Gameweek 38: Team Selection: Kane or Salah for Captaincy?

8:25am May 10 2018

It’s the final countdown ladies and gentleman and for the very last time this season, we introduce to you the @_FPLTips‘ FPL team for the season finale, Gameweek 38

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Wishing you all the very best of luck for Gameweek 38 and we’ll see you in a few weeks time for some World Cup Fantasy Football action…


Transfer Plans

As the 2017/18 FPL season draws to a close, one final 4-point hit is being considered for Gameweek 38.

One potential route to go down would be to take a punt on Sadio Mané at the expense of Mohamed Salah, in order to fund a move for the in-form Wilfried Zaha.

This is the more, high-risk plan, since Salah will have very high ownership and be captained by a big number of managers.

The alternative would be to bring in Milivojevic ahead of Zaha, in order to fund the Egyptian king and that will be the safer strategy.

After losing his starting place, Willian will almost certainly be one of the players making way and due to their prices, either Dele Alli or Raheem Sterling will have to be sacrificed for the Liverpool midfielder.

Both have attractive Gameweek 38 fixtures – Spurs host an out-of-form Leicester side, while Man City travel to Southampton, who have almost certainly secured their Premier League status for next season, following the win over Swansea.

On form, Raheem Sterling is probably the one to keep but if there are any concerns over Pep Guardiola rotating him for the final game of the season, keeping Alli instead will be an option.

So, those are the provisional transfers and here’s how the team is shaping up, ahead of Gameweek 38:

Goalkeeper

David de Gea faces a Watford side that have scored just 5 times across their last 6 matches; only Leicester, Stoke (4), Huddersfield & Swansea (2) have scored fewer.

Defenders

There isn’t much between the two Burnley defenders – Lowton creates more chances from open play, but Tarkowski has the greater goal threat from set pieces and it’s the latter we’re favouring for the home fixture against Bournemouth.

Leicester have scored just twice over their last 4 matches, losing on each occasion, so Jan Vertonghen keeps his starting place, alongside Alfie Mawson.

Depending on how Huddersfield get on against Chelsea, Swansea could still have a chance of avoiding relegation if they beat an already relegated Stoke side on the final day.

Midfielders

Marko Arnautovic is expected to return for West Ham against Man Utd, so should be available for the home fixture against Everton in Gameweek 38.

His 9 efforts on target over the last 6 Gameweeks is on par with Zaha and no midfielder has managed more than the pair.

Assuming that Ashley Barnes is unavailable, both Lingard and Milivojevic will be needed in the starting lineup. The Manchester United man was rotated against Brighton but he has been part of Jose Mourinho’s strongest XI of late.

Forwards

The front two of Harry Kane and Gabriel Jesus will remain, for their respective fixtures against Leicester and Southampton.

Saints have all but secured their Premier League status and face a Man City side that have scored 17 goals across their last 6 matches. Jesus has been directly involved in 6 of those, with 4 goals and 2 assists.

Captaincy Thoughts

As has been the case for much of the season, the captaincy will come down to a choice between Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah.

Spurs have scored more goals than Liverpool over the last 6 matches and no team have conceded more than Leicester over that period (11). However, the setup for this game largely depends on how Harry Kane does against Newcastle in Gameweek 37.

At the time of writing, 4 goals separate Kane and Salah, in the race for the Golden Boot but the Spurs man has the chance to close that, before the final day, which would in turn, put pressure on Salah to extend his tally against Brighton.

Over the last 6 Gameweeks, the pair have each scored 3 goals and been involved in 4 ‘big chances’, though Salah slightly edges the battle in terms of underlying stats, having taken 8 shots on target to Kane’s 6, while producing 7 attempted assists to Kane’s 6.

For now, the armband is with the Liverpool man.

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