We’ve gone all out and tipped Arsenal to beat Aston Villa…

#FPL Gameweek 38 Preview

Written by @CraigHazell

 You can also listen to Craig, Tom and Ash on their Fantasy Football Podcast – The Gaffer Tapes


 Well we did it. There’s one game left and if like me you can’t move up nor down in your league then this will feel pretty futile. My picks in the last few weeks though have been alarmingly decent. It’s almost as if I’m performing well as the Summer approaches in the hope of a new contract or a big move. I’m the Sadio Mane of FPL blogging.



DEFENDER: Hector Bellerin, Arsenal

In defence, with no games to plan ahead for, it seems worthwhile to pick what seems to be a banker of a clean sheet. So it is old faithful Hector Bellerin as Arsenal take on Villa. Villa got a 0-0 draw with relegated Newcastle last week and it was deemed an excellent result. A game they couldn’t even score in against the second worst team in the league. A good result. Surely Arsenal don’t concede, right?


MIDFIELDER: Dusan Tadic, Southampton

Southampton are the other team that catch the eye in this final gameweek. An impressive win against Spurs shows that they haven’t given up this season and Dusan Tadic has clocked up an incredible 35 points in his last 3 weeks, making him the form midfielder in the game. Their opponents Palace, have two games left this season and only one they care about. Big clue. It isn’t this one. Tadic is a natural provider and could lay it on a plate for this guy…

Dušan Tadić

FORWARD: Shane Long, Southampton

Shane Long. He’s played the full 90 in his last 4 games (no mean feat for a striker) and got 2 goals in the process. Graziano Pelle’s decreasing involvement indicates maybe something else is going on with the window approaching or perhaps he has a deal with L’oreal on the horizon. Again, Palace aren’t the most motivated of opponents, with the exception of the likes of Dwight Gayle playing for a final spot, I just can’t see Saints losing this one.

CAPTAIN: Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Just to make it an Arsenal/Southampton sandwich, I’m going to pick Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal have outdone themselves this year and look to win the 3rd place cup rather than the 4th place plate. However they still have eyes on the 2nd place trophy which also gives them the ‘Above Spurs’ shield. All these honours exist solely within the imaginations of Arsenal fans and I for one look forward to half/half scarves and youtube raps that this bunch of intolerable morons will put together if Arsenal live the impossible dream. Sanchez looks a good pick for the ‘Defeating Aston Villa Award’.


OUTSIDER: Heung-Min Son, Tottenham

On the other side of North London, Spurs really do have something to play for. 2nd place will be a huge leap for Pocchetino and with a game against a demoralised Newcastle you would expect them to win. In Dele Alli’s absence, Son has started Spurs’ last couple games and while he only has 4 league goals all season, 2 of them have been in those last 2. The management clearly want him around and are insistent he won’t be a flop. He’s only 0.2% for a reason you could argue but he will start in a front 3 against truly awful opposition. It is worth a punt if you want one last tilt at beating Terry from Accounting who claims he doesn’t even look at his team even though you know he uses his free transfer every single week the lying fat prick.


Written by @CraigHazell

 You can also listen to Craig, Tom and Ash on their Fantasy Football Podcast – The Gaffer Tapes

gaffer tapes


Craig Hazell is a television professional, writer and Heart of Midlothian fan who makes up one third of the popular FPL podcast The Gaffer Tapes. As a student, Craig won the BBC Sports Broadcaster and Comedy Broadcaster of the year, before going onto to be a regular on the London open mic comedy circuit. He now writes about anything from TV & Movies, to food and of course football, providing he can shoehorn a 90s pop culture reference into just about anything.

Check out The Gaffer Tapes Podcast Here


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