Premier League Preview: Gameweek 38

premier league picks week 38

Here we go, the last Premier League round of the season! The relegated teams have been decided, but there is still the small matter of the title to be decided. The ball is in City’s court after a win over Leicester on Monday, but anything can happen.

All games kick off at the same time on Sunday, which means you have a ten game fantasy offering at PlayON. Plenty of players to choose from then, and plenty of decisions to be made.

To help with those, I have gone through and picked out my best players for the games, for one last time – both guns and value plays, with a couple of POD picks thrown in at the end to really set you apart.

Brighton v. Man City

This is the big one. A win here guarantees the Citizens a title, anything less and Liverpool have a sniff.

Brighton have been poor, but are safe now and have back-to-back draws. Can they spoil the party? Probably not, look to the visitors for this one.

Gun

Far and away the biggest average in this game belongs to Raheem Sterling (£17.2m), with 17 goals and 14 assists for the season so far. A great chance to be involved in any City goals.

Value Pick

Stepping up for his team when needed, Vincent Kompany (£6.1m) slammed in a screamer to take out the win over Leicester.

Averaging 850 is a good pick up for his price. If he scores anywhere near the 1845 he hit last out, that value for money skyrockets.

Burnley v. Arsenal

Horrible form for Arsenal, with no win in four. Inexplicably though, they remain in the hunt for the top four, but it would need a big goal swing.

Not a bad opposition to do that against, with the Gunners never losing to the Clarets at this level and winning the last two by a combined 8-1. Even with the form, can’t look past the Gunners here I reckon.

Gun

The biggest goal threat for the Gunners in this is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£16.9m). Twenty goals for the term in the league, he also comes into this from a hat-trick in the Europa League semi-final.

Value Pick

Averaging over 1000 with only six clean sheets, Bernd Leno (£7.5m) seems to keep himself busy enough in the Arsenal goal to score at a level above his price. If he can manage clean sheet number seven here, his value skyrockets.

Crystal Palace v. Bournemouth

Both sides come into this battle of 12th against 13th from wins last out and the sides sit just a point apart on the ladder.

Mainly draws in the history here, with four from the seven meetings. In terms of wins, the Cherries lead 2-1 including a win back in October.

Best bet here seems to be both sides finding the net, so room for forwards on both sides.

Gun

Fourteen goals for the season means Callum Wilson (£14.1m) has the best average in this game, at 1570. Adding 12 assists to that tally and he shapes as the biggest threat to the Palace goal.

Value Pick

Netting his fourth of the season to nab the win against Spurs, Nathan Aké (£6.5m) has found the net four times this season.

The 750 average isn’t bad for the price, but if he finds himself on the end of a set piece here, and anywhere near his last score of 2085, he will be ridiculous value.

Fulham v. Newcastle

A sleep-inducing 0-0 back in December, but hopefully this will be a bit more exciting. One goal or less in the last four meetings doesn’t bode well though, so there are probably other games I’d be picking from before this one.

Gun

A goal and assist against Liverpool last out, Salomón Rondón (£11.6m) moved to ten goals and eight assists for the term and a PlayON average of 1350.

The finish against the Reds was fantastic, and If you think he can back that up here, he should be in your sides.

Value Pick

Three goals and an assist in his last five means Ryan Babel (£10.6m) averages a good-for-the-price 1230.

In the form he is, I peg him as most likely to score for the Cottagers in this.

Leicester v. Chelsea

Going down to a Kompany cracker against City, ninth-placed Leicester face off against Chelsea, who will be looking to hold onto third spot.

With more left to play for, I can see the Blues getting up here, so will be looking at their players first.

Gun

With 16 goals and 15 assists for the season, Eden Hazard (£16.8m) seems to be the main man for the Blues and should be locked in to your side where he can be afforded.

Coming in from two assists against Watford, he should be full of confidence.

Value Pick

A quieter one with the Foxes not scoring against City, but Jamie Vardy (£15m) still has an average over 1960, courtesy of 18 goals and five assists, including five goals in his last five.

On an average to price ratio, that’s actually one of the best in the game, even with the higher price. In form and well aware of where the goal is, watch out Chelsea!

Liverpool v. Wolves

The other fixture in the title race takes place at Anfield, where Liverpool will be desperate for City to stumble and ready to take advantage with a win.

Although the Reds have won six and drawn two of the nine matchups between the sides, Wolves’ form in the current year means it will be no easy task for the hosts.

The prize on offer should focus Liverpool and mean they get up in this, but I feel like the visitors could find the scoresheet, meaning a few of their players become options for PlayON squads.

Gun

With Salah in doubt through injury, the responsibility rests with Sadio Mané (£14.4m) and his average of 1530.

Netting 20 times in the league, including two in his last two. He’d be the first name on my teamsheet from this game.

Value Pick

The assist king! Even not counting his quick thinking against Barcelona, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£9.3m) has 11 assists for the season, and four in his last three.

Picking up that, and his 1430 average, for his price is a steal.

Man United v. Cardiff

No win in four for United and they not cannot finish in the top four. They will be looking to end the season on a high though, against an already-relegated Cardiff side, who United ran out 5-1 winners over back before Christmas.

I’m backing the Red Devils to get up in this one, so it’s their players who are of interest from a PlayON perspective.

Gun

If United are to go out with a bang here, my pic for most likely to produce the bang is Paul Pogba (£13.3m) and his average of 1125.

Thirteen goals and ten assists for the Frenchman, who also laid on three assists when the sides last met.

Value Pick

Back to back starts, and a goal against Chelsea in that time, Juan Mata (£5.9m) continues to average well for his rock-bottom cost.

The average of 950 is great for the price, but if he snags another attacking stat here, the potential value becomes even bigger.

Southampton v. Huddersfield

A good point off United last out for bottom side Huddersfield, which ended a run of losses. Southampton are without a win in four and will look to end the season on a win against a side they beat 3-1 in the reverse fixture.

I make the Saints favourites for this, so will be looking to their players for my squads.

Gun

Seven goals from midfield have seen James Ward-Prowse (£10.5m) score at 1250, the best average on offer here.

Expect him to cap off a stellar season with a good performance here and lock him into your sides.

Value Pick

Not too many starts for Mario Lemina (£6.4m) but when he does, he scores well, with an average sitting around the 1000 mark even with his low-minute sub appearances included.

He did get a start last out, scoring 1110, and if he gets another go here, he is worth a good look.

Tottenham v. Everton

Despite their Champions League heroics, Spurs league form is patchy, with three losses in the last four. They are just about hanging onto the top four however and will guarantee that with a point. Everton come into this unbeaten in three and will be wanting to end the season on a high.

The reverse fixture ended 6-2 Spurs, and a similar goal fest here would bring players on both sides into DFS contention.

Gun

Kane and Son missing, the pressure is on Christian Eriksen (£13.9m). The Dane is currently averaging 1350, driven by seven goals and 12 assists.

Excluding the last two losses, he has two goals and three assists in five. A likely must-have for this one.

Value Pick

Fresh from his midweek heroics, you have to look at Lucas Moura (£8.9m). In addition to the confidence he’ll bring in from his treble, he also averages 1150, which is a solid return on his current pricing.

Watford v. West Ham

Back to back losses for the Hornets, while the Hammers have two wins in the same period. The sides side one place, and one point, apart on the table, so plenty to play for.

I feel like the hosts will have one eye on the FA Cup final, so see more value in the visiting players for PlayON purposes.

Gun

Returning to form with a bang last week, Marko Arnautovic (£10.8m) found the net twice en route to a 2950.

Likely to be the main threat for the Hammers, he comes with the added bonus of the fact his sub-1000 average may limit the number of other owners.

Value Pick

Back to back clean sheets and a goal last out mean that Ryan Fredericks (£6.5m) averages around the 900 mark, even with his substitute appearance factored in.

That isn’t bad value in of itself, but the 2400 he managed against Southampton is phenomenal for his cost.

POD Picks

Across the day’s games, my three best POD picks are:

Andros Townsend (£11.1m) – the 850 average won’t put him in a load of teams, but the 3120 last out shows what he is capable of if in the mood.

Christian Atsu (£6.3m) – the 440 average means an even lower potential ownership, but he managed 1950 with a start and a goal against Liverpool. Watch to see if he’s given another go here before jumping in him against a Fulham side who leak goals.

Glenn Murray (£8.7m) – a low average and playing against City will keep his ownership low, but just imagine if he spoiled the party for the Citizens and added to his 12 for the season. Probably wishful thinking by a neutral just wanting to see some more final-round drama!

 

Make sure you head to the Lobby to enter those teams one final time, then sit back and watch the action as the season concludes.

That is the Premier League done until August, but there is still plenty of action at PlayON, across a variety of sports, so make sure you check out what is on offer.

Good luck!

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