Manchester United, Arsenal and Fulham’s players all look like they could do a decent job for you in Gameweek 28, while they also have pretty favourable fixtures looking ahead to Gameweek 29. West Brom and Stoke have also been in fine form of late, so it’s worth having a look at them although they do have tricky fixtures ahead of them, particularly the Potters. Another factor Fantasy players ought to be wary of for Gameweek 28, is Liverpool and Everton’s double header.
Putting aside their Europa League defeat, Manchester United have been in excellent form recently, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side registering six wins in their last seven Premier League games. Even without playing vintage football, they seem to be able to grind out the results. With that in mind, you’d be wise to get Wayne Rooney (£12.2m) into your team, who seems to epitomise the playing-poorly-but-getting-results theory. He must think he’s Andy Johnson with all the tap-ins and penalties he’s knocking in at the minute! We pointed out Ashley Young’s (£9.7m) return to the side in Gameweek 26 and the former Villa winger is showing great form right now. Another United midfielder worth considering is Paul Scholes (£5.3m). Since coming out of retirement, he’s been getting the game time and will not break the bank.
Meanwhile, United’s former rivals Arsenal have been very impressive lately. It’s four wins in four in the league for the Gunners, while Arsene Wenger’s side will also have taken heart from almost overturning a four goal deficit against Milan on Tuesday night. Robin Van Persie (£13.3m) scored two more fine goals at Anfield last week to add to the collection and it almost seems daft to still be recommending Arsenal’s talismanic striker. But as it’s been said before, if you do not have him, you’re doing it wrong! We don’t usually recommend Arsenal defenders, but he’s popped up with a few goal/assist/bonus points in recent weeks so consider Bacary Sagna (£6.1m). Wenger’s midfield is ravaged by injuries at the moment, so Theo Walcott (£8.9m) remains a tempting option. But £8.8m is a little steep for you, Tomas Rosicky (£5.7m) has shown immense improvement lately, demonstrating that he can be a classy player for Arsenal.
With three wins on the bounce, Fulham look to be heading towards a top 10 finish this season and Martin Jol’s side have no reason to fear Aston Villa away this weekend. Anyone who read this column last week might well have benefited from Pavel Pogrebnyak’s (£6.3m) hat-trick against a woeful Wolves side. This week, it’s difficult to look beyond the big Russian or the Cottagers’ American forward Clint Dempsey (£9.3m), who is enjoying the season of his life. With a trip to goal-shy Villa and a home match against Swansea to come, it might also be worth considering Mark Schwarzer (£4.8m).
Others worth considering
Our usual tactic this season has been to bring in players from whatever team is playing Blackburn Rovers. But with Steve Kean’s team travelling to a Wolves side in disarray, it might be worth taking a punt on a few Blackburn players. Steven N’Zonzi (£5m), David Hoilett (£5.5m) and Ayegbeni Yakubu (£5.8m) all have goals in them and are cheap options you could bring in. Speaking of cheap, in form players, you’d could do worse than to select Gylfi Sigurdsson (£5.1m) or Grant Holt (£5.2m) during the next couple of gameweeks. And now that AVB has been given the boot at Chelsea, don’t be too surprised if Frank Lampard (£11m) begins to show what he can do.
Finally, the Merseyside double gamers. It’s a shame neither Everton or Liverpool are showing signs of anything approximating form at the minute as double headers are a great opportunity to rack up a few extra points. If you fill your team with too many players from either side, you’ll only spend the next few weeks trying to ship them back out again! If we had to pick one player from each team who could make the difference, particularly in the derby, it’d be Denis Stracqualursi (£5.1m) and who else but Steven Gerrard (£9.8m)?
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