The blindingly obvious teams to back this week are Manchester United and Arsenal, while we also quite like the look of Swansea, who have just enjoyed three successive Premier League victories. League leaders United are unbeaten in nine, with five straight wins, while Arsenal’s 0-1 success at Goodison Park gave Arsène Wenger’s side their sixth league victory on the bounce, moving them up to 3rd place in the process. United, Arsenal and Swansea all have very winable home fixtures in gameweek 30.
Despite all the mind games, Fulham shouldn’t give Manchester United any difficulties on Monday night. Martin Jol’s side has managed just eight goals on the road all season and should be swept aside by a free-flowing United team which dispatched five past relegation-threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend. Jonny Evans (£4.9m) was a decent tip last week (shame we didn’t make him captain!) and remains the best value-for-money defender at United by far. David de Gea (£6.2m) is a tempting option for keeper, particularly with Anders Lindegaard out injured. Ashley Young (£9.9m) missed out at Molineux last week and could be set for a return to the starting line up. Meanwhile, Antonio Valencia’s (£7.7m) return from injury has come at a great time for United, with Nani a doubt for Monday’s game. He’s a relatively cheap option and has always been a solid performer. Of the strikers, Wayne Rooney (£12.6m) is the obvious choice, while Danny Welbeck has also looked strong lately and at £6.5m, he represents slightly less of a gamble than Javier Hernandez (£9.9m). You’ll notice we’ve recommended quite a few players here, but given their run in, you can’t really have too many United players in your fantasy team!
Arsenal’s sixth successive Premier League victory allowed them to overhaul Spurs in midweek, and the Gunners will go into tomorrow’s home game against Aston Villa full of confidence. Normally, it’s the Arsenal front men you’re interested in and you’d be mad to consider their defenders. But Arsène Wenger has been able to name the same back five for the last five games. While they’ve racked up 13 goals, the defence has shipped just four. Never underestimate the value in a consistent and settled back four/five. As such, we like the look of both Bacary Sagna (£6.1m) and Thomas Vermaelen (£6.7m), who have been getting in on the goalscoring and assisting lately, as well as notching up a couple of cleanies. Laurent Koscielny represents the cheaper option at £5.8m. Theo Walcott (£9m) certainly has the pace to hurt Villa (and QPR next gameweek), while Tomas Rosicky (£5.7m) is well on his way to winning the Most Improved Player award. There’s little point in recommending Robin Van Persie (£13.5m), because unless you missed the point of the game, you already have him in your team.
Swansea have just racked up three league wins on the bounce, earning several plaudits along the way. Brendan Rogers has won much praise for his style of football, while the Swans are also very difficult to break down at the Liberty Stadium. Michel Vorm (£5.3m) and Steven Caulker (£4.1m) offer tremendous value-for-money, while Angel Rangel (£4.4m) is also a tempting option. While Vorm was probably Swansea’s signing of the summer, Gylfi Sigurdsson has proved a fantastic January addition, popping up with four goals in his last three games. Scott Sinclair (£6.7m) has been a consistent performer on the wing, while Joe Allen (£4.6m) is looking another decent bet at the minute.
Others worth considering
Ben Foster (£4.8m) has looked impressive between the sticks recently,while his West Brom team-mate Gareth McAuley (£4.2m) has also put in some good performances and the Baggies have no reason to fear their next two or three games. Meanwhile, Liverpool have some things to put right after they somehow threw away a two-goal lead at Loftus Road in midweek and lost 3-2. With four defeats in five Premier League games, Kenny Dalglish will be feeling the pressure, but he can rely on skipper Steven Gerrard (£9.9m) to drag Liverpool out of their poor run of form at home to Wigan. Luis Suárez (£9.5m) is also due a goal, mind. Surely one of his shots will finally hit the post and go in, rather than falling to Dirk Kuyt! Recommended in gameweek 28, David Hoilett (£5.5m) has repaid our faith with three goals in two games and is a handy option if you’ve blown most of your money on The Roon and RVP.
And finally, we do like the odd gamble so here goes: Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Nicklas Bendtner (£6.1m).
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