GW30 Preview: Samir Nasri worth considering as Manchester City play catch-up


Whatever Jose Mourinho seems to think, his Chelsea team are certainly in the box seat with regards to Premier League glory this season.

The Blues sit seven points clear of Liverpool and Arsenal currently, but crucially it is the nine point gap to Manchester City which seems to hold the key to the title race. Should City, as Mourinho keeps reminding us, win their three games in hand then it’ll be they who sit top.

That scenario makes for an intriguing few weeks for Fantasy managers, and with a double Gameweek for half of the teams in the division on the horizon, City are the team to watch.

But with Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) disappointingly injury-prone, Alvaro Negredo (£9.3m) out of form and Edin Dzeko (£6.6m) never truly convincing, perhaps it is to City’s midfield that you should be looking for points and goals.

Samir Nasri (£8.0m) has found the net three times in cup combat lately, and now fully recovered from injury the Frenchman looks set for a strong end to the campaign.

Before his January injury at Newcastle which kept him out for a month, Nasri was a key element in Manuel Pellegrini’s City side.

In Fantasy terms, he’s registered four goals and five assists in the Premier League this season, and he could be worth backing as his team go to Hull on Saturday in their first quest to try and rein in Chelsea in what will be their first Premier League match since February 22nd.

For those playing the longer game, City then host struggling Fulham at home next Saturday in the first leg of a double Gameweek which concludes with the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.


This weekend, Liverpool are visitors to United for what is always guaranteed to be one of the most watched fixtures of the season.

Despite their clean sheet at Southampton last time out, the Reds always seem to provide goals at both ends, and so the England strike partnership of Wayne Rooney (£11.4m) and Daniel Sturridge (£10.4m) are likely to be the men to watch for their respective clubs.

The North London derby at White Hart Lane follows that titanic tussle, and after Tottenham’s miserable loss at Chelsea everything appears to be pointing in Arsenal’s direction ahead of it.

Olivier Giroud (£8.6m) seems to have found some form and focus in the past few weeks, and after bagging the winner when the two teams met earlier this season at the Emirates, he’ll be worth considering as the Gunners strive for a result to keep them going in the title race.

Elsewhere, Romelu Lukaku (£8.3m) is fit again and back in goalscoring form as Everton host Cardiff City at Goodison Park, Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez (£6.6m) remains a solid choice as Southampton host struggling Norwich City and obviously Eden Hazard (£11.2m) will be key as Chelsea go to Aston Villa.

Stoke will be missing the suspended pair of Charlie Adam and Jon Walters as they host West Ham at the Britannia Stadium, and with those two so often key to the approach of Mark Hughes’ side, an often impressive West Ham defence will fancy their chances of keeping their hosts at bay. Guy Demel (£4.5m), James Collins (£4.3m), James Tomkins (£4.6m) and George McCartney (£4.0m) have all formed a settled back four in recent weeks and will be targeting a clean sheet.

Another away team who’ll have high hopes of picking up points will be Newcastle, and despite the recent antics of Alan Pardew they earn them at struggling Fulham.

Moussa Sissoko (£5.6m) is a fine player whose Fantasy stats really deserve to be better, whilst Loic Remy (£8.0m) has hit two goals in his last two games and looks set for a strong finish to the season.



 Aberdeen take on Inverness CT in the final of the Scottish League Cup this weekend. The excellent @FitbaThatba have gone so far as to pen a tune for their beloved Dons!

Best of luck lads #COYR

Posted on 13 Mar 2014, in GW previews and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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