Week 33: Make or break time

Clive Mason

This is the time to go all in on double gamers. Discounts don't matter at this point so if you don't have 11 DG's you're doing something wrong. Sure Liverpool have a good looking fixture (on paper) against championship bound Reading but with nothing to play for, except auditions for other top flight sides i could see an upset. I dropped Coutinho and Carragher without hesitation. Suarez might be the most prolific striker in the league right now but even if you have him at 24ish he's still not worth keeping. On top of that the schedule isn't that kind after this with their next three fixtures being Chelsea, @Newcastle then the Merseyside Derby.

Then you have Man City hosting Wigan, which could be a prelude to the FA Cup final. Any other week this would be well worth it but City will be coming off of two grueling matches against United and Chelsea and have nothing to play for while Wigan are in the relegation mire.

The best thing to happen this week from a fantasy perspective was City beating United. While it won't change the outcome of were the trophy will end up, it has slowed it down a bit which should lead Fergie to field a full strength squad for both matches.

I've chopped and changed my team numerous times over the last few days and still have ended up with 11 DG's. With that being said, lets look at the players to consider.



even at retail he's easily the pick of the bunch


if you want to be a little different why not? he's practically guaranteed to start both.


I don't see more than one clean sheet between the two of them but both will make some saves and could set you apart from everybody on Fabianski



with Mertesacker suspended for the game against Norwich, Koscielny is the most likely to start both matches for Arsenal. Monreal has been great but i think Gibbs will start one and the same with Sagna/Jenkinson on the other flank.


Senderos doesn't do anything spectacular but he's cheap and will start both. Manolev is a bit of a wild card as he could be deployed in midfield again and if so is excellent value.


I have a hard time having him in my team simply because Vidic should be back but still worth a shout for the price plus has the added bonus of playing in midfield.


He's expensive but with a home game against QPR he could pop up with a penalty or free kick to go with a possible clean sheet. Anything he does against Arsenal would be a bonus.


For those of you who kept vidic at 4.xx, like I did, he should be back and if so will slot back into the team possibly at the expense of Ferdinand if Fergie keeps faith with Jones. Even at retail he's still a decent pick but you're better off going for Rafael who in my mind has been the player of the season for United. (Sorry RVP)


with West Ham traveling to Southampton and neither team safe just yet i see this match being a cagey affair probably ending in a score draw, then United come to town so no clean sheets for West Ham but Demel will get forward from the back. Keep an eye on Winston Reid, if he recovers from his injury then i might try to find a place for him.



Does anybody not have him?


If you missed him on the barndoor i would look elsewhere. For those that grabbed him before his price skyrocketed pay close attention to Wenger's press conference later this week in regards to Walcott and Wilshire.


With his two match ban behind him he'll be well rested and i see a goal or two over the double.


The same as Fellaini but with a slightly less upside.


He's been quiet since a bright start to the season but if you want a Fulham mid then he's your man with Sidwell suspended for both matches.


Since returning from injury he hasn't done much but with Noble and Joe Cole out he's the most productive midfielder West Ham have.


He's on penalties and will start both matches but I don't see much more than that.


Ashley Young is doubtful for the Stoke match so this could be Nani's last chance to get a new deal. There's really no value in United's midfield especially with SAF continuing to play Valencia for some strange reason so Nani is my pick for this reason alone.



Value for money Giroud is the way to go.


He's having a great end to the season and if you picked him up before his price jumped then i would keep him.


He's cheaper and has similar numbers to Mirallas so if you can't find the extra cash i would go with Anichebe.


RVP is the more likely to start both but in my mind he needs a rest. He's bound to break his duck sometime so why not this week with two cracks at it. Rooney hasn't been this cheap in quite some time but as we all know there's a reason for that.


The classy Bulgarian is expensive but could find a way to return his value @Villa before facing Chelsea.


Much cheaper than Berbs and having a solid season.


With rotation likely both could get at least one start over the double.

Here's my current team:

Fabianski, Vidic, Rafael, Manolev, Cazorla, Fellaini, Pienaar, Rosicky, Rooney, Anichebe, Giroud.

All of this could change by deadline but I rather like it. I haven't had the greatest season (currently 1600) but still hold a small lead in my private league and look to reclaim the trophy I surrendered last year. It seems every week I've got the right players in mind but have gone the wrong way with the majority of my decisions. Anyway, I'm hoping a late season push will put me in the top 1000 to end a very unusual campaign.

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