And so it’s come to this. The final day of the Premier League season, and with it the Fantasy one as well.
But before we all start looking up Algeria’s left-backs and start considering our teams for the World Cup editions of the game in the summer, there are still some precious points to play for in the final week of the campaign.
Manchester City know that they’ll be able to seal the title as they host West Ham at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, and whilst the likes of Yaya Toure (£10.4m) and Sergio Aguero (£12.8m) have been the main attractions for plenty of teams all season, it is forward Edin Dzeko (£7.3m) who can round things off with a bang.
The Bosnian has been in fine form in the closing weeks of the season, and although the time of writing is before City play host to Aston Villa in their penultimate game of the campaign on Wednesday, with Aguero confirmed as missing out on that one then Manuel Pellegrini is sure to be relying on his No. 10.
Dzeko scored twice in the win at Everton last weekend, and with his relatively cheap price and his status as City’s new No. 1 forward to take into consideration, he could be the player to make the difference in your final week.
A forward with almost half the ownership percentage of Dzeko but exactly the same price is Swansea’s Wilfried Bony (£7.3m), and as the Swans round off their season at Sunderland then his is another name you need to consider. If it comes down to a straight fight between him and Dzeko though, go for the Bosnian as he has something left to play for.
And that is the key to this final week. Finding players who have a task in hand is crucial, as the rest of the matches will just be too unpredictable. Remember the 5-5 draw between West Brom and Manchester United this time last year?
Unlike Manchester United, Liverpool have been heavily involved in the title race this season, with their sheer amount of goals being the key reason why.
Luis Suarez (£13.1m) has of course taken the headlines, but it could well be that Daniel Sturridge (£9.8m) comes up trumps as the Reds round off their season at home to Newcastle. Recommending Magpies players hasn’t been a feature of this column this season, but Loic Remy (£7.9m) could find the net against the Reds’ famously suspect defence. Expect goals at both ends in that one.
Elsewhere, Arsenal will be looking to play themselves into form ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup final, and although that isn’t strictly a good reason to choose their players it is a decent enough one this week.
Mesut Ozil (£9.5m) perhaps hasn’t wowed fans in the way that many expected him to this season, but the German has shown flashes of inspiration in recent weeks and could be worth a punt if you’ve got imaginary money to burn. Olivier Giroud (£8.5m) and Lukas Podolski (£7.8m) will also be dangerous.
The Gunners will face Hull City in that final at Wembley, and no doubt they’ll be delighted that they won’t be coming up against the Tigers’ front two of Shane Long (£5.5m) and Nikica Jelavic (£6.5m), who are both cup-tied.
Of the pair, it’ll be the Croatian who will be more eager to sign off from the season in style as his side host side former club Everton on Saturday, with the law of the ex-player suggesting that he could bury any chance which comes his way and bite the hand which used to feed him.
Thanks for reading all season, and have a great summer.