Premier League fantasy football tips: Dominic Solanke, Carlton Morris, Erling Haaland

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Gameweek 28 is a double gameweek for Bournemouth and Luton but your longer-term strategy will probably determine which team you focus on with your transfers.

If you’re planning to use the Free Hit chip in gameweek 29 then I’d suggest you focus for now on Bournemouth who look to have the more appetising double with home games against Sheffield United and Luton.

The Cherries also have better fixtures to come after their blank in 29 which means you’ll be happy to keep their players in your squad.

However, if you’re not going to use a chip to get you through the next couple of gameweeks – either a wildcard this week or a Free Hit next week – then it’s Luton players you really want to look at as they have a fixture in gameweek 29, at home to Nottingham Forest.

Bournemouth striker Dominic SolankeWill Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke be fit for gameweek 28?

Dominic Solanke is the standout pick for Bournemouth as long as he gets a clean bill of health from the medical team this week as he continues to play with an ongoing knee problem.

We’ll also need to hear about the fitness of Marcos Senesi after he pulled up with a hamstring injury in the early stages of the game at Burnley last Sunday. Illia Zabarnyi is a perfectly good option in defence, though, having started every Premier League game this season.

Even if Senesi is fit, it’s worth noting that he’s only two yellow cards away from incurring a two-game suspension so if you’re looking for a Bournemouth defender for the longer term then Zabarnyi is the better bet.

Adam Smith and Milos Kerkez are the starting full-backs at the moment but neither has particularly offered an attacking threat this season so I’m not sure there’s much upside there unless you only plan to use them in gameweek 28 and fancy rolling the dice.

Neto is a good way into the Bournemouth defence if you’re looking to make a goalkeeper transfer, and it’s either Marcus Tavernier or Justin Kluivert in the midfield who both offer an attacking threat.

As for Luton, Alfie Doughty is their most popular player in FPL, a defender who takes set-pieces and has already provided eight assists this season.

Carlton Morris is an excellent option up front – nine attacking returns in his last nine games – and there are those not on the Free Hit contemplating bringing him in for Erling Haaland this week with Manchester City away at Liverpool, followed by a blank gameweek 29 and then a game at home to Arsenal in gameweek 30.

Ross Barkley is your best pick in the Luton midfield, ahead of their trips to Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, and Thomas Kaminski could be useful to you if you don’t already have a goalkeeper for gameweek 29.


If he’s passed fit then striker Solanke is going to be a hugely popular captain this week and he’s certainly my choice as skipper.

And if you’ve still got your triple-captain chip then I would go for it because you’re unlikely to get a better double than home fixtures against Sheffield United and Luton.

Fixtures to target

Away from Bournemouth and Luton, I think Arsenal’s home game against Brentford is the one to target this week if you’ve still got room in your squad for an Arsenal player.

There’s plenty to choose from but as Statman Dave pointed out in this week’s Fantasy 606 podcast, Declan Rice at the bargain price of £5.4m could be an extremely useful asset to us going forward as we potentially look towards an expensive combination of Erling Haaland, Mo Salah and Son Heung-min in our squads.

Rice is now offering a real attacking threat, particularly when he has the security of Jorginho playing alongside him in midfield, and he delivers a deadly corner too.

West Ham are at home to Burnley this week and also have a fixture in gameweek 29 so Jarrod Bowen or Mohammed Kudus are well worth a look, and I would certainly play my Liverpool and Manchester City attackers for their clash at Anfield on Sunday.


I didn’t mention Antoine Semenyo when discussing Bournemouth earlier, but if you’re a manager who loves a differential punt then you could go for him instead of Solanke or even pair him up with Solanke in a double Bournemouth frontline.

He only costs £4.5m and has scored twice in his last three games.

Gamble of the week

Bringing Carlton Morris in to replace a man who has scored 54 goals in 57 Premier League games would certainly represent a gamble but don’t forget you’re probably not going to captain Erling Haaland this week, he doesn’t play in gameweek 29 and then he’s up against the division’s most miserly defence in gameweek 30.

It might just work, you never know…

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