Gameweek 32 Best Fantasy XI

Posted by John Culea

Mike Hewitt/Getty ImagesWith Chelsea hosting a Sunderland side in chaos, Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech is a good bet for fantasy managers.

While the April 8 clash between Manchester United and Manchester City no longer has Premier League title implications, it still is one of the marquee games of the season. However, in picking the best fantasy XI for the week, the game may wind up less than advertised, including few goals, so Sir John has no one on either side in his 15 player roster for the week.

Goalkeeper:
Petr Cech, Chelsea
Chelsea vs. Sunderland
Two clean sheets in the past three games and now an impotent Sunderland team to defend against portend a shutout for Chelsea.
(Manchester United's David DeGea has six clean sheets in a row, but Manchester City is more likely to score on Monday than Sunderland on Saturday.)

Defenders:
Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham
Tottenham vs. Everton
Three goals and an assist in three games for the on-fire Belgian.

John Terry, Chelsea
Chelsea vs. Sunderland
A goal in his last Premier League game and a DNP against Manchester United in the FA Cup. If Rafa Benitez plays him, there are chances for a clean sheet and another goal against the Black Cats.

Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea
Chelsea vs. Sunderland
(See the comments on Petr Cech -- Ivanovic looked strong against Manchester United in FA Cup action)

Midfielders:
Gareth Bale, Tottenham
Tottenham vs. Everton
Eight goals and two assists in the last eight matches on a team out to grab a Champions League spot.

Juan Mata, Chelsea (Captain)
Chelsea vs. Sunderland
Out ill in his last PL game -- looked rested and in top form against Manchester United and now takes aim at an awful Sunderland team.

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool
Liverpool vs. West Ham United
Three goals in five games for the man you want at the penalty spot.

Santi Cazorla, Arsenal
Arsenal vs. WBA
A goal and an assist his last time out -- look for more against the Baggies.

Forwards:
Christian Benteke, Aston Villa
Stoke City vs. Aston Villa
The Belgian has nine goals in the last 11 games on a team fighting for survival. Stoke is stingy but not the defensive rock they once were.

Arouna Kone, Wigan
QPR vs. Wigan
Four goals in four games on a team that has won three straight and looking to avoid the drop zone. Kone is a scoring machine.

Dimitar Berbatov, Fulham
Newcastle vs. Fulham
Five goals in his last five matches suggest the Bulgarian's boots have more in them against the troubled Magpies.

Bench:
Pepe Reina, Liverpool
Per Mertesacker, Arsenal
Michu, Swansea City
Rickie Lambert, Southampton

Last week's Best Fantasy XI returned 72 points with Santi Cazorla notching 24 points as captain. Sir John's regular fantasy team scored 76.

Note: Depending on injuries and other factors, best Fantasy XI subject to change before Gameweek 32 locks.

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