The Fantasy Football Fairy is back with his final Fantasy Premier League article of the 2017/2018 season.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal all have favourable fixtures for Gameweek 38, but the challenge for managers is second guessing who is going to start for these teams on the final run-out of the season.
The relegation battle seems all-but-decided now following Huddersfield’s remarkable run of form and Southampton’s smash and grab win at Swansea on Tuesday evening.
Outlined below are my top picks to help you gain some points on your mini league rivals and finish the season strongly.
Premium: David De Gea (Manchester United) – £5.9m
Manchester United’s Player’s Player of the Season, David De Gea, looks set to win his first-ever Premier League Golden Glove award in his seventh attempt.
With just one gameweek remaining, the Spanish goalkeeper leads the way this season with seventeen clean sheets to his name, one ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson.
The £5.9m-priced FPL asset has produced a steady, consistent flow of points this season, living up to his premium pricetag.
Manchester United welcome Watford to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon on the back of a defeat to Brighton last weekend. Should the Spanish number one keep West Ham at bay on Thursday night, the golden glove will be already sewn up.
Mid-Priced: Nick Pope (Burnley) – £5.0m
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope only made his Premier League debut back in gameweek 4 when first choice number one Tom Heaton suffered a long-term injury. Since then, the 26 year old Englishman has enjoyed a fine season for Burnley.
The £5.0m-priced asset has secured eleven clean sheets and an impressive nineteen bonus points, much to the delight of FPL managers who took a chance on him early.
Burnley welcome Bournemouth to Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon for their last fixture of the season in front of their home fans. With seventh place in the league table and Europa League qualification secured, there should be a party atmosphere for Sean Dyche’s troops.
Budget: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace) – £4.4m
Two clean sheets in three fixtures highlights the form of Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace defence right now. Since gameweek 21, Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been a mainstay in the Crystal Palace’s side who, against the odds, have secured Premier League safety.
The Eagle’s welcome West Brom to Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon, who now have nothing to play for following recent results confirming their relegation to the Championship for next season.
Premium: Jan Vertonghen (Spurs) – £6.1m
Fresh from racking up a whopping fifteen FPL points in gameweek 37 is Spurs Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen. The £6.1m asset has played every league game bar one this season for Mauricio Pochettino’s side securing sixteen clean sheets in the process.
His attacking threat has reduced considerably since his debut season in the Premier League where he racked up five goals and three assists, but nonetheless a home encounter with Leicester affords the opportunity to end the season on a high.
Mid-Priced: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – £5.7m
Liverpool’s record January signing has been receiving lots of praise for the ease at which he has slotted in and shored up a previously shaky back four. Granted his presence alone won’t change how a team play, he has looked assured in recent weeks. Liverpool are expected to splash the cash to find a centre half partner for the Dutchman over the summer.
The £5.7m priced defender is yet to score for his new club in the Premier League but his underlying statistics suggest a goal is well overdue. Liverpool welcome Brighton to Anfield on Sunday afternoon in their final warm-up game of the season ahead of the Champions League final showdown with Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Budget: Federico Fernández (Swansea) – £4.5m
Swansea welcome Stoke to the Liberty Stadium in what will most likely be their last game in the Premier League for at least one season. Carlos Carvalhal’s side need a miracle on Sunday afternoon to have any chance of staying in the English top-flight following their midweek defeat to Southampton.
£4.5m priced Federico Fernández has had a decent season for the Welsh outfit and could attract some attention for his services should the inevitable be confirmed on Sunday afternoon. The Argentine defender has scored one goal, one assists and kept seven clean sheets this season.
Premium: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £10.4m
Chelsea slipping up at home to Huddersfield on Wednesday evening means Liverpool’s Champions League destiny for next season remains firmly in their own hands ahead of a gameweek 38 fixture against Brighton.
£10.4m priced Mohamed Salah is currently three goals clear of Harry Kane in the race for the golden boot with thirty one league strikes to his name. I expect the Egyptian to dominate set pieces and his teammates will no doubt be doing all in their power to assist him as he only requires eight FPL points to break the prestigious three hundred point barrier. Salah has scored thirty one goals and provided eleven assists this season.
Mid-Priced: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £9.1m
Rested against Brighton in midweek, Raheem Sterling should return to the starting eleven for Manchester City’s trip to Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
Prior to Huddersfield remarkably holding City to a 0-0 draw at the Ethiad Stadium in gameweek 37, £9.1m priced Sterling returned three double digit points hauls in a row, courtesy of two goals and five assists over three fixtures.
The English winger has returned eighteen goals and seventeen assists in the Premier League this season and will be keen to finish the season strongly ahead of the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Budget: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – £7.0m
After recently been crowned April Premier League player of the month, Wilfried Zaha takes the final midfield spot for gameweek 38 ahead of a plum home encounter with relegated West Brom.
The Ivory Coast international has almost single handily saved Crystal Palace’s season by turning in some remarkable performances in recent weeks.
The £7.0m midfielder continues to lead the line for Roy Hodgson and over the last six gameweeks he has racked up four goals and three assists for one of the most in-form teams in recent weeks.
Premium: Harry Kane (Spurs) – £13.1m
English striker Harry Kane has looked far from his best since returning from injury and yet he continues to chip away delivering FPL points. Three goals in four games sounds impressive but at £13.1m an average return of 5.5 points per game doesn’t set the world alight.
Kane has twenty seven league goals to his name this season, three goals shy of rival Mohamed Salah and therefore I expect the striker to finish the season with a bang at home to out of sorts Leicester. Leicester beat Arsenal on Wednesday evening, but all does not seem well, with fans growing increasingly frustrated with Calude Puel in charge.
One statistic that stands out ahead of Sunday’s fixture at Wembley is that Kane has scored five goals in his last two outings against Leicester.
Mid-Priced: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – £10.7m
Gameweek 37’s runaway top points scorer with a remarkable twenty three FPL points was Arsenal’s record January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international scored three goals, provided one assist and picked up four bonus points in the double gameweek in Arsenal’s win at home to Burnley and loss away to Leicester.
The £10.7m striker has provided FPL managers with a glimpse of what is to come next season in a new look Arsenal team by scoring nine goals and four assists in eleven starts.
He faces a rejuvenated Huddersfield who are now safe from relegation and have little to play for in their last game of the season.
Budget: Jordan Ayew (Swansea) – £5.4m
Huddersfield’s incredible run of form in recent weeks and Southampton’s victory on Tuesday evening mean Swansea are all but relegated ahead of the final fixture of the season against already relegated Stoke.
Swansea will want to go down fighting and put on a show for devastated fans in their last home fixture of the season and £5.4m priced Jordan Ayew will be afforded a chance to add to his seven league goals this season.