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.

The Blogger's Team

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  1. Which United midfielder could I go for considering they have a double gameweek next up ?

    1. United's best midfielders down the years have been their wingers, but they're having a horrid season. Carrick isn't really a points-scoring mid, and only a very brave man would know whom to pick between Kagawa and Cleverley.

  2. Rather than united's midfielders
    I suggest you to take any of arsenal's cos they have two home games.


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