With only three gameweeks remaining until the end of the season, the Fantasy Football Fairy is back with his top picks for Gameweek 36.
Manchester City and Arsenal produced the goods in a reduced schedule of fixtures for gameweek 35 as Liverpool dropped points away to West Brom.
Gameweek 36 sees a full complement of fixtures return where Liverpool, Spurs, and Manchester City look to have the most favourable fixtures on paper. As we have seen in recent weeks with the relegation battle heating up, anything is possible in these crucial last few gameweeks.
Outlined below are my top picks to help you gain some points on your mini league rivals and finish the season strongly.
Premium: Ederson Santana de Moraes (Manchester City) – £5.7m
Manchester City ran riot last weekend against relegation threatened Swansea in their first game since being announced Premier League champions. Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson has now amassed fifteen clean sheets this season and has started all league fixtures for Manchester City.
Ederson came out to the press this week to announce his intentions to become the first ever Premier League goalkeeper to score a goal in a title winning season. Following Gabriel Jesus’ penalty miss last weekend, Pep Guardiola would hardly pass the mantle to Ederson, would he?
Mid-Priced: Loris Karius (Liverpool) – £4.9m
After conceding two late goals against West Brom last weekend and a further two in midweek against Roma, Loris Karius will be keen to make amends against Stoke in the early kick-off Saturday afternoon.
Despite having one foot in the Champions League final, Liverpool need to secure their place in Europe’s elite competition ahead of rivals Chelsea who look up for the challenge. Prior to gameweek 35, the £4.9m priced German had secured three clean sheets in four fixtures for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Budget: Martin Dubravka (Newcastle) – £4.5m
Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka arrived on our radars at home to Manchester United in gameweek 27 where he produced a stunning display to frustrate Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils. The Slovakian has impressed in Newcastle’s second half of the season, keeping three clean sheets and only conceding seven times in eight fixtures.
Newcastle face West Brom on Saturday afternoon, who despite an upturn in form, still find themselves four points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Premium: Ben Davies (Spurs) – £5.8m
As Danny Rose continues to remain side-lined with an injury, Spurs left back Ben Davies should be a shoe in to keep his place for Monday night’s fixture against Watford. £5.8m priced Davies has scored two goals and assisted his teammates on seven occasions this season.
Spurs have kept fourteen clean sheets and conceded thirty one goals this season, the third lowest in the Premier League.
Mid-Priced: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) – £5.3m
Southampton welcome Bournemouth to St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon in a huge game for the Saints. Mark Hughes’ side sit firmly in the relegation zone, four points off Swansea with three games remaining. £5.3m priced Bertrand has five assists and six clean sheets to his name this season.
This weekend’s visitors Bournemouth have scored four goals in their last four away fixtures, but if Southampton are to have any chance of survival a win will be required this here.
Budget: James Tarkowski (Burnley) – £4.6m
Sean Dyche’s Burnley team have been exceeding all expectations this season sitting in seventh position, eight points clear of Everton. The Burnley defence have racked up eleven clean sheets and conceded thirty two goals.
£4.6m priced James Tarkowski supplied an assist last weekend which highlights his attacking potential and his budget priced appeal before a home fixture with goal-shy Brighton.
Premium: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £10.6m
Merseyside reporters are suggesting that Saido Mane was spotted leaving Spire Hospital in Liverpool yesterday with a slight limp, which suggest he won’t feature against Stoke on Saturday afternoon. £10.6m priced Mohamed Salah reminded the world of his talents midweek against Roma before being withdrawn midway through the second half.
This suggests Jurgen Klopp already had one eye on this weekend’s fixture to keep up the race for Champions League qualification next season. The Egyptian midfielder has now scored a league high thirty one goals and supplied nine assists.
Mid-Priced: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £9.0m
English midfielder Raheem Sterling has scored eighteen goals and supplied eight assists in the Premier League this season, a remarkable return on investment for his price. Manchester City travel to face West Ham on Sunday afternoon in what should be another straightforward win for Pep Guardiola’s high flying side.
20% owned Sterling has risen in price this gameweek and is the most transferred in midfielder ahead of the gameweek 36 deadline.
Budget: Dusan Tadic (Southampton) – £6.2m
Mark Hughes will be looking for a big performance from budget playmaker Dusan Tadic if Southampton are to have any hope of Premier league survival. The £6.2m priced Serbian has scored four goals and supplied three assists this season.
Southampton have been looking better in recent weeks and will fancy their chances against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
Premium: Harry Kane (Spurs) – £12.9m
Since returning from injury, English forward Harry Kane has not been looking back to his best. Despite his poor form, Spurs welcome Watford to Wembley Stadium for Monday Night Football in what should be a straightforward comprehensive win. At £12.9m Kane is an expensive pick, but history suggests going without represents a big risk coming into the closing gameweeks of the season.
Mohamed Salah currently leads Kane by five goals in the race for the golden boot and one would be brave to rule out the Kane with four fixtures remaining.
Mid-Priced: Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £10.3m
Gabriel Jesus retains his place in my picks for gameweek 36 after returning seven FPL points in gameweek 35. The Brazilians points tally could have been so much more as he missed a penalty and some glorious chances in the 5-0 rout. Underlying statistics are encouraging as the £10.3m asset had seven touches in the opposition’s penalty area, four goal attempts, all from inside the box.
Jesus now sits on eleven league goals and seven assists for the season ahead of this weekends away fixture with West Ham.
Budget: Ashley Barnes (Burnley) – £5.4m
Burnley’s front two of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood are going through a rich vein of form at the moment, which is represented by almost cementing seventh position in the Premier League table. Budget pick Ashley Barnes at £5.4m is providing excellent value ahead of a home fixture with Brighton on Saturday afternoon.
Barnes has scored nine league goals this season, with six of those coming in the last eight gameweeks alone.