We are at the final gameweek of the Premier League fantasy football season, and the moment of truth has arrived – not for Manchester City and Liverpool, but for the fantasy players out there.
Balancing between premium players and those who can provide particular value could be the difference at this time of the season, whether you need to consolidate or make up ground.
Stats Perform has you covered with some Opta-powered recommendations below, so here are our suggestions for this week’s picks.
HUGO LLORIS (Norwich City v Tottenham)
A good start at this point of the season is determining which teams have something to play for, and with Champions League qualification on the line, Tottenham are one of the more relevant examples this weekend.
Sitting on 15 for the season so far, Hugo Lloris is one clean sheet away from recording his most in a single Premier League campaign, with only Alisson and Ederson ahead of him on 20.
The 35-year-old has made a solid 2.65 saves per 90 on the way to his 15 clean sheets, holding that bit of extra motivation coming into the final round.
ANDREW ROBERTSON (Liverpool v Wolves)
Liverpool need to win to keep their Premier League hopes alive, and they will likely have the majority of the ball against Wolves on Sunday. Expect crosses and dead balls.
As a result, expect as ever for Liverpool’s full-backs to be prominent, and Andrew Robinson is just one shy of recording 50 assists in the Premier League. He would become only the second defender to do so, after Leighton Baines.
He is averaging more assists per 90 (0.37) and chances created per 90 (2.02) for Liverpool this season than in any of his previous campaigns.
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CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN (Brentford v Leeds United)
Granted, Brentford have little to play for aside from professional pride, but Christian Eriksen’s return to the Premier League has reinforced his transformative quality as a footballer. They’re also playing Leeds.
The 30-year-old has either scored or assisted in five of his nine Premier League starts this season, while only Kevin de Bruyne has created more chances than him per 90 this term.
While Eriksen also trails De Bruyne for assists since the 2013-14 season on 66, this season has seen him create a chance every 32 minutes on average.
MICHAIL ANTONIO (Brighton and Hove Albion v West Ham)
Despite West Ham’s elimination in the Europa League at the hands of eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt, the season is not over. The Hammers still need a win to stand a chance of taking that last Europa League spot from Manchester United.
Another goal for Michail Antonio would see him score at least 10 goals in three consecutive seasons, which would also make him the first West Ham player to do so in the Premier League.
He also has 17 goal involvements for the season, his most in the competition.
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