Summer planning has already begun for many Fantasy Premier League managers. What started out full of belief may have turned into a shambolic season. Let’s forget about those who are already at the beach mentally.
Hello to the managers who come weekly to Never Manage Alone — those who are trying to finish strong in mini-leagues and fight until the end. You’ve persevered through 36 long gameweeks, with the final two now pivotal in determining your ultimate position.
Throughout the multitude of picks articles I’ve written this season, the goal has been to include some differential players who could separate you from the pack. The end of season can put our transfers under a microscope, as league rivals pay closer attention. At this time of year, it’s not a bad idea to wait until close to the deadline to make your transfer, keeping in mind that we have a Friday game.
Here are my picks for the week:
Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.4, Chelsea v. Watford)
Chelsea have not convinced lately; a top four place is on the line in the final two games; and Maurizio Sarri will hope for some solidity at the back.
Bernd Leno (£4.9, Arsenal v. Brighton)
The stopper for another London club in the same predicament as Kepa above, the Gunners have been bad on the road but they get good results at home.
Lucas Digne (£5.3, Everton v. Burnley)
Aside from Andrew Robertson, the former Barcelona player has probably been the best left-back in the league this season.
Jonny (£4.3, Wolves v. Fulham)
We feature another left-back signed from La Liga, a great budget signing this week.
Patrick van Aanholt (£5.5, Crystal Palace at Cardiff)
Cardiff must try to win this game, which should create lots of space for PVA to bomb forward on the counter.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.7, Liverpool at Newcastle)
A surprising omission in Barcelona, he should be restored to the lineup.
Luke Shaw (£5.0, Manchester United at Huddersfield)
Staying true to every picks article, a defender facing the relegated terriers.
Raheem Sterling (£11.6, Manchester City v. Leicester)
There will be no messing about at this stage, Sterling has been brilliant all season.
Richarlison (£6.4, Everton v. Burnley)
The Brazilian has had an impressive first season as Goodison Park. Can he provide points in the final home game? I think he can.
Heung-Min Son (£8.9, Tottenham at Bournemouth)
Suspended in the Champions League earlier in the week, expect Son to provide fresh legs to the Spurs attack.
Mo Salah (£13.3, Liverpool at Newcastle)
Missed crucial chances in Barcelona, so count on him righting that on Saturday.
Eden Hazard (£10.9, Chelsea v. Watford)
Completing an expensive midfield is the man possibly off to Real Madrid. He will seek to get his current team back into the Champions League before departing so he can demolish them there next season.
Romelu Lukaku (£10.7, Manchester United at Huddersfield)
This Belgian has been in abysmal form, called offside multiple times last week to the frustration of United fans. One thing Lukaku does well is beat up on poor teams though, so I expect him to respond with goals this week.
Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4, Arsenal v. Brighton)
Goals in the Europa League semifinals will have his confidence high. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is chasing the Golden Boot so he is a good option as well, but I’ve gone for the more budget friendly option.
Raul Jiminez (£6.9, Wolves v. Fulham)
What a brilliant debut season the Mexican international has had in England! Jared Borgetti opened the doors, and Jimenez has run through them to great effect.
There you have it folks, an expensive group of picks this time around. My big gamble is going with Lukaku over Aguero because I honestly believe he can match or surpass the Argentine this week; what a great differential that would be. Let’s hear whom you are buying this week for the final push.