Its really hotting up both in the premier league and in the SportsNewsIreland Fantasy Football league in association with www.celtichorizontours.com.
Gameweek 30 was a surprisingly low-scoring week. The predicted big-scorers failed to deliver. Arsenal scored 3 but RVP only registered 2 points; Rooney only scored a goal; Valencia didn’t assist; Swansea lost 2-0 at home but perhaps the most predictable result of the weekend was Liverpool 2-1 home defeat to Wigan, further evidence that they players have given up on the league.
I’d be amazed if anybody had David Wheater in their teams. The Bolton defender scored both goals in their 2-1 win over Blackburn for 17 pts. Leighton Baines scored a peach of a free-kick and also registered a clean sheet for 15 pts while away to WBA, Newcastle recorded a very impressive 3-1 win with Hatem Ben Arfa’s 15 pt haul alongside Papiss Cisse’s 2 goals for 16 pts the highlights.
Entering April as the race for the title, 4th place and relegation hots up. Both Manchester clubs have fixtures they’d be expected to win. City have Sunderland at home while Utd are away to relegation threatened Blackburn on Monday which may not be plain sailing. Arsenal, Spurs & Chelsea are playing QPR, Swansea & Villa respectively – games they should win while at the other end of the table there’s a relegation 6 pointer at Molineux where Wolves play host to Bolton. Wigan are at home to Stoke.
In the SNI in association with www.celtichorizontours.com, it’s getting rather close. Andrew O’Dowd remains the leader but he is only 9 pts ahead of Erie Dwan in 2nd place while Barry Cronin, Gareth Brogan, Michael Danaher are only 1-3 pts behind him.
Remember: Whoever is top at Easter will win a prize.
Looking ahead to GW 31 then and 3 players who could score big this weekend:
• Gary Cahill – Chelsea – 5.4m. It took a few games for the former Bolton man to get his game at the Bridge but he seems to be a regular in Premier League matches now for Roberto Di Matteo’s side. He’s picked up 23 pts in the last 3 matches and he’s up against a Villa side who are in freefall and are far from safety.
• Hatem Ben Arfa – Newcastle – 5.5m. The Frenchman looks to be finally picking up some form with 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games. A home match against Liverpool looks like a bank 3 pts. Will the creative winger bamboozle Liverpool’s full-backs?
• Pavel Pogrebnyak – Fulham – 6.2m. He’s really disappointed the past 3 matches hasn’t he? Well surely Fulham won’t capitulate like they did at home to Swansea. Look for them to rebound at home to Norwich and for the Cold War (Pavel & Clint) to score big. Cue 1-0 home defeat.