Fantasy Football Preview: Gameweek 28

Gareth Bale

On paper, this weekend looks like one of the most enticing fantasy football prospects in a while, with plenty of players in form having fixtures that could be chock full of goals. How should you set up your side to take full advantage?

Fixtures Analysis: Manchester United might choose to rest a couple of players for the visit of Norwich with next week's visit of Real Madrid to consider, but if you pick the right men there should be points on offer. Everton are out of form but could do well at home to Reading, whilst Southampton's forwards should have plenty of chances to impress when QPR come to St Mary's. Swansea vs Newcastle will likely be an exciting open match, and attacking players on each side are worth looking it. The same is true of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, with the North London Derby usually producing plenty of goals. Finally Manchester City travel to Aston Villa with some of their key players starting to show some form.

Transfers In: Alex Ferguson will likely shuffle his pack for the weekend, meaning it's not a case of simply picking Robin van Persie and sitting back. Javier Hernandez (6.6) should be considered, and it's worth risking Rafael (6.1) being rested given the potential of the right back to bring in points at both ends of the pitch.

Everton's sticky spell hasn't stopped them finding the net regularly, and Marouane Fellaini (7.8) is still worth having in your side ahead of Reading's visit to Goodison Park. Leighton Baines (7.6) is appealing despite his high price tag, whilst Victor Anichebe (4.5) is a great bargain if he is fit for the match.

Southampton's Rickie Lambert (7.0) has become a must have given his price and form, and Jason Puncheon (5.1) is similarly brilliant value in the midfield. There are other good options at Southampton, but these two are still probably the best bets.

Swansea vs Newcastle could be a cracking match, and there are players in form for both sides who are worth considering. Papiss Cisse (8.8) scored twice in the same fixture last season, whilst Moussa Sissoko (6.4) has been unstoppable since joining the club. From Swansea, Michu (8.3) is, as ever, a good choice, and now that Jonathan de Guzman (5.7) seems to be confirmed as the penalty taker, he is a decent man to have as well.

The North London Derby is traditionally a bit of a goal fest, with two attacking sides with questionable defences facing off. Gareth Bale (10.3) is simply irresistible at the moment, and Theo Walcott (9.5) usually enjoys himself against Spurs. Santi Cazorla (9.3) is also in fine form, and for the gamblers amongst you, Emmanuel Adebayor (9.0) will be desperate to make amends for his red card earlier in the season.

From Manchester City, it might be time to go back to Yaya Toure (7.7) and David Silva (9.3), with each finally starting to impress. it might be too late for a title challenge, but there could be plenty of fantasy points on offer in the next few weeks.

Captain Choice: Manchester United's likely rotation make it difficult, so you could take a gamble on either Gareth Bale or Theo Walcott from the North London Derby. A nice differential could be found with Rickie Lambert at home to QPR in a week where there will be plenty of variety in captain choices in your league.

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