In this Fantasy Premier League series FPL Junior (four top 13k finishes in last four seasons) shares his FPL tips by selecting a team each week to try and score as many points as possible. In essence, he will be “free hitting” every single Gameweek. Rather than selecting longer-term options, he’ll solely focus on players with the best form and fixtures for the upcoming Gameweek.
With just two Gameweek’s to go there’s not long left to play your free hit chip. Gameweek 38+ looks to be a very popular week for those who still have the chip but don’t rule out GW37+. The major caveat of the week is the FA Cup semi-final games which take place on Saturday and Sunday. This means we will be going into the Gameweek potentially with news from just three games and with four teams with a game still to play. With two of the top four playing each other, both Manchester clubs have standout fixtures from the top six.
Gameweek 37+ Team
This week I’ve targeted three teams that have been rather lacklustre when going forward. None of the three teams have accumulated more than a single big chance, on average, over the past four Gameweeks.
Crystal Palace have failed to hit the back of the net on five occasions since Gameweek 30+. Their opponents, Wolves, have allowed just four big chances to be taken on their goal in their last four games and were extremely unlucky not to pick up a clean sheet against Burnley. Adding those factors together I’ve doubled up on the Wolves defence. Patricio wears the gloves this week and only Liverpool and Man City have faced fewer shots on target than Portugal’s number one over the last four games. Doherty got a rest against Burnley but still managed to outscore his defensive teammates with a long-overdue assist. He looks nailed to start and provides attacking potential.
Norwich have been abysmal going forward and with relegation confirmed you would think they would be playing without pressure. However, against Chelsea they never looked like threatening, taking just two shots over the 90 minutes. Over recent weeks they’ve shown their vulnerabilities in the air, so I’ve opted for Tarkowski. Burnley have conceded just three goals in their last four but have allowed the second most amount of shots, so that’s why I didn’t double up.
Finally, Stevens gets the final spot against an Everton side desperately out of form. They’ve had the least amount of shots inside the box (18) and created only four big chances in their last four. Sheffield Utd didn’t have a great game against Leicester but still have Europe to play for, unlike their opponents.
It’s been five Gameweeks on the trot that I’ve picked the same Man Utd duo in midfield and I’ve been rewarded with just a single blank over those ten appearances. Martial’s home form has been remarkable as he’s returned 54 points in his last four home games. Fernandes is a bit behind him with 29 points but both relish playing at Old Trafford. They face West Ham who kept their first clean sheet last week against Norwich in a jaw-dropping 15 games! The FA Cup on Sunday throws a slight spanner in the works as we’re unsure what players play and if they’ll still be fit but personally I can’t see Man Utd resting many players for this game with Champions League football in the balance.
I’ve only opted for one Man City player this week which feels a bit strange considering they play Watford. Man City pummelled them 8-0 in the reverse fixture and the hornets have kept one clean sheet in 12 games. My concern comes with Man City’s FA Cup semi-final game against Arsenal on Saturday. I think it’s hard enough to predict who will play the next game for Man City let alone two games in advance. Therefore I’ve opted for Sterling who I believe looks to be the side’s most threatening player. He played the second half midweek and is extremely dangerous off the bench. A surprising stat I saw was that Man City didn’t have a single big chance against Bournemouth.
This is a rare Gameweek where it doesn’t feel like there are too many options to chose from in the midfield, so it’s just a midfield four. Mo Salah is my final midfielder. He’s been underperforming over the last two matches blanking in both games after having the joint most attempts (10) and second-most shots inside the box (8) over the past two games. Chelsea may be third but their defence isn’t the reason why they’re there. Liverpool have plenty of rest for this game while Chelsea have to play on Sunday. My only concern is the champions’ form who aren’t performing like they were pre GW32+.
I can’t look past a Man Utd triple up in attack, so Rashford keeps his place in this week’s Hub XI. He’s looked more dangerous on the opposite flank than Greenwood who seems to be carrying a slight knock, so the extra money feels worth it. He’s getting into the box more than his teammate and shooting more which means he doesn’t need to be as prolific as the latter.
Bournemouth have finally started to show some grit and arguably deserved at least a point against Man City. The cherries still managed to ship two goals without conceding a big chance and Southampton’s recent performances make Ings look a great option this week. He was a few centimetres off a brace and attempted all of his five shots inside the box. Hassenhuttl has praised his improved fitness which has lead to him playing more minutes than he usually was able for.
I couldn’t resist a striker against Norwich. This is most definitely a fixture over form pick as Wood secures the final place. His strike partner isn’t fit enough to start the next game which nails his place and he’s got penalties to his name after scoring an injury-time equaliser against Wolves. Norwich last kept a clean sheet in Gameweek 28 but Burnley rarely go big when they win which carries some risk. However, I think an attacker against Norwich is well worth the punt.
McCarthy is the sub keeper for his trip to Bournemouth. I’ve doubled up on the Brighton defence with Dunk having the highest ceiling and Lamptey providing great value at £4.1m. Pulisic is my 8th attacker for his trip to Liverpool. They’ve been quite average defensively as of late and I expect him to be dangerous attacking Alexander–Arnold.
Gameweek 37+ Captaincy
Martial is the Hub Xi’s penultimate captain of the season for West Ham at Old Trafford. The number nine has been clinical when he’s had a chance to shoot but knows when to pass too, making him one of the best attacking players in the game. Ings looks a safe option for a return whereas the Frenchman, Sterling and Fernandes all have the potential to hit double digits.
Jiménez has a great fixture against Palace and continues to tick over for Wolves. I just preferred Wood over him but for a safe return, he looks a good pick. Aubameyang looks a good option on paper but with an FA Cup game and Villa looking much sounder defensively, I felt there were better options at cheaper prices. As previously mentioned I’d have ideally liked another Man City attacker. Mahrez and De Bruyne both were rested against Bournemouth but that likely means they start on Saturday. Thus I opted for a player who’s more likely to start as it’s rare that Pep leaves one of his best players on the bench for the full 90 minutes.
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