With week 29 in the Premier League comes the disappointment of the fact that there are now just ten matches remaining in the season. Still, this is plenty of time for drama. There is one reminder for all FPL managers to prepare for the week 30 blanks with several teams playing in the FA Cup and without a Premier League match for the week.
After the midweek matches left the top six wide open. While ten points still separates first place Leicester from fifth place Manchester United, the gaps between various other positions has grown tighter. With Tottenham and Arsenal both losing on Wednesday, the Foxes maintain their lead at the top with the difference now three points away from Spurs and six from Arsenal.
Now that Man City lost combined with wins for United, West Ham, Stoke, and Liverpool the race for fourth and fifth is much tighter. Liverpool are currently in eighth and just six points behind Man C in fourth.
All of this makes for a very interesting end to the season. This weekend’s fixtures will certainly make it that much more exciting starting out with Saturday’s early kickoff of the North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal.
Even Man City’s match at home against Aston Villa is looking crucial in what should be a simple win while the West Brom v Manchester United match to end the weekend will be intriguing, especially with West Brom enjoying some recent good form. In fact they have picked up more points than United in the past three matches.
Week 29 Premier League predictions:
|Saturday, March 5|
|7:45ET/12:45BT||Tottenham Hotspur||1||v||1||Arsenal|| 2 – 2
|10:00ET/15:00BT||Chelsea||2||v||2||Stoke City|| 1 – 1
|10:00ET/15:00BT||Everton||1||v||2||West Ham United|| 2 – 3
|10:00ET/15:00BT||Man City||4||v||1||Aston Villa|| 4 – 0
|10:00ET/15:00BT||Swansea City||2||v||1||Norwich|| 2 – 1
|12:30ET/17:30BT||Watford||1||v||3||Leicester City|| 0 – 1
|Sunday, March 6|
|11:00ET/16:00BT||West Brom||1||v||1||Manchester United||1-0|
Week 29 FPL matchups:
Two of the safest FPL stacks for this weekend involve Man City (at home to Aston Villa) and Southampton (at home to Sunderland) and both teams will also be guaranteed to play in week 30. Just be aware of which players are out injured and which may be rested following a long string of matches for both clubs. While Man City might rest some of their players (including Sergio Aguero) it is quite possible that Manuel Pelligrini will put out a full strength squad to ensure they pick up maximum points. Still, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Aguero on the bench with Iheanacho starting.
As for Southampton, the Saints have a point to prove in hosting one of the worst teams in the league. Tadic and Mane may have returned to the starting lineup, but haven’t impressed for many weeks while the one player who has done well, Shane Long, is listed as probable and playing in a position that most FPL manager have filled already. Still, Long is a great pick as a differential whether you are playing in the official game or participating in a DFS matchup. Southampton’s defense, on the other hand, is one that has done well all season long and the likes of Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk, Cedric Soares, and Jose Fonte are all excellent choices.
Bournemouth is one team that all fantasy Premier League managers should be taking a look at. In the next two weeks they face off against 19th placed Newcastle (A) followed by 16th place Swansea City (H). Both are very interesting matchups and certainly winnable contests. Bournemouth have been underestimated all season long and were able to surprise many with their 2-0 win over Southampton this week. This is another team with some great defensive options considering how many of them pick up points for their offensive contributions. This includes Charlie Daniels, Adam Smith, and Steve Cook. Looking at midfield options the likes of Dan Gosling and Andrew Surman are some interesting differentials while the return of Max Gradel up front brings an added attacking threat alongside Benik Afobe.
That wraps up the week 29 Premier League predictions along with my FPL matchups. I am hoping to return this weekend with a preview of the week 29 FPL tips offering some advice for preparing for the weekend’s slate of fixtures.
Good luck and have fun!