The Premier League is near the final run of the season and there is still a lot to play for in order to fulfill the questions around the top four spots and the relegation battle for now. This week, every team is scheduled to play with Manchester United clashing against arch-rivals Liverpool which our fantasy managers in a tough spot when it comes to the selection process of players from the two teams but there are other potential options to pounder upon. Just like last week, there is another Friday deadline coming up which is why prepare your arsenal before the time ends!
Kasper Schmeichel (£5.4m, Southampton v Leicester)
Schmeichel may have a lack of consistency grabbing clean sheets this season, as the Danish international has 11 to his name so far. However, Southampton is enduring a major dip in form upfront that offers the Foxes’ captain his 12th.
Edouard Mendy (£5.2m, Chelsea v Fulham)
Mendy didn’t have much saving to do during the Champions League game against Real Madrid despite suffering a goal from Karim Benzema, but the keeper has performed when needed most of the time this term. After three league games conceding a goal, he did keep a clean sheet against West Ham last week to reach 15. He will aim to continue that form when goal-shy Fulham arrives. However, keep in mind that Chelsea has tough games after this: Man City (A), Arsenal (H), Leicester (H) and Aston Villa (A).
Stuart Dallas (£5.2m, Brighton v Leeds)
Dallas is a must-have player if you don’t have him already. The all-rounder defender pushes towards the midfield for Marcelo Bielsa, allowing him to notch seven goals. He has the most points of any defender in FPL.
Luke Shaw (£5.4m, Manchester United v Liverpool)
Shaw has arguably been United’s best player this season, maintaining top-class consistency at left-back so far. The Englishman balances his 1-v-1 defensive duties with attacking threats upfront that will cause Liverpool problems. He has created as many domestic league chances (66) as Lionel Messi this term, a major achievement that tells us how important he has become.
Timothy Castagne (£5.8m, Southampton v Leicester)
What a brilliant revelation Castagne has turned out to be. He has operated as a wing-back since Harvey Barnes’ injury, tallying some 20 brilliant points in the last two games. The Belgian will be a key figure in Leicester’s final games to secure European football next term, so he will likely be a regular starter for Brendon Rogers.
Matheus Pereira (£5.5m, West Brom v Wolves)
Pereira has been a key figure for West Brom, notching 42 points in his last four matches, so the Brazilian international is now one of the in-form midfielders. After Wolves, the Baggies have tough fixtures: Arsenal (A), Liverpool (H), West Ham (H) and Leeds (A), so this game is a must-win to escape the relegation zone if it’s not too late already.
Jesse Lingard (£6.6m, Burnley v West Ham)
The Jesse Lingard story has been tremendous to witness, the Manchester United loanee looking to bring European football to West Ham with his recent goal contributions. The England international’s form has been top-notch: five goals plus two assists in five fixtures. Expect him to make another mark against an inconsistent Burnley side.
Heung-Min Son (£9.5m, Tottenham v Sheffield United)
Son may have crashed in the League Cup final against Manchester City, but the South Korean has a chance to redeem himself against relegated Sheffield United. The winger has scored twice in three previous games. With Ryan Mason backing him, Son looks to have more freedom upfront, so expect him to create tough situations for the visitors.
Patrick Bamford (£6.5m, Brighton v Leeds)
Despite being unable to provide any type of goal contribution in the games against Liverpool and Manchester United, Bamford has been phenomenal for Leeds this term, so he remains an important ingredient in Bielsa’s attack squad. The England international faced tough opponents in previous three games so will hunger for goal against a scrappy Brighton side looking to escape the relegation battle.
Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.2m, Southampton v Leicester)
Iheanacho was hailed by his manager Brendon Rodgers and rightly so, the Nigerian international earning almost 30 points in his previous three games. Since DGW-26, the forward has scored nine goals and provided one assist in eight matches for a total of 70 points. At 8.8 ppg over nine games, expect him to tally more against a leaky Southampton side.
Harry Kane (£11.8m, Tottenham v Sheffield United)
Harry Kane chasing the golden boot against a relegated team has to be in your squad. The Englishman has a decent record against the Blades, picking up nine points in their previous meeting. After a tough loss to Manchester City in the League Cup final, Kane should get back on the scoresheet this weekend to regain confidence and momentum to challenge for a European spot as well as that boot of gold.
What do you think of our picks this week? On which player are you taking a chance? Whom are you planning to captain? Which player will shine this week? Please let us know in the comments section below!