It’s a great feeling when you escape a gameweek knowing that your captained bailed you out. Gameweek 28 was such a week as the squad amassed a respectable 47 points thanks to Beastmode; Romelu Lukaku. Now out of the DGW/Blank sequence, normality is back to hopefully excel within so read on as we declare our gameweek 29 squad along with the customary reason and justification that may just help in your squad decisions…
Jones | Nyom | Coleman
How we are still carrying our West Brom anchor around is beyond the ATFPL think tank as Ben Foster and Nyom lineup for the squad once again as the Baggies welcome Arsenal. Fixtures are turning rotten for Tony Pulis men so expect us to finally do something here in the not too distant future but for now there was one more pressing requirement we needed to address first. More on that later.
Alongside Nyom is Phil Jones as Manchester United travel to manager-less Middlesbrough in what is another surprising move from a club that is threatened with relegation. Is this now the norm in that if any club is remotely close to the bottom three, the manager sees the exit door as owners gamble at all cost for the Premier League pot of gold while players continue to collect their riches also? Back to game and with Boro inept going forward – strong defensively – Jose Mourinho, a big friend of Aitor Karanka from their Real Madrid days, will look to put one over the Boro hierarchy with Phil Jones expected to obtain a clean sheet this weekend. The same expectation is on our last defender Seamus Coleman as Everton host Hull City. Ronald Koeman is doing a fantastic job, having been able to press his mentality on a squad that isn’t that changed with three clean sheets in their last four outings and four clean sheets in their last five home encounters.
Mane | Alli | Sanchez | Sigurdsson
Here is the more pressing need that required addressing before our Baggies issue. Alexis Sanchez is a must. Averaging 8.08 points per away game, expect the Arsenal talisman to drag the Gunners to victory at the expense of the west midlands club. Just get the Chilean back in fantasy managers as a set and forget pick with 17 goals and 9 assists in 26 appearances the justification.
Truth be told not much is expected from Sadio Mane as Liverpool travel to Manchester City. Averaging just 3.42 points per away game, Mane since arriving to the Premier League has always shown a strong preference for producing in front of his home faithful only and not on his travels which is bizarre as his game is predominantly based on pace. So carrying the Liverpool man will be Dele Alli and Gyfli Sigurdsson as Spurs host Southampton while Swansea travel to Bournemouth. Alli who will be looking to add to his five goals in his last six White Hart Lane league outings will need to take up some of the slack created with Harry Kane’s injury. The key to Spurs continued push will be if they can maintain their decisiveness without their striking protagonist, something Alli’s game is built around. If they lack this instead maintaining possession in midfield without a killer route into the final third, expect frustrating days ahead. Meanwhile Siggy will be looking to do just the same for Swansea against a Bournemouth club who have shipped 23 goals in 14 home showings.
Llorente | Lukaku | Carroll
Up front, Romelu Lukaku is once again our captain as we decide not to rock the boat and go with the likely consensus pick. Home to Hull City, Everton will look to add to their 18 goals in their last five Goodison Park appearances with Beastmode at the spearhead of it. Alongside Lukaku is Andy Carroll as West Ham entertain resurgent Leicester City while Fernando Llorente will be looking to improve his away form having only registered three goals in 12 appearances to date.
Our bench consists of Eldin Jakupovic, Tom Carroll, Cedric, and George Friend in that order.
Best of luck everyone!