We get an empty feeling inside when our loved ones are not around. This game-week we are without many of our favorites: Sergio Aguero, Eden Hazard, Richarlison, even Matt Ryan. While you sit in the dark listening to 80s power ballads wondering how you will field a full team, take a minute to tell those players I’ll be alright without you and come on this “Journey” with me to find the players to provide green arrows this week.
Two of the top teams meet this week, which makes the challenge even greater. It gives us the opportunity to give some new faces a place in the team, and who knows, but they just might keep their places in our teams. I hope you have planned ahead of this blank game-week, the Carabao Cup final has been set for some time now.
As I’ve documented, I give a chance to any defense coming up against Huddersfield.
Rested for Europa League duty, Leno will retake his place and look to keep a clean sheet against a team hoping to survive relegation.
Started the last four games with a great price, not a bad option to create funds elsewhere in your squad.
Spurs go on the road against a renewed Burnley, a tough fixture no doubt, but they can come away with the clean sheet.
With fewer games this week, clean sheets may be hard to come by, so why not get a budget defender in who will allow you to spend more further up the field.
Six assists on the season show that the Portugal international will get forward and provide chances.
The league leaders are the opposition, so this is a most difficult task for Shaw. The United forward players are in great form though, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer encourages Shaw to get forward.
For two weeks he’s been the first name on the sheet for week 27. Home game against Fulham, don’t be afraid to give him the armband.
I have a feeling the goals will begin to dry up when Harry Kane and Dele Alli return, but until then Mauricio Pochettino will have to depend on him.
Ryan Fraser (£6.1, Bournemouth v. Wolves)
I’m not sure if Bournemouth will be able to hold on to both David Brooks and Fraser this summer. Brooks is out injured, so you can only roll with Fraser right now.
The perfect game for Rafa Benitez to unleash his record signing.
The shackles have been removed, Pogboom is fixture proof at present. It has given me a headache whether to bring in him or Anderson his week.
Not involved against BATE, should be in from the start on Sunday.
Roberto Firmino (£9.3, Liverpool at Manchester United)
You didn’t think I wouldn’t include a single player from the top of the table team did you? This is the type of game where someone may scramble one in off his thigh, and those type of goals aren’t scored by Mo Salah.
Ashley Barnes (£5.6, Burnley v. Tottenham)
He has scored in three straight, and while I’m far from getting on the Burnley bandwagon, that’s a hard number to ignore. Give him a try if you’re strapped for cash.
NB: The weekend starts on FRIDAY this week, so don’t be caught out!
How are you coping with this week’s blanks? Have any questions for us? Who’s your captain? Please let us know in the comments below!