The last gameweek of the season is here and, if we’re honest, for the Premier League there isn’t really that much to play for. With the championship sown up some time ago, the relegation spots (barring a minor miracle) were confirmed during the midweek fixtures.
In FPL however, there is EVERYTHING to play for in the last week of the season. Champions will be crowned, while for the losers (Chris Martyn*), it will be a long summer contemplating how it all went wrong (again).
Anyway, on to the captain picks for this last week of the 2017-18 season.
Mohamed Salah (£10.4m) vs BOU (H)
At this point of the season, choosing players from teams who do still have something to play for is vital. Despite their stellar run in this year’s UEFA Champions League, the Reds have yet to confirm their entry into next year’s competition. Having collected just six points in their last five fixtures, Liverpool need at least a point at home to Bournemouth to guarantee themselves a spot. When in need this season it has generally been Mohamed Salah (£10.4m) who has delivered.
The Egyptian maestro has been a record machine and is chasing a few more on the final day of the season. As well as attempting to win this year's Golden Boot, Salah is also on for a record FPL point’s total and could become the first man to break the 300 points barrier in a single FPL season.
Given he hasn’t failed to score or assist in three consecutive gameweeks all season, it’s highly likely he gets these records at some point on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool’s opponents Brighton have shipped eight goals in their last four away games and have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven away. With Klopp likely to role out a full-strength team, it is highly unlikely Brighton will be able to resist the attacking onslaught of Salah, Roberto Firmino (£9.4m) and Sadio Mane (£9.4m).
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.7m) vs HUD (a)
Arsenal’s season and Arsene’s farewell tour ends at the John Smith’s stadium in Huddersfield. There will be a party-like atmosphere at the ground with the Terriers celebrating the success of securing top-flight football for another season earlier in the week.
We picked Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.7m) last week and given his ridiculous double gameweek haul we’ve gone with him again. While Arsenal’s home and away form is a mixture of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Aubameyang has managed to remain fairly consistent regardless of where Arsenal are playing.
One of the few success stories of DGW37, Aubameyang has bagged nine goals in 11 starts and three goals in his last two matches. Seemingly guaranteed to start in Arsenal’s last fixture, the Gabonese forward is sure to threaten the net again against an exhausted Huddersfield side that will have been partying through to the early hours.
Raheem Sterling (£9.1m) vs SOU (a)
After being burned by Raheem Sterling (£9.1m) last week, it’ll take a brave manager to put faith in him again in GW38. While the popular choice might be Leroy Sane (£8.6m) after his impressive DGW37 points haul, with Pep pushing to break the 100-point barrier a recall for the Englishman will surely occur.
Given his likelihood to start and of Guardiola to field a fairly strong team, the decision of which Manchester City player to captain boils down to who has been the better value player over the course of the season. With 18 goals, 17 assists and 23 more points than the next best City player, our faith remains with Sterling.
Marcos Alonso (£7.1m) vs NEW (a)
With a slim chance of Champions League qualification, Chelsea know nothing less than a win will be enough on their visit to Tyneside. Since confirming their Premier League status, Newcastle has been on a dreadful run of form, losing four straight matches. With no goals in three of those four defeats, FPL players with the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.9m), Victor Moses (£6.5m) and Gary Cahill (£6.2m) will be expecting a minimum of six points from their Chelsea assets this gameweek.
What makes Marcos Alonso (£7.1m) such an attractive option is his ability to score at the other end of the pitch. With a goal that reminded us of another we’ve seen recently, the Spanish left-back has been making weeks and breaking hearts, taking is tally to seven goals for the season – the highest scoring defender this season.
Virgil van Dijk (£5.7m) vs BHA (H)
While it is not often we select two players from the same club, our differential choice has meant we have done just that. The ultimate differential in FPL is a goal scoring defender who manages to keep a clean sheet. Obviously the attacking threat of Liverpool’s front three has been well documented but goals could arrive from other sources against a Brighton team that has allowed the most goals this season from set pieces.
The possibility of a goal, coupled to Liverpool’s impressive home defensive record, gives Virgil van Dijk (£5.7m) the potential to be a huge differential at this late stage of the season.
*couldn't resist a mini-league dig...