Gameweek 31 preview

March 29, 2012

The clocks have gone forward. It’s that time of the season where we go to matches in short sleeves and the pitches are bathed in sunshine. A team gets dragged into the relegation mire (Villa?) and a team that’s been there all season drags itself out (Blackburn?). Man United win every game, most of them with a debatable decision to discuss, and any challenger crumbles under the pressure of Fergie mind games. Bottom half teams start getting results against top half teams, and those mainstays of your fantasy team start putting in duff performances leaving you in a quandary of whether to ditch, or stick with them. Invariably, if you stick with them , they carry on being shit, and if you ditch, they rediscover their form and score every week.

So, out with those pesky Liverpool defenders then. Somehow, they boast the third best defensive record in the league, despite losing just about every game they’ve played recently, and conceding five in two weeks to QPR and Wigan. Historically, they always beat Newcastle – I know from bitter experience. The pundits would love it to be another 4-3 – it won’t be – but get rid anyway.

There’s a couple of results you can bank on this week. United again. We don’t have to keep going on about their recent run of form. Just make sure you’ve plenty of red in your team. Blackburn beat them at Old Trafford, but I doubt they’ll do the double. Not many teams do doubles over Man United. Take Shadwell’s lead and add more Arsenal players to your team. As well as Van Persie – Szczesny, Gibbs, Vermaelen,  Sagna, Song, Arteta and Walcott are all scoring well. Away at QPR should be a doddle on current form. Villa look like they’re plummeting, and despite a busy schedule, Chelsea will probably continue their current pick up in form. They should give the job permanently to Di Matteo. I’m not sure City’s match against Sunderland is such a banker, although they’ll probably scrape the win they need. They have to win. There’s no margin for error. Kompany and Lescott may not be back, so probably another scary 2-1.

By Monday we will know who has won the March Manager of the Month, and which team has won the inaugural Buckets Cup. Shadwell sit third in the monthly table. And, even if they win it, it’s extremely unlikely they’ll move off the bottom of the overall league. Uriah lead the way, from Romeo’s, Shadwell, Pescara, Doing the 91, Neil Madrid and Shoelace. All are in contention. If Uriah post a higher than average score it may be enough to win them both the manager of the month, and the Buckets Cup. They face Rip Roaring Reds in the final, who themselves have an outside chance of the manager of the month. That’s £50 to play for in one gameweek for these two teams. Good luck.

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