GW32 Preview: Back Swansea’s Wilfried Bony to beef up your closing weeks
We all know who the key players have been during this Fantasy Premier League season, but as the campaign draws to a close it is your differentials who’ll be crucial.
Gaining a few extra points here and there on your rivals are what now stands between mini-league glory and potentially your status amongst your office or group of mates, and so we’re going to assume that you’ve already got the likes of Luis Suarez, Yaya Toure, Eden Hazard, Seamus Coleman and Daniel Sturridge to call upon ahead of Gameweek 32. Everyone else has.
It could be seen as a toss-up between Suarez and Hazard for your captain this week, with a personal preference for the former as he takes on a Tottenham defence he battered with two goals and three assists in the same match in December. For those crucial differential points though, we’re off to Wales.
Only 5.1% of Fantasy players currently possess Swansea’s Wilfried Bony (£7.1m) in their team, and as the Ivorian comes towards the end of what has been a largely successful first season in the Premier League, the Swans are looking towards him to score the goals which can ensure they stay in the division for the next campaign.
With Norwich heading for the Liberty Stadium this weekend before Swansea go to a Hull City team who’ll be a week away from an FA Cup semi-final next Saturday, Bony can fire those goals which would, with two wins, place Swansea on 36 points and within touching distance of survival with five matches left.
Bony is in good form, too.
In the past month he’s scored against Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal to take his tally to 11 league goals for the season (or 12 in the Fantasy game, where he’s still awarded a goal which was later credited to Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel), whilst the return of Michu (£8.4m) from injury ensures that he’s likely to get plenty of chances in the weeks ahead.
He can be the difference between staying up and going down in the next couple of weeks for Swansea, and your team can benefit from his good form as well.
Elsewhere on another huge weekend in the title race, Chelsea go to Crystal Palace and it isn’t just Hazard (£11.0m) you should be focusing on.
Picking a Chelsea defender should be a given due to their excellent defensive record – Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.6m) is a current favourite despite being owned by just 5.3% of teams – but further forward it’s Andre Schurrle (£6.8m) who is currently making an impact.
The wide man found the net in the 6-0 hammering of Arsenal and fired a hat-trick the last time the Blues faced an away game in London at Fulham earlier in the month. Willian (£7.5m) will return from suspension at Selhurst Park, but if you can afford to take a gamble on his German teammate then he could well be worth it.
Of the other title contenders, Manchester City go to an Arsenal team who are seemingly on the slide. Edin Dzeko (£6.8m) will be confident following his Manchester derby double and could be turned to in place of Bony if you’re not convinced about the Swansea man, and whilst everyone knows about Liverpool’s main men ahead of their home clash with Spurs, Raheem Sterling (£6.0m) remains pleasingly cheap.
Manchester United’s next attempt at getting things right under David Moyes comes at home to Aston Villa, and although Villa were awful in last weekend’s loss at home to Stoke you really can’t back any United players with confidence at the moment. They should win and Wayne Rooney (£11.4m) should star, but you just never know this season.
Meanwhile, that Stoke win at Villa was inspired by a fine display from Peter Odemwingie (£5.4m).
The Nigerian features in just 0.5% of Fantasy teams despite becoming revitalised in the Potteries, and following three goals in two games he faces up to Hull at home on Saturday eyeing one or two more.