Let’s build a Gameweek 35 preview parlour. Materials include captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Also, a far fetched analogy.
- Bale: Wigan have to attack against Tottenham meaning the game will be an open one, giving Bale the perfect playground. He is crucial to Tottenham’s quest for Champions League football, as witnessed by his goal and assist against Manchester City last Gameweek. He’s the safest captain pick.
Tevez: A riskier pick, given Mancini’s unpredictable nature, but a home game against a West Ham team that has nothing to play for is too good to ignore. Tevez has scored four in seven games and is City’s most dangerous player at the moment.
Van Persie: Ferguson will surely not deny Van Persie a starting spot on his return to the Emirates. It remains to be seen how many changes Ferguson will make, but he seems intent on breaking the points record so the lineup will be strong. Arsenal have to attack and Van Persie is in prime position to punish.
You never know who will start for Chelsea, but Mata and Hazard are both in fine form and great buys for next Gameweek, given Chelsea’s double fixture.
Defoe made an instant impact for Tottenham against Manchester City, after substituting the ineffectual Adebayor. Villas-Boas will have made note and I’m guessing he will start Defoe this Gameweek.
Everton face Fulham who have been underwhelming in the last four Gameweeks. Mirallas’s late resurgence must make Moyes wish he had him fit earlier. Fellaini’s move to defensive midfield has dented his goal potential but against Fulham he will be given licence to move forward and he is always a threat in set piece situations.
Nasri is a fine differential pick, given the double Gameweek and City’s attractive fixture list. He has two assists and a goal in his last four games, a much better return than both Yaya Toure and Silva.
A Benteke led Aston Villa unit welcomes a resurgent Sunderland team featuring Sessegnon, who has two goals and an assist in three games since Di Canio took over the reins. Both are fine picks for the Gameweek.
Kone is a great pickup, both for the current Gameweek and the double fixture next Gameweek.
Stoke City face a toothless Norwich and Begovic is a decent buy if you need to replace an injured keeper.
Everton are mean at home and Baines offers a chance for a clean sheet in addition to an awesome attacking potential.
Manchester City should keep a clean sheet and Zabaleta is City’s highest scoring defender by far.
Maloney is having a good season, and is great value at 5.1 with five goals and six assists this season. He is also on set pieces and enjoys a double Gameweek next week.
Sturridge will start for Liverpool after Suarez’s 10 game ban and is a value punt.
Keep Anichebe if you have him but don’t go getting him in now instead of a double Gameweek 36 striker.