Gameweek 34 Overview
Fulham v Arsenal 0-1 – Well this one had a lot of action but with very little of it coming in the goalmouth. Sidwell was sent off early in the game and is unlikely to feature again this season, but even with the 1 man advantage for most of the game Arsenal were arguably lucky to come away with the win, as Fulham pressed very hard and were unlucky not grab a share of the points. With the sending of Giroud towards the end of the game Arsenal may find need to rely on Walcott in the centre, can he recapture his early season goal scoring form?
Norwich v Reading 2-1 – A much need win for Norwich which now puts them 7 points ahead of the drop zone and look safe, whereas Reading are surely down now with 4 games to go and 10 points behind, But you have a good manager and a good base of players so I’m sure will be looking to come straight back up.
QPR v Stoke 0-2 – A must win game for both sides this one, and it was Stoke that took the spoils with a good away win, QPR had their chances with Remy again looking a very good player, but it was one of Harry’s favourite sons Peter Crouch that took this game away from them. QPR, like Reading now look down but Stoke have given themselves a real chance with this win.
Sunderland v Everton 1-0 – Sunderland are living the dream under Paulo Di Canio, who has made a big impression since his arrival, winning his last 2 games and making Sunderland look like a team that don’t deserve to be in a relegation battle. With the team in the battle they now look for me best placed to get out of trouble. Everton on the other hand took a massive blow to their Champions League aspirations with this defeat and now looks unlikely they can challenge for top 4, but I’m sure if you had offered David Moyes any type of European football next season he would have taken it.
Swansea v Southampton 0-0 – Not a lot happened in this game from 2 sides now playing pride this season as they are both sitting very much mid-table with not a lot left play for.
West Brom v Newcastle 1-1 – Newcastle dominated this game for the first half and most of the second but couldn’t find that 2nd goal that would have made the game safe and with half an hour to go WB made them pay for it, and maybe should have gone on to win. This puts Newcastle firmly in the dogfight but with the other teams down there as well it will be a battle but should be safe come the end of the season.
West Ham v Wigan 2-0 – This was one of Wigan’s games in hand over the other teams down at the bottom, and one they thought they could win, but unfortunately it was not be, with WH fresh from their good 2-2 with MU, they dominated the first half and then with Nolan’s goal with 10 minutes to go wrapped up the points that puts them safe to enjoy the rest of the season. Wigan really need something from their other game in hand, can Wigan do it again? Unfortunately, I don’t think so.
Spurs v Man City 3-1 – Not the greatest first half from Spurs or really first 75 minutes, but then Spurs showed why they can never be written off, with late goals in Europe this season they took that mind-set into the EPL this week and scored 3 in 15 minutes to hand the title to MU, and give themselves a great chance for the top 4. After this defeat MC lost the title and will be looking over their shoulder for 2nd, although with a game in hand over Arsenal they should comfortably finish second, and with a cup final to look forward to, their season is not over yet.
Liverpool v Chelsea 2-2 Well what do I say about this one? A good game unfortunately overshadowed by Suarez’s animal like tendencies. Surely we won’t see him again this season, which is a massive shame because as a footballer he is one of the best in the EPL. With regards to Chelsea, they will be disappointed at the Uruguayans goal, as those 2 points could be the difference between them, Arsenal and Spurs come the end of the season.
Man Utd v Aston Villa 3-0 – MU were crowned champions in a game they never looked like losing, with RVP in fabulous form the champions were irresistible. Villa on the other hand were dealt a big blow to their survival hopes and will be fighting all the way to the last game of the season, they will be relying on Benteke’s goals to get them out of trouble.
Looking ahead to Gameweek 35
Remember, it’s the last extra free transfer of the season this week so make the most of it, and with quite an open week in terms of KO times it could be a good scoring week. Look for the teams battling against relegation they will have it all to play for and will be going all out to win. Beware of MU players, with the title wrapped Sir Alex could start to use a few fringe players towards the end of the season, although RVP will want to play to try a grab the golden boot. QPR are all but down, but Harry still maintains they have a chance so look for them to go all out against Reading, there’s goals in this game.
Remember week 36 is a double GW for another 6 teams so make your subs wisely to maximise both week’s scores.
Players to watch
Defoe – scored on his return last week and will look to continue against relegation threatened Wigan, and he plays twice next week.
Benteke – Playing against Sunderland in game that could go either way, if Villa want to stay up they will need his goals and this would be a good time to score them.
Sturridge – If as expected Suarez is banned then he will get his chance in the middle and was in good form from the bench against Chelsea.
There is not much value this week but if your funds are short then Kone is a good call, Wigan will be battling against Spurs and although I don’t see them winning, the Spurs defence can be shaky, and he plays twice next week. I expect Lambert to be back on the score sheet against WB and QPR have a very winnable game against Reading and I expect Remy to fill his boots.
Good luck to all those still in the hunt for FiT trophies and prizes, I wish I was there with you, but this season has been a poor one for me, but I’ll be back next season looking to challenge all you winners.
Hope you enjoyed the read, until next time.
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