Arsenal vs Spurs
Spurs are experiencing a purple patch in form, scoring 9 goals in the past 3 games, which is the highest in the league. The re-integration of Gareth Bale (£9.3m) into the starting eleven has massively contributed to this, with the Welshman scoring 4 times and assisting twice in the last 4 matches.
In this period, Son has moved into a more creative role, creating 14 chances compared to Bale’s 6, whilst Bale has had 6 shots in the box compared to Son’s 3, which highlights this shift and how much more advanced Bale is playing.
The main drawback in opting for Bale is the risk that he won’t start every game, with Mourinho placing great emphasis in his press conferences that Bale’s minutes have to be managed, but this should be more likely in the Europa League rather than the Premier League, due the top 4 priority. As Spurs are one of the few teams to have a fixture in gameweek 29, Bale is an essential option given the form he is in and is the biggest game changer for the week
Leeds vs Chelsea
For managers who still have the free hit chip left to play and are using it for gameweek 29, then Chelsea are the team to target. Thomas Tuchel has made a stellar start at Chelsea, who are undefeated and have won 8 games out of 11. Tuchel has transformed the Chelsea defence, given they have kept 7 clean sheets out of 9 in the Premier League, whilst conceding just 2 goals in this period.
Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.7m) has been central to Tuchel’s plans since he took over, with the Chelsea skipper starting all 11 Premier League games. Chelsea have huge clean sheet potential in the next four league games, as they play Leeds, West Brom, Crystal Palace and Brighton.