In this Gameweek 35 edition of the Friday Foreplay I present the captain picks, investigate the heavy hitters, predict clean sheets, and speculate on possible punts.
- Aguero: Manchester City are back on track, having scored 10 goals in their last two games. Aguero has four of those with consecutive braces. Despite playing away from home, the relegation form of the Wolves team pushes City’s attackers into consideration for this Gameweek’s captain picks.
Rooney: Manchester United face Everton, who have nothing left to play for after their morale-sapping loss against Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final. With that in mind, I think the game will be easier for United than if Everton were still in full flight. A win by a three goal margin wouldn’t surprise me, and hence the inclusion of Rooney in the picks. Rooney has been in goal-scoring mode since the start of February with 11 goals in 11 games, including a brace last Gameweek.
Cisse: Newcastle sat out last Gameweek and have an upcoming double Gameweek 36. Cisse’s form is irresistible and has eight goals in his last five games. It’s unlikely that he will maintain this form into next season, but could well finish this season on a high. Newcastle play at home against a Stoke team who have nothing to play for in their last four games.
Despite not having scored in open play in six games, Van Persie still has to be considered an elite attacker. For Chelsea, the away game at the Emirates is sandwiched between two Barcelona games. Di Matteo will rest players with that in mind and Arsenal could capitalize, having nothing else to focus on than securing the thirds spot in the League. We all know what RvP can do when on form, as witnessed by his hattrick in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
I backed Sigurdsson last week. His return of a goal, assist, and bonus points boosted my rankings and encouraged me to back him again. He has scored most of his goals away from home so an away game at Bolton is less of an issue than with many others players.
With the news that Baines is out of the clash against Manchester United, Valencia becomes an even more exciting pick at the right flank. He will not have to worry as much about helping Rafael out with the marauding left-back and can concentrate on the attacking side of his game. Despite having had a quiet few Gameweeks, Fantasy wise, he has been threatening and playing well.
With Manchester City facing Wolves, City’s front four of the aforementioned captain pick of Aguero, Tevez, Silva, and Nasri are all good plays this Gameweek. All are likely to be involved in City’s possible slew of goals.
Ben Arfa has finally blossomed into his attacking role at Newcastle. His upswing in form has coincided with Cisse’s and they have been assisting each other’s goals. Both players will be heavily picked in the double Gameweek 36, so you could bring them in early to avoid the price rise.
- Manchester United have nine clean sheets at home and will dominate the possession against Everton. If you have the cash, Evra is playing well, bombing forward on the left flank to take part in United’s attacks.
- Newcastle have an excellent defensive record at home and face Stoke who have only scored 0.65 goals per game on average on their travels. Play your Newcastle back line this week, whether it be Krul in goal or Williamson in defence.
- Aston Villa have two games this Gameweek and are therefore more likely to keep a clean sheet. Even if they don’t, Collins will at least pick up points in both games for just showing up.
Taking a Punt
- Being wary of Wigan’s excellent form, I’ve demoted Dempsey to a punt this week. This will be a tough game for Fulham, if Wigan play anything like their games against Manchester United and Arsenal.
- If you are bringing in Suarez for Gameweek 36 you could get him in now and play him against West Brom. Liverpool will be riding high after getting to the FA Cup final. He has been a frustrating Fantasy players this season but is capable of doing serious damage to any defence.