All posts by Jonty Summerell

Football lover and writer for 24/7 Football

Fantasy League Picks For GameWeek 32

As the Premier League season draws to a close, the final eight games will be crucial for fantasy football fans to capitalise on games to gain the most amount of points as possible. This 32nd game week has various teams such as City, United, Watford, Wolves, Chelsea, Fulham, Cardiff, Spurs and Palace playing two games, so there is an increased chance of maximising your points tally by including players from these teams.

Starting off with the defence, Manchester City have games v Fulham and Cardiff, in both of which they should be keeping clean sheets. Therefore, Ederson (£5.6m) and Walker (£6.4m) look good value and would be the picks of this week. Bearing in mind City have a double game week which could bring a solid amount of points, especially against these teams who have been battling relegation. Our good value pick at the back would be Doherty from Wolves (£5.3m), who is playing Burnley and Manchester United. The Irish wing back likes to get forward and usually provides an assist or a goal, so with this double game week he has a chance to put some points on the board for your side.

Moving onto the midfield, the two star picks of the week would be our captain, Raheem Sterling (£11.6m), and Eden Hazard (£10.9m). Sterling is currently the man of the moment and is in the form of his life, and with games against Fulham and Cardiff, we wouldn’t be surprised if he can reach the 20 goal mark by the end of this game week. Hazard is also up against easy opposition, Cardiff and Brighton. Against both teams, he should be having a influential impact on the game, and being the penalty taker in the side gives a great chance for him to get on the score sheet. Our good value tip would be Deulofeu, the Watford winger (£5.7m). He has 12 goal contributions in 23 games for Watford this season, and up against Manchester United and Fulham, could add to that tally.

Finally, the strike force. Harry Kane (£12.5m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) would be our top picks for this game week. Aguero has 18 goals in the premier league this season, and whilst going for the Golden Boot, he will be looking to bolster his goal tally with games against Fulham and Cardiff. Kane has a tough game at Anfield on Sunday, where he scored a 95th minute equaliser last season and 2 in the last 3 visits against Liverpool. In addition to this, Spurs play Crystal Palace in their new stadium on Wednesday, and Kane will be looking to open his tally as the Stadium is due to hold its first competitive game. Our good value pick of the week is Raul Jimenez (£6.5m). The Mexican has had a great first season in the Premier League, and will be hoping to help Wolves achieve the Europa League spot in 7th place with a couple of goals this game week against Burnley and Manchester United.

Pellegrini’s Hammers Set for Top Half Finish

It was a new era for the club when moving to the London Stadium in 2016, which promised fans a next level of football and a more competitive team to challenge for the European spots. However, after two difficult seasons with incidents off and on the pitch, the board steadied the ship by appointing a big name in Manuel Pellegrini, and allowing a £100 million war chest to sign some top players that the fans had been wanting to see since the move.

After the summer of big spending had concluded, Pellegrini’s side had completed the signings of highly regarded players, which included the likes of Felipe Anderson, for a record fee of £45 million from Lazio, Issa Diop, another young promising centre half from Toulouse and Andriy Yarmelenko, a seasoned pro from Dortmund. West Ham fans were expecting that this was the season that would kick start their progression to the next level and enable them to compete for the European spots. This however, was not the reality, and after four games into the season West Ham found themselves rock bottom of the Premier League with zero points. Pellegrini kept the faith with his side, and the wins eventually came. Results against Everton, Manchester United and Burnley saw the Hammers begin to climb the table. Over Christmas, the Hammers experienced their best ever festive period, with fifteen out of a possible eighteen points, which rocketed the club into 8th position.

As the season has progressed into the new year, West Ham picked up wins against Arsenal, Fulham and Newcastle, and draws against Liverpool and Crystal Palace, which has kept them hot on the heels of Wolverhampton Wanderers who are having a fantastic season and are two points ahead of the Hammers in 7th. The return of Manuel Lanzini has boosted Pellegrini’s hopes of reaching the Europa League spot, and having come back from 3-1 down against Huddersfield last week to win 4-3, this will give the side confidence going into their crucial fixture against Everton this Saturday, as the side look to complete the double over the Toffee’s for the first time in Premier League history.

As the club look forward to the conclusion of this season, Pellegrini is already looking at reinforcements for next season, as many players are expected to leave in the summer such as Andy Carroll, Winston Reid, Lucas Perez, Arthur Masuaku and Marko Arnautovic. There are reported talks with Maxi Gomez of Celta Vigo, who has attracted interest from Barcelona, for a fee of around £45 million. The signing of a player of this caliber would bolster the Hammers’ attack, and become a suitable replacement for Marko Arnautovic, who seems set to move to China. The next window will allow Pellegrini to complete the squad that he desires and therefore allow the Hammers to aim to finish higher up the table next season. With a 60,000 person stadium capacity, the club is progressing to become one of England’s top seven clubs, and with further guidance under Pellegrini the Hammers fans can look forward to climbing the table and getting ever closer to the European spots.

Paul Hurst Made Bookies Favorite to Take Over Southend United Job

The sacking of Chris Powell this morning by Southend United perhaps came as a surprise to some Southend fans despite currently battling relegation and sitting in 20th position in League 1. Ricky Duncan has taken over the interim role, but Southend have given no indication as to what their next step will be.

The bookmakers have made Paul Hurst favourite to take over the role. Hurst is also strong favourite to take over the current Scunthorpe vacancy, so other names such as Kevin Nolan, Steve Evans and Ian Holloway are being talked about. Kevin Nolan took over Notts County in January 2017 and lead them to league two play offs, but after a 6 game winless streak parted company with the club in August 2018.

Steve Evans, recently the manager of Peterborough United is the bookies second favourite, and would bring some much needed defensive stability to the side.

Ian Holloway is a more highly experienced manager, having managed QPR and Blackpool in the Premier League, would bring some experience and solidarity to the Southend United changing room. However, it looks unlikely he will join as he is currently out of work and claimed on Talksport around two months ago that he ‘wasn’t looking for a job at this current moment in time’.

At the moment, Southend are looking at various options and no clear indication has been given as to who will take over the role. The club are reaching a make or break point in their season, and it looks like Ricky Duncan will see out the season and an appointment will be made in the Summer depending on the clubs fate.