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Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 29

Preview
There are 10 games to go for everyone bar Chelsea and Brighton, but the midweek results would seem to have turned a three-way battle for the title into a two-horse race. Tottenham’s defeat at Chelsea means it’s Liverpool v Manchester City at the top of the table, while Southampton’s home victory over Fulham – who responded by sacking Claudio Ranieri – leaves the west Londoners in almost doomed territory alongside Huddersfield.

The title rivals both travel this weekend: Man City to leaky Bournemouth, and Liverpool across Stanley Park to face a pumped-up Everton. Tottenham host Arsenal in a north London derby that is now also a clash with top-four implications, while Manchester United – still unbeaten in the league under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – welcome Southampton to Old Trafford. We stay in London for our captain’s pick, though – although west, rather than north.

Captain’s pick

The general narrative of this season is that Eden Hazard hasn’t been anywhere near his best, but in fantasy terms he has more than delivered – only Mo Salah and Raheem Sterling have scored more points, while the Chelsea attacker is ahead of more lauded players such as Sadio Mane, Son Heung-min and Paul Pogba.

Chelsea are away at Fulham on Sunday, where the departure of Claudio Ranieri is unlikely to immediately solve the hosts’ defensive issues. The Cottagers have conceded 10 goals in their previous four league games and have shipped at least two goals in every game they have played in 2019.

They are also particularly fragile down their right side, which is exactly where Hazard is likely to operate with Gonzalo Higuain expected to start as the central forward. The Belgian can be deadly down the inside left channel, as shown with his second goal against Huddersfield (above) at the start of February. Getting in behind a porous Fulham defence on Sunday could lead to an excellent gameweek.

Value selection

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Only Glenn Murray has scored more fantasy points for Brighton than Shane Duffy this season – and with a home fixture against low-scoring Huddersfield this weekend the central defender might be on for more clean-sheet points. The Terriers haven’t scored an away league goal since Boxing Day, and look a lost cause at the bottom of the table.

Despite an ongoing FA Cup run, Brighton haven’t been in the greatest form themselves – they have won only one league game in 2019, at Bournemouth, and haven’t won a league game at the Amex since Everton visited just after Christmas. We expect Chris Hughton to have them back on song for this one, however, and Duffy has five goals to his name already this season – all from set-pieces. This could be a good weekend to get the Ireland international in.

Keep an eye on…

Fabian Schar featured in only one of Newcastle’s first 10 league games this season, which goes some way to explaining his relatively low points total. The Switzerland defender has been in fine form recently, though – three goals, including a howitzer against Burnley on Tuesday night, and three clean sheets have contributed to him scoring 49 points in his last six games.

The Magpies are closing in on Premier League safety and their next three opponents are West Ham, Everton and Bournemouth. It wouldn’t be a surprise if his point-scoring form continued over the coming weeks.

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 29

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