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FANTEAM GAMEWEEK 36 EPL MONSTER FINAL THOUGHTS

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The EPL Weekly Monster is back once again for Gameweek 36, it’s the first time in a while we have had a full fixture list with 10 games!

This week’s Monster contest features two buy-ins, €2 and €20. The difference in the contests is of course the prize pool at stake. In the low entry, the prize pool sits at €7,000. A massive €30,000 is aup for grabs in the high entry, with €3,000 awarded to first place!

THE RULES

If this is your first time playing in a Monster contest, allow me to break down some of the key details you need to know. This week’s contest features 10 fixtures, starting with the 3pm kick offs on Saturday and concluding with the final game on Sunday between Manchester City and Newcastle.

The rules are simple to follow. You will be required to pick 11 players to fill out your squad whilst staying within a budget of 109.0m. For each team you enter, you must select a captain and a vice captain. Your captain will score 2x points. However, in the event that your captain does not play, your vice captain will then score 2x points.

You can select a maximum of 3 players from the same team. It is worth noting that if you select two or more defensive players from the same team (GK and DEF), and the team keeps a clean sheet, a stacking penalty will apply. For example, if you select Edouard Mendy from Chelsea and he keeps a clean sheet, no penalty will apply. However, if you also start Reece James, you will be deducted 1 point. If you were to stack Mendy, James and Alonso, you will be deducted 2 points.

No bench required in this contest. Instead, you have the innovative safety net feature to fall back on! This means if you have a player who does not start, your player will be replaced at the beginning of the match. This is dependent on a player being available from the same team, at the same price or less. The closest price to your player value will be automatically selected. 

This is a great tool to use, as it allows you to start a player with confidence. If your player doesn’t start, his replacement is already determined. Teams that rotate heavily like Manchester City are a prime example of how the safety net feature can benefit you in your selection process.

Standard scoring applies to this contest.

This contest can be multi-entered, with a maximum entry limit of 100 entries per user.

With the rules covered, let’s take a look at this weeks’ fixtures.

BRENTFORD VS SOUTHAMPTON (15.00pm BST 07/05/22)

Both these 2 clubs look safe for another year sitting 14th and 15th respectively. There are still some league positions to play for in this game. Victory for either side could see them climb into the top half of the table so neither club is on its holiday’s yet.

The Bees have been a joy to watch this season and come into this game having won 5 of their last 7 games, taking 7 points out of a possible 9 in front of their own fans. Brentford have not conceded in front of their own fans since February and would join Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal as the only clubs this season to keep 4 home clean sheets on the bounce. 

Southampton have only managed one victory since March 2nd in all competitions which was a 1-0 triumph over Arsenal. Wilfried Zaha stuck the knife into Ralph Hasenhuttls men last time out with a dramatic late winner. That result was yet another game the Saints threw away this season and it’s something that’s plagued them all year with 26 points being lost from winning positions. 

INJURY CONCERNS

Brentford – Both Frank Onyeka and Mathias Jorgensen are out for the remainder of the season, while Saman Ghoddos could join them.Ethan Pinnock and Sergi Canos face late fitness tests.

Southampton – Valentino Livramento will be sidelined for the rest of the campaign. Alex McCarthy faces a late fitness test.

PREDICTION

I personally think Brentford win this one and quite comfortably. 2-0 home win is the verdict.

FANTASY OPTIONS

Based on my prediction these are the options I like from both teams.

Brentford – David Raya (8.2M), Pontus Jansson (8.0M), Ethan Pinnock(7.7M), Bryan Mbeumo (10.2M), Christian Eriksen (9.1M) and Ivan Toney (10.6M)

Southampton – James Ward – Prowse (8.8M) 

BURNLEY VS ASTON VILLA (15.00pm BST 07/05/22)

Burnleys fight for survival continues this weekend as they welcome Aston Villa to Turf Moor. The Clarets have been on a fantastic run as of late and it has seen them climb out of the bottom 3. The dramatic turnaround against Watford last time out condemned their opponents to relegation and the Clarets will hope their good fortunes continue as they hope to win 4 premiership games on the bounce for the first time since April 2018.

Only the current bottom 3 have lost more Premier league games than Aston Villa this season. However win number 12 came last time out against Norwich and former manager Dean Smith and it pretty much guarantees Steven Gerrard’s men safety for another year.

INJURY CONCERNS  

Burnley – Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Ashley Westwood, Ben Mee and Jay Rodriguez will all miss out. Erik Pieters and Maxwell Cornet face late fitness tests.

Aston Villa – Kortney Hause is out and Jacob Ramsey is a major doubt. 

PREDICTION

Burnley have always been a difficult team to break down and with Villa’s recent struggles I can only see this being a bore draw. 0-0 is the verdict.

FANTASY OPTIONS

Based on my prediction these are the options I like from both teams.

Burnley – Nick Pope (7.2M), James Tarkowski (6.6M), Charlie Taylor (6.5M), Josh Brownhill (7.7M) and Dwight McNeil (6.7M)

Aston Villa – Emiliano Martinez (8.0M), Matty Cash (7.9M), Lucas Digne (7.4M), and Philippe Coutinho (9.0M)

CHELSEA VS WOLVES (15.00pm BST 07/05/22)

Chelsea suffered a shock result last time out, going down 1-0 to former manager Frank Lampard’s Everton. The Blues entertain Wolves this week and will be in desperate search of 3 points as the top 4 race heats up. Chelsea will welcome the return to Stamford Bridge having won just 1 of their last 4 games and with off field distractions looking like they are in the rear view Chelsea will certainly look to cement their top 4 position.

Wolves recent results have left them scrambling for the europa conference league places. Bruno Lage’s side were dreaming of champions league football a few weeks ago but back to back defeats to Newcastle and Burnley, followed by a drubbing from Brighton at Molineux have seen them in free fall. They won’t welcome this trip having just picked up 3 points on the road in their last 5 away games and with Chelsea not drawing a blank at home since December the task looks almost impossible.

INJURY CONCERNS

Chelsea – Ben Chilwell and Calum Hudson-Odi remain out indefinitely. Jorginho and N’Golo Kante will miss the game while Chelsea welcome back Andreas Christensen and Ross Barkley from injury.

Wolves – Nelson Semedo is out for the season with Daniel Podence and Maximilian Kilman looking like they will join him. Ruben Neves faces a late fitness test.  

PREDICTION

Chelsea will be looking to cement their top 4 status and with Wolves away form I can only see this going one way. Chelsea 2-0 win is the verdict

FANTASY OPTIONS

Based on my prediction these are the options I like from both teams.

Chelsea – Edouard Mendy (10.9M), Reece James (11.1M), Marcos Alonso (10.5M), Antonio Rudiger (10.1M), Mason Mount (12.8M), Kai Havertz (12.4M) and Romelu Lukaku (12.1M)

Wolves – Ruben Neves (6.2M)

CRYSTAL PALACE VS WATFORD (15.00pm BST 07/05/22)

Patrick Viera’s men welcome an already relegated Watford to Selhurst Park in what has been a positive first season for the Frenchmen at the helm. The Eagles have been extremely good at the back in recent weeks and have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 3 home games, one of which came against Manchester City. 

Roy Hodgson returns to Selhurst Park with his already relegated Watford team. The Hornets appointed Hodgson back in January with real hope he could turn around their fortunes but the former England boss has only managed 2 wins from 14 matches in charge and its the lowest points per game tally in his career.

INJURY CONCERNS 

Crystal Palace – Nathan Ferguson remains sidelined and Luka Milivojevic faces a late fitness test.

Watford – Cucho Hernadez, Nicolas Nkoulou, Kwadwo Baah and Francisco Sierralta are all expected to miss. Tom Cleverley and Craig Cathcart face late fitness tests.

PREDICTION

Palace still have goals this season and one of them will be catching bitter rivals Brighton. With this in mind and Watford likely already on their holidays Palace 2-0 is the verdict.

FANTASY OPTIONS

Based on my prediction these are the options I like from both teams.

Crystal Palace – Vicente Guaita (9.5M), Marc Guehi (9.0M), Tyrick Mitchell (8.8M), Wilfried Zaha (11.7M), Conor Gallagher (11.6M) and Jordan Ayew (10.4M)

Watford – Ismaila Sarr (6.8M)

BRIGHTON VS MANCHESTER UNITED (17.30pm BST 07/05/22)

Brighton hammered Wolves at Molineux last time out by 3-0 and the Brighton fans will be hoping for more of the same as the Seagulls welcome Manchester United to the Amex. The Amex hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Brighton in 2022, in fact they are winless at home drawing 4 and losing 4 so they will be looking to get back on track.

Manchester United are also coming off a 3-0 win themselves over in-form Brentford. It was undoubtedly the best showing under Ralf Rangnick. The Red Devils know that anything but a win here they can kiss their champions league dreams goodbye and the Red Devils could also do something they have not done for 41 years if they were to lose by losing 4 or more away league games on the trot. 

INJURY CONCERNS 

Brighton – Enock Mwepu, Jakub Moder, Jeremy Sarmiento are all out.

Manchester United – Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Eric Bailly are all ruled out. Aaron Wan Bissaka faces a late fitness test.  

PREDICTION

Brighton’s struggles at home and Manchester United struggles on the road lead me to seeing this being a score draw. 1-1 is the verdict

FANTASY OPTIONS

Based on my prediction these are the options I like from both teams.

Brighton – Leandro Tossard (8.9M), Alexis Mac Allister (8.4M), Pascal Gros (7.7M) and Danny Welbeck (8.0M)

Manchester United – Bruno Fernandes (9.6M), Anthony Elanga (8.4M) and Cristiano Ronaldo (9.7M)

LIVERPOOL VS TOTTENHAM (19.45pm BST 07/05/22)

Liverpool are hunting down an unprecedented quadruple having made the Champions league final mid week. The nature of their comeback win against Villarreal should spur the Reds on as they try to hunt down Manchester City. They are the in-form team in Europe with just one defeat in the calendar year at the hand of Inter Milan and unbeaten in their last 21 home games.

Tottenham are well and truly in the top 4 race and free scoring Spurs will be hoping they can pick up the 3 points here to keep the heat on Arsenal and Chelsea. Antonio Conte’s men are unbeaten against the top 2 this season and that will have to continue if they want champions league football next season.

INJURY CONCERNS  

Liverpool – Robert Firmino is the only injury concern for the Reds

Tottenham – Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon, Japhet Tanganga all remained sidelined with Oliver Skipp out for the season.

PREDICTION

A tough match for both teams and a must win for both. It really could go either way but I fancy the Reds to win. 3-2 Liverpool is the verdict.

FANTASY OPTIONS

Based on my prediction these are the options I like from both teams.

Liverpool – Trent Alexander Arnold (10.2M), Andrew Robertson (10.0M), Mohamed Salah (13.9M), Diego Jota (13.1M), Sadio Mane (13.0M) and Luis Diaz (12.3M)

Tottenham – Heung-Min Son (7.6M), Dejan Kulusevski (6.9M) and Harry Kane (7.3M)

NORWICH VS WEST HAM (14.00pm BST 08/05/22)

The Canaries fate was sealed away last time out as they went down 2-0 to Dean Smith’s former side Aston Villa. Norwich now have the record of the most relegations from the top flight 6 in total and will be looking for a quick bounce back from the championship next season. Norwich have now lost 4 of their last 5 games and will probably have one eye on next year already.

West Ham’s Europa league adventure came to an end in midweek as they went down to Frankfurt. However they must dust themselves off quickly as a top 6 finish is still on the cards for David Moyes men. They are not in the best run of form in the league having lost 5 and drawing 1 in their last 6, albeit in a hard fixture run. David Moyes’ team have a favorable end to the season so they will be hoping to cement top 6 in the coming weeks.

INJURY CONCERNS  

Norwich – Adam Idah, Andrew Omobamidele, Christoph Zimmermann, Kenny McLean and Ozan Kabak are out for the season and Joshua Sargent faces a late fitness test.

West Ham – Angelo Ogbonna is the only injury concern.

PREDICTION

Simply must win for David Moyes boys and Norwich have nothing to play for. West Ham 2-1 victory is the verdict.

FANTASY OPTIONS

Based on my prediction these are the options I like from both teams.

Norwich – Teemu Pukki (8.0M)

West Ham – Aaron Cresswell (8.4M), Jarrod Bowen (12.1M), Tomas Soucek (10.3M) and Michail Antonio (11.4M)

LEICESTER VS EVERTON  (14.00pm BST 08/05/22)

Leicester had their hearts broken in Europe at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s Roma on Thursday so they will have to pick themselves up quickly. Their European exploits have come at the expense of their league form as the Foxes currently sit 11th with not much room to improve. Brendan Rodgers men do bring a 10 match home unbeaten run into this clash and will look to keep that going as they welcome Everton.

Everton shocked the world last time out as they held on and beat Chelsea by 1-0. Everton still remain in the relegation zone and will have to improve their dire away form if they are going to pick up another 3 points here. 

INJURY CONCERNS  

Leicester – Ryan Bertrand and Wilfred Ndidi remain out while Jamie Vardy fitness will need to be assessed. 

Everton – Ben Godfrey, Nathan Patterson, Andros Towsend remain out while Donny Van De Beek faces a late fitness test.

PREDICTION

Everton need points but their away form is terrible, I can only see this ending in a score draw. 1-1 is the verdict

FANTASY OPTIONS

Based on my prediction these are the options I like from both teams

Leicester – James Maddison (10.1M), Harvey Barnes (9.5M), Ayoze Perez (8.4M) and Kelechi Iheanacho (9.3M)

Everton – Demarai Gray (8.3M), Anthony Gordon (8.0M) and Richarlison (8.7M)

ARSENAL VS LEEDS  (14.00pm BST 08/05/22)

Arsenal got the better of West Ham last time out and will hope their good form continues in their hope to play Champions league football next season. Mikel Arteta will be in a confident mood after signing a new deal at the Emirates. The Gunners will have to improve defensively having not kept a clean sheet in their last 6 outings but will fancy their chances against Leeds at home.

Leeds are very much in a relegation battle and are many peoples favourites to go down.The Whites got whacked last time out 4-1 by Manchester City and the history doesn’t favour them here, having not kept a clean sheet against Arsenal in North London for 29 years.

INJURY CONCERNS  

Arsenal – Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey are out indefinitely. 

Leeds – Stuart Dallas, Adam Forshaw, Crysencio Summerville and Tyler Roberts are out. Patrick Bamford and Liam Cooper face late fitness tests.

PREDICTION

Leeds simply must win but all I can see is a drubbing at the hands of the hosts. Arsenal 3-1 win is the verdict.

FANTASY OPTIONS

Based on my prediction these are the options I like from both teams.

Arsenal – Gabriel (10.3M), Bukayo Saka (13.5M), Martin Odegaard (12.7M), Gabriel Martinelli (12.6M) and Eddie Nketiah (12.0M)

Leeds – Raphinha (7.2M)

MANCHESTER CITY VS NEWCASTLE  (16.30pm BST 08/05/22)

City will look to dust themselves off after a heartbreaking Champions league loss to Real Madrid in mid week. They will have to rebound quickly with Liverpool breathing down their neck. Pep’s men will be confident though having lost just one of their 28 league games against Newcastle and having found the net 16 times in their last 5 premier league outings.

Fears of relegation have long gone from Newcastle and with 4 victories in the month of April the Geordies come into this game beaming with confidence. The Magpies lost last time out to City’s title rivals Liverpool but they could do the Reds a favour should they get anything from here.

INJURY CONCERNS  

Manchester City – Kyle Walker and John Stones are City’s only doubts.

Newcastle – Ryan Fraser, Isac Hayden, Jamal Lewis and Fabian Scar are all out for the magpies.

PREDICTION

City will be looking to bounce back quickly and I fear Newcastle might be on the wrong end of it. 3-1 winManchester City is the verdict.

FANTASY OPTIONS

Based on my prediction these are the options I like from both teams.

Manchester City – Joao Cancelo (11.8M), Bernardo Silva (13.4M), Kevin De Bruyne (14.2M), Raheem Sterling (14.1M), Phil Foden (13.7M), Riyad Mahrez (14.0M) and Gabriel Jesus (13.6M)

Newcastle – Allan Saint-Maximin (6.2M) and Bruno Guimaraes (5.5M)

TEAM REVEAL

With this being a multi entry contest, this is just an example of one of the number of line ups I will enter.

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