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Gameweek 29 – English Premier League

A scaled-back round of fixtures will take place in-game week 29. Only eight of the 20 Premier League teams are in action due to the FA Cup quarter-finals also taking place this weekend.

There is still plenty of enticing action ahead though. At the bottom of the table, Fulham could climb out of the bottom three with a win over a struggling Leeds on Friday. Brighton also hosts Newcastle in a 17th vs 16th clash. The loser could enter the relegation zone.

Towards the top, Arsenal, West Ham and Spurs all play. All of these sides still have a chance of securing European football. They will be looking for vital wins to close the gap on the league’s leaders.

Fulham v Leeds could be the highlight of the weekend. There’s a lot at stake for Fulham here and Scott Parker’s side could finally escape the relegation zone with a win. However, Fulham have been poor at home recently. They have won once in their last 12 at Craven Cottage and only scored one goal there in their last six. Leeds don’t fare much better. Marcelo Bielsa’s side have struggled recently and lost three of their last four. The Yorkshire side have also lost their last three away games.

Brighton v Newcastle is another massive fixture at the bottom of the Premier League. Brighton secured a big 2-1 win over Southampton last weekend, their first victory in six. The result moved Graham Potter’s side three points off the relegation places. They welcome a Newcastle side who have drawn their last three matches. Steve Bruce’s side have stopped the rot recently, but are still winless in their last five Premier League matches.

Arsenal will hope to build on their 2-1 win in the North London derby last weekend. But they face a tough test against a West Ham side in good form at the London Stadium. The Hammers have won three straight games at home and conceded just one goal in this run. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have won just once in their last four away games in the Premier League.

Aston Villa and Tottenham have struggled to build on their decent starts to the Premier League season. Villa is winless in three after conceding a late goal in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle last Friday. They have also won just once in their last six Premier League games. Spurs were unable to make it four wins from four after losing to Arsenal. Jose Mourinho’s side is also playing poorly away from home and they have lost four of their last five away games.

Players to Watch

  1. Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard’s move to West Ham in January has sparked the midfielder back into life. Unfortunately, Lingard could not play in the Hammers’ 1-0 loss to Man United last weekend. But, the English midfielder is back in contention for his side’s fixture against Arsenal. He will be looking to add to his four goals and one assist to help his side keep chase with the Champions League contenders this weekend.

2. Lucas Moura

Lucas Moura has been in and out of Spurs’ side this season. Despite his inconsistent appearances, Moura has contributed positively in recent matches. Moura unselfishly set up Erik Lamela’s exquisite opener in the North London derby last weekend. The Brazilian forward also has four goal contributions in his last five starts for Spurs. With Mourinho rotating his squad due to a fixture pile-up, expect Moura to be involved again this weekend.

3. Kieran Tierney

Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney has been a consistent performer for the Gunners this season. The Scotland international is a vital player for Mikel Arteta’s style of play and provides width and direct attacking. This paid off in the 2-1 win against Spurs as Tierney set up Martin ร˜degaard’s important equaliser just before half-time. But it’s also Tierney’s defensive contributions that make him an effective player. The full-back made six tackles against Spurs, more than any other player on the pitch. Expect plenty more all-action performances from the talented Tierney this weekend.

Don’t Shoot the Messenger

With a condensed fixture list this weekend, there’s a good chance for certain teams to gather much-needed points. Fulham v Leeds is expected to be a tense affair and could be low scoring. The same could be said for Brighton v Newcastle, while West Ham should maintain their solid home record against Arsenal.

How do you think this weekend’s fixtures will shape up? Can any of the teams in action close the gap on those above them? As always, we welcome your comments and thoughts in the section below!