Gameweek 36 preview

April 29, 2016

30 Apr 15:00 Everton v Bournemouth
30 Apr 15:00 Newcastle v Crystal Palace
30 Apr 15:00 Stoke v Sunderland
30 Apr 15:00 Watford v Aston Villa
30 Apr 15:00 West Brom v West Ham
30 Apr 17:30 Arsenal v Norwich
01 May 12:00 Swansea v Liverpool
01 May 14:05 Man Utd v Leicester
01 May 16:30 Southampton v Man City
02 May 20:00 Chelsea v Spurs

We’ll know by the end of this week who our April manager of the month is. We may even know by the end of Saturday. I still haven’t figured out, where a gameweek straddles the end of one month and the start of the next, whether monthly totals are calculated to the end of the month – or to the end of the gameweek. If that makes sense?

Here’s the current table…

1 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 47 378
2 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 48 352
3 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 51 333
4 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 45 333
5 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 39 327
6 Init fc Mustafa khan 52 325

 

Games stretch across three days again. With Spurs playing on Monday night again. Although, it could all be over by Sunday if Leicester beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. Dele Alli will play no further part in the season having been caught landing a punch on Claudio Yacob on Monday night. That may be a blessing in disguise for Alli owners. With no title to play for, ejecting Spurs players for next week’s double gameweek has just been made that bit easier. Alli’s absence frees up a handy £6 million or so to invest in one of the eight teams playing twice next week. Of those eight teams, definitely four, and maybe five, if you include Liverpool, still have something to play for.

And of those four, Sunderland could be the team most likely to deliver. Of the teams fighting to stay in the league they are the ones in slightly better form. In Jermain Defoe they’ve a proven goalscorer in double figures for the 7th time in a Premier League season and five defenders and a goalkeeper with three clean sheets in four games. This weekend they take on Stoke, who have conceded four in the last three games, scoring only once themselves. Classic “on the beach” performances. They’ve Chelsea and Everton next week. Both at home and both eminently winnable.

Rotation has featured quite heavily in recent weeks. Liverpool and Manchester City look the most likely to rest the odd player given their European exploits. City didn’t see fit to rest Sergio Aguero ahead of their game last weekend, but Kelechi Iheanacho’s performance against Stoke may tempt Pelligrini to be more cautious with their star striker at Southampton on Sunday. Liverpool is a tough one. Jurgen Klopp hasn’t been afraid to throw the kids in and that may happen again at the expense of more proven players at Swansea. If Villareal knock them out of the Europa that may come as a relief for those with Liverpool players in the teams, as they’re much more likely to come back in for the double gameweek.

 

 

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