Fantasy Preview – GW29

March 5, 2016 8:34 am Arsenal-v-Bournemouth

Eric Dier clashes with Olivier Giroud as Per Mertesacker tries to split it up

After a round of midweek fixtures, the Premier League returns to weekend action with a full compliment of 10 games on Saturday and Sunday.

And with fantasy football hitting the business end of the season, it’s time for manager’s across the globe to start making some key decisions.

Do you get rid of that big money striker, or hope he finds form again?

Does the midfielder returning from injury get the nod for the run in, now that his problems are behind him?

Or do you stick with the 15 men who have brought you this far?

Whatever decision you choose, it’s bound to have consequences. Here’s our guide to gameweek 29, looking to help you get things right…


Key injuries/suspensions

Arsenal will be without Petr Cech, after he picked up an injury in the defeat to Swansea.

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has confirmed that John Terry will NOT return this weekend also while the Blues are also without winger Pedro.

Leighton Baines injury troubles mean he’s a doubt for Everton again, while Southampton are set to be without both Charlie Austin and Shane Long.

No return: Terry is again out of the Blues lineup

Favourable match-ups of the week

Manchester City will fancy getting back to winning ways after their Anfield humbling in midweek – they face Aston Villa at the Etihad.

Southampton will be eyeing three points after back-to-back losses also when they face Sunderland.

Bournemouth will go to Newcastle without any feelings of fear, which is the very thing that has engulfed St James’ Park.Benik Afobe of Bournemouth celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton

Fancy that: Afobe will like his chances on Tyneside

Big names/bandwagons to avoid

Connor Wickham struck twice in midweek, but he’s an injury doubt so you probably don’t want to go there when they host Liverpool.

And what of Marcus Rashford? A deep West Brom line won’t give him any space to run into, while the defensive nous of McAuley/Olsson and co. will be a major test for the 18-year-old; can he rough it?

West Ham’s Michail Antonio has picked up 11 points in each of his last two games – he’s likely to line up at fullback again at Everton.Connor Wickham applauds fans as he is substituted

Struggle: Wickham is struggling to be fit

Bargain corner

Saido Berahino, back in favour, looking fitter and hungrier than at any point this season, could be worth a shout at £5.8million as well. He’s set to come up against an inexperienced Man United defence, who handed Watford a host of chances in midweek.Saido Berahino celebrates scoring their third goal

Enjoying himself: Berahino is back in the Albion side


Who should I captain?

If you’ve got him in your lineup, then Sergio Aguero. Heck, if you have your triple-captain still in the bank, it might be worth throwing that his way. He’s had a disappointing week in front of goal, but that doesn’t tend to last with the Argentine. Oh and did I mention he’s up against Aston Villa!

Failing that, Diego Costa is bang in form, while Romelu Lukaku enjoys scoring goals against West Ham.

Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring the first goal for Manchester City
Pick me: Aguero – Get him in!

Looking ahead

Gameweek 30 falls on FA Cup weekend, so there are only six Premier League matches – but the top four are all involved.

Arsenal host West Brom, Leicester meet Newcastle, Spurs travel to Aston Villa and Manchester City are at Norwich.

The other matches see Bournemouth meet Swansea at Dean Court, while Southampton visit Stoke.

Injuries, doubts, suspensions etc

Here is a full rundown of those that either won’t be playing this weekend or are facing tricky last-minute fitness tests…


Out: Cazorla, Koscielny Rosicky, Wilshere, Cech, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Doubts: None

Out: Amavi, Kozak, Traore, Grealish, Sanchez

Doubts: None


Out: Mings, Wilson, Stanislas

Doubts: King, Arter


Out: Zouma, Terry, Pedro, Falcao

Doubts: Kenedy, Pato
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas during a training session.



Out: McArthur, Puncheon, Kaikai, Dymond

Doubts: Hennessey, Wickham


Out: Browning

Doubts: Baines, Cleverley, Besic, Gibson


Out: James,

Doubts: Kante


Out: Gomez, Stewart, Lucas, Rossiter, Ings

Doubts: Sakho


Out: De Bruyne, Nasri, Delph.

Doubts: None


Out: Johnstone, Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Young, Rooney, Keane

Doubts: Jones, Smalling, Valencia, Love, Bortwick-Jackson, Fellaini


Out: Krul, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara, Obertan, Toney

Doubts: Townsend, Gouffran, Cisse


Out: Wisdom, Tettey

Doubts: Bassong


Out: Gardos, Rodriguez, Long, Austin, Seager

Doubts: None

Banned: Wanyama


Out: Adam, Given, Wilson, Bardsley

Doubts: Cameron, Shawcross.


Out: Lens, Cattermole, Watmore, Gooch

Doubts: O’Shea, Kirchoff

In pictures – Sunderland 2-2 Crystal Palace:
Fabio Borini celebrates after scoring the second goal for Sunderland



Out: None

Doubts: None


Out: N’Jie, Vertonghen

Doubts: Dembele


Out: Gilmartin, Hoban

Doubts: Jurado, Cathcart, Ekstrand


Out: Evans, McManaman, Morrison, Brunt, Lindegaard

Doubts: None


Out: Tomkins, Reid, Collins, O’Brien, Moses, Cullen, Valencia

Banned: Byram


This post was written by Fantasy iTeam