Gameweek 38 Preview – Premiership Fantasy Football
Chelsea will finally pick up their 4th Premier League title on Saturday – completing a fairly straightforward campaign on top. Following a disappointing performance away at the Hawthorns earlier this week, they’ll be eager to round the season off with a win at home. Sunderland defended for their lives and secured their Premier League status with a bore draw against Arsenal, so the pressure will have subsided. Terry (£7m) will want to seal an impressive and consistent season with one last clean sheet, but Filipe Luis (£5.3m) could also partake and is obviously a cheaper alternative.
Tony Pulis has had a predictable effect at West Brom since joining, conceding 1 goal in their last 4 games – 3 of which were against the top 5 league sides! They travel to the Emirates to take on an Arsenal side who have lacked form as of late, picking up 1 point in their last 3 games; which could be deemed as worrying in their run up to the FA Cup Final. Barahino (£5.6m) is very affordable and bagged 13 points against Chelsea, so he’ll be feeling confident in front of goal. At the opposite end, Myhill (£4.1m) has been sensational for the low price, picking up 44 points from the last 5 game weeks.
Hull are facing likely relegation and must win at Old Trafford to have any chance of staying in the Premier League, but they’re also relying on West Ham to snatch at least a draw from Newcastle. I can’t imagine much sympathy for ex-United star turned Hull City manager Steve Bruce from the Red Devils however, and Herrera (£7.2m) looks a solid midfield option who will contribute the occasional goal. Newcastle are in terrible form however, and they must beat West Ham to avoid any chance of relegation! If Hull can earn 3 points against Man United, a Newcastle draw will see the Magpies relegated with a weaker goal difference. Newcastle haven’t won since February 28th.
QPR are one side that are officially relegated, so Leicester will look to rub salt in the wounds following their impressive run of form – they’ve won 6 of their last 8 games, losing only 1 to Chelsea. Ulloa (£5m) is most likely to contribute but both team-mate Jamie Vardy (£4.6m) and QPR striker Charlie Austin (£6.2m) have today earned themselves an England call up, so they’ll both be desperate to show Woy exactly what they can do. Austin is the league’s 4th top scorer with 17, so he’s probably more likely to score than Vardy, who has notched just 4. Leicester defender Masilewski (£3.9m) has done well as of late, and he’s a very cheap option for your defence.
Liverpool travel to the Britannia to take on Stoke for their final fixture, but following an emotional and final Anfield appearance for local hero Steven Gerrard (£8.6m), Liverpool were awful quite frankly and were on the receiving end of a 3-1 thrashing from Crystal Palace. Many sentimental transfers for Stevie G gone to waste there but he could yet go out with a goal! Jordan Ibe (£4.3m) looks an impressive youngster and a really shrewd option in midfield, especially following this week’s stories regarding want-away Raheem Sterling (£8.3m), who will be less than popular amongst away supporters.
If recent form is anything to go by, the Man City v Southampton fixture has to be the weekend’s highlight. Southampton’s Mane (£6.2m) bagged the league’s quickest ever hat-trick in 2 minutes and 56 seconds, smashing Robbie Fowler’s previous record – incredible! You certainly wouldn’t have wanted to bench this man last week as he scored 23 points! Aguero (£12.8m) also scored 23 points a week earlier; and will look to do the damage again this week and with any hope – we’ll be in for a treat and plenty of goals at the Ethiad!