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Manchester City’s David Silva & The 5 #FPL Players You MUST Pick For GW38

DEFENDER: Wes Morgan – £4.6m (Home v QPR)

Derided earlier in the season when Leicester were struggling and seemingly on their way down, captain Wes Morgan has been central to the Foxes’ record-breaking turnaround.

No team has ever been bottom of the Premier League table for longer (140 days) and not been relegated, and with five clean sheets in the last six games as well as a goal and an assist, Morgan will bounce into the final game of the campaign against relegated QPR in fine form.

 

MIDFIELDER: David Silva – £9.7m (Home v Southampton)

Yaya Toure’s brace against Swansea will have caught the eye for a lot of you, but we’re also aware that there will be a Cesc Fabregas-sized hole in plenty of teams this weekend.

Replacing the masked Spaniard with his international teammate David Silva won’t stretch your budget too much, and will give you a player who has recorded a staggering five assists in his last three games – taking his tally to 12 for the season, matching his goals output.

 

FORWARD: Romelu Lukaku – £8.7m (Home v Tottenham)

Everton have finished the season strongly, whilst Tottenham have somewhat limped to the end of their campaign – with the once prolific Harry Kane having now scored just once in his last seven games.

With the pressure off, these two are likely to produce an entertaining encounter on the final day of the campaign at Goodison Park, and with the chances flowing it perhaps make more sense to bank on Romelu Lukaku taking more of them than Kane as the Blues look to sign off with a win.

 

THE OUTSIDER: Bafetimbi Gomis – £6.5m (Away v Crystal Palace)

Crystal Palace might have ruined Steven Gerrard’s party last week, but in Bafetimbi Gomis they’ll be facing a player who will have his eyes firmly on the job in hand.

The big French forward has scored in his last two games, and was only denied another by a wonderful save from Joe Hart, and as he ends his first campaign in the Premier League in strong fashion he’ll be desperate for a goal or two at Selhurst Park.

 

THE CAPTAIN: Sergio Aguero – £12.8m (Home v Southampton)

It’s the final week of the season so maverick captaincy choices are to be welcomed, but if you’re playing it safe then Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero looks to be the way to go.

The Argentinean has managed five goals in his last three home games, and eight in his last six overall, meaning that he’ll enter battle in what looks to be an open game against Southampton with goals on his mind as he closes in on the Golden Boot.

GW38 Preview: Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko can fire to seal last day glory

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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.

@Mark_Jones86

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