The season draws to a close with a final round of matches this Sunday, and Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur players are the best picks for those looking for a final fantasy football hurrah.
Fixtures Analysis: As the only sides with something concrete to play for, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are the teams to focus on as they take on Newcastle United and Sunderland respectively. Chelsea are looking to guarantee third place at home to Everton, whilst Liverpool look in splendid form despite having little to play for, and could run riot against QPR at Anfield. Manchester United will be saying goodbye to Sir Alex Ferguson at West Brom, whilst Manchester City could score plenty against Norwich despite their turmoil off the field. Finally Wigan might aim to leave the Premier League in style against Aston Villa at the DW stadium.
Transfers In: After a four assist haul against Wigan, Santi Cazorla (9.6) is looking a must have ahead of Arsenal’s trip to St James’ Park, and Theo Walcott (9.2) is another good option from their midfield. With Olivier Giroud back in contention for a starting place, it might be worth avoiding Lukas Podolski despite his two goals on Tuesday night.
Spurs will be desperate to keep the pressure on their neighbours at White Hart Lane, and Gareth Bale (11.0), Emmanuel Adebayor (9.0) and Clint Dempsey (8.9) all look like solid attacking choices from Andre Villas-Boas’ side. If you fancy a defensive option too, Jan Vertonghen’s (6.8) danger from set pieces makes him the best all round choice.
Chelsea have finally reached the end of their marathon season, and in theory Rafa Benitez will be happy to field his best players with rotation no longer necessary. Juan Mata (10.2) and Frank Lampard (8.4) are possibly the best midfield picks with Eden Hazard still a doubt, whilst David Luiz (6.7) offers the chance of points at both ends.
It might have come too late for them to climb the table, but Liverpool’s fine recent form is still good news for fantasy football owners, with Daniel Sturridge (7.4) and Philippe Coutinho (6.9) excellent choices ahead of QPR’s visit to Anfield. Assuming there might be some rotation from Brendan Rodgers, those two are probably the safest picks in attack, whilst Glen Johnson (6.5) is a good man to have from their defence.
Wigan’s loss at Arsenal has put an end to their stay in the Premier League, but they could end on a high with a Benteke-less Aston Villa their visitors this weekend. Arouna Kone (6.9) and Shaun Maloney (5.4) look the most threatening players for Roberto Martinez’s side, and might be hoping to earn themselves a move back to the top flight this summer.
Sir Alex Ferguson will be a hard man to predict in his final match at the helm of Manchester United, but Robin Van Persie (13.7) is certainly worth having for the trip to West Brom. Manchester City should be able to beat Norwich at the Etihad regardless of the drama surrounding their managerial situation, and Sergio Aguero (11.1) could well continue his recent scoring run.
Captain Choice: Bale is a decent choice, but Theo Walcott’s consistency of late makes him a better pick, especially playing a Newcastle team he has already bagged a hat trick against this season.
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