Gameweek 32 preview

March 28, 2014

29 Mar 12:45 Man Utd v Aston Villa
29 Mar 15:00 Crystal Palace v Chelsea
29 Mar 15:00 Southampton v Newcastle
29 Mar 15:00 Stoke City v Hull City
29 Mar 15:00 Swansea City v Norwich City
29 Mar 15:00 West Brom v Cardiff City
29 Mar 17:30 Arsenal v Man City
30 Mar 13:30 Fulham v Everton
30 Mar 16:00 Liverpool v Tottenham
31 Mar 20:00 Sunderland v West Ham


Two things are settled this week. Firstly, it’s Buckets Cup final day. Neil Madrid take on Crazylegs. Whoever wins will become the first team to win both a league title and a cup. And the March manager of the moth will be decided. Last weeks uber-scores saw Sporting give up a 20 point lead at the top of the monthly table to fall 20 points behind Panza and Shaky. Romeo’s make up the top four. It’s possibly the first time the top four in the league make up the top four in the chase for the monthly award. It looks like this…

1 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 161 328
1 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 165 328
3 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 158 313
4 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 124 304
5 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 158 292
6 The Magico Rob Buttaci 152 290
7 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 155 288

We’re back to normal this week. Which is a shame. We’ve got ten matches with each team just playing once. Last week there was an average of four goals per game. Buckets teams were scoring an average of around ten points per game. If a team is going to break the 100 point mark this week, that’s what’s needed.

There’s potential for big scores this week. The teams in form all have games they should win. Everton are putting real pressure on Arsenal for the fourth place spot and are on a run of four consecutive victories. Where better for them to be than at bottom club Fulham? Everton put four past Fulham in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. And City, who’ve hit a run of clean sheet keeping just at the right time, travel to Arsenal. Arsenal have injury and confidence problems. Could they concede six again? Liverpool, meanwhile, welcome Spurs. They put five past them at the Lane in December. That was a game in which Suarez scored two and assisted the other three. Chelsea travel to Palace. Chelsea only beat Palace 2-1 first time round, so they kind of ruin this little analogy I’ve got going. Still, you’d have to be a bit of a nutter to bet against them winning.

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