Bonus Transfer Week – GW35

April 22, 2016 3:30 pm

The Premier League games have been coming thick and fast recently, which means only one thing – fantasy football seasons are being made and broken on a day-by-day basis.

With three weeks remaining there’s still enough time to make a late push or cement your place on top of your mini-leagues, but a reduced fixture list could play havoc on your squad this weekend.

The FA Cup semi-finals mean that there’s only seven Premier League games on the slate, so it’s vital that you adjust your pieces accordingly.

Injuries are also mounting up, so there’s plenty to think about this week.

Here are all the hints and tips you’ll need to make the most out of your team this week.

Blank fixture list

We’ll kick-off with the teams who aren’t playing this week.

Ramiro Funes Mori after being sent off
No go: Funes Mori not is doubly not playing this week

Manchester United, Everton, Crystal Palace and Watford are all strutting their stuff under the arch at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals, so you’ll need to adjust accordingly.

In addition to that, West Ham and Norwich can put their feet up as their fixtures have been rearranged to accommodate the semi-finals.

Key injuries/Suspensions

Plenty of fantasy managers will be scratching their heads after two of the Premier League’s in-form strikers were ruled out for this week – and possibly more.

Liverpool's Divock Origi is stretchered off as Daniel Sturridge comes on
Out: Origi could miss the rest of the season

Liverpool’s Divock Origi was chopped down by Ramiro Funes Mori in the Merseyside derby and could be set to miss the rest of the season, while Jamie Vardy sits this week out following his red card and has the possilibilty of an extended ban hanging over his head.

Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois is also suspended.

Favourable match-ups of the week

West Brom appear to be twiddling their thumbs and waiting for the season to end, so it may be wise to go big on Tottenham players ahead of their Monday night clash.

Spurs will either go into the weekend’s final fixture needing to keep the pace with Leicester should the Foxes win, or will have the chance to close the drop, should the Foxes drop points against Swansea.

Big names, bandwagons to avoid

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
To rest or not to rest: Pellegrini faces a tricky decision

It goes without saying that you should avoid the teams not playing this week if you can, but it’s worth bearing in mind that Manchester City have a Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night to contend with, so Manuel Pellegrini may opt to rest some big names.

Bargain corner

Mousa Dembele in action with Bojan Krkic
On the cheap: Krkic could be worth a punt

Bojan Krkic gets the nod this week, after a productive few weeks for Stoke. The striker is still available on the cheap following his stop-start season and could get some joy from what may be a second-string back-line at Manchester City in the weekend’s early game.

Who to captain

Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring the third goal for Liverpool
Main man: Liverpool are running out of striking options

Harry Kane is in irresistible form at the moment, so could well be the man to hand the armband to, against a West Brom side with very little to play for.

Or, perhaps you want to get Daniel Sturridge in your side. With Divock Origi joining Christian Benteke on the sidelines, the England man will likely be given the main striking duties for the foreseeable future.

Looking ahead

Louis van Gaal gives a thumbs up
Stock up: LVG’s side play twice in a couple of weeks

It’s back to the normal ten-game slate of fixtures next week, but week 37 sees yet more teams double booked, with the likes of West Ham, Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea all turning out twice, so bear that in mind.

Injuries, doubts etc

Here’s a full low down on who is expected to be missing this weekend and who is facing a late battle for fitness:


Out: Jenkinson, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky

Doubts: Flamini, Gibbs, Wilshere

Aston Villa

Out: Amavi, Agbonlahor

Doubts: None


Out: Smith, Mings, Arter, Afobe, Butcher

Doubts: None


Out: Courtois, Zouma, Terry, Remy

Doubts: Hazard

Crystal Palace (No fixture)

Out: Hangeland, Gayle, Chamakh

Doubts: Dann, Ward, Bolasie, Ledley
Claudio Ranieri consoles Jamie Vardy after being sent off for receiving a second yellow for simulation

Everton (No fixture)

Out: Coleman, Funes Mori, Browning, Rodriguez

Doubts: Jagielka, Hibbert, Barry


Out: Dyer, James Vardy

Doubts: None


Out: Gomez, Can, Henderson, Rossiter, Benteke, Origi, Ings

Doubts: Skrtel

Man City

Out: Silva, Evans

Doubts: Sagna, Clichy, Nasri

Man Utd (No fixture)

Out: Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Januzaj, Keane

Doubts: Herrera


Out: Elliot, Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Haidara, Toney

Doubts: Mbabu, Gouffran, Marveaux

Norwich (No fixture)

Out: Kean, Klose, Tettey

Doubts: Martin, Wisdom


Out: Austin, Seager

Doubts: Gardos


Out: Butland, Johnson, Pieters, Wilson, Shaqiri, Walters

Doubts: None


Out: Gooch

Doubts: None


Out: None

Doubts: None


Out: Bentaleb

Doubts: N’Jie


Out: Gilmartin, Hoban

Doubts: Ekstand

West Brom

Out: Morrison, Brunt

Doubts: Pritchard

West Ham

Out: Cullen

Doubts: Song

This post was written by Fantasy iTeam