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Fantasy Football Fairy Outlines The Key Picks For Gameweek 29

Arsenal are yet to play Manchester City in gameweek 28 at the time of writing, but shrewd FPL managers will be already looking ahead to this weekend’s action.

The newly-crowned Carabao Cup champions face Chelsea on Sunday afternoon in the stand-out fixture of gameweek 29, just three days after their fixture with the Gunners.

Liverpool, Spurs and Leicester all will be confident of picking up three points with winnable home fixtures on the schedule Saturday afternoon.

Outlined below are my top picks to help you gain some points on your mini-league rivals and jump up the rankings.

Goalkeepers

Premium: David De Gea (Manchester United) – £5.9m

The Spanish number one has been in outstanding form this season and now leads the clean sheet charts with 15 ahead of Thibaut Courtois in second place with two less.

The £5.9m priced goalkeeper has produced a whopping 93 saves, the third highest in the league after 28 gameweeks.

Manchester United face Crystal Palace on Monday night and Jose Mourinho will be keen to take all three points in the race for the Premier Leagues runner-up position.

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Mid-Priced: Nick Pope (Burnley) – £4.9m

Burnley conceded a late equaliser last weekend against Southampton, much to the frustration of manager Sean Dyche.

Manolo Gabbiadini’s injury-time strike brought Burnley’s winless run to twelve games ahead of this weekend’s home clash with Everton.

Nick Pope at £4.9m will be confident of keeping a clean sheet against Sam Allardyce’s troops who have been struggling on the road of late.

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Budget: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) – £4.7m

Despite an impressive three wins in the last six gameweeks, Swansea find themselves stuck in the relegation zone ahead of a home fixture against West Ham this weekend.

£4.7m priced Lukasz Fabianski has produced the most saves of all goalkeepers this season with 105 to his name in the opening 28 gameweeks.

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal will be eyeing up a potential ninth clean sheet on Saturday afternoon.

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Defenders

Premium: Ben Davies (Spurs) – £5.8m

Spurs are sitting third in the clean sheet charts this season with thirteen in the opening 28 gameweeks.

Wales defender Ben Davies has been rested on eight occasions, but in 1,783 minutes of action, the premium option has returned two goals and six assists.

Spurs welcome Huddersfield to Wembley Stadium this weekend in what should be a straightforward win for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

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Mid-Priced: Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – £4.8m

Scottish left-back Andrew Robertson has now started thirteen of Liverpool’s last 14 fixtures as he seems nailed on in Jurgen Klopp’s new look backline.

The £4.8m priced FPL option has returned two assists looks increasingly attractive as an attacking option down the left flank.

Only Spurs left-back Davies has managed more touches in the final third of the pitch over the past four gameweeks.

Liverpool’s opponents Newcastle have scored five goals in the past four gameweeks, with two of those coming last weekend against Bournemouth.

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Budget: Jack Stephens (Southampton) – £4.5m

Southampton defender Jack Stephens has been in fine goalscoring form in recent weeks scoring twice in the past four gameweeks.

Southampton have kept five clean sheets all season but face Stoke this weekend who have only scored three goals in the last four rounds.

If Mauricio Pellegrino can keep Stoke’s in-form Xherdan Shaqiri quiet, a sixth clean sheet of the season could be on the cards.

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Midfielders

Premium: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £10.5m

The Egyptian has delivered double figure fantasy points three games in a row for the first time this season, ahead of a home game with Newcastle United. The £10.5m priced Salah was captained by 1.6m FPL managers in gameweek 28 and he duly obliged by scoring one goal and assisting another.

The Premier League’s top scoring midfielder has 23 league goals to his name already this season.

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Mid-Priced: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) – £8.7m

Riyad Mahrez looks to have put his January transfer debacle behind him as he returned to the Leicester starting XI for his first start in four gameweeks against Stoke in gameweek 28.

The £8.7m priced midfielder failed to deliver fantasy points for his new owners but his underlying statistics were very impressive.

When assessing his average position map he was as far forward as Jamie Vardy and fired in six shots as he warmed up to face Bournemouth this weekend.

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Budget: Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) – £5.5m

The budget-priced midfielder has played 2,430 minutes for Watford this season and leads the scoring charts for their midfield assets with seven league goals and two assists.

One goal in ten gameweeks is hardly inspiring but this weekend’s visitors West Brom have been abysmal of late losing four games on the bounce.

£5.5m priced Doucouré will be looking to drive Watford forward at every opportunity this Saturday.

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Forwards

Premium: Harry Kane (Spurs) – £12.9m

Spurs took their time to break down a stubborn Crystal Palace defence in gameweek 28 as £12.9m priced Harry Kane scored a late, late winner to head home his 24th league goal of the season.

The centre-forward fired in six goal attempts against Roy Hodgson’s side with five of those coming inside the box.

Spurs welcome Huddersfield to Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon before facing Juventus in their mouth-watering second leg tie on Wednesday night.

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Mid-Priced: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – £9.3m

Roberto Firmino sits fifth in the Premier Leagues goalscoring charts with 15 goals as Newcastle United visit Anfield in the late kick-off on Saturday.

Over the last six gameweeks alone the £9.3m priced Brazilian has shown great consistency, delivering four goals, two assists and 40 FPL points over that period.

In the last four gameweeks, the Rafa Benitez-managed side have conceded 42 shots from inside the penalty area – an alarming statistic.

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Budget: Jordan Ayew (Swansea) – £5.4m

With five league goals and two assists this season, budget pick Jordan Ayew gets the nod ahead of a home encounter with West Ham on Saturday.

The £5.4m forward came off the bench at half-time to put Swansea into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday night which should boost his confidence ahead of the vital relegation battle.

Ayew has had 14 touches in the opposition penalty area and seven goal attempts over the past four gameweeks.

Stephen Horan, Pundit Arena

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