Gameweek 35 preview

April 25, 2013

27 Apr 12:45 Man City Man City v West Ham West Ham
27 Apr 15:00 Everton Everton v Fulham Fulham
27 Apr 15:00 Southampton Southampton v West Brom West Brom
27 Apr 15:00 Stoke City Stoke City v Norwich Norwich
27 Apr 15:00 Wigan Wigan v Tottenham Tottenham
27 Apr 17:30 Newcastle Newcastle v Liverpool Liverpool
28 Apr 13:30 Reading Reading v QPR QPR
28 Apr 15:00 Chelsea Chelsea v Swansea Swansea
28 Apr 16:00 Arsenal Arsenal v Man Utd Man Utd
29 Apr 20:00 Aston Villa Aston Villa v Sunderland Sunderland

Ditching Luis Suarez is going to be easier than expected. To get maximum points from your replacement, it’s probably best to skip a week and check next weeks fixtures, bearing in mind that 6 teams play twice. Among those teams are Chelsea and Spurs. And within those teams you’ve got 3 of the 6 top midfielders. Replacing Suarez, an attacker, for Bale, Hazard or Mata, all midfielders, means that a cut price attacker is probably going to have to be added. There are plenty of options in amongst the 6 teams doubling up on that front. Wigan and West Brom offer up Kone and Lukaku. Both come in at around the 6.5 million mark, and both have it in them to score at least once in any one of their two games next week, or their fixture this week.

Or you could make a straight switch – Suarez for an expensive attacker. City play twice, and so Tevez or Aguero would be the obvious pound for pound swap.

There aren’t any out and out bankers this week. City maybe have the easiest game of the top teams. Their home tie against West Ham should get them 3 points, but how will United’s convincing title win have effected them. And West Ham have edged into the top half on the back of 5 games undefeated. Jussi Jaaskelainen is the games top keeper. When and how did that happen? United themselves won’t let up. But they have Arsenal at the Emirates this weekend. Arsenal will give them the guard of honour, and then want to get about cementing their Champions League place. A very difficult game to call. And the majority of the rest of the fixtures match up mid table against mid table and relegation candidate against relegation candidate. Again – all difficult to call. That’s why it’s probably worth skipping any serious mulling over of what might happen this weekend, and putting all your eggs in a gameweek 36 shaped basket. Think Spurs, Chelsea and City – backed up by West Brom, Wigan and Swansea.

It’s the week that will decide the April manager of the month. The top of the monthly table looks like this…

1 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 103 197
2 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 95 193
3 Borussia HairBack Alex Ritchie 85 186
4 Pimp My Side Jordan Raper 71 183
5 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 85 182
6 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 83 178
7 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 82 177
8 A Few Good Men Darren Pope 65 174
9 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 78 172
10 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 86 172

Last week’s 2 highest scorers sit at the top of the monthly table. Panza Grande’s 103 points and Bermie United’s 95 points have put them in pole position. All of the other teams in serious contention all scored well last week. Most managed at 70+ score, and among them are some of the usual suspects. All of the top 3 are there. A Pint of Fuller’s and Bermie United both have a chance of winning their 2nd manager of the month prize.

 

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