The penultimate EPL gameweek is upon us. League tables, both EPL as well as fantasy have almost been decided, while the relegation battle is down to just one slot left for the taking. But for us fantasy enthusiasts, we know how boring it’s going to get, once the season is over. So we’re not going to play it calm and wait for the storm to pass, especially when there’s a double gameweek thrown in, with Arsenal and Sunderland battling it out. Instead we’re going to grab it by the cojones’ and enjoy every second of it. Here we go.
Sunderland’s Costel Pantilimon (4.5) is our main man between the sticks this week, due to his double gameweek. We’ve opted to go for Costel instead of Arsenal’s David Ospina, only because Costel’s form is much higher compared to Ospina. David’s fixtures don’t look too great either as he will be facing an effervescent Man United squad along with a relegation facing Sunderland. Yes we know, Costel will be at the other end in that game, but he will also be facing Leicester City at home, so the odds look more in his favour.
Alternatives: Newcastle’s Krul (4.4) is our choice for alternative keeper as they take on last placed QPR, who have been relegated. Newcastle have recently cancelled their charity dinner too, in wake of their relegation possibilities to focus on staying in the premier league. So they seem to be on the right path.
We shall start with Sunderland again over here for the same reasons we picked Pantilimon, and no Arsenal defenders, otherwise we would just be contradicting ourselves. Patrick van Aanholt (4.1) is the obvious choice for his marauding runs down the flank. He already has 5 assists in his name, and received bonus points in his last fixture.
Chelsea’s John Terry (7.0) and Manchester City’s Alexander Kolarov (5.7) are the cream picks of our defensive line. John Terry, who now is the top scoring defender in the Premier League, was recently quoted saying he wants to play both remaining games and break his own record. Kolarov on the other hand has earned 38 points in the last 4 gameweeks. So his form is right up the hill.
Tottenham’s Danny Rose (4.9) who recently recovered from an injury, is now fully fit to take on a weak Hull City at home. Our last pick is Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar (4.3) who will face a Southampton team that hasn’t won a game in the last 4 weeks. Danny and Ron are both well established on the goal scoring front as well.
Arsenal may not be looking so well on the defensive line, but on the attack, they are one of the best. Alexis Sanchez (11.5) and Aaron Ramsey (8.8) are our main midfielder picks for this double gameweek. Arsene Wenger has also confirmed that Ramsey is fit to face Man United on Sunday.
Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard (8.5) will be facing his last home game against Crystal Palace, who have only managed to keep one clean sheet in 16 games. He’ll be looking to go out with a bang, and out of respect for the man, we just had to draft him in. Man City’s David Silva (9.6) and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish (4.3) have each been in splendid form since the past two gameweeks, picking up their respective shares of goals, assists and bonus points along the way.
3 goals, 2 assists and 3 bonus points last week only spells one name, Sergiooo Aguero (12.8), who will be facing Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this week. We still remember the time in August 2011, when Sergio came on from the bench for the last 15 minutes against Swansea and scored 2 goals along with one assist. Lets hope he remembers it as well.
Lastly, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud (8.6) and Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher (5.0) are our final picks for the forward line. With Jordi Gomez ruled out for the season, and Steven having only just recovered from an injury, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. He also appeared for the final 11 mins in the last game to play a part in the second goal for Sunderland. So he looks to be a differential and a potential pick for this double week. Olivier has been silent since the last few games, but still is the bookie’s favourite to open the scoring.