Gameweek 31 preview

March 17, 2016

19 Mar 12:45 Everton v Arsenal
19 Mar 15:00 Chelsea v West Ham
19 Mar 15:00 Crystal Palace v Leicester
19 Mar 15:00 Watford v Stoke
19 Mar 15:00 West Brom v Norwich
19 Mar 17:30 Swansea v Aston Villa
20 Mar 13:30 Newcastle v Sunderland
20 Mar 13:30 Southampton v Liverpool
20 Mar 16:00 Man City v Man Utd
20 Mar 16:00 Spurs v Bournemouth

 

Nevermind this week. Click forward a few weeks. We have some double gameweeks. And they’re big. Gameweek 34 has expanded to 15 games, whilst gameweek 37 now has 14. To throw an extra spanner in the works, gameweek 35 has been reduced to seven fixtures due to it being FA Cup semi final weekend. And I think there’s still one game left to reschedule by my calculations. Although they have been known to be wrong.

Manchester United, Watford, Everton, Liverpool and West Ham play twice in both double gameweeks. None of those teams play in the reduced gameweek. Newcastle, Manchester City, Arsenal and West Brom play twice in double gameweek 34 and then again in the reduced gameweek. Leicester and Spurs, meanwhile, play just once each week – but hey, at least they play every week. How you use that information is up to you. You’ll probably need a wildcard to get the most out of gameweeks 34, 35 and 37, but even then you’ve still got to figure out exactly when to play it.

So, how far ahead to start any planning? Any doubts about Arsenal and Manchester City’s form might have to be put to one side until Gameweek 35 passes. Leicester and Spurs’ consistent reliability probably shouldn’t be ignored. This week offers up two very winnable games for both teams. And, the Villa factor could come into play again this weekend. Swansea will probably seal their Premiership status with a win against the league’s bottom club. Unfortunately, they’ve no double gameweek interest and they face a run of potentially tricky ties in the aftermath of this match.

The whole thing is giving me a massive headache already.

It’s Buckets Cup quarter final weekend. We’ve an even split of top half and bottom half teams. Rico United come up against Upper Bullens, meaning at least one from the lower reaches will make it through to the semi final. FC Caligula play their nearest title rivals, Your Ad Here, in the tie of the weekend.

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