That was an absolute disaster. Week 37 had much promise, but a mix of rotation, shock results and poor performance saw any hopes of a late revival shot down. My score of 82 was well above the average of 67 but still my ranking is only 168,263rd. It’s a shame. Can we salvage anything from this terrible season?
There’s only a handful of teams who have anything major to play for. Liverpool are in the box seat for the final Champions League spot and a home game with Brighton makes them a key option. Liverpool’s performances have dipped in recent weeks which is understandable due to their Champions League distraction, but with the final two weeks away it’s time to focus on the job at hand, with a full week of preparation I’m sure they will do just that.
Chelsea are the other team to look out for, in pursuit of Liverpool but with matters out of their own hands. They’re off to Newcastle, who have lost 4 in a row, so whilst I expect Chelsea to win they have an FA Cup final next weekend and there may come a time where they “warn the dogs off” so to speak. Eden Hazard was inexplicably rested on Wednesday, so no doubt he’ll be back to face one of his favourite opponents.
At the other end of the table, Swansea need to beat already relegated Stoke to have any chance of staying up. They could do it but with a huge goal difference swing needed I’m not sure they have a large goal haul in them. Jordan Ayew has been Swansea’s talisman all season so he’s a good option as a cheap third striker but I think it is all too late for the Swans. Southampton meanwhile host Man City, a tough fixture on paper but Man City’s team on Wednesday suggests more changes may be afoot. I have no idea with Pep, Sterling wasn’t in the 18 on Wednesday so maybe he’ll be back? Who knows though.
There are good fixtures for Man Utd (Watford at home), Tottenham (Leicester at home) and Arsenal (Huddersfield away) but how high motivation is for any of these teams remains to be seen. We know Harry Kane wants the golden boot but Tottenham aren’t playing well enough at the moment for him to get it. He took his goal well against Newcastle but missed several other chances. Salah will fancy his chances of netting
Brighton so Kane would have to go some way against Leicester to catch the Egyptian. Man Utd continue to assess their options without Romelu Lukaku and an FA Cup final to prepare for, whilst Arsenal have the chance to send Wenger off in style by getting their first away point of the season.
Michael Carrick? He’s definitely starting, according to Mourinho, and I just wonder if he’ll be given penalty duties if they happen to get one. He’s £4.2m if you fanct a daft punt. They’re up against Watford who don’t exactly defend well.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has been playing midfield for Liverpool despite being listed as a defender, whether that continues or not remains to be seen but he’s excellent value otherwise.
Crystal Palace are the form team at the moment having pulled themselves away from relegation danger to 11th and a home game with already relegated West Brom gives them the chance to finish with a flourish. Zaha and Milivojevic have been excellent FPL picks since the turn of the year and they’ll fancy more points here, even if West Brom have looked far better under Darren Moore.
What can I say? It’s the last week. Use your chips. The deadline is 2pm on Sunday as all the games are Sunday. Expect squad rotation all round. Don’t expect huge scores.
It seems like a straight shootout for the golden boot between Salah and Kane. I think those two are the main captaincy options but trying to separate them is difficult. Both are up against opponents with nothing to play for but Salah’s Liverpool need a result which I guess tilts the scales in his favour. Take your pick though!
My team looks in ok shape but it’s the last day of the season so nobody is safe. I’m confident Salah and Kane will play as they chase personal accolades but everyone else I have no idea. Follow your heart?
De Gea, Vertonghen, Fernandez, Ogbonna, Sterling, Salah, Zaha, Van La Parra, Jesus, Vardy, Kane. Subs: Elliot, Dummett, Kenedy, Wimmer.
Kenedy can’t play against his parent club so I could sell him for someone in the £5m bracket but frankly I just want to buy Michael Carrick in case they give him a pity penalty on his last game. Ideally I’d get rid of Vardy for Firmino but maybe that’s being greedy.
It’s a tough week to predict, the last week throws up a lot of surprises and the press conferences will all be on Friday which is…after I have written this. The games are on Sunday at least so you can spend Saturday night thinking about it instead.
That’s it for another season, I might well be sacked in the morning for poor performance this season but if I survive the summer, I’ll see you next season. Toodles.