Friday, 17 May 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 38

What a week it's been. The last one belonged to Sir Alex, this is definitely one to savour for Chelsea fans. Another largely forgettable mid-season has been erased by a great finish yet again. Chelsea are the only team in history to be holders of both the Champions League and the Europa League, and the only club in English football to have won every European trophy. Frank Lampard reached his personal milestone of 203 goals, and is staying at the club for another season. The next manager will get 100 million to spend on transfers. Given the dark mood that engulfed the club around this time in November, things are quite rosy and optimistic, and Benitez deserves credit for it.

The game at the Emirates painted a darker tone to the week. Not because of who won, but who lost. I don't think a single person wished this on Wigan (unless you were a Sunderland or Villa fan). Unfortunately, the club that gained global attention for their cup final victory went down because they defended like a Championship team. Joel Robles sobbing like a child into his towel when he was just on loan for 4 months from Atletico Madrid shows the passion each player had for the club.

The big storylines heading into Final Day are Sir Alex's 1500th and final game in charge of Manchester United and the battle for 3rd and 4th place. Most clubs and fans are already in a holiday mood. Be cool, but don't forget you have a fantasy team.

Gameweek 38 fixtures

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

Don't forget that there's an extended transfer deadline this week. It's Sunday 4 PM IST instead of Saturday 4 PM IST, so wait and give yourself enough team to absorb the injury and team news before making final changes.

Player Picks


Sturridge (7.4) - Liverpool should be blasting bottom team QPR into orbit and having scored 5 goals in 3 games, Sturridge should bully the R's as well.

Adebayor (9.0) - After cutting a frustrated figure for most of the season, the Togolese has finally got going. It might be too little too late for Spurs' Champions League hopes, but he should help put Sunderland to the sword.

Aguero (11.1) - City will put Norwich through the wringer in their final home game, and Aguero will be in the thick of things.

Carroll (8.2) - One thing Reading are not known for is defending, particularly away from home.

Kone (6.9) - Villa have the league's worst away defence and Arouna Kone should get in on the act in Villa's final Premier League hurrah.


Coutinho (7.0) -  Liverpool should be blasting bottom team QPR into orbit and having assisted 4 goals in 3 games, Coutinho should bully the R's as well.

Lampard (8.4) - Between Chelsea's crocked/suspended midfielders and Lampard's form, it's hard to see Frank not starting and scoring in this one.

Walcott (9.2) - Newcastle have let in 9 without reply in their last two home games. Giroud's return makes Podolski a questionable pick for the game but no denying Walcott's assured points.

Nolan (6.1) - Has had a good couple of home games heading into this one, and faces Reading.

Maloney (5.4) - Home to the league's worst away defence is a chance for the Scot to rack up a good final day score.

Bale (11.0) - Of course.


Coates (4.4) - Rodgers chose to troll owners of Enrique last week, but you can be sure Coates will partner in the latter's final game for the club. Cheap clean sheet points waiting for them both, especially given that Remy won't play.

Clichy (5.8) - Clean sheet points there for the taking, plus good attacking potential.

Clyne (4.1) - Stoke have a terrible away scoring record, and it's not like both teams care too much anyway.

Demel (4.1) - Reading are a team centred around their goalkeeper (who thoroughly deserves his England call up) and not their attack, particularly away.


Reina (5.8) - Backing Liverpool too heavily, you say? QPR are away to this team, don't blame me. Plus Liverpool's home defenceis among the league's best.

Boruc (4.4) - See Clyne.

Jaaskelainen (5.2) - See Demel.

The Blogger's Team

I'll have to waste -4 on a keeper. I know.


  1. Meme of the week? :o

  2. you do know that elliot is injured ryt?? and im sure ur anyways backing arsenal to score!!

    1. was talking about ur gameweek team

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  4. Nice review about Sturridge but I think his game is still developing and his decision-making is questionable.

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