Having analysed those teams with Strong upcoming schedules yesterday, the second part of this week’s look at the upcoming fixtures focuses on those sides with less fortunate run-ins. Newcastle face a tough task to turnaround their poor form, Liverpool are set for a couple of tests against their title rivals, whilst those eyeing up Man United could decide to hold fire for now:

Newcastle

Newcastle GW33

Alan Pardew’s side had struggled enough from Yohan Cabaye’s departure to PSG but the recent loss of Loic Remy to suspension and injury has simply proven too much for the Magpies. Newcastle have scored just one goal in their last seven games without the Frenchman, though his manager is optimistic he could come into contention this weekend.

Whilst a potential return for their top scorer is good news, the remaining schedule doesn’t give Pardew too much to smile about. Games against Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool, in addition to a trip to the Britannia, where Stoke have lost twice under Mark Hughes, indicates the tough task ahead for the Tyneside team. With Tim Krul and Mathieu Debuchy still injured, the Magpies’ defence looks very shaky and not an advisable investment. Moussa Sissoko blinked onto Fantasy radars for a while but has since gone back undercover. If Remy does indeed return for the weekend, he will need to hit the ground running at full tilt to justify any investment – in all likelihood, most managers will be eyeing up strikers with a double Gameweek in preference to the Frenchman.

Liverpool

Liverpool GW33

The fragrance of optimism currently infusing the Merseyside air right is very understandable but the Reds have the toughest task of any of the title claimants. Brendan Rodgers’ side face Man City and Chelsea in the next four, and whilst you couldn’t rule them out of those games, the goal-fests we’ve come to expect of Liverpool may not be in evidence against either of their main rivals.

Fantasy managers sitting on two or even three of the Reds main attackers have a tricky decision on their hands as they ponder whether to swap for players with kinder schedules over the next four Gameweeks. Luis Suarez looks unlikely to leave any sides but Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge could find themselves expendable in their owners’ eyes and Raheem Sterling’s game time has been so patchy of late that holding onto the winger looks unwise regardless of fixtures. The defence has toughened up lately, with three clean sheets in the last five, but Simon Mignolet may be relying more on save points and Martin Skrtel’s goal threat will be needed to boost his production. Budget defender Jon Flanagan has made the left-back spot his own but owners will be benching him for the visits of the title rivals – few will be looking to purchase at this point.

West Ham

West Ham GW33

A 2-1 win over Sunderland on Monday all but assured the Hammers’ Premier League safety – and a good job too. Sam Allardyce’s side face four of the top six in the last six Gameweeks, with only a home game with Crystal Palace and trip to West Brom offering the Upton Park outfit some respite. The widely-owned Kevin Nolan will be hard pushed to reward his backers, while Andy Carroll couldn’t have picked a tougher time to come into form. Clean sheets are also likely to be thin on the ground and the time looks to be up on budget sensation Adrian, while Guy Demel and Winston Reid look unlikely to deliver many more shut-outs over the run-in.

BE WARY OF

Norwich
A loss to Swansea was the last thing the Canaries needed as their supply of remaining ‘winnable’ games dwindles. Any remaining owners of Martin Olsson, John Ruddy or Robert Snodgrass may be minded to hold for the next two against West Brom and Fulham, especially with the latter’s goalscoring form, but with games against Liverpool, United, Chelsea and Arsenal to end the season, Chris Hughton’s side won’t find many Fantasy backers for the run-in.

Stoke City
Mark Hughes has defied his detractors and made a good fist of turning Stoke into a different team than the one he inherited. The Potters have now lost just one of their last nine games (against Man City) and have three wins on the bounce, but a weekend trip to Stamford Bridge and game against Spurs in the next four somewhat lessen the immediate appeal of Sparky’s brave new world. The fixtures around those games (against Newcastle and Cardiff) could still prove profitable and Fantasy managers may opt to rotate the likes of Marc Wilson at the back. Further up the field, the situation is uncertain. Charlie Adam was benched upon his return from a three-match ban last week, Jon Walters returns from suspension this weekend to add to Hughes’ options, while the in-form Peter Odemwingie is frustratingly classified as a forward across the Fantasy games. Marko Arnautovic could be a real punt, though, with a goal and two assists in his last three outings.

Man United
Pulling a rabbit out of the hat to stifle Bayern Munich last night, David Moyes’ team will be rightly full of confidence going into this weekend’s game at St James’ Park. But a blank Gameweek afterwards followed by a difficult trip to Everton means that buying into the rising stock of Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata might be best postponed until Gameweek 36, when the schedule turns very much in their favour. The United defence could come into consideration at that point, too, though if the likes of Rafael, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans recover from injury anytime soon, Moyes’ defence may be tricky to second-guess.

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  1. I have been sitting on Parr for ages and he is back from injury I think. He played 1 minute last game.
    Should I keep him hoping he returns to right back or swap to Dann/Mariappa?

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. sitting on him cannot be good for his injury

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. might as well keep and see if he gets minutes this week

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
      2. HAHA true 😉 I will monitor this weekend and hope he is back in the team in time for the DGW

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
    2. Keep, I think he'll regain his spot and he's got DGW coming up.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. Cheers Dogba, I really hope he plays both games in the DGW, then I can save a transfer instead of shipping him out.

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
  2. Save FT with £2.6 in bank?

    Mannone (Adrian)
    Chester Coleman Azpi
    Yaya Gerrard Mutch Hazard
    Sturridge Suarez Dzeko

    Subs: Ki, Distin, Dummet

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. A definite yes.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. Thanks, Last week potentially for dzeko

        then maybe sturridge > aguero and dzeko> Jrod

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
  3. Aguero poll.
    A) I'll be getting him in this week if Pele says he's fit
    B) If he survives Southampton I'll defintely get him for the double
    C) I've been burned too many times and going without

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. B) Probably

      (did you see the news at the bottom of the last page?)

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. Aye I saw it on twitter yesterday.

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    2. C) down to fact already have 3 City and will have to drop one of them for a hit

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    3. B
      Looks like he won't be a differential around here then

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    4. B) .. if it does not work out i just spend a transfer gettin him out. soooo much upside

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    5. B) for Rooney

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    6. Hvt

      I'm currently on A !!!!

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    7. B and captain him for GW34 (goes without saying ?)

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    8. Already have Toure and Silva, so no.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    9. B.
      Burned once on his first injury and got 2 games from him. Then didn't get him on his 2nd coming. The 3rd should be my cautious transfer.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    10. B or C, haven't decided.

      Probably B for a hit.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  4. Those who have the Suarez, Sturridge, Lukaku frontline, who are you selling for Aguero if any?

    I guess it's a straight swap if you have Rooney and then getting him back for the GW37 double.

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. Sturridge, reluctantly. Aiming for the Lola Ferrari by GW36 so it doesn't matter too much.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. Same actually, got it all planned out with a cheeky Baines downgrade and I'm back to my Jan WC defense of Azp + cheapo rugrats.

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
        1. Aye, all planned out for me too :)

          As long as price rises don't screw me, I should have a decent backline of Azpi, Cahill & Smalling. Big fat midfield too, though subs will be virtually non-existent.

          I need to turn the screw on my ML rivals and make my extra £8.0m TV count.

          • 1 year, 2 months ago
          1. Holy #¤& that is some major TV indeed. If I go with the Lola Ferrari I'll have a cheap-as-chips defense and an okay midfield, but I think it'll be worth it for the doubles.

            • 1 year, 2 months ago
            1. Agreed

              • 1 year, 2 months ago
              1. Haz -> Mata also on the cards if RVP is still out for 37. I (think I) will have plenty of FTs from here until GW37.

                • 1 year, 2 months ago
                1. I was thinking exactly the same 😀

                  • 1 year, 2 months ago
        2. Seems we're far from alone... new template striker trio!

          • 1 year, 2 months ago
          1. The Lola Ferrari engine is revving!

            • 1 year, 2 months ago
    2. Sturridge hands down. The competition for striker spots is absolutely brutal, slight dip in fixtures and form and it's bye-bye.

      Rooney owners will be looking at a straight swap, yeah.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    3. Sturridge

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    4. Sturridge.. got him @ 9.1 so doing it very reluctantly.. the week after that lukaku to Rooney though. Going BIG upfront

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. and then sturridge goes on to score a brace this week giving us swappers cold feet

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
    5. Sturridge then Baines + Lukaku > Rooney + Cheapie after 34.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. exactly this

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
    6. Sludge

      Suarez, Aguero, Rooney for the run in

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    7. rooney out aguero in gw34
      lukaku out rooney back in after
      suarez stays

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    8. Sturridge, as Luk has DGW

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  5. So now considering aguero is prob fit and will start vs pool is he a good captain choice for GW 34? next game just 3 days later at home to sunderland cant help his cause to start twice in a row after such a long absence surely

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. If he starts versus Southampton he's a good captaincy option.

      If gets a cameo versus Southampton he's an okay option, but I'll be going with Lukaku then.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. beginning to think getting him in for Sturridge is risk enough :) .. lukaku(c)/silva for me

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
        1. For sure... Lukaku is the striker who is nailed on and has great fixtures, easy choice for me.

          • 1 year, 2 months ago
  6. Who is going to replace Ivanovic at RB?
    He picked up a hamstring injury last night.

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. He did? 😯

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    2. What?!

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. Wish I could still downrate posts for pointless trolling.

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
    3. Azpi and Cashley comes in on left

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    4. Stop trolling.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. I heard on Radio 5 last night that Ivanovic tweeted about this.
        Cole is injured also AFAIK.

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
        1. What's his official twitter page?
          Plenty of fakes around.

          • 1 year, 2 months ago
        2. don't think he has a twitter

          • 1 year, 2 months ago
          1. I couldn't find it.

            • 1 year, 2 months ago
            1. OK. Maybe R5 were hoodwinked, or the comment was removed. I posted the info in good faith.
              But R5 definitely mentioned it. The presenter said something to the effect that "this news has come via the player's twitter page, as seems to be the fashion nowadays".

              • 1 year, 2 months ago
  7. Hey, anyone here very good with google spreadsheets in relation to fantasy? Let me know! :) Thanks

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. Just average here. :(

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
        • 1 year, 2 months ago
        1. What's funny? 😉

          • 1 year, 2 months ago
  8. too much to put mutch as captain this week :)

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. I captained him in UFPL last week. :)

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
        • 1 year, 2 months ago
          • 1 year, 2 months ago
          1. Not really. Had 2 days to cover it. Captained Suarez in the end. 😉

            • 1 year, 2 months ago
  9. Mannone (Boruc)
    Coleman - Terry - Caulker (R.Bennett - Tomkins)
    Silva - Hazard - Mutch - AJ (Puncheon)
    Suarez - Rooney - Sturridge

    have 2.7M ITB but 0FT

    I am thinking of getting in Lukaku, Lallana and Aguero next week.
    Is Sturridge time is over or is there still some left?

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
  10. All set for this week? Not sure on snoddy/ Mutch

    Marshall
    Cahill Coleman Zabaleta
    Haz yaya snoddy Gerrard
    SAS Lukaku

    Mannone, Mutch Ward Fonte

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. i'd go for mutch

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  11. tw

    boruc or mannone this week?

    which one would you bench from evra cahill coleman ward?

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. Mannone by QUITE some distance.

      I'd probably end up benching... Ward. Cardiff are scoring decently lately.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  12. gerrard, sturridge and john OUT
    mutch, aguero and baines IN

    for -4 next week. thoughts?

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
  13. benching problem!!!

    please bench two:

    baines (ARS)
    mirallas (ARS)
    AJ (tot)
    sterling (whu)
    R bennet (WBA)

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. tw

      AJ and mirallas

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  14. Hey all.

    So this week I got Carvajal last on my bench in UCL Fantasy. Just like Ward in FPL.

    :(

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
  15. Team Value could come to the fore if SAR becomes the new template strikeforce. Might be struggling.
    :(

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. Im looking at team from 36 like

      Mannone Harper
      Ivan Coleman Ward Alonso Vlaar
      Hazard Silva Snoddy Puncheon Arnautovic
      Suarez Rooney Aguero

      Not the worst

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. Not sure about Snoddy with those fixtures.

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
        1. Aye I might look at shifting him although Norwich will need points and goals. You know what the end of the season is like.

          • 1 year, 2 months ago
    2. It was the template strikeforce at the beginning of the season. I will finish the season with those 3 and my TV is 113.2

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    3. Definitely. And how to fit SAR with Yaya, Silva, Hazard, a CHE & EVE defender? :(

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    4. Your TV is 111m.

      Stop getting your panties in a knot.

      Top 1k for you.

      For sure.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. It can't be. 😥

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
      2. Won't happen. Top 4K is the goal. Anything else is a bonus.

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
        1. Ok then.

          Give us a league update on your league no 15996803(a)[i] then...

          :roll:

          • 1 year, 2 months ago
          1. Good to see you back Christina.

            • 1 year, 2 months ago
          2. Are you the real thang?

            • 1 year, 2 months ago
            1. Yeah, it's a real thong.

              • 1 year, 2 months ago
  16. New Post
  17. Why the hell are people contemplating Aguero? You know he is crocked and his gametime will be managed to high heaven.

    Jecko, Suaz and Luckaku is allt hat's needed.

    Jeez. 😡

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. La la la la la la la I'm not listening 😉

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    2. *pulls down pants...turns around....

      BROWNEYE!

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. Shirley it isn't? 😕

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
        1. Sorry. I couldn't shower this morning.

          😳

          • 1 year, 2 months ago
          1. Nice of you to rejoin us. I have ploughed a lonely furrow seeing off the Auzzie haterz and the fecking plebs on here 😕

            • 1 year, 2 months ago
  18. Hi lads :)

    Bad result for us last night but will still go through to the next round . Great tweet from CFC today, with a pic of the Ivan winner against Napoli two years ago. We have to have faith! 😎

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. sorry but psg is not napoli man bye bye Chelsea see you next year

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  19. Mannone

    Ivano, Cahill, Rosenior, (Shaw, Collins)

    Yaya, Hazard, Gerrard, Llallana, (Johnson)

    Lukaku, Suarez, Benteke

    Captain choice conundrum

    Suarez - do we expect a repeat performance?
    Benteke to find his feet / head at fulham and bag a a''confidence boosting'' brace

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. Tekkers out for the season!

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  20. 2 FT's, any ideas what I can do with this lot?

    Speroni - Adrian

    Chester - Dann - Baines - Chambers - Coliins

    Hazard - Fellaini - Sterling - A Johnson - Mata

    Suarez - Sturridge - Lukaku

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. Drop Fella.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  21. For the first time in 9 weeks I've dropped from 1st place. I dont know how to feel. I dont know what to do. I dont believe in life anymore.

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. You'll be fine. 6 GWs to go.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago

Scout Picks

2014/15 Team of the Season

  • Forster
  • Clyne
  • Ivanovic
  • Terry
  • Bertrand
  • Sánchez
  • Silva
  • Hazard
  • Aguero
  • Austin
  • Kane
  • Cresswell
  • Sigurdsson
  • Giroud

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