Game Week 37 – First Thoughts
Game Week 37 – The Penultimate Week of Fantasy Premier League 2015/16
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As the dust settles on a Jamie Vardy house party like a hangover that suffocates a dehydrated brow and newly crowned Champions Leicester City bask in the glory of their first ever Premier League title it is easy to forget that there is still plenty to play for in the Premier League – in Fantasy Premier League at least. If GW36 taught us anything, it was not to underestimate the draw of Europa and Champions League semi-final success as Liverpool and Man City rotated their squads to damaging effect (for themselves and the FPL managers that owned them) – I’m not bitter in the slightest!
It was perhaps rather ironic that Chelsea and their millions were the ones to gift supposedly lowly Leicester the title and the celebrations are really set to go off when the Foxes host Everton at the King Power this week. A return to form for Eden Hazard shows the impact that a looming European Championship can have, whilst Southampton and Swansea raised a few eyebrows with emphatic wins over Man City and Liverpool respectively. Interestingly, the tightest games seem to exist at the bottom of the league with no more than 4 goals scored in the games involving the 3 teams scrapping for Premier League survival.
All this points to one thing… the only teams you can really trust to play their full strength teams now are Spurs, Arsenal, Man Utd, West Ham, Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich. Now that may seem like I am being a little dramatic and there are of course exceptions to this rule – but with many managers excited about a double gameweek 37 it is worth proceeding with caution before you load up on Liverpool and Everton players. Sunderland have tough fixtures this week but a defender might not be a bad shout as they look to push back ahead of Newcastle in the race for survival.
Game Week 37 Tips
It may be the penultimate week of the FPL season but it still feels like we are learning more each week. In a season full of surprises we should be prepared for the unexpected but when the average points score last week was 38, it shows that many managers were screwed over rather than turning the screw on their opponents. With all of this being said, we will now attempt to dissect the best opportunities to either repair the damage done last week, or for those lucky few (Quigliano was one) to build upon what they achieved in GW36.
Marcus Rashford or Antony Martial – Man Utd
It looks like Rashford, Martial and Rooney have all been found space in this United side that has looked much improved in the last few games. The performance against Leicester was good and a victory in their game in hand will take them to within a point of Man City. City themselves have a tough fixture against Arsenal this week and I would not be surprised to see them slip out of the top 4 before we head in to GW38.
Rashford and Martial are very good options for Man Utd and they are pretty cheap when compared to other strikers. The preferred option is Rashfrod at the price and it is worth noting that Martial was rested for one of the games last time United had a DGW. Games against Norwich and West Ham will not be easy, with the West Ham game probably being the one that will be more open, but I expect United to finish the season on a high and to collect all at least 4 points this week.
Dimitri Payet and Andy Carroll – West Ham
West Ham have the best fixtures of GW37 without a doubt with two home games although both will be tricky encounters. The hammers were sensational against West Brom when they ran out 3-0 winners last week and although Mark Noble was the big hero on the day, he is not a regular scorer and it is unlikely that a brace will be repeated between now and the end of the season. Andy Carroll has looked impressive since returning to the side and Payet remains the class act. The Frenchman will be a popular captain pick for game week 37 with any remaining triple captains having a good chance of being used on him.
Both Carroll and Payet contributed with assists last weekend and with their final two games ever to be played at the Boleyn Ground this week it could be a happy send of for the Hammers. Payet is the key man out of these two – but I urge you, if you don’t have him, then get him in your side right now!
Eden Hazard – Chelsea
I really did think I would never be writing the name of Eden Hazard again in a Fantasy Premier League tips article – but here I am. 3 goals in 2 games and Hazard looks like he is back to his best. He ripped Spurs apart in the second half to give Leicester the title ahead of time and with a double game week coming up it could be the perfect time to back the Belgian and again he is a possible captain shout. 12% ownership will probably rise by the time the weekend comes around and with two away games to Sunderland and Liverpool to come, it could be a very productive week for him indeed.
The Sunderland game will be tough and Chelsea will have to be at their best to impress incoming manager Conte. The Liverpool game is the interesting one and will be very promising if Liverpool do make it through to the Europa League final. Any kind of understrength Liverpool side could be punished by a hungry looking Chelsea team who are all fighting for either their place in the team or the best possible transfer away.
Hazard is a risk at his price, but the form is good and his confidence is up – dare you not back him?