Sunday, 8 April 2012

Fantasy Football: Gameweek 33

Not much pre-advice rambling from me this time. The biggest games haven’t yet been played but this post has to be made as the next gameweek’s deadline is tomorrow (Monday)

On to number 33.

Gameweek 33 fixtures:

Everton v Sunderland
Newcastle v Bolton
Tottenham v Norwich
Villa v Stoke
Fulham v Chelsea
Blackburn v Liverpool
Man City v West Brom
Wigan v Man Utd
Wolves v Arsenal
QPR v Swansea

Let me offer a bit of forward thinking here. Gameweek 34 has only 6 matches because 4 Premier League teams are involved in the FA Cup semifinals to be held next weekend, so they (and their four opponents) won’t be part of GW 34. They will play double matches on Gameweek 36, so overall, no difference made. But with astute transfers, you can make the most of both gameweeks.

One thing you might want to keep in mind is that Aston Villa play on GW34, and also have a double gameweek on GW35. Just some food for thought.

Player picks:

The Premium Players

The plum tie is Man City hosting West Brom. It’s a home game for City, and that means Sergio Aguero. West Brom’s best chances will probably come from set pieces, so Chris Brunt should be a busy man.

After the squad rotation against Wigan, Chelsea should return to a stronger lineup against Fulham. Ramires will lend much-needed energy to the midfield and maybe pick up a few points. It’s not like Fulham aren’t in form. Certainly, nobody will deny that Clint Dempsey is in form.

Manchester United have a cakewalk (apart from the City away game), and Wigan shouldn’t prove too big an obstacle for Valencia, Rooney and Evra.

Spurs slipped up at Sunderland and will be looking to hold off Newcastle and Chelsea with a win against Norwich. They will need Gareth Bale to be better than he was at the Stadium of Light, and also hold off the in-form Grant Holt.

Arsenal should beat Wolves. Matt Jarvis will try his best but Robin van Persie should put Wolves’ form into perspective.

Blackburn are probably one of the few teams that might lose to Liverpool at present. The Reds will yet again be dependent on Suarez and Gerrard. Blackburn’s forward line hasn’t been much good of late but I feel this might be the game Yakubu gets his act together.

The Ones You Don’t Think About

Newcastle are hot, and host Bolton. It could be points across the board for the Geordies, with Krul, Simpson/R. Taylor, ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse all expected to score big.

Everton and Sunderland are two very similar teams – disciplined, structured and not big scorers by nature. The game looks like a score draw to me. Nicica Jelavic and Nicklas Bendtner will be the scorers according to me.

The aforementioned Aston Villa recently ended their losing streak at Anfield (not a bad place to end winless runs it would seem), and seem primed to take on Stoke. For reasons mentioned at the start, it would be a good idea to get in some Villa players. The best among them are set-piece specialist Barry Bannan and Gabriel Agbonlahor. Peter Crouch is the form man for the Potters.

QPR – Swansea would’ve been a rather even tie considering they’re both promoted. But this season, the gulf in class couldn’t be more apparent. Gylfi Sigurdsson is the main man for the Swans and should be again. QPR will rely on Bobby Zamora.

Hunch of the Gameweek:

The first player to re-appear in this section is the man who has burst into life and found form recently – Fernando Torres.

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