Mr Meadows Loves A Double Gameweek

April 2, 2015 11:41 am original-2

Enjoyed the break? Me neither, but there’s no more interruptions as we reach the business end of the season, and the next eight weekends bring just three standard Gameweeks. Whether you’re chasing a trophy, trying to increase your manager rating or just playing for pride, it’s essential to plan for these weeks now in order to get the most from your iTeam(s).

GW31 – Aston Villa and QPR play twice.

GW32 – Standard week.

GW33 – No games for Arsenal, Aston Villa, QPR and Sunderland. And, dependent on the FA Cup replay, potentially Liverpool and and Hull.

GW34 – Chelsea and Leicester play twice.

GW35 & 36 – Standard weeks.

GW37 – Arsenal and Sunderland play twice.

GW38 – Full Fixture list, no staggered KO’s.

GW31 Overview:

Liverpool played late in GW30 and Arsenal are top of the ‘Form Table’ (last six games), so expect lots of iTeams to start scoring from the first KO of GW31.

FIVE KO’s at 3pm with the most popular destination likely to be at Old Trafford, as Man Utd host Aston Villa. I’m meaning Man Utd players, but expect lots to transfer in Aston Villa (and QPR) players due to their DGW.

FIVE staggered KO’s starting from the Saturday evening game will see lots of potential options for the rest of GW31, take note NOW of how your iTeam is scoring in your H2H or how the teams around you in the league are looking – like-for-like transfers wont benefit your team if you’re already behind.

Chelsea played last in GW30, so a lot of teams might be full of their players come that Saturday evening KO. Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd are involved at the end of GW32 and so Sunday might see an exodus of these players. Where too? Probably Harry Kane.

Time to pick a risky captain? It takes a gutsy manager to put the armband on a risky… Actually, it takes a gutsy manager to take the armband OFF the likes of Kane, Giroud etc. It totally ruins my week when all I get is 4pts from my lousy captain. But how many score big week-in week-out? Not many, if any at all. Last week, 8 from the top scoring 10 managers in my league captained Kane. It was the right decision as he scored those managers 34pts. Someone scored 24pts for Giroud and the other unlucky manager had Aguero who returned 4pts. The week before (GW29) saw Rooney, Giroud, Mignolet, Costa, Aguero, Skrtel, Hazard captained once each from the top 10 weekly managers, and Lukaku was picked three times. Mr Will Murray won the GW in my mini-league that week by captaining Lukaku. Was it worth the risk? Some would say picking Lukaku wasn’t the risk, but not following those around you was. Either way, Mr Murray has his rosette, one he wouldn’t have won with Kane as captain.

Eight GW’s to go… If you can score 15pts more than your mini-league leader each week, then that’s 120pts between now and the season’s end. If you’re within 120pts of your leader, then I’d hold off those risky captain picks for now. If the margin is more than 120pts though, then its officially risk-taking time.

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I have picked out a treble for this week that Betfred & Fantasy iTeam have enhanced from 55/1 to 70/1. I’m hoping Liverpool don’t let me down but it’s certainly worth a punt in my books. The 70/1 is exclusive to FiT’s new & existing users so you don’t need to create a new account. You can check it out here – http://bit.ly/fit-treble

NOTE: The link above will not work until Friday.

SATURDAY 12:45

ARSENAL V LIVERPOOL

Form:

Arsenal 1st overall (18pts) and 1st at Home (18pts)
Liverpool 3rd overall (15pts) and 1st Away (16pts)

With victories in their last eight home Premier League matches, Arsenal will expect all three points in the early KO. Danny Welbeck is a doubt.

Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in their last six Premier away games. If Monaco can win, why not Liverpool? Although, Sterling, Lallana and Sturridge remain doubtful and Gerrard & Skrtel are suspended. Coming away empty-handed might leave that 4th place just out of reach.

Top 4 FiT scoring players: (last six games)
Arsenal – Giroud (44), Koscielny (24), Cazorla (23), Ozil (22)
Liverpool – Henderson (33), Coutinho (27), Mignolet (27), Sturridge (26)
Last Season – 2-0 ; Prediction – Liverpool need this more. 1-2.

SATURDAY 3pm

EVERTON V SOUTHAMPTON

Form:

Everton 13th overall (7pts) and 13th Home (7pts)
Southampton 11th overall (8pts) and 4th Away (13pts)

With just 1 defeat in their last 11 home Premiership games, Everton find themselves out of Europe, too far off the top 10 and too far away from the relegation zone. Lukaku faces a late fitness test.

Southampton are still chasing a top 4 finish and will need to win here to keep that chance alive.

Top 4 FiT players: (last 6 games)
Everton – Lukaku (26pts), Lennon (20), Coleman (19), McCarthy (17)
Southampton – Clyne (26), Fonte (23), Mane (20), Bertrand (19)
Last Season – 2-1; Prediction – James Dash’s mortgage on this. 0-1.

LEICESTER V WEST HAM UNITED

Form:

Leicester 19th overall (2pts) and 17th at Home (4pts)
WHU 15th overall (5pts) and 16th Away (3pts)

Oh dear! No win in their last 8 games for Leicester, and no win in West Ham’s last 7 away games. If they want to avoid relegation, Leicester have to win this game, but they need to score goals to do that, something they’ve failed to do in their last 3 home games.

West Ham find themselves too far away from European qualification. Enner Valencia is doubtful, Reid is back in full training.

Top 4 FiT players: (last 6 games)
Leicester – Nugent (21pts), Cambiasso (18), Vardy (18), James (15)
West Ham – Sakho (22), Kouyate (18), Cresswell (16), Noble (16)
Last Season – No Fixture ; Prediction – Relegation beckons, despite the win. 1-0.

MANCHESTER UNITED V ASTON VILLA

Form:

Man Utd 2nd overall (15pts) and 3rd at Home (15)
Aston Villa 14th overall (6) and 15th Away (3)

If Liverpool win or draw, then it could be the red half of Manchester sitting in 2nd place come Monday morning. Don’t get too cocky, Man City could take it back Monday night. Man Utd are in some fine form and will hope the international break wont disrupt it – with 9 wins from their last 10 home games, nothing but 3 points will do. With at least 2 goals scored at home in 8 of their last 9 games, Wayne Rooney might add to his tally of 8 in the last 6 games against Villa at Old Trafford. Smalling should be ok, Evans is still suspended but Rojo is back.

Aston Villa top the PhysioRoom injury table with 11 players listed. Jores Okore is the latest casualty and Tom Cleverley has a knock but is ineligible anyway. With only 1 centre-back FiT, it might be a long 90-mins for the away team.

Top 4 FiT players: (last 6 games)
Man Utd – Smalling (36), Rooney (24), De Gea (23), Blind (23)
Aston Villa – Benteke (29), Agbonlahor (27), Sinclair (16), Delph (15)
Last Season – 4-1 ; Prediction – International break halts United’s progress. 0-1. Only joking, 2nd place it is. 3-1.

SWANSEA CITY V HULL CITY

Form:

Swansea 9th overall (9pts) and 12th at Home (8)
Hull 12th overall (8) and 12th Away (5).

Swansea have picked up recently despite only having 8th place to play for, and face a Hull side desperate for points, being only 3 away from the relegation zone.
Leon Britton and Jefferson Montero are doubts while Tom Carroll is out.

The bad news for Hull is that they’ve not won in 13 of their last 14 away games and not scored in 5 of the last 7 of them. The good news? They’ve got to play Southampton (A), Liverpool (H), Arsenal (A), Tottenham (A) and Man Utd (H). Tom Huddlestone is still suspended while Gaston Ramirez is a fresh doubt.

Top 4 FiT players: (last 6 games)
Swansea – Sung-Yueng (24pts), Gomis (22), Taylor (18), Shelvey (18)
Hull – N’Doye (29), Elmohamady (23), Jelavic (18) – 4 others on 16.
Last Season – 1-1. Prediction – Hull need to win this. 1-2.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION V QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Form:

WBA – 8th overall (10pts) and 6th at Home (12pts)
QPR – 18th overall (3pts) and 17th Away (3pts)

Gareth McAuley was wrongly sent off last week so Craig Dawson is suspended. They say luck evens itself out over the course of the season, I’m not sure how Karma is going to sort that out though. Foster is going to be out for six months, I hate using  a transfer for a keeper, so if you need to, my condolences. Chris Brunt and Claudio Yacob return. WBA have 5 clean sheets from their last 7 home Premiership games, winning the last three.

So it’s a DGW for QPR. Are we all piling on their players? They have conceded at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 Premiership games and have lost a staggering 14 from their last 15 away matches. The good news? They are scoring goals, mainly in 1’s. Also, Barton is back. Furlong should return and Isla is back.

Top 4 FiT players: (last 6 games)
WBA – Berahino (30), Lescott (30), Dawson (27), McAuley (25)
QPR – Phillips (30), Austin (23), Zamora (18), Sandro (14)
Last Season – No Fixture. Prediction – Disruption in back4 means QPR score twice. 2-2.

SATURDAY 17:30

CHELSEA V STOKE CITY

Form:

Chelsea – 4th overall (14pts) and 7th at home (12pts)
Stoke – 10th overall (9pts) and 8th away (10)

The leaders have now gone 9 Premiership games without defeat. They’ve drawn their last 2 home Premiership games though, and will see this as an opportunity to go 9pts clear and put pressure on Man City. Costa could play, but may not be risked, especially with Remy scoring last time out.

Stoke haven’t scored at Stamford Bridge in their last 6 visits. Without anything left to play for this season, can they at least end this run? Moses can’t play (parent club thing)

Top 4 FiT players (last 6 games) –
Chelsea – Ivanovic (37), Hazard (33), Willian (22), Costa (21)
Stoke – Diouf (25), Moses (22), Crouch (19), Bardsley (17)
Last Season – 3-0. Prediction – Always difficult to play against, especially with an eye on the title. 1-1.

SUNDAY 13:00

BURNLEY V TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Form:

Burnley – 16th overall (4pts) and 14th at home (7)
Spurs – 7th overall (10pts) and 9th away (9)

Beating Man City, losing to Southampton… Burnley are just a point from the relegation zone but have a kinder run-in than those around them.

Tottenham need to win to keep their top 4 hopes alive and will bring goals to the game at either end – they’ve conceded at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 games but scored at least 2 in 8 of their last 9. Get it on your Goals Galore coupon! Lloris could very well be out and Rose & Dier pulled out of international duty. There you go! I didn’t mention you-know-who!

Top 4 FiT players: (last 6 games)
Burnley – Boyd, Ings & Trippier (all 17), Mee (15)
Spurs – Kane (47), Mason (21), Townsend (19), Eriksen (17)
Last Season – No Fixture. Prediction – It’s already been a busy week for Kane. 2-1

SUNDAY 16:00

SUNDERLAND V NEWCASTLE UNITED

Form:

Sunderland – 20th overall (2pts) and 19th at Home (4)
Newcastle – 17th overall (4pts) and 13th away (4)

The home team have drawn a blank in 5 of their last 6 matches, what they don’t need now is a local derby. But it’s a crucial one – if Sunderland win, they will equal Newcastle’s 2002-06 record of 5 consecutive wins. Relegation is a real prospect and they will be hoping new manager, Dick Advocaat, does what Gus Poyet did last season and save them.

Meanwhile, John Carver will be hoping he can do an Alan Pardew before Mike Ashley does a Mike Ashley. They don’t call it a poison chalice for no reason! Newcastle have lost their last three Premiership games and sit in the table safe from relegation and safe from non-threatening European chasing sides.

Top 4 FiT players: (last 6 games)
Sunderland – Defoe, Larsson, Rodwell (all 12), Wickham (9)
Newcastle – Cisse, Sissoko (18 each), Janmaat (11), Gouffran (10)
Last Season – 2-1. Prediction – More red cards than goals 0-0.

MONDAY 20:00

CRYSTAL PALACE V MANCHESTER CITY

Form:

Palace – 6th overall (10pts) and 15th at Home (7)
Man City – 5th overall (12pts) and 10th away (8)

Palace will be hoping to win consecutive home games in the league for the first time this season. They were ten points behind Newcastle when Pardew took over in January, ten games later and they’re a point ahead (thanks bro!) and only drawing a blank twice in those ten games. Mutch, Campbell and Chamakh could return.

Man City have won 4 of their last 10 Premiership games, losing the last 2 away fixtures. They are still in the title race but you feel they are more likely to fall into 3rd or 4th than to challenge Chelsea.

Top 4 FiT players (last 6 games) –
Palace – Zaha (27), Murray (25), Bolasie (22), Puncheon (21)
Man City – Silva (42), Aguero (33), Dzeko (28), Nasri (24)
Last Season – 0-2. Prediction – I’m never captaining Aguero again. 3-1.

TUESDAY 19:45

ASTON VILLA V QUEENS PARK RANGERS

So, I suppose your boasting about signing Fabien Delph instead of Eden Hazard, and using your Emergency Transfer to bring in Sandro and dumping Silva?

No fixture last season, and it’s got 1-1 written all over it.

Who are the top 45 FiT players from the last SIX games?

So, here is the breakdown of those FiT points I have used:-

FORWARDS:

47. Kane
44. Giroud
33. Aguero
30. Berahino
29. Benteke
29. N’Doye
28. Dzeko
27. Agbonlahor
26. Lukaku
26. Sturridge
25. Diouf
25. Murray
24. Rooney
23. Austin
23. Ideye
22. Gomis
22. Sakho

MIDFIELD:

42. Silva
33. Hazard
33. Henderson
30. Phillips
27. Coutinho
27. Zaha
24. Nasri
24. Sung-yueng
23. Cazorla
22. Bolasie
22. Moses
22. Ozil
22. Sterling
22. Willian

DEFENDERS:

37. Ivanovic
36. Smalling
30. Lescott
27. Dawson
26. Clyne
25. McAuley
24. Koscielny
23. Blind
23. Elmohamady
23. Fonte
22. Skrtel

GK:

27. Mignolet
23. De Gea
23. Hart

LONG-TERM QUICKIE

AFTER this GW, only 2 teams go into the next 4 GW’s playing none of the current top 7 teams in the table. BUY Liverpool and Swansea.

AFTER GW32 buy Burnley, who go into their last 6 games facing none of the top 7. The same for WHU but after GW33.

WATCH those Villa players, no game in GW33 and play Spurs & Man City either side of it.

WATCH QPR, they may have a DGW but they play Chelsea in GW32 then rest in GW33.

WATCH – Man Utd have Man City in GW32 and Chelsea in GW33.

SELL! DO IT NOW! Those Hull players!!!

SELL – Newcastle have Liverpool (GW32) then Spurs (GW33)

Good luck in GW31, and remember, it’s only a game. It’s acceptable to make your transfers outside a shop while waiting for your wife, it’s alright to pretend to need the toilet at 14:10 to make your transfers, it’s even alright to make them in your garage while pretending to fix the lawnmower. What’s not alright, is cancelling a whole family day out just because there is no Wi-Fi or wandering off for hours in search of one – once I had to eat a 3 course dinner in about 20 mins and then there was the time I left my phone in the locked car and I had to smash…

Ste Meadows out…

This post was written by Fantasy iTeam

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