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AM's Week 28 Player Picks

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Firstly, a reminder that Week 28 is Round 3 of the 2014 Rotoworld PL Cup, where we'll reduce the remaining 452 teams down to 350 ahead of the fourth round in Week 31. Good luck to all remaining fantasy managers.

 

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On the subject of Cup competitions, you'll notice when perusing the Week 28 fixtures below that we're a couple short this weekend. Manchester City face Sunderland in the Capital One Cup Final on Sunday afternoon, which means it's a blank Premier League week for both sides, as well as their originally scheduled opponents, Manchester United and West Brom.

 

If you're holding the likes of Robin van Persie, Yaya Toure and Adam Johnson at large discounts and can't bear to let them go then you have the option to utilise the substitutes bench, but it's worth noting that next week (Week 29) will be a blank week for Manchester City (again), Sunderland (again) Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle, Swansea, Aston Villa, Hull and West Ham. To make up for all these gaps we're going to have a whole bunch of double-weeks coming up in the run-in, so discounts become less relevant very quickly as you're forced to approach these weeks in isolation.


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Week 28 Fixtures
Aston Villa v Norwich
Everton v West Ham
Fulham v Chelsea
Hull City v Newcastle
Southampton v Liverpool
Stoke v Arsenal
Swansea v Crystal Palace
Tottenham v Cardiff City

 

Despite the terrible performance at Norwich in Week 27, I'm sticking my neck on the line and claiming Tottenham at home to Cardiff is the stand-out fixture. It would seem unlikely that Tim Sherwood's men could be THAT bad two weeks in a row, plus Cardiff have just lost 4-0 at home to Hull and look doomed right now, so it's comfortable home win for me. Chelsea's trip to Fulham is another game one to focus on, as the current Premier League leaders face off against the bottom side. Anything other than an away win at Craven Cottage would be a massive shock.


Everton come up against in-form West Ham and I expect them to bounce back from their recent defeats at White Hart Lane and Stamford Bridge. In both matches the Toffees were very unlucky to lose, and while the Hammers' turn-around in fortune has been remarkable, a trip to Goodison Park may be a step too far. Mind you, I said that in Week 27 about West Ham's game against Southampton, so take my advice on this subject with a pinch of salt.


Arsenal and Liverpool face tricky away fixtures at Stoke and Southampton respectively and I don't envisage clean sheets, but both sides have enough attacking quality to take the three points. Hull City must also be considered favourites at home to Newcastle, with the Shane Long-Nikica Jelavic partnership acquired in January working wonders for Steve Bruce's side, and Newcastle still unconvincing since losing Yohan Cabaye.

 

I reckon Swansea v Crystal Palace could be entertaining, with the Swans showing similar improvement to that of the Eagles since changing their manager, while Aston Villa v Norwich looks like a low scoring draw, at least on paper.

 

With that in mind, click over to the next page to view the Week 28 player recommendations.


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Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for Rotoworld and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.
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