Gameweek 37 preview

May 14, 2015

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

The penultimate gameweek and probably the last chance for many to claim some prize money.
The May manager of the month appears to be a two horse race between Paris Spinks German and Bermie United. Only two points separate the two teams at the top of the monthly table….

# Team Manager GW TOT
1 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 92 160
2 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 88 159
3 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 74 143
4 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 86 138
5 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 91 136
6 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 82 135
7 Van Damme United P Hawkins 75 130

 

There’s a possibility that some of the chasing pack will find the points to catch them, with it being a double gameweek, but the best chance we all have of winning some moolah is to set up to win the highest weekly score prize.

Pescara’s 119 points is the total to beat. For those not in contention for the league or the manager of the month, there really is no harm in ignoring the transfer points penalties and picking your team based purely on who you think will score big this week, starting with drafting in three Arsenal players and three Sunderland players.

It’s easy to think that the Arsenal contingent are more likely to bring home the bacon, but I doubt too many people envisaged they’d lose to Swansea last week. They need to win both games to stand any chance of finishing second – a task which is out of their hands now, even with a game in hand.

It’d be a major surprise (and annoyance) if Wenger were to choose anything but his current preferred starting XI, particularly for the United game. Take your pick from Sanchez, Ramsey, Cazorla, Giroud and Ozil of the forward players. Mertesacker,  Koscielny, Monreal and Bellerin will make up the back four. Hector Bellerin’s cheapness and effectiveness as an attacking threat makes him the most likely to get anything extra than defensive bonuses. Francis Coquelin is having an impressive season, but is offering nothing fantasy wise. Besides there are attacking threats in the Sunderland side who are similarly priced.

Predominantly Jordi Gomez, who is their form player, and maybe more importantly, their penalty taker. Gomez looks an assured penalty taker and it’d be no surprise to see him slotting home from the spot again as Sunderland fight for their lives to stay in the league. Danny Graham has come into contention in recent weeks, much like Connor Wickham did at the end of last season to score the goals to keep them up. Graham, Wickham and Jermain Defoe are the current preferred forward three it seems and will only set you back £4.7, £5.6 and £5 million respectively. Any of them could be a cunning replacement for Harry Kane, who looks like he might have gone on holiday already.

 

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