Thursday, 14 March 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 30

The dearth of matches last gameweek saw many of us stuck with null players and that brought the global average to its lowest this season. There was delightful action on the pitch in the past week though, as Wigan, Chelsea and Arsenal went on to show that you can never say never. QPR's second win a row makes the relegation fight very tight.

Onwards (and hopefully for your FPL rank, upwards)

Gameweek 30 fixtures

Everton v Manchester City
Aston Villa v QPR
Chelsea v West Ham
Southampton v Liverpool
Stoke v West Brom
Swansea v Arsenal
Tottenham v Fulham
Manchester United v Reading
Sunderland v Norwich
Wigan v Newcastle

The Big Boys

Eden Hazard, Chelsea midfielder

Chelsea are buoyant following their comeback at Old Trafford. They looked like the Chelsea of September against West Brom and Manchester United. Meanwhile, West Ham have scored 9 goals away from home this season, the joint worst away attack in the league. If you are the one holding the Chelsea card at the FPL table, this is where you say "All in". Chelsea defenders, Demba Ba (7.8) and Eden Hazard (9.3) will serve you well. Do this only if you have them already though, because with two games in 48 hours awaiting Chelsea next gameweek, rotation for the Southampton away game will be heavy.

Manchester United are seething following the Real Madrid game, though their "vengeance" was nipped in the bud by a sprightly Blue midfield. There is no danger of that happening again though, as Reading are managerless and have lost 11 out of 14 away games. The time is right for Robin van Persie (13.7) to end his scoring drought, although there is little reason to hang on to him if he fails again.

Defeat in the North London derby was Arsenal's last result in the Premier League, but following a long rest and a fantastic result in Munich, they should net at a ground which isn't exactly a defensive fortress. Theo Walcott (9.0) has been raking in the assists of late, don't put it past him to do exactly that or better against Swansea. Cazorla (9.3) is in good Premier League form, and will be able to pull more strings with the injured Wilshere's central role vacant.

Spurs self-destructed at Anfield last week but there are no real signs yet of their annual implosion, so do yourself a favour and keep trusting Gareth Bale (10.8).

Southampton have let in 51 goals this season and face Luis Suarez (11.1). You know what to do.

The Other Guys

Moussa Sissoko, Newcastle midfielder

Wigan have had the week off after thrashing Everton at Goodison Park, and host Newcastle who are leaky at the back. Shaun Maloney (4.9) has been the one pulling the strings this season, and will be instrumental to unlocking Newcastle's porous defence. The Geordies will, as always, rely on Sissoko (6.7) and Cisse (8.9) for attacking impetus against the league's worst home defence.

It's a second must-win game in a row for Villa and QPR. Expect a gung-ho match where defending is told to take a hike. Good days for owners of Benteke (7.1) and Remy (5.9)

A missed penalty dampened the weekend for Lukaku (6.5), but he'll get his chances against the no-longer-tight Stoke.

An away defeat to QPR isn't a result Sunderland will have relished and a travelling Norwich team, who have the second worst defensive record on the road, provide the perfect chance to bounce back. Make good use of Fletcher (7.1) and Sessegnon (7.1).

The Blogger's Team

The Blogger's Team
Considering benching Michu for Lukaku

Meme of the Week

Football meme of the week


  1. Pro Chelsea article and pro chelsea team

    1. Each time someone accused me of being biased towards one team, that team's players ended up scoring brilliantly :P

      Also, nobody said a word during all the weeks I praised Man United and van Persie :P Maybe you don't like the withdrawn approach towards them now but RvP isn't in form :)

    2. Bunn

      Wats ur take on this team aki?

    3. ^ Kya sexy team he be O.o
      FAAADDDD !!!!!

    4. Merveaux doesn't start, Routledge isn't the best choice.

      Are you sure you want to be spending that much on strikers? Suarez is head and shoulders above everyone else but I don't think spending near 26 on Rooney and RvP is worth it, have one of them plus Tevez, spend more on your midfield.

      Can't tell who's keeping a clean sheet these days...

  2. ^ sexy comment !!! SUPERLIKE !!!

  3. Awesome article !!! _/\_

  4. Ye Pakka Sriram hi hoga !!!

  5. Southampton have let in 51 goals this season and face Luis Suarez (11.1). You know what to do.
    and you never Manchester United's defense in this article.They did not concede a goal in the last four matches.


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