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Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 37 – Captaincy Picks

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The last chance saloon of grabbing a grand haul of points is finally here as Fantasy Premier League enters into its penultimate gameweek of the season. Gameweek 37 also happens to be the final double gameweek of the campaign with as many as 12 teams set to play twice over the next seven days starting Friday.

Managers will be focusing on filling up their squads mostly with the players belonging to the aforementioned 12 clubs, namely Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal, Swansea City, Leicester City, Southampton, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Brighton and Huddersfield Town.

Keeping this in mind, we have picked the following five armband alternatives who shall definitely help you make the most of this double gameweek bonanza:

 

1. GABRIEL JESUS

Fixtures: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN [H], BRIGHTON [H]

The Brazilian continues to go from strength to strength with his last five league starts yielding an impressive 4 goals and 3 assists, thus resulting in a whopping 38 points. Being the only fit centre-forward at City, there seems to be no imminent threat to Jesus’ position in the starting eleven and the status quo is expected to remain unchanged when the newly-crowned Premier League champions host Huddersfield Town and Brighton in back-to-back home games.

Both the visiting teams have been struggling to eke out favourable results of late as they remain embroiled in the relegation battle. Another common thing uniting them is their awful defensive record versus the top 6. In nine league games each against the top 6 clubs, the Seagulls have let in 20 goals whereas the Terriers have shipped 25 goals. In the fixtures earlier this season against the two clubs, Jesus did manage to get an assist against the John Smith’s outfit but was neither among the goals nor assists against Chris Hughton’s men. But with the Brazilian brimming with confidence, a big points haul could be in store for him this gameweek.

 

 

2. RAHEEM STERLING

Fixtures: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN [H], BRIGHTON [H]

Joining Jesus on this list is his teammate Raheem Sterling who, without a doubt, is someone you cannot afford to overlook considering the form he is in. Sterling has either scored or assisted in each of the last six gameweeks, contributing a staggering 3 goals and 7 assists over that period. Hardly any player has been this consistent in his returns of late. And with fixtures against teams such as Huddersfield Town and Brighton looming on the horizon, there can’t be a better candidate for the armband for gameweek 37 than the City number seven himself.

 

The former Liverpool man has bagged as many as 10 double-digit hauls this campaign with seven of those coming against teams currently in the bottom half of the table. One of those hauls, in fact, came against Huddersfield in the reverse fixture earlier this season where he scored and assisted a goal each but failed to make any contribution against Brighton. However, with City’s immaculate record against teams from the bottom half this season – 17 matches, no defeats (16 wins and a draw) and 56 goals scored; expect Sterling and co to carry on with their onslaught this gameweek as well as City aim to end the season with some new records of their own.

 

 

3. HARRY KANE

Fixtures: WEST BROMWICH ALBION [A], NEWCASTLE UNITED [H]

With a goal in each of his last two league outings, Harry Kane is finally back among the goals much to the relief of his 35% owners. And as the fixture list eases up for the North London club, huge returns are expected of FPL’s most-expensive asset as Spurs prepare to take on relegated West Brom away followed by their penultimate home game of the season featuring Newcastle United.

The Baggies, to their dismay, have picked up form unfortunately at the wrong time but are without a win in their last 6 home games. No team has, in fact, conceded more goals at home in the league this calendar year than the Hawthorns outfit with 14. On the other hand, Newcastle United seems to have gone off the track ever since confirming their Premier League status, losing back-to-back games against Everton and WBA by a solitary goal. Of the 44 goals shipped by the Magpies this term, 27 of those have come on their travels whilst keeping just two cleansheets away from home all season – the most recent one coming at Stoke City on the New Year’s day.

Kane has an impressive record of 7 goals in six league appearances against West Brom that also includes the goal he scored when the two clubs met at Wembley earlier this season. However, his record versus Rafa Benitez’ men is abysmal, having scored just once in five appearances against the north-east club. But with Kane showing late-season resurgence, expect these two fixtures to not only provide a boost to Kane’s own hopes of retaining the golden boot but also for your hopes of taking home a gargantuan points haul from gameweek 37.

 

4. EDEN HAZARD

Fixtures: LIVERPOOL [H], HUDDERSFIELD TOWN [H]

After going four games without a goal or an assist since being on the losing side against Manchester United, last two league starts for Hazard have seen him grab a goal and an assist. Definitely not the kind of stats that would give FPL managers a brainstorm but certainly the one that might hint that a big point haul is around the corner for the Belgian ace. With two of the four Champions League places still up for grabs, Hazard will have a key role to play if the Blues are to finish the season at one of those spots provided they win their all-important games against Liverpool and Huddersfield Town at the Bridge.

Despite showing tremendous improvement at the back recently, the Reds still have the worst defensive record among the current top 5 teams in the table. Even in the head-to-head’s between the top 5 clubs this season, no team has conceded more goals than Liverpool with 17. In fact, 27 of the 37 goals shipped by Jurgen Klopp’s men in the league this term have come on their travels. Chelsea’s next visitors, Huddersfield, have the fifth-worst defensive record in the division this season to add to their aforementioned woes against the top 6 clubs. David Wagner’s men are on a staggering 14 games without a league shutout on the road – the last one coming way back in September at Burnley.

Talking of Hazard’s individual record against the forthcoming opponents, the Belgian has 3 goals and an assist in ten league appearances versus Liverpool while he is yet to open his account against Huddersfield. Part of a measly 6.2% of the squads, gambling on Hazard could help you make a huge leap up the rankings ladder.

 

5. PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG

Fixtures: BURNLEY [H], LEICESTER CITY [A]

Aubameyang’s blank show at Old Trafford was only the third occasion since his arrival in January that he failed to register a goal or an assist in a game. However, the blip doesn’t alter the huge impact the former Borussia Dortmund man has had on the Gunners frontline. Of the 21 league goals Arsenal have scored since his debut, Aubameyang has had a hand in 9 of those (6 goals and 3 assists). In fact, only Manchester City and Liverpool have scored more league goals than the North London club in that time period. Both Arsenal and Pierre will be eager to further improve on that record when they face Burnley at home and Leicester City away this gameweek.

 

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been nominated for April’s Premier League Player of the Month award.

 

The Clarets managed by Sean Dyche have enjoyed a brilliant campaign and with 32 goals shipped all season, Burnley have the fourth-best defensive record in the division ahead of the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal themselves. However, 19 of those goals have been conceded against the top 6 sides. And to compound their misery, Burnley are yet to keep a cleansheet against opponents from the aforementioned bracket this term. Arsenal’s other opponent for gameweek 37, Leicester City, have claimed one shutout against teams in the top 6 (0-0 vs Chelsea) but it doesn’t seem to matter much going by their current form. Since the start of April, only West Ham have leaked more goals than the 2015/16 season champions. As the two opponents struggle to plug the hole in their defence down for varying reasons, Aubameyang’s 11.6% owners have every reason to feel optimistic about getting a good return from him.

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