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AM's Week 37 Player Picks

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Welcome to the penultimate edition of AM's Player Picks for the 2013/14 season. Let's begin with a reminder that Week 37 is the FINAL of The RW PL Cup where we crown our winner. 102 teams remain, and you can click here to check whether you're still in with a chance of Cup glory. Good luck to all finalists (including myself).


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Week 36 was an excellent one for AM FC, thanks to my hunch selection of Jonjo Shelvey and the decision to hand Wayne Rooney the captain's armband over Luis Suarez. 165 points pushed my Yahoo team up to 519th in the overall rankings, so I'm on the cusp of keeping up that record of consecutive Top 500 finishes. This is the key week to make a final move, and you'll see why when you check out the fixtures.

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Week 37 Fixtures
Arsenal v West Brom
Aston Villa v Hull City
Chelsea v Norwich
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Everton v Man City
Man Utd v Sunderland
Newcastle v Cardiff City
Stoke v Fulham
Swansea v Southampton
West Ham v Tottenham

Man City v Aston Villa
Man Utd v Hull City
Sunderland v West Brom


That's right, it's a double-week for six teams - Manchester City, Manchester United, Sunderland, Hull City, West Brom and Aston Villa.


As I've said countless times before when we are presented with a double-week for a small number of teams, it's up to you how you approach it. However, at this stage of the season, discounts aren't important. There is just one week to go after this, so long-term strategy can be thrown out of the window in favour of short-term gain. In summary, you should be looking to fill your team with 11 double gamers for Week 37. Double the chance, double the fun.


Before looking at the teams with two games I'll give a brief word on the single gamers just in case you want to dabble. The only two teams worth thinking about are Chelsea at home to Norwich and Arsenal at home to West Brom. I'm not keen on Liverpool at Crystal Palace because the Eagles can be very tough to break down at home and Brendan Rodgers' men will be hit hard by that loss to Chelsea in Week 36. It is for that reason that AM FC is currently Suarez-less, although I haven't 100% decided to pull the trigger (i.e. click 'Save Changes') on that decision just yet.


From the double gamers, Manchester United are the side to focus on. Yes, it was only one good half of football against a poor Norwich side, but you could see the confidence flowing through the players and it generated an Old Trafford atmosphere that had not been felt for a while. Rejuvenated under Ryan Giggs' stewardship and looking to restore some pride before the end of the season, United play twice at Old Trafford in Week 37, both winnable games against Sunderland and Hull, so you should be concentrating on their players.


Next come new title favourites Manchester City. They face a difficult trip to Everton in their first game of the double week, but the Toffees will be a bit down in the dumps after blowing their chances of a Champions League spot, so I'm confident City will be up for it and will be able to 'do what they gotta to do' to pick up a potentially title-winning three points. Yaya & Co then face a near-walkover at home to Aston Villa, which is probably the standout fixture of the weekend.

Sunderland face that trip to Old Trafford before a winnable game at home to West Brom, and the team are in relegation-escaping form, so a couple of their players are worth considering. Hull will fancy their chances of beating Villa before their own journey to Manchester, so their attacking players could be of interest. West Brom face two difficult away games so aren't really that appealing, while Aston Villa players should mostly be avoided given their current form and predicament.


With that in mind, click over to the next page to view the Week 34 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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