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Late Fitness Check - Week 32

Friday, March 28, 2014


It's back to normality after the crazy double week, with your standard one match for each Premier League team. If you're wondering where the RW Cup results are, apologies for the delay. I'll ensure they are posted up early next week so you can see if you made it through to Week 34's semi-final.

 

On the subject of the double week, I thought I'd done pretty well scoring 289 points but I actually DROPPED in the rankings as many other fantasy managers cracked 300 and beyond. That leaves AM FC floating around in 1000th position overall and those dreams of a top 500 finish continue to slip away. However, I'm fairly happy with my current Week 32 Yahoo team, which I'll discuss after a run through of all the important team, injury and suspension news.


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Man Utd v Aston Villa
This is the early Saturday kick-off so we'll get full line-ups before Yahoo's deadline. If you'll be needing these line-ups make sure you follow me and the official Rotoworld_PL feed as we'll ensure they are tweeted out.


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Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic is back from suspension and appears likely to start at a bargain price, with Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans both struggling with injuries. Robin van Persie is a long term absentee so Wayne Rooney will lead the line, although as a Rooney owner I am slightly worried he'll be substituted early to keep him fresh for Bayern Munich in midweek. Thoughts?

 

For Aston Villa, there are slight doubts over Karim El Ahmadi but everyone else is fit including the only two Villa players worth considering for you fantasy team this week, Ryan Bertrand and Christian Benteke.

 

Arsenal v Man City
Arsenal have no new injuries following their midweek draw with Swansea, but they still have a number of players absent including Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal, Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny.

 

For Manchester City, Sergio Aguero is still a week away from a return but David Silva is fit despite that ankle injury picked up in the Manchester derby. Matija Nastasic and Micah Richards (surprise surprise) are both out with longer term injuries.

 

Liverpool v Tottenham
Liverpool have no new injury concerns and will be licking their lips at the prospect of playing a side they thrashed 5-0 away from home earlier in the season. Brendan Rodger could name an unchanged line-up, meaning another start for Joe Allen and another game on the bench for Raheem Sterling.

 

Tottenham may have Emmanuel Adebayor back in the starting line-up after injury forced him to miss the victory over Southampton, and if he makes it he could partner Roberto Soldado who was impressive in that match. Kyle Walker is out meaning another start for Kyle Naughton, and Younes Kaboul is expected to keep the returning Michael Dawson on the Spurs bench.

 

Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Crystal Palace will be without the injured Dwight Gayle and Maraoune Chamakh for their London derby against Jose Mourinho's men, so Glenn Murray and Cameron Jerome are both in contention for starts. Midfielders Barry Bannan and Adlene Guédioura also pushing for inclusion, as is Tom Ince who was benched at Newcastle.


Chelsea have Samuel Eto'o and Ashley Cole side-lined because of injury and Ramires is suspended, but Willian is available after a one-match ban. A lot of people have are picking Oscar (me included), but Willian's return combined with Andre Schurrle's form casts some doubt over exactly who starts in midfield. One man certain to play is Nemanja Matic as he is ineligible for the Champions League, while Mohamed Salah could also get a rare start for the same reason.

 

Southampton v Newcastle
Southampton have a bit of an injury crisis on their hands, with Jay Rodriguez, Morgan Schneiderlin, Steven Davis and Victor Wanyama all struggling with injuries, while Nathaniel Clyne and Maya Yoshida are definitely out. This could mean rare starts for Gaston Ramirez and James Ward-Prowse in the Saints midfield, while Calum Chambers will fill in at right back.

 

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul will miss a few games with a knee injury and will be replaced by Rob Elliot. Davide Santon is fit and will replace either Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa or Paul Dummett, but Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy are both still out.

 

Fulham v Everton
Fulham are without Scott Parker and Kostas Mitroglou, while John Heitinga is expected to deputise for the suspended Fernando Amorebieta with Sascha Riether returning to right-back. Cauley Woodrow could continue in the loan forward role with Lewis Holtby in support.

 

Everton captain Phil Jagielka is back from injury and should slot straight back in to the team in place of young John Stones, but otherwise Roberto Martinez could field a very similar side to the one that beat Newcastle. This could mean another start for in-form Ross Barkley, with Steven Pienaar still side-lined with a knee problem. Kevin Mirallas, Aiden McGeady, Leon Osman and Gerard Deulofeu will battle it out for the remaining attacking midfield roles.

 

Swansea v Norwich
Swansea have no new injury concerns so could go with the same team that earned a deserved draw at Arsenal, which was: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico Flores, Taylor, Britton, Shelvey, De Guzman, Routledge, Michu, Bony. However, Ben Davies will be pushing for a start at left back ahead of Neil Taylor.

 

For Norwich, defender Michael Turner is back from a three month absence because of a hamstring injury, Jonas Gutierrez has recovered from a calf complaint but Elliott Bennett and Leroy Fer are both still out.

 

Stoke v Hull City
Stoke will welcome back Charlie Adam from his ban, but Jonathan Walters is still suspended so Adam would probably take any penalties that might fall his side's way. Oussama Assaidi is a doubt and Robert Huth is definitely out, but Erik Pieters is expected to recover from an injury picked up in against Aston Villa last weekend and Stephen Ireland is back in the squad.

 

Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor is suspended and is likely to miss the rest of the season anyway with kidney damage suffered against West Ham, so perennial understudy Steve Harper will deputise. Maynor Figueroa is a doubt but Liam Rosenior should be ready to start.

 

West Brom v Cardiff City
West Brom striker Victor Anichebe is a doubt, but Morgan Amalfitano and Diego Lugano could return from knee injuries. Chris Brunt, Claudio Yacob and Billy Jones are all out with injury.

 

For Cardiff, the impressive Craig Noone has trained all week after missing the defeat by Liverpool and could start, but Mark Hudson remains unavailable with a hamstring injury.

 

Sunderland v West Ham
Sunderland striker Fabio Borini will return to the squad after he was unable to face parent club Liverpool, but Steven Fletcher will be missing again with an ankle injury. Ki Sung-Yeung came off the bench to great effect in midweek and will be expecting to start, as will Adam Johnson.

 

West Ham could be without James Collins with a calf injury so Winston Reid may start, while Matt Jarvis is unlikely to be fit due to a thigh injury.

 

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That covers just about everything ahead of the Week 32 deadline. If you think I've missed any important news please feel free to share it in the comments section below this column.

 

As for my own team, it looks like this right now ...

 

XI: Vorm, Bardsley, Kompany, Ivanovic, Michu, Oscar, Yaya, Gerrard, Sturridge, Rooney, Suarez (C)
Subs: Kaboul, Bertrand, Nocerino, Davis

 

As mentioned earlier, I like it, although there is an obvious lack of Southampton and Everton. There is also concern over Oscar's starting status due to the number of options available to Mourinho, so if I can find a way of sneaking Charlie Adam in his spot then I'll probably take it.

 

How's your team looking?



Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for Rotoworld and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.
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