Musings from Gameweek 35
Aston Villa’s demolition of Sunderland
Sunderland’s revival came to an abrupt halt when Aston Villa, led by the excellent Benteke, put six goals past them on Monday. Aston Villa’s attacking trio was superb, and all three produced attacking returns.
Benteke’s hattrick was the most impressive, but Agbonlahor’s goal and brace of assists led to a 14 point return and Weimann continued his fine season with a goal and a bonus point.
Although only returning five points, Aston Villa’s right back, Lowton, played an outstanding game. He created five chances, on par with Baines, Hazard, and Cazorla for the round. Should Aston Villa stay up he’s one to watch for next season.
To add insult to Sunderland’s injury, Sessegnon was sent off for a rather weak looking tackle robbing both Di Canio and Fantasy managers of his services for the rest of the season.
A Suarez-less Liverpool
Liverpool didn’t seem to notice the absence of Luis Suarez as they destroyed Newcastle, away from home no less. Sturridge, Henderson, Coutinho, and Downing performed admirably as they created all of Liverpool’s six goals and finished four of them, thanks to a Henderson and Sturridge brace.
Were it not for the double Gameweek, Sturridge would almost be a must buy at the low price of 6.9. Coutinho looks an excellent purchase and will be a popular choice for next season’s Fantasy managers, given that his price will not rise considerably.
The new PFA player of the year, Gareth Bale, scored a freak goal and got awarded an assist for the slightest of touches in Tottenham’s lucky draw against Wigan. Despite the lucky Fantasy points, he is far and away the top captain pick for the double Gameweek and is essential to have for the remainder of the season.
Just get him in and captain him, unless you have some devious master plan that the football community is unaware of.
Aguero, Yaya Toure, and Nasri gave us a reminder of their potential ahead of the double Gameweek in a comfortable 2 – 1 win over West Ham.
Nasri has produced a goal and four assists in his last five games and is an attractive outside bet for those chasing in their mini-leagues.
City just have too much quality in their side to ignore, despite having already lost the title. I’m thinking hard about stocking up on City players for the double Gameweek, admittedly in the risk of reduced game time due to Mancini’s likely tinkering.
The Lukaku conundrum
Were it not for his strange absence in away games Lukaku would be a must have for the double Gameweek. His goal and two assists against Southampton bring his total up to 14 goals and 7 assists for the season, a respectable figure for any striker. Those numbers become even more impressive when taken in context. Lukaku only started for West Brom on a regular basis after Gameweek 17 and has even been dropped, missed, or come on as a substitute in five of the last 17 matches.
Should he start both games he’s a great purchase for the rest of the season. I think it is unlikely, as Clarke has opted to start with Lukaku on the bench in tough away games, and West Brom play away against Manchester City in the second game next Gameweek.
I’m documenting whether I’m passing the test with my captain picks. If a captain pick scores over three points in the Gameweek it is considered a success and I am also noting double-digit Gameweek scores.
In the Friday Foreplay for Gameweek 35 I recommended Bale, Tevez, and Van Persie as captain picks. Tevez returned a blank but both Bale and Van Persie scored.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 66/105
- Double digit captains: 30/105