We might not like it but we have to come to terms that the end is nigh. There are only 3 gameweeks left before we enter the fantasy abyss. World Cup fantasy games could ease the pain but they’re a mere shadow of the real thing. FPL is the drug we crave and we’re down to the final few crumbs.
However, whilst we still have time, there are points to play for! So let’s stop this doom and gloom and look ahead to this weekend’s action. The Saints get us underway on Saturday when they take on Everton at 12.45pm. If Everton want to keep the pressure on Arsenal for that final Champions League spot, they’ll need a win at St Mary’s. The Gunners aren’t in action until Monday night when they host Newcastle, so Everton could occupy 4th for a couple of days at least.
With it being a European week again, most of the games are spread out over the weekend. Finishing off Saturday’s action is Man United vs Norwich, where all eyes will be on how the current champions cope without Moyes on the sidelines. Anything less than a win would not be acceptable.
Sunday sees all of the title hopefuls in action with Liverpool facing Chelsea at 2.05pm and City travelling to Palace at 4.10pm. These fixtures could very well decide where the title goes at the end of the season. Liverpool need to avoid defeat whilst City won’t have it all their way, taking on a resurgent Palace side under Pulis.
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 36th gameweek of the season:
- Michel VORM [AVL(H), 4.8m] – Swansea can’t always be relied upon for their defensive solidity but their form has improved of late. Vorm has only conceded 3 in his last 4 games, and next up he faces Villa who are seriously struggling for firepower. With Bony (7.2m) in deadly form, we’re expecting most of the action to take place down the other half, giving Vorm a rare opportunity to pick up a clean sheet.
- Seamus COLEMAN [SOT(A), 7.0m] – Whilst Southampton have little to play for, Everton still have an outside chance of reaching the promised land. Coleman may not be able to prevent them from scoring but his attacking potential is great support in his hunt for fantasy points. This was evident last week when he created a goal and picked up a further 2 bonus points for his efforts.
- Laurent KOSCIELNY [NEW(H), 5.4m] – Another defender rewarded with bonus points was Laurent Koscielny, following Arsenal’s away win at Hull. They’ve missed his strength at the back in recent weeks but the Frenchman is back and is a real boost to Arsenal’s final games of the season. Newcastle are on a downward spiral and we can’t see this changing at the Emirates on Monday night.
- Phil JONES [NOR(H), 5.8m] – Regardless of Moyes’ departure, United should put in a strong performance against Norwich for their home fans. It won’t be easy playing against a relegation-threatened side but United still have some strong players and should secure a victory as they look to life after the Scottish manager. Jones represents part of this future and should be a nailed-on option at the back.
- Frank LAMPARD [LIV(A), 8.5m] – With Lampard being ruled out of the second Champions League leg with a yellow card, he should be guaranteed to start against Liverpool. It’s a tricky game to call but Liverpool have been far from secure at the back and with set pieces in his locker, we’re taking a gamble on an old fantasy favourite.
- Santi CAZORLA [NEW(H), 9.3m] – With crucial players like Ramsey and Ozil back from spells on the sidelines, Arsenal look like a completely different force. Cazorla is far more threatening alongside these players and is in the midst of a decent spell, picking up two assists in his last two games. The little Spaniard is clearly very talented and could pick up further points against a weak Newcastle side.
- Aaron RAMSEY [NEW(H), 7.4m] – How different would Arsenal’s season have been if Ramsey had avoided a serious injury, but there’s no point in dwelling on the past and the Welshman seems to have adopted this philosophy. In his first full game last week, he grabbed a goal whilst setting up a further two. If you haven’t brought him in already, we strongly recommend that you do so.
- Juan MATA [NOR(H), 9.5m] – Taking the last spot in our midfield is another Spaniard fighting to get on the plane to Brazil. Mata has had a mixed start to life in Manchester but his recent form has led to two double-figure hauls. With 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games, Mata seems to be settling down and Norwich will have to watch him closely as he has the potential to dictate the attacking play to brutal effect.
- Luis SUAREZ (C) [CHE(H), 13.4m] – The atmosphere on Sunday will be electric as the Liverpool faithful looks to cheer on their team to another vital victory in the hunt for a long awaited title. If there’s one man who can do the job it’s Luis Suarez, who has been simply unstoppable when it comes to attacking returns this season. With Cech and Terry out, the Chelsea defence is seriously weakened and will have to be at their best to stop the lively Liverpool attack.
- Sergio AGUERO [CPL(A), 12.6m] – Aguero was back to his deadly best and it only took him 63 minutes to put West Brom to the sword with a fine goal and an assist. With Silva out, Pellegrini needs Aguero to continue this fine form and Pulis’ tidy defence stands between them and another 3 important points.
- Wayne ROONEY [NOR(H), 11.3m] – Before Rooney’s minor injury, he had scored 6 in his previous 6 gameweeks and whilst RVP remains on the sidelines, he should get another chance to impress up top. With Mata sitting right behind him and pulling the strings, Rooney could bring in another big score as he gets some shooting practice ahead of the World Cup.
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