Game Week 36 Tips
Game Week 36 Picks: Our First Thoughts
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My heart sank slightly as I wrote ‘game week 36’ just then – perhaps it is because I have personally endured a season of lost opportunity or perhaps it is because I know the chasm in my life that is coming as soon as the Premier League closes for business over the summer. Yes we have the Euros, and yes I am looking forward to it – but it’s not quite the same is it? Anyway, my season seems to have come good at last so let’s make the most of the remaining 3 game weeks which for some teams means 4 matches. Game Week 36 offers us a full compliment of fixtures to get our teeth in to and it will be interesting to see what teams look like for the start of GW36 after so many blanks last week.
At the time of writing this article GW35 still has the final fixture left to play (and I’m praying for a Harry Kane goal or two) but it has already thrown up plenty of pointers in terms of what we can expect to see next weekend. Man City predictably thrashed Stoke 4-0 (even without the frustratingly rotated KDB) but a tough away trip to Southampton might put their fourth place in jeopardy as they face an even tougher home game in the Champions League against Real Madrid on Tuesday. Strangely enough, I actually fancy City to get a positive result in that game but it will be a tough one to call against Southampton – although conceding two goals against Villa could provide plenty of hope for backers of Aguero and co. The outside bet if you really want to take a risk could be Iheanacho who bagged two goals and an assist in the game against Stoke at the weekend and will most likely keep his place in a rotated City team against the Saints.
GW35 also saw Leicester City smash Swansea City 4-0 and managers looking for defensive points could do much worse than look to the likes of Huth, Simpson, Fuchs and Morgan. Riyad Mahrez crowned his PFA player of the season prize with a goal against the Swans but it will be a tough game for the Foxes as the visit Old Trafford. I would not be backing United or Leicester to be smashing them in for this game and a low scoring draw is very possible. I’d be avoiding attacking players in this game.
The other form team (and I’m assuming here that they beat West Brom on Monday night) is of course Spurs and they face an equally tough game as they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Blues were much improved against a Bournemouth side that looked like they were already at the beach on Saturday and Spurs will have to go and have a real go at Chelsea to get all three points and stake a real title challenge. If Spurs lose and Leicester win then the Premier League title goes to the East Midlands club so the stakes could hardly be higher! I would still be backing the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli from now until the end of the season so it is not the time to drop the England duo.
Liverpool play Swansea on Sunday and although they collapsed against Newcastle defensively, offensively they look a real threat at the moment with Daniel Sturridge being the chief danger. Alberto Moreno is in good form in terms of goals and assists of late and hopefully Liverpool will replicate Leicester’s clean sheet when they visit the Liberty Stadium.
Arsenal were poor against Sunderland on Sunday although Sunderland were fighting for their lives and did so with great determination and character. Norwich face the same challenge but at the Emirates this week and I don’t see them having the same level of character and being able to dig in enough to keep Arsenal out in a really difficult away game for the Canaries. Alexis Sanchez is the form player for the Gunners and he will be one of our top picks for GW36.
Double Game Week 37
It is certainly worth keeping an eye of gameweek 37 as 8 teams have two fixtures and it represents good chances for some key players. Previously mentioned Liverpool have two games but the pick of the fixtures probably goes to Man Utd (Norwich and West Ham away) and Everton (Leicester and Sunderland away). With the latter facing Bournemouth at home in GW36 it is easy to see why some managers would forgive Lukaku’s and Everton’s recent run of form and take a punt on the Belgian getting back on the scoresheet. The GW36 fixture certainly holds a real good chance and might be worth a punt.
Whatever you do this week, you are planning for 3 game weeks so don’t be shortsighted in your selections. We will be back later this week with the podcast, the game week 37 captain picks and the must have player of the week. Don’t miss anything by signing up for our membership here.