The wonder that is football never ceases to surprise us; no one in their right mind would’ve predicted Hull beating Palace away before defeating Liverpool in front of their home fans but that’s exactly what happened.
With a nightmare fixture run to finish on, many people had begun to write Hull off but Bruce has worked his magic and got his players believing once more. We’ve seen the same happen with Leicester, so the question is can Hull continue and cause a few upsets to secure their survival.
At the moment, we’re unwilling to back them with Arsenal, Spurs and United to come but with 3 home games in their last 4, Hull may just surprise us before the season’s out. Then again, they could be pulverised by Arsenal this weekend, you just don’t know.
Anyway, let’s crack on, here is our selection for the 35th gameweek of the season:
- David DE GEA [WBA(H), 6.0m] – United were treated to a rude awakening when they took on Everton but they’ll be seeking home comforts in Gameweek 35. They welcome West Brom to Old Trafford and will be eager to put things right with a strong home victory.
- Ryan BERTRAND [SUN(A), 5.9m] – Sunderland are in some serious trouble and if they don’t start scoring soon, their Premier League days may be numbered. They’ll find it hard against Bertrand and his Southampton buddies but then again the same could’ve been said of Hull a week ago.
- Martin SKRTEL [QPR(H), 6.0m] – As is often the case when Liverpool secure a clean sheet, Skrtel picked up bonus points against West Brom and if they can shut out QPR in front of the Anfield faithful, more points could be coming his way.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [CPL(H), 7.7m] – Ivanovic provided the key moment, setting up Drogba at the start of the second half for the equaliser against Leicester. If Mourinho chooses to open up and win the title in style, Ivanovic will be given license to charge on and test Palace’s backline this weekend.
- Philippe COUTINHO [QPR(H), 7.8m] – Liverpool’s attacking talents were a complete let-down in the double as they came away failing to score a single goal. However, we still have faith in Coutinho who at times looks a class above his team-mates. If Liverpool are going to shake off their attacking disappointment, Coutinho will be the man to provide the spark.
- Eden HAZARD (C) [CPL(H), 11.4m] – Hazard may have blanked over the double but with Chelsea riding out the tough fixtures and coming out on top, Mourinho could open up. With less pressure to keep it tight at the back, Hazard is the star who can cause all sorts of problems for Palace’s defence.
- Gylfi SIGURDSSON [STO(H), 6.5m] – Sigurdsson came to life last week against Newcastle with a goal and an assist to rack up a massive 13 points. At home to Stoke, he’ll be looking to build on this return to form with another strong showing that could result in more fantasy points.
- Cesc FABREGAS [CPL(H), 8.5m] – Against Leicester, Fabregas ventured forward on a number of occasions in the second half as Chelsea began to dominate the game. We can expect more of the same as Chelsea look to secure the title in style with a victory over Palace at Stamford Bridge.
- Robin VAN PERSIE [WBA(H), 12.0m] – With Rooney set for a spell on the sidelines and Falcao failing to impress, Van Persie should be set for his return to the United lineup. Scoring 2 goals for the U21s this week, Van Persie is regaining his sharpness and will look to end a disappointing season on a high.
- Jamie VARDY [NEW(H), 4.7m] – Vardy was one of the shining lights to come out of the double with a respectable 12 point haul. He’s fighting on with foot injections and whether he can continue with this, we don’t know but Leicester definitely need him as they look to secure the points needed to be a part of the FPL next season.
- Olivier GIROUD [HUL(A), 8.6m] – Giroud has blanked in his last 2, with his price dropping by 0.2m but being the attacking focal point, he could easily turn it around. Having missed a large chunk of the season, he should have the strength to finish and notch up a few more fantasy points before the final day comes.
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