Gameweek 37 preview

May 1, 2014

03 May 12:45 West Ham v Tottenham
03 May 15:00 Aston Villa v Hull City
03 May 15:00 Man Utd v Sunderland
03 May 15:00 Newcastle v Cardiff City
03 May 15:00 Stoke City v Fulham
03 May 15:00 Swansea v Southampton
03 May 17:30 Everton v Man City
04 May 13:30 Arsenal v West Brom
04 May 16:00 Chelsea v Norwich
05 May 20:00 Crystal Palace v Liverpool
06 May 19:45 Man Utd v Hull City
07 May 19:45 Man City v Aston Villa
07 May 19:45 Sunderland v West Brom

 

The penultimate week. The first week of the last month. May is a two week blitz that’ll earn you a tenner if you score the highest. A chance for some redemption and some beer money to watch the cup final with. Gameweek 37. A double gameweek. Six teams playing twice. Some with better prospects than others. There’s six Buckets teams left in with a shout of the big prizes, and a chance for a last minute swap at the top of the table after looking for so long like it was in the bag for Romeo’s Honda-van.

It’s taken all season to get here, but possibly the team most likely in gameweek 37 is Manchester United. Remember them. Former champions. On their third manager in the last 12 months. Soon to be on their fourth. Their 4-0 drubbing of Norwich last week sets them up nicely for their double gameweek and two winnable looking fixtures against Hull and Sunderland, who themselves play twice. There’s enough shitness below Hull to suggest that they’re safe, even though they’re not mathematically. Sunderland will be a tougher task, but just as Hull have probably got their eyes on the cup final, the Mackems may be focusing more on their midweek tie against the Baggies. Robin Van Persie has returned to training which could spell bad news for those who invested in Juan Mata last week. A return to the team for the Dutch striker may mean Mata is shunted out wide where he’s been less effective. He may not even start, as was the case last week. He is, however, sure to get some game time in both fixtures, and is still a good bet for a points haul. He scored 13 points in a 30 minute cameo last week. Rooney is sure to start, and although the other midfielders still aren’t offering much, Patrice Evra and David De Gea should offer potential in defence. You’d think at least one clean sheet would be possible against their bottom half opposition.

The Sunderland West Brom game is difficult to call. Sunderland’s home advantage may make them slight favourites. West Brom could be safe if they get an unlikely three points at Arsenal on Sunday. Both teams have players in good form coming into this gameweek. Ben Foster is top of the form league for goalkeepers and Morgan Amalfitano, with two goals ad two assists in his last six games, look attractive. Vito Mannone continues to be a tempting option between the sticks. Even when he concedes his save bonuses almost always boost his points total. Connor Wickham and Fabio Borni are averaging seven and four points per game respectively at the moment, and their cheapenss opens the door for more expensive options elsewhere.

Elsewhere being the City team. The title is theirs to lose AGAIN. An away trip to Everton will be tricky, but with their Champions League ambitions dented, it may be that their bubble has burst a little. They’ve also got injury problems with three of their first choice back four all struggling. City’s second game is at home to Villa, who of all the double gameweekers look the least promising for points. Any three of Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Dimechelis, Nasri, Toure, Aguero or Dzeko will do. All should start both games.

 

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