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Fantasyland: Expect goals, lots and lots of goals

We already feel a bit sorry for Southampton, Reading and West Ham.

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WHILE A SELECT, shameful few have neglected to look at their team since November and still have Gael Bigirimana as captain, the real fun is beginning for those at the business ends of their respective fantasy leagues.

So, what does Gameweek 30 have in store for us?

We’re expecting an awful lot of goals, as the only match that sees two teams in the top seven come face is at Goodison Park, where Everton host Manchester City in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Two players to pick this week

Gareth Bale (Tottenham): Could this be the most obvious piece of advice of the season? The Welshman may be pricey at over £10m, but his recent scoring run from midfield has been exceptional. Kept relatively quiet by Liverpool (there was still an assist for Jan Vertonghen’s first goal), he missed the Inter Milan defeat/victory due to suspension, so will be well rested for the clash with Fulham on Sunday.

Fernando Torres (Chelsea): Yeah yeah yeah, we know, we know, he’s been absolutely rubbish this season and is likely to be sold in the summer for less than a third of what was paid for him. How and ever, the Spaniard is a confidence player and his match-saving strike against Steaua Bucharest should see him in good stead for a pop at West Ham. The Hammers are Torres’ favourite opponents – he has scored six and made three assists against them.

Two players to avoid this week

Nikica Jelavic (Everton): Never mind the fact that they’re playing the champions, the formerly free scoring Croatian has not registered a single Premier League goal since December, and is no longer a guaranteed starter. Somewhere in there lies a predator, but he needs the summer to arrive now.

Ciarán Clark (Aston Villa): Playing a resurgent QPR looks like it’ll spell even more bad news for the Irishman, who has looked shaky in recent weeks, culminating in THAT Carlos Tevez goal for Manchester City a couple of weeks ago.


Everton 2-2 Man City
Aston Villa 1-2 QPR
Southampton 0-3 Liverpool
Stoke City 1-1 West Brom
Swansea 2-2 Arsenal
Man Utd 3-1 Reading
Sunderland 0-2 Norwich
Tottenham 4-1 Fulham
Chelsea 3-0 West Ham
Wigan 1-2 Newcastle

How my team got on last week

I’ve just made seven changes without a wild card. Let that tells its own story.

Who’s leading Primera Division?

Same as last week, with Pamela Black’s Balgree Rovers leading Aidan Kelliher’s HoopDeDoo by ten points.

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