Fantasy Football advice: Week 32

Sports Mole looks ahead to the 32nd weekend of Premier League action from a fantasy football point of view.

Well, last week was much, much better as far as Sports Mole's fantasy football advice is concerned. After a couple of weeks of struggle, there were points galore this time around.

Luis Suarez claimed a hat-trick, while Jay Rodriguez found the net away at Tottenham Hotspur. Also, he may not have scored, but David Silva provided lively showings for Manchester City in fixtures against Fulham and Manchester United.

As for our avoid list, Hugo Lloris and Adrian let in three and two goals respectively, with Alvaro Negredo not finding the back of the net despite the fact that Man City scored eight goals from two outings.

So, with some positive form under our belt, here are the three players that we believe will gain points this coming weekend and a further three that could prove to be costly investments.

Who to pick

1. Christian Benteke: Aston Villa may have shown some inconsistent form of late, but Benteke has been largely reliable. The Belgian, who will be up against Man United at Old Trafford on Saturday, has scored three goals in as many outings. With United looking like they are going to concede every time that they are attacked, Benteke will probably fancy his chances of adding to his 11-goal tally for the season. His teammates Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann have the pace to trouble the United rearguard, which could open up spaces for Benteke to exploit.

Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring a goal to level the scores at 1-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on August 21, 2013© Getty Images

2. Adam Lallana: As the season has progressed, Lallana has gone from an outsider to go to the World Cup with England to being in most people's predicted starting lineups for the first game against Italy in Manaus. The reason behind his ascendancy has been the eight goals that he has scored and five assists that he has laid on for his teammates. This weekend the creative midfielder could well flourish against a Newcastle United team that appear to have packed up for the season.

3. Eden Hazard: Since scoring a hat-trick against Newcastle in early February, Hazard has scored just two goals. That's not to say that he isn't contributing, because the Belgian is still carving out chances for his fellow Chelsea attackers. In terms of goals, he has a real chance to rediscover his clinical touch against struggling Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Who to avoid

1. Juan Mata: Man United's club-record signing has not had the impact on the team that many had predicted. However, there is a school of thought that the Spaniard is not primarily to blame, with many pointing the finger at David Moyes for playing Mata out of position. It culminated in the 25-year-old putting in his worst performance in a United shirt against Man City on Tuesday evening. If Moyes continues to use his £37m asset in a wide role, there is a decent chance that he won't break his goal duck against Villa.

Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on January 28, 2014© Getty Images

2. Hugo Lloris: Tottenham Hotspur's French goalkeeper was included among this three-player selection last week and we were proved correct. He let in a trio of goals against Southampton and it doesn't get much easier this Sunday, with a trip to Liverpool on the horizon. Prior to this evening's home match with Sunderland, the Reds have scored 82 goals - more than any other Premier League club. What's more, when Spurs have travelled to Liverpool's title rivals Chelsea and Man City, they let in four and six goals respectively.

3. Glenn Murray: If given the nod by Tony Pulis to lead the Palace attack, it could be a lonely afternoon for Murray against Chelsea. After all, the likes of John Terry and Gary Cahill have not given opposition strikers much change this season. The Blues have kept more clean sheets (14) than any of their Premier League counterparts and have let in just 14 on the road. On the other hand, hosting Palace have scored just 13 goals from their 15 home encounters.

Yaya Toure of Manchester City scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match against Fulham on March 22, 2014
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool23138254282647
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
6Arsenal24126645311442
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
8Burnley249781921-234
9Everton2477102639-1328
10Watford2475123344-1126
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton24410102435-1122
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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