Well GW28 was interesting, goals galore this week and QPR get a vital win that could yet start a revival.
Chelsea 1-0 West Brom
This was more one sided than the score might suggest, Chelsea were the dominant team for much of the game, and were unlucky not to have won this by more. The Chelsea fans are still up for a Benitez bashing; will this help or hinder the rest of the season for them? West Brom will be glad to get Lukaku back for next week’s game, as they look to consolidate a mid-table position.
Everton 3-1 Reading
Everton got back to winning ways recording their first win in 4 games to keep up there push for Europe, Fellaini was back amongst the goals, showing why some of the big clubs in Europe are keeping close tabs on him. Reading are falling fast and looks like it will take a huge effort from them to stay in the EPL next season, and with MU, Arsenal and Liverpool to come in the next few weeks the signs do not look good.
Man Utd 4-0 Norwich
Business as usual for the Champions in waiting, but it was not the player you would think that shone in this game, Kagawa was the star of the show, scoring a well-deserved hat-trick, was this a one off or has he found his feet and will kick on ? Either way, he’s definitely a player to watch over the next few weeks. Norwich are starting to wobble a bit and there inconsistency is making life hard for them, they could still be in trouble and will need to find a bit of form to stay out of the relegation dogfight.
Southampton 1-2 QPR
QPR took the spoils in the first real big “6 pointer” of the season and will look for this to continue over the next few weeks with very winnable games against Sunderland, Villa, Fulham and Wigan coming up…. Can Harry do it again? Southampton on the other hand are now in the dogfight at the bottom, and since their excellent win over MC haven’t really got the results needed, they certainly have the players, but do they have the nerve ? Time will tell.
Stoke 0-1 WH
West Ham took the win here in a game between 2 sides that look to be safe at the moment, although with 9 games left both will be looking over their shoulders, as a bad run could see either dragged down the league to a position that could become uncomfortable.
Sunderland 2-2 Fulham
A good game full of incidents that neither team could take advantage of. Both teams were looking for a win here to give themselves a bit of breathing space, but in the end a draw was probably a fair result.
Swansea 1-0 Newcastle
Swansea took the spoils here; although Newcastle will feel hard done by that they didn’t come away with anything from the game. Newcastle’s French revolution looks to have done the trick for the Magpies, and they will have too much quality to go down, but wasn’t that said about at least 1 team that went down in the last 10 years? Swansea on the other hand took full advantage and keep up their push to finish in the top 8.
Wigan 0-4 Liverpool
Liverpool were excellent against a very poor Wigan team that looked all over the place at times. The Reds took full advantage with Suarez once again proving that you don’t have to be liked to be a great player. Even Downing managed to get on the scoreboard, and with Coutinho Liverpool look to have found a great player and look a more balanced team for it.
Spurs 2-1 Arsenal
Spurs heaped more trouble on Arsenal and Wenger on Sunday. Bale was again on the scoreboard (shocker) although it was not him that will grab the headlines for this game. The Spurs defence was outstanding against an Arsenal side trying everything to break them down. Cazorla was excellent for the Gunners but could not do it on his own and with a proven goalscorer the result could have been different.
Villa 0-1 Man City
MC put in workmanlike performance to take the points against a resilient Villa side; a result which leaves Villa still struggling near the bottom of the table and will need to rely on Benteke if they are to stand any chance of beating the drop. While MC still keep up there very faint hopes of catching MU at the top.
This is going to be a very interesting week with only 12 teams playing. I hope you are all prepared as this week could get messy. Do you bomb it off and plan for week 30 or do you go all out to find some extra points that others won’t. It’s a tough call and one that will be different for everybody. With this in mind I have put some stats down that might come in handy for about 10 of the 12 teams playing. I have left Spurs and Liverpool out of the lists as I am sure you all know about Bale and Suarez already.
Top 5 FiT points’ scorers this season.
Bassong, Norwich – 8 Clean Sheets 3 Goals 2 Assists
Shawcross, Stoke – 9 Clean Sheets 1 Goal 3 Assists
Cameron, Stoke – 9 Clean Sheets
McAuley, WBA – 6 Clean Sheets 2 Goals 1 Assist
Williams, Swansea – 8 Clean Sheets
Michu, Swansea – 15 Goals 2 Assists
Routledge, Swansea – 5 Goals 6 Assists
Johnson, Sunderland – 4 Goals 7 Assists
De Guzman, Swansea – 5 Goals 5 Assists
Sessegnon, Sunderland – 5 Goals 3 Assists
Lambert, Southampton – 12 Goals 7 Assists
Fletcher, Sunderland – 10 Goals 4 Assists
Benteke, Villa – 11 Goals 4 Assists
Lukaku, WBA – 12 Goals 3 Assists
Le Fondre, Reading – 10 Goals 1 Assist
You will notice there are no Newcastle players on the list, But Cisse, Sissoko and Goufran could all be worth a shot as the Magpies are now playing much better than early season, and with the exception of Cisse are good value as well. Another 2 players that could be worth a punt is Coutinho of Liverpool who has settled in very well and is a bargain at 5.6m, as is Remy of QPR who again is a bargain striker at 6.7m.
Whatever you decide I hope that it all goes well for you and you get what you need out of the week.
Hope you enjoyed the read and until next time…..Good Luck
This post was written by FiT Admin