Gameweek 33 preview

April 12, 2013

13 Apr 15:00 Arsenal Arsenal v Norwich Norwich
13 Apr 15:00 Aston Villa Aston Villa v Fulham Fulham
13 Apr 15:00 Everton Everton v QPR QPR
13 Apr 15:00 Reading Reading v Liverpool Liverpool
13 Apr 15:00 Southampton Southampton v West Ham West Ham
14 Apr 12:00 Newcastle Newcastle v Sunderland Sunderland
14 Apr 14:05 Stoke City Stoke City v Man Utd Man Utd
16 Apr 19:45 Arsenal Arsenal v Everton Everton
17 Apr 19:45 Man City Man City v Wigan Wigan
17 Apr 19:45 West Ham West Ham v Man Utd Man Utd
17 Apr 20:00 Fulham Fulham v Chelsea Chelsea

 

So, here it is. Silly week 33. There are 5 teams playing twice, but not only that, there are 3 teams not playing at all. So how many transfers dare you use? How much forward planning have you done? Have you been gradually shifting United, Everton, Arsenal West Ham and Fulham players in over the last few weeks? How many Swansea, Spurs and West Brom players have you got in your teams? Is it finally the week you wave a tearful goodbye to Michu?

Bear in mind your bench. Michu scored again last week. There are still goals in him. And in gameweek 37 – Swansea play twice. To get rid of him now might cost you. You’ll be looking at spending a million or so more to buy him back.

A couple of annoyances that might affect the number of transfers you feel like making. Of the teams that are playing only once, some have a very good chance of providing some big scoring players. Liverpool play Reading. So picking Luis Suarez could be profitable. It hasn’t been in recent weeks, but Reading look as if they know they are doomed. And Liverpool should smell blood if they’ve anything about them. And City host Wigan. I think City will win all of their remaining games. They don’t have a prolific goalscorer in form at the moment, but their defensive strength has returned. It’s 7 clean sheets in 11 games.

But really you should be looking at doubling up as much as you possibly can. United have two winnable games – and their current clean sheet record is such, that you’d be daft to ignore at least one of their defenders. Both games are away from home at Stoke and West Ham. Stoke’s a guaranteed 6 pointer for the defence. West Ham’s more difficult to call, but could easily be another shut-out. Fergie seems to be rotating his defence a lot. Vidic and Ferdinand seem incapable of playing more than two games in a week at the moment. Rafael can unexpectedly make way for Jones or Smalling at times. Evra is almost a guaranteed starter – as is De Gea.

Arsenal’s two games are both at home. They should beat Norwich – and that should be to nil. Although they have a habit of going 2 or 3 up, switching off, and conceding a late one. The Everton game is much more difficult to predict. It could even end in both teams cancelling each other out and both getting an unexpected clean sheet. They have got players in good form. Gervinho, in particular, has hit a purple patch. But – Walcott could be back, which may see Gervinho drop to the bench. Cazorla’s the obvious choice. And you can get Bacary Sagna at the ridiculously cheap price of 4.7 million. Everton play QPR at Goodison Park on Saturday. Fellaini and Pienaar are both back from suspension. Their absence has seen their value drop. This could be an incentive to get them in for their run in. I’m not sure QPR are capable of keeping clean sheets. Although they seem very capable of scoring. Loic Remy looks suited to the Premier League, and maybe he’s another player only playing once this week that you could be tempted to keep in your team.

West Ham and Fulham are the teams your least likely to turn to. Fulham are away to Villa, who are starting to fight, and at home to Chelsea. Dimitar Berbatov had scored in 4 consecutive games up until last weekend, and he’s only valued at 7.4 million. He’s good enough to score againast anybody – if he get’s some service. West Ham have the toughest set of fixtures. Away at Southampton, who are looking up instead of down, and home to Man United. But, both Fulham and West Ham will offer good mid priced options to fill out your squad.

There are lots of combos of players to choose from. If you’ve got a wildcard left – play it.

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