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We’re back to near normality with a full game-week but a Friday deadline

Chris Wood celebrates with Matej Vydra - Burnley - Premier League
Chris Wood looks good value for further returns after scoring a hattrick last time out.
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Welcome back to a full game-week! We have yet another Friday deadline as we enter the final five game-weeks of the season. last weekend, Tottenham missed the chance to get their hands on a trophy, losing out to Manchester City in the League (EFL) Cup. Man City along with Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd all featured midweek in Europe. There is still plenty to play for in the EPL, with battles on-going for the Top 4, Top 6 and survival (and technically the league title).


Friday

Southampton vs Leicester

This is the one match that will show confirmed lineups to our Fantrax managers before their deadline, which makes Foxes just a little more interesting this week.

The Saints were afforded a rest last weekend, but unfortunate Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand are still out, most likely for the rest of the season in Ings’ case. Leicester is in good shape at the moment and look good value for a top-4 finish. The only long-term injuries are James Justin and Harvey Barnes.

Prediction: 1-2


Saturday

Crystal Palace vs Man City

Defender Gary Cahill will hope to return after missing last game with a knock. The Eagles are turning out their usual poor end of season performances. Man City played on Wednesday, beating PSG away and now favored to advance to the UCL Final. John Stones is the only absentee, out till the May 12th due to suspension. Rotation may be the order of the day for the Citizens intent on Champions League silverware and coasting domestically.

Prediction: 0-3

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Brighton vs Leeds

Brighton followed up a good draw against Chelsea with a loss to already relegated Sheffield United. Thankfully the Seagulls don’t have any fresh injury concerns as they continue to look over their shoulders. Raphinha faces a late fitness test for Leeds after having missed the last couple of games; Liam Cooper sits out again due to suspension.

Prediction: 2-1

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Chelsea vs Fulham

Chelsea is looking strong all around at the moment, with a good chance of making the UCL final as well as having no injury concerns at the moment. Fulham is without Loftus-Cheek, ineligible to face his parent club in this London Derby. Defender Tete is touch-and-go after missing out last time due to injury.

Prediction: 3-1

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Everton vs Aston Villa

Toffees defender Michael Keane sat out last time due to a hamstring injury and will be assessed before returning for this one. Everton is in the mix for a top-6 finish after a strong win over Arsenal last time out. Stuttering Aston Villa continues to be without midfield trio Grealish, Trézéguet and Sanson who are out with long-term injuries.

Prediction: 2-2


Sunday

Newcastle vs Arsenal

The Magpies have a few injury concerns at the moment, with Lascelles, Fraser and Hayden all out. Last-gasp winner Willock is unable to play against his parent club. Arsenal expects the returns of Aubameyang, Lacazette, Tierney and Luiz.

Prediction: 1-2

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Man United vs Liverpool

There’s much to play for in this one, plus pride! Man United is injury free except for Martial still, seeming unscathed by their latest Europa League clash. Liverpool defender Phillips may not be back in time for this game after missing the last. He will most likely join a whole host of familiar names on the sidelines.

Prediction: 2-1

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Spurs vs Sheffield United

Spurs are back after blanking last time out and will hope to bounce back after narrowly losing the League Cup final to Man City. Davies remains out for the North London side, with Doherty set to potentially feature after building up his match fitness. The already-relegated Blades don’t have any new injury concerns following a rare win over Brighton last time out.

Prediction: 3-0


Monday

West Brom vs Wolves

Can Big Sam keep the Baggies up? There’s a chance still, and the squad is in good shape with only Ivanovic and Snodgrass missing still. Moutinho may return for Wolves, with Neto, Jimenez, Marcal and Jonny out still with longer-term injuries.

Prediction: 2-1

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Burnley vs West Ham United

Burnley had a big win last week, featuring a Wood hattrick. Brady and Long remain out for this one still. West Ham is still in the battle for a Top 4 finish so will hope that Cresswell and Masuaku pass fit for this one.

Prediction: 1-1


What are your predictions for this game-week? Do you have any chips left to play in FPL? Any bargains or differentials for this week? Are you shopping for Foxes during the deadline hour? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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