian Fuchs, Robert Huth, Danny Simpson and Wes Morgan in defense and Kasper Schmeichel in the nets. For Newcastle, the only player I'd recommend is the very active Andros Townsend in midfield who should pay off nicely if he starts due to a bargain basement price in Fantrax.

Charles - Leicester City v. Newcastle

There are actually three outstanding fixtures this week, but I'm going with the destiny darlings Leicester City hosting Newcastle. Newcastle, although improved following the transfer window, have been horrendous on the road scoring a league fewest 7 goals and allowing a league worst 32, tied with fellow relegation candidates (and fellow fixture of the week teams) Norwich City and Aston Villa. Newcastle is also coming off a very uninspired 1-3 loss at home to Bournemouth, and many suggested coach Steve McLaren would not last the week.

Kasper Schmeichel has been superb in goal for the Foxes. Danny Simpson has returned, at a discount, following his red card suspension. Robert Huth is a threat on set pieces. The dynamic duo of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy are almost in the "must have" category. Anyway, load up on Leicester, but don't forget some Spurs and Manchester City lads.

And you never know in Fantasy, or real life soccer. Newcastle could rise and smash Cinderella. Consider, recently acquired playmaker, Jonjo Shelvey, brought in to deliver in matches just like this one. He is still priced at only 5.3 in the Barclay's Official Game.

Simon - Leicester City v. Newcastle

As I write Steve McClaren still is the manager and this tip is based on that staying so. Newcastle's lack experience of a relegation battle and lacking players who are willing to dig down in a tough game is a major problem for them. Too often they are brushed aside and much more so in away games. Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and a Foxes defender are musts in the FPL game and Togga. In Fantrax the prices are a problem for Vardy, Mahrez and ever popular Fuchs. They will need to have big games to even match their prices so you will need to weigh up just how big.

The Foxes will win this one and will do so by 2 or more goals in my opinion.

Zach - Leicester City v. Newcastle

It has certainly been an exciting ride for the Foxes at the summit. With the Premier League end in sight, an unbelievable title charge is inching its way towards conclusion. It really isn't a matter if Leicester City can do it, it might be when. Given their fixture list until the season ends, the title is theirs to lose. Couple that with all the rest of the title contenders seemingly gleeful to throw away points, that 5 point lead at the top looks significant. With most teams out of action for Week 30, Ranieri's side have a chance to increase that lead against a woeful Newcastle at the King Power stadium.

Steve McClaren looks out of ideas as his Newcastle side suffered yet another defeat, against a relegation rival no less. With the form that the Foxes are in, the lack of fixtures for Week 30, one could be excused to pull the old "eggs in one basket" technique and load up on Leicester City. I expect the title push to roll on in this fixture.

Roberto - Leicester City v. Newcastle

As one team is looking to go closer to the Premier League title, the other is trying its deepest best to stay in the league for another season. A big match is expected off of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez this time around, but players for Newcastle such as Seydou Doumbia and Georginio Wijnaldum will have to try and snatch a big win for the Geordies if they want to stay alive.