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Week 36: Pre Deadline Chat

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A big weekend for Champions League and relegation issues as the season draws to its end.

Got to feel sorry for this guy.
Got to feel sorry for this guy.
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Aaron Ramsey starting status

Yesterday Wenger stated he may be able to train in the next few days, while today he is considered 50/50.  Many of us picked him up on the BD for next week's double and won't want to lose the discount on him.  The emergence of Jack Wilshere/Theo Walcott last time out makes Ramsey a risk and one Wenger doesn't need to take.  Had this been a Saturday fixture between Arsenal and Swansea City I'd be sure he takes no part but it's the Monday evening game.  If you have the funds maybe you can start Ramsey with bench cover (Creswell/Okore).

Can big Ben keep on scoring?

Aston Villa v West Ham United is a more entertaining watch now than it would have been a few months ago.  Tim Sherwood has brought a fantasy football approach with his unmatchable optimism in tactics.  I'm really warming to his approach.  Many of you fancy an upbeat Villa side to beat the on holiday West Ham bunch.  Christian Benteke has 10 goals in his last 9 games and was doing very well in Dasboots fantastic ranking post.  The big issue with him is bar goals he lacks much in the way of phantom points.  I can see the Hammers defending deep and my gut is saying trap but me head tells me he is the most in form forward.  Decisions, decisions.

Will Burnley break their goal drought?

Hull City will see this as must win and have Nikica Jelavic back as an option in attack.  Burnleys most likely scorer Danny Ings has been linked a little surprisingly to Pool and Man Utd so now needs to finish with a flourish. Burnley must score at some point right and do you rate Hulls defending?

Will we see the Chelsea reserves and if so can the Liverpool starting 11 beat them this
season?

Tough to know what will happen in this one.  Many predict a second Chelsea side with the title won and players spending part of the week on holiday. Diego Costa wants to play but seems likely to be given a little longer rest.  Petr Cech could get a game in goal, plus the likes of Mikel and Juan Cuadrado may get a run.  Oscar is out for the remainder of the season.  My personal opinion is rest and rotation is less likely to happen in this one and any home game.  I'm expecting a few but not many changes.  The two sides have history and there is no way Jose will want to risk his unbeaten home record for me.  Do you share this view?

Will Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers be a massacre or a thriller?

Birthday boy Yaya Toure is back and considering the spoilt child he was last season I'm sure he starts this one.  Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany are the only key players out which mean poor rangers face a strong city side and a fully fit Kun Aguero.

QPR's only decent defender Steven Caulker went off injured last time and remains a doubt.  If he doesn't make it Clint Hill and his lack of pace faces Kun.  QPR do though have a side that looks like one who can score and have history late in a season at City.  Their fans will watch behind their fingers.

Can Manchester United avoid dropping points at Crystal Palace and who scores the next United goal?

Glenn Murray was unlikely to find himself benched last time and with Utd suffering 3 defeats in a row I can see him back this time against Utd's nervy back line.

For the Red Devils Luke Shaw is fit and may go back to left back allowing Danny Blind into the midfield holding role.  All of that would allow Wayne Rooney to back into attack.  However Robin Van Persie looked sharp last time and that leaves a call for LVG.  Michael Carrick is out for the season.  Carrick has become so important to the side and a replacement for him in next seasons squad, crucil.  The next problem is a reported virus making any player a risk.

Do you want to be trolled?

Everton v Sunderland sees the toffees once more are force at home.  Ross Barkley/Kevin Mirallas, Leon Osman and Steven Naismith will battle over the role to support Lukaku.

Sunderland can almost smell catching arch rivals Newcastle but any points will be a success in this one.  Some of the NMA members have talked about risking Connor Wickham.  Thats a bold pick this week but he is one to keep an eye on for the double week.

Final point, for Sunderland Danny Graham got his manager's praise and at an amazing £2.18m is worth a gamble for those chasing league leaders.

Can the magpies stop the rot?

Newcastle v West Bromwich Albion should be interesting and stressful for the Magpies fans.

Siem De Jong was fit for just his usual moments and once more is out.  Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat are suspended.  Papiss Cisse is back but questions remain over his fitness.

Will Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur see a return of the HurriKane?

Harry Kane and Charlie Adam are the two that have returned big points.  Kane is doing his best Luis Suarez by hitting around 8 points in his bad game and huge in his good ones.  As alternative Christian Eriksen is overdue a goal and Jack Butland is just £1.62m for Stoke.

A draw

Leicester City v Southampton sees the Foxes only missing Andy King and in great form.  David Nugent is back but may have to make do with a spot on the bench.  With Jamie Vardy playing with injections, Nugent will allow Pearson to reduce Vardys playing time if they are winning.  I'm holding Saido Mane and thinking his pace will cause the slow Leicester CB's problems.  Mane remains a disappointment when I pick him.  Not because he score poorly but he never quite fulfills a monster score and gets subbed too early.

Kun is my big choice coming into this week.  I missed the BD so 19m is a lot of my funds to spend.  True the fixture is plumb tasty but I have yet to find a balanced side I like with Kun in it.  I am thinking I'm letting Ramsey go as I already hold both Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez.

Final note, Sanchez's 33pts only moved me up around 100 places on Monday night.  Those with him at 5m have a big advantage next week.

What are your thoughts?

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