Friday 4th May
Brighton vs Man Utd (20:00)
Saturday 5th May
Stoke vs Crystal Palace (12:30)
Bournemouth vs Swansea (15:00)
Leicester vs West Ham (15:00)
Watford vs Newcastle (15:00)
West Brom vs Spurs (15:00)
Everton vs Southampton (17:30)
Sunday 6th May
Man City vs Huddersfield (13:30)
Arsenal vs Burnley (16:30)
Chelsea vs Liverpool (16:30)
Tuesday 8th May
Swansea vs Southampton (19:45)
Wednesday 9th May
Chelsea vs Huddersfield (19:45)
Leicester vs Arsenal (19:45)
Man City vs Brighton (20:00)
Spurs vs Newcastle (20:00)
Thursday 10th May
West Ham vs Man Utd (19:45)
Relax, take a breath and congratulate yourself. You’ve made it through the madness that has been the last few gameweeks and you’re season hasn’t totally imploded. Still, don’t take your foot of the gas as this last double gameweek of the season has the potential to ruin all that previous good work. With 12 (TWELVE) clubs playing twice, nothing less than three-figure scores will be deemed good enough when the dust settles next Thursday night.
Pulling double duty this gameweek are Arsenal, Brighton, Chelsea, Huddersfield, Leicester, Man City, Man Utd, Newcastle, Southampton, Spurs, Swansea and West Ham so let's dive straight in with these clubs as we begin our Gameweek 37 preview.
Knowing who Arséne Wenger will start over the next two matches with Burnley and Leicester is analogous to a toddler attempting to solve quantum theory. It wasn’t too long ago when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.7m) was a sure thing, then he was benched against West Ham. Aaron Ramsey (£6.8m) seems like money when he plays but never plays in the league. With a goal against his former club last gameweek, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£7.7m) could also produce the goods. Again though, that’s if he plays. But enough of the glamour picks, we’re going to use this space to talk up the most underrated fantasy player in Arsenal’s arsenal – Nacho Monreal (£5.7m).
Those stats put Monreal sixth on the list for points scored per 90 minutes. Given that Arsenal can’t keep a clean sheet, and he’s a defender, Monreal has the potential for big points totals if Arsenal can sort out there back line. Furthermore, while there is always a risk for rotation, Monreal has already been rested last week and his natural replacement, Sead Kolasniac (£5.8m), is currently nursing a groin injury.
For those of you who still have Brighton and Huddersfield players in their starting line-ups, look away now. The two clubs represent the top two in terms of remaining fixture difficulty. With Brighton facing the two Manchester clubs and Huddersfield playing away to both Man City and Chelsea this gameweek, FPL managers can expect scant returns from these clubs’ players.
Still, given the option we’d go with attack over defence. The two Manchester clubs and Chelsea have only failed to score in a match three times since Gameweek 24 combined. At the other end however, despite their excellent defensive records, each of the clubs has been prone to leak a goal or two every now and again. For Brighton, midfielders Pascal Gross (£6.0m) and Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m) have recent goalscoring form, whereas for Huddersfield, Steve Mounie (£5.9m) has started up top in eight of their last nine matches, scoring three times in the same period.
Home matches against Liverpool and Huddersfield await Chelsea in Gameweek 37. Despite their indifferent season, the Blues have hit a small patch of form, winning their last three in the league and making the FA Cup final. While his recent form has been unspectacular, Eden Hazard (£10.5m) is capable on any given day of delivering the goods and the little Belgium offers a potential differential.
At the other end of the pitch, Chelsea boast the top two defensive players in the game. However, with only one clean sheet in their last eight league matches it is more there attacking outlay that interests us. That would normally send us straight to Marcos Alonso (£7.1m) as he makes his return from suspension. However, with Emerson (£5.2m) impressing in his two league starts, Alonso may not represent a sure thing to play in both matches. If not Alonso, look no further than César Azpilicueta (£6.9m), who is seemingly un-droppable and has more FPL points to his name than any other defender.
Leicester City face two fairly favourable home fixtures for Gameweek 37, against West Ham and a Europa League focused Arsenal. However, two wins and two clean sheets in 11 gameweeks, getting pumped 5-0 last time out and with nothing to play for this season, investment in Leicester players seems… unwise.
While Jamie Vardy (£8.9m) has kept up at least some credibility, notching four goals in his last six appearances, Riyad Mahrez (£8.8m) has gone completely off the boil. No goals and no assists in his last five appearances speak of a player whose time may be coming to an end at the King Power Stadium. Nevertheless, the Algerian is capable of magic on any given day and did notch an assist against the Gunners on the opening day of the season.
Having just won the Premier League, there seems to be no let up in the Champions’ desire to set records. With 12 goals scored and just two conceded in their last three gameweeks, every position would appear to guarantee points. And if you needed any more convincing, City play two home fixtures against Huddersfield and Brighton this gameweek. Indeed, the only downside seems to be picking three players that are likely to start both matches.
Our best bet to play both matches is Gabriel Jesus (£10.4m). The Brazilian wonderkid has started every game since Aguero’s season-ending injury and has scored in each of his last three fixtures.
Going on form leads us to Raheem Sterling (£9.1m) being a fantasy must. Two goals and six assists in his last four gameweeks have left Sterling as the top fantasy scorer over that time period.
However, Sterling has started the last six league matches so may be a prime candidate for rotation. Players already to be rotated recently include Leroy Sane (£8.6m) and David Silva (£8.3m), meaning they could be immune to further omissions.
A final word of caution is left for City defenders. Despite the favourable fixtures, the club has only kept one clean sheet in their last five matches.
Man Utd have two away days, travelling to Brighton on Friday night before then going to West Ham the following Thursday. Clean sheets is the currency in which Jose Mourinho trades in and just one more clean sheet will secure David De Gea (£5.9m) at least a share of this season’s Golden Glove. Along with Chris Smalling (£5.7m), who has scored in each of his last three away games, the two players seem the most rotation proof of United’s backline.
On the attacking front, managers with Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m) will be sweating on his availability after the Belgian was brought of against Arsenal with an ankle injury. With multiple striking options available, it may be best served to stay clear of Lukaku given his injury concerns.
In the midfield department, Paul Pogba (£7.9m) appears to be over his mid-season wobble and is in the midst of a purple patch. With three goals and an assist in his last four league appearances, the French maverick has racked up 30 points in that time.
Newcastle face two away trips over the coming gameweek, first to Watford and then Tottenham. After two successive defeats, Benitez will be looking to bounce back and end the season on a high. Newcastle’s fortunes seem to follow that of their No.17’s. Having scored three in three Newcastle wins, Ayoze Perez (£5.3m) has failed to score in the last two. He and Newcastle will be hoping to find the net against a Watford side that have only kept one clean sheet since Gameweek 26.
Clean sheets may also be on the agenda for the likes of Martin Dubravka (£4.5m), Jamaal Lascelles (£4.9m), DeAndre Yedlin (£4.5m) and Florian Lejeune (£4.3m) as the Hornets have failed to find the net in 299 Premier League minutes.
The Saints face two crucial away fixtures to Everton and Swansea in their battle to beat the drop. Given their current predicament, trotting out Southampton players would seem ill-advised but there are signs of life coming out of St Mary’s. Four points from their last three matches would hint at revival and at the heart of this is Dusan Tadic (£6.2m), who has scored three goals in those three matches.
Defensively, the Saints are still as leaky as ever. With 13 goals shipped in their last six league matches, Southampton defenders are perhaps best considered for their attacking potential. Enter Ryan Bertrand (£5.3m) and Cédric (£4.7m), who look to have had more license to get forward in recent weeks, both chipping in with an assist.
With favourable fixtures against West Brom and Newcastle, Spurs players will be at a premium ahead of Gameweek 37. Let’s start, as we always seem to, with Harry Kane (£13.0m). FPL managers seem stuck in a perpetual cycle of what to do when it comes to the #HurriKane. In short:
Once we get past this dilemma, the rest of Spurs’ squad is worth investment. Fewer players have been hotter than Christian Eriksen (£9.6) and Dele Alli (£9.0) over the last five gameweeks, with the duo providing seven goals and two assists between them.
Meanwhile, the defence has been one of the best in England this year. Fresh off the back of a clean sheet, our attention could turn to any of Spurs’ backline but it’s Jan Vertonghen (£6.0m) who gets our consideration. The Belgian seems the least likely to be rotated and reminded us of his attacking threat last week, where he hit the post and had an assist ruled out for offside.
Looking relatively safe a few weeks ago, Swansea are right back in the relegation grinder. With no wins in six, the Swans face a huge six-pointer vs Southampton on Tuesday night. Before this, they face the Saints’ south coast rivals with a visit to Bournemouth on Saturday.
If points are to come, then the Swans need to get back to scoring goals. Their most likely route to this end is through Jordan Ayew (£5.3m), who has been involved in 33.3% of Swansea’s goals this season (seven goals; two assists).
At the other end, Lucas Fabianski (£4.7m) will be key if Swansea are to keep a clean sheet. Ranked second in terms of saves made, the Swansea stopper represents the best value player in the game.
Still not able to breathe easy, West Ham face Leicester away and Man Utd at home in the DGW37. After watching Leicester get dismantled by Crystal Palace last week, our focus is drawn to West Ham’s attacking options and in particular, Marko Arnautovic (£6.9m). The Austrian hitman has been a revelation under David Moyes and has the added bonus of being a midfielder that plays upfront. Beyond this, there isn’t much to choose from but Aaron Creswell (£4.9m) demonstrated his potential to score heavily regardless of clean sheets with his free-kick goal against Man City last week.
Of the eight teams playing just once this week, Everton would seem to have the most attractive fixture. Boasting the best home record outside the top six, investment in Leighton Baines (£5.6m), Seamus Coleman (£6.4m) or Cenk Tosun (£6.8m) may prove prudent.
Crystal Palace, and Wilfred Zaha (£7.0) in particular, have also hit a rich reign of form lately and could be worth the outlay as they face a Stoke side that has given up the most shots per game of any team this season.
Finally, an entire fantasy article without a single reference to Mohamed Salah (£10.5m) feels incomplete – so here it is, though not for the usual reasons. FPL managers are casting off the Egyptian in there thousands with Salah being the most transferred out player this gameweek. Indeed, three Liverpool players are represented in the top five transferred out.
While it’s feels wrong to discount Liverpool, or Salah, this gameweek does feel like one where Liverpool commodities can be (slightly) overlooked. The Reds face a bruising schedule as, after traveling to Rome midweek, they head to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for the late kick-off. Still, such an approach could be deemed slightly short-sighted given Liverpool’s favourable fixture on the final gameweek of the season…. Also betting against Salah just doesn’t feel right…
The Stats Zone’s DGW37 coverage continues over the coming days with the regular projections and line-ups features.