EPL Weekend Picks – Week 36


With only three or four games left in the Premier League season depending on which side you are following, things are starting to get serious! The title race looks all set to go down to the wire, while the relegation battle appears closer than many thought possible just a few weeks ago. Cardiff and Brighton appear the two sides most immediately in danger of claiming 18th and the final relegation place, though Southampton are not yet mathematically safe. Title contenders Liverpool and Man City both have games where you would fancy them to win, with City’s arguably the slightly tougher game. With that said, let’s go for a 4-3-3 again and see which players are worth keeping an eye on and including in your fantasy squads this weekend.

GK – Alisson (Liverpool)
This feels like an almost weekly recommendation, but ex-Roma stopper Alisson has been one of the best keepers in the Premier League all season. The home game against Huddersfield could well be yet another clean sheet for him.

DF – Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)
Spurs’ recent form may have been slightly more erratic than usual, but they seem to be back on track and Saturday’s early kickoff at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against West Ham seems like a chance for Alderweireld and the rest of the Lilywhites back line to put on a show.

DF – Jack Stephens (Southampton)
Southampton’s struggles still have not seen them secure safety, but the home game against Bournemouth offers an opportunity to put the issue to bed for this season. Stephens has been their best defender this term.

DF – Nathan Ake (Bournemouth)
The same can be said for visitors Bournemouth, who will be viewing the game at Southampton as a real chance to get another three points on the board. Ake and co. will be keen to keep it tight at the back.

DF – Aymeric Laporte (Man City)
City travel to Burnley on Sunday, and while that is certainly a winnable game for City their hosts can be a tough nut to crack – Laporte will need to be kept on his toes to keep the Burnley forward line out.

MF – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Salah, like teammate Alisson, seems a safe recommendation most weeks. When Liverpool are at home against bottom club – and already relegated – Huddersfield, Salah could relish the game. Expect another goal or two from the Egyptian here.

MF – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Chelsea travel to Man Utd on Sunday, and with the hosts not in the best run of form it could be a chance for the Blues to battle for a hard-earned three points. Hazard will, of course, need to be at his best but could prove instrumental.

MF – Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
Eriksen becomes the second Tottenham player on this week’s list, as his influence will be much needed if Spurs want to avoid slipping up at home against West Ham. They are on course for a top four finish now, but can scarcely afford a slip up.

ST – Ayoze Perez (Newcastle)
Perez was on fire last time out, hitting a hattrick against Southampton, and while the Magpies are away this time – at Brighton in Saturday’s late kickoff – he will be hoping to continue the momentum through to the end of the season.

ST – Gerard Deulofeu (Watford)
Another player who seems to be a regular on this list, Deulofeu has set new records for the Hornets this season. Watford’s home game against Wolves on Saturday is far from an easy game, but Deulofeu will want to have a say in his side coming out on top of course.

ST – Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
Vardy has had another good season in the Premier League, having scored 16 goals so far. Leicester’s home game against Arsenal will see the visitors as favourites, but if the Foxes can snag an early lead – quite possibly through Vardy – they are capable of pulling off a result here.

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