Manchester City welcome new league champions Liverpool to the Etihad in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 32+
Arsenal host basement dwellers Norwich City and Crystal Palace face Burnley, while Newcastle travel to beleaguered AFC Bournemouth
West Ham United entertain Chelsea in a crucial London derby, whilst Aston Villa meet Wolves in West Midlands clash also
PREMIER LEAGUE – As newly-crowned champions Liverpool travel to Manchester City in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 32+, who do you need in your team this week?
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It’s been an uncertain period since the Premier League restarted for Arsenal. After a resilient 2-0 showing against Southampton however, Gameweek 32+ represents the chance to hit form against a frail Norwich City defence, with talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ready to make his mark again.
Denied his first league goal in four via Alex McCarthy‘s feather save in the win versus the Saints, the Gunners’ front-man continued to find space from wide areas, much like his number 14 predecessor and club legend Thierry Henry, in his new berth on the left wing.
With Eddie Nketiah looking to have cemented his place in the striking department, the Gabonese is being afforded greater room to roam and his hinting at a run of goals in remaining Gameweeks of the campaign.
As the Canaries roll up to the Emirates then – propping up the league standing six points from safety – Daniel Farke‘s men may be forced to play on the front foot in North London.
That could play handsomely into Arsenal hands, and though Mikel Arteta‘s side are still finding their feet under the Spaniard’s tutelage, Norwich could be there for the taking. For the 25% of fantasy manager that own Aubemeyang, he is a strong contender for the captaincy armband this week.
Patrick van Aanholt
As Crystal Palace return home to the comforts of South London after failing to have a single touch in the Liverpool penalty in their 4-0 thrashing last time out, the Eagles will be seeking a more fruitful outing against Burnley, with Patrick van Aanholt ready to play a starring role once more.
Notching surprisingly only his first assist of the season against a hapless AFC Bournemouth back line in Gameweek 30+, the Dutchman’s threat on the left wing has been a regular narrative for Roy Hodgson‘s side this term, indeed his three goals have been enough for 5.5% of fantasy managers to invest in the full-back.
With eight clean sheets also, van Aanholt has ended three separate Gameweeks this fantasy season with double-figure point hauls and 11 bonus points to go with what has been an impressive campaign.
Aside from their loss to the Reds at Anfield, Palace have not conceded a league goal since early February and have been miserly when its comes to letting the opposition in of late.
After being hit for five by Manchester City, the Clarets picked up a welcome if narrow 1-0 win over still-relegation-threatened threatened Watford, but their form away from home has been sketchy this campaign.
With Wilfried Zaha a doubt for the game, the hosts zip and verve may be absent pointing to a tight encounter in the capital. Should that be the case, van Aanholt stands as good value for a clean sheet and as we have seen already this term, perhaps more.
A slightly surprising selection for Gameweek 32+ perhaps, but Matt Ritchie has appeared on our fantasy radar not least after his goal versus Sheffield United, but with the added potential of his status as an in-game defender.
Having been deployed at left wing-back for much of the season, Magpies’ boss Steve Bruce has elected to push the Scottish winger into a number ten role in recent weeks, stationed either side of pace merchants Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron – with Joelinton or Dwight Gayle as number nine – in attack.
That switch could greatly profit Ritchie’s meagre ownership of less than 1%, but at a price of just 5.3, is now a potential bargain for the remaining seven Gameweeks of the campaign.
Though the versatile midfielder is a doubt for the trip to AFC Bournemouth next Wednesday with a slight knock, he is expected to be passed fit in the coming days, where the chance of points at both ends of the field against the Cherries is a tantalising prospect.
Bournemouth have yet to score since the season restarted, and after being outshone by a fluid Crystal Palace at the Vitality in Gameweek 30+, the Tynesiders arrive on the South coast looking to set up on the counter once more, whilst retaining their defensive solidity they have discovered this term.
Whilst Newcastle strive to find their perfect forward also, penalty duties remain up in the air and aside from set-piece responsibilities also – a facet Bruce’s men do not lack quality at either – Ritchie’s still somewhat unfashionable stock could be on the fantasy rise for the final month of the season.
There are few players the coronavirus hiatus has served better than Christian Pulisic on the face of it, who, after netting in successive league outings against Aston Villa and fallen champions Manchester City, will be going for a trifecta of strikes in Gameweek 32+’s London derby with West Ham and will fancy his chances.
Having been pushed out of a regular starting berth under Frank Lampard, the American international has been a picture of a Premier League clinician since resumption, with a superbly timed run and header against the Villans, together with a breakaway goal against the Citizens at Stamford Bridge.
Up until March, Pulisic had not been able to build on his emphatic hat-trick at Turf Moor earlier this season – indeed the winger had not played a single league minute since New Years’ Day before the restart in Gameweek 30+.
Form then is an issue for the former Borussia Dortmund forward, however now could be the time to jump on the Pulisic bandwagon, with a hectic run of games that look set to see his continuity in the Chelsea starting XI, as Lampard takes his side to the London Stadium, where the hosts have been uncertain at best this season.
With Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech on the way through the Blues’ doors at the end of the term, many had feared Pulisic to be surplus to requirements. however, with his future in West London seemingly up in the air, the American appears to have risen to the occasion, and should be given serious thought for Gameweek 32+.
Our final selection for Gameweek 32+ sees the fantasy radar blip to Sheffield United and as the Blades host Tottenham Hotspur, the returning John Egan from suspension may have a direct effect on the fortunes of John Fleck.
After back-to-back 3-0 losses without their key Irish centre-back, Chris Wilder‘s hopes of a European berth next term have taken a hit. However, as the Yorkshire outfit face fellow and direct rivals for a top six finish at Bramall Lane, the hosts’ midfield will again play a key role in returning Sheffield United to winning ways.
That comes in the shape of Fleck, who after missing the opening game of resumption, played the full 90 minutes at Old Trafford last time out and will be keen to get at a Lilywhites defence that continues to play a high line under Jose Mourinho.
As the Blades themselves have not erred from their wing-back system, the width of full-backs George Baldock and Enda Stevens could be key here, and Fleck stands to profit from the delivery of United’s wide men.
With the home front trio of David McGoldrick, Billy Sharp and Ollie McBurnie too hard to predict who will start, Fleck’s six goals from midfield may be the difference in what could be another tight encounter. The Irishman is long overdue a points haul and costing just 4.9, is worth a punt.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 32+ deadline is Saturday, 11:30 UK time.
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