Gameweek 30 preview

March 13, 2014

15 Mar 12:45 Hull City v Man City
15 Mar 15:00 Everton v Cardiff City
15 Mar 15:00 Fulham v Newcastle
15 Mar 15:00 Southampton v Norwich
15 Mar 15:00 Stoke City v West Ham
15 Mar 15:00 Sunderland v Crystal Palace
15 Mar 15:00 Swansea v West Brom
15 Mar 17:30 Aston Villa v Chelsea
16 Mar 13:30 Man Utd v Liverpool
16 Mar 16:00 Tottenham v Arsenal

You’d be well advised to approach this week with next week in mind. Ten teams play twice in gameweek 31, and making some careful transfers this week should enable you to get 11 men out on the field next week. And hopefully all with the potential for playing 180 minutes.

Looking solely at this week, Chelsea, who travel to Villa, continue to offer good points potential. In recent weeks their defenders have been gobbling up the bonus marks. You have to go back to gameweek 21 for the last time that one of either Ivanovic, Terry or Cahill didn’t pick up some extras. It seems if they keep a clean sheet, which they’ve done nine times in the last 13 games, then one or more of their defensive mainstays picks up a bonus mark or three. Come next week however, managers will have to work out whether they can afford to bench their Chelsea threesomes, or whether they have to be sacrificed to accommodate players playing two games. 

West Brom, Norwich, Fulham and Palace all face tough tasks this week and next, and none of them are double gameweekers. If any transfers are to be made, it’s the players of these teams you should be endeavouring to drop first.

None of the teams playing twice in gameweek 31 have an easy triplet of fixtures. West Ham, Sunderland, Swansea, Everton, City and Newcastle have winnable games this weekend, but come up against tougher opposition next week. Hull, Liverpool, United and Arsenal have tough assignments this weekend, but face easier opponents over the double gameweek. You’ve got to get the balance right.

The cup is at the quarter final stage. Could Inter Minan sneak through another round. If Demba Ba plays, anything is possible.






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