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What a round of fixtures that was! I certainly didn’t see Ferran Torress getting a game let alone a hattrick and I certainly didn’t see Allison scoring the winner for Liverpool either.
Points were a little thin on the ground but certainly those with their differential budget defender of choice Mitchell with 13 points was no doubt very well received by his 11% ownership, whilst Cancelo with 11 points despite conceding three was also handy for owners. A few bigger names got in on the points action too as Kane, Adams, Bale and Benteke got onto the scoresheet.
Personally, our pick of Salah handed us a double-digit return for his first time since GW21 which was a delight. Everton looked particularly stumped by their relegated opposition as they succumbed to defeat.
This week we have a regular card of action with 10 games across Tuesday/Wednesday. With it being so close to the finish of the season there is always a temptation to go with a rogue differential to gain a final march on your rivals but it often falters. Looking across the fixtures I’d expect the following teams to do well: Manchester United, Leeds, Spurs, Newcastle, Arsenal. I’d expect Man City to win as well but the lineup is tricky to predict these days and Liverpool are just about scrapping to win in recent weeks but face a stern-looking Burnley.
My © will be Bruno.
Vice – Son.
I don’t have Kane but I wish I did, if I had Kane I would probably be © him instead.
Bruno -TSB ~ 51.5% – Fulham
After a gameweek off post triple-header, Manchester United will be visited by Fulham. Fulham haven’t quite been going toe-to-toe with their opposition since the confirmation of the relegation. I’d expect Manchester United to try to wrap this up early and although he hasn’t scored as many goals as his owners would have liked, he is definitely highly involved in every attacking move so I’m tempted here. It is the early kick-off, so if he doesn’t get any returns then you could be in for a long gameweek (figuratively speaking). Huge ownership + penalties.
Kane -TSB ~ 45% – Aston Villa
Just the one goal against Wolves but for the woodwork could easily have had more. Martinez is the top-scoring keeper by some margin but Villa have kept only one clean sheet in the last 12 matchings and have conceded 6 in their last two. Chasing the golden boot, penalties and good form as we ramp up to the end of the season and the Euros.
Bale and Alli both looked sharp and will be likely included in the starting lineup again, with plenty of threat all around, Villa will likely be busy defensively. I’d expect Son to get a lot of joy on his side of the pitch in this fixture.
Saint-Maximin – TSB ~ 3.1% – Sheffield United
After a run of quieter games, I’d be wary of ASM this midweek. Newcastle have definitely come into their own over the last few gameweeks and whilst Sheffield United gave an excellent account of themselves last night, fatigue may be an issue with such a short turnaround for the blades.
Willock has ticked over in the points (6,6,8,5) when getting minutes and at a cheaper price may be more straightforward to squeeze in.
Raphina – TSB ~ 7.0% – SOU
A phased return and with many flocking to Harrison after his impressive showing I’d be more tempted by Raphina this midweek. This is likely to be a very open game that will suit both sides attacking players. He was impressive before his injury spell and looks to have picked up more or less on his return.