April
09

After double Gameweek 31 served up points aplenty, Fantasy managers approach the weekend’s deadline with expectations high. This time around, four teams treat us to a pair of fixtures apiece, with all but one in strong form and receiving significant investment:

Crystal Palace

Three clean sheets in their last four highlight the Eagles’ recent rise in resilience ahead of their home clash with Villa and trip to Everton. Tony Pulis’ side have kept out Sunderland, Chelsea and Cardiff over that run, with only a last-gasp goal conceded against Newcastle in Gameweek 31 beating Julian Speroni. The following schedule sees Liverpool and City roll up to Selhurst Park, though, suggesting it’s perhaps unwise to load up on their assets.

The Likely Lads
At the back, Joel Ward,  at 4.4 and with a share of corners, looks the best option – a 12-point haul against Chelsea in Gameweek 32 is indicative of his potential, though the weekend visit of Paul Lambert’s side looks likely to be his main source of points, given Everton’s thriving form.

Further up the field, Jason Puncheon’s double against Cardiff brings him onto our radars at the perfect time – available for 4.9, he’s firmly back in Pulis’ first-team plans after a brief omission from the starting line-up in February. The winger’s appeal is boosted by the fact he is Palace’s first-choice spot-kick taker when Glenn Murray is not on the park and, given that the latter has played 26 minutes in the last three games, it’s clear he’s far from certain to feature. Investment in Palace’s frontmen looks unwise – prior to the win over Cardiff, Palace had scored twice in six matches, with one of those goals courtesy of Chelsea skipper John Terry.

Cheeky Punt
If you feel Ward’s 4.4 price tag is too steep, winter signing Scott Dann comes in at just 4.0 and has started every match since arriving from Blackburn. Adrian Mariappa is even cheaper at 3.9 but has only just returned to the starting line-up, suggesting he’s not quite as secure an option – an assist against Cardiff highlights his attacking appeal at right-back, though. In midfield, Joe Ledley is a real under-the-radar option. The January signing has been fielded in “the hole” behind a lone striker in the last three matches and delivered a goal and assist at the weekend – he’s started every game since arriving at Selhurst Park and is available for 4.7, with a 0.1% ownership compared to Puncheon’s 4%.

Everton

Roberto Martinez’ side have now won their last six league matches and approach the double in their best form of the season. The Toffees are flourishing at both ends of the pitch – they’ve registered three clean sheets over that run and have scored three times in each of the last four fixtures. A trip to Sunderland and home game with Palace looks very encouraging for Fantasy managers, though with games against United, Southampton and City in the following three, it’s perhaps best planning an exit strategy if you’re intent on loading up.

The Likely Lads
In defence, Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman are the obvious contenders for our affections, with four and six goals to their names respectively. Indeed, with spot-kicks and set-piece duties also boosting his appeal, Baines, at 7.4 and owned by 15% of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers, is not only an alternative to Coleman but offers a viable double-up option for his fellow full-back’s 39% of FPL owners.

Roberto Martinez’ recent team sheets have taught us one thing – the three attacking midfield roles will be prone to rotation from here on in. Second-guessing the Toffees boss could prove a frustrating tactic, whereas Romelu Lukaku looks nailed on by comparison. Four goals, two assists and eight bonus points in six appearances since recovering from injury sums up the big Belgian’s form ahead of the double, though having blanked against Cardiff and Fulham over that run, there’s no doubt he’s still an inconsistent armband option.

Cheeky Punt
Young defender John Stones has started each of the last six due to Phil Jagielka’s ongoing hamstring problem and has picked up three bonus points over that run. Coming in at just 4.1 in FPL, he could prove a canny cut-price acquisition if the Toffees skipper fails to recover for the double – Martinez has admitted he will be cautious with his captain’s injury, but if Jagielka is fully fit, there’s no guarantee Stones will keep his starting berth, despite his impressive recent showings.

Whilst both Steven Naismith and Gerard Deulofeu have picked up the points in recent matches, both are classified as forwards in FPL and, with places in our three-man frontlines at a premium, opting for either over Lukaku would surely represent an unnecessary risk. Ross Barkley, at just 5.2, served up 20 points in double Gameweek 31, starting both matches and, given his price tag, is perhaps the least frustrating route into Martinez’ midfield. Kevin Mirallas continues to pick up the points, despite a lack of guaranteed game time. The Belgian has played 203 minutes to Barkley’s 290 over the last four and has only been outscored by 24 to 23 points in the FPL game, with a goal and three assists accrued.

Manchester City

Whilst a trip to Anfield is far from straightforward, the midweek home game with Sunderland looks hugely promising. Heavy investment in City’s main options looks on the cards, given they also have a double Gameweek 37 and some very strong home matches to follow, with West Brom, Villa and West Ham all still to pay visit to the Etihad.

Having conceded two goals in their last seven – just one from open play – Manuel Pellegrini’s backline has been one of the most resilient around, though back-to-back clean sheets is perhaps unlikely, given Liverpool’s outstanding home form. With three or more goals scored in all but one of their last four, City have rediscovered their eye for goal, after notching just once in three matches over February.

The Likely Lads
Joe Hart and three of the back-four – Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Pablo Zabaleta – look nailed on from here on in, with only the left-back berth problematic. Perhaps surprisingly, the much-maligned Demichelis has comfortably outscored his defensive team-mates for points per game; an average of 4.5 ppg is far superior to Kompany’s 3.4 ppg, for example, yet the Argentine is owned by just 1% of FPL managers.

In midfield, Yaya Toure’s relentless consistency delivered a 31-point return in double Gameweek 31, though the likely return of a certain Argentine up top will mean the Ivorian won’t have spot-kick duties to fall back on. Toure is expected to shake off a knock picked up against Southampton last weekend, and with an ownership of 47%, another bumper haul could prove costly for those who continue to overlook him.

David Silva remains in Toure’s shadow, though the Spaniard has still managed to average an impressive 5.9 ppg. Pellegrini has recently conceded Silva is nursing an ankle problem which forces him to miss training on occasion but it hasn’t affected his form heading into the double, with two goals, three assists and eight bonus points in his last five. With a 9% ownership, he could prove a decisive differential if Pellegrini continues with Silva in “the hole” in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Up front, Sergio Aguero’s imminent return is set to spark a major bandwagon. We should know if he’s ready by Friday at the very latest but Pellegrini seemed very optimistic over his availability in last week’s press conference – now down to just 7% ownership, his current price of 12.0 will quickly climb if the Argentine is passed fit. With four goals and two assists in his last four, Edin Dzeko can hardly be classified as a punt. The 7.1-priced Bosnian is one of the league’s form forwards right now and could easily retain his starting role if Pellegrini chooses to ease Aguero back into action or move to a 4-2-2-2 to accommodate both.

Cheeky Punts
Aleksandar Kolarov served up his seventh assist of the season last weekend in the 4-1 win against Southampton, but bearing in mind he’d started only one of the previous four matches, it’s by no means certain he’ll get the nod over Gael Clichy come the weekend. Judging by Pellegrini’s recent team sheets, the best-case scenario may be one start for the 5.1-priced left-back but Kolarov’s explosive potential could still take advantage.

Having started 18 of the last 19 matches he has been available for, Samir Nasri is pretty much nailed on under Pellegrini. The 8.2-priced Frenchman is beginning to find his form and delivered a goal and three assists in the last four – with a 4% ownership, he looks a potential differential and could appeal to Toure owners who are reluctant to meet Silva’s premium 9.5 outlay.

Sunderland

The Wearsiders’ dire display at Tottenham on Monday evening hardly fills Fantasy managers with confidence ahead of their pair of doubles. Gus Poyet has already conceded his team need a miracle to survive, and with games against two of the league’s in-form sides, expectations are low ahead of the weekend deadline. A home game against Everton is followed by a trip to the Etihad, where City have won 14 out of 15 in front of their own fans – with one clean sheet and four goals scored in their last seven, it’s not looking good for Sunderland. Anyone bringing in Sunderland players right now may already have one eye on the schedule from Gameweek 36, where, thanks to a double the following week, Poyet’s side play at home in each of the final three rounds of fixtures.

The Likely Lads
Vito Mannone’s heroics have already racked up six sets of 10+ hauls this term, with the Black Cats stopper averaging 4.7 points per game. The 4.5-priced Italian is continually kept busy between the posts – only twice in 20 starts has he failed to earn extra save points, boosting his appeal over Poyet’s defensive regulars.

With seven goals and three assists since the turn of the year, Adam Johnson has played a part in 10 of the Black Cats’ 14 league goals. After a couple of sub appearances, his return to the starting line-up for Monday’s trip to the Lane bodes well for his game time; Poyet’s decision to continue with a three-man backline afforded the 6.5-priced midfielder a role behind a lone forward and, if his side are to score over these two matches, he’s the man most likely to play some part.

Cheeky Punt
The recent switch to a five-man midfield has resulted in Marcos Alonso and Phil Bardsley being shifted into advanced roles as wing-backs by Poyet. Averaging 2.1 and 2.9 ppg, though, they’ve offered little to suggest they are worth the investment – for those who fancy rolling the dice, it’s worth considering that Bardsley, who has scored four times in all competitions this term, is currently on nine yellows and would face a two-match ban if he’s booked against Everton on Saturday.

Ki Sung-Yeung has started all but two of the Black Cats’ league matches from Gameweek 11 onwards and, at 4.3, is a decent budget enabler, who scored his side’s only goal in double Gameweek 31. The new formation has also seen Fabio Borini move to a central role as Poyet desperately searches for goals. Coming in at 6.2 and with spot-kick duties for the Wearsiders, the Italian arrives on the back of a six-match drought and with just three strikes all season, so he may be a gamble too far even for the boldest of Fantasy managers.

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  1. Evening all. So I'm currently sat on:

    Mannone (Adrian)
    Coleman Flanagan azpi ward zaba
    Yaya nasri hazard Mutch Livermore
    Suarez Sturridge lukaku

    I know it's not bringing any dgw'ers but really like the look of:

    Stuff + Livermore -> Adebayor + lallana (-4)

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Cheers guys

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. Yay...top of the page as well! :)

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
      1. Therefore I will answer it. I would want one DGWer I think. Like I said, I worry about Soton's motivation. People will talk about the World Cup motivation but Lallana has already secured his place.

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
    2. And it's Sturridge...not stuff :/

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
    3. No one? :(

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
      1. People still stuck on the last page

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
      2. bring at least 1 dgw player imo

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
    4. I'd take HAZ out as he's injured (possibly out 3 GW's)

      Haz to lallana is sensible.

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
    5. Keeping Hazard?

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
    6. You could copy me....

      Hazard and Studge > Eriksen and Agueroooooo

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
  2. Ok then my final pondering.

    What's best...

    1. -4 points this GW
    OR
    2. -0.3m before sat deadline

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. -0.3 if you can. Afford it

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
      1. It's not ideal but I could afford.

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
  3. Madness to bench Ward instead of Eriksen & Lallana?

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
      • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. bench erik imo

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
    2. Not madness...

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
    3. 2-1 need mor votes.

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
      1. more*

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
        • 5 months, 12 days ago
    4. bench Erik

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
  4. Mannone and AJ owners, keeping and hoping for the best?

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. i would, aj>erik after the double if sund crap again. mannone to stay till the end imo

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
    2. Going to keep Mannone but think I'm going to do AJ > Nasri

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
      • 5 months, 12 days ago
    3. I am buying Mannone ... :-)

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
    4. Keeping Mannone. No point selling

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
  5. Bottom page'd!

    Who to throw the (C) on tonight?

    a) Messi
    b) Gotze
    c) Alaba
    d) Kroos

    Being a United fan I'm leaning towards picking Messi because I kind of hope Bayern fail miserably despite me owning them :lol:

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. messi

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
  6. Messi or Robben

    CAPTAIN

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
      • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. Any news on RVP?

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
    2. How many times you going to ask?

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
      1. It's Majid Iqbal in disguise.

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
    3. messi

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
  7. I'm going Alaba, as all the Barca/Atletico games seem to end 1-1

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. 0-1 this time imo

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
      1. 6-0 imho tbqh.

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
  8. A lad in work had a bet on 2-0 Chelsea last night.

    Tonight he has bet on 1-0 United (at 16-1)...

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. Throwing away his winnings eh.

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
      1. Only some of it

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
  9. Just herd that Messi has not scored in his last 5 matches Vs. Atletico

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. messi is now world best striker dont belive him he can scores when he wants

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
      1. No-one scores when they want.

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
          • 5 months, 12 days ago
      2. He's been that for a l-o-n-g time, with due respect to CR7.

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
  10. Okay so I have decided to get rid of Hazard for -4. Transfer is for this week only as I am bringing in Mata next week.

    So price is no problem. It can't be a City player and I already have Erikson.

    Surely a DGW player would make sense.

    Which mid would you get?

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. Mirallas?

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
      1. That's who I am hovering over at the moment. Likely to play both games?

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
          • 5 months, 12 days ago
  11. Have two FTs and loads of cash.. how do I use it wisely?

    mannone (marshall)
    coleman ward fonte (davies azpi)
    hazard yaya AJ punch (eriksen)
    luk suarez studge
    3.0, 2FTs

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. get city players

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
      1. which ones? :)

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
        1. aguero and silva

          • 5 months, 12 days ago
    2. Hazard and Studge > Silva and Aguerooooooo

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
      1. oooooooooooo!!!!!

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
  12. Just do Hazard to Silva,Sterling to Barkley and Sturridge to Aguero

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. reply fail -_-

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
  13. Gone with Robben, good luck to you all
    But more importantly, good luck Man United :wink:

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. They'll need it :wink:

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
        • 5 months, 12 days ago
  14. Good for DGW? :) -8 points

    Boruc (Harper)
    DISTIN,Azpi,Vlaar
    YAYA,SILVA,PUNCHEON,Gerrard
    AGUERO,LUKAKU,Suarez

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. Solid if Kun plays.

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
      1. He will..I am pretty sure as I am City fan and know a lot about news there :)

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
  15. What do you think about this lot?

    Marshall
    Ivan, Zaba, Dann (Cahill, Chambers)
    Yaya, Silva, Ki, Haz (Mutch)
    Suarez, Studge, Lukaku

    Am thinking of switching Haz to Lallana (also considering Puncheon/Ledley)

    Then to pick up Mata the following week.

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
  16. Please rate the old team for DGW (no points hits)

    MANNONE
    ZAB COLEMAN WARD Ivan
    BARKLEY YAYA lallana
    Suarez LUKAKU AGUERO(c)

    *Boruc Snodgrass *Haz *Rosenior

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. Very good,but it would be better if u buy Silva instead of Hazard :)

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
      1. this

        • 5 months, 12 days ago
    2. Decent that.

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
  17. (missed some details on previous page)

    Speroni, K.Davies
    Cahill, Azpi, Coleman, Ward, Bruce
    Mata, Yaya, Hazard, Sterling, Mutch
    Suarez, Sturridge, Lukaku

    2FT, 1.3ITB

    Should I do Mata, Hazard, Sterling & Sturridge to Aguero, Silva, Ramsey & Barkley for -8?

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. Seems a little excessive.
      Ramsey another week and Barkley not worth a hit.

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
  18. any of these worth minus 4?

    A: Barkley
    B: Puncheon
    C: Ledley

    Alternative is playing 433 with either Skrtel (MCI) or Olsson (ful)

    Thanks

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. I'd play Olsson

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
    2. Play ollsen

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
  19. I've got Silva and Yaya and one more spot for a City player. For this GW, would you buy a City defender (Kompany, Zab) or a striker (Kun)??

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
    1. They score a lot and their defenders are less likely for bonus when they do is my reckoning

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
    2. A striker for this one.

      • 5 months, 12 days ago
  20. GTG? Or take a hit on hazard?
    0FT 0.0ITB

    Mannone (Harper)
    Distin baines dann azpil (Chester)
    Yaya silva puncheon (hazard noone)
    Suarez lukaku aguero

    • 5 months, 12 days ago
  21. Many fantasy managers would've played 1 or 2 FTs already. With the imminent news of Hazard being sidelined for a couple of weeks - the question remains, is it worth taking a 4pt hit and bring in a 2nd/3rd substitution?

    The options could I'm considering are a third City midfielder, Mirallas, Johnson or a non-DW player.

    I'm tempted towards Johnson. Whilst 2 of his next 3 are tough fixtures, it's do or die now for Sunderland and he will be forced to go all out attack. Plus he has a DGW in 37.

    • 5 months, 11 days ago
  22. dilemma 1ce again as dwg is thr
    my team
    begovic (harper)
    shaw flanagan azpilicueta ward mccartney
    gerrard yaya hazard mutch lvermore
    suarez lukaku bony

    shld i go for
    livermore mccartney ----> nasri stones???

    • 5 months, 11 days ago
  23. aguero playing ???? :/ :?

    • 5 months, 11 days ago
    • 5 months, 11 days ago
  24. Who to captain? I have Suarez but no DGW, Lukaku or Djeko?

    • 5 months, 11 days ago
  25. Zabaleta > Dann, Hazard > Silva, Gerrard > Nasri for -4

    Speroni

    Dann Cahill Coleman

    Silva Nasri Barkley Yaya

    Lukaku Sturridge Suárez

    Leaves 3.9 in bank enough for later moves to Agüero & Rooney if they show form.

    What do you think?

    • 5 months, 10 days ago

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  • Diego Costa
  • Balotelli
  • Moreno
  • Chadli
  • Naismith

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