Wowzers, so it turned out to be quite the double gameweek! For those who backed the likes of Benteke, Austin and Phillips, you’d be laughing all the way to the fantasy football bank.
For the rest of us who didn’t or only had the odd one, don’t be too disheartened, at least you don’t have the tricky decision of whether to get rid for the blank or hold on. Also, with Liverpool [WBA(a) & HUL(a)] progressing in the FA Cup, we’ve got another double gameweek on the horizon that also features Chelsea [ARS(a) & LEI(a)].
Whether that one will live up to the cracker we’ve just had remains to be seen but it still provides a worthy opportunity to make up some points. With this in mind, you might want to stock up on Chelsea players now, leaving transfers for other double gameweekers.
Anyway, that’s a few weeks away so let’s crack on with our selection for the 32nd gameweek of the season:
- Lukasz FABIANSKI [EVE(H), 5.3m] – Fabianski narrowly missed out on a clean sheet as Swansea beat Hull 3-1, where he didn’t make a single save. Next up, they face Everton who have been far from prolific in front of goal, which is why you will have rarely seen their attackers in our selection.
- Alberto MORENO [NEW(H), 5.3m] – Liverpool may have been on the end of a spanking against Arsenal but the same won’t happen when they face Newcastle at home. A comfortable victory should be on the cards, where Moreno could also return from an attacking perspective, having had 3 shots on goal and created 3 chances in his last 4 gameweeks.
- Ryan BERTRAND [HUL(H), 5.8m] – One of the more likely outcomes of Gameweek 32 is Southampton shutting out Hull. Having only the one shot on target against Swansea, they’ll have to do a lot better to breach one of the strongest defences in the league.
- Craig DAWSON [LEI(H), 4.5m] – Returning from suspension, Dawson should slot back into a West Brom defence that has kept 4 clean sheets in their last 7 games. After letting in 4 goals against QPR, Pulis will want to tighten up once more as the Baggies look to secure their Premier League status for another season.
- Philippe COUTINHO [NEW(H), 7.9m] – Coutinho notched the all important winner against Blackburn and has shown a great deal of promise recently, having had 12 shots on goal and created a further 10 chances in the last 4 gameweeks. He could very well add to these strong stats when Liverpool host Newcastle on Monday night.
- Eden HAZARD [QPR(A), 11.2m] – QPR scored 7 goals in Gameweek 31 but they also gave away a shed load of chances, which they can’t afford to do with Chelsea. Hazard is the man most likely to punish them and Remy is an interesting differential for those looking to capitalise on Costa’s injury.
- Alexis SANCHEZ [BUR(A), 11.2m] – There have been a lot of question marks hanging over Sanchez’s head with lots of managers choosing to get rid during the international break. But they were made to pay as Sanchez notched his first double figure return since mid-January. If he can build from this, Sanchez could be a useful albeit expensive differential for the final run-in.
- Sadio MANE [HUL(H), 6.7m] – Mane was left out against Everton in favour of Elia but is likely to return to Southampton’s starting eleven to address their slump in front of goal. If anyone is going to score the goals to end Saints’ season on a high, it’s sure to be Mane, who has notched 7 times already.
- Christian BENTEKE [TOT(A), 7.5m] – It appears as though Sherwood is bringing the beast out of Benteke once more, with 7 goals in his last 5 appearances. If Villa are to stay up this season, Benteke needs to continue providing the necessary firepower including the next fixture at White Hart Lane.
- Wayne ROONEY [MCI(H), 10.7m] – Another striker in form is Wayne Rooney, who has taken up the mantle since being given his role up top, scoring 4 in his last 5 games. RVP has declared himself fit but unless he’s been on fire in training, there should be little reason for Van Gaal to mess with a winning formula in this crunch game against City.
- Harry KANE (C) [AVL(H), 6.4m] – Spurs had a bit of an off day against Burnley but that hasn’t put us off captaining Kane for this gameweek. With Villa playing with an attacking style and Kane registering a hat trick in his last home game, it’d be a surprise if he doesn’t provide some form of attacking return in Gameweek 32.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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