Gameweek 38 preview

May 12, 2016

15 May 15:00 Arsenal v Aston Villa
15 May 15:00 Chelsea v Leicester
15 May 15:00 Everton v Norwich
15 May 15:00 Man Utd v Bournemouth
15 May 15:00 Newcastle v Spurs
15 May 15:00 Southampton v Crystal Palace
15 May 15:00 Stoke v West Ham
15 May 15:00 Swansea v Man City
15 May 15:00 Watford v Sunderland
15 May 15:00 West Brom v Liverpool


The final week of the season – and there are plenty of Buckets teams still with something to play for – whether it be the main prize, or the May manager of the month. There are arguably seven teams chasing the top four places and at least another seven in contention for the last monthly prize.

The last week can be a bit of a minefield. It’s worth highlighting the teams still with something to fight for. Spurs will want to hold on to second ahead of Arsenal, who will want to hold off Manchester City and finish third, who in turn will want to hold off Manchester United and finish fourth. United are under threat themselves from West Ham, Southampton and Liverpool, although Liverpool’s focus may be their Europa League final. Jurgen Klopp has been rotating his team from game to game over the last few weeks, playing the first teamers, then the kids, then the first teamers, then the kids again. He’s due to play the kids on Saturday if he follows that pattern. It looks very likely given that the Europa final is on Wednesday night.

So, building your team around all of the top seven, bar Leicester, should guarantee first teamer gametime and no annoying squad rotations. All of those six teams take on a team from the bottom half, bar West Ham, who have the trickiest task, away to Stoke. Arsenal could, and should, run riot against Villa. Spurs will fancy their chances away at a demoralised Newcastle, and Southampton, undoubtedly the form team of the moment, should be too strong for Palace.

Anything could happen in the other games. How much of a shit will Sunderland give? Norwich may spy a chance of at least finishing third bottom – as if that’s any consolation – as they take on a now managerless Everton. Chelsea might fancy proving a point against Leicester. Who knows?

The transition from last week’s double gameweek might be tricky. Especially if you’re overloaded with Chelsea, Sunderland, Norwich, Everton, Liverpool and/or Watford players. Last chance – and well done – if you’re still sitting on a wild card.

And thanks for competing in this Buckets season.

I’ll wrap it up after the weekend and be in touch regarding prize money shortly afterwards.


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