Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 37: Goalkeepers and defenders

So, the two Manchester clubs each play twice this Gameweek...

Phil Jones, one of our Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 37
Jones… All yours for just £5.8m (Image: Ian C)

Hear ye, hear ye – our Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 37 goalkeepers and defenders round-up is here!

Do take into account that our Fantasy Football tips are based on the Fantasy Premier League version of the game, although the principles should apply pretty much across the board.


Shall we, then?

Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 37: Goalkeepers and Defenders

Manchester City and Manchester United each play twice this Gameweek, so this is one last opportunity to make up lost ground on any Fantasy rivals of yours who might not be boxing so clever.

Title-chasing Manchester City go to Everton on Saturday before playing at home to Aston Villa the following Wednesday, and we fully expect them to claim six points out of six.

Goodison Park has not been a happy hunting ground for City in recent years but Everton are presently a) injury-ravaged, b) probably out of the title race, and c) presumably not dead set on seeing Liverpool win the league.

Villa are wretchedly out of sorts, so two clean sheets out of two is also a distinct possibility – as such, Aleksandar Kolarov could be the bargain of the weekend at just £5m.

The Serbian’s strong showing in the crucial 2-0 win at Crystal Palace has likely established him as Manuel Pellegrini’s first-choice left-back over the less-attack-minded Gaël Clichy.

Given that City have to win both games, don’t be surprised to see Pellegrini flaunt his recent rotation policy by starting Kolarov, whose sporadic appearances thus far this season have yielded no less than seven assists, in each of them.

Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Norwich City suggests that they should fare pretty well in their Gameweek 37 fixtures at home to Hull City and Sunderland.

We’ve seen Sunderland’s coupon-busting capabilities in recent weeks – four points gained from trips to City and Chelsea are testament to that – and of course they’re fighting for their lives.

Nevertheless, United defender Phil Jones looks like a shrewd investment at £5.8m – he should start both games and we’d back the Red Devils for a clean sheet in at least one of them.

Rio Ferdinand’s re-emergence from the shadows could make him good value at just £4.9m, but can his old bones manage two games in a week?

As for a goalkeeper, those of you with Vito Mannone already in their squad could be rewarded by Sunderland’s having two fixtures too – in their case, away to Manchester United and at home to West Bromwich Albion.