It’s been a mixed week for English sides in the Champions League, whilst United battled valiantly for a draw against German giants Bayern, Chelsea suffered a disappointing blow, conceding at the death to leave the tie at 3-1. Despite the results, who would you back to go through, if any of them?
Before the second legs come around, we have the small matter of Gameweek 33. We’re edging nearer to the end and there are fewer chances to catch up rivals or improve rankings. However, whilst there are still gameweeks, the fight goes on!
This weekend, we’ve got a cracker of a match to kick things off, where in-form Southampton visit the Etihad, looking to do City’s title rivals a favour. City will be looking for no less than 3 points as they look to hunt down Liverpool but the Saints are flying at the moment, making this one a tricky match to call.
The pick of the 3pm kickoffs has to be United’s visit to Newcastle. Some think Moyes might rest players for the Bayern game but with the media on his back, he’ll have no option but to field his best players to pick up another win to relieve some pressure. To round off Saturday’s action, Chelsea face Stoke at 5.30pm. We’re expecting a backlash here and would be surprised to see anything other than a Chelsea win to nil.
Sunday’s matches sees Arsenal travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton in what should be a tasty encounter (1.30pm), whilst this is followed up by league leaders Liverpool’s visit to West Ham. In Gameweek 33, we’re treated to another Monday night match, where Spurs host Sunderland, looking to bounce back from their demoralising 4-0 loss to Liverpool.
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 33rd gameweek of the season:
- David DE GEA [NEW(A), 5.7m] – Last week, we mentioned United’s strength at the back and despite a convincing victory over Villa, they let one slip past them. Remy might return for this match but he represents the only real danger and we’re expecting another strong United defensive performance to provide the foundation for them to push on for the win.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [STO(H), 6.6m] – Who could have predicted the stirring performance that Palace put in to defeat Chelsea last weekend. However, we’re not expecting lightning to strike twice and Mourinho will have been fuming from the match against PSG. Chelsea are sure to come out of the firing blocks quickly and if Stoke fail to cope with the fast start, they may be travelling back up north with little more than they came with.
- Michael DAWSON [SUN(H), 5.0m] – With no Europa League action for once, Spurs should be fresh and itching to make up for the loss at Anfield. Gameweek 33 presents the perfect opportunity, where they come face to face with struggling Sunderland, whose hopes of staying up look slimmer as each week passes. Sunderland have seriously struggled for goals and if they fail to address this issue, the Championship beckons.
- Gary CAHILL [STO(H), 6.2m] – With a shortage of clean sheet options, we’re doubling up on Chelsea following the fact that they have not conceded in their last 3 games at home. Added to the fact that they put 6 past Arsenal and 4 past Spurs, their home form is looking particularly strong. Mourinho will be keen for a morale boosting victory to take them into the important second leg against PSG.
- Eden HAZARD [STO(H), 11.0m] – Chelsea may have lost their last two games but the last time they played at Stamford Bridge, they dealt out a royal spanking to Arsenal. Mourinho will be desperate for them to address this mini-slump and Hazard is the man who can inspire them to a morale boosting victory over Stoke. Scoring the only goal against PSG and hitting the post on a separate occasion just shows how dangerous the Belgian can be when given the opportunity.
- Christian ERIKSEN [SUN(H), 6.5m] – Sunderland are seriously struggling and Spurs won’t be looking to hand out any gifts as they look to make up for the 4-0 loss to Liverpool. In his last home appearance, Eriksen picked up a massive 18-point haul thanks to a brace in addition to setting up another. The home fans will remember this performance and are sure to cheer the Dane on to further success at White Hart Lane this weekend and beyond.
- David SILVA [SOT(H), 9.4m] – We were swayed by Yaya’s penalty allure last week but we’re returning to an FFA favourite who has the stats to back him up. Silva has had more shots and has been far more attacking than Yaya in recent weeks, so we’re going for the Spaniard this gameweek. It won’t be the easiest of games against the Saints but if City want to justify their position as title favourites, they can’t afford to drop any points.
- Juan MATA [NEW(A), 9.4m] – United’s woes in midfield this season are highlighted by the very fact that Mata has now become the highest points scoring midfielder for them. He’s a clear talent and now that he’s been given the role in the hole, Mata looks completely at home. Newcastle are in a real slump at the moment and Mata is just the man to compound matters for them.
- Luis SUAREZ (C)[WHM(A), 13.2m] – Suarez is having such an amazing season that he can score a goal and an assist and still receive no bonus points. At the moment, it’s simply impossible to leave him out of our Select XI and it’ll take a brave (and crazy) manager to go into a gameweek without his talents. Big Sam’s got his work cut out this weekend but no one will think any less of him if West Ham end up on the losing side.
- Wilfried BONY [HUL(A), 7.3m] – Despite initial reservations, Monk has impressed at Swansea and has got them scoring goals. A lot of credit goes to Bony though, who’s beginning to look like a great signing now that he’s finally settled down and you must wonder what would have happened if Laudrup was given more time. In the last 6 games, Bony has picked up 4 goals and 2 assists, and in such great form, Hull will have more than a task in keeping the Ivorian quiet.
- Wayne ROONEY [NEW(A), 11.5m] – Rooney rewarded our faith as captain last week with a fine brace against Villa and he is showing just how clinical he can be when given the role up top. Strangely enough, United are showing some real fight with RVP on the sidelines and it’ll be interesting to see what happens when he returns. However, for the time being, Rooney, Mata and co are showing that they can cope just fine without the deadly Dutchman.
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