After a gruelling yet an exhilarating nine months of Premier League football, the time has finally arrived to bid farewell to yet another exciting edition of Fantasy Premier League. Managers all around the globe will be hoping to end their season on a high and would be leaving no stone unturned to ensure a fitting finale to their respective campaigns.
Like it has been the case all season, we will be playing our part as always to help you achieve the sort of finish you are desperate for. For the one final time this season, here are our five captaincy choices for FPL gameweek 38:
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (vs HUDDERSFIELD TOWN) [A]
Arsenal’s iffy form has been a source of constant frustration for their faithful throughout the season. However, arguably the only positive they would like to carry forward from the ongoing campaign would be the January-signing of Aubameyang. The Gabonese international has hit the ground running right from the moment he made his bow for the Gunners. He was the highest-scorer for gameweek 37 with 23 points.
Taking note of the red-hot form he is in right now, he’s a must-have as Arsenal travel to the John Smith’s to take on Huddersfield Town. The Terriers confirmed their survival earlier this week following back-to-back stalemates with the newly-crowned and outgoing champions.
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) May 9, 2018
The major reason why David Wagner’s men were able to retain their Premier League status can be put down to their strong home form, collecting 23 of their 37 points while conceding 24 times in 18 league matches played at the John Smith’s. But of the 24 goals shipped by them on their home soil, 13 of those have been shipped against five of the current top 6 teams. On the other hand, Aubameyang has either scored or assisted in each of the five league games Arsenal has played against clubs currently placed in the bottom half of the table – racking up 5 goals and 2 assists in the process. With nothing at stake for either side coupled with the hosts being in party mode in all likelihood, Pierre could again emerge as the biggest beneficiary from this not-so-important fixture.
HARRY KANE (vs LEICESTER CITY) [H]
The Englishman managed to muster just a solitary goal across the two games in gameweek 37. The return is indeed a far cry from what was expected of him but nevertheless, Kane was the only Spurs player to get on the scoresheet in gameweek 37 and in the process, has now scored 3 of the North London club’s last four league goals. Spurs might have secured their Champions League spot for next season but Kane still remains 4 goals short of retaining his golden boot crown. And this should be his motivation come Sunday when Mauricio Pochettino’s men host Leicester City.
The Foxes finally put an end to their rut with a win over Spurs’ arch-rivals Arsenal during the midweek. But the win merely papers over the cracks as Leicester continue to struggle with a long injury list and their persistent problems at the back being a consequence of it. Since the start of April, no team has conceded more goals than Leicester (12). The Foxes are Kane’s most favoured opponent in the league, having scored a staggering 9 goals and registering an assist in just six league appearances against them. One of those goals came in the reverse fixture earlier this season at the King Power when Leicester City ran out 2-1 winners. Kane may have been far from impressive lately but facing an injury-ravaged Foxes may well work in his favour.
GABRIEL JESUS (vs SOUTHAMPTON) [A]
A large chunk of managers invested in him owing to his recent form but the Brazilian failed to live up to the hype, failing to get any goal or assist for himself despite spending 172 minutes on the pitch. Jesus’ 18.8% owners would have certainly felt hard done by but with City taking on Southampton this weekend, the 21-year-old probably deserves another go. The Saints have been on a roll of late under Mark Hughes and they just need to avoid a huge margin of defeat at the weekend to confirm their Premier League status for the next season.
However, like Huddersfield, they haven’t managed to keep a shutout at home against five visiting teams from the current top 6. They are, in fact, yet to beat an opponent from the top 6 this term. 11 of Jesus’ 19 goalscoring contributions have come against teams currently in the bottom-half of the table (6 goals and 5 assists) including the assist he made versus the Saints only in their meeting earlier this season. Also considering City’s indomitable record against teams in the bottom-half teams this season (19 matches: 17 wins, 2 draws and 59 goals scored), it’s still worth persisting with Jesus in your squads.
MOHAMED SALAH (vs BRIGHTON) [H]
For the first time since gameweek 8, FPL’s highest-point scorer has gone two consecutive gameweeks without registering a goal or an assist. Sounds quite uncharacteristic of the man who has scored goals for fun all season albeit one thing here is worth noting that both these blips have occurred following Liverpool’s gruelling midweek European excursions involving Roma. With a fortnight to go before they contest the Champions League final, Salah and his fellow Reds can now completely focus their attention on the league as they welcome Brighton in what’s a must-not-lose game for the hosts in order to secure the final available Champions League slot.
The Seagulls confirmed their safety from the drop last weekend and have nothing at stake except pride. Although they defeated Manchester United, that remains the only win for Brighton in their last eight league outings. Chris Hughton’s men are among the five teams yet to register a win away from home in 2018, with their last triumph on the road coming way back in November 2017 at Swansea City. The Amex stadium outfit failed to keep a cleansheet during each of their five visits in the league to a top 6 club venue this season shipping a total of 10 goals across those five games. Salah got an assist when the two clubs met earlier in this campaign. And with another individual honour of the golden boot looming on the horizon, that should be enough to keep the Egyptian focused on finding the back of the net come Sunday.
WILFRIED ZAHA (vs WEST BROMWICH ALBION) [H]
The Ivorian seems to have come alive in the last six gameweeks, racking up 4 goals and 3 assists in that period. With safety all but confirmed for the Eagles, Zaha and co will be gunning to end their season in the best possible manner in front of their adoring fans when relegated West Bromwich Albion visits Selhurst Park on Sunday. The Baggies, like Palace, have enjoyed a resurgence of sorts of late but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to help them escape the jaws of relegation in their case. Both teams alongside Everton make up the trio of teams that remain unbeaten in the league since the start of April.
“Zaha could be the most effective #FPL differential”
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) May 11, 2018
Despite the amazing run they are on, only West Ham and Bournemouth have shipped more goals than West Brom (26) in 2018. Zaha has a pretty mediocre record against the Birmingham-based club to start with, having scored just once in his seven previous appearances in this fixture. However, of the 8 goals and 7 assists he has managed to accrue this term, an astounding 6 goals and 5 assists have come on home soil. His last two home appearances have seen him produce a 14-points haul on each occasion. With murmurs of Zaha leaving the London club this summer doing the rounds, the Ivorian could be motivated enough to ensure that his last hurrah in the red and blue of Palace is certainly a memorable one.