Super Sunday winners Manchester United and Arsenal are the teams to back for the next couple of gameweeks. After wrapping up the title, United will begin playing some party football, while Arsenal will look to push on and seal themselves a Champions League spot after their excellent 1-0 win over Manchester City. Who to give the captain’s armband to should prove to be the toughest choice. Wayne Rooney or Robin Van Persie?
Champions-elect Manchester United travel to the DW on Wednesday before a home fixture against Aston Villa. Although Wigan have shown real improvement lately, Roberto Martinez’s side has a rotten home record, with just two wins all season and really ought to be no match for United. We’ve been backing Sir Alex Ferguson’s boys for weeks now, but rather than rehashing the same old advice, we’re looking at a couple of different players this week. With the title well and truly sewn up, the squad players might be given a bit more game time. Luis Nani (£9.9m) could be pushing for a recall against the Latics, while Tom Cleverley (£5.1m) could be given a chance to shine against the side in which he impressed so much last season after coming off the bench against QPR. We also expect Javier Hernández (£9.9m) to be given some game time and would relish playing against a Wigan defence that has shipped 57 goals in this Premier League campaign.
After pulling two points clear of Spurs in the race for third place, Arsenal will be given a real opportunity to boost their goal difference with a game at Molineux ahead of a home fixture against Wigan. Following that effervescent display against Manchester City, Arsène Wenger will not expect his side to show any mercy against Terry Connor’s doomed Wolves. Although he’s not scored in Arsenal’s last four games, Robin Van Persie (£13.6m) is a player you can’t afford to leave out of your fantasy side. At the back, we like Thomas Vermaelen (£6.9m), who is often about as likely to score ad RVP! From the midfield, Tomáš Rosický (£5.7m) could prove to be a bargain, while Alex Song (£6m) showed Manchester City that Arsenal can in fact be bullies.
Others worth considering
It’s been a pretty miserable time for Manchester City lately, but with the title race over, we’re backing Roberto Mancini’s side to play with a little more freedom. With the pressure off, City could prove very dangerous prospect for West Brom at the Etihad. As a result of his recent foot injury, Sergio Agüero’s (£10.8m) value has dropped, but the Argentine international definitely still has goals in him.
We also quite like the look of Newcastle and Tottenham for gameweek 33, although it’s worth noting that neither of them have a Premier League fixture in gameweek 34. No messing around, it’s got to be Papiss Cissé (£7.5m) and Rafael van der Vaart (£9.5m).