The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 29

Posted: March 7, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Hello all and welcome to the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 29. I’m writing to you as I begin to succumb to a flu that has laid waste to my fiancée and many of our social group. I feel like half the man I was a few days ago. Therefore, it’s fitting that I only have half the normal amount of games to worry about in FPL this gameweek.

With so many people focused on the potential bounty of points that may await us all in Gameweek 31, we must remember that this week is almost as important. I have seen many FPL managers refuse to make a transfer this week even though they only have 4-5 players playing!

To each their own I guess – the Dirtsheet this week looks to select players who have a game this week but who also offer some long-term security.

Heres the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 29.



THE DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 29

The Eleven – (3-5-2)

David Marshall (CAR)
Opponent – Fulham (H)
It’s a tough call to choose 4 defensive players this week, but I’ve opted for David Marshall despite Cardiff’s recent defensive woes. I do believe that new manager Solsjkaer is settling on his starting team and that can only help the stability of the club. If Cardiff do keep a clean sheet, they will need a big performance from the goalkeeper which will, in turn, attract potential bonus points.

Patrice Evra (MUN)
Opponent West Bromich Albion (A)
After, quite literally, getting kicked in the eye while on international duty, it seems that Evra is fit to face WBA in the early Saturday match. The phrase “must-win game for United” is becoming a cliché but I do think United will have enough to beat a WBA who have not won in their previous 6 games. Evra’s attacking threat will be needed if United keep things narrow and deploy a 4-2-3-1 with Fellaini and Carrick siting in front of the defense.

Martin Olsson (NOR)
Opponent – Stoke City (H)
Olsson is almost certain to recover from injury and I think he is the best choice to cover the Norwich defense over the next few weeks. Stoke are the visitors to Carrow Road and will hope to turn around their dismal away record – 1 point from a possible 18 is simply not good enough from a side that were able to beat Arsenal at home last week. If you feel Olsson might miss this week, then look to Sebastian Bassong.

John Terry (CHE)
Opponent – Tottenham Hotspurs (H)
When Chelsea are up against a top side and I am looking for someone to cover a possible clean sheet, I turn to John Terry. With 6 clean sheets in their last 9, there is no doubting Chelsea’s ability at the back. I foresee a tight game at the Bridge, and Terry could return a clean sheet and bonus.

Eden Hazard (CHE)
Opponent – Tottenham Hotspurs (H)
Two assists in the 3-1 win over Fulham makes Hazard an easy pick for this gameweek, despite the tough fixture against Spurs. He picked up a swollen ankle while on international duty with Belgium but is expected to be fit for a crucial game against Spurs.

Adam Lallana (SOU)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (A)
Lallana put in a very impressive display for England in their narrow win over Denmark, and will hope to bring that momentum into a game against a solid Crystal Palace side. While 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 8 isn’t exactly explosive, it does show that he is regularly in the mix for attacking points. I expect a strong performance from the Saints after being overwhelmed by Liverpool last gameweek.

Juan Mata (MUN)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (A)
The second of three United players for this gameweek, Juan Mata has 3 assists in his last 5 games and is getting in the right positions to grab his first goal as a red. I’m hoping that Moyes has the courage to play 4-2-3-1 and really attack WBA from kick-off because Mata will thrive in that position where has more licence to float inside.

Tom Ince (CPL)
Opponent – Southampton (H)
Having been sacrified at half-time last week, I can see Ince return to the starting line up for the home clash with Southampton. Although he will probably be deployed on the wing, he certainly has the pace and guile to trouble the Saints should Luke Shaw get caught out of position while he himself attempts to target a lack of cover of Joel Ward. I’m hoping Ince comes out on top, and with some set pieces in his locker, he should return attacking points if Palace win.

Robert Snodgrass (NOR)
Opponent – Stoke City (H)
Having given his new owners a massive scare last gameweek, it looks like Snodgrass is fit enough to start the crucial game against Stoke City. As stated earlier, Stoke’s away form has been abysmal, and will need to expertly deal with the corners and free kicks from Snodgrass if they are to get anything from the game.

Robin Van Persie (MUN)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (A)
Having seen his season marred by injury, Van Persie is now showing signs that he is not entirely happy with life at Old Trafford. However, he will be raring to continue his personal scoring form that has seen him notch 3 in his last 4 games. Mata, Rooney and possibly Januzaj will provide the ammunition for the Dutchman, and with penalties in his locker, he is a strong choice for captain this week.

Rickie Lambert (SOU)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (A)
It was a toss-up between Adebayor and Lambert for the final striker spot, but I am opting for Lambert who has the stronger fixture. Although he has drawn three successive blanks, he had scored 2 goals and 2 assists the two games before that. I’m hoping for a return to scoring ways for a player looking to shine in World Cup year.

The Captain – Eden Hazard (CHE) – A tough call but I’m going for Eden Hazard over Robin Van Persie.

The Clean Sheets
I’m looking to Norwich City, Chelsea and Manchester United to return clean sheets.

The Unusual Suspects
Defender: Steven Caulker (SWA)
Midfielder: Wilfried Zaha (CAR)
Striker: Gary Hooper (NOR)
Captain: Adam Lallana (SOU)

And that’s a wrap! It’s quick, it’s informative and it’s helpful. It’s the Dirtsheet, and it’s here every Friday! Please share this on Twitter and Facebook! Every follower counts!

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