With GW29 in the rear-view mirror, most managers will be using GW30 to position themselves for the challenges of GW31. This week, our favorite matchups are 1) Chelsea vs. Palace, 2) Arsenal vs. Watford, 3) Tottenham vs. Bournemouth, and 4) City vs. Stoke.
Up front, we are opting for a line up consisting of Kane, Aguero (c), and Vardy. Kane and Co actually played pretty mediocre in their last matchup against Palace. Pochettino could look to make some changes in order to keep the side fresh. Ben Davies, Mousa Dembele and Heung-min Son are probably rotation risks given the tight fixture schedule. Tottenham do go up against Bournemouth, who have been up and down all season. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Bournemouth’s last 6 home games which favors Tottenham fantasy owners this week. Tottenham are undefeated in their last 11 matches. Kane will be the center piece here as he continues to chase his golden boot. We would note however, if you down own Tottenham players, it might be worth sitting this transfer out given the blank in GW31. Though the choices are less interesting, managers will have to weigh pulling in a very low budget striker in lieu of premium players who are set to miss a game.
Aguero and Vardy round out our other two strikers. City continue to dominate and are weeks away from securing the league. Pep rotated his team in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Basel so we expect the side to pull up its regular XI. Aguero will benefit from the return (or at least expected) of Sterling. Vardy and Leicester will face the worst team in the league, WBA. West Brom have lost their last 5 matches. Leicester should be able to put up a nice score-line here.
In mid – Hazard, Walcott, Sterling, and Arnautovic round out our midfielders. Raheem Sterling has missed City’s last five matches but is expected to return. Hazard and Chelsea have struggled to scrap together decent results with Conte coming under regular pressure. Nonetheless, Hazard is still playing far forward though deliveries and service have been difficult. Walcott has been outperforming expectations from a statistical standpoint though that is yet to filter into fantasy. We expect these opportunities to eventually translate to points with a little more cohesion from the Everton side. Brighton have failed to win their last 8 away matches but completely put the nail in Wenger’s coffin last week with a 2-1 win over Arsenal.
Finally, as for clean sheets, we think City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle are stable options. City and Tottenham are able to balance a strong offense while maintaining a clean. Chelsea and Arsenal have somewhat fallen from grace though we will note that Arsenal has a fine run of fixtures coming up. Cech may find himself that 200 clean sheet sometime in the next 3-4 GW’s. Newcastle have managed under 2.5 goals scored in their last 6 home games.