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West Ham Fantasy Football Challenge: Gameweek 32

06 Apr | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
West Ham Fantasy Football Challenge: Gameweek 32
West Ham United Fans Challenge

Every week this season, two West Ham fans will compete at Fantasy Football to win money for their chosen charities

Wills Team

GK: Martinez

DEF: Van Dijk, Saliba, Branthwaite

MID: Son, Bowen, Palmer (c), Salah, Saka

FW: Watkins, Solanke

Hahaha! I mean it was going to happen eventually but James Jones’ win over me last gameweek may be one of the flukiest in FPL history.

In short, my 53 points lost to his 63 meaning he closed the gap on me to 36 points with him on 1,717 and me on 1,753. 

But that doesn’t even come close to telling the story. 

Basically I was cruising to yet another victory on Thursday afternoon, ahead by a few points with more players than him left to play which included Virgil Van Dijk, Caoimhin Kelleher and captain Mo Salah still to play against rock-bottom Sheffield United at home after both James’ captain and vice had not played through injury.

Cut to the final whistle after the chaos game at Stamford Bridge, Alejandro Garnacho has bagged twice and come off James’ bench to boost his score by 14, Darwin Nunez had struck for him too as Liverpool inexplicably conceded and wiped out my double clean sheet and Jurgen Klopp hauled of Salah after an hour.

You couldn’t write it.  

BUT, annoying as it was, because a comprehensive victory would have surely crushed what was left of James’ belief, I am still confident my team is far more robust and in form than his.

No transfers this week so I have free reign to make a couple of freebies next week with a double gameweek on the horizon for a few teams in GW34.

And only minor tweaks to the starting XI as Emi Martinez goes back between the sticks with goal-shy Brentford coming to town. The Bees have scored just three in their last four games and I can’t see them bagging a hatful at high-flying Villa. 

Cole Palmer’s red hot form with six goals and two assists from four games is also rewarded with the armband as Chelsea go to Sheffield United. The Blades kept my captain out last week and I can’t see them doing it again. 

Seven gameweeks to go. Just got to keep calm, not look over my shoulder and keep ticking them off. It’s all in hand. 

James’ Team

GK: Raya

DEF: Burn, Pedro Porro, Gabriel

MID: Palmer (V), Kudus, Saka, Son (c) 

FW: Haaland, Darwin, Solanke

FPL is a funny ol’ game, isn’t it? Will was so delighted that neither my captain, Bukayo Saka, or vice-caption, Erling Haaland, played in GW31 that he messaged me on Thursday morning to say it was “delicious.” 

He was understandably cocky about it. We were tied on points at that point but he still had Mohamed Salah still to play as his captain and both Virgin van Dijk and Caoimhin Kelleher available. Liverpool were playing Sheffield United at home, so he was expecting a bit of a haul. So was I, and I expected his 45+ lead over me to be extended to a point where it would almost be impossible for me to catch him. 

But then something even more delicious happened. Conor Bradley’s own goal wiped out Liverpool’s expected clean sheet, Salah was hauled off before the hour without returning anything and Darwin Nunez scored. Down in London, Alejandra Garnacho’s brace at Stamford Bridge meant he would be delivering me my very own points haul as he was my first sub. 

Such an unlikely and outrageous evening of Premier League football led to me eventually gaining 10 points on Will, despite neither of my captains playing a single minute. So it was me who had the last laugh this time!

The gap is now just 36 points and I have renewed hope of catching Will. 

For GW32, I’m going to roll my transfer. I still have my triple captain and bench boost chips to play and I’m planning ahead a bit. With at least two double gameweeks left, potentially three, I need to carefully manufacture a squad that can make the best possible use of those chips when the time’s right. They are my keys to victory and I can’t mess this up. Will has a wildcard and his bench boost chip left, so it’s going to be an interesting final six weeks or so. 

So my starting XI is unchanged. Saka’s yellow flag remains but that’s ok, as I have super Garnacho waiting in the weeks if the Arsenal man missed out the Gunners’ trip to Brighton. 

My captain is Heung-min Son, with Spurs playing Nottingham Forest at home. I was tempted to go with Cole Palmer as Chelsea visit Sheffield United, but I’m not in the business of taking risks with so much at stake.

Dominic Solanke, Alfie Doughty, Alphonse Areola and Pervis Estupinan are all in danger of being sold in the coming weeks. Watch this space.