Gameweek 36: Fantasy Preview
Saturday, April 26 Southampton (13-10-12) vs. Everton (20-9-6) This is the only match to check announced lineups. The mid-table Saints, minus Jay Rodriguez, look like a team playing out the string of remaining games and are winless in April. On the other hand, Everton have their tails up in search of a Champions League spot. Romelu Lukaku is a fantasy force and Leighton Baines has had a goal, two assists, and four clean sheets in his last six games. However, Sylvain Distin is out injured while Kevin Mirallas, who has goals the last two times out is lost for the rest of the season with a groin tear.
Fulham (9-3-23) vs. Hull (10-6-18) Fullham have been shredded with 77 goals in 35 games but have a more favorable ending schedule over other relegated-threatened teams. Hull are hardly safe, but should escape.
Stoke (11-11-13) vs. Tottenham (19-6-10) Stoke offer little fantasy appeal and face a nervous Spurs team, hoping for anything in Europe. Tottenham are getting offensive fantasy production from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.
Swansea (9-9-17) vs. Aston Villa (9-8-17) The Swans, like Hull are just three points clear of relegation; however, they have Wilfried Bony. He has scored 13 goals and the visit of relegation-threatened Aston Villa suggests more. Defender Chico is suspended. Villa have lost four of their last five matches.
WBA (6-15-12) vs. West Ham (10-7-18) The sad sack Baggies are a point clear of the doom zone and have almost zero fantasy offensive possibilities. In West Ham, there is a likely return for another top-level season; however, manager Sam Allardyce has little to work with and the team have lost three straight.
Manchester United (17-6-11) vs. Norwich (8-8-19) This will be United's first game minus David Moyes, and a home match at that, with Ryan Giggs holding his finger in the Old Trafford dike. Wayne Rooney labored last time out. We will see what lineup Giggs selects, and if Adnan Januzai will be given more playing time. Juan Mata has three goals and an assist in three matches. Relegation candidate Norwich continue their "death march" schedule and have lost four straight.
Sunday, April 27 Sunderland (7-8-19) vs. Cardiff (7-9-19) This will be a battle royal for survival. Cardiff are 18th with 30 points and Sunderland 20th with 29. Conner Wickham has three goals in two games for the Black Cats but left the Chelsea match with a knock. Cardiff have had 65 goals against, but are showing survival instincts.
Liverpool (25-5-5) vs. Chelsea (23-6-6) This could be the game of the season and for the title. Liverpool may get Daniel Sturridge back to team with 30-goal-scorer Luis Suarez. Raheem Sterling has been splendid and scored a brace and an assist last time out. Jordan Henderson is suspended. Steven Gerrard has been vintage. Chelsea were stunned at Stamford Bridge by bottom-feeder Sunderland and come off a Tuesday's Champions League 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid. Petr Cech is hurt and out for the season while John Terry misses with an injury. With Samuel Eto'o injured, Ramires banned, and Eden Hazard out, the match has lost some of its luster, as the Blues are likely to field a weakened team ahead of the Atletico second leg next week.
Crystal Palace (13-4-18) vs. Manchester City (23-5-6) Crystal Palace have shocked the football world by winning their last five matches. Julian Speroni has five clean sheets in the last seven games, but even though Manchester City are less than invincible on the road, this should be three points for the Citizens to keep their faint title hopes alive. Yaya Toure is set to play; however, injured David Silva will not. Sergio Aguero has a goal and an assist in three games since his return.
Monday, April 28 Arsenal (21-7-7) vs. Newcastle (14-4-17) Arsenal are fighting for a Champions League spot and have Aaron Ramsey back in form with a goal and an assist his last two games. Mesut Ozil should start again as will hot-scoring Lukas Podolski. Olivier Giroud has 14 goals. Wojciech Szczesny has the same number of clean sheets. Losers of five straight, Newcastle are wretched, secure for next season, but sleep-walking to the end of the season when they will put their supporters out of their misery.
Recommended fantasy captains: Lukaku, Eriksen, Rooney, Aguero, Giroud, Ramsey, or Bony