May 15, 2016 By Fabian Odhiambo
For the final time this season you get to worry about your fantasy team and as has become the norm, Sue is here to help you through your decision making process. Here’s hoping that your team will have achieved to some extent your points and positional targets in your various league.
The last GW of the season. Wow, time really flies. I mean, a couple of months ago I was all excited because the season was about to start, now it is ending. We have the Euros to look forward to, though (Go Portugal!)
Onto my GW analysis. Let’s finish the season with a bang, shall we?
PS: Congratulations to Vardy, the Premier League Player of the Season.
David de Gea – Man United host Bournemouth in what is, in my mind, hopefully Louis van Gaal’s last EPL match in charge. Old Trafford has been a fortress this season, and with only 34 goals conceded overall (only Spurs have less, 30). Bournemouth may have won in the reverse fixture, but I foresee a clean sheet for United.
Petr Cech – Arsenal host Aston Villa. No other reason needed.
Tim Howard – The Toffees play already-relegated Norwich, and have a high chance of getting a clean sheet and finishing the season on a high, after a horrendous run of losses. Beware though, Roberto Martinez was sacked, hence they have no manager as they play Norwich.
Chris Smalling – Home against Bournemouth shouldn’t be a problem for this future England captain.
Hector Bellerin – Home against Aston Villa. The speed merchant will probably have a quiet afternoon, as Villa don’t offer any serious attacking threat. Gabriel would be a decent pick too.
Toby Alderweireld – Spurs face already-relegated Newcastle, as they look to maintain their stronghold on the second position, and finish ahead of rivals Arsenal. A win at Newcastle, who have nothing to play for, ensures Spurs finish second. Alderweireld, arguably one of the best, if not the best defender this season, has been instrumental for a Spurs defence that has conceded the least number of goals, 30. I expect nothing less than a clean sheet from them.
Virgil van Dijk – Southampton face a Palace side that has scored only once in their last 3 away matches.
Riyad Mahrez – Leicester show no signs of slowing down, even after winning the league. Against a Chelsea side that has conceded 52 goals (more than Crystal Palace, West Brom and Watford), Mahrez will have a field day, as they look to finish the season with a bang – a win against the former champions.
Dimitri Payet/Michail Antonio – West Ham, still harboring European football dreams, are away at the Britannia. Stoke, who have won only one match in their last 9, have conceded a whopping 21 goals in the same.
Mesut Ozil/Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal play Aston Villa, who have conceded 72 goals this season. The Gunners have a chance to finish second if they win this match, and Spurs lose theirs. As demonstrated by Ajax last weekend, nothing is impossible in football. Ozil and Sanchez pretty much shoulder all the hopes of the Arsenal fans.
Eden Hazard – The dead do come back to life, after all. Hazard, recently named Belgium captain in the absence of regular captain Kompany, is having a spectacular end to his season. After flopping for most of the season, he now has 4 goals in the last 4 matches. Could he end the season on a high with a goal against champions Leicester?
Dusan Tadic – 6 assists and 2 goals in 4 matches for the Southampton man ensure he’s on this list. With a very slim chance for Europa league qualification, Southampton have everything to play for against Crystal Palace.
Jamie Vardy – After a week’s celebration, Vardy still had a brace in him. Against a not-so-good Chelsea defence, the Premier League Player of the Year could get a goal or more. He’s also in the running for the Golden Boot, which is motivation to get as many goals as possible on Sunday.
Harry Kane – Another player in the running for the Golden Boot, which would be a superb ending to a spectacular Spurs season. And he plays against a relegated Newcastle.
Sergio Aguero – Man City, hoping to beat United to the last UCL spot, play Swansea, who basically have nothing left to play for in their season. Aguero completes the trio in the race for the Golden Boot.
Anthony Martial/Marcus Rashford – United host Bournemouth, with a top four finish still possible. Martial and Rashford are United’s top picks (and best attackers), for me. Beware of rotation, because of the FA Cup Final.
Olivier Giroud – Arsenal are the last team to play the who’ll-beat-Aston-Villa game, and Giroud, having ended his drought against Man City, will fancy himself on the score sheet.
Vardy, Kane, Aguero, Sanchez, Giroud are good options.
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Majaliwa Kalume, Anthony Muchemi, Ernest Mutwiri and yours truly are still leading the pack. Congratulations guys!
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Thanks for reading, and good luck!