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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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:
Out: Amavi, Richardson, Agbonlahor
Out: Smith, Mings, Arter, Butcher
Out: Courtois, Zouma, Terry, Remy
Out: Hangeland, Chamakh
Out: Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Browning, Barry, Rodriguez
Out: James Vardy
Out: Sakho, Gomez, Can, Henderson, Rossiter, Origi, Ings
Out: Nasri, Evans
Doubts: Yaya Toure, Silva
Out: Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Januzaj, Keane
Out: Elliot, Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Haidara, Toney
Doubts: Gouffran, Marveaux
Out: Kean, Klose, Tettey
Doubts: Martin, Wisdom
Out: Austin, Seager
Out: Butland, Johnson, Wilson, Shaqiri, Walters, Alellay
Out: Fer, Paloschi
Out: Bentaleb, Alli
Out: Gilmartin, Hoban, Capoue
Out: Morrison, Brunt, Pritchard
Doubts: Foster, Berahino
This post was written by Fantasy iTeam