Every week during the English Premier League season I will participate in several fantasy football leagues and publish the team with which I enter the competition. This time around I play in the £50 free roll offered by FantasyBet. Every manager starts with a budget of £100 million and has to compose a team of 11 first team players and 4 substitutes. It is up to us fantasy football managers to decide in which formation our team will play. The main scoring categories are keeping a clean sheet, scoring a goal and giving assists.
Play week 36 promises to be another guarantee for an action packed weekend. All eyes are on Leicester City that just keeps on winning and still is on top of the league standing, 5 points clear of Tottenham Hotspur with 3 matches to go. On Sunday the Foxes will travel to Old Trafford to play Manchester United in what should be the highlight of the weekend. Leicester wants to win the league and United are desperate to clinch 4th spot in the table and thus qualification for Champions League football next season. The only team left in the race for the title in the English Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur, will travel to Stamford Bridge in an attempt to see off Chelsea in this London derby.
In the race for Champions League tickets Arsenal should have an easy weekend with a home match versus relegation candidate Norwich City. The other main competitor, Manchester City, has a more difficult task at hand having to travel to an in-form Southampton.
With Aston Villa already relegated there are 3 teams left for 2 more relegation spots: Sunderland, Norwich City and Newcastle United. Norwich travels to Manchester City and Sunderland will visit out of form Stoke City. Newcastle United on paper have the best match-up: a home match versus a Crystal Palace side that most likely is still intoxicated from celebrating after reaching the FA Cup finale.
Before I start to compose my team I always have a quick look at the bookmaker’s predictions to see if I can find some leads. This week’s most noticeable predictions are mainly centered around Arsenal. High chances of keeping a clean sheet and a lot of goals are expected form the Gunners.
Play week 36 offers a full program of 10 matches that will be played over the course of three days.
Program Premier League Game Week 36
Saturday 30th April
15.00 Watford – Aston Villa
15.00 Everton – AFC Bournemouth
15.00 Newcastle United – Crystal Palace
15.00 Stoke City – Sunderland
15.00 West Bromwich Albion – West Ham United
15.00 Arsenal – Norwich City
Sunday 1st May April
12.00 Swansea City – Liverpool
14.05 Manchester United – Leicester City
16.30 Southampton – Manchester City
Monday 2nd May
20.00 Chelsea – Tottenham Hotspur
My goallie this week is former Tottenham Hotspur misfit Heurelho Gomes. Three clean sheets in 4 matches and a lousy Aston Villa as opponent decided I give the Brasilian the nod this week.
My defense will consist of the following 3 players: Hector Bellerín, Aaron Cresswell and Patrick van Aanholt.
My midfield consists of the following 5 players: Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez, Riyad Mahrez, Andros Townsend and Dimitri Payet
My strike force this week depends on Harry Kane and Andy Carroll. Normally I play with Sergio Aguero, but with the away game at Real Madrid ahead I can imagine he’ll get limited play time.
Johnny’s Fantasy Premier League line-up
Chilean Arsenal star Alexis Sánchez will captain my team with Harry Kane as his backup.