So the title chase is over for this season, following United’s victory over Villa on Monday night but there’s still plenty to play for with European spots up for grabs and Premier League survival still to be decided.
There’s a bottom of the table clash between QPR and Reading, whilst Van Persie makes his first return to the Emirates as a title winner with United. To finish things off, on Monday night, Villa host Sunderland in a very important match to see who might be taking the third relegation spot.
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 35. 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. So without further ado, here is our selection for the 35th gameweek of the season:
- Artur BORUC [WBA(H), 4.4m] – Southampton may not be known for their defensive solidity but in recent weeks, they have tightened up with 2 clean sheets in their last 3 games. West Brom haven’t been prolific in front of goal recently and Boruc has a decent chance of keeping another clean sheet as long as they can keep Lukaku quiet.
- Ryan SHAWCROSS [NOR(H), 5.7m] – Stoke are another side who have struggled a little at the back but once again they play at home and face another side who are far from the deadliest in attack. They’ve kept two clean sheets in their last 5 and Pulis will know the importance of getting a result in this match to avoid being dragged into the relegation battle. The victory last weekend will have given all of the boys a boost going into this match with Norwich.
- Leighton BAINES [FUL(H), 7.8m] – Everton were unable to keep up their great defensive form last weekend, letting Sessegnon sneak a long range strike past them. However, Moyes will want them to grind out a result against Fulham to finish the season on a high and show their top players why they shouldn’t leave for other clubs. One of their main players is highest points scoring defender Baines and he has the potential to produce at both ends of the field this weekend.
- Vincent KOMPANY [WHM(H), 7.0m] – Kompany remains one of the best defenders in the Premier League and with 2 clean sheets in their last 4, City will have eyes on another this gameweek. Kompany will have his hands full taking care of Carroll but if he succeeds, he’s likely to have at least 6 points heading his way.
- Stephane SESSEGNON [AVL(A), 7.1m] – Sessegnon continued to inspire Sunderland with another well taken strike to defeat Everton last weekend and record an important victory. This Monday night is a massive game and one where Sunderland can not afford to lose, it’s sure to be a high-tempo game and one where chances will come at either end. Sessegnon’s confidence will be high and Di Canio will once again hoping the Benin international can prove to be the difference once again.
- Theo WALCOTT [MUN(H), 8.8m] – Walcott was only given 70 minutes to impress as he continues to make his return from injury but that was enough for the bonus judges to award him with an additional 2 points. The match against United won’t be easy but all of the Arsenal players will be eager to show that they can cope just fine without RVP and we can expect Walcott to put in a strong performance.
- Juan MATA [SWA(H), 9.8m] – Mata continues to be the most important player for Chelsea and proved it last weekend with two assists in the draw against Liverpool. He’s simply a cracking player and was given a rest for the Europa League match against Basel, so he should prove to be a thorn in Swansea’s backline.
- Gareth BALE (C) [WIG(A), 10.5m] – What can we say about this lad? He’s simply unstoppable and took no time to return to point scoring ways with a fine assist with the outside of his left foot and a lovely dink over Hart for the third Spurs goal. With this in mind, we’ve given Bale the captain’s armband, as he’s sure to torment the Wigan defence this weekend.
- Christian BENTEKE [SUN(H), 7.4m] – If Villa have any hopes of Premier League survival, this game is a must-win. So Lambert will be looking to his forwards and in particular, the young Belgian, Benteke. He’s had an excellent debut season and has shown great maturity but Villa fans will be hoping on Monday night that he can put in one more match-winning performance.
- Robin VAN PERSIE [MUN(A), 13.8m] – Van Persie continued his return to goalscoring form with an excellent hat trick against Villa to seal the title for United. His second was a peach of a strike, which is sure to be a contender for goal of the season. With confidence flowing through his veins, he’ll be fully charged for his first return to the Emirates since leaving Arsenal and it is sure to be an emotional occasion. I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t receive a warm welcome from the Arsenal faithful but don’t expect RVP to be merciful if given the opportunity to score against his former side.
- Carlos TEVEZ [WHM(H), 9.1m] – Tevez’s season has been a little overshadowed by events at United but he’s been excellent collecting 11 goals and 13 assists so far. With doubts over Aguero’s fitness, it’s come as no surprise that plenty have already chosen to bring the talented Argentinian in, well in advance of the double gameweek. With 4 goals in his last 7, Tevez is in decent form and he’ll be at the forefront if City get a result against West Ham this weekend.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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