The double gameweeks are coming thick and fast as the Premier League plays catch-up following the 2021’s postponements. This gameweek, Arsenal, Brighton, Everton, Liverpool, Newcastle, and Tottenham each play twice. We’ll be consulting our popular FPL Fixture Tracker to help us determine the best attacking and defensive fixtures.
Note: this article was published before Spurs-Everton match on Monday.
FPL GW 29 Tips – Attack
The Reds are hot on Manchester City’s heels and aren’t letting up in their pursuit of the title. No side has scored more goals, which is little surprise given the top three PL scorers are all Liverpool players. Up next: Brighton and Arsenal.
Mo Salah (13.2m) may have produced a rare blank in gameweek 28, but he is an absolute must-have for the rest of the season. There is no more reliable captaincy option this week than the man with 19 goals and 10 assists to his name.
Given the vast appeal of Liverpool defenders (more on that below), there’s at most one more space for a Reds attacker in most manager’s FPL sides. With 12 goals, Sadio Mané (11.7m) and Diogo Jota (8.3m) are joint-second in the PL scoring charts. Jota has represented far better value across the season, but Mané’s lofty price means that he is a terrific differential with under 4% ownership.
The Gunners have recovered from a poor start to the season and are now in pole position to claim fourth place. Leicester and Liverpool at home make for a mixed bag of fixtures.
Since gameweek 16, Bukayo Saka (6.5m) has produced nine goal contributions in just nine gameweeks for Arsenal. Back-to-back double-digit points and an assist the last time Saka faced Leicester are good omens for this double. Alternatively, Martin Ødegaard (5.5m) is a cheaper option who is getting in more advanced positions as the season progresses.
Up front, Alexandre Lacazette (8.3m) has quietly hoovered up the points of late, matching Saka’s nine goal contributions since gameweek 16. The fact that seven of those contributions have been assists have helped keep his ownership hovering around 5%.
Spurs have been all over the place with their recent results and performances so it’s anyone’s guess which Tottenham show up for the double against Manchester United and Brighton.
The usual suspects Harry Kane (12.3m) and Heung-min Son (10.8m) are the go-to picks but obviously come at a premium. Following three consecutive six-point hauls from gameweeks 18 to 20, Kane has hit three double-digits scores in a sea of 2-pointers. Like Spurs as a whole, it does feel like it’s all or nothing with one of the most popular captain picks for this week.
Meanwhile, Son has shown more consistency with nine returns from his last 10 gameweeks, albeit in a more competitive FPL position. Anyone looking for an alternative, should consider new signing Dejan Kulusevski (6.1m) who has taken well to life at Spurs with two goals and an assist so far.
FPL GW 29 Tips – Defence
The Reds have kept 15 clean sheets this season and their defenders have shown plenty of attacking quality, making at least one a ‘must’ this gameweek.
Even at 1m more than his starting price, Trent Alexander-Arnold (8.5m) still offers unbelievable value. No one has contributed more than his 11 assists this season, yet less than half of FPL managers own the attacking right-back.
On the opposite flank, Andy Robertson (7.2m) ranks joint-third in the assists chart with 9. The Scottish international’s attacking numbers are on the up and a double up in defence certainly makes sense.
The Magpies have been on an unbelievable run of form and look all but safe heading into the final weeks of the season. Trips to Chelsea and Everton await Newcastle this coming gameweek.
Fabian Schär (4.3m) demonstrated his set-piece potential with a headed goal last gameweek, adding to his recent assists and multiple bonus points. Given his low price and Kieran Trippier’s injury, he looks like the one to target from the Newcastle backline. Alternatively, Dan Burn (4.4m) is available at a shade more and features in just 1 in 200 FPL sides.
We wrap things up with the relegation-threatened Toffees. Frank Lamard’s new side face Wolves and Newcastle in theis double, giving them a realistic chance of at least one shut-out.
Mason Holgate (4.2m) is priced ideally for anyone looking for a quick one-week punt before regular benchings, having seemingly established himself in the starting XI. Captain Seamus Coleman (4.9m) doesn’t possess the attacking potential he once had (despite a recent goal), so anyone looking to invest a bit more in the Everton backline is better off considering set-piece threat Michael Keane (4.7m) or goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (4.9m).