Written by @CraigHazell – (that’s important!)
#FPL GAMEWEEK 35
DEFENDER: ERIC BAILLY, MANCHESTER UNITED
Jose Mourinho has really become a predictable bore in his old age and his current gripe is that Man United are apparently the first team in the history of British football to have to play two games in a week. In a move that is almost certainly to prove a point, he is rotating his squad heavily in the run up to the end of the season and this coincidentally happens to be the year that the Europa League leads to Champions League. Despite all this, they are also in great form. We have all been hit with Mourinho meddling, with many captaining Rashford last week, lots of us relying on Valencia in the double game and there are few players who are above losing their place. Eric Bailly seems to be one of these players (along with De Gea). If you look at his minutes he has racked up 90 minutes for the last couple months and United have a gimme of a tie agains to Swansea at home, not to mention another DGW in the offing.
MIDFIELDER: COUTINHO, LIVERPOOL
Watford seem to have fallen into the category of teams that just don’t care anymore this season. They’re a funny old club and even though they’ve been tremendous, it could lead to a management change in the Summer months. They play Liverpool, who are desperately trying not to Liverpool their season right up by getting a top 4 berth. Coutinho has been a player I’ve annoyingly overlooked this season and I grimace every time I see him find half a yard on his right foot and open himself up to curl a shot toward the far post. He does it about 4 times per match, and one of them goes in. I reckon he might do it 8 times against Watford. you do the math.
FORWARD: HARRY KANE, SPURS
It’s got to be Harry Kane hasn’t it? Let’s get one thing straight, you can’t rely on Arsenal. Those Gunners you brought into your squad weeks ago with a view to their DGWs aren’t looking so great now are they? I can’t think of a single player that I’d back to get me points between now and the end of the season, and I include Sanchez in that. Spurs have it all to play for and Harry Kane, as we all know, is the King of London derbies. He has an astonishing record against London clubs and 5 in his last 5 against Arsenal themselves. Add to that Spurs’ incredible performances a home and I think Harry et all keep their dreams alive for another week. No St. Totteringham’s Day this year.
CAPTAIN: DIEGO COSTA, CHELSEA
Out of nowhere, we have a title race on our hands! Chelsea are still 1.10 with the bookies to win it but their fans won’t be quite so confident and neither will Conte. To a neutral it looks done and dusted but they won’t be dishing out appearances to Nathan Ake just yet. With that in mind, they’ll be bringing the big guns and Diego Costa showed again in gameweek 34 he might be the man to bring home the title. It could be time to swap out Lukaku who has little to play for and bring in the hairy lairy striker.
OUTSIDER: LAZAR MARKOVIC
Hull have been a changed team since their change in management and they now have slight advantage in their survival race with Swansea. This has coincided with the return to the Premier League of a player I always weirdly liked, Lazar Markovic. He never really made it at Liverpool but given his electric pace and dribbling ability, I still don’t think it is out of the question. He has 2 goals and an assist in his last 4 games and I wouldn’t rule out a win against Southampton this week and of course Sunderland next.