Gameweek 32 is quickly approaching, so it’s time to get our thinking caps on and prepare to rake in some tasty fantasy points. With each week, our hunger becomes stronger so let’s hope these suggestions help to fill your appetite. We’ve got some great matches to look forward to, with Reading kicking things off in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture against Southampton. If Reading have any hopes of avoiding the drop, they really need an unlikely victory in front of their home fans.
With Europa League action taking place this week, we’re limited to only three 3pm kickoffs on Saturday with the majority of the action taking place on Sunday. However, the highlight of Gameweek 32 comes on Monday night, where we have the table-topping Manchester derby. If United win the match, they’ll go 18 points clear with only 6 games remaining. On the other hand if City win, the gap at the top will be shortened to 12 points and will possibly ignite a very tiny glimmer of hope of retaining their title.
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 32. 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 32nd gameweek of the season:
- Petr CECH [SUN(H), 6.4m] – Chelsea have been playing some great football recently despite a hectic schedule of fixtures with Mata and Hazard impressing in particular. With two clean sheets in their last three games, they are in decent defensive form and despite Di Canio’s promise of attacking football, Sunderland will struggle at Stamford Bridge. This is why we’ve chosen Cech for our man between the sticks.
- Glen JOHNSON [WHM(H), 6.5m] – Liverpool’s defensive form is a bit hit and miss but a home game against West Ham is as good a chance of keeping a clean sheet as any this gameweek. Liverpool are much stronger at home and with Carroll ineligible to play against his parent side, this should be a resounding victory.
- Leighton BAINES [TOT(A), 7.6m] – With a number of attacking players missing, Everton are likely to deploy the same defensive setup as before against Stoke. This should give Baines a little more freedom pushing forward whilst increasing the potential of a clean sheet. With Bale and Lennon out, Spurs’ threat of width will be seriously diminished and we think this is set to be a tight low-scoring affair.
- Sebastien BASSONG [SWA(H), 5.5m] – It’s been a difficult gameweek in which to pick clean sheets with the Manchester derby taking place so we turn to an unlikely character in Bassong to finish our defensive lineup. Norwich have only conceded one goal in their last three home matches and they’ll be looking to the fixture against Swansea as an opportunity to secure more points to guarantee their Premier League survival.
- Santi CAZORLA [WBA(A), 9.7m] – Cazorla completely justified our selection last week with a double-figure haul and we’ve decided to keep the faith. His price is due to rise tonight, with many transferring out the injured Bale for a potential captain choice in the important double gameweek next weekend. Cazorla is a very talented player and Wenger will look to him to provide the inspiration to take all three points at the Hawthorns this weekend.
- Eden HAZARD [SUN(H), 9.5m] – Hazard started the season in electric form but suffered a dip in form and confidence. However, he now looks back to his best and after being given a rest in the midweek match, he’s sure to start against Sunderland as Chelsea hunt down a Champions League spot. Hazard is in great form and he’ll prove to be more than a handful for the Sunderland backline this weekend.
- Phillippe COUTINHO [WHM(H), 6.9m] – Coutinho has settled into life at Liverpool surprisingly well for a young player and it’s clear that he has bags of potential. Against Villa, he played a delightful through ball to set Henderson on his way for the equaliser and he could cause just as much trouble when West Ham come face to face with him this weekend.
- David SILVA [MUN(A), 9.2m] – This spot was reserved for Bale up until the unfortunate injury last night, so at the last moment we’ve drafted in a dependable player in David Silva. It won’t be an easy fixture at Old Trafford but it’s far from a guaranteed home win. City will be well up for this game and if they get a result, Silva is sure to be the creative focal point.
- Rickie LAMBERT [RDG(A), 7.1m] – Lambert didn’t disappoint in our budget strikeforce last weekend and we’ve decided to give the in-form Englishman another shot. Travelling away won’t be easy but the Reading backline is as obliging as any when it comes to conceding and they are sure to find life hard when they come up against the high pressing Southampton side.
- Luis SUAREZ (C) [WHM(H), 11.2m] – It’ll come as little surprise that we’ve decided to select and captain Suarez for the upcoming gameweek. He’s in great form with 4 assists and 5 goals in his last 5 games and is sure to torment West Ham in Gameweek 32. With 3 double-figure returns in those matches, we’re expecting a similar performance this weekend.
- Wayne ROONEY [MCI(H), 12.0m] – With Rooney back in training and the derby coming on Monday night, we’ve decided to go with Rooney as our last striker. Many will prefer Van Persie but not many people will relish this contest more than Rooney and we expect him to work his heart out. It’ll be a great contest and we at Fantasy Football Addict can’t wait until Monday night rolls around.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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