Fantasy Football – Gameweek 34


The FA Cup semis meant the big four didn’t play until midweek meaning a slightly longer gameweek than usual. The place to be at was Liverpool vs Arsenal and it resulted in the highest individual score of the season for Andrey Arshavin. His four goals and three bonus points resulted in a massive 21 points!

Erm, 21 actually...

Erm, 21 actually...

He beats the previous season high of 20 by Steven Gerrard against Villa a few weeks back. Off the top of my head I can’t think of a bigger score in the time I’ve been playing it but the Football Guy seems to think C-Ron might have got 22 or so last year in one of the Newcastle thrashings. Anyway, Arshavin’s score is unlikely to be beaten this season unless a midfielder scores a hat-trick and gets an assist in an end of season pummelling. Congrats to him.


Three potential captains:

1. Arshavin/Arsenal – Fair to say he’s in form after his midweek quadruple and he faces a Middlesbrough team who are terrible quite frankly. He’s cup-tied so can play wear himself out without fear of being ready for CL duty a few days later. Averaging over eight points a game since joining. 

2. Torres/Liverpool – Rafa won’t rotate until the title is out of reach and I genuinely worry what El Nino might do to the Hull defence. Bear in mind they recently let Middlesbrough’s shot shy strikers score three past them. That was the first time this season Boro had scored three in a league game.  

3. Fabregas/Arsenal – Less of a sure pick than Arshavin simply as he’ll be saving some energy for the midweek Champions League battle against Man Utd. He’ll definitely play (I say that with about 90% confidence) and given he has five assists in three games since returning from injury, he should produce something against Boro.





Three transfers in:

1. Brunt/West Brom – Cheap players in form is the theme this week and the West Brom man has three goals in two games. The Baggies are essentially down but they might as well have a go and go out in style. Sunderland at home this week. Worth a shout as a fifth midfielder. 

2. Faye/Stoke – The effective defender not the midfielder who never plays. Faye has three clean sheets and a goal in his last four and they face Fulham away this weekend. Not an easy game but one with good potential to be 0-0.

3. Davies/BoltonThe BBC says he has 12 goals, Fantasy Premier League claim 11. Either way he’s the best value striker in the game after Carlton Cole who’s now injured.





Three to avoid:

1. Neville/Man Utd – Not only is he injured, he’s Gary Neville. One of life’s rules should be to never have him in your fantasy team.  

2. Van Persie/Arsenal – Out for this weekend (doubt he would have played anyway) and probably the weekend after too. Knowing Arsenal’s record with muscle strains, don’t expect to see him till the game against Chelsea on May 10th.

3. Bosingwa/Chelsea – Still in 20% of the teams even though he’s out for a while with an ankle injury. Now is the time to have players who actually play and with the money you get for him you have your pick of defenders.







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