The Dirtsheet – Gameweek 38

Posted: May 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

Painting? Running? Charity work? Robbing banks?

Whatever you plan on doing once the Fantasy Premier League season ends at 1800GMT on Sunday, you owe it to yourself to finish the season on a high note. Like many, you may find yourself in the same position as Sunderland or Manchester United…the season is over and you have achieved your goals. All that is left is to do your best on the final day and get ready for a nice break. On the other hand, you could be like Arsenal and Spurs, and have everything to play for on the final day of the season. Whatever position you find yourself in, there is always room for improvement.

Before we get down to business, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of my readers and twitter followers. Each person that follows my account does so for a reason…they are passionate about fantasy football and I do hope that my advice has been of benefit to you!

Here’s the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 38!

DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 38

The Eleven – (3-5-2)

Joe Hart (MCI) – With 2 clean sheets in his last two games, I’m once again relying on the City stopper for a clean sheet. He has also been picking up his fair share of save points due to the continuous rotation of his defensive counterparts.

Glen Johnson (LIV) – I decided against publishing the Dirtsheet until today for reasons such as this. Jamie Carragher was widely expected to be in line to take any Liverpool penalty vs QPR and he was in the Dirtsheet until this morning. However, today he has stated that he will refuse the honor. With that in mind, I turn to Glen Johnson for Liverpool defensive coverage. He has the ability to score at both ends and it’s fair to say that he is long overdue some attacking returns.

Pablo Zabaleta (MCI) – I’m doubling up on the Manchester City defense by including Zabaleta in the Eleven. He will be rested and eager to end the season on a high. Norwich have not posed a goal-scoring threat away from home in recent months and I have seen nothing to suggest that City will concede tomorrow at the Etihad.

Jan Vertonghen (TOT) – Tottenham have a Champions League spot to fight for while Sunderland are now safe. With that in mind, it’s easy to pick the Belgian for his attacking and defensive returns.

Gareth Bale (TOT) – As with Vertonghen, it’s easy to pick the Welshman for the final Dirtsheet when he has a home tie vs Sunderland who have nothing to play for. Excluding injuries, Bale has not failed to return attacking points in three consecutive games since the first three games of the season. I just cannot see Bale leaving White Hart Lane without attacking returns.

Phillipe Coutinho (LIV) – Another Dirtsheet 37 player who produced superb returns. He is linking well with Sturridge and, if Liverpool score on Sunday, it would not surprise me if the Brazilian was the architect.

Santi Cazorla (ARS) – I’m going to start by saying this…the addition of Cazorla is not a knee-jerk decision off the back of his 4 assists last week. Newcastle will be desperate to beat the Gunners to end a disappointing season on a high, and this will provide Cazorla with the type of space he thrives on. He could eclipse the rest of the Arsenal attacking talent tomorrow.

Theo Walcott (ARS) – Newcastle’s defensive woes gives Theo Walcott the perfect opportunity to continue a run of 3 goals in his last 3 games. I expect to see Giroud on the bench tomorrow which means we will see more of Walcott in attacking areas.

Miguel Michu (SWA) – It’s hard not to include Michu in the final Eleven of the season given Swansea end the season against a hapless Fulham who have forgotten the art of defensing in recent weeks. If Swansea want to win this, they will comfortably.

Robin Van Persie (MUN) – Final game of he season and the final game under Sir Alex Ferguson for Van Persie and Manchester United. With WBA looking defensively frail, Ben Foster will have to have the game of his like to keep United at bay.

Daniel Sturridge (LIV) – Picked for the Dirtsheet last week, he produced a hattrick for those managers who took the advice. With a dreadful QPR hoping to finish the season asap, I can see another strong performance for the former Chelsea and City man.

The Captain

Daniel Sturridge (LIV) – It’s hard to look beyond Sturridge for the captaincy this weekend. With 5 goals in 3 games and a gaping QPR defense in front of him, Daniel is your perfect captain choice if you are looking to maintain a lead.

The Clean Sheets

It’s very much a case of going with the favorites this week and I expect clean sheets for Chelsea, Manchester City, Spurs and Liverpool.

The UNusual Suspects

DF: Joey O Brien (WHU) MD: Kevin Nolan (WHU) FW: Andy Carroll (WHU) Differential Captain: Gareth Bale (TOT)

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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