FPLTips' Team Selection - Gameweek 29
Posted by JackWoodfield
9:59pm Feb 28 2019
Will it be Chelsea’s Eden Hazard or Manchester United’s Paul Pogba to wear the Gameweek 29 captains armband?
On current form, it’s hard to ignore a move for Sadio Mané, who’s netted 6 goals in the last 6 Gameweeks. That’s the most of any midfielder in that time, with only Agüero (8) scoring more, across all positions.
The Liverpool midfielder has fired 10 efforts on target during that period, which puts him on par with Agüero and no player has taken more than the pair.
But Arsenal travel to Wembley having conceded 10 goals in their last 4 away matches; only Bournemouth and Chelsea (each 12) have shipped more, so there’s a case for holding onto Heung-Min Son for the North London derby.
No transfer has been made as of yet though and here’s how the team is currently shaping up for Gameweek 29:
Rui Patricio has turned out to be a nightmare signing between the sticks, keeping only 1 clean sheets in his last 11 matches but it’s surely worth persevering with him for a home fixture against Cardiff this weekend.
The Bluebirds have scored 6 goals in their last 6 matches, with only West Ham, Brighton (each 5) and Huddersfield (2) scoring fewer.
Wan-Bissaka remains a big doubt for the trip to Burnley but the right-back was said to be close to re-joining the group in training earlier in the week.
If he were to miss out, Kolasinac would be next in line to come in from the bench. It’s hard to see an Arsenal clean sheet in the North London derby but the Bosnian has 7 assists this season and continues to show attacking promise.
Heung-Min Son’s form has faded in recent matches and the South Korean has found only 2 efforts on target in the last 4 Gameweeks, so it remains tempting to move him on for Mané.
6 FPL involvements by the Pogba over the last 6 Gameweeks ranks the Frenchman joint-top amongst midfielders, alongside Mané and Sterling.
No midfielder fired more than his 22 goal attempts in that time, while only Mané and Harvey Barnes (each 16) took more than his 13 shots inside the box.
Despite scoring only once in the last 5 Gameweeks, Mo Salah’s underlying numbers for goal threat continue to show promise ahead of the Merseyside derby; no midfielder has taken more than his total of 7 shots on target during that period.
He has, however, recorded just the 1 big chance in that time and 18 midfielders have registered more, so it will be tempted to move the armband away from the Egypt international for Gameweek 29.
After his early withdrawal against Spurs, Hazard should be well-rested for the visit to Fulham on Sunday.
The Belgian has recorded 4 goals and 1 assist across his last 6 league matches against teams outside of the ‘top six’, returning an average of 7.2 points per game.
Arnautovic was initially set to start for West Ham midweek but had to withdraw late on through illness. If he’s available for the meeting with Newcastle, he’ll be looking to make his first start since Gameweek 24.
There’s a benching dilemma this Gameweek, however, due to having a strong front 8 to help navigate the Blank Gameweeks, so Felipe Anderson will provide an alternative option, if there’s any doubts over Arnautovic’s availability.
Jiménez has directly contributed to 5 of his team’s 12 goals across the last 6 Gameweeks (4 goals, 1 assist), giving him a 42% goal involvement and an average of 6.2 points per game.
The Mexico international ranks joint-top with Agüero for goal attempts (20) during that time, amongst forwards, while only Rondón (19) has fired more than his 17 shots inside the box.
It’s the Newcastle forward who completes the lineup, ahead of the meeting with West Ham.
No side have conceded more big chances than the Hammers’ 19 in the last 6 matches or faced more than their 35 efforts on target conceded.
With Salah not quite looking his best in recent matches and favourable fixtures ahead for both Pogba and Hazard, there’s a bit of a captaincy dilemma this Gameweek.
The Manchester United midfielder has shown consistency under Solskjaer, finding a return in 9 games out of 11 and so, he’s probably the safest option here.
But Hazard faces a Fulham defence that have shipped 14 goals in the last 6 matches; joint-worst in the league, along with Cardiff and Leicester, so the Belgian will be a tempting differential.
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