After 37 dramatic rounds we’ve reached the final gameweek of this season’s Fantasy Premier League – one last chance to overtake your mates and claim bragging rights for the next 12 months. Sunday’s ten matches promise to be among the most unpredictable of the season, with most teams having little left to play for, but there are a few exceptions: Man City are chasing the historic 100-points mark, Liverpool and Chelsea are still battling for the final Champions League spot, and Swansea can still hypothetically save themselves from relegation at Southampton’s expense. With all of that in mind, here are our friends at Armchair Fancast - the weekly podcast discussing all the latest happenings from the Premier League – with their final five player picks for this season. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and follow them on Twitter here!
- Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV, £4.4): Liverpool go into Sunday’s home tie against Brighton still needing a point to secure Champions League football next season, while the Seagulls may already be mentally on the beach (pardon the pun) having survived the drop with two weeks to spare. This alone suggests a victory for Jurgen Klopp, but there’s more: even when they have had reason to try during the rest of the season, Brighton have only scored 10 goals on the road and have the second-worst away record in the league. This makes a clean sheet for Liverpool’s defenders a distinct possibility, and there is no better value pick among them than Alexander-Arnold, still priced at a ridiculous £4.4 despite a deeply impressive season for the 19 year-old local lad.
- Patrick van Aanholt (CRY, £5.2): The fact that we’re not talking about Crystal Palace as a relegation-threatened team on the final day of this season is testament to the efforts of Roy Hodgson and his team to bounce back from a nightmare first seven games. The past three games have shown the extent of the turnaround: the Eagles have only leaked one goal in that time and scored seven, including two for van Aanholt which took his tally for the season to four. The Dutchman looks to be an asset again as Palace read the last rites to relegated West Brom at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
- Leroy Sane (MCI, £8.6): As mentioned above, Man City will be looking to end their unforgettable season by becoming the first team in Premier League history to hit 100 points when they visit Southampton at the weekend, so there’s every chance that this could be a one-sided affair. Take your pick of the champions’ star players but we’ve chosen Sane, whose 10 goals and 15 assists this season have helped to make him the league’s Young Player of the Year. Southampton would need to blow a 3-point, 9-goal head-start to be relegated in place of Swansea – surely that couldn’t happen, even against one of the best teams in Premier League history. Or could it?
- Idrissa Gueye (EVE, £4.8): Everton may be spluttering their way across the finish line at the end of another uninspired season, but they are unbeaten in five and will end their campaign at the London Stadium, where West Ham have lost as many as they’ve won this season. Gueye has had another solid season in his second year for the Toffees: his 85 FPL points put him second only to the injured Sigurdsson among Everton’s midfield. A goal last weekend against Huddersfield and recent assists versus Swansea and Southampton suggest the Senegalese is ending the season in a fine vein of form, making it all the more baffling that less than 1% of fantasy managers have him in their squads.
- Olivier Giroud (CHE, £8.3): Chelsea’s end-of-season surge may have hit a stumbling block on Wednesday night against Huddersfield, but the Blues had won their previous four before then, and their winter signing from Arsenal scored three times during that string of victories. Indeed Giroud has proven to be more valuable than his teammate Alvaro Morata, who has only scored once in the league in 2018, and the Frenchman therefore looks likely to get the nod to start up top in what could be Antonio Conte’s final game in charge. Opponents Newcastle have lost four in a row since securing their safety, and Chelsea will throw everything at them in hopes of an unlikely last-minute heist of the final Champions League spot.
Author: Dave Bradshaw