Unless you were a Puncheon-manager, you probably thought that Wednesday night’s action was a bit of an anti-climax. Everton suffered a surprise loss to Palace, where Lukaku once again failed to register any attacking returns, whilst the Everton defence let 3 goals past them.
The midfield maestros from City were missing and Aguero was only given 56 minutes to impress. City dropped a massive two points as a result and I’m sure they’ll be keen to put things right against the Baggies on Monday night.
Either way, one more double gameweek is down with one left to go in GW37. But before that comes around, we’ve got 2 more vital weekends of action to rack up some more of those delicious fantasy points that we all crave.
Saturday lunchtime action returns this weekend, with Spurs taking on Fulham at White Hart Lane. Fulham will have been boosted by their crucial victory over Norwich last weekend but will have to make do without their on-loan star Holtby.
There are only 8 teams in action at 3pm, with the pick of the bunch possibly being Southampton’s visit to Villa Park. Villa are currently on a slide and need to register some points, whilst the Saints will be looking to bounce back from their surprise loss against Cardiff. In the evening kick off, Sunderland will look to do Liverpool another favour in the title race when they come face to face with Chelsea.
Sunday’s football gets off to an early start with league leaders Liverpool travelling to Norwich before Hull face Arsenal and Moyes’ return to Goodison. City finish everything off on Monday night, when they take on West Brom, desperate for a victory to keep their title hopes alive.
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 35th gameweek of the season:
- Julian SPERONI [WHM(A), 4.7m] – Pulis has done wonders for Palace, coming in and helping them to secure Premier League survival this season. The win against Everton took them to the magical 40-point mark and a lot of these points have been due to their defensive solidity. Speroni has kept 4 clean sheets in his last 6 and against West Ham, it should be a tight affair where Palace could come out on top.
- Luke SHAW [AVL(A), 5.1m] – Southampton haven’t been in great form defensively of late but this weekend they come up against Aston Villa, who have only scored 4 goals in their last 5 matches. With Benteke out, Villa desperately need their other attackers to pick up the mantle but they’re suffering from a worrying patch of form that the Saints can capitalise on.
- Martin SKRTEL [NOR(A), 5.9m] – With Liverpool marching towards the title, you can be sure that they will give their all in every game from now until the end of the season. Skrtel may not have kept many clean sheets of late but his attacking output is helping to make up for it. With 7 goals so far this season, his danger from set pieces is clear for all to see, whilst Norwich have been far from prolific up front.
- Gary CAHILL [SUN(H), 6.3m] – Chelsea on the other hand have kept 10 clean sheets since the turn of the year, with their title bid founded on security from the back. Sunderland will have been buoyed by their midweek performance against City but tiredness is sure to play a factor whilst you can expect Mourinho to set his team up as hard to breakdown. Cahill is showing fine defensive form and we can only hope this continues going into this year’s World Cup.
- Philippe COUTINHO [NOR(A), 8.5m] – Coutinho will have been over the moon with the winner he scored against City and he’ll be full of confidence going into the final games of the season. He’s a cracking player and it’ll be a real shame if he fails to make the Brazil squad. However, age is on his side and his time will surely come. With Gerrard sitting deeper nowadays, we’re taking a gamble on Coutinho to continue from where he left off against City, when he faces Norwich this Sunday.
- Christian ERIKSEN [FUL(H), 6.9m] – It’s hard to find a midfielder who is currently in better form than Eriksen. His stoppage time equaliser broke the hearts of West Brom fans but it added to 3 goals and 3 assists he has returned in his last 3 gameweeks. Fulham may be showing signs of recovery but they’ll miss the influence of Holtby and will have to stop this dangerous Dane if they want to return home with any points.
- David SILVA [WBA(H), 9.9m] – There are slight doubts regarding Silva’s availability and his omission from Wednesday’s squad is a little worrying. However, as he showed last weekend, Silva has great attacking potential and fully justified our captain pick in a gameweek where other options failed. City can ill-afford to leave him out and you can bet your bottom dollar that if he has any chance of playing, he will.
- Mohamed SALAH [SUN(H), 5.5m] – For our last midfield option, we’ve gone with a bit of a gamble but a great differential. With only 0.4% ownership, Salah could help you get one over your fellow rivals. He’s currently ineligible for European action, which has helped him get some gametime in recent weeks and he hasn’t failed to disappoint. With a goal and an assist in his previous home game, Mourinho will look to him to carry on the fight whilst others are rested for Atletico.
- Luis SUAREZ (C) [NOR(A), 13.3m] – The last time Suarez failed to set up a goal was way back in February, 9 gameweeks ago. His consistency is phenomenal and if you’re ever in doubt, the captain’s armband has to be given to the Uruguayan. Norwich will have been devastated by the loss to Fulham and the last person they’d want to face next is Suarez. Unfortunately, for Neil Adams and his team, this is exactly who they have to stop.
- Sergio AGUERO [WBA(H), 12.3m] – Pellegrini has managed Aguero’s return from injury very carefully in a bid to ensure he remains fit and healthy for the vital run-in. With Yaya Toure out, Aguero’s fitness is key to their title chances and we’re expecting Aguero to get the majority of the WBA game to secure the victory. With Silva possibly supplying him, Aguero has the ability and potential to deliver attacking returns for anyone able to pay his high transfer fee.
- Rickie LAMBERT [AVL(A), 7.4m] – With fitness doubts surrounding many of the other top strikers, we’re going for budget option Lambert, to take our final spot in the Select XI. Southampton’s loss to Cardiff came as a surprise to everyone but they have a great chance to bounce back against Villa. Barring the last game, Lambert has been in fine form with 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 3 gameweeks, matching Eriksen’s output.
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