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AM's Week 35 Player Picks

Thursday, April 17, 2014


And so we reach the home stretch. Four weeks to go, three teams battling for the Premier League title, two teams battling for the final Champions League spot, at least seven teams involved in the scrap to avoid relegation, and of course, 202 teams fighting it out for the right to call themselves the Rotoworld PL Cup winners. Because of the late finish to Week 34, I'm delaying the semi-final results until Monday, so check back here early next week to see if you've made it through to Week 37's final.

 

Week 34 was a disappointing one all-round as many of the double-gamers failed to put up the performances we were expecting / hoping for. AM FC finished the week on 109 points and that below average total puts a gigantic dent in my well-publicised hopes of a top 500 finish. I need a big performance in Week 35, which returns us to the standard single week for all teams. Let's take a look at the fixtures ...

 

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Week 35 Fixtures
Aston Villa v Southampton
Cardiff v Stoke
Chelsea v Sunderland
Everton v Man Utd
Hull v Arsenal
Man City v West Brom
Newcastle v Swansea
Norwich v Liverpool
Tottenham v Fulham
West Ham v Crystal Palace


It's quite straight-forward this week as the three teams in the title race are handed winnable fixtures. Chelsea at home to Sunderland is probably the pick of the bunch, followed by Liverpool away at Norwich and Manchester City at home to West Brom. None of the top sides can afford to slip up now, and despite the fact they are all facing opposition fighting for their Premier League lives, I don't expect any mistakes this weekend. You may question this opinion after City's draw with Sunderland last night, but with David Silva expected to return on Monday and with another five days of fitness work for Sergio Aguero, I expect them to have the firepower to take the three points.


Tottenham v Fulham looks like a home win on paper and I expect Southampton to bounce-back from their disappointing home loss against Cardiff in Week 34 to inflict a fifth-straight-defeat on Aston Villa. If Swansea play like they did against Chelsea then they will have a chance of getting themselves out of relegation trouble with a win at struggling Newcastle, and Arsenal know they need a win at Hull to stay ahead of Everton, who slipped up against Crystal Palace last night.

 

Everton v Manchester United, West Ham v Crystal Palace and Cardiff v Stoke are all difficult to call in any team's favour so all three games are probably best avoided for fantasy purposes unless you have a specific hunch. Out of the six sides, Crystal Palace stand the best chance given their current form, but there are better fixtures out there.

 

With that in mind, click over to the next page to view the Week 35 player recommendations.


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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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