Game Week 38 Tips
Gameweek 38 - Our first thoughts
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Well this is it. Another season of Fantasy Premier League concludes this week as we head in to game week 38! With so many questions to be answered this week it is difficult to maintain focused on the task at hand – and that is of course to pick the highest scoring team for GW38.
It’s simple right?
History doesn’t tell us so when you look at the results this season.
The last game of the season for many fans is a last hurrah, a final chance to escape their lives and lose themselves in the beauty of Premier League football – and more specifically in the land of fantasy football. For many teams, it will be a carefree game or a game in which they want to entertain their fans. For others, it will be a reminder of missed opportunities and for the unlucky few it will be a last shot at the big time – for a while at least.
The teams with a lot to play for are probably the ones to depend on the most and so Arsenal, Man City, Spurs and Man Utd are the teams either vying for Champions League qualification or automatic qualification (which is what Spurs and Arsenal are fighting for – not to mention North London dominance) whilst the teams at the other end of the table who are fighting for their lives include Newcastle and Sunderland (and possibly Norwich if they avoid defeat at home to Watford on Wednesday).
Now of course, there are still 4 fixtures set to play in GW37 before we head in to the Sunday showdown (remember you get an extra day and a bit to prepare this week) but it is always worth a look ahead to plan some tips for gameweek 38. You can never go to early in our book – but that doesn’t mean you want to make early changes – this part of the week is for thinking, not doing!
Game Week 38 Tips – Our First Thoughts
So we have already established that the safe(ish) bets this week will revolve around the teams who actually have something to play for. You can probably add Leicester to that list as they will want to see out their phenomenal season with a win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in an effort to really rub the noses of last seasons Champions well and truly in the dirt.
Arsenal Vs. Aston Villa
The standout fixture has to be Arsenal at home to Aston Villa, although the former have been poor at home and the latter have been somewhat improved since the ‘pressure is off them’ to quote a certain Villa central defender. That being said, the rewards for an Arsenal victory are considerable and it is almost impossible to foresee any kind of result that is not an emphatic home win. Alexis Sanchez is the main man and has been for weeks now (we have been telling you) and he is probably the best captain choice for game week 37 for managers that have him.
Man Utd Vs. Bournemouth
A lack of standout fixtures this week but Man Utd at Old Trafford on the final day of the season to try and snatch Champions League football from their City neighbours is a prospect to relish. At the time of writing, the game at West Ham is yet to be played (in fact just one hour from the delayed kick off) but supposing all players come through unscathed there are plenty of decent options against a Bournemouth side who have done enough this season to enjoy this game. If Bournemouth head here with even the slightest attitude of taking it easy then they could be rolled over.
Man Utd have been much improved of late and I fully expect a win to nil in this fixture. Defenders are a good bet with Valencia being a popular choice for LVG lately but it is up front that Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford could do some damage. Rashford is easily the value pick and could grab a goal or two if the chances present themselves. United have everything to play for and I expect them to win this comfortably.
Southampton Vs. Crystal Palace
Southampton have scored 10 goals in the last 3 games and wins over Spurs and Man City have been recent highlights. Southampton will be targeting a top 6 finish and there have been some real top attacking performances that will help them to victory over a Crystal Palace side who themselves managed a better result last week against Stoke.
Dusan Tadic has scored 35 points in the last 3 games and although Mane is potentially the most explosive, Tadic offers a fantastic differential and with a slight injury concern over Mane, he might be the better option. Shane Long seems to be the preferred striker to Pelle right now and he might be the one to back if you are looking for a striker rather than a midfielder.
As we count down towards the last day of the Premier League season 2015/16, we will be bringing you plenty more tips so please treat this as very much the whetting of your appetite and remember to bide your time and avoid the early transfer.