This is it, the final round of the Fantasy Premier League season and if you’re still with us following a marathon campaign it is time to select your final side of the season.
There’s just one last round of fixtures in which to earn the points needed to climb or maintain rank, so whether you’re pushing for the FPL title in your respective mini-league or languishing down at the bottom, we’re on hand to offer our humble advice one last time in 2020/21.
Here are four of the best captaincy options for gameweek 38.
Mohamed Salah v Crystal Palace (H)
Targeting teams with something left to play for could be crucial in gameweek 38, with several sides perhaps rotating their options with little at stake this weekend.
One side in desperate need of three points is Liverpool, who have emerged as the Premier League’s form team over the run-in to climb back into the Champions League places.
Now ahead of Leicester on goal difference, victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday should be enough to secure the Reds a top-four finish and Jurgen Klopp’s side will once again be looking to Mohamed Salah for inspiration.
The Egyptian international has three goals and an assist in his past four appearances, averaging 7.6 points per game, and is currently tied together with Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot.
Salah has made no secret of his desire for the individual accolades previously, so expect a shoot-on-sight mentality from the league’s leading scorer this weekend.
Patrick Bamford v West Brom (H)
Leeds have finished the season strongly and have lost just one of their past 10 league fixtures, including winning each of their last three to ensure themselves a top-half finish.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have enjoyed a fine return to the Premier League this season and will hope to finish in impressive fashion, against a West Brom side heading straight back down to the Championship.
The Baggies have announced that Sam Allardyce will leave the club at the end of the campaign and have little but pride left to play for, a scenario which could allow Leeds to maintain their winning run.
Patrick Bamford – who has two goals and an assist in his past four – will be hoping to finish a career-best season with another goal, as he hopes to make a late bid to crash Gareth Southgate’s England squad this summer.
Bamford has 16 league goals for the season and is set to be on penalty duty with Mateusz Klich absent.
Harry Kane v Leicester (A)
Tottenham must beat Leicester on Sunday to stand any chance of reaching Europe next season, whilst the Foxes are in need of points themselves as they bid to overhaul Chelsea or Liverpool and secure Champions League football.
It promises to be a fascinating clash at the King Power Stadium in what could prove to be Harry Kane’s final appearance in a Spurs shirt, the England captain is reported to have requested to leave the north London side this summer in pursuit of silverware.
Kane has been one of the Premier League’s finest players this season and leads the division for both goals and assists, the 27-year-old currently tied on 22 goals with Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot.
SCOUT: Harry Kane's pre-bonus total of 228 points is his best ever in an #FPL season 😯
In only one other campaign (2016/17) has he delivered more attacking returns than the 35 he has registered in 2020/21 👏 pic.twitter.com/nYkqkiHBBT
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) May 16, 2021
Kane will want to finish the season – and potentially his Spurs career – with a third career Golden Boot accolade and he could hardly have wished for better historic opponents with the star having scored more goals against Leicester than any other club.
Brendan Rodgers’ side will be well aware of the threat posed by the former Foxes loanee, who has scored 16 goals in just 15 career appearances against Leicester.
Michail Antonio v Southampton (H)
West Ham moved closer to securing European qualification with a win at West Brom in midweek, the Hammers currently sixth in the Premier League ahead of the final round of fixtures.
With Tottenham just three points behind and possessing a superior goal difference, David Moyes’ side need to secure a result against Southampton this weekend to be sure of playing continental football.
Key to those hopes will be Michail Antonio, who netted against West Brom after scoring both goals in a crucial 2-1 win at Burnley in gameweek 34 – a performance which earned the striker 13 FPL points.
Just four forwards in the division have averaged more points over their past five appearances and Antonio will hope he is the man to score the goals that takes West Ham back into Europe for the first time since reaching the Europa League’s qualifying rounds in 2015/16.
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