Every Gameweek is a birthday party, but every party must come to an end. Enjoy your 37th Fantasy birthday with captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Also, the gift of a strained analogy.
- Walcott: Arsenal have it all to play for. So have Wigan. Given both teams’ philosophy we should see attacking football with openings for the strikers. With Giroud out of the picture, Walcott will play up front where he has been deadly this season. He has back to back goals and attacking returns in three of his last five games, so he’s a great captain bet this Gameweek.
Bale: His first goalless game in five attempts came last week and he could face another away at Stoke. Despite having nothing to play for Pulis will want to finish the season on high so Bale will not get too many chances. Not that it matters that much, given the way he is playing. It will take a brave Fantasy managers to bet against Bale so he keeps his place in the captain picks.
Fellaini: Fellaini’s attacking stats have been fine in the last five games, despite not delivering any attacking returns. He’ll be angling for a move after Moyes’s appointment at Manchester United and I think it will show in his game. He’ll likely be playing behind the striker and I guessing he’ll be heavily involved.
Suarez’s absence has given Sturridge and Coutinho the centre stage as witnessed by Liverpool’s demolition of Newcastle. Both are great picks against a Fulham team with nothing to play for. Sturridge is even a sneaky outside captain pick if you need the differential.
I’m not comfortable giving Van Persie the armband this Gameweek as Ferguson could spread around the playing time for his last game in charge. Still, Van Persie will want to put on a show in gratitude for his first title and is likely to score should he start.
You really should get Walcott instead of Cazorla, but if you have the Spaniard play him. He’s a better player than Fantasy pick as he generally plays well but isn’t always involved in the goals. He has the potential to explode though, as witnessed by his five double-digit Gameweeks.
Manchester City’s starting lineup is anyones guess, but both Aguero and Tevez are fine picks should they start. I would play them if you have them but not go out purchasing them for the last two Gameweeks.
I would be comfortable recommending any combination of Hazard, Lampard, and Mata from the Aston Villa versus Chelsea game. Chelsea need the win and will have to open up, giving Aston Villa the chance to counter-attack with Agbonlahor’s devastating pace in tandem with Benteke’s strength and finishing.
Everton have kept six clean sheets in the last eight games. Baines is the standout choice, if you have the cash, due to his penchant for delivering assists.
Bunn is a budget keeper worth considering due to Norwich’s need to keep it tight and secure at least a draw at home against West Brom.
Sunderland don’t have much firepower left with Fletcher and Sessegnon missing. They will have to keep it tight and Cuellar could benefit with a clean sheet.
Moyes will want to leave the Everton fans on a high and will push for a win against a West Ham team that has already secured another season in the top flight. Anichebe will get his chances.
Newcastle’s Cisse will get chances against a dreadful QPR team. With suddenly all to play for, Pardew will aim for the win.
Arsenal will need to attack against Wigan, giving Maloney a chance to add to his impressive tally of five goals and nine assists this season.