Swansea and Everton provide great point-scoring opportunities this gameweek while the two big clashes on Sunday make it much more difficult to find good value
|START 'EM - WHICH PLAYERS SHOULD YOU PICK?
Cardiff secured a morale-boosting win over rock-bottom Fulham last week but face a much tougher task at Goodison Park this weekend. The Bluebirds have lost their last seven away games and although Everton have failed to score in three of their home games, Romelu Lukaku (7.5) looks like a fantastic option this gameweek.
In the Midlands, struggling Aston Villa host the league leaders Chelsea with little hope of stopping Jose Mourinho's march towards the Premier League title. The Blues have scored 20 goals in their last six matches against Villa, making the in-form Samuel Eto'o (9) and Eden Hazard (9.5) great options.
The appointment of Pepe Mel has not come off for West Brom who are slipping closer and closer towards relegation and they face a tricky trip to Swansea on Saturday. Wilfried Bony (7.5) has three goals in his last four games and looks the Swans primary threat to the Baggies.
|SIT 'EM - WHICH PLAYERS SHOULD YOU AVOID?
Tottenham are in an almighty rut, losing their last two games heavily and with Arsenal to come on Sunday it makes sense to consider removing any Spurs defenders from your team. Kyle Walker (5.5), who looked to have picked up an injury against Benfica, should be avoided.
In similar circumstances, Sergio Aguero (10.5) should be benched this gameweek after coming off injured at half-time of Manchester City's loss to Barcelona. Hull have been in good home form, aside from a surprise thrashing from Newcastle, and have the potential to surprise a weary City.
If you have any Fulham defenders in your team (a) you're a lunatic and (b) get rid of them now. The Cottagers have the poorest defence in Europe's top five leagues and show no signs of tightening up as they nosedive towards the Championship.
Norwich are doing just enough to keep their heads above water but their away record is a major concern. They face Southampton, who have rediscovered their mojo in recent weeks so consider giving John Ruddy (4.5) the chop.
|THE BARGAIN BASEMENT
Sunday sees an enormous clash between Manchester United and Liverpool and it seems wise to side with Brendan Rodgers' side for this one. The Reds are a force to be reckoned with going forward so look to Raheem Sterling (5) or Jordan Henderson (5.5) as cheap alternatives in their attack.
Jay Rodriguez (5) has been in fine form this season, netting 13 times, including the winner at Crystal Palace last week. With Saints back on song he has a good chance of securing some points this week at home to Norwich.
Sunderland have had a rough week losing the Capital One Cup to Manchester City and then getting dumped out of the FA Cup by Hull but they have a good opportunity to secure Premier League points when Crystal Palace come to town. Phil Bardsley (4) is a decent goalscoring option from the back, while Fabio Borini (6) should be back in the starting XI and looking to build on good recent form.
|CAPTAIN'S CHOICE - TOP TIP FOR DOUBLE POINTS
Two options here. Olivier Giroud (7.5) has a fine record against Tottenham and although Arsenal are away on Sunday, the hosts are in disarray and boast a terrible post-Europa League record.
Alternatively Romelu Lukaku (7.5) looks set for a big points haul at home to Cardiff as Roberto Martinez's side look to clamber up the Premier League table. Either are good options as captain this week.
|GAMEWEEK 30 - BEST XI
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