Whatever you have planned this weekend, make sure your schedule is clear and clear at 4.30pm on Sunday to soak up a crucial clash between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad.
City looked like they had won a fourth Premier League title in five years at the start of the year, however, a mini swing (if you can even call it that) coupled with Liverpool’s 10-game winning streak means just one point solitary separates them in the painting.
While it could be categorized in the not-to-lose category for both, a win would be particularly fitting for Jurgen Klopp’s pursuers, given they appear to be having a tougher run-in with games against the top four at the pursuit of Manchester United and Spurs. come.
This Super Sunday clash is clearly the pick of the fixtures this weekend, but given that it’s virtually impossible to predict whether it will be a high-scoring thriller or a nervy 0-0, it could be a departure from the Fantasy Premier League prospect.
This is precisely what we have done by removing Mo Salah, a virtual omnipresent in our selections this season, from the squad this week. Champions League contenders Arsenal and Spurs make up five of this week’s picks, while a few in-form playmakers also make the cut.
Here is IGameweek 32 picks:
Nick Pope (Burley)
With targets hard to reach, clean sheets may be Burnley’s best bet to survive the dreaded drop to the Championship. The Clarets rank 10th in shutouts this season with seven, while Nick Pope holds the same position in save percentage among goaltenders. Pope will be hoping to add to his collection of clean sheets this weekend when Burnley face a Norwich side who have failed to score in 17 of their 30 league games.
Price: £5.4 million Points: 93 Match week 32 schedule: Norwich (a)
Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal)
With the threat of being dragged into the relegation battle minimal and the chances of breaking into the even more distant European spots, Brighton are a side treading water until the summer. The Seagulls have lost six of their previous seven league matches, scoring just one goal in the process. This debauchery should bode well for Arsenal’s defence. With Kieran Tierney injured, possibly for the rest of the season, Gabriel Magalhaes is the Gunners’ standout backline option for the run-in.
Price: £5.3m Points: 118 Match week 32 schedule: Brighton
Matt Doherty (Spurs)
Before Gameweek 27 at the end of February, Matt Doherty had only amassed 11 FPL points and looked destined to be sacked by Spurs this summer after another disappointing season. Fast forward to today and the Irish winger is a man reborn after scoring twice and registering four assists in his previous six appearances. Remarkably, no player has earned more FPL points in the last six weeks of play than ‘Dochertino’.
Price: £4.8 million Points: 66 Match week 32 schedule: Aston Villa
Reece James (Chelsea)
With Joao Cancelo, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson in the same game, Chelsea’s Reece James looks to be the first-choice defender this weekend – unless of course you’re backing Manchester City and Liverpool to play a draw and virgin. James started on the bench against Brentford but will likely be dropped into the starting lineup after that shock 4-1 loss. Despite only playing 18 times, James is the division’s best defender with five goals.
Price: £6.2 million Points: 109 Match week 32 schedule: Southampton
James Maddison (Leicester)
If not for Michael Oliver’s intervention at Stockley Park, FPL managers with James Maddison in their squads would have celebrated another double-digit return of the in-form playmaker. After helping Kelechi Iheanacho with a peach of a cross, Maddison thought he had won the match at Old Trafford, only for his strike partner to be tried for fouling Raphael Varane. Maddison has combined eight goals with seven FPL assists so far this season.
Price: £6.8 million Points: 124 Match week 32 schedule: Crystal Palace (h)
Son Heung-min (Spurs)
For the third consecutive season, Son Heung-min has reached 20 goals (14 goals, six assists) in the Premier League and this campaign is shaping up to be his most productive yet. A goal and an assist apiece in Tottenham’s 5-1 thrashing of Newcastle on Sunday saw Son move past Jarrod Bowen and Joao Cancelo to bronze on the FPL points podium. Returns of 15 and 12 points respectively in the last two weeks of play show that the South Korean is reaching a rich vein of form.
Price: £10.9 million Points: 177 Match week 32 schedule: Aston Villa
Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
Kevin De Bruyne hardly featured in IThis season’s FPL tips, due to a combination of injury issues, loss of form and the dreaded Pep Roulette. However, fresh from 11 points in Gameweek 31, the Belgian is selected ahead of the titanic battle between Premier League title challengers at the Etihad on Sunday. Only the aforementioned Sons (with 75) and Bowen (72) have racked up more FPL points among midfielders in 2022 than De Bruyne (69). Time to move on from Mo Salah, perhaps?
Price: £11.7m Points: 134 Match week 32 schedule: Liverpool (h)
Christian Eriksen (Brentford)
Christian Eriksen has most certainly reimbursed Itrusted Gameweek 31 by scoring and helping himself with two bonus points in Brentford’s 4-1 win at Stamford Bridge. The goal was Eriksen’s third in a week after capping his comeback for Denmark with strikes against the Netherlands and Serbia. The Dane’s impact for his new team was immediate, with the Bees winning all three matches he started in.
Price: £5.5m Points: 17 Match week 32 schedule: West Ham (h)
Eriksen, Brentford and Football’s Wellness Story of the Year
This is an excerpt from The Score, Daniel Storey’s weekly roundup of the 20 Premier League clubs
Brentford’s growing problem this season was that they failed to create enough chances in central areas, relying instead on full-backs and wide midfielders, and thus became predictable and so easy to defend. Since the arrival of Eriksen – one of the most creative attacking central midfielders of the last decade in the Premier League – everything has changed. It’s not just the chances Eriksen creates for himself, but the space he creates for those wide players, as opposing teams need at least one player to deal with him.
It goes beyond the impact on the pitch. We didn’t know which version of Eriksen would return; we don’t even know if he did. But by giving such a boost, making up for lost time and recovering a career that seemed lost, he will have immediately tripled the team spirit at Brentford. Now they are no longer just part of a survival fight for relegation – they are included in the sports feel-good story of the year.
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Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
As already mentioned, Brighton are certainly a team to target on FPL based on their recent struggles, which is why Bukayo Saka joins Gabriel in this week’s picks. Saka has scored more FPL points than any other Arsenal player this season and has been in fine form lately with three goals and one assist to his name in his last seven appearances. The 20-year-old is also expected to be well rested after missing both England matches during the international break through illness.
Price: £6.8 million Points: 140 Match week 32 schedule: Brighton
Harry Kane (Spurs)
“His performance was incredible. I told him at the end of the match that it was a shame he didn’t score, but he played fantastically and provided an assist. Harry Kane’s failure to score in Sunday’s 5-1 win was a source of bewilderment for those watching (and frustration for his FPL managers), but as his manager Antonio Conte hinted, he was absolutely essential to Newcastle’s demise in the second half. After a slow start to the campaign, Kane has now risen to the top of the FPL rankings among forwards with 21 points more than anyone else.
Price: £12.5m Points: 140 Match week 32 schedule: Aston Villa
Cucho Hernández (Watford)
Watford created big goalscoring opportunities and played well at Anfield without managing to score a point. Everton’s dismal form means the Hornets are close to clinging to their survival hopes and Roy Hodgson’s side simply need to beat Leeds this weekend to give their life-saving mission a boost. Cucho Hernandez has become Watford’s most in-form striker, scoring three goals and registering one assist in his previous four appearances.
Price: £5.1 million Points: 60 Match week 32 schedule: London (h)
How I31 Gameweek Tips Done
- Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) – 0
- Joao Cancelo (Man City) – 6
- Ben White (Arsenal) – 1
- Eric Dier (Spurs) – 2
- Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace) – 7
- Francisco Trinacao (Wolves) – 3
- Christian Erikson (Brentford) – 9
- James Madison (Leicester) – 6
- Kai Havertz (Chelsea) – 2
- Rodrigo (Leeds) – 2
- Richarlison (Everton) – 17
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