After gameweek 33 brought about a few double games for certain times, the Premier League and indeed Fantasy Football resumes some sort of normality this weekend as we are back with a regular set of ten fixtures.
With plenty of teams fighting for their Premier League lives and others battling it out for fourth spot, there are plenty of points as well as Fantasy Football points on offer in GW 34. Our attention turns to the midfielder options.
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) £8.8 million. Fixture: Fulham (Away)
After having his best goal scoring season for Arsenal to date, an injury suffered on international duty has hampered Theo Walcott’s progress in the last couple of months. The English winger has failed to score in his last 7 outings for the Gunners but on a more positive note has featured in their last two games. Arsenal will be keen to continue their good run and guarantee themselves a place in next season’s Champions League. An away trip across London to Fulham should see them pick up another win.
Walcott will be keen to add to his already impressive goal tally of 11 this season and Saturday provides him with an ideal chance to do so. Although he hasn’t looked at his sharpest in his last two games, his match sharpness will surely have improved come Saturday afternoon. A return of Walcott’s form will be key to Arsenal’s hopes of a top four finish.
Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) £6.3 million. Fixture: Reading (Home)
Norwich have been on a wretched run of form of late and have seemingly suffered from the fact that their Premier League status was virtually guaranteed after a good first half of the season. The Canaries were a bit unlucky against Arsenal last Saturday. Snodgrass has been Norwich’s most consistent performer this season and he will be looking to help his side to their first league win since the back end of February. It was the Scot’s fantastic free kick that saw Norwich take the lead at the Emirates, a feature which we have seen on more than one occasion this season.
Their opponents this weekend are Reading who are all but relegated to the Championship. Chris Hughton is a highly competitive manager and is one who will have been fuming at his side’s poor run of form. He and has side have a big opportunity to put that behind them this weekend and if they do so, Snodgrass will have been at the heart of their good play.
Michu (Swansea City) £8.3 million. Fixture: Southampton (Home)
Michu has been one of the finest midfielders in this season’s Fantasy Football campaign. It is not just his home fixture against Southampton this weekend that makes him an attractive proposition from now until the end of the season but the fact that Swansea play twice in gameweek 36 also puts managers on high alert. The Swans didn’t play in the previous gameweek which saw thousands of Fantasy Football managers transfer the Spaniard out of their side.
His price tag has understandably decreased £0.3 million and is currently £8.0 – a price which is sure to increase again before the double gameweek. Southampton are a much improved side and Saturday’s game looks set to be a decent encounter that promises goals. Michu could well be the difference between the two sides.
Shaun Maloney (Wigan) £5.0 million. Fixture: West Ham (Away)
Wigan’s annual end of season revival is in full flow at this stage and Shaun Maloney has already played a key role in it. His last gasp free kick salvaged a crucial point for Wigan in a game in which they really should have collected all three. That was the winger’s 5th league goal of the season while he has also contributed 6 assists.
With the in form Arune Kone playing ahead of him, Wigan should once again have enough to survive the Premier League season. This weekend’s game against West Ham will certainly be a game which Roberto Martinez will have ear marked as a potential three pointer. If continue to play in the same vein as the last month, they could well see off the challenge of The Hammers. At £5.0 million, Maloney could well be a decent bargain from now until the end of the season.
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