Gameweek 36 – Now or never for your Fantasy hopes and dreams

April 29, 2016 3:27 pm

That’s right, there’s only three weekends of Premier League action left, so it’s now or never when it comes to fantasy football.

This weekend’s slate of fixtures present a few tricky conundrums for fantasy football managers, as they try to figure out which players will be rested by the teams fighting on two fronts and which teams are already on the beach.

So who should you place your trust in? And who should be avoided as you make your last-ditch bids to climb up the league?

Here are all the hints and tips you’ll need for gameweek 36.

Key injuries/Suspensions

Tottenham's Dele Alli
Alli’s knockout blow: Thanks for the points, Dele

It’s time to cut the rope on Dele Alli, as the Tottenham midfielder who has served so many fantasy teams so well this season is done for the season following his three-match suspension.

Mamadou Sakho is also out of the rest of the campaign, after UEFA slapped him with a 30-day ban as they investigate his doping violation.

Yaya Toure and David Silva are doubts for Manchester City, while Philippe Coutinho was taken off with illness during Liverpool’s 1-0 loss at Villarreal on Thursday night.

Favourable match-ups of the week

Arsene Wenger
In Wenger we trust? Arsenal face Norwich this weekend

How much do you trust Arsenal these days? On paper, their clash with Norwich looks like an easy three points for the Gunners and we all know how much better they are when the pressure is off.

A lot of teams are on the beach already, including Swansea who host a Liverpool side that will be looking to remain sharp ahead of their Europa League semi-final second leg next week.

Big names, bandwagons to avoid

Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his fourth and team's fifth goal with Kevin de Bruyne

Buyer beware: Could City rest Aguero and De Bruyne this weekend?

While it might be tempting to load up on Manchester City players for their trip to Southampton, they are likely to be resting several of their key men, ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid.

Also be careful when looking at Liverpool, as you’ll have to try and second guess Jurgen Klopp’s selection process. What does Daniel Sturridge not playing against Villarreal mean? Will Robert Firmino get a rest against Swansea? Tricky.

Bargain corner

Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates scoring the fourth goal for Manchester City
Opportunity knocks: Kelechi Iheanacho took his chances last weekend

Kelechi Iheanacho had a field day against Stoke last week and with Manuel Pellegrini’s men battling on two fronts, he could get another chance to lead the line.

It’s a bit of a gamble, but there are precious few bargains left at this stage of the season.

Who to captain

Alexis Sanchez in action
Worth a punt: Sanchez looks a safe bet this week

Go on, put your faith in Arsenal. Alexis Sanchez is capable of having a very good day against a shaky Norwich defence, so is worth trusting with the armband on a week when several big names could be rested.

Looking ahead

Player of the Year nominee Dimitri Payet
Double up: Dimitri Payet could be worth snapping up

Several teams have one last double game week next week, so it may be worth stocking up on West Ham, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea players. Norwich, Watford, Sunderland and Everton also turn out twice.

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:

Arsenal

Out: Jenkinson,

Doubts: Oxlade-Chamberlain

Aston Villa

Out: Amavi, Richardson, Agbonlahor

Doubts: Clark

Bournemouth

Out: Smith, Mings, Arter, Butcher

Doubts: Gradel

Chelsea

Out: Courtois, Zouma, Terry, Remy

Doubts: Cahill

Crystal Palace

Out: Hangeland, Chamakh

Doubts: Zaha

Everton

Out: Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Browning, Barry, Rodriguez

Doubts: None

Leicester

Out: James Vardy

Doubts: Ulloa

Liverpool

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

Doubts: Coutinho

Man City

Out: Nasri, Evans

Doubts: Yaya Toure, Silva

Man Utd

Out: Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Januzaj, Keane

Doubts: None

Newcastle

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

Doubts: Gouffran, Marveaux

Norwich

Out: Kean, Klose, Tettey

Doubts: Martin, Wisdom

Southampton

Out: Austin, Seager

Doubts: Gardos

Stoke

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

Doubts: Given

Sunderland

Out: Gooch

Doubts: None

Swansea

Out: Fer, Paloschi

Doubts: None

Tottenham

Out: Bentaleb, Alli

Doubts: Dier

Watford

Out: Gilmartin, Hoban, Capoue

Doubts: Ekstand

West Brom

Out: Morrison, Brunt, Pritchard

Doubts: Foster, Berahino

West Ham

Out: Cullen

Doubts: None

This post was written by Fantasy iTeam

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