We’ve reached the penultimate weekend of Premier League football. Whilst the Premier League teams didn’t fair particularly well in the Champions League this week, there’s still plenty to play for domestically. More importantly, there are still fantasy football points up for grabs.
The most difficult thing at this time of the season is finding players who still have something to play for. As we approach the end of the season, there’s a risk certain teams will metaphorically be on the beach. The picks this week are therefore focused around teams who still have a lot to play for. Fortunately, most of those teams are around the top six.
With only two game weeks to think about, the equation is not particularly complicated. Here are our five picks for who could shine in week 37.
1) Sergio Aguero (Forward, Man City, £11.9m)
Aguero’s winner against Burnley was his first goal in five league games. It’s the time of season where form for an individual is not necessarily important. Aguero is a big game player and is one of the greatest goalscorers in Premier League history. A home game with Leicester should give him plenty of opportunities to add to his goal tally.Embed from Getty Images
Leicester play on the break themselves and whilst that should make it an interesting game, Man City will be clear favourites. If Liverpool fail to beat Newcastle 48 hours earlier, this could seal the title for Guardiola’s men. The players around Aguero are in great form too – Sterling, Sane, Bernardo Silva and David Silva have all made big contributions recently and you always fancy them at the Etihad.
2) Raul Jimenez (Forward, Wolves, £6.9m)
Wolves’ Mexican forward has been involved in 23 Premier League goals this season. He’s been affordable all season and he’s never gone more than three games without a goal or an assist. Wolves welcome Fulham this weekend and the race for 7th is very much on.Embed from Getty Images
Although Fulham have improved recently after their relegation was confirmed, it would be a huge surprise if they can keep Wolves at bay. Even next week their fixture away at Liverpool looks tough but Wolves’ record against the top sides is outstanding. Jimenez’s strike partner Diogo Jota is in equally good form and is classified as a midfielder.
3) Paul Pogba (Midfielder, Man Utd, £8.5m)
Man Utd are limping towards the finish line. They had looked set for a big finish a month or so ago but it is unravelling fast. That said, they still have an outside chance of claiming a top 4 spot and they have a good pair of games to try and achieve that. This weekend they make the trip to Huddersfield. As we established last week, Huddersfield are very relegated. With an injury doubt over Marcus Rashford, the focus shifts to Paul Pogba.Embed from Getty Images
Pogba’s performances haven’t been particularly special recently but you can expect him to have a lot of the ball in this game and of course penalty duties. Romelu Lukaku is also an option but he is much pricier.
4) Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Midfield, £10.9m)
Chelsea host Watford this weekend and despite their patchy form, they are in the box seat for a top 4 finish. The added distraction of the Europa League sees this game fall between the two legs of their clash with Eintracht Frankfurt. Chelsea finish away at Leicester next weekend so this looks the slightly easier of the two fixtures, though Watford have shown their quality in reaching the FA Cup final.Embed from Getty Images
As usual you feel if Chelsea are going to win it’s going to have a lot to do with Hazard. Higuain is offside a lot whilst Pedro and Willian are battling for the position on the other wing. There’s every chance Hazard will add to his 16 goals and 13 assists here.
5) Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal, Forward, £9.4m)
Arsenal had looked poised for a canter to a top 4 position but three consecutive losses have scuppered those plans. A home game with Brighton looks the ideal way to bounce back though. The Seagulls were abject for an hour against Newcastle but eventually found a point which will probably be enough for survival. They defended resolutely against Tottenham only to be beaten late on and I expect a similar backs to the wall effort here.Embed from Getty Images
Lacazette is a bit of a punt pick because Unai Emery has been chopping and changing his lineup a lot recently. The added Europa League game might help clarify some team selection so keep an eye on that. Lacazette has started the last three but whether that is an indication he will here remains to be seen.
In the OffsideRulePod league, I’ve got a lead of 36 points but there is increasing pressure from the chasing pack. Dolly’s Diamonds have had a few good scores recently but 129 was exceptionally good. A well played triple captain chip on Mo Salah was responsible for 57 of his points but good contributions from Vardy, Wilson and Jota all helped.
That’s all for this week. It’s another Friday night deadline, so don’t forget! I’ll be back next week to wrap up the season with the final picks. Good luck!
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