What a gameweek! Points were being thrown all over the place! With FPL being particularly generous, triple-figure scores became the norm as Gameweek 31 lived up to its billing. I’m not sure if anything will be the same after this gameweek but there’s no time to dwell on the past.
The next round is quickly upon us and it’s time to get ready. With the doubles out of the way until Gameweek 34, it’s back to a normal set of fixtures but there’s some great games to look forward to.
Following United’s demoralising defeat at the hands of their rivals, the vultures are well and truly circling around Moyes and there can be no more slip ups if the board are to keep the faith. First up come Villa, who arrive at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime, looking to bounce back from their own 3-goal defeat in front of their home fans.
At 3pm, Chelsea travel to Crystal Palace, where they look to extend their lead at the top, with Liverpool lurking close behind. The match of the round comes at 5.30pm on Saturday, where fellow title challengers City, travel to the Emirates to take on an out-of-sorts Arsenal. Just a week ago the Gunners had a sniff of the title but a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea, followed up by a last minute draw at home to Swansea has left them facing a harsh reality.
On Wednesday night, Liverpool held on to secure an important victory over Sunderland but they’ll have to up their game for Sunday’s match when they come face to face with Spurs. The scare provided by Sunderland’s push for an equaliser will give Rodgers plenty to mull over as they prepare for another big match at Anfield.
If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. We look into the fixtures and form to see which players are most likely to score high.
So without further ado, here is our selection for the 32nd gameweek of the season:
- Petr CECH [CPL(A), 6.3m] – Mourinho’s title push has been founded on the solidity at the back. Whilst the Chelsea attack hasn’t always attracted our fantasy attention, there’s no doubting their defensive quality. Cech has been steadily securing points all season and we’re expecting yet another Chelsea clean sheet as they extend their lead at the top before City and Liverpool are in action.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [CPL(A), 6.6m] – With Chelsea’s strength at the back, we’re doubling up this weekend with Ivanovic joining Cech in our Select XI. Chelsea have kept 6 clean sheets in their last 9 games, whilst conceding just a single goal in the other 3. Slightly worrying is that each of these goals has come in an away fixture but with so much to play for, Chelsea will know the importance of another shut out.
- Seamus COLEMAN [FUL(A), 6.8m] – Coleman may have disappointed us in the win over Swansea but he made up for it away at Newcastle where he helped the team to a clean sheet whilst picking up a couple of bonus points too for his efforts. The two victories have left Everton just 6 points behind Arsenal with a game in hand and if they can take the fight to Fulham, this gap could be shortened.
- RAFAEL Da Silva [AVL(H), 5.8m] – Despite the recent 3-0 defeats to both Liverpool and City, it’s not all doom and gloom at United. The other 3 fixtures in their last 5 have seen them score 8 without reply. Moyes will be looking to bounce back and a home fixture against Villa could be just what the doctor ordered. If United start the match with intensity, they could make it 5 clean sheets in their last 7 fixtures.
- Eden HAZARD [CPL(A), 11.0m] – With 2 goals and 2 assists in the last 4 gameweeks, Hazard is playing his part in Chelsea’s title push. Last week’s 6-0 beating over Arsenal will have given the whole team a great lift going into the final part of the season and they’ll be eager to continue this fine form. Palace will have to produce a fine performance if they plan to get anything out of this fixture where anything less than a win will not do for Chelsea.
- Adam LALLANA [NEW(H), 7.9m] – Despite many players turning their back on Lallana going into the double, the young England hopeful rewarded his loyal managers with a strong performance. Against Spurs, he found the back of the net and was rewarded with 2 bonus points to rack up a very respectable 9 point haul. Next up, he faces Newcastle who will be low on confidence following their 3-0 home defeat to Everton.
- Yaya TOURE [ARS(A), 10.3m] – In a week where Suarez picked up 25 points, you’d bet strongly that no one would challenge this mammoth haul but there was one man, one giant of a man. With Aguero still on the sidelines, Yaya Toure gladly took care of penalty duties in Gameweek 31, where he scored 4 goals and returned 31 points. The man is a machine and we’re expecting him to torment the Arsenal midfield as City push on in their bid to catch the league leaders.
- Juan MATA [AVL(H), 9.4m] – Against West Ham, Mata was given the freedom of the park as Rooney occupied the solo striker role in the absence of RVP. With Kagawa in support, United put in one of their best performances of the season and it’d be surprising not to see Moyes return to this formation when they take on Villa. Mata will once again have the chance to dictate the attack and if he’s on form, Villa will return to Birmingham with little more than what they came with.
- Luis SUAREZ [TOT(H), 13.2m] – Suarez was sensational against Cardiff, scoring a hat trick and assisting another to rack up 20 points. This raised expectations for the game against Sunderland and a solitary assist left many of us a little empty inside. Such is his fantasy ferocity, we’ve almost come to expect double figure hauls each week but then again who’s to say he won’t oblige. One thing is for certain, Sherwood needs to show his tactical nous if he is to stop this deadly Uruguayan.
- Romelu LUKAKU [FUL(A), 8.7m] – Since returning from injury, Lukaku has looked keen to make up for lost time, scoring 3 in 4 games whilst creating another. The Belgian is in fine form and if Everton are to overhaul Arsenal to snatch a Champions League spot, they’ll need their big man up top to continue delivering the goods. Next up, he faces the obliging Fulham defence, where we’re backing him to come good once more.
- Wayne ROONEY (C) [WHM(A), MCI(H), 11.4m] – Despite United’s woes and missing a set of fixtures over the New Year, Rooney remains the third highest scoring striker in the game behind SAS. With 4 goals in his last 5 games, he’s in great form and with RVP still on the sidelines, Rooney will be expected to lead the line once more. Worries of sitting deep will be put to one side, where Rooney will get the chance to show just how good his finishing is.
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