Gameweek 34 preview

April 23, 2015

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

 

Of the five remaining gameweeks this is the one that offers managers the best opportunity to shoot up the leaderboard. Gameweek 37 offers a double header featuring Arsenal and Sunderland. But this week is a double double header – in which Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool and Hull all play twice. Back in gameweek 31 Pescara posted the highest weekly score of the season with 119 points. That was 41 points more than Neil Madrid in that single week. If that happens again, Pescara will move ahead of Madrid in the table. There’s still plenty to play for. Even Van Damme United in 11th could realistically put themselves in with a sniff of fourth place if they hit the double gameweek jackpot.

Key will be getting the captain choice right. The safe bet is clearly Eden Hazard. It’d be a brave punt to bet against the Chelsea man. It’s very likely he’ll come out of the week with double figures, and as captain probably add 20+ points to your total. The stats more than back up this theory. He’s posted nine double figure gameweeks which is two more than his closest rival. He’s amassed 211 points in total over 33 weeks. That’s 6.39 points per week on average. So that should mean 12 or 13 points for this two game week. He’s contributed attacking and/or bonus points in 20 of the 33 gameweeks. He’s far and away the game’s most consistent player. He’s the league’s best player. Dare you pick someone else as captain?

Liverpool’s point scoring prospects look good. Despite being away from home in both games they face a West Brom team who are probably safe and a Hull team who are struggling badly. Liverpool will not have completely given up hope on fourth place, knowing six points and another City slip up will put them only one point behind. A reliable midfield three of Henderson, Sterling and Coutinho are the obvious players to pick from. Henderson is the cheapest and in the best form. Sterling has the most points and is the most likely to be used further forward in Sturridge’s absence. Coutinho is the player picking up the most plaudits it seems. All are capable of double figure returns and potential 20+ scores with captaincy.

Whereas Chelsea and Liverpool offer up the big names and big scorers at high prices, much will depend on how you balance the books with the cheaper options that Hull and Leicester have to offer. Esteban Cambiasso has been the driving force behind Leicester’s mini revival, which, if it continues on Saturday, will see them jump out of the bottom three for the first time…..ever, and potentially put them in 16th place. Most of the Leicester regulars won’t cost you any more than £5 million. Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa have crept back in to form at the right time after lean mid seasons. They appear to have tightened up defensively also. The acquisition of Robert Huth and the return from injury of Kasper Schmeichel have probably contributed to this, and providing they keep the damage to a minimum against Chelsea, there’s no reason why a healthy high single figure score could be achieved if they get a clean sheet against Burnley. It’s worth noting that Burnley haven’t scored since mid March.

And then there’s Hull….

And here’s a reminder of the April table. This week decides our latest monthly manager award…

 

1 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 47 213
2 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 60 210
3 Van Damme United P Hawkins 47 202
4 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 57 196
5 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 44 190
6 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 61 184
7 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 52 169
8 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 45 167
9 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 43 165
10 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 31 162

 

Good luck.

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