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Fantasy Football Fixture Analysis Gameweek 38

Fantasy Football Fixture Analysis Gameweek 38

Fantasy Football Fixture Analysis Gameweek 38

Welcome to Fantasy Football 247 Fixtures Gameweek 38. It can’t be GW38 already? It only seems like yesterday when we were all toiling over our GW1 selection! Some of us will have had a successful season while others will be glad the season is all but over. No matter how well you did I hope everyone has enjoyed the season, as after all, it’s only a game. I moan every week, mainly to Cookie, about how I no longer enjoy FPL but every week I make my transfers. I’m sure I’ll state at some stage over the summer that I’m not going to play next season but, I will. It’s like a drug!

Over the course of the season I’ve included a verse from a particular song. The reason for doing so was that I felt it best described my mood at the time or the mood of our own community. As it’s my final article of the season I’ve decided to once again include a couple of verses. Now, I could tell you all at this stage that I’ve thought long and hard about what song to use but to be honest it took all of 30 seconds. I would like to include every verse of the song but it’s a tad on the long side so I’ve just chosen the verses I feel work best. So, without further ado I give you ‘Ol Blue Eyes himself…

And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain

Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption

I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way

When I signed up for GW38 Fixtures my initial reaction was, ‘yeah, that’ll be easy!’. Now I’m not so sure. Our typical Fixtures article groups teams into categories and looks at those teams next 3 Fixtures. That’s obviously not going to work this week. Instead, I’m going to examine each individual fixture and attempt to bamboozle you with some stats. So, in the words of Joey Tribbiani, ‘Let’s play Bamboozled!’

Brighton v Manchester City

Previous fixtures at The Amex – Just the solitary PL meeting at The Amex between these two with City winning 2-0 in August ’17 thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and a Lewis Dunk og.

Brighton home form (last four games) – Lost three and drew one. Scored one, conceded nine and kept no clean sheets. They’ve had six shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 13 occasions. They’ve had 55% possession.

City away form (last four games) – Won four, scored eight, conceded one and kept three clean sheets. They’ve had 24 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on four occasions. They’ve had 67.5% possession.

Prediction – After beating Leicester tonight City know that a win on Sunday will see them defend their title. And defend their title they will. I fully expect City to win this and they will probably win it quite comfortably. My prediction would be 4-0 to City.

Fantasy Football TipsBurnley v Arsenal

Previous fixtures at Turf Moor – Arsenal have won the last three fixtures at Turf Moor by a goal to nil. Aaron Ramsey scored the winner in April ’15, Laurent Koscielny scored in October ’16 and Alexis Sanchez hit the winner in November ’17. The only other PL meeting between the sides at Turf Moor resulted in a 1-1 draw in December ’09.

Burnley home form – Won two and lost two. Scored five, conceded three and kept two clean sheets. They’ve had 10 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 13 occasions. They’ve had 40.6% possession.

Arsenal away form – Drew one and lost three. Scored two, conceded seven and kept one clean sheet. They’ve had nine shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 23 occasions. They’ve had 57.4% possession.

Prediction – Had Arsenal’s away form over the course of the season been just a fraction better they’d have secured a top 4 spot weeks ago. Instead they must now win big and hope Spurs lose big. Don’t get your hopes up Gooners, I expect Burnley to turn recent form in this fixture on it’s head and take the points.

Crystal Palace v Bournemouth

Previous fixtures at Selhurst Park – Just the three PL meetings between the sides at Selhurst Park. Bournemouth won 2-1 in February ’16; it was a 1-1 draw in August ’16 and a 2-2 draw in December ’17. Interestingly, Scott Dann found the back of the net in the three games.

Palace home form – Won one, drew one and lost two. Scored four, conceded five and kept two clean sheets. They’ve had 11 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 17 occasions. They’ve had 43.4% possession.

Bournemouth away form – won two, drew one and lost one. Scored 10, conceded five and kept two clean sheets. They’ve had 18 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 13 occasions. They’ve had 47.9% possession.

Prediction – The stats suggest Bournemouth are probably slight favourites but to be honest it could go either way. One way or the other I expect plenty of goals.

Fulham v NewcastleFantasy Football Tips

Previous fixtures at Craven Cottage – Fulham have won the last six games between these two at Craven Cottage. The most recent of these was a 1-0 win in August ’16 but this was in The Championship. None of the goal scorers from these six games are of any relevance to Sunday’s game!

Fulham home form – Won two and lost two. Scored four, conceded four and kept two clean sheets. They’ve had nine shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 12 occasions. They’ve had 55% possession.

Newcastle away form – Won one, drew two and lost one. Scored four, conceded five and kept one clean sheet. They’ve had 11 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 13 occasions. They’ve had 39.1% possession.

Prediction – Since they were relegated Fulham have played as if a weight has been lifted from their shoulders, which is hardly surprising. I expect that to continue on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the Geordies.

Leicester v ChelseaFantasy Football Tips

Previous fixtures at The King Power Stadium – Chelsea have won three of the last four PL games between the sides at The King Power. 2-1 in April ’17 (Morata, Kante; Vardy), 3-0 in Jan ’17 (Alonso*2, Pedro) and 3-1 in April ’15. Leicester won 2-1 in December ’15 thanks to goals from Vardy & Mahrez. It’s also worth noting that Chelsea have also won a League Cup game and FA Cup game at The King Power over the past three seasons.

Leicester home form – Won three and lost one. Scored eight, conceded two and kept two clean sheets. They’ve had six shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 22 occasions. They’ve had 45.9% possession.

Chelsea away form – Won one, drew one and lost two. Scored three, conceded six and kept no clean sheets. They’ve had 14 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 22 occasions. They’ve had 55.5% possession.

Prediction – Chelsea have secured CL football for next season and should they progress past Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night they will have one eye on the Europa League final. The final is not until May 29th so it seems unlikely they will rest players but the players won’t want to pick up any injuries. Having lost to City tonight Leicester can no longer finish in 7th spot. Despite this, I expect them to want to finish the season on a high and don’t be surprised should there be a Vardy party. 3-2 to Leicester.

Liverpool v Wolves

Previous fixtures at Anfield – Just the four PL meetings between these two sides at Anfield. These games hold very little relevance though as the most recent was played in September ’11. Wolves did beat Liverpool in an FA Cup game at Anfield in January ’17 but again this holds little relevance as maybe 3/4 players from that game will feature on Sunday.

Liverpool home form – Won four. Scored 13, conceded three and kept two clean sheets. They’ve had 22 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on eight occasions. They’ve had 62.4% possession.

Wolves away form – Won one, drew one and lost two. Scored four, conceded seven and kept no clean sheets. They’ve had seven shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 14 occasions. They’ve had 43% possession.

Prediction – This will be a cagey affair. Liverpool know that they must win to have any chance of ending that long wait for a 19th league title. Wolves have a great season and with 7th place secured there is no pressure on them which is probably not good news for Liverpool. As a Liverpool fan I’m going to let my pessimism rule the day as I predict a 2-2 draw.

Manchester United v Cardiff

Previous fixtures at Old Trafford – Just the one PL fixture at Old Trafford between these two with United winning 2-0 back in January ’14 with van Persie and Young the scorers. The reverse fixture back in December saw United triumph 5-1. That was Ole’s first game at ‘the wheel’!!

United home form – Won two, drew one and lost one. Scored five, conceded five and kept no clean sheets. They’ve had 14 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 20 occasions. They’ve had 45.1% possession.

Cardiff away form – Won one and lost three. Scored two, conceded five and kept one clean sheet. They’ve had 14 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 22 occasions. They’ve had 33.5% possession.

Prediction – United v an already relegated Cardiff… this should in theory be a comfortable win for United. But, it won’t. United have nothing left to play for but pride. OGS has already stated that a number of players will leave in the summer so don’t be surprised should he make a raft of changes and play a few kids. Cardiff and Colin will be keen to go out with a bang and they quite easily claim the three points but I reckon United take this one 2-1.

Fantasy Football TipsSouthampton v Huddersfield

Previous fixtures at St Mary’s – Just the one PL fixture between these two sides at St Mary’s, a 1-1 draw back in Dec ’17 with the goals coming from Charlie Austin and Laurent Depoitre.

Southampton home form – Won two, drew one and lost one. Scored nine, conceded eight and kept no clean sheets. They’ve had 18 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 17 occasions. They’ve had 35.6% possession.

Huddersfield away form – Lost four. Scored three, conceded 15 and kept no clean sheets. They’ve had 12 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 22 occasions. They’ve had 35.8% possession.

Prediction – You’ll probably want to get a couple of Southampton’s attacking options into your starting XI for the weekend as I fancy Southampton to take this one 4-2.

Spurs v EvertonFantasy Football Tips

Previous fixtures at the old White Hart Lane – Spurs have won three of the last four at WHL. 4-0 in January ’18 (Kane*2, Son & Eriksen), 3-2 in March ’17 (Kane*2, Ali; Lukaku, Valencia), 2-1 November ’14 with Eriksen again on the scoresheet. There was also a scoreless draw in August ’15.

Spurs home form – Won three and lost one. Scored seven, conceded one and kept three clean sheets. They’ve had 27 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 10 occassions. They’ve had 69.4% possession.

Everton away form – Won one, drew one and lost two. Scored four, conceded five and kept two clean sheets. They’ve had 16 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 13 occassions. They’ve had 57.1% possession.

Prediction – Spurs know that a point will guarantee CL football for next season. Their form has been patchy of late and I don’t expect that to change this weekend. Obviously a win over Ajax on Wednesday night will put a spring in their step. Whether they’re capable of that remains to be seen. Either way I expect Everton to take the points in this one in what is likely to be a high scoring game.

Fantasy Football TipsWatford v West Ham

Previous fixtures at Vicarage Road – Just three PL fixtures of relevance between these two at Vicarage Road. Watford won 2-0 in November ’17 with Will Hughes on the scoresheet, there was a 1-1 draw in February ’17 with Deeney on the scoresheet and Watford won 2-0 back in October ’15.

Watford home form – Won one, drew one and lost two. Scored six, conceded five and kept no clean sheets. They’ve had 14 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 19 occassions. They’ve had 49.3% possession.

West Ham away form – Won one and lost three. Scored two, conceded six and kept one clean sheet. They’ve had 15 shots on target over the four games with their opponents hitting the target on 22 occassions. They’ve had 52% possession.

Prediction – Watford have nothing left to play for in the league and have the Cup final next weekend. Therefore I expect a significant number of changes from Garcia. West Ham know that a win will see them finish in the top half and I expect them to do just that.

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  1. 1
    inittowinit says:

    ***NEW ARTICLE – FIXTURES ANALYSIS GW38***

    The end is near… Kop opens his curtains to begin drawing us to the close, or something like that.

    He may have been called many things over the years (in jest), including a lump of coal infamously, but one thing for certain is that Kop is / was / and will continue to be one of the best and most consistent fantasy football writers out there. He’s been at it week in / week out since back in the FFC days and his quality and consistency never drops below a massively high standard. Thank you mate, and long may it continue :clap:

    • 1.1
      tiijayz says:

      Thanks a lot guys for helping us with the laughter, tears, highs and lows that is an FPL season. ! The community appreciates you for your great work!!!

    • 1.2
      Kop Warrior says:

      Thanks Init. Your words are much appreciated.

      Despite my moaning over the season I’m on for a reasonable finish! 🙂

      Don’t worry, I’ll still be around next season. I’d try and leave but I know my attempts would be futile. I’d love to know how NIN managed it!!! 😉

  2. 2
    inittowinit says:

    Averages looking like 46 and 48…

    Click on image to enlarge:

    • 2.1
      Kralin says:

      I’m in denial about this week (30 points). Shame there isn’t a chip: remove your most rubbish week.

      • tiijayz says:

        That is a chip i might have used this past GW. Ugh!

        • Kralin says:

          Not my lowest this season – GW31 has the honour of that (25 points) – though that was a rum week for many managers.

          Hopefully 38 won’t see the season out in a moment of bathos.

  3. 3
    Kralin says:

    Very nice article, particularly the predictions’ bit.

    Many thanks and I echo I’s comments: your articles are brill.

  4. 4
    Rosco says:

    A great and thorough assessment there Kop! Some interesting predictions too! If there is one thing we can be sure of it’s that nothing ever goes the way we think in GW38!!

    I have 2 FT and I know there will be two players out there who could get me the extra 15 points I need to win my ML… but I’m buggered if I know who they’ll be!!

    Cheers Kop!!

    • 4.2
      Kralin says:

      Southampton very tempting – until you see how many points they have this season. But still an attractive game to gamble on.

      Origi or Shaq worth a wild punt if injuries do for Liverpool.

      • Rosco says:

        I’m just hoping Salah is fine as he’s my differential!

        • Kralin says:

          Oh, well. Just captain him. The words today from Anfield were reassuring. And he’ll be after the golden boot again.

        • Rosco says:

          Yeah I tend to agree, that leaves me with Son out and another! Worlds my oyster! Going to sit on my moves right up till about an hour before deadline, oh the drama!! Then it’s time to get back into the real world!! Haha Think I might take a proper break this summer, the World Cup, U21s and Euros mean I’ve played through 7 consecutive fantasy games with barely a break and I need to recharge!

        • Kralin says:

          God, I didn’t know there was U21 fantasy. I took a breather last summer and missed the WC game – and didn’t feel like I’d missed much.

          Taking a breather from it now and then (plus not taking it overly seriously) is a very sound idea.

        • Zed Leppelin says:

          I wonder whether there’s a Women’s WC fantasy this summer, a great chance to familiarize oneself with some women footballers and improve the gender gap 🙂

      • Zed Leppelin says:

        No use looking at how many points we have this season, a good part of it we had that idiot MH in charge, why not look at how many points we’ve gotten with Hazelnhutt (I can never spell this name correctly 🙂 ) and go from there? And it’s a game against Hudds, we will score goals 😉

    • 4.3
      Kop Warrior says:

      Cheers Rosco. GW38 is indeed a lottery.

      How about Mitrovic? 😉

  5. 6
    Otieno says:

    With 2FT and 1.2 itb, I thought I had a reasonably easy choice to replace Duffy and Jiminez for my BB this week. But doubt about Salah and Travers impressive debut for Bournemouth ha really confused my decision

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