Gameweek 32 Preview: Fantasy Premier League #FPL
Written by John Wallin @FantasyGaffer
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To be perfectly honest, these previews just aren’t as fun to write where there are more than four matches scheduled. So for purposes of this column, the only games being played this week are:
- Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool
- Brighton vs. Leicester
- Everton vs. Manchester City
- Arsenal vs. Stoke
ALSO – Good Luck to Larne FC who take on Coleraine this weekend in the semi-final of the Irish Cup!! @FantasyYIRMA will be in attendance providing match updates on our social media accounts.
Defender – Nacho Monreal, Arsenal
With just four matches this weekend, it’s worth rolling the dice on a newly healthy Monreal. Prior to his 45′ appearance against Liverpool back in GW19, Nacho had been ever-present in Wenger’s first-choice XI having notched 90′ in 18 on the spin with two goals in that span. His brief return from GW24-27 saw him add another two goals and two assists notably adding 4 BPS in four matches.
Stoke won the reverse fixture 1-0 back in GW2 but that was before the Arsenal attacked boasted Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang. More on them in a minute. By the by – Nacho is just 6% selected and priced £5.5 with the Potters followed by Southamtpon, Newcastle (a) and West Ham.
Midfielder – Mo Salah, Liverpool
Salah is owned by everyone with a pulse and likely to be captained by a slew of managers desperate to not fall further behind the pack. Interestingly, and you should read nothing into this, he managed only 29′ in Liverpool’s 1-0 home win over the Eagles in the season’s second week. He failed to score or assist – notching one of his eight (8!) blanks on the season. He’s a good bet to not blank, but Mo’s propensity for a goal or an assist haven’t been rewarded with BPS as you might think. He has just 26 this season coming from 11 matches. Is that even the most in his own squad? Thanks for asking. No it is not. Bobby Firmino has 27.
Forward – Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City
Y’all need to stop reading this tripe and get Jesus back in your lives. He’s been back for one 90′ appearance and already notched an assist. Against a seriously outgunned Everton side he will be able to poach at least a goal – the Toffees will be packed in tighter than sardines this weekend but Pep’s side will take plenty of shots. Jordan Pickford has made the third-most saves this season (104) but kept just seven cleansheets. City have scored 11 goals in their last four EPL matches. It’s going to be lit. By “it” we mean Big Sam. By “lit” we mean drunk by half-time.
(Ed: It’s also Easter Weekend)