Gameweek 29 Preview - Players to Watch

7:56am Mar 15 2017

With Zlatan suspended and Kane out through injury, here’s our Gameweek 29 replacement tips and picks

“Hurray!” we hear you cry – The dreaded Gameweek 28 blanks are now behind us and there’s a full Gameweek 29 fixture schedule to look forward to this weekend.

With only FOUR Premier League fixtures played in Gameweek 28, an average of just 19-points per team were scored, adding more misery to some FPL bosses season. We feel you, we really do.

However, as mentioned above, things get back to normal this weekend as we’ll be treated to a full 10-fixture schedule – but with Zlatan suspended, Kane injured and several other popular players having injury doubt flags against their name, many of you will now be looking to source new recruits to help salvage your FPL teams.

With that in mind, our friends at @_FPLtips have scoured the fixtures to bring you four Players to Watch and consider bringing in to your Fantasy Premier League teams for Gameweek 29 and beyond.

As always, we invite you to read the article and then check out the YouTube video below for all the stats and glossy graphics which help support this weeks four picks – and be sure to subscribe to the FPLTips’ YouTube channel for weekly Fantasy Premier League tips, news and insight.

Diego Costa – Chelsea (stk)

  • £10.6
  • 35.7%
  • 0
  • Stoke (A), Crystal Palace (H), Man City (H)

The Chelsea striker comes into our thinking this Gameweek, following an injury to Harry Kane.

Costa has been back amongst the goals in recent weeks, having scored in each of his last 2 Premier League outings, in games against Swansea and West Ham.

During his last 6 games, the Spaniard has returned an impressive 3 goals and 2 assists. His 7 shots on target during that period is just 1 fewer than Zlatan Ibrahimovic has managed, although Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane have each managed more, with 11 and 9 shots on target, respectively.

Chelsea continue to show why they’re 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table; they’re undefeated in their last 7 games, having managed 5 wins and 2 draws. Their tally of 12 goals scored over the last 6 games can be beaten only by Southampton (13) and Everton (14).

In Gameweek 29, Chelsea take on a Stoke side that have been fairly resilient of late. Mark Hughes’ side have conceded just 6 goals over their last 6 games, keeping 3 clean sheets in the process.

But you still wouldn’t back against the Premier League leaders finding a way though, and Diego Costa could be the man to lead them to victory once again.

Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal (wba)

  • £11.5
  • 25.5%
  • 0
  • West Brom (A), Man City (H), West Ham (H)

After being dropped to the bench for Arsenal’s last Premier League fixture, against Liverpool, Sanchez responded by providing an assist during his cameo in the same game, and followed that up with a goal against Lincoln in the FA Cup.

The Arsenal forward has returned points in all but 1 of his last 6 Premier League games, having returned 4 goals and 2 assists over that period. His 9 shots on target in the same period is level with Harry Kane and only Pogba (10) and Lukaku (11) have managed more.

Arsenal have scored 11 goals over their last 6 league games, with Sanchez having been involved in 6 of them. Only Chelsea (12), Man City (12), Southampton (13) and Everton (14) have scored more goals than Arsenal, over that period.

Up next for Arsene Wenger’s side is an away fixture against Tony Pulis’ West Brom. Since reaching 40 points, West Brom have lost each of their last 2 Premier League games, against Crystal Palace and Everton.

Tony Pulis has now won just 5 of the 36 games he’s managed after reaching 40 points in a season, with Stoke, Palace and West Brom. So it seems West Brom may have taken their foot of the gas a little bit, having reached that magic number of points, and a hungry Alexis Sanchez may well be able to take advantage.

Dele Alli – Spurs (SOU)

  • £8.7
  • 24.8%
  • 0
  • Southampton (H), Burnley (A), Swansea (A)

With Harry Kane looking likely to be sidelined for a while with an ankle injury, there is sure to be increased interest in the Spurs midfielders.

While Heung-Min Son (6.8) could provide a cheap way into the Spurs attack, and is expected to lead the line in Kane’s absence, the South Korean has a busy schedule, taking into account his international duty after Gameweek 29.

Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli provide much more reliable, long-term options within the Spurs midfield. Eriksen has amassed an impressive 19 attempted assists during his last 6 league games, compared to just 4 by Dele Alli.

However, the England international carries the bigger goal threat, having taken 6 shots on target and scored 3 goals, over that period, compared to Eriksen’s 4 shots on target and 0 goals.

Spurs have been scoring plenty of goals recently, especially at home. They’ve scored 7 goals during their last 2 Premier League games, against Everton and Stoke, and enjoyed a 6-0 win over Millwall in the FA Cup.

In Gameweek 29, Spurs host a Southampton side that managed an away win against Watford last Gameweek, but conceded 3 goals in the process. Saints have conceded 9 goals in their last 6 league games, on par with West Brom and Burnley and only 6 teams have conceded more over the same period.

Antonio Valencia – Manchester United (mid)

  • £5.7
  • 11.4%
  • 0
  • Middlesbrough (A) West Brom (H), Everton (H),

The Manchester United right-back provided the assist for Marcos Rojo’s goal last Gameweek, during the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.

During the last 6 games, Valencia has provided an impressive total of 3 assists and 3 clean sheets. His tally of 10 attempted assists during that period ranks him 2nd amongst defenders, behind only Southampton’s Cedric (12).

Defensively, Man Utd have looked strong over their last 6 Premier League games, where they’ve conceded a total of just 3 goals. Only Man City can match them for goals conceded over that period, and no team have conceded fewer. They were able to restrict Chelsea to just a 1-0 win in the FA Cup, despite playing most of the game with only 10 men.

In Gameweek 29, they’ll take on a Middlesbrough side that have slipped down to 19th in the Premier League table, following a run of 10 games without a win. They’ve scored just 2 goals over their last 6 games, which is fewer than every other team in the league.

Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips: Gameweek 29 Preview – Players to Watch’ which was written and produced by @_FPLTips

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