clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Pass or Shoot: GW 29 Analysis

New, comments

10 weeks left, strategic investment is required

Liverpool v West Ham United - Premier League
Get me in!
Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Top players are yet to take the field. In the current game week, there are still potential points to be had. It’s in our best interests to look forward though, so we’ll see what week 29 has to offer and pick out some fixtures to look past and those that could be ripe for fantasy points.

GW 29 fixtures

*

PASS

Burnley vs Everton

Here are two teams with players that in all likelihood are not going to be fun to own over the final ten weeks. Burnley must be disappointed in conceding to Southampton late in the game last week. Sean Dyche’s men have not scored more than one or kept a clean sheet in the last five.

Everton have scored some goals recently, but results have been inconsistent, and it’s hard to know which version of the team will show up on Saturday.

Watford vs West Brom

On paper, there are worse fixtures this week, but caution is the word with investment in this one. Watford are a team with some players in form, and if you currently own, I’m not telling you to sell. Gerard Deulofeu is a doubt after injury ended his day early against Everton. He has been an inspiration for them, so if he misses out I’m not sure what to expect.

West Brom are underachieving mightily with the squad they have; I wouldn’t touch any of Alan Pardew’s men.

*

SHOOT

Liverpool vs Newcastle

It’s setting up really well for Liverpool this weekend: at Anfield, no midweek fixture, Salah and Firmino in form and cruising after their Champions League first leg. Even defensively we may see investment from managers. Quite surely the aforementioned form players will be wearing many fantasy armbands. Fantasy rosters hose without them will surely be scrambling to bring them in.

Newcastle, unbeaten in the last four league games, are not to be overlooked. Rafael Benitez will be bringing his men to his old stomping ground in a confident mood, and with a striker in Dwight Gayle who is in form.

Manchester City vs Chelsea

I know what you are saying while reading this: Games between top teams are dull affairs, and we should be cautious. This is a Pep Guardiola team though friends. Arsenal were recently demolished in the Carabao Cup final, and more of the same could be in store for another London team. Confidence is oozing through Sergio Aguero right now, with magnificent support from the likes of Leroy Sane, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and others. This team knows how to find the back of the net, so I would not hesitate to invest despite coming up against a Conte team.

Speaking of the Italian, I don’t believe he can play for a point after recent losses to Watford and Manchester United have left Chelsea on the outside of the top four. Morata had one come back off the bar and one incorrectly called offside last week. He has the potential to lead well against the City defense, supported by Eden Hazard. Marcos Alonso, while not having a strong clean sheet chance can get amongst the goals.

I’ve not listed the fixture, but keep in mind that Tottenham are at home to Huddersfield, having scored six in the FA Cup replay win over Rochdale. Harry Kane got some rest and will be ready to fire.

*

My Team

My present lineup after making one transfer for the week (there may be a minus 4 depending on the Deulofeu news)

  • Ryan
  • Davies / Robertson / Long
  • Walcott / Deulofeu / Stanislas / Sterling / Salah (C)
  • Aguero / Kane

Which games are you looking to SHOOT (targeting for investment) this week, which are you going to PASS (avoid at all costs)? Please tell us your thinking in the comments...