This year is finally Liverpool’s year!
Jurgen Klopp’s side decided to break another record to become the first team to clinch their 19th league title with seven games left. The cherry on the top: they are 23 points clear of second-place Manchester City.
It’s the manner in which the European champions dominated in England that makes the story even more impressive, so they truly deserve the Premier League crown. However, with seven sets of fixtures left to play, fantasy managers still have to clinch their Fantasy titles by gaining maximum points possible!
Before you get too excited, though, a word of caution: We have a round of FA Cup competition this weekend, which means there are eight teams that will be extra busy. It also means Premier League game-week 32 will stretch out over six consecutive days — almost an entire calendar week.
The games are coming thick and fast, so despite the drink breaks and the five substitutions, it is important to consider fixture congestion and fitness/injury status when deciding on player selections— especially with the FA Cup weekend superimposed over the EPL game-week in this round of play. Expect rotation!
Let’s have a look at what players to consider:
The Spaniard may have been heavily criticized since his error against Tottenham, but he redeemed himself in the defeat of Sheffield. Manchester United have only conceded twice in their previous seven and appear to be in decent form with the remainder of the fixtures looking ‘friendly.’ Plus, Brighton’s attack shouldn’t be a huge problem.
Pope has kept 12 clean sheets this season – only Liverpool’s Allison has more. The English goalkeeper has been the backbone of Burnley, and with Palace unable to find scoring boots, expect another clean sheet for the Clarets on Monday.
Jose Mourinho seems to allow Aurier to move forward on the righthand-side of the pitch to provide dangerous crosses or just consistently make overlapping runs to create space. And Spurs look confident with the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son back in the team, while Sheffield United have seemed dull after the break. Aurier has a good chance to prosper in this fixture.
Ben Mee (£5.0, Burnley at Crystal Palace)
The Burnley captain has been a rock for Sean Dyche’s side, who already have 12 clean sheets this season. The Englishman’s leadership has resulted in a stingy defense that has been difficult for struggling offenses like Crystal Palace to breach. This could be a great fixture for Mee.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3, Manchester United at Brighton)
Another Manchester United choice. Why? His consistency moving forward as a secondary winger on the right, to provide the perfect ball for an assist as he did in the previous match against Sheffield. And plus, the prospect of clean sheet points is always there too. Not a bad choice to make when facing the likes of Brighton.
Jonathan Castro Otto (£5.4m, Wolves at Aston Villa)
After returning fully fit from injury since the break, the Spanish international has a full 90 minutes under his belt and has been building momentum. He should be able to pick up points against relegation side Aston Villa. Matt Doherty could have been mentioned too, with six clean sheets in seven matches combined with his potential for goals and assists, but his price tag may seem a bit too expensive for some.
Adama Traoré (£5.8, Wolves at Aston Villa)
With such a low price tag, and the number of assists Traore has been providing to his striker Raul Jimenez, this winger should be under consideration for your squad. The Wolves duo has been deadly, combining 10 times in the Premier League this season. Plus, Traore has now been involved in 18 goals this term in all competitions with six goals and 12 assists. The Spaniard will likely get points against a lackluster Villa side.
Christian Pulisic (£6.9, Chelsea at West Ham)
Frank Lampard helped Liverpool win the title early, thanks to Christian Pulisic’s contribution against Manchester City. The American was injured before the break but has resbounded very well with two goals since the restart and is finally looking like Lampard’s regular player now. The 21-year-old brings spark and energy to the game, which is something David Moyes’s West Ham as a whole have struggled to display this season.
Anthony Martial (£8.1, Manchester United at Brighton)
The Frenchman looks eager to reach the 20 goal mark this season as he sits on 19 goals in all competitions on the strength of an impressive first hat trick against Sheffield United. The Red Devils do have a FA Cup match against Norwich, but I’m thinking Odion Ighalo starts that one. Plus, Martial is priced well for someone who is playing central striker for a team who really seems to be in-form.
Heung-min Son (£9.8m, Tottenham at Southampton)
Son has been looking fitter than ever, especially after his trip to South Korea’s armed forces training. He may have been unlucky to have a goal disallowed in the win over West Ham, but his play suggests a goal could be coming in the next match against Sheffield, who have lost twice in a row.
Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7, Manchester City v. Liverpool)
What a match this is going to be! Despite Liverpool winning the league, this is sure to be a competitive game, and Pep Guardiola’s side would want to send out a message as a warning for next season to the champions. Kevin de Bryune has been the answer for the Citizens all season — he is their only player who boasts over ten goals and ten assists. The Belgian is also a contender for the Player of the Year trophy, so he’ll be motivated to make his case against the Reds.
With two draws already, the Foxes are struggling to find their feet after the restart. They must rediscover their winning formula in order to stay in the top four, and Jamie Vardy surely has to be a huge part of that. The English striker may have had a dip in-form, but it shouldn’t be long till he puts the ball in the net again. That could very well happen against Everton, who also look to be in decent form, which is why Vardy is an interesting yet tricky choice to make.
Raul Jimenez (£8.3, Wolves at Aston Villa)
The Mexican has picked up his pace like he did before the break, scoring in back-to-back games since returning. Jimenez is already many fantasy managers’ favorite for the captaincy armband for this week, as he has 21 goals with nine assists to his name and is in hot-form when it comes to smashing the ball into the net.
What players are you planning to pick or drop? Are you still going all-in for Harry Kane despite Mourinho’s playing style? Any specific player you think will be a surprise package for this week? Any early predictions for the top four chase? What strategy are you following in your fantasy squad? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!