Premier League Fantasy – Select XI (GW-38)

Premier League Fantasy – Select XI (GW-38)

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So here we are, at the end of the long and winding road that is the Fantasy Premier League season. So how have you done, still fighting for a position? Unfortunately, practically everything is sewn up in the league so we’re not going to have the last minute drama that we were fortunate enough to witness last season.

Nevermind, another gameweek means another chance to pick up some tasty fantasy points before summer takes over. With no international tournament, it may be a long summer but here at Fantasy Football Addict, we’re going to do our most to make it entertaining. We’ve got a number of interesting articles lined up, where we’ll review this season and analyse what things may need to be considered going into 2013-14.

We’re also planning a series of articles to focus on classic players and classic teams to appreciate the great sport of football. As always, we’ll be posting interesting and funny links, videos and pictures on our social media channels, so make sure you’ve signed up to avoid missing out.

In addition, we’re on the lookout for passionate writers to join the Fantasy Football Addict team, so if like us, you’re mad about fantasy football, get in touch and let us know what you have to offer.

If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. So without further ado, here is our selection for the final gameweek of the season:

Goalkeeper

  • Joe HART [NOR(H), 6.9m] – City have finished the season in fine defensive form, picking up 7 clean sheets in the last 11 games. This has helped Hart to the top of the goalkeeper standings, 14 points clear of Jaaskelainen. Despite the rousing 4-0 victory for Norwich over the Baggies, we don’t see them getting any joy at the Etihad, where City will be looking to finish things off with a home victory in front of their fans.

Defenders

  • Kyle WALKER [SUN(H), 6.1m] – Spurs are one of the few teams with something still to play for, hoping that Arsenal slip up at Newcastle, allowing them to slip into a Champions League spot. Di Canio has threatened Sunderland with shorter holidays if they don’t perform but Spurs are sure to beat them in the hope of playing amongst Europe’s elite next season.
  • Ashley WILLIAMS [FUL(H), 4.9m] – Swansea have not conceded in either of their last two games at home and this weekend they entertain strugglers Fulham, who seem to be coasting towards the summer break. On Sunday, Swansea will be celebrating the end of another successful season in the top flight and they will want to end things on a positive note and give their fans one more thing to cheer about.
  • Glen JOHNSON [QPR(H), 6.5m] – Liverpool are in to form despite the loss of Suarez and are clearly showing they are not a one man team. They have built from the back, with 4 clean sheets in their last 6 matches and they are likely to make it 5 when they come up against a demoralised QPR. As always, Johnson has the potential to produce points at both ends of the field and we are firmly predicting a convincing Liverpool victory this weekend. The same can be said for Everton star, Leighton Baines. At Goodison, the Everton fans will look to pay their respect to an excellent manager in Moyes as he departs for United. Moyes will want to finish his final Everton season on a high and Baines will be looking to give him the perfect send off.

Midfielders

  • Phillippe COUTINHO [QPR(H), 7.0m] – To continue the Liverpool theme, we have the young Brazilian starlet, Coutinho, who further improved his reputation last weekend, picking up a pair of assists in the process. Against QPR, he’s sure to cause them all sorts of problems and with Sturridge on the end of his delightful through balls, more assists seem likely.
  • Theo WALCOTT [NEW(A), 9.2m] – It was tempting to pick Cazorla after his 4 assists against Wigan but in the end we opted for the consistency of Walcott, who has scored in each of his last 3 games. With Arsenal looking to secure their Champions League spot, they’ll be going all out against Newcastle who guaranteed their Premier League status last weekend. Walcott’s in fine form and he’ll once again be looking to get on the scoresheet.
  • Juan MATA [EVE(H), 10.2m] – Chelsea will be in a buoyant mood following Mata’s last minute corner, which was dispatched by Ivanovic to win the Europa League final. The Chelsea fans will want to welcome back their champions and the atmosphere is sure to be bouncing for the final game of the season. Mata has been Chelsea’s stand-out performer this season and he’ll be looking to give us one more reason to guarantee his name on 2013-14’s shortlist.
  • Miguel MICHU [FUL(H), 7.8m] – Michu shrugged off any injury concerns to almost spoil Fergie’s Old Trafford party with a finely taken goal to add to his impressive tally for the season. He’s been arguably the best purchase of season at just ¬£2m and we’ll have to watch his position closely next season with it being completely possible that we may see him as an FPL striker.
  • Gareth BALE¬†(C) [SUN(H), 11.0m] – Bale collected a second consecutive blank last week but we don’t expect a third. The Welshman had the most goal attempts (nine) out of anyone in Gameweek 37, so he’s clearly in the mood to add to his goals for the season. With Sunderland having nothing to play for, we fancy Bale to put them to the sword, which is why he’s got the captain’s armband for the final weekend.

Strikers

  • Daniel STURRIDGE [QPR(H), 7.4m] – Sturridge was a close contender for the armband following his man of the match performance against Fulham. With Suarez out of the picture, Sturridge has stepped up and will be full of confidence going into this final game following his hat trick last weekend. We’re backing him to send QPR packing with one final loss before their drop down into the Championship.
  • Sergio AGUERO [NOR(H), 11.1m] – One of the biggest questions of the past season is where would City be if Aguero had been fit all season. Despite struggling with injuries for most of the season, he’s still picked up 12 goals and he’s definitely been missed on more than one occasion. Aguero has only played 60 minutes or more in 20 gameweeks this season and on Sunday, he’ll offer us another reminder of why we shouldn’t doubt his ability.

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Author Credit: Richard Lam

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