Note: Full props to the legend that is Niall Hawthorne who wholeheartedly provided this preview prior to the gameweek kicking off… Zero props to me for not posting it in time
Puddles of Cuddles
We’ve rounded the final bend, and we’re into the sprint finish to the line. Chips are locked and loaded ahead of DGW’s and mini-leagues are tantalisingly poised.
Ah yes, it’s April ladies and gents.
GW32 Defender: Matt Doherty, Spurs
A wolf in Spurs clothing has found his Wolves form now that Antonio Conte has worked out how to actually use him properly.
All aboard, I say.
2 goals, 4 assists, 3 clean sheets and 8 bonus points in his last 6 GW’s – don’t overthink this.
GW32 Midfielder: Maxwel Cornet, Burnley
Hear me out.
I know his midweek heroics should be taken in the context that it’s only Everton, and you’re right, of course. But when Cornet gets hot, he get’s very hot. He’s had back to backdouble-digit hauls already this season, and this weekend he can back up his 12 point haul against Everton with a game against bottom of the table Norwich City, in the game that is the very definition of a relegation six-pointer.
Burnley can see and smell the brown stuff coming from Everton that isn’t toffee, and who would you really fancy to come out on top in a tussle – Dyche or Lampard?
GW32 Forward: Cucho Hernandez, Watford
Watford v Leeds this weekend looks like a potential humdinger of a game.
Leeds have given themselves some room for manoeuvre (that word is impossible to spell first time without help y’know) but can’t consider themselves safe yet.
Watford have it all to do, but are showing signs of life under Roy Hodgson, and in Cucho they have a dynamic, scrappy striker who just won’t take the hint. I was impressed by him when watching him against Liverpool last week. He’s in form too with 3 goals and an assist in his last 4 games.
Leeds haven’t kept a clean sheet since 1996 either, so that’s always a positive.
GW32 Captain: Harry Kane, Spurs
In his last 8 GW’s, Harry has one blank, 7 goals and 5 assists as well as 12 bonus points.
This week he’s facing an Aston Villa side that are as consistently inconsistent as a Conservative minister. They’ve lost their last three games after winning the three before. Are they just inconsistent or do they realise they have sod all to play for?
Spurs have plenty to play for in their battle for fourth against Arsenal, Chelsea and West Ham. You know what to do.
GW32 Outsider: Jonathan Castro Otto, Wolves
They call him Jonny. I call him Otto.
If he hauls for the fifth week in a row, we’ll all get blotto.
Poetry at it’s finest right there. Anyway, with two clean sheets and two goals in his last four matches, after appearing for the first time this season in GW26, Jonny is making a bold late claim for PFA Player of the Year. Has he timed it too late? Maybe, but he’s facing a Newcastle United side with Arabian sandals on and already mentally on the beach. Just 0.4% ownership too.