Premiership – Gameweek 37 Preview
Third placed Arsenal will be crucial to gameweek 37 success as they will enjoy a double gameweek and fantasy managers will be relishing the opportunity to secure some extra points before the season ends next weekend. The first of the Gunner’s games sees them make the trip to Manchester United and the match promises to be an exciting one as just two points separate the long-time rivals. It’s difficult to argue that any United players offer real value here with Arsenal’s double gameweek, but for those looking for a differential Juan Mata (£8.5m) could offer a sound alternative with some good form of late, especially in big games against Liverpool and Manchester City, highlighting him as one of the most likely to get on the score sheet for the Red Devils.
For Arsenal, there are three major prospects for the gameweek, and one could argue that they are all deserving of the captain’s armband in your team. Alexis Sánchez (£11.5m) would seem the most obvious choice, with some good form recently highlighting his scoring potential but he may prove out of reach for some managers with his huge price tag. Olivier Giroud (£8.7m) hit a sensational patch of form recently which score him score nine goals in ten games, but a four week dry spell could be a cause for concern. Santi Cazorla (£8.3m) has been in sensational form this season and the Spaniard has consistently been one of Arsenal’s best players since the new year. Cazorla offers fantastic value and many would argue he’s the strongest choice for captain this week.
On Wednesday the Gunners welcome a relegation-threatened Sunderland to The Emirates and Arsene Wenger will be confident of a win against the Black Cats who have been dire for much of this season. In spite of this, Sunderland players such as Patrick van Aanholt (£4.1m) and Wes Brown (£4.3m) may well be worth picking up as the Wearsiders will also face Leicester at the Stadium of Light on Saturday with Leicester searching for three points to carry them to relative safety from relegation. Connor Wickham (£5.6m) has been back amongst the goals in recent weeks and could prove a solid choice with low ownership and two games to play out this weekend.
Liverpool host Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace on Saturday, in what will be Steven Gerrard’s final game at Anfield and tickets for the game are reported being sold for upwards of £1,300. Gerrard (£8.5m) himself may prove a shrewd differential for fantasy managers with the former England captain finding himself back amongst the goals in each of his last two league games. In his final two games Gerrard will likely feature heavily for the Reds and it’s difficult to imagine him not being at the centre of everything. Add to that Crystal Palace’s dip in form of late and it’s easy to imagine a high scoring affair in Liverpool this weekend.
Chelsea travel to West Brom on Monday and fantasy managers will no doubt be concerned by Jose Mourinho’s claims that he will field several of Chelsea’ academy players in the final two games of the season to offer them some first team experience. Such a statement raises question marks over both Eden Hazard’s (£11.2m) and John Terry’s (£7.0m) playing time, with Terry having played every minute of Chelsea’s Premier League matches this season. With some young blood potentially being fielded for the Blues, Boaz Myhill (£4.1m) may be worth considering in goal this week, with his impressive recent form keeping Manchester United at bay in recent weeks.
Choose your team wisely in these final weeks, as your choices could be crucial in the title race!