Thursday, 12 May 2016

Fantasy Premier League 2015-16: Gameweek 38

And then there was one.

With one weekend separating this Premier League season from the next, we know who will begin their title defence in August, and who will have to watch from the Championship. Places from 2nd to 7th are still up for grabs, so there is plenty to play for on the final day, ensuring a selection of reliable picks at the right end of the table for GW38.

There will be plenty to play for in FPL as well, as you look to exploit one final chance to edge ahead of your rivals. Read on to decide the one good transfer that will end your season on a high.

Gameweek 38 fixtures

Arsenal vs Aston Villa
Chelsea vs Leicester
Everton vs Norwich
Man Utd vs Bournemouth
Newcastle vs Tottenham
Southampton vs Crystal Palace
Stoke vs West Ham
Swansea vs Man City
Watford vs Sunderland
West Brom vs Liverpool

Player Picks

Forwards

Martial (7.7) - With 3 goals in his last 2 starts, Martial is attacking the run-in schedule with gusto. Man United will look to him for inspiration as they bid to pip City to the 4th and final Champions League spot.

Kane (10.2) - The Premier League's top scorer will look to maintain his status and secure a finish over Arsenal for his club as Tottenham visit an already-relegated Newcastle side on the final day.

Midfielders

Sanchez (11.0) - Alexis Sanchez has been in explosive form since early March, and will be relishing the prospect of facing Aston Villa as he looks to contest the Centennial Copa America on a high note.

Tadic (6.6) - 2 goals and 6 assists spread over the last 4 gameweeks have helped the Serbian playmaker rack up 41 points over this time period. There's no better time to get him in than for a game against a Palace side with an eye and a half on Wembley.

Hazard (10.9) - Last season's Player of the Year has averaged 12 points per gameweek following his return from injury, despite some difficult fixtures. Don't put it past Belgium's captain proving a point against the newly crowned champions.

Payet (8.6) - A late pair of assists settled a to-and-fro match at Upton Park in West Ham's favour, and he will look to repeat his heroics against a Stoke side with nothing to play for as West Ham aim to secure an unlikely 5th place finish.

Defenders

Rojo (5.0) - The Argentine defender delivered a solid 8 point return over the double gameweek, and should be expected to deliver again for the league's stingiest home defence against Bournemouth.

Gabriel (4.3) - With Mertesacker out with a hamstring injury, Gabriel offers the cheapest route to an Arsenal defence unlikely to be troubled too much at the Emirates by an abject Aston Villa side.

Bertrand (5.2) - Southampton haven't managed a clean sheet since Chelsea ended their run late in February, but the chances of one are high at home to a Palace side unlikely to exert themselves too much ahead of the FA Cup Final.

Keepers

Cech (5.9) - Arsenal are at home to the league's weakest attack, with the chance of finishing above Tottenham as added motivation. Expect another shutout as Cech looks to make the Golden Glove his own.

de Gea (5.9) - United have let in just 8 goals at Old Trafford all season, and the Spaniard has had a big part to play. Tied with Cech on 15 clean sheets, he is at home to a team with nothing to play for as United look to make something of an average league campaign late on.

The Blogger's Team

The Blogger's Team for Gameweek 38 in Fantasy Premier League

Friday, 6 May 2016

Fantasy Premier League 2015-16: Gameweek 37

We have a new champion.

Wes Morgan's heroics at Old Trafford earned Leicester a crucial point from a difficult match, but it kept the title within reach of a determined Tottenham team. The next day, however, Eden Hazard settled the destination of the Premier League for the second season in a row with a spectacular strike to rescue an improbable point for Chelsea and put the title beyond Tottenham. Elsewhere, Arsenal closed out a 1-0 victory over Norwich that took them to third place ahead of a makeshift City side that got stuffed 4-2 at St. Mary's.

Back to business. The penultimate gameweek of the season is a double for a number of teams owing to prior FA Cup weekends, offering up a final chance to rack up the points. Read on to find out how.

Gameweek 37 fixtures

Norwich vs Man Utd
Aston Villa vs Newcastle
Bournemouth vs Newcastle
Crystal Palace vs Stoke
Sunderland vs Chelsea
West Ham vs Swansea
Leicester vs Everton
Spurs vs Southampton
Liverpool vs Watford
Man City vs Arsenal
West Ham vs Man Utd
Norwich vs Watford
Sunderland vs Everton
Liverpool vs Chelsea

Player Picks

Forwards

Deeney (5.3) - The Watford skipper stepped up to the plate with a brace against Villa, and faces what will be a weakened Liverpool side and a struggling Norwich team. He's quite fairly priced, too.

Rashford (4.7) - The Man Utd youngster has started 9 games in a row and has notched up 4 goals and an assist in this period. He will be at the centre of the action as the Red Devils look to mount a late surge for 4th place.

Defoe (5.3) - The Premier League veteran made it 10 goals for 2016 by converting a late penalty at Stoke, and could face stingier defences at home than those of Chelsea and Everton.

Midfielders

Hazard (10.8) - Last year's Player of the Year had a season to forget, but has made an explosive return from injury scoring 3 goals in a game and a half. It is wise to back him to keep impressing Antonio Conte in the little that remains of this season.

Payet (8.5) - The fixture-proof Dimitri Payet is a strong pick on any given day, and a double gameweek makes him a must-have for a strong end to the FPL season.

Townsend (5.8) - Andros Townsend has led Newcastle's charge out of the drop zone, and will be relishing the prospect of facing a Villa side who have already thrown in the towel.

Defenders

Cresswell (5.7) - The Hammers left back has been one of the most solid performers through the season, providing 2 goals, 4 assists and 11 clean sheets. You could do worse than have him marauding down your left flank to provide vital points.

Rojo (5.0) - The Argentine is a good option to have from a solid Manchester United backline that has emerged unscathed from more difficult fixtures than the ones they have this gameweek.

van Aanholt (4.7) - There are superior premium options, but the DGW only requires budget players to show up to score their price. Besides, 5 goals and 3 assists through the season make PvA good value for money going forward should the Sunderland backline be breached.

Keepers

de Gea (5.9) - He has got glove to ball on 78 occasions this season, culminating in 14 shutouts. United will rely on him extending his exceptional form between the sticks to put pressure on City and Arsenal.

Robles (4.3) - Given Roberto Martinez's announcement that Howard will play Everton's final home games (and duly started him against Bournemouth), Robles is the best budget pick for this particular gameweek as Everton play twice away from home.

The Blogger's Team

The Blogger's Team for Gameweek 37 in the 2015-16 Fantasy Premier League

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Fantasy Premier League 2015-16: Gameweek 36

Closer, ever closer.

Leicester City recorded their most resounding win of the season as Mahrez, Ulloa and Albrighton netted in a thumping 4-0 win that saw the Foxes take an 8 point lead. That gap was only cut down to 7 as Kane and co disappointed at home against West Brom.

Elsewhere, Eden Hazard made his return from injury and inspired Chelsea to a 4-1 win at Dean Court with a well-taken brace, while Iheanacho's exploits helped City comfortably past a Stoke side left with nothing to play for. Arsenal and Sunderland played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light, a result that left the visitors 4th and dragged the hosts out of the drop zone.

The season draws to a close with regular gameweeks sandwiching a double GW37 for Chelsea, Liverpool, Sunderland and Everton - something that you should prepare for if you are to end on a high. Read on and find out exactly how.

Gameweek 36 fixtures

Everton vs Bournemouth
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace
Stoke vs Sunderland
Watford vs Aston Villa
West Brom vs West Ham
Arsenal vs Norwich
Swansea vs Liverpool
Man Utd vs Leicester
Southampton vs Man City
Chelsea vs Spurs

Player Picks

Forwards

Costa (10.5) - Diego Costa was on song before suspension took him out of action for nearly a month. With Chelsea's midfield restored to full health, the fixture-proof Spaniard is primed to embark on a strong end-of-season run.

Sturridge (10.1) - Europe-induced rotation makes it tricky to pick the right Liverpool players, but Sturridge has been a consistent starter and scorer since his comeback from injury, and is well-worth considering for the matches that remain.

Defoe (5.2) - Only Kane and Aguero have more goals than Defoe in 2016, and he will be facing defences of far lower quality than Arsenal's in the coming weeks. A bargain waiting to be snared.

Midfielders

Mahrez (7.3) - The PFA Player of the Year has delivered the points away from home all season, and the Foxes will look to him to make the difference yet again in the absence of Jamie Vardy as they look to seal the title at Old Trafford.

Firmino (8.2) - Roberto Firmino is another who has remained a Premier League regular for Liverpool in the face of constant rotation, and has delivered a goal and two assists in the last 3 games.

Fabregas (8.4) - Cesc Fabregas who took centre stage last week, carving the Cherries open at will and contributing 3 assists. The returns of Hazard and Costa will provide the playmaker with plenty of chances to pick out dangerous runs as Chelsea look to end the season on a high.

Defenders

van Aanholt (4.7) - The Black Cats' rise out of the drop zone has been helped by their newfound defensive resilience that has seen them keep 3 clean sheets in the last 4 matches. With 5 goals and 3 assists through the season, PvA is also capable of providing value beyond shutouts. Get in.

Lovren (4.8) - Sakho's suspension means Lovren's spot at the heart of Liverpool's defence is locked down, and his run-in - which includes DGW37 - begins with a match against a Swansea side that has been struggling to score.

Monreal (5.8) - The Arsenal left back is not as prohibitively expensive as his right-sided teammate, and the chances of clean sheets against Norwich and Villa are high.

Keepers

Mannone (4.3) - If you feel PvA is a little pricey for a player from a relegation-threatened defence, you could do worse than consider the Black Cats keeper, who has picked up a mammoth 21 points in the last two matches.

Robles (4.3) - He's one of the few keepers with 4 matches to play, comes quite cheap, and could yet come away with clean sheets from the Bournemouth and Norwich games.

The Blogger's Team

The Blogger's Team for Gameweek 36 in the 2015-16 Fantasy Premier League