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Judgement Day is nearly upon us. After a season of elation or frustration – depending on where you are in your respective leagues – Sunday brings the final day of the Premier League season.
Gameweek 38, the last round of the Fantasy Premier League is your chance to finish on a high whether you’re in a battle to finish top or languishing at the bottom.
This week’s column will help you out in your FPL endeavours. Here’s why you should captain Harry Kane while also taking note of three important factors.
But first, here’s a look at the tactical geniuses who make up the top five in our fans league this week.
WHO TO CAPTAIN
Kevin De Bruyne [10.5m] was our captain pick in Gameweek 37 and although he had a poor outing in the first fixture against Leciester City, he did come through with a goal and an assist against West Brom. He wound up with a cool 15 points after a three-point bonus as well.
This week, we’re backing four-goal hero Harry Kane [11.8m] for the captain’s armband. After a tidy seven points against Manchester United, he followed it up with four goals and an assist away to Leciester in a 6-1 trashing of last season’s champions.
In total, the striker racked up a massive 31 points. On the back of that, his captaincy seems rather like chasing that point haul again but you can’t ignore the fact that he’ll be desperate to add another goal or two against a relegated Hull City side to ensure he ends up with the Golden Boot.
The argument is Tottenham don’t have anything to play for but that didn’t stop them from hammering six past Leicester, did it?
THREE THINGS TO CONSIDER
There’s a few things you should know before you make your picks for the final Gameweek since some teams are more motivated than others. Meanwhile, the likes of Chelsea and United will be fielding weaker sides as they prepare for the FA Cup and Europa League finals respectively.
STEER CLEAR OF THE CHAMPIONS
As mentioned above, Antonio Conte is expected to rest his big stars on Sunday as Chelsea face Arsenal in the FA Cup final the following Saturday. With the Premier League wrapped up, bow and all, Conte has taken the opportunity to field a few squad players.
That’s why it’s best to steer clear of the expensive, big-hitters like Diego Costa [10.4m] or Eden Hazard [10.5m] as they’re unlikely to play 90 minutes, let alone start.
However, if you’re looking for more affordable options, the likes of Cesc Fabregas [6.9m], John Terry [5.2m] and Nathan Ake [3.8m] provide great value.
Cesc Fabregas has now been directly involved in 12 goals in his last 10 home league games.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 15, 2017
4 goals ⚽️
8 assists 🅰️
Always delivers. 📬 pic.twitter.com/xRfqvhYSks
THE FIGHT FOR THE TOP FOUR
The natural tendency is to favour players in teams that have plenty to fight for and with the final two Champions League spots yet to be decided between three sides, there are few great options to choose from.
Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal all have decent fixtures on the final day. Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus [9.0m] would be the front runners to grab a few points away to Watford.
Meanwhile, Liverpool play at home to bottom side Middlesbrough where Philippe Coutinho [8.6m] could pop up with one final breath-taking performance of the season.
Arsenal have to win their game at home to Everton if they’re going to have any chance of making the top four for a record equalling 20th consecutive season (Real Madrid 1997/98 to 2016/17). They’ll be banking on Alexis Sanchez [11.6m] to deliver the goods again.
Mesut Ozil has come into some form as well and is a cheaper alternative while Rob Holding [4.1m] has proved to be great value for money in defence.
Clean sheets have been a great source of points in the last few Gameweeks and in the final round, there are a few defenders who could serve you well. Joel Matip [5.3m] has been providing great returns with Liverpool keeping four clean sheets in their last five.
Terry at Chelsea is a good option too especially after his goal in his last outing. Southampton duo Maya Yoshida [4.5m] and Jack Stephens [4.2m] provide great value as well with three clean sheets in their last five.
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