So here we are at the penultimate gameweek of the season and what a gameweek it is. With doubles present, hope still exists for those looking to catch friends or foes. We’re spoilt for choice with Gameweek 37, which has led to the shock move of dropping Suarez out of the Select XI for the first time in a million gameweeks!
He may punish us for this move but the double gameweekers were just too appealing to resist. However, Suarez is sure to be back in for the final gameweek where Liverpool host Newcastle in the chase for the title.
Anyway, let’s get back to this week’s action and look at which matches we should be watching. To get us started, we have a London derby for Saturday lunchtime, where West Ham host Spurs, looking to secure the points to make relegation mathematically impossible.
At 3pm, Giggs takes charge of United for the second time when they face Sunderland, whilst Villa will be desperate for a result against Hull and Fulham will be hunting for points too at Stoke. To end the day’s action, City travel to Everton, where Liverpool will be hoping that their Merseyside rivals can do them a rare favour.
On Sunday, we’re expecting two comfortable home victories with Arsenal taking on West Brom at the Emirates and Chelsea entertaining Norwich at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool have to wait until Monday night before they play Palace, having known how their title rivals have fared already.
The footy continues on Tuesday with United tackling Hull before the gameweek is concluded on Wednesday with Man City versus Villa and Sunderland battling with West Brom.
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 37th gameweek of the season:
- Vito MANNONE [MUN(A), WBA(H), 4.6m] – Mannone has been outstanding for Sunderland, making a staggering 125 saves this season. Despite conceding against Chelsea, he still picked up 6 points after making 14 saves in the vital victory. Surprisingly, he only had the one to make against Cardiff, which just shows their dominance against the Welsh side. With two games to look forward to, Mannone is set for further points.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [NOR(H), 6.7m] – Chelsea may have suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Sunderland in their last home game but there’s little chance of Norwich repeating the feat. They look destined for the Championship and we can’t see Mourinho doing them any favours following the heartbreak of being knocked out of the Champions League.
- Gary CAHILL [NOR(H), 6.3m] – With no more Champions League distractions, Cahill should return to the starting eleven as Chelsea look to secure a victory to keep their title hopes alive. A win to nil looks very much on the cards and with this in mind, we’re doubling up on the Chelsea defensive talent for Gameweek 37 as Cahill joins Ivanovic in our Select XI.
- Phil JONES [SUN(H), HUL(H), 5.9m] – Jones was switched to right back for Giggs’ first game in charge and he didn’t disappoint, putting in a fine attacking performance that resulted with an assist for Mata’s first. He fully justified his inclusion in last week’s Select XI, and unsurprisingly, he retains his spot. Clean sheets are far from guaranteed but with 40 touches in the final third against Norwich, further attacking returns could be expected.
- Samir NASRI [EVE(A), AVL(H), 8.7m] – Whilst Toure claimed all the plaudits and points for his barnstorming performance against Palace, Nasri deserves some credit. In the last 4 games, he has been outstanding, creating 20 chances, which is more than any other player in the FPL. With Silva out, Nasri has stepped up as shown by the 8 key passes he made in the win over Palace.
- Santi CAZORLA [WBA(H), 9.3m] – Cazorla is another player that rewarded our faith last week with an eye-catching performance as Arsenal made light work of a demoralised Newcastle side. They definitely had their spark back as we were treated to some brilliant passing moves. With set pieces in his locker, Cazorla provided the key cross that set them on their way and is sure to be a thorn in West Brom’s side in Gameweek 37.
- Yaya TOURE [EVE(A), AVL(H), 10.3m] – Toure has been phenomenal this season and if City do go on to win the title, they’ll have the big man to thank. He returned from injury against Crystal Palace to set up Dzeko with a pin-point cross before running over half the length of the pitch to curl home with his left foot. Everton and Villa will have their hands full trying to contain this giant of a footballer, their best bet would be to join forces but then again that’d be cheating.
- Juan MATA [SUN(H), HUL(H), 9.8m] – Mata may have started on the bench against Norwich but he wasted little time when he got on the pitch, notching twice in only 31 minutes. It was a strange call to leave him out by Giggs and it remains to be seen what the Welshman has in store for Mata but in this sort of form, it’s hard to ignore his talent. Whilst Giggs is trying to impress the United board, Mata should get further minutes to punish Sunderland and Hull in Gameweek 37, even if it’s from the bench.
- Connor WICKHAM [MUN(A), WBA(H), 4.7m] – Wickham is making a mockery of his budget pricetag whilst firing Sunderland to safety. With 5 goals in the last 3 games, the big man is in great form and is sure to be full of confidence. It wasn’t an easy decision to drop Suarez but with Wickham playing twice, there’s a chance he can outscore the Uruguayan and we’re willing to take the gamble.
- Sergio AGUERO [EVE(A), AVL(H), 12.7m] – Aguero may have drawn a blank against Palace but his minutes on the pitch once again increased. As he’s approaching full fitness, we can expect the deadly Argentinian to start both games this gameweek but will probably be subbed off early, especially if the result is secured. Given any opportunity, Aguero is sure to put the keeper to work and if Silva does return, he may be given plenty of chances to prove his scoring potential ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.
- Wayne ROONEY (C) [SUN(H), HUL(H), 11.7m] – Rooney fully justified his inclusion in our Select XI last week with a fine brace against Norwich. RVP is back in training but there was no way that we could leave Rooney out this gameweek. He may be asked to drop deeper and Van Persie is sure to affect his performance but Rooney is flying high and further attacking returns are likely to come in what could be a very profitable double gameweek. [Please beware that there have been recent reports since this article was written suggesting that Rooney may have a stomach bug or a minor groin strain; alternatives for this spot include Suarez (13.2m), Borini (6.2m) and Welbeck (6.6m). Follow our social channels for the latest news regarding Rooney’s fitness, links are below and in the sidebar]
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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