20 Teams: 20 Players looks at the best fantasy football options from each team, each week. From the must starts to the best of a bad bunch, here are this week’s picks for Gameweek 35 of the 2015/16 season.
Arsenal (Sunderland A)
Alexis Sanchez: He may be coming into serious form at the wrong time of the season for Arsenal – with essentially nothing to play for – but it’s all good news for his fantasy managers. The Chilean sizzled against West Brom on Thursday night, scoring twice for an impressive four goals and two assists in his last six games. Very impressive indeed.
Aston Villa (Southampton H)
Idrissa Gueye: Once again it seems to be a shot in the foot to select any other member of this relegated Villa squad other than Idrissa Gueye. His agent reportedly wants a move away for the midfielder this summer, and his quietly efficient performances mean it shouldn’t prove difficult to find an new employer. He’s likely to hit a respectable tally against Southampton, whatever the score.
Bournemouth (Chelsea H)
Josh King: The Cherries ran Liverpool close in Gameweek 34 and with Josh King in the side they always look a threat. The ex-Manchester United trainee has been one of Eddie Howe’s chief performers in Bournemouth’s maiden Premier League season and has scored four goals in his last six, including two on the bounce against Liverpool and Aston Villa.
Chelsea (Bournemouth A)
Diego Costa: Chelsea have been far from watertight this season, losing their previous two games including a hefty 4-0 defeat to Manchester City, as such it doesn’t seem like the wisest decision to invest in their back four. Diego Costa seems like the right fit for this game. The Spain international hasn’t hit the net since returning for injury but could very well make that change against a plucky but often leaky Bournemouth.
Leicester City (Swansea H)
Leonardo Ulloa: With no suspended Jamie Vardy to choose from and Riyad Mahrez looking more and more like a weary traveller waiting for his flight home, it appears that the bulk of goal scoring responsibility will fall on the shoulders of perennial super-sub, Leonardo Ulloa. The Argentine got the Foxes last ditch equaliser last time out and looked able to deputise for Vardy when he departed the game. Swansea are a vastly improved outfit over the second half of the season, but have little to play for.
Liverpool (Newcastle H)
Daniel Sturridge: Divock Origi is out for up to six weeks following his departure from the Merseyside derby with an ankle injury on Wednesday night. Jurgen Klopp is certainly cursing his luck, but Daniel Sturridge is likely relishing the situation.
The England international has slowly been playing his way back into favour, but the injury to his Belgian cohort should cement him as the starting centre-forward.
Manchester City (Stoke H)
Sergio Aguero: A straightforward choice. Much like Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Aguero is coming into form at the end of the season when City are effectively ruled out of everything domestically. Still, he proves an unmissable fantasy option and could enjoy a bountiful day out against a declining Stoke City side. Six goals in the his last four tells the only story necessary.
Newcastle United (Liverpool A)
Moussa Sissoko: Rafa Benitez made Moussa Sissoko captain on Tyneside and it looks as if it’s having the desired affect. The Frenchman set up Vernon Anita for the Toon’s only goal of Gameweek 34 and managed to get his name on the score sheet the previous time out, capping his most impressive showings of the season. Can he turn it on now against his boss’ old club? We shall see.
Southampton (Aston Villa A)
Sadio Mane: A little help from Dusan Tadic set Sadio Mane on his way last Gameweek and the Senegalese ensured that Everton failed to get anything more a draw out of the Saints. Mane could be in line for a big goal payoff against doomed Aston Villa, you feel.
Stoke City (Manchester City A)
Xherdan Shaqiri: It was a bad day all round for Stoke as the crashed to a second defeat on the bounce where they’ve conceded four goals but Xherdan Shaqiri again seemed like the most likely to make things happen for the Potters. If anyone can dent an in form Manchester City it’ll be the Swiss power cube.
Sunderland (Arsenal H)
Fabio Borini: Much like he did in Sunderland’s previous escapes, Fabio Borini is performing admirably in yet another stint a Sunderland FC. While Jermain Defoe remains their goalscorer in chief, Borini has done the business from wide positions, notching both a goal and assist in the Black Cats’ most recent victory.
Swansea (Leicester City H)
Alberto Paloschi: The Swans have had problems finding the net all season, but the introduction of January signing Alberto Paloschi has at least given them a focal attacking point that they lacked with Gomis leading the line. With two goals from seven starts, the Italian has been Swansea’s supplementary goalscorer in the shadow of one Gylfie Sigurdsson.
Tottenham Hotspur (West Bromwich Albion H)
Dele Alli: Spurs and England’s brightest hope shone brightly again in Gameweek 34 as Spurs routed a shockingly sub-par Stoke City team. Alli made it two goals from eight attempts on goal that night but in truth could have been many more. West Brom could be yet another fruitful day at the office for both Spurs and the young man.
West Brom (Tottenham Hotspur A)
Darren Fletcher: WBA’s resident midfield Scotsman feels like the sane choice against Spurs in Gameweek 34. The ex-United man and WBA captain has been Tony Pulis’ only true consistent performer and represents a relatively safe investment in fantasy terms.