We’ve been saying for a while that gameweek 36 was going to be a fantastic opportunity to score highly thanks to the number of players enjoying double headers. It certainly didn’t disappoint and even if you were spending points on transfers, moves for the likes of Pienaar, van der Vaart and Mata will have proved to be highly lucrative for your fantasy football side. With only two rounds of Premier League games remaining, we feel it’s time to once again back the big guns who are chasing European football. The relegation-threatened sides appear more unpredictable while those comfortable in mid-table are already on the beach. For gameweek 37, we like the North London clubs, while we’re also looking at Everton to continue their unbeaten run.
Spurs have had a tough time of things since Harry Redknapp was endorsed to succeed Fabio Capello as England boss 12 weeks ago and they have no one to blame but themselves. But playing Blackburn and Bolton gave Tottenham a great opportunity to consolidate their position as top four contenders and now with the England manager situation finally put to bed, they appear to have arrested that slump in form. With their next two fixtures away at Aston Villa and home against Fulham, you’d have to back Harry’s side to finish in the top four. Villa have registered just one win 10 and even though they find themselves just three points clear of the relegation zone, it’s still difficult to see Alex McLeish’s side putting up much of a fight against Spurs when the sides below them can do all the hard work for them. With Benoît Assou-Ekotto out for the remainder of the season, Danny Rose would have been a decent cheap option for a Spurs defender but unfortunately he’s listed as a midfielder. So, hardly controversial choices, but we’re once against looking to the big hitters: Rafael van der Vaart (£9.6m) who showed his class against Bolton, Gareth Bale (£9.4m) who still has petrol left in the tank and Emmanuel Adebayor (£9.1m) who will be there for the tap-ins. Aaron Lennon (£7.2m) has also been looking dangerous after being given his chance with Scott Scotty Parker out injured.
Tottenham’s back-to-back wins leave them just a point behind North London neighbours Arsenal, who will probably need to win their remaining two fixtures in order to ensure they finish in third place. With Chelsea reaching the Champions League final, finishing third has become even more important and Arsenal will need to be on their game when they face Norwich at home on Saturday lunchtime. Arsène Wenger couldn’t really ask for much more – two fixtures against comfortable mid-table teams to secure Champions League football for next season. The Gunners will have been very disappointed to lose at home against Wigan, but with tricky games against Chelsea and Stoke out the way without defeat, they ought to be confident of getting back to winning ways against two sides who have conceded their fair share of goals this season. Losing both Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta to injury has been a blow to Arsenal but at least Robin Van Persie (£13.1m) is still able to play through the back pain of carrying his team mates. The PFA Player of the Year got back on the scoresheet in open play against Stoke last weekend, reminding everyone that he is not quite finished for the season and will be keen to register 30 league goals for this campaign. With the injuries to the midfield, Tomáš Rosický (£5.7m) and Aaron Ramsey (£6m) look the most likely to pull the strings, although if you’re willing to take on a bit of gamble, it could be worth considering Yao Gervinho (£8.9m).
We also mentioned Everton’s form last week and the fact that they are playing relegated Wolves on Sunday. The double gameweek was pretty successful and of the teams no longer playing for much in the Premier League, the Toffees look like just about the only side still trying. Unbeaten in seven, not many would bet against David Moyes’ side stretching that run to the end of the season. Steven Pienaar (£7.2m), Nikica Jelavic (£6.2m) and Marouane Fellaini (£6.2m) certainly didn’t disappoint for the double gameweek and should be a great bet against Wolves. Leon Osman (£6.6m) and Tim Cahill (£8.5m) are also options worth considering, while Tony Hibbert (£4.8m) has looked impressive while Leighton Baines has been on the injury list.
Others worth considering
While we’re talking about the big guns, it’d be a brave move to ignore Manchester City and Manchester United. City’s victory over United on Monday night means the pair have two absolute must-win games each. City will certainly have their work cut out against Newcastle but Alan Pardew’s stubborn defence will have a job stopping David Silva (£9.5m), Samir Nasri (£9.1), Carlos Tévez (£11.9) and Sergio Agüero (£11.2m). Bear in mind that if they struggle at St James’ Park on Sunday, the final day home fixture against QPR could be a rout. Unlike City, United have a few injuries to contend with, but Luis Nani (£9.9m) and Wayne Rooney (£12.9m) could be a serious threat to Swansea. Phil Jones (£6m) could also be a decent option, with Jonny Evans out injured and he’s shown he likes getting forward.
West Brom are another side in fairly decent form and as long as Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England manager does not encourage the players to take their foot off the gas, then Ben Foster (£4.8m), Liam Ridgewell (£4.5m) and Gareth McAuley (£4.3m) could do a decent job for your team.
Finally, a man who’s form was overlooked by the PFA: Clint Dempsey (£9.8m). The USA international remains Fulham’s most dangerous player and ought to finish the 2011/12 campaign strongly.
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