Thursday, 11 April 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 33

The Manchester Derby was intriguing as always. Sergio Aguero scored a goal fit to win any contest, but City imploded way too many times earlier in the season for the result to make a difference. The race for top 4 is as hot as ever though, while QPR and Reading get more distant from safety.

On we march to the upcoming gameweek, where 5 teams double up, and Swansea, Tottenham and West Brom do not play.

Gameweek 33 fixtures


Arsenal v Norwich
Villa v Fulham
Everton v QPR
Reading v Liverpool
Southampton v West Ham
Newcastle v Sunderland
Stoke v Man Utd
Arsenal v Everton
Man City v Wigan
West Ham v Man Utd
Fulham v Chelsea

The Double Gamers



Arsenal have been in good nick of late, and a double home gameweek makes them the jackpot team this week. The main man for you is Santi Cazorla (10.1), followed by Gervinho (7.0) who has scored 7, 14, 7 in his last three gameweeks. Also Fabianski (5.3) might not do too badly against the league's second worst away attack (Norwich).

West Ham aren't the best away team, and Man United don't present the ideal home tie for a second game. But they will have the in-form Andy Carroll (8.2) back leading the line after missing out at Anfield due to the parent club rule, and he should score at least once.

Man United don't seem to be offering as much fantasy value from the strikers as before, but the "cheapest" sure thing given van Persie's Torres-like drought is Wayne Rooney (12.0). A gambling man (better you than me) would try his luck with Phil Jones (5.6).

Fulham are exactly like West Ham - not the greatest away team (not to forget Villa are in form), and are home to Chelsea for the second game. And again like West Ham, their in-form striker Dimitar Berbatov (7.4) is a must-have these days.

Everton are in double joy after their two main midfielders Fellaini (7.4) and Pienaar (6.6) return from their two-match suspensions. Do look to fit them in (replacements for Bale, maybe?). Also, Mirallas (6.8) has been sublime since his return from injury.

The Other Guys


Forwards

Papiss Cisse (8.8) - facing Sunderland. A team whose last win was 3 months ago, and has gathered only 3 more points since. At home.

Luis Suarez (11.2) - Disappointing game last week, but surely he can't slip up against Reading?

Christian Benteke (7.3) - Unstoppable at the moment, and Fulham aren't the worst opposition to host.

Jay Rodriguez (5.2) - Same reasoning as above, replace Fulham with West Ham.

Midfielders

Phillipe Coutinho (7.0) - Generally impressive, and has impacted the numbers quite well since arriving from Inter. Like Suarez, he shouldn't be having a low score this time.

Adam Lallana (5.6) - The Southampton skipper found the net last week after a minor injury, and is wonderfully priced.

Yohan Cabaye (6.6) - Tends to perform well at home, and the opposition aren't Barcelona.

Defenders

Luke Shaw (4.0) - The Saints are a side on the up, and West Ham have scored 9 goals away from home all season and not netted in their last two away games. Oh, and he's cheap.

Gael Clichy (5.6) - City have the league's best home defence, having let in just 11 at the Etihad all season, and should really shut Wigan out, and Clichy's the cheapest starting full back.

Jose Enrique (6.0) - It's Reading.

Goalkeepers

Boruc (4.4) - Cheap with a good chance of a clean sheet.

Guzan (4.8) - Not that he will shut Fulham out, but a combination of his price, the number of saves he usually makes and the less-than-savvy-when-playing-away opposition, you might be on to something here.

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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 32

The Premier League title's "all but wrapped up" status has looked more and more set in stone each passing week, and the result of the Manchester Derby should do little to change that. With Manchester City's second spot also looking pretty assured, the real excitement is in the races for Europe and Premiership survival.

But unlike the real life league, I'm sure the races for the title in your FPL leagues are far from done and dusted. Let's move closer to glory, eh?

Gameweek 32 fixtures


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

The Big Boys


Ryan Bertrand, Chelsea defender

With Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole out for the season, the Mackems shouldn't be a thorn in the Blues' side. Also, with the fixture list significantly hotting up in comparison to the last few league games, this is the last chance for Blues defenders to be serious contenders for points. How about the ultra-cheap Ryan Bertrand (3.9), who is a cert to start with Cole out? It's tough to predict which midfielders will be rotated, but with the Blues having been camped at home all week and him not having travelled to Southampton, Juan Mata (9.8) should be good to go for this one.

The blockbuster fixture of the gameweek (hasn't it been long since the last one?) is the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford. This one's a bit of a dud given that the title race is just about done and dusted, but Sir Alex seems unrelenting in his quest for points, and a match against the noisy neighbours isn't likely to see a weak Manchester United lineup. Wayne Rooney (12.0) should be fit and raring to go, while newfound charity worker Carlos Tevez (8.7) has been in good nick.

Arsenal have a double gameweek coming up after this one, but West Brom aren't a half-bad home side, so hold off buying those Gunner defenders till next week. Hold on to Cazorla (9.6) and Giroud (7.6) though. Despite Arsenal having the league's best away defence, expect Lukaku (6.5) to have an impact on the scoreline.

Tottenham host Everton in a game that looks significantly easier than it did two gameweeks ago. Tottenham's chances will be helped massively by Pienaar and Fellaini's suspensions. Bale (10.9), the first midfielder to clock 200 points, is as unrelenting as Sir Alex and you should be equally so in keeping him in your team. (Bale suffered a horrendous injury in the Europa League, and could be out for a bit)

Brendan Rodgers gave several FPL managers a nasty shock by benching Daniel Sturridge last week, so think twice about buying him. West Ham are a dismal team scoring away from home, and to add to that, they can't play Carroll against his parent team. Liverpool defenders are good value for this gameweek and the next. Oh, and Suarez (11.2) and Coutinho (6.9) are quite brilliant.

The Other Guys


Moussa Sissoko, Newcastle midfielder

It's never a good feeling to lose, and Newcastle will want to turn things around at home after two league defeats on the bounce, the latest a thrashing at the Etihad. Sissoko (6.7) should be in his element for the Geordies (or is it Les Geordies now?), while Berbatov (7.2) has been in Genius Mode since his comeback from injury.

Stoke's fantasy value hasn't really been there in the past few weeks, while Benteke (7.2) has been in form. Do have him.

The scrap at the bottom sees Wigan contest a 6-pointer at Loftus Road. The hosts will be (or rather should be) the more desperate for a win - expect Remy (5.9) to reflect that with his performance. This is also the time of the season Wigan rival Barcelona's form, and Kone (6.6) has been leading the charge in the last couple of weeks.

Swansea's heart really hasn't been in it since winning the league cup, and a record of 4 defeats in their last 5 games reflects that. Norwich on the other hand have nothing to lose. The Canaries have managed shutouts in their last two league matches, and Bunn (4.3) is back from suspension. Just saying. Garrido (4.7) might not be a half-bad shout either, but Norwich's forwards have been dismal lately.

Southampton travel to London to face former boss Nigel Adkins, with the tables having turned significantly for both teams since he was unceremoniously ejected from St. Mary's. When hasn't Lambert (7.1) been in form? Also, Reading average nearly 2 goals conceded per home game and unless something drastic is done to change it, Lambert and Jay Rodriguez (5.1) are going to have a good time.

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