The Dirtsheet – Gameweek 36

Posted: May 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

For many of you reading this, Gameweek 36 marks the culmination of weeks of carefully planned transfers. Your starting eleven is no doubt bursting at the seams with double gameweek goodness and, for you, this week’s Dirtsheet will give you a good indication as to where you stand.

However, if you are reading this and asking yourself, “Double Gameweek?”, then grab a cup of tea and relax. It’s not too late to salvage your week.

Here’s The Dirtsheet for Gameweek 36


The Eleven – (3-5-2)

Joe Hart (MCI) – Roberto Mancini allayed the fears of many FPL managers by declaring the English number one fit after he felt a twinge in his back in the closing moments of the West Ham United game. With rotation expected to affect the entire City defence this gameweek, Joe Hart is the logical choice for City defensive coverage. After a game against a jaded Swansea, City will then welcome WBA to the Etihad. A double clean sheet is not unrealistic.

Jan Vertonghen (TOT) – Although priced over £2m more than Michael Dawson, the Belgian is highly fancied to score attacking and defensive points in the games versus Southampton and Chelsea. I would expect a clean sheet and possibly an assist from the two games, and his attacking displays always attract the bonus points.

David Luiz (CHE) – Although I also expect rotation from Chelsea this gameweek, I am selecting David Luiz for a number of reasons. Firstly, he could easily play at centre-back or in midfield which means he is less likely to be rotated than other Chelsea defenders. Secondly, his attacking displays have been absolutely phenomenal in recent weeks, especially in the Europa League. While casual FPL managers will not notice these attacking points when they check his FPL profile, the astute manager will be in no doubt that Luiz is an incredible threat any time he is within 30 yards of goal. Although his fixtures are quite tough, I do think he is a great pick.

Gareth McAuley (WBA) – Given the aforementioned rotation expected from Mancini and Benitez, I’ve opted for Gareth McAuley from WBA. He will be a threat from set plays and WBA are looking a much better prospect for clean sheets in recent weeks.

Samir Nasri (MCI) – Up until last week, I had firmly decided on Yaya Toure as my pick for this week’s Dirtsheet. However, it is the Frenchman who has seduced me with some outstanding attacking displays in recent weeks. While I fully expect that both players will start both games, I cannot help but back the player with better attacking threat. Having said that, if you have either player in your team for this game week, you are in a good position.

Juan Mata (CHE) – A number of weeks ago, I highlighted the fact that the rotation plans of Mr. Benitez seem to suggest that Mata will start the Premier League games. This was proven to be correct as Mata started both Europa League semi-final matches on the bench, and should start both games in the double game week. While I do not expect fireworks from Mata, a couple of assists and bonus points would be a fine return from the Spaniard.

Gareth Bale (TOT) – You either have him or you don’t. If you fall in the latter category, you now have two options. Either do yourself a favour and delete your FPL account or bring him into your team. Preparing a retort as to why he isn’t in there? I don’t care, I really don’t. Just get him in. Actually, stop reading this and make that transfer. Done? Ok. Well done. Bale. Form. Fixtures. Clear Captain Choice. Perhaps the easiest Dirtsheet pick of the season.

Miguel Michu (SWA) – My personal man-love for the Spaniard has been on rocky ground recently. Yes, I know it’s a lot to ask for a player to keep his incredible form for the entire season, but he has stagnated somewhat. However, I still think Michu is a great pick for the gameweek. I am hoping that Laudrup plays Michu in his most dangerous position (behind another striker) but a Michu goal could be difference in the two fixtures.

Shawn Maloney (WIG) – While not as expensive as many of his Dirtsheet peers, Maloney fully warrants his place this week. He has shown incredible attacking and dead-ball prowess in recent weeks  and if Wigan are to survive this season, Maloney MUST deliver. From an FPL perspective, I expect him to do so.

Sergio Aguero  (MCI) – Sergio Aguero might not be the name many of you were hoping for, given the sheer number of transfers in for Carlos Tevez last week. However, it has to be said that Aguero is the focal point of all City’s attacking play. While Tevez meanders out wide and deep into midfield, Aguero will spend a large fraction of the next two games on the toes of the last defender. With a goal in the game versus West Ham, he will look to push on with the goals that will partially salvage what has been a disappointing season by his standards.

Romelu Lukaku (WBA) – Having put Southampton to the sword with an incredible display of skill, strength and vision, the on loan Chelsea forward will certainly start the home game versus Wigan and should get at least 25 minutes versus a City side with one eye on the FA Cup. Having scored 15 points last gameweek, I can see a similar total being racked up in the coming days.

The Captain

Gareth Bale (TOT) – …I could write something here, but I refuse to waste your time and insult your intelligence by doing so.

The Clean Sheets

Given the double chance of clean sheets this week, Manchester City are my clear favourites this week. Outside of that, look to Fulham, Sunderland and Spurs.

The UNusual Suspects

DF: Leighton Baines (EVE) MD: Theo Walcott (CHE) FW: Arouna Kone (WIG) Differential Captain: Theo Walcott (ARS)

And that’s a wrap! It’s quick, it’s informative and it’s helpful. It’s the Dirtsheet, and it’s here every Friday! Please follow us on Twitter and share! Every follower counts!


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