The gameweek isn’t yet over, but what a weekend of Premier League games as we approach the home stretch. Here are five things we have noted over this weekend, together with its Fantasy Football implications.
1) The relegation battle isn’t yet over
Huge results from both Sunderland and Newcastle meant that the relegation battle is far from complete. Aston Villa’s demise has been confirmed but just it isn’t just clear yet who will join them in the Championship next year.
Fantasy Football Tips – Both Sunderland and Newcastle have games against teams who has nothing else to play for this season. We can expect them to put up a strong fight in the remaining games so players like Fabio Borini, Andros Townsend and Jermaine Defoe may be good picks in the weeks to come
2) Manchester United has an impressive home form
They may not be playing sexy football but the Red Devils can still be counted upon to deliver the results at Old Trafford. They have now won their last five home league games. All in all, they have let in a measly seven goals at home, the only team in single digits in the division.
Fantasy Football Tips – David de Gea and the entire United defence are worth considering when United plays at home next (v LEI, 1 May / v BOU, 15 May).3)
3) Chelsea is in shambles
Guus Hiddink may appear to have steadied the ship at Stamford when he guided the them to a 15-game unbeaten streak but the Blues are now back in shambles. The loss at home to Manchester City was marked but a strong sense of apathy of all the Chelsea players. With absolutely nothing to play for, everyone at Chelsea has their mind set for Euro 2016 or the summer holidays.
Fantasy Football Tips – Stop picking players from Chelsea for this season.
4) Martinez has to go
Besides Chelsea, Everton is another team that has massively under-performed this season. Martinez simply has not managed to utilise what he had at his disposal. Everton is not a club to make hasty decisions on their managers but it is hard to see Martinez still in the hot seat at the beginning of next season. Even an FA Cup victory may not save him.
Fantasy Football Tips – Romelu Lukaku is always worth a pick but plan ahead, Martinez will not hesitate to save his star player for the FA Cup.
5) Klopp is a tinkerman
The fact that Kevin Stewart has played 90 mins of Liverpool’s last two league games says a lot about Klopp’s focus at this stage of the season. He made 10 changes for the game at Bournemouth, including giving youngster Danny Ward his first ever Liverpool start in goal. The Reds have an incredibly tight schedule from now till the end of the season, have to play every mid-week. Klopp will continue to rotate his squad ruthlessly for league games.
Fantasy Football Tips – There will be no guaranteed starters for Liverpool’s remaining league games. Pick Liverpool players at your own risk.