Friday, 10 May 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 37

What a week it's been. The match results have barely registered following the retirement of the greatest manager of modern times, Sir Alex Ferguson. Never has one piece of news created such waves in the world sport, and the world in general (more tweets about this than Obama's re-election!). The tributes pouring in have shown what a popular manager he was among his peers, the players and the fans, while the sense of relief at the same places shows what a great manager he was as well.

The man to lead Manchester United into the new era will be David Moyes. Cue some gloating from my side over this. (Where are my $$$? Gary Neville wouldn't have called it!)

Then again, we have our own teams to lead, don't we?

Gameweek 37 fixtures


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

Player Picks


Forwards:

Demba Ba (7.8) - With the Europa League final coming next Wednesday and Torres being the only eligible striker Chelsea have for the competition, Ba is sure to start. Away games to relegation strugglers are usually different gravy at this time of the season, but Chelsea have a mission of their own and having put 8 past Villa in the reverse fixture, should be confident of scoring a few again.

Daniel Sturridge (7.0) - Liverpool will be without Steven Gerrard pulling the strings from deep and that could affect their general play, but the Reds face two below-par defences in the final games and it doesn't get better than this for the price.

Callum McManaman (4.5) - Defensive worries aside, Wigan become free-scoring at this time of the season regardless of the opposition they face, and lots of points have been falling his way in the last three matches. An amazing bargain up for grabs if the gamble pays off, but do you have the b*lls?

Christian Benteke (7.7) - Average 7.75 points in the last 4 home matches. Facing a Chelsea side that might be averse to risking a first choice back four pre-Europa finale. And he travels to Wigan on final day.

Midfielders:

Theo Walcott (9.1) - Has been scoring goals since his return from injury, and Wigan defend terribly.


Gareth Bale (10.9) - An off-day at Stamford Bridge shouldn't take away from the fact that he gets big points most of the time, and Spurs' remaining fixtures are far less illustrious.

Countinho (6.8) - Refer to Sturridge, Daniel

Frank Lampard (8.3) - Benitez said he's the only one sure to start the Villa game. With so much uncertainty over who'll play for Chelsea given the Europa League final, such news is pure gold.

Adam Johnson (6.8) - Has been generally good playing behind the striker under di Canio.

Shaun Maloney (5.4) - Because it's Gameweek 37 and it's Wigan.

Defenders:

Leighton Baines (7.8) - Is having a strong finish to the season, and West Ham aren't exactly free scorers whem playing away. If you're looking to buy Everton based on this and his price is balk-inducing, go for Distin (5.3)

Phil Jones (5.6) - Should play at right back given Rafael's suspension, and the chances of a clean sheet are also good.

Jose Enrique (6.0) - Like Baines, he is having a strong finish and a couple of easy ones coming up.

Dawson (4.5) - Cheap, Tottenham really need the win and Stoke have one of the league's worst scoring records (home or away).

Goalkeepers:

Tim Howard (5.3) - Worth it for this match.

Pepe Reina (5.8) - Worth it till the end

Rob Elliot (4.0) - Cheap, faces QPR, and refer to last 6 words of McManaman, Callum.

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My bid to replace Suarez is thwarted AGAIN. This time by Rafael's red card. In comes Jones.

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The meme is moot now that it's all over, but for 24 hours...

 

1 comment:

  1. With 13 goals in 20 appearances at the start of 2012-13, Demba Ba put himself among the best. but his injury problems (and his knees) are a concern for his long-term future.

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