After a long gameweek where only three Premier League teams kept a clean sheet, and many people had their bench fodders to thank for (Quaner, Tomkins and Mariappa!), we take a look at the 3 burning questions which FPL managers should strongly consider before setting up their team for Gameweek 29.
Going against the tide: Sign some Arsenal players?
This might sound ridiculous after 2 consecutive, shameful and spineless performances from Arsenal against Manchester City, but at this moment of time, differentials might play a huge part in helping you climb the leaderboards. Arsenal’s fixtures are great on paper as they play teams who they traditionally do well against.
Also, many Arsenal’s players are currently priced at a discount and can to prove to be decent differentials: Ramsey (£6.9m), Mkhitaryan ( £ 7.8 m) and Mustafi (£5.4 m). However, managers need to be wary of the fact that Arsene Wenger might alter his attention to Europa League now, so rotation may be a possibility. This one is only for the brave hearted!
Pep’s wheel of rotation back?
Manchester City are now 16 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United with 10 games left. It’s rather a matter of when and not if Manchester City will win the title. Naturally, Pep Guardiola will now focus on the big prize – the UEFA Champions League. Add to that the impending returns of Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy, all the signs are indicating that the ‘Wheel of Rotation’ will soon be back, so managers owning the likes of Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane and Nicolas Otamendi in their teams should analyse alternate investments.
A case for Burnley’s defence
After 8 clean sheets in the opening 13 Premier League games, FPL managers had high hopes from Sean Dyche’s men. But the tables soon turned and Burnley are currently without a clean sheet in their last 7 games, in spite of fixtures not being too harsh on them. However one must consider the fact that they’ve only conceded more than one goal once over that time period, that too only to Liverpool. James Tarkowski is now back and fit to play, and the Clarets face Everton, West Ham, West Brom and Watford next. Hold onto those Burnley assets, patience might be the key here.
That’s all for this week, may your arrows be green !