This is it – gameweek 37 is upon us, and with it your last serious opportunity to nail a huge score thanks to the fact that there are no fewer than 16 matches in the seven days beginning on Friday. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that your selection this week should incorporate as many players as possible who have two matches to play, but there’s also another important consideration at this stage of the season: who has something left to play for? With that in mind, the likes of Man United, Leicester and Newcastle suddenly seem less appealing, while some teams battling for their survival might throw up some interesting picks. Here with five player suggestions are our friends at Armchair Fancast - the weekly podcast discussing all the latest happenings from the Premier League. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and follow them on Twitter here!
- Aaron Cresswell (WHU, £4.9): Yes, we’re aware that West Ham have leaked 8 goals in their past two games, but to be fair those games were against a rampant Man City and an Arsenal team who are still lethal at home. In week 37 the Hammers, who still need a result somewhere to ensure their safety, face two teams in Leicester and United who could be forgiven for mentally checking out at this stage. This makes West Ham defenders worth a look, particularly given how few other managers are picking them, and there is no better than choice than Cresswell: he has a goal and an assist in his last three matches, and his 7 assists throughout the season are joint first among defenders in the entire league.
- Kieran Trippier (TOT, £5.2): Trippier was man of the match against Watford on Monday night, and while that 2-0 victory will ease Tottenham’s nerves they are still not safely in the Champions League yet, so Pochettino will have his team fired up for their visit to resurgent West Brom at the weekend. Like Cresswell, Trippier has 7 assists this season – a tally that will do no harm to his case for a starting spot in England’s World Cup team this summer. The only doubt here is that he is not playing every game, switching in and out with Serge Aurier quite regularly, but his performance last week surely puts him in pole position to get the nod at the Hawthorns.
- Dusan Tadic (SOU, £6.2): There have been few games in the recent history of Southampton FC that were as important as the south coast derby last weekend, and Tadic stepped up in spectacular style, scoring his fifth and sixth league goals of the season to give the Saints hope of saving themselves. That sort of ability to perform under pressure is going to be crucial again this week with must-win games at Everton and Swansea, the latter of which in particular could be pivotal. The Serbian midfielder has been easily Southampton’s biggest points-scorer this season, so he’s the clear pick from Mark Hughes’ squad, although as a cheaper option you could always try Mario Lemina, whose return to the team last week was an impressive one.
- Raheem Sterling (MCI, £9.1): City are not letting up. That’s the main take-home from their demolition of West Ham last weekend, as Pep’s team attempt to smash almost every Premier League record imaginable. This week they play twice at home and will surely have far too much for both Huddersfield and Brighton, which means you should fill your team with three of their stars if you can. We’ve gone for Sterling here, purely on the basis of form – three goals and seven assists from the past six games is typical of his best-ever season.
- Alexandre Lacazette (ARS, £10.2): There’s a case for saying that Arsenal don’t have much reason to show any interest in the rest of the league season, regardless of their adventures in Europe, but there is still pride at stake (they could yet finish below Burnley) and the desire to give Arsene Wenger the best send-off possible. The Clarets are in fact their first of two opponents this week, and if Lacazette can carry his recent good form into that match at the Emirates then expect the Gunners to finally secure 6th place. The Frenchman has scored 4 times in his last 4 league games, and while he will be competing with Aubameyang for a starting spot, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Wenger goes with two up top in either or both of this week’s games.
Author: Dave Bradshaw