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EPL Game-week 38 Pre-Deadline and Live Chat

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The Final EPL Game-week of the season! Make sure you tune in, as all matches will be kicking off at the same time.

Manchester City v Newcastle United - Premier League
The end of an era: After 10 remarkable years of service, David Silva is set to feature in his last ever Premier League fixture for Manchester City.
Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

Welcome to the last EPL game-week of the season! After our long break from football, the return has certainly flown by, and it has been a pleasure to provide great content for our readers. Thankfully, the coming Premier League break won’t be as long as the last, with the new season to return on September 12th.

The FA Cup Final will be contested between Arsenal & Chelsea next Saturday, 1st August, and the Champions League resumes the following weekend, on the 7th August, with Manchester City & Chelsea still in the competition.

The battle for the Top 4 is going to the wire, with Leicester (5th) chasing Chelsea (4th) and Manchester United (3rd) for a spot, making the latter facing the Foxes a most enticing fixture. The other European Spot will be battled out by Spurs (7th) and Wolves (6th) with a point separating the two sides. 7th will be sufficient should Chelsea win the FA Cup.

The fight for Premier League survival will also be decided on the final day of the season, with goal difference (1 goal!) separating Aston Villa (17th) and Watford (18th). Bournemouth (19th) will only survive if they win and both Aston Villa and Watford lose.

Don’t forget to check out our Fantrax Player Picks & FPL Player Picks for this Game-week, as well as a Rate My Team article, focusing on the Free Hit Chip.

It’ll be great to see you all here for the Live Chat with every game kicking off at the same time and all lineups confirmed before the Fantrax deadline!

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Arsenal vs Watford

After their loss against Aston Villa, the Gunners can no longer qualify for a European place via the league. They will be without Shkodran Mustafi following a hamstring injury sustained in the FA Cup Semi-Final. Arsenal have no other fresh injury concerns as they have one eye on the FA Cup final the following weekend. Watford will be hoping that Étienne Capoue will make it back for this fixture after missing the previous two with a slight-knock. The Hornets have no other fresh injury news and desperately need a result as they sit in 18th at a -1 goal difference disadvantage to Aston Villa in 17th.

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Burnley vs Brighton

Nick Pope is currently battling for the ‘Golden Glove’ award and is level with Ederson. This is Burnley’s key focus as they no longer have anything else to play for. Charlie Taylor remains out for this fixture. Brighton have already secured their EPL status and have no fresh injury concerns.

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Chelsea vs Wolves

Chelsea are still in a battle to secure a top 4 finish, but with rivals Man Utd and Leicester facing one another, the Blues need only a draw. They have no fresh injury concerns, with Kante remaining a doubt. Wolves have no fresh injury concerns; they’ll secure European football with a win as they currently sit in 6th place, 1 point ahead of Spurs.

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Crystal Palace vs Tottenham

The Eagles (who have lost their last 7 EPL matches!) will be without Mamadou Sakho who sits out after sustaining a muscle injury in their previous fixture. Patrick Van Aanholt is still out, and Skipper Luka Milivojević faces a late fitness test. Dele Alli and Eric Dier are back in contention after sitting out with a hamstring injury and suspension respectively. The in-form Spurs have no fresh injury concerns. They will pip Wolves to 6th if they better Wolves’ result (7th will provide European football if Chelsea go on to beat Arsenal in the FA Cup Final).

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Everton vs Bournemouth

With nothing to play for, this is a free match for Everton. But Bournemouth must win to even receive help to stay up, which help would be both Aston Villa and Watford losing. Mason Holgate remains out for the Toffees who have no other fresh injury problems. Nathan Ake remains a doubt for the Cherries, with a groin injury that has kept him out of their previous 2 fixtures.

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Leicester vs Manchester United

What a fixture this is, 5th hosting 3rd to battle for a Top-4 place. A point will be enough for Man Utd, with Leicester needing to win to realistically stand a chance, as they need to better Chelsea’s result. Çağlar Söyüncü remains out for the Foxes, due to suspension, with Marc Albrighton hoping to pass a late fitness test after sitting the previous two matches out. Luke Shaw remains a doubt for the Red Devils, due to an ankle injury that has kept him out of the previous two matches.

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Manchester City vs Norwich

A dream final day FPL fixture, slightly dampened by Pep Roulette. Man City have no fresh injury concerns. For the Canaries, Emi Buendía and Josip Drmić will sit this one out due to the red cards they picked up in the last game-week. Timm Klose & Alexander Tettey will also miss out due to injury. Neither team has anything to play for, with the main focus being on David Silva, who will feature in his last ever EPL game for the Citizens, after a decade of success.

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Newcastle vs Liverpool

Another fixture with neither side having anything to play for (except pride of course!). Emil Krafth is a doubt for the Magpies after sustaining a recent ankle injury, although Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff could make their return, with both having missed the last few matches. Captain Jamaal Lascelles remains out. Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns, as The Champions look to end their title-winning campaign on a high.

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Southampton vs Sheffield United

Neither side has anything to play for in this fixture, although Southampton’s Danny Ings is still contention for the Golden Boot; with 21 goals to his name (2 behind leader, Jamie Vardy). Neither side have any injury concerns, with the Saints who are the team that are very much in form; they are unbeaten in their last 6 EPL matches (3 wins, 3 draws).

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West Ham vs Aston Villa

With West Ham having recently secured EPL survival, the onus is on Aston Villa who sit one place above the drop. Villa are equal on points with 18th place Watford, ahead only by +1 goal difference. Aston Villa are buoyant following their vital 1-0 victory over Arsenal on Tuesday. Ahmed El Mohamady picked up a hamstring injury that match and will miss this one. Aaron Creswell and Jarrod Bowen are doubts for the Hammers after picking up knocks in Wednesday’s draw against Man Utd. Ryan Federicks (knock) and Robert Snodgrass (lack of match fitness) could return to the squad, with the latter not featuring since before the restart.

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Poll

Whom will you captain for game-week 38?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
    (5 votes)
  • 35%
    Raheem Sterling
    (27 votes)
  • 13%
    Harry Kane
    (10 votes)
  • 26%
    David Silva
    (20 votes)
  • 2%
    Sadio Mane
    (2 votes)
  • 11%
    Kevin De Bruyne
    (9 votes)
  • 3%
    Other (please comment below)
    (3 votes)
76 votes total Vote Now

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Who will go down? What will be the Leicester - Man Utd outcome? What’s the status in your own fantasy leagues?

Please join us in the comments section where there is much to discuss on the final game-week of the season!

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