Man City’s return to UCL makes the top four race even more fascinating!
What a turn of events have we witnessed this week! Manchester City won its appeal, so the Citizens may (and probably will) claim a slot in next season’s Champions League. So the race for Europe has shifted, with Chelsea and Leicester desperate to keep hold of their Champions League spots, and Manchester United missing a chance of go third. It seems as if prizes will go right to the end, with the red-hot Red Devils facing off against the feckless Foxes’ in the final match of the season.
We have just three fixtures left to answer the Champions League and the EFL Championship at the same time!
Let’s have a look at GW36+ choices of players available for all the fantasy managers out there:
Pope should be ahead of Jordan Pickford and is actually competing with Jordan Henderson to be England’s new No.1 keeper, as he has kept 14 clean sheets so far. Liverpool had 23 shots against Burnley, and Pope had to save 8 of them. The game against Wolves is a risky one, but the two games hence could make him a favorite to gain another clean sheet, delivering another set of points in fantasy.
Ederson (£6.0, Manchester City vs. Bournemouth)
Despite Manchester City having a poor season at the back, Ederson has still ended up having 14 clean sheets which is not a bad figure at all. Pep Guardiola may not have won the Premier League this season but has promised to finish second place with as many wins as possible, and the next three fixtures against Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich may as well give Ederson a few more clean sheets as well.
Charlie Taylor (£5.0, Burnley vs. Wolves)
Wolves have looked out of shape since the restart despite smashing Everton with a three goals victory and winning four out of six fixtures, but Burnley have been extremely impressive at the back. It will be attack against defense in this game for sure. Since losing to Manchester City by five goals, Burnley have just conceded only three in five, having kept three clean sheets in those. Much credit goes to Taylor’s leadership skills at the back.
Sheffield may not have begun the ‘Restart’ well, but Blades have definitely found the winning touch since thrashing Chelsea 3-0. Stevens also played his role of providing an assist during the game, and he has 12 clean sheets, which is not bad given his price-tag. Leicester may sound tough, but given how in-form the Blades are right now, it’s the Foxes’ that need to beware.
Lucas Digne (£5.8, Everton vs. Aston Villa)
Despite Everton’s 3-0 loss against Wolves, they have been somewhat defensive since the restart, with three clean sheets in six. Digne always finds chances on the left side, providing three assists over this period. a decent number to put your bets on.
Phil Foden (£5.5, Manchester City vs. Bournemouth)
With such a reasonable price, and with such sparkling numbers (six goals/assists in seven), Foden is a “board favorite” since the restart. He will likely start since he played just 26 minutes at Brighton.
Michail Antonio (£7.0, West Ham vs. Watford)
Antonio made history for the club and wrote his name in the Premier League’s record book by scoring four goals against Norwich last weekend. He has single-handedly saved the Hammers from the drop zone, scoring six goals since the restart.
Christian Pulisic (£7.3, Chelsea vs. Norwich)
Arguably Chelsea’s best performer on the pitch, Pulisic like his teammate Willian has the ability to change a game. This fixture (anybody against Norwich!) is our best shot to cash in on his dominance.
Willian (£7.4, Chelsea vs. Norwich)
Willian has been influential for Chelsea since the restart despite Frank Lampard’s poor run of form. With Manchester City back in the hunt for scarce Champion’s League slots, the Brazilian (along with all Chelski Blues) will be motivated to step up his game. Since goal-differential could decide 4th place, all probable Chelsea scorers are interesting this week.
Anthony Martial (£8.3, Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace)
Martial has been outstanding for Manchester United and has found a new sort of desire and hunger to chase the ball for the goal since the arrival of Bruno Fernandes who has just transformed the club. Putting the ball into Southampton’s net didn’t secure all three points this time, but having Martial at this price is just remarkable; at the points he’s been providing lately; hes been the best possible transfer for a while.
Heung-Min Son (£9.6, Tottenham vs. Newcastle)
Despite Jose Mourinho’s Spurs playing dull and boring football, Son’s cheeky chip played a vital role in their win against Arsenal. Tottenham have been struggling with their style of play, which is why players like Harry Kane are not able to receive the service like before, but if anybody scores, it has to be either Kane or Son (or Alderweireld?) putting the ball in the net.
Dwight Gayle (£5.0, Newcastle United vs. Tottenham)
Gayle has scored thrice and provided once since the restart, and he’s the biggest positive at Newcastle at the moment. With a shaky Spurs defence, Gayle can prove to be vital for Steve Bruce’s side to nick all three points from Mourinho.
Mason Greenwood (£4.9, Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace)
The Greenwood fairy-tale amazes everyone, and it could continue against Crystal Palace despite sleeping against Southampton. With the form and motivation United have recently, and with Manchester City’s approval to qualify for Champions League, the Red Devils have maximum heat and spice to win out. The young teen sensation will have a major part in that.
Jamie Vardy (£9.8, Leicester vs. Sheffield United)
Despite the Foxes recent team form, the Vardy Party is gradually picking up goals in the quest for the golden boot, possibly matching or exceeding his personal best (24) in the magical 2015-16 season when Leicester won the title. Sheffield will be a tough match, but win, draw or lose, Vardy can find a way to put the ball in the net.
What players are you picking and dropping? Of Man United, Chelsea and Leicester, whom do you think most likely to end up in the top four? What do you think about Manchester City’s ban lifted for UCL football? What are your thoughts on the fixtures this week? Any specific player you think will be a surprise package for this week? Hope everybody is doing well! Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!