Gameweek 36 preview

May 7, 2015

09 May 12:45 Everton v Sunderland
09 May 15:00 Aston Villa v West Ham
09 May 15:00 Hull v Burnley
09 May 15:00 Leicester v Southampton
09 May 15:00 Newcastle v West Brom
09 May 15:00 Stoke v Spurs
09 May 17:30 Crystal Palace v Man Utd
10 May 13:30 Man City v QPR
10 May 16:00 Chelsea v Liverpool
11 May 20:00 Arsenal v Swansea


If you’ve still got your wildcard, you’ve either forgotten you gave me £20 nine months ago or you play this game way too conservatively. Either way, you should be thinking about using it this week. Arsenal and Sunderland are up for a double-header in gameweek 37, but with a semi-favourable fixture for the Gunners this week, you could try drafting some of their lot in now rather than waiting. Arsenal still have plenty to play for despite Chelsea clinching the title last week. If they were to finish second it’d be for the first time in a decade, and they’ve the best chance of doing so of the chasing pack with their game in hand – so there should be no danger of any experimental rotation. The settled eleven that haven’t lost since the beginning of February should take the field on Monday night against Swansea. Note Aaron Ramsey’s return to form after a stop/start season with three double figure scores in six weeks – although the Welshman is rated as doubtful as I write.

Almost guaranteed a clean sheet this weekend are Hull. Hull face Burnley, who could go down if defeated. Burnley have forgotten how to score goals. Their last was in mid March. In goal for Hull 86 year old Steve Harper looks to have the nod over Allan McGregor at the moment. Harper has played the last four games and kept two clean sheets and was impressive against Arsenal on Monday night. He conceded three, but made eight saves, thus picking up some bonus marks. Hull could offer up some tempting cheap alternatives, particularly in defence. Paul McShane will still only cost you £3.9 million.

Much more obvious, but no less likely is a potential goalfest at the Etihad with QPR on the receiving end. Like Burnley, QPR could be relegated – although that would depend on other results. City’s season hasn’t delivered but there are signs that Sergio Aguero is on a mission to make sure he ends up as the league’s top scorer. He leads that race with 22 goals – five of those have come in the last four games. Only Harry Kane on 20 looks able to catch him, and the Spurs forward is starting to drop out of teams with only one goal in his last five. It would take some major tinkering to wedge Aguero back into your line up, especially if you’re going down the Arsenal route for the next two gameweeks.

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