Fantasy Football Preview: Gameweek 32

Injury, poor form and rotation are making several of this year’s fantasy football big guns less attractive, but Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle United players are worth considering this weekend.

Fixtures Analysis: Southampton have so far saved their best for matches against the very best teams in the league, but a trip to Reading to face their old manager could see them highly motivated against a side that seem doomed to relegation. Arsenal are in fine form and travel to a face a West Brom side with little to play for, whilst Liverpool should do well at home to West Ham. Chelsea welcome Paulo Di Canio's Sunderland to Stamford Bridge, whilst Newcastle United are desperate for a result against Fulham, who now look secure for another season. Finally QPR vs Wigan sees two open sides desperate for a win face off, with goals likely to be on the agenda.

Transfers In: The clear pick from Southampton is still very much Rickie Lambert (7.1), whose fine free kick against Chelsea was his 14th of the season, but Jay Rodriguez (5.1) offers an alternative Lambert if you're particularly short of funds.

Arsenal fans will be delighted to see Santi Cazorla (9.7) in excellent form of late, and he is now the obvious pick from their side for fantasy football managers. A more intriguing, and incredibly risky choice, is Gervinho (6.8), who picked up two assists and a goal last weekend, and could be a good cheap option in Arsenal's run-in.

Liverpool will still hope to overtake some of the teams above them to claim a European place, and West Ham's trip to Anfield gives them a good chance of picking up three points. Luiz Suarez (11.2), as ever, is a fine pick, and Philippe Coutinho (6.9) could be good value from their midfield. Steven Gerrard (9.6) is also worth considering for his dead ball threat.

Chelsea might well rotate again on Sunday, but Eden Hazard (9.5) and Demba Ba (7.8) are both due starts against Sunderland, with the Belgian in particularly impressive form of late. With Sunderland looking blunt of late, it is worth having David Luiz (6.5) on the assumption that Di Canio will not have had time to address their issue going forward yet.

Newcastle are in dire need of a win against Fulham, and with the Cottagers perhaps feeling comfortable after two wins on the bounce they could well pick up three points on Sunday. Papiss Cisse (8.8) and Moussa Sissoko (6.7) are probably the best choices going forward, although Yohan Cabaye (6.6) will always carry a threat from set pieces.

QPR vs Wigan has the potential to be a real cracker of a game, and attacking options from the home side like Loic Remy (5.9) and Andros Townsend (4.6) look good picks. From Wigan, Arouna Kone (6.6) is hitting form at the ideal time for this side, and could well find the net again this weekend.

Captain Choice: There are a few options this game week, but with Eden Hazard still a rotation risk, Luis Suarez is the best choice to hand the armband to.

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