Gameweek 37 preview

May 5, 2016

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

 

The penultimate week of the season and the week that could decide the title. A double gameweek almost as epic as the last one with eight teams playing twice, and arguably five of those teams with something to play for. These final two weeks also make up the quick sprint that is the race to be May manager of the month.

Gameweek 34 produced 31 scores of 100 points or more, including the highest ever Buckets League weekly score. It’ll take a lot to beat the 190 points posted by The Kolarov Mane. If you think you need a triple captain to achieve that, think again. TKM used their bench boost and still outscored the rest of us. I’m not sure there are too many triple captain holders left. It’s certainly the chip that promises the most points, but as TKM proved, first and foremost, you need the right combo of double gameweek players.

FC Caligula, however, are one team yet to use their triple captain chip. If they get that right, and I’m guessing this is the week it’s going to be played, then the title is surely theirs. The obvious choices for the armband don’t appear as cut and dried as they did in gameweek 34. West Ham offer up the most in form players of those playing twice. Andy Carroll has scored six in six games, while Mark Noble as four in his last two.

Daniel Sturridge is starting much more regularly now for Liverpool following Divock Origi’s injury and Jurgen Klopp clearly not liking the Benteke option too much. Although he may opt for the Belgian if he think’s Sturridge’s European exploits have been too much for him in midweek. Klopp rotated the team completely for last weeks defeat at Swansea, resting almost every first teamer for their European semi final. Whether the first team turn out for both of these league games will probably depend on progression through to the Europa League final. As I write it’s 1-1 on aggregate.

The leading form defender is Antonio Valencia, who appears to have jumped ahead of Matteo Darmian and Tim Fosu-Mensah as Manchester United’s first choice right back. I’m not sure he’s guaranteed the start, but if he does line up in both games, he’s good for assists as well as clean sheet points.

The real risk would be to plump for Eden Hazard. Remember him? His three goals in his last two games, including the one that ended Spurs’ title hopes have earned him 24 points – almost a quarter of his entire season’s haul. Hazard has scored 233, 202 and 190 in his three Premier League seasons, yet he may not even pass 100 in this. He’s currently sat on 90. Games against Sunderland and Liverpool might help him past that total. He’s not guaranteed a start – he didn’t start against Spurs – but his performance in the second half changed the game. The risk is dare you part with £10.8 million for him?

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