As we head in to the final month of Fantasy Premier League and the penultimate round of games, we are treated to double game week 37 for many teams which gives an extra chance to make up ground or stretch leads in the race of mini-league glory. This week we are focusing on key teams and players rather than individual fixtures and if you have a free hit or a wildcard remaining you might find this a useful resource.
Interestingly, Liverpool (who until last week have been top performers of late) have only the one fixture this week and so it will be interesting to see how shrewd FPL managers can be in potentially chopping some of their top performers – especially given their Champions League exploits.
It is not just the players in the top 6 teams that carry decent potential this week and as we saw Crystal Palace win an emphatic 5-0 last weekend it serves as a timely reminder as to the power of having those differential players.
Game Week 37 Top Picks
Let’s take a look at where the biggest potential lies this week:
Man Utd – Brighton (a) and West Ham (a)
Victory in one of these games will seal second place for Manchester United and there are even a few people saying they are playing better football of late. Lukaku is an injury doubt for at least the Brighton game which pretty much rules him out of any wildcard or free hit plans (unless their is confirmation before hand of his starting position) but there are other United players worthy of a mention. Perhaps at the top of the list should be Paul Pogba who is still hovering at just under £8m in value and after chipping in with another goal against Arsenal looks like a decent shout.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see at least one clean sheet out of these two games and a defender should be in your thoughts.
Leicester – West Ham (h) and Arsenal (h)
A brace of home games for Leicester would have looked pretty enticing a month ago but after no wins since the end of March and a heavy 5-0 defeat last week there is plenty to think about before selecting their players.
Jamie Vardy does have potential for goals and it’s only been the last two games in which he has failed to score. The visit of West Ham is the one that of course merits the most attention as they too look like a team a little lost and who struggle to keep clean sheets.
If you are opting for a Leicester player then Vardy is the one to go for and you would like to think there will be a reaction to last week’s disastrous result against Crystal Palace.
Spurs – West Brom (a) and Newcastle (h)
Spurs probably have the best fixtures on paper this week but when you read in to the wider context of these games it might not be quite so plain sailing. West Brom have been on a superb run under boss Darren Moore and they might start to believe the great escape is on if they can beat Spurs at the Hawthorns.
Spurs looked very pragmatic and a little pedestrian against Watford but they still need to seal 4th spot in the league with Chelsea breathing down their necks. Harry Kane did grab a goal against Watford but still didn’t look quite at the races, whilst Eriksen and Alli both impressed in patches. Kane is pretty much a must have this week with one of the other two aforementioned midfielders also worth a place in your team. Davies in defence is the other selection for the card.
Man City – Huddersfield (h) and Brighton (h)
The Champions have showed no signs of slowing down since winning the Premier League comfortably with games in hand and there is probably no better team to have two home games in a double game week than this Man City side when it comes to considering captain picks. David Silva was the only notable omission last weekend except for the injured Sergio Aguero and it is quite possible that the former will not be seen for the rest of the season as he has been granted some compassionate leave. With Aguero out for the remainder of the season it means plenty of faith can be placed in Jesus who surely has to be in your side for game week 37.
Raheem Sterling is the other Man City pick who has to feature with another top display last weekend and then you can take your pick from the remainder to complete your Man City trio. If you fancy a real value differential punt then Laporte has been getting some game time and is just £5.1m. It is hard to see City conceding in both of these games.
Arsenal – Burnley (h) and Leicester (a)
Before these two games Arsenal have the small matter of a visit to Madrid to try and grab a place in the Europa League final. That is some tall order and the result of that game should dictate how Wenger approaches these two games. Neither fixture is a particularly easy one although the Leicester game probably has more of a chance of goals for the Gunners. The rotation at Arsenal at the moment is frustrating as an FPL manager and for that reason alone it is probably best to limit your Arsenal players this week.
Chelsea – Liverpool (h) and Huddersfield (h)
Chelsea managed a slim 1-0 win over Swansea last time out with Cesc Fabregas proving the difference. The visit of Liverpool will be a real test (if they go full strength) with the following game looking a little easier. That being said, playing a team that still hasn’t fully shaken the threat of relegation is never easy and this double fixture may not be that fruitful.
It was interesting and perhaps unsurprising to see Olivier Giroud get the nod ahead of Morata against Swansea and it could well be the case that the Frenchman gets the call ahead of the Spaniard again for at least one of these games. Even if Giroud starts on the bench his record as sub stands out and he could be a handy differential for GW37.
It is hard to be confident of any of the midfielders or forwards getting a start other than Eden Hazard who does not warrant the fee this week or in his current form. If you have space for a Chelsea defender then Azpilicueta is the pick but don’t hold out for a clean sheet against Liverpool.