Gameweek 31 preview

April 2, 2015

04 Apr 12:45 Arsenal v Liverpool
04 Apr 15:00 Everton v Southampton
04 Apr 15:00 Leicester v West Ham
04 Apr 15:00 Man Utd v Aston Villa
04 Apr 15:00 Swansea v Hull
04 Apr 15:00 West Brom v QPR
04 Apr 17:30 Chelsea v Stoke
05 Apr 13:30 Burnley v Spurs
05 Apr 16:00 Sunderland v Newcastle
06 Apr 20:00 Crystal Palace v Man City
07 Apr 19:45 Aston Villa v QPR


We’ve another double gameweek. Aston Villa and QPR (again) are up for twice the points. There are probably more cons than pros to drafting in any of their players. For starters they both face tough games in week 32. So if you use up multiple transfers this week, you’re likely to be lumbered. Villa play Spurs and QPR host Chelsea.

QPR played a double header as recently as gameweek 28 in which they played Arsenal and Spurs away from home, losing 2-1 in both games. Their defence was best avoided then, and they’ve done nothing in the intervening weeks to make you change your mind. No defender has scored more than two points since. In fact only three players have contributed anything to their totals other than appearance points. Eduardo Vargas would be the biggest punt of the three being the least likely to start both games. Charlie Austin’s scoring rate has dropped. There are 11 forwards in better form than him at the moment. Matthew Phillips may be the pick of the bunch at only £4.6 million and in a run of games that have seen him assist four and score a goal of the season contender.

Over at Villa Park prospects aren’t much better. OK – so they line up at home against QPR – and the smart money would be on them getting the three points in that game, but that’s off the back of a trip to Old Trafford. At the back they appear to be down to their bare bones with only two fit first choice defenders, which doesn’t bode well for a side that have only kept two clean sheets this year. Having said that, that’s still one more than QPR. In their favour, they’ve affordable players in better form. Christian Benteke is second in the striker form list with two double figure scores in the last three weeks. Fourth in the striker form list is Gabby Agbonlahor, who at £5.2 million, is almost a million and a half cheaper than Benteke, which I think adds up to being a better investment.

There’s been a semi interesting development involving a couple of goalkeepers in the last few weeks. Fraser Forster has been number one keeper for most of the season. Ben Foster has been integral to the new stingy West Brom under Tony Pulis. Both are now out for the season, meaning Boaz Myhill and Kelvin Davies are guaranteed starters for the remaining eight gameweeks. Both made encouraging starts a fortnight ago. Davies kept a clean sheet. Of Southampton’s remaining fixtures, five of the eight offer more clean sheet potential. Myhill meanwhile, despite conceding three against Manchester City, made 13 saves, adding 4 points to his score. Four out of West Broms remaining eight games could yield a clean sheet. At £4.4 million and £4 million respectively, they’ll also save you money.

Its Buckets Cup semi Final weekend. A top of the table clash and a mid table battle will determine who plays in the final next week.


You what?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: