Gameweek 33 preview

April 8, 2016

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

 

Everton and Crystal Palace are the two teams to look at as we approach our first double gameweek of the season. It’s the first of three in a five week period, and it’ll probably play a crucial part in determining our Buckets Cup winners for this season.

Good luck to The Craggy Islanders and FC Caligula. Both have a wildcard and chips to play. Will FC Caligula go all out for cup glory, or keep one eye on the league, possibly handing The Craggy Islanders the initiative? It’ll be interesting to see how both approach the week. Despite being way behind their opponents in the league, The Craggy Islanders are actually in better form – very, very, very slightly. Since the cup competition began they’ve amassed 297 points to Caligula’s 295. So it’s not a foregone conclusion. It will all come down to good double gameweek tactics.

So, to our two double gameweekers. Everton players probably feel like the better investment. Don’t be put off by the fact that their two games this week and one of their two games next week are away from home. Only Manchester United last weekend and Manchester City, in a Littlewoods Cup tie, have beaten them away from Goodison Park since the turn of the year. However, do be put off by individual player form. None of their players score over 2.5 on the form charts – that’s the average score over the last six games. What are the chances of Romelu Lukaku drawing a blank over the next four matches? That does seem unlikely. Watford collapsed against Arsenal last week and may have their minds on their Cup semi final. So might Palace. Then again – so might Everton.

Palace, meanwhile, have sunk like a stone since the turn of the year. Their form makes much worse reading than Everton’s. Their last clean sheet was at the end of December, and they still can’t find a goalscorer. Their gameweek 34 fixtures don’t make encouraging reading either. Maybe we should just ignore this double gameweek altogether.

 

 

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