It’s the last game week of the season so in a change to our normal format, this week we’ve asked our Tips team to suggest just one player who they think will improve your teams for your last throw of the dice.
Marko Arnautovic, £6.3m, MID
Marko Arnautovic is my pick to buy for the last day of fixtures in the 15/16 season.
Arnautovic is in the top 10 scorers in the league this season and over 75% of his goals have came at the Brittania Stadium.
They face a West Ham side who have conceded 16 goals in their past 8 domestic fixtures. Stoke have not kept a clean sheet since March 2nd. This means that the Potters will have to score more than once to win the game in all probability.
Stoke are not on the beach yet! They will have to beat West Ham to ensure a top half finish in the Premier League for the third consecutive season.
I have the feeling of a high scoring game with both sides trying to finish the season on a high. West Ham will play their final game in the Premier League before moving to the Olympic Stadium for next season. Stoke have shown though that they do not get carried away by a final day news headline. After all, what was the score when Steven Gerrard came to Stoke for his last game in a Liverpool shirt?!
Picking Arnautovic is a risk but with a 9.2% ownership rate and the potential to explode on home turf, is it a risk that you are willing to take?
Anthony Martial, £7.7m, FWD
While most United fans will see last night’s result as a opportunity lost, it was still a record breaking night as Martial’s two goals against West Ham eans that he has scored 17 times in all competitions, putting him level with Rooney and Brian Kidd for “the most goals scored in a teanager’s debut season” (you have to start the season as a teanager for this record, before the pedants point out Martial is now 20). An honest assessment of United’s recent performances is that DDG and Martial are the only bright spots in a lack-lustre season. What this means for us FPL Managers is that we have a high degree of confidence that if United score, Martial will be involved.
At £7.7m, and facing the worst Premiership goalkeeper in recent history, Martial should score. The United fans sing, “Tony Martial came from France, English press said he had no chance, 50 million down the drain, Tony Martial scores again.” Us FPL Managers who have Martial will be signing, “Tony Martial came from France, ChorleyRocks said he has every chance, 2 million cheaper than Harry Kane, Tony Martial scores again.”
Alexis Sanchez, £11.0m, MID
Arsenal twice came from behind to secure a draw that guarantees them a top 4 spot with West Ham beating United last night.
Olivier Giroud notched a goal (Mohamed Elneny assist) and an assist, ending a 16-match barren streak. Danny Welbeck was withdrawn at the 24-minute mark because of a knee injury and will miss the Euros for England with a scheduled return time anywhere between 4 and 5 months, so Giroud should enjoy investment from suitors looking to double up on the North Londoners’ offense.
The Gunners have to win to guarantee a top-3 spot now and secure automatic qualification for the group stages of next year’s Champions League.Expect them to turn on the style against a Villa side who don’t even have pride to play for if they felt that relegation being confirmed was a “weight of their shoulders”. Giroud could also be the main beneficiary from the return of Ozil with accurate set piece delivery one of his key strengths.
Giroud could use this game to prove to Didier Deschamps that he might be the man to lead the French attack at the Euros and this might be his best and only chance and this might possibly be your best chance to punt your way to a high jump in the rankings and salvage your season if you have had a poor one like me.
Alexis Sanchez recovered from two straight blanks after his DGW 34 heroics with his 13th goal of the season. No midfielder has scored more goals (7) than the Chilean since Gameweek 29, he will be a prime captaincy candidate against a Villains rearguard that top the table for goals conceded (72).
Sanchez is as explosive a player as any in the premier league and this is exactly the kind of fixture tailor made for him to show that. I expect him to come out all guns firing in this game and continue his fine form since his return from injury.
Antonio Valencia, £5.1m, DEF
There are two stand out fixtures this weekend; Arsenal home to Aston Villa and Manchester United home to Bournemouth. Much has been made of LVG’s “boring”, goalless tactics this season so it probably won’t surprise many to see that Bournemouth and United have scored a very similar number of goals in away matches this season, only 1.1 goals per match! The stat that really catches the eye is that the red devils have only conceded 8 goals at home all season- 0.44 per match! So it’s a fairly reasonable assumption that Bournemouth won’t score many this weekend. For this reason I think a United defender would make an excellent purchase for the final week and my pick is Antonio Valencia. Since claiming the right back slot five matches ago, Valencia has averaged 6.8 points per match, picking up two assists, three clean sheets and seven bonus points and all for £5.1m. He’s also only owned by 2.7% so could make a fantastic differential too.
Harry Kane, £10.2m, FWD
It’s definitely time to buy Harry Kane for the last game of the season against Newcastle (who may be relegated by then) for two reasons. Firstly Pochettino has played down the importance of Spurs finishing above Arsenal but the players will be desperate to do it for the fans after the disappointment of not winning the title. Also Harry Kane is on 25 goals, one ahead of Sergio Aguero and Jamie Vardy and he will be desperate to win the golden boot.