Gameweek 35 preview

April 18, 2014

19 Apr 12:45 Tottenham v Fulham
19 Apr 15:00 Aston Villa v Southampton
19 Apr 15:00 Cardiff City v Stoke City
19 Apr 15:00 Newcastle v Swansea
19 Apr 15:00 West Ham v Crystal Palace
19 Apr 17:30 Chelsea v Sunderland
20 Apr 12:00 Norwich v Liverpool
20 Apr 14:05 Hull City v Arsenal
20 Apr 16:10 Everton v Man Utd
21 Apr 20:00 Man City v West Brom

 

If you’re wondering whether there’s still any point in playing this stupid game, then consider the fact that there are still two manager of the month prizes to play for and that the May manager of the month award is a simple two week shootout that ANYONE could win. We’re half way through this month, and although rather predictably Romeo’s are top of the table, there’s still the possibility of some twists and turns that could elevate the quick thinking/risk taking boss to the top of the pile. Here’s the league table as it stands for the month of April…

1 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 64 143
2 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 79 131
3 Have a little dink Ian Williams 74 128
4 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 69 128
5 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 73 119
6 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 57 117
7 Kedah FA David Spinks 74 117
7 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 63 117
9 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 49 115
10 The Magico Rob Buttaci 63 111
11 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 55 106
11 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 53 106
13 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 42 104
14 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 65 104
15 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 54 100
16 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 59 99
17 Ciderheads Darren Pope 48 98
18 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 39 97
19 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 45 96
20 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 48 91
21 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 38 89
22 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 40 86
23 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 41 83
24 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 44 76
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 37 73
26 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 44 72

 

Now, over the last few weeks we’ve seen many big name players, particularly big name goal getters pick up injuries. During gameweek 34 Yaya Toure, Dany Stuirridge and David Silva all picked up knocks which look likely to rule them out for varying amounts of time. No Buckets team is without at least one of those players. Do you drop or bench them? Bringing in the wrong player to replace them will cost you. Pick the right player and you could find yourself in with a chance of a prize. But who to pick? Jay Rodriguez and Christian Benteke are out for the season. There are rumours that Rooney and Van Persie are coming back to fitness, but how close are they, and are they too much of an expensive risk at this time? The same can be said for Sergio Aguero. Loic Remy is rumoured to be in contention for the weekend. Is he really the difference between Newcastle scoring and not scoring? Eden Hazard is still one game from fitness. Jordan Henderson is suspended. Aaron Ramsey could still be lacking match time. Mesut Ozil….remember him?

It’s a week for taking punts. In among the reliables that are left standing – Gerrard, Mata, Nasri, Lambert and Lukaku – there are some players in form that shouldn’t be ignored, no matter how much money you’re left with in the bank. Puncheon, Eriksen, Odemwingie, Bony, Podolski, Mutch and Matic may be unfashionable, but could be the differential needed to overtake those teams unwilling to take the risk.

 

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