Fantasy Football – Gameweek 30

This week we bring you two features for Fantasy Football Gameweek 30. Both Fantasy Yirma and Ultra Fantasy Football give their picks below:

Fantasy Yirma: Gameweek 30 preview: The case for the defence – Volume III

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For the third time this season we’re ignoring those Fantasy Premier League attention-seekers and instead looking at those who often miss out on the headlines.

Yes, never mind your midfielders and forwards, the case for the defence has been opened again and this time ahead of a Gameweek which offers ample chance for a few clean sheets.

The best of those opportunities probably comes at Old Trafford, where Manchester United welcome a managerless Reading side in a contest that the hosts will not just expect to win – but expect to win well.

Brazilian defender Rafael da Silva (£6.2m) has excelled in the United defence this season, and with 16.9% ownership he finds himself as the most selected player from the champions-elect after Robin van Persie.

Sir Alex Ferguson surprised many by leaving Rafael out of the 4-0 win over Norwich two weeks ago – his first non-appearance of the year in the league – but the right-back was back in the team for the FA Cup tie against Chelsea last weekend, and he’s almost certain to start here in a match in which United are of course likely to be on the front foot.

Following earlier struggles for clean sheets United have now kept four in successive league matches, and with Rafael contributing three goals and five assists this season – including that stunning strike at QPR recently – then the Brazilian could be a key player in their run-in towards an almost certain league title.

Elsewhere, Tottenham will be bidding to rediscover their excellent form which they displayed prior to last weekend’s thrilling 3-2 defeat at Liverpool.

They have a good chance to find it at home to a Fulham side who have won just two away games this season, and with defender Michael Dawson (£4.6m) having now recovered from previous injuries to start and crucially finish the last 10 league games at the heart of the Spurs defence, the centre-back could be a valuable and cheap addition to your squad as Andre Villas-Boas’ side close in on a Champions League place.

Another Sunday fixture sees Chelsea host West Ham at Stamford Bridge, and although the make-up of Rafael Benitez’s defence does have a habit of changing regularly, David Luiz (£6.5m) has started the last three league games – registering his first assist of the season in the 1-0 win over West Brom last time out, a match in which he also picked up a bonus point.

Manchester City go to Everton in the opening match of the weekend, and with defender Pablo Zabaleta (£6.2m) a firm Fantasy favourite after starting the last 16 league matches there is sure to be plenty of interest in him. Leighton Baines (£7.6m) will of course provide a threat going in the other direction.

For cheaper options, the Sunderland v Norwich match offers the possibility of a stalemate with visiting defender Javier Garrido (£4.7m) bidding to follow up from last weekend’s clean sheet against Southampton with another blank against his opposition’s name. Teammate Michael Turner (£4.2m) also picked up two bonus points in that 0-0 draw.

This weekend Southampton face the tough prospect of facing a Liverpool side who have won their last three in the league, and whilst it was Daniel Agger (£6.4m) who scored the winner when the Reds beat the Saints 1-0 at Anfield in December it is the form of teammate Jose Enrique (£6.0m) which can’t be ignored here.

The left-back registered an impressive sixth assist of the season which he provided the first goal for Luis Suarez in the Tottenham win, and with two goals to his name as well he is certainly one to watch ahead of a match which Brendan Rodgers will expect his Reds to win.

If they can win it with a clean sheet then that is sure to please many.

*We’ve focused on defenders again for this Gameweek, but if you have any selection issues, dilemmas or problems then feel free to tweet us at@FantasyYirma. Goalkeepers, midfielders and forwards are allowed!

Ultra Fantasy Football: GW 30

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So after the misery of GW 29 the Fantasy Premier League returns to normality in GW 30. The big news of the week was notably the sacking of Reading boss Brian McDermott, and with Reading’s next game a visit to Old Trafford things are not likely to get better in a hurry for the Relegation candidates.

United, as every knows, had no fixture last week due to their FA Cup quarter final tie with Chelsea (the replay of which has been announced for Easter Monday). They are going to want to get back to winning ways after being controversially knocked out of the Champions League and drawing with Chelsea at the weekend. So based on all of this let’s take a look at who from Manchester should be in your team this weekend.

Robin Van Persie (value 13.7 selected by 37.9%) was up until three weeks ago the top goal scorer in the premiership (since replaced by Luis Suarez). He picked up a hip injury against QPR three weeks ago and has only played 65 minutes since that game in which he collected an assist. He came on from the bench against Chelsea at the weekend leading us to believe he is fit and Fergie just preferred Hernandez to him for that particular game. With United playing Reading at home you would put your house on RVP to get a goal if he is too start, and that will be the question everyone will be asking will he or won’t he?? We would be amazed if he didn’t and he will be desperate to close the gap on Suarez in order to claim the golden boot for a second successive season. With his value of 13.7 at its lowest in thirteen weeks now is the time to get him in if you previously couldn’t afford him.

Patrice Evra has now crept into the FPL team of the year. United have now kept six clean sheets in their last ten games and Evra has not only been getting points for clean sheets this season, but he has also scored four goals and set up his team with six assists to date. Valued at 7.3 though he may prove to rich for many, so perhaps Rafael is the man you should be looking at. Valued at 6.2 he may prove better value than Evra, as he has also proven in recent weeks he is capable of popping up and scoring a goal. Although its his assists that seem to be more consistent with five already for the Brazilian this season. That’s not to say he doesn’t score as he has now three to his name. Rested as opposed to dropped for the game against Norwich two weeks ago, Rafael should slot straight back into the team this weekend for the arrival of Reading.

The fixture between Aston Villa and QPR on Saturday could potentially be a cracker. A draw in this match is no good for either team as with only eight games to go both are in desperate need of all three points in order to avoid relegation. Both clubs have their respective talisman that will be vitally important and probably very busy during the game. Aston Villa has big man Christian Benteke valued at 7.1 and selected by 11.5%. The Belgian has now scored 12 goals in the league this season and scored four in his last five games. With this kind of form you would expect him to dampen QPR fans moods come Saturday.

QPR on the other hand have their own talisman in Loic Remy, (valued at 5.9 and selected by 3.5%). Remy came to QPR in a record twelve million pound deal in January, and after scoring in his debut for the club he picked up and injury that many thought would have him miss the remainder of the season. However that was not to be the case, as he returned to his starting place in the team in GW28. He scored in this match and repeated that again with a goal last week against Sunderland. If  QPR are to stay in the premiership they are going to need to score plenty of goals and many will be relying on Remy to do just that.

Moving on now to a Spurs player who you may not have considered this week and we take a look at Gylfi Sigurdsson (Valued at 7.8 and selected by 0.7%). With Dembele out on suspension and Dempsey out injured Gylfi was enjoying a nice little run in the first team for Spurs and he was playing well out on the wing where he was asked to cover. In his last three games he picked up an assist and a goal for his hard work. With Dembele returning this week though, pressure is on to see if Sigurdsson can hold onto his place in the team. With his impressive performance however against Inter midweek I can’t see him being dropped and would make for a super differential in your team should you go with him.

Our final tip this week is going to be a goalkeeper. Newcastle have been without their number one and number two keeper for a couple of weeks now which has meant that third choice keeper Rob Elliot has been thrown in goals. With neither the first or second choice keepers close to return Elliot will continue to stay between the sticks and valued at only 4.0 he makes for great value if you choose him.

Our captain choice this week is a tossup between Suarez, as Liverpool take on Southampton, or RVP of United as they take on a manager less Reading. With United playing at home and Reading recently losing their manager I think RVP has to be given the captains armband this week.

That’s it for this week; we hope you enjoyed our GW30 Preview. As always you can follow us on Twitter @FootballUltra for the latest Fantasy Premier League news or on Facebook. Best of luck in GW30 everyone and if you have any questions regarding your team don’t hesitate in asking us.

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