The best Free Hit team for Gameweek 29
Double Gameweeks are a good opportunity to target the players with the most minutes to return FPL points. The potential for two matches worth of clean sheets or goals makes playing the Free Hit chip in a Double Gameweek appealing. We take a look at the best Free Hit team for Gameweek 29 if managers want to hit the button.
Six teams playing twice in Double Gameweek 29. FPL managers wanting to play the Free Hit chip this week will need to balance the advantage of two fixtures, with the form and fixture of the single gameweek players.
Double Gameweek Fixtures
Arsenal – Leicester (home), Liverpool (home)
Brighton – Liverpool (home), Spurs (home)
Everton – Wolves (home), Newcastle (home)
Liverpool – Brighton (away), Arsenal (away)
Newcastle – Chelsea (away) Everton (away)
Spurs – Manchester United (away), Brighton (away)
Single Gameweek promising fixtures
Chelsea – Newcastle (home)
Leeds – Norwich (home)
Southampton – Watford (home)
Man City – Crystal Palace (away)
Tottenham have scored nine goals in their last two Premier League games. In those matches they have also kept two clean sheets. Their 12 goals in the last four gameweeks is the most across the division and the two clean sheets are only beaten by Liverpool.
Harry Kane has scored five goals in the last four gameweeks, with Dejan Kulusevski and Son Heung-Min returning two goals each. Matt Doherty has returned 32 points in the last two Gameweeks and is the most in form of the Spurs defence. Sergio Regulion returned for the second half of the Gameweek 28 match with Everton and scored with his first involvement.
Arsenal have won all of their last three Premier League matches. Bukayo Saka has scored two goals in Arsenal’s last four Premier League matches, the most across the Gunners squad. He also has one assist in the same period.
Lacazette hasn’t scored a goal since Arsenal’s 0-5 victory away at Norwich in Gameweek 19. However, he has regressed five assists in the last four matches. The gunners have also kept two clean sheets in the last four Gameweeks. Aaron Ramsdale has also made 11 saves in that period and picked up two bonus points.
Liverpool have not lost in the Premier League since Gameweek 11 and with 71 goals are the highest scoring team in the division. Mohamed Salah is the only player in the game to have already returned over 200 points for his managers. So far he is on 212 points and has scored 19 of Liverpool’s 71 goals. Salah has also returned 11 assists and 13 clean sheets. He has 30 attacking returns and just five starting blanks.
Teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold has kept 14 clean sheets this season, the second most in the Premier League only to his defensive partner Virgil Van Dijk who has 15. Alexander-Arnold’s 13 attacking returns are more than any other midfielder and he is the highest scoring defender in the game. Indeed only Salah has more points than the Liverpool defender in the game this season.
Whilst Manchester City do not double in Gameweek 29 they are in good form. With the exception of the defeat to Spurs in Gameweek 26, City haven’t lost in the league since Gameweek 10.
City have scored 13 goals in their last five Premier League matches and they have kept three clean sheets in the same period. Kevin De Bruyne has returned in four of City’s last six Premier League matches. Three of those returns have been double digit hauls. Likewise Riyad Mahrez has returned in four of his last six appearance for Man City registering 43 points from five goals, six bonus points and one clean sheet.
Injury to Reuben Dias may however trouble FPL managers when investing in the City defence due to his importance defensively.
Chelsea’s involvement in the League Cup Final and the Club World Cup has meant that they haven’t played many Premier League matches recently. However, Reece James returned from injury to Premier League football in Gameweek 28 and returned a huge 18 point haul. This was James’ fifth double digit-haul of the season despite not having played since Gameweek 20.
The Chelsea midfield also offers a wealth of opportunity for FPL managers. Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Kai Harvertz all look to offer an opportunity for managers to invest. Havertz returned 14 points in first game of Gameweek 28, with Pulisic on 13. Ziyech is also available again post injury.
Should we invest in all the Double Gameweek teams?
Everton are a team who are struggling for consistency. They sit just one point above the relegation zone and their two matches against Wolves and Newcastle will be key to getting themselves out of trouble. Everton have one just once in the Premier League since the 12th of December and in that time have conceded 24 goals. In the reverse of these fixtures Everton lost 3-1 to Newcastle and 2-1 to Wolves. With a lack of form they would like be a team not to target on a Free Hit as a result of their lack of form and consistency.
Brighton would normally be a team that FPL managers trust and invest in for a Double Gameweek. However, Brighton have two home fixtures in Gameweek 29 having only one once at home in the Premier League since Gameweek 5. Brighton also host Spurs and Liverpool as their two Double Gameweek opponents. Liverpool have scored the most goals in the league this season, and spurs the most goals in the last four gameweeks. This makes Brighton defensively a difficult pick. With only one goal in the last four the Seagull’s might not be the wisest investment on a Free Hit, unless managers need some budget enablers.
Best Free Hit Team for Gameweek 29
We ask FPL Family’s Sam for what she thinks is the best Free Hit team for Gameweek 29 if she was playing this chip.
If I was going to play my Free Hit chip this week I would target the best three clubs playing twice. Three each from Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs. I would also created a team that allowed me to target the best options from those three teams, which does me a compromised bench!
From Liverpool, I would add Andy Robertson to Trent and Salah who I already own. Robertson has been the height of consistency recently when Keita plays Robertson and Alexander-Arnold’s attacking threat increases too.
At Arsenal I would stick with Ramsdale in goal and have Saka and Lacazette. Whilst Lacazette hasn’t scored recently he is due a goal and his assist potential for Saka especially has been great.
Fear of rotation in the Spurs wingback positions mean I would target the big three up top in Son, Kane and Kulusevski. This is a lot of budget alongside the three Liverpool players and Lacazette however it should pay off based on form and fixtures.
Everton’s Gordan is on set-pieces and was the one player that manager Lampard singled out for praise after the defeat to Spurs. At just £4.5m he is a great enabler as well as having the benefit of two nice home fixtures where Everton will need to return points.
This team would be set out in a three, five, two formation.
Robertson, Schar, Alexander-Arnold,
Saka, Son, Salah, Kulu, Gordan
Kane, LacazetteSam FPL Family
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