Gameweek 33: Fantasy Preview
Just six weeks remain in the season. GW33 has one game to check announced lineups, the early meeting between Manchester City and Southampton.
Saturday, April 5 Manchester City (21-4-5) vs. Southampton (13-9-10) Manchester City with two games in hand are in third place but will have to wait a week to get Sergio Aguero back. Yaya Toure is the leading midfielder for fantasy points and David Silva is in form. Southampton are getting goals from Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez, and Rickie Lambert.
Aston Villa (9-7-15) vs. Fulham (7-3-22) Villa received a shock injury report. Christian Benteke is out at least six months with a torn Achilles tendon. Dormant fantasy striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is recovering from illness. Their defense has given up eight goals in two games. Meantime, things are dire at Fulham. Rock bottom with 22 losses and 73 goals conceded. Yuck.
Norwich (8-8-16) vs. WBA (5-14-12) Both teams are struggling to avoid the drop. The Baggies have only five wins and lead the league in draws with 14. Jonas Olsson returns from suspension.
Cardiff (6-8-18) vs. Crystal Palace (9-4-18) Jordan Mutch has been the go-to-guy at Cardiff who face relegation reality. Crystal Palace have only scored 20 goals, but their defense is keeping their heads above the drop zone. Marouane Chamakh may return from injury.
Hull (9-6-17) vs. Swansea (8-9-15) Hull's survival seems likely thanks to Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long. Swansea have Wilfried Bony scoring goals and finally got something from Michu (an assist) the last time out. Jonathan de Guzman had a brace.
Newcastle (14-4-14) vs. Manchester United (16-6-10) The Magpies are comfortably in mid-table but have lost three out the last four games. They also are dreadfully dull with few fantasy recommendations since Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko are out injured. Manchester United are without Robin van Persie and depend way too much on in-form Wayne Rooney, although Juan Mata finally got his first goal since May. Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans could return. Marouane Fellaini is oh-for-the-season in goals and assists.
Chelsea (21-6-5) vs. Stoke (19-10-12) Chelsea have had two awful league games out of their last three, losing to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace by 1-0 scores, their last embarrassment was a John Terry own goal. The Blues will be without Samuel Eto'o. Ramires is suspended. Stoke's Peter Odemwingie has shocked the fantasy world and the Potters' opponents with four goals in his last three games.
Sunday, April 6 Everton (17-9-5) vs. Arsenal (19-7-6) This is the marquee game of the week with Everton on the rise and looking for a Champions League spot and Arsenal holding on for dear life. The Blues offer good fantasy offense in Romelu Lukaku and got bench goals from Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas. Ross Barkley should be available. Arsenal are still without, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny, and Jack Wilshere. Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal will be in the squad but Kieran Gibbs is a doubt. Santi Cazorla is dead in the water with no goals and one assist in his last eight games.
West Ham (10-7-15) vs. Liverpool (22-5-5) Goals are hard to come by at West Ham, although Andy Carroll has two goals and one assist in his last four games. Kevin Nolan and Carlton Cole have 13 of the team's 34 goals but Nolan is oh for his last five games. Liverpool have 88 goals in 32 games with 29 from Luis Suarez and 20 from Daniel Sturridge. Although the Reds are 8-4-4 on the road, clean sheets in three out of the last five games suggest three points.
Monday, April 7 Tottenham (17-5-10) vs. Sunderland (6-7-17) Spurs are in sixth place and in trouble with only 40 goals scored and 11 goals conceded in the last four games. Striker Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to return to the starting lineup. Transfer bust Roberto Soldado is unavailable and Kyle Walker is out injured. Paulinho could return. Sunderland's only hope for survival is they have two games in hand. Adam Johnson has found his scoring touch again with a goal and an assist in his last two games, both as a substitute.
Recommended fantasy captains: Toure, Rooney, Mata, Suarez, Sturridge, and Silva.