It’s the home stretch for Fantasy and Premier League managers alike as the battle for the title, top four and relegation heats up ahead of the most important game of the season so far on Sunday when Liverpool travel to the Etihad
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Gameweek 29 round-up
The conclusion of this season’s final international break signaled the start of the home stretch for fantasy managers. Both title contenders managed routine 2-0 wins last weekend gifting their popular defenses with clean sheet bonuses including previously tipped Joel Matip (£3.5m) and Joao Cancelo (£4.5m), the most owned defender in the game at 44%, who returned his 17th clean sheet points of the campaign. There was no place however for Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.4m) who is still returning from injury, but managed 89 minutes against Benfica on Tuesday.
The biggest surprise on Saturday was Chelsea’s capitulation at Stamford Bridge, where Christian Eriksen’s (£3.6m) inspired Brentford ran out 4-1 victors. The Bees’ Vitaly Janelt (£3.4m) was the star of the show, returning an impressive 13 points with two goals to go alongside a tackle bonus.
Sunday saw the return to action of West Ham’s talisman Jarrod Bowen (£3.9m), who instantly rewarded those that held with him through injury with 10 points in a 2-1 win over Everton. The later kick-off again saw Spurs’ assets bathing in fantasy returns as they picked apart an in-form Newcastle team. Heung-Min Son (£6.6m) and Matt Doherty (£3.4m) both matched Bowen’s tally.
The weekend’s fixtures concluded on Monday night when Crystal Palace surprised top 4-chasing Arsenal. Striker Jean-Philippe Mateta (£3.4m) got the plaudits and has now returned 28 points in his last five outings, but defensive partnership Marc Guehi (£2.3m) and Joachim Anderson (£2.9m) are going under the radar with 35 and 36 points respectively over that same period.
Gameweek 30 selection tips
Take a look at this week’s expert tips:
1. Jarrod Bowen (£3.9m)
The West Ham goal threat is the second highest fantasy scorer in midfield, only behind league top scorer Mohamed Salah (£7.0m). His untimely injury saw his ownership drop, but with his 10-point haul at the weekend, and the Hammers playing Brentford and Burnley next, it might be time to reinvest in the Englishman.
2. James Maddison (£5.2m)
While the Foxes play a defensively stable Crystal Palace team this weekend, they do embark on a favorable run of fixtures thereafter and it may be the prime opportunity to maximize transfers and get on the Leicester No 10 early.
3. Allison Becker (£4.3m)
This season’s top-scoring goalkeeper is only in 11% of teams. Despite playing away to Manchester City this weekend, this again may be an opportunity time to invest in the Reds’ shot-stopper with the initial fixture points gain, Liverpool’s great defensive stats and their progress in the FA Cup.
Those holding Arsenal defensive assets Aaron Ramsdale (£2.9m) and Gabriel Magalhães (£3.0m) should be wary of Kieran Tierney’s (£3.8m) season-ending injury. The Scotsman provides great stability at the back for Arsenal and his absence from it was exposed on Monday night by Crystal Palace.
Take a look at where you stand with your remaining transfers in comparison to these positions in the leaderboard:
Top 100 – 4.92 average transfers remaining
Top 1,000 – 6.03
Top 10,000 – 7.31
Gameweek 30 insights
Finally, here are some of the best up-to-date football insights for ahead of this weekend’s games.
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