Update: Apologies for the late Gameweek 32 post, this will be published on Friday evening before 7pm, so please come back then to see the info behind our Select XI lineup. In the meantime, we were quite successful with Gameweek 31’s Select XI and hopefully some of these players were in your squads last week.
The internationals are finally over and it’s back to fantasy football! However, the shockwaves may still continue as rotation sets in. Fergie has already stated a number of times during the international break, how important fitness is at this stage of the season and it’s no longer a question of picking your best team.
With this in mind, we have a different look to our Addict Select XI, with a few unlikely characters taking their spot in the side. Some teams are fortunate enough to have less international players and this is sure to play a factor this weekend. In addition, United and Chelsea have the small matter of the FA Cup quarter final replay, which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, just two days after league action.
To help you plan ahead for this gameweek, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures and form, and have come up with some players you might want to consider bringing in or captaining for Gameweek 31. 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 Premier League Fantasy Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. So without further ado, here is our selection for the 31st gameweek of the season:
- Jussi JAASKELAINEN [WBA(H), 5.1m] – As mentioned in our recent fixtures analysis article, Jaaskelainen has been performing admirably in goal for West Ham, pulling off save after save to keep his side in the game. This has resulted in a number of save points and at home against the Baggies, Big Sam will be expecting West Ham to keep it tight at the back as they look to secure points to prevent them from being sucked into the relegation battle.
- Pablo ZABALETA [NEW(H), 6.2m] – Man City suffered a surprise loss last time out and Mancini will be looking to get things back on track when they face Newcastle this weekend. With 6 clean sheets in their last 9 games, City have secured things at the back and Mr Reliable, Zabaleta, will be looking for another shutout in Gameweek 31.
- Nemanja VIDIC [SUN(A), 6.6m] – Since Vidic has returned to the United backline, it has come as no surprise that teams have found it hard to penetrate their defence. With 5 clean sheets in a row, United are building from the back as they edge ever nearer to securing the title. Fergie has stated that Vidic will be key to the title run-in and it looks like the Serbian rock is back to his usual self after a long and serious injury layoff.
- Maynor FIGUEROA [NOR(H), 4.3m] – Wigan remain 3 points from safety and a win against Norwich will take them out of the drop zone with Villa playing the next day. This will act as a massive incentive and Wigan will be charged for this match. Norwich will also be keen to avoid a loss as they are only 4 points above Villa but Wigan should have too much for them this weekend, giving Figueroa the opportunity to score fantasy points at both ends of the field.
- Santi CAZORLA [RDG(H), 9.3m] – With Walcott and Wilshere out of the picture, Wenger will be looking to Cazorla (who has scored 3 in his last 4) to carry the fight and secure the win against Reading. There is a slight chance of an upset here with the possible feel-good factor provided by Adkins but if Arsenal have any hopes of Champions League football, these are the matches they have to win.
- David SILVA [NEW(H), 9.2m] – Silva has had an indifferent season as highlighted by his 3 goals but the Spaniard has produced 11 assists during this time to save some respect. Silva still has the talent and if he’s supported by players like Toure and Aguero, we can expect a comfortable home win to make up for the loss against Everton.
- Shaun MALONEY [NOR(H), 4.9m] – Maloney has put in some eye-catching performances of late and Martinez will be expecting more from him as Wigan look to secure Premier League survival. With 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 8, Maloney’s form is decent and with his budget price, he can be considered a useful 5th midfielder for those who normally favour the 3-4-3 formation.
- Miguel MICHU [TOT(H), 8.4m] – Despite an incredible first half to the season, Michu has stuttered since the turn of the year. However, with the international break in mind with the risk of rotation for others, we have turned to an old favourite. Laudrup will be disappointed with Swansea’s current form but the break should have given them time to take stock and realise what they want to achieve before the season finishes, starting with a win in front of their home fans against Spurs.
- Gareth BALE (C) [SWA(A), 10.9m] – Although, one man stands in their way, Gareth Bale. With 7 goals and 2 assists in the last 7 gameweeks, the Welshman is on fire. This was followed up with a penalty in the international break and Bale will be keen to continue this when travelling back to Wales this weekend. Given his form, we’ve handed the captain’s armband to Bale who is sure to provide plenty of problems for the Swansea backline.
- Dimitar BERBATOV [QPR(H), 6.9m] – Berbatov seems to have found his spark once again, notching in every one of his last three games for Fulham. With QPR coming to town, Berbatov is sure to get more chances to add to his tally, that is if he can get the better of man-mountain Chris Samba! With confidence on his side, we’re backing Berbatov to come out on top this weekend.
- Rickie LAMBERT [CHE(H), 7.1m] – Lambert returned to form in the impressive 3-1 victory over Liverpool with a goal and 3 bonus points in the bag. Southampton seem to up their game against the top sides and could have scored a bucketload in the first half against Liverpool. Pochettino will be looking for a similar start this weekend and with Chelsea having one eye on the FA Cup replay, Lambert may just be able to inspire another upset.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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