GameWeek 31 Preview



It was in our weekly preview for #GW25 that we predicted Sam Allardyce would start to work his dark magic at Crystal Palace. Alas we came unstuck after they suffered consecutive defeats to Sunderland and Stoke. However since then the Eagles have risen, and risen from the relegation places to the relative safety of 17th after their 4th win on the trot and arguably the biggest shock  of the season away at would be Champions Chelsea. That result had ramifications all over the Q-Sphere TFG League ladder after 10 of you went with The Blues only to come away with nothing.

21 TFGers including our very own would be champion Philip Drew went with Swansea, only to see Middlesbrough hold The Swans to an epic 0-0 at The Liberty Stadium. That allowed second placed Tommy Pearson to narrow the gap to just 4 points after his Leicester selection returned 3 points courtesy of a comfortable home win over Stoke. Meanwhile Jeff Coleman’s St.Jude’s side sneaked into 4th place after Walter Mazzarri’s Watford managed to squeeze past Sunderland, now sitting just behind Andy Reynold’s No Hope Wanderers on goal difference. Indeed, 23 other TFGers fancied The Hornets to triumph over David Moyes’ side and were duly rewarded with 3 valuable points.

In unprecedented TFG scenes, the winner of ‘Pick of the Week’ award for GW30 goes once again to Roland Marshman, He was the only one of you to go with Bournemouth to win away at Southampton, Whilst the game finished 0-0, we feel Roland cannot be responsible for the state of the Saint Mary’s pitch that subsequently caused Harry Arter to blaze over his 80th minute penalty kick. It would have been an inspired pick and we recognise your psychic abilities accordingly. At this rate, we may well have to rummage the cupboards at TFG HQ for a suitable end of season spot prize after a hattrick of ‘Pick of the Week’ prizes in recent weeks!

Looking ahead then to GW31, and you may well be getting down to the bare bones of your picking options. Long gone are the days that you could rely on a big gun to come in and save your bacon when there seemed to be a tricky set of fixtures, but fear no more as we point you in the direction of a few options worth considering this GameWeek:

1) Burnley. The Clarets have one of the best home league records this year and Sean Dyche’s men will want to cement their mid table position against a Stoke side who traditionally fizzle out in April and May.

2) Hull City. People scoffed at the appointment of Marco Silva but after 3 points at home to West Ham on Saturday (as predicted here may I add), another win at home to neighbours Middlesbrough could see The Tigers leapfrog relegation rivals Swansea, assuming they themselves don’t shock Spurs in South Wales.

3) Watford. Perhaps the new ‘West Brom’ or ‘Stoke’, The Hornets lofty league position sees them level on points with 10th place Southampton, but GW30’s win aside, they’ve adopted that annoying habit of losing when you think they should win and winning when you think they should lose. West Brom should be tough opponents but if have faith in our twisted logic then now might be the time to use your last Watford pick.

Elsewhere, Leicester, Liverpool and Arsenal, who host Sunderland, Bournemouth and West Ham respectively should all see a return of 1 if not all 3 points.

Remember you need to submit your selection by the time the first fixture of each GameWeek kicks off. This week that’s when a trio of games kick off simultaneously on Tuesday evening at at 19:45.

When you’re ready to make your pick, you can do so by clicking HERE.

That’s our pondering done, whoever you pick, good luck!

Yours footballingly,

Team TFG



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