Gameweek 36 Fantasy Preview

Posted by John Culea

Clive Rose/Getty ImagesPlayer of the Year Gareth Bale has a chance to deliver twice for fantasy managers.

Saturday, May 4
Fulham (10-10-15) vs. Reading (5-10-20)
The Cottagers are scoreless in three straight losses. Dimitar Berbatov left injured against Everton and has not scored in five matches after five goals in four games. Steve Sidwell is suspended.
Reading's Premier League obituary has been written. The Royals have given up 65 goals.

Norwich (8-14-15) vs. Aston Villa (9-10-16)
Norwich, with 14 draws hosts a team on a survival mission. Christian Benteke comes off a hat trick. Sebastien Bassong is out for the Canaries. Villa GK, Brad Guzan, with 108 saves, could record his first clean sheet of 2013.

Swansea (10-12-12) vs. Manchester City (21-8-5)
The first of two matches for each team. Big fantasy point guy, Michu is zero-for-two in goals after scoring twice in two weeks. Jonathan DeGuzman has not scored in 12 games.
Sergio Aguero scored his last time out and Carlos Tevez is a good bet to find the net. Yaya Toure broke a six game goal drought. Joe Hart should be back in goal.

Tottenham (18-9-8) vs. Southampton (9-12-14)
The first of two matches has Spurs desperate to move into a Champions League position. Gareth Bale is looking for his 20th PL goal. After getting his first goal of 2013, Jermain Defoe was shut out at Wigan, but may be preferred again to Emmanuel Adebayor. Moussa Dembele is out injured.
Rickie Lambert is stuck on 14 goals. Luke Shaw is injured, Daniel Fox suspended.

WBA (14-6-14) vs. Wigan (8-8-18)
The first of two games for each team. Romelu Lukaku has a goal and two assists in his last two games. Marc-Antone Fortune is suspended.
Wigan is fighting to prevent its PL life-support plug from being pulled. After four goals in four matches, Arouna Kone is zero for his last four games. Few others score; however, defender Emmerson Boyce has three goals.

West Ham (11-9-15) vs. Newcastle (10-7-18)
Big Sam's Hammers would like a top ten finish. Andy Carroll has four goals in five games. Jussi Jaaskelainen is the top fantasy point GK and could get his 11th clean sheet.
The Magpies are the most scored upon team (66 goals conceded) in the league. They looked brutal against Liverpool. Papiss Cisse is lost with Demba Ba . Mathieu Debuchy is suspended.

QPR (4-13-18) vs. Arsenal (18-10-7)
The relegated Hoops have Samba out (but was he ever in?).
With Olivier Giroud suspended, Theo Walcott will likely play up front where he prefers and got a goal against Manchester United. Santi Cazorla has not had a goal or an assist in five games.

Sunday, May 5
Liverpool (14-12-9) vs. Everton (15-14-6)
The Reds destroyed Newcastle in their first match without Luis Suarez. Daniel Sturridge ran roughshod over the Magpies and Philippe Coutinho was sublime. A shock was that Steven Gerrard got none of the spoils in the 6-0 butt-kicking. Everton will be more difficult as the Blues seek a Europa league position. Marouane Fellaini has all but disappeared. Leighton Baines is the top fantasy defender and Tim Howard has three clean sheets in his last four games.

Manchester United (27-4-4) vs. Chelsea (19-8-7)
Some of the luster of this match is gone with Sir Alex Ferguson's lads having clinched the title. Fantasy managers wonder about rotation; however, Robin van Persie with six goals in his last four matches is certain to start. Wayne Rooney looks bewildered.
This is Chelsea's first of two games in a week when they come off a home victory in Europa League competition. Demba Ba will start and Juan Mata, rested most of the game against Basel should be in the first XI along with Eden Hazard, Gary Cahill, and in-form David Luiz.

Monday, May 6
Sunderland (9-10-16) vs. Stoke (9-13-13)
Stephane Sessegnon had his red card appeal denied and is gone for the rest of the season.
The Black Cats' survival quest was dealt a big setback in the 6-1 defeat by Aston Villa.
Stoke is stuck with mid-table blahs.

Tuesday, May 7
Manchester City vs WBA
The second game of the week for each team secure in their league positions.

Wigan vs. Swansea
The second game of the week for each team and a match that has massive survival ramifications for Wigan.

Wednesday, May 8
Chelsea vs. Tottenham
The second game of the week for both teams and what promises to be the most hotly contested match of the week.

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