Friday, May 11, 2012

Finale: Gameweek 38 Fantasy Preview

Congratulations Chelsea!
Title race? Still on. Survival struggles? Still fighting. Champions League spot? Still in contest. All these make a wonderful finale to this season's Premier League. Exciting.

Game of the Week: Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers
Title hopes on his shoulder.
Three points is a must for both sides: the home side is eager to lift the top flight league trophy since 1968, while the away is hoping to maintain its spot at the Premier League to preserve the pride as last season's League Championship winner, especially when the other two promoters (Swansea and Norwich) were freed from relegation threats much earlier this season.

Aguero and Tevez should lead the line as usual to crush QPR's much fragile defence, with supports coming in from Silva and Yaya Toure. Defensively they should continue to be resolute, like how they held off in-form Papiss Cisse last game.

I can't see how QPR is going to go against all odds and crush City's title hopes. A pray for Bolton to not win sounds more realistic to me.

Prediction: MCI 2-0 QPR
Pick and Captain: Aguero
Pick: MCI defence, Silva, Tevez, Yaya Toure

Fantasy Game of the Week: Chelsea v Blackburn
Great ending for El Nino?
Blackburn has already relegated - this means they would play purely for the sake of entertainment. Chelsea, meanwhile, has nothing to fight for in this very last gameweek of the season and will surely play with less seriousness. Expect some big scoreline.

Torres could lead the line and score a hat-trick again just like what he did against QPR weeks before. Looking good for his price of  £9.9m. Yakubu on the other side looks to be a good investment as well, except that he will be facing Terry who needs to put on his best to lock a spot in England's 2012 Euro team sheet.

A big scoreline in the waiting.

Prediction: CHE 4-2 BLA
Pick and Captain: Torres
Pick: Mata, Yakubu
Drop: Defences

Pick and Drop
Pick and Captain
Rooney - Still chasing City.
Van Persie - Needs to lock on third place for Arsenal.

P Cisse - Always a good choice.
Van der Vaart - Still fighting for Champions League spot.

Gameweek 38 Dream Team
Clichy -- Evra -- Walker
Mata -- Silva -- Valencia -- Van der Vaart
Aguero (C) -- Rooney (VC) -- P Cisse
Subs: Sorensen -- Sigurdsson -- Bosingwa -- Skrtel

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Kick-Off: Gameweek 37 Fantasy Preview

Suarez and Torres: Hat-trick heroes.
The gameweek double went wild some crazy performances including hat-tricks by Suarez and Torres as the top fantasy scorer of the week scored 186 fantasy points. Incredible. Van der Vaart, a long silent major fantasy force, was the top scorer of the week with 22 points.

Huge mission on his shoulder.
Livepool against Chelsea might look more interesting in terms of the clubs' fame, but this one has more importance for both clubs. Newcastle, looking for a Champions League spot, will do their best to outperform the leading club, Manchester City, who also desperately need three points to secure their first Premier League title.

Papiss Cisse continued his unstoppable form, firing two goals past Chelsea last midweek (the second one was incredible). He will continue to be the major attacking force, and Kompany and co will need to do more than usual to stop him.

On the other side, all stakes will be put on offence to secure another three points, so expect anyone of Aguero, Tevez and Silva to slot in some goals. It will be a tough one for City, but their determination should carry them forward.

Prediction: NEW 1-2 MCI
Pick: Cisse, Aguero, Tevez, Silva

Fantasy Game of the Week: ARSENAL v NORWICH
Recommended captain
of the week.
Van Persie would be the no-brainer captain of the week as Arsenal host Norwich at home.

The Canaries had been terrible defensively, conceding three from Suarez last game due to some unforgivable defensive errors. Great chance for the Gunners.

Van Persie will need to bridge the gap away from Rooney, so there is no issue of motivation. Quite some good likelihood of hat-trick.

Prediction: ARS 4-0 NOR
Pick and Captain: Van Persie
Pick: Walcott, Rosicky

Pick and Drop
Pick and Captain:
Rooney - Still on pursuit of Golden Boot.

Van der Vaart - Showing good form.
Dempsey - The consistent performer.
D Cisse - QPR on fight of their lives.

Gameweek 37 Dream Team
De Gea
Sagna -- Ferdinand -- Walker
Walcott -- Silva -- Van der Vaart -- Dempsey
Van Persie (C) -- Rooney (VC) -- D Cisse
Subs:  Bogdan -- McClean -- Warnock -- A Ferdinand