Some big decisions await FPL managers going into the penultimate gameweek of the season, not least because it’s the last chance to take advantage of clubs featuring twice in the same week.
Naturally, our projections are dominated by players from clubs with two matches in DGW37, so let’s take a look at who stands out from the pack.
Although the Red Devils have only kept two clean sheets in their last nine league games, David de Gea (£5.9m) remains the highest owned ‘keeper by far. In fact, almost half of you see fit to include the Spaniard in your squads. Our projections would tend to agree with you, as De Gea is projected to score higher than any other shot stopper in DGW37, with fixtures against Brighton and West Ham both offering tantalising clean sheet potential.
Of course, some managers may have fallen out with De Gea after GW36, with popular bench warmer Mathew Ryan (£4.6m) registering a 10-point haul which went to waste for many.
With home fixtures against Huddersfield and Brighton respectively, our algorithm thinks just as highly of Man City’s Ederson (£5.7m). The Brazilian peaked the interest of FPL managers recently by stating his desire to take a penalty before the end of the season, but the gaffer was quick to quell the possibility of such fun and games. Come on Pep, live a little.
It’s a similar story in defence, with personnel from both Manchester clubs featuring strongly. Antonio Valencia (£6.9m), Chris Smalling (£5.7m), Danilo (£5.0m) and Aymeric Laporte (£5.1m) are all projected to score well, with the latter two representing cheap routes into the City defence given the questionable availability of Kyle Walker (£6.6m) and Vincent Kompany (£5.9m).
The ever-dependable Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.9m) is given top billing as Chelsea first host Liverpool, who may well be feeling the strain after their midweek Champions League exertions, followed by Huddersfield, who have failed to score in five of their last seven Premier League games.
Ben Davies’s (£5.8m) FPL prospects are usually tarnished by Pochettino’s tendency to rotate his full-backs, but with Danny Rose’s (£6.4m) DGW37 participation in doubt, the Welshman is one to consider. Keep a close eye on our favourite injury expert Ben Dinnery as the weekend draws nearer for any news on Rose’s condition.
It would be brave decision to head into DGW37 without Raheem Sterling (£9.1m) in your fantasy team. Pep’s winger has put himself firmly in the ‘must own’ category again after some scintillating form of late, with three goals and seven assists in his last six league games. If you still own your triple captain chip, then Sterling warrants serious consideration for the most precious of armbands.
Sterling’s teammates Kevin De Bruyne (£10.3m), David Silva (£8.3m) and Leroy Sane (£8.6m) are also projected to score well, although not quite as explosively as the Englishman. Rotation is always a risk with the abundance of talent Pep has at his disposal of course. All we need is a Man City version of the Anfield Express Twitter account. Too much to ask?
Christian Eriksen (£9.6m) has now hit double figures for both goals and assists this season, so it is no surprise to see that our projections are a big fan of the Dane going into the penultimate gameweek. Spurs face off against West Ham and Newcastle, and with a certain striker (more on him later) hungry for a glut of goals, the supply lines will no doubt be channelling through Eriksen once more. Despite a slight downturn in output recently, Heung-min Son (£8.3m) shouldn’t be ignored as a viable alternative if the purse strings are tight.
Conspicuous by his absence in the top 15 projected midfielders is a certain Mohamed Salah (£10.5m) who, lest we forget, is just a goal away from the Premier League record for most goals in a season. ‘The Egyptian King’ has just the one fixture in Gameweek 37 – that being a tricky trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. Liverpool are still not guaranteed a top-four finish this season, and although there are bound to be some tired legs after the thrilling semi-final second leg with Roma, you wouldn’t put it past Salah to break the 300 FPL points mark against the Blues.
An interesting differential could be in-form Dusan Tadic (£6.2m), who has netted three goals in his last three appearances for the Saints. With Mark Hughes’ men fighting for survival, they will be relying on the Serbian to produce the goods once again as they face away trips to both Everton and Swansea.
Perhaps the biggest discussion point in the FPL community going into DGW37 is the form of Harry Kane (£13.0m). Whilst the 27-goal striker has netted in his last two league appearances, he has not been at his explosive best for some time now. In fact, the last time he scored more once was way back in mid-January. This, of course, hasn’t stopped him being considered for the triple captain chip.
Despite his underwhelming form, our projections still deem him to be the optimum striker choice heading into the double. After all, he didn’t perform badly in the equivalent gameweek last year (when he was also chasing the golden boot…).
Gabriel Jesus (£10.4m) – while hardly explosive – has been providing far more consistent returns than Kane in recent weeks, and with his starting spot seemingly assured due to Aguero’s absence, he is also a prime candidate for the armband.
Although he hasn’t scored in his last three appearances, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.7m) still features heavily in the minds of FPL managers, and with the Gunners looking to give Wenger a fitting send-off in his final few weeks in the hot seat, Auba – ineligible in Europe – could be the man to benefit. Arsenal face Burnley and Leicester in DGW37.
Those looking for something a little different might consider Olivier Giroud (£8.3m), who appears to have claimed the Chelsea striker berth for the moment, Marcus Rashford (£7.3m), who could benefit from the potential absence of Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m) in DGW37 or, if you’re feeling especially brave, Swansea City’s Jordan Ayew (£5.3m). The Swans are clinging on to safety at the minute, so their motivation is as high as any other team as we reach the season’s climax. The Ghanaian is currently the sixth-most transferred in player.
Be sure to check our pages tomorrow for our weekly predicted line-ups article!