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Grealish returns, Willock injury latest and the race for seventh: Gameweek 37 notes

Our round-up of Wednesday’s Premier League action begins with the three early kick-offs.

A win for Everton and a defeat for Tottenham Hotspur kept things interesting in the race for seventh, with the team finishing in that position qualifying for the UEFA Europa Conference League play-off round.

Providing the clubs in contention actually want to qualify for the new tertiary tournament and don’t view it with the same disdain they did the Intertoto Cup, it should ensure Spurs, Everton and Arsenal (who beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday) are near enough full strength in Gameweek 38.

Spurs (and with a massive goal swing, Everton) could still overhaul West Ham United in sixth place on the final day, so Fantasy managers should still be able to call upon their key assets from these clubs on Sunday amid the possible end-of-season rotation elsewhere.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1-2 ASTON VILLA

Ollie Watkins‘ (£6.4m) remarkably consistent run of FPL form continued in north London, with the Aston Villa striker notching his 23rd attacking return of the season.

He has blanked in only one of his last eight appearances, a run that coincides with him racking up the most penalty box touches in the division.

He registered six shots in the area against the Lilywhites, only one fewer than Spurs managed as a whole.

The galvanizing effect of the return of Jack Grealish (£7.5m) can’t be underestimated, with Villa looking more like the side we saw in the first half of the campaign.

A home fixture against a defensively sound Chelsea is hardly in his favour but Grealish as a Gameweek 38 punt would otherwise be worth exploring.

As for Spurs, they might have ‘something to play for’ on the final day, but you’d never tell by Wednesday’s flat display.

It was a bad day all round for their Fantasy assets, with an anonymous Son Heung-min (£9.7m) not producing a single shot or key pass, Gareth Bale (£9.2m) benched due to the demands of the swift fixture turnaround and Harry Kane (£11.9m) perhaps trying too hard on what may have been his farewell appearance in front of the north London faithful.

It’s just one goal in four Gameweeks for Kane but the chances keep coming, with only Christian Benteke (£5.5m) having had more shots among FPL forwards in that time.

Sergio Reguilon (£5.6m) had a topsy-turvy evening, claiming the assist for Steven Bergwijn‘s (£7.0m) strike before scoring a comical own-goal to bring Villa level.

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1-0 SHEFFIELD UNITED

Joe Willock (£4.8m) scored for the sixth straight match as Newcastle United edged out Sheffield United in the final game of the season at St James’ Park.

His Fantasy Premier League ownership has increased almost tenfold in the last two Gameweeks and he is the Premier League’s joint-top goalscorer from Gameweek 30 onwards, despite starting just three matches in that time.

Already among the top five most-bought FPL midfielders of Gameweek 38, there was a late scare in the win over the Blades when he walked gingerly from the pitch.

There was, thankfully, positive news on Willock from Steve Bruce at full-time – but less encouraging updates on fellow injury victims Joelinton (£5.7m), Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.2m) and Martin Dubravka (£4.8m):

Joelinton has a knock. Saint-Maximin, we don’t know yet if it’s a calf injury or whether it’s just a kick as well so we’ll see how he is. Dubravka has a bit of a hamstring but I don’t think there’s anything too bad. Joe Willock is just fatigued.

Fulham await Newcastle in Gameweek 38 and there is encouragement for Willock’s new and existing owners in the fact that the Cottagers are without a clean sheet in their last nine matches, conceding 18 goals in that time.

The Mapgies’ shut-out on Wednesday was, as it happens, their first since Gameweek 27 and only their second on Tyneside in 2020/21.

EVERTON 1-0 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Everton kept up the pressure on Spurs as they defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0.

Richarlison (£7.8m) ended a ten-game goal drought with the game’s only goal, nodding in a Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.9m) corner.

But it’s Everton’s defence that has caught the eye over the last few months from a Fantasy perspective.

The Toffees have registered eight clean sheets from Gameweek 25 onwards, which is the best record in the division.

It’s on the road where they have really excelled, with six shut-outs in their last seven fixtures away from Goodison Park.

That good form on their travels will be put to the test in Gameweek 38 but a match at the Etihad mightn’t be all that daunting, with Manchester City likely to have one eye on their upcoming UEFA Champions League final clash with Chelsea.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) has blanked against the might of Wolves and Sheffield United in consecutive Gameweeks but perhaps there could be some belated, unexpected joy at a mind-elsewhere Manchester City, who have shipped eight goals in their last three matches.

James Rodriguez (£7.7m) missed out against Wolves, with Carlo Ancelotti explaining:

James is out because he was a little bit tired. He didn’t play, he was out, then he played against Sheffield, we prefer not to take a risk.

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1,010 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Had an horrible dream last night I benched both Rudiger and Phillips

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      I played a team with both in FFS H2H, sigh...

  2. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Last FT of the year?

    A) Targett to Dallas
    B) Watkins to Antonio
    C) Martinez to ?
    D) Bruno to Mane

    2.2 in the bank

    DDG
    TAA, Dias, Stones
    Salah, Bruno, Willock, Lingard, Raphina
    Kane, Bamford

    Martinez, Watkins, Holding, Targett

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      I would get Mane or Pepe

    2. antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      D

  3. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Well, ML gets into the wire of GW38 luck, currently 1st with the nearest rival only 1pt behind. Our teams are similar and if he is also moving Son > Mane then the difference is only on 1 defender and 1 forward:

    Me: Coufal Bamford
    Him: Digne/Regulion Antonio

    What would you do? I don't think transferring in differential for a hit would help.
    A. Differential captaincy e.g. Mane or Bamford
    B. Safe captaincy on Salah

    1. One Wheels Enough
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      It'll be a toss up whatever you choose, taking a hit can hurt. It'll come down to Ant v Bam

    2. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      How about Bamford > Antonio?

  4. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    My team now:

    Martinez
    Taa Digne Dallas
    Salah(C) Son Greenwood Harrison
    Kane Wood Antonio

    Steer Pereira Aina Saiss

    1FT
    2.9 IDB

    What to do here?

    Could do Greenwood+Digne to Mane+4.6 def(which one: Lowton, Holding…) for -4
    Opinion on this move?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      I was tempted for Son > Mane only, but if Greenwood does not play your bench is not that great. Yeah, Mane + Holding could work.

  5. Chief Break-Everything
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    11 points off top 100k - 60 points ahead in ML - 0 ITB

    Martinez
    TAA Dallas Coufal
    Salah Son Raphinha Bruno
    Kane Bamford Antonio

    Fabri Gundogan Godfrey Mitchell

    I'm thinking Bruno & Gundo > Mane & Willock -4. Cant afford Bruno to Mane straight. Any other moves? Ta

    1. Chief Break-Everything
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Oh.. I have 2FT. Bonus.

      Bruno & Gundo > Mane & Willock for Free?

      1. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Good moves.

  6. Sz21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Martinez.
    TAA, Shaw, Digne, Dallas.
    Salah, Lingard, Mahrez, Greenwood.
    Kane, Watkins.
    Steer, Jota, DCL, Burn.
    2ft, 0.4m ITB.

    1. Digne + DCL -> Cresswell/ 5.9m + Antonio/Bamf.
    2. Digne + Jota (assuming unfit) + DCL -> Robbo + Raphinha + Antonio (-4).
    3. Watkins + DCL -> Antonio + Bamford.
    3. Something else. Digne/Mahrez/ DCL/Watkins/ Greenwood all potential sellers

  7. TeddiPonza
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Best option? In a tight ML race.

    A. DCL to Firmino
    B. DCL to Bamford
    C. DCL to Wood
    D. DCL to Antonio
    E. DCL and Son to any of the above and Mane (-4)

    1. One Wheels Enough
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Depends who your opponents have, most people are looking at getting both Ant and Bam...

  8. Tibbs
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Zaha + DCL>> Pepe + Antonio for free?

    If yes, pick one to bench:

    1) Bruno
    2) Jota
    3) Other (Bamford/ Kane/ Lingard/ Salah)

    Benching headache I will no doubt get wrong

  9. Spin The Wheel
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Manchester United expected lineup 😀

    GK David de Gea
    DL Alex Telles
    DC Eric Bailly
    DC A. Tuanzebe
    DR B. Williams
    DMC D. van de Beek
    DMC N. Matic
    AML A. Elanga
    AMC Juan Mata
    AMR Amad Diallo
    FW S. Shoretire

    https://www.rotowire.com/soccer/lineups.php

    1. Silecro
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      They got Meslier starting in that expected lineup, so.....

  10. Jässi
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Best differentials if chasing 30 points in money league?

    Current squad with 2 FT and 0.0 ITB:

    Pickford - Guaita
    TAA - Phillips - Dallas - Shaw - Ward
    Salah - Fernandes - Lingard - Sigurdsson - KWP
    Kane - Bamford - Watkins

    1. messithedon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Same here I think wood and mane would be a shout

      1. messithedon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Instead of Bruno he may be rested

  11. dberb9
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Give me your best 11 for last GW if you have free hit

    1. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Morning,

      Any news on what the situation is with Kun?

      I'm assuming there are a few of us thinking of kun in 38??

      1. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Sorry post fail!!

    2. 272MK
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Mendy
      Trent Robbo Chilwell
      Salah Lingard Harrison Raphina
      Wood Antonio Bambam

    3. antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      I'd base it around a core of:
      TAA Dallas
      Salah Mane Raph
      Bamford Antonio

    4. Steerpike
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Can't think of a Chelsea player worth having, so Liverpool, Leeds, and Leicester:

      Ederson (Carson)
      Dallas TAA Robertson (Wan-Bissaka Cresswell)
      Raphinha Salah Tielemans Willock (Lingard)
      Iheanacho Bamford Vardy

      Also rans: Mane Kane

  12. Neo-Viper
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Who fares better ?

    A) Greenwood
    B) Mane and -4

    1. antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      B

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers for that -4 should i do DCL to Anto if i already have Lingard or Bamford if i already have Raphina.

      2. Neo-Viper
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Other wise Nacho to start for free

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      B. More chance of Greenwood not playing than Mane.

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        I worry about him not starting too . Any insides when will we get that information ? Also for that -4 should i do DCL to Anto if i already have Lingard or Bamford if i already have Raphina.

      2. Neo-Viper
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Other wise Nacho to start for free

    3. shabalala
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Im also in doubt to do Mane for Bruno for a hit, Mane is dangerous vs Palace, last time 7:0, Mane and Salah on the high level,

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        yes. Also 10k fans back at Anfield + a must win game for them. Also Eze missing out is a big loss. He make them tick . I am sure there would be alteast 3 goals in there if not more.

        Arsenal had a joy down their left flank , yesterday.

  13. n14mul
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Morning,

    Any news update on kun?

    I cant be the only one who is thinking of getting in kun for 38

  14. antis0cial
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    A) Digne + Jota to Robbo + 6.9 (Lingard?)
    B) Jota, Greenwood, DCL to Mane, Willock, Nacho (-4)
    C) Son + Jota to Mane + Willock (up to 5.9)

    Current team:
    Areola
    TAA Dallas Coufal
    Salah Son Greenwood Raph
    Kane Antonio DCL

    Meslier Jota Lowton Digne

  15. JollyGoodYellows
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Morning all. 3 points ahead in my ML. What to do here?

    Have 2FTs and 0.2itb

    Mendy
    TAA Holding Dallas
    Salah Bruno Lingard Ward-Prowse
    Kane DCL Bamford

    Forster Lowton Shaw Jota

    Thinking of doing Bruno + Jota + DCL > Mane + Torres + Antonio (-4).
    Thoughts on this or any other transfers?

  16. Return of the FF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    When are the H2H leagues likely to update?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Updated

      1. Return of the FF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        I'm still seeing only 36 fixtures

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Oh, FPL one? Oh I thought FFS H2H.

      2. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Mines not yet, it normally takes forever and this week no exception.

  17. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Dallas, Raphinha or Antonio

    1. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Antonio

  18. Will Kane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    An absolutely rank GW37 score (34 points) confirms my worst ever overall rank. I will be DELIGHTED to see the back of this season 🙂

    1. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      what is your overall rank?

      1. Will Kane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        1,115,682

        1. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          sometimes its just not your year! This is looking my 2nd worst season.

  19. Mcgugan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    I have Greenwood and Fernandes. Anyone else concerned they won't start ahead of the Europa League?

    If so - who would you go for?

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Greenwood has a better chance of starting but even he could be benched.

  20. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    If we get team news before GW38 and Greenwood is benched would you take a hit to get a replacement?

    Have Digne, Shaw & Jota on the bench so I can't rely on points from the bench.

    I could either get a defender like Robbo/Dallas or a Chelse/City mid.

    1. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      we wont get team news as the deadline is an hour and a half before kick offs

  21. Aztec Kamara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    I want to find out which flank West Brom concede more from. Someone said you can get this in the members area but I can't see where - can anyone help?

      1. Aztec Kamara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Awesome thanks

  22. Mcgugan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Front 7 of:

    Raphinia - Son - Fernandes - Greenwood - Lingard

    Antonio - Kane

    1FT and 1.3m ITB. I'm thinking one of the United or Spurs players out, but who for?!

  23. focaccia
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Chasing 20 points... rival has Fernandes so I assume will do Ferndandes > Mane. I'm definitely doing DCL > Antonio.

    Do I take a hit to bring in Mane for Son. OR just Antonio (C) and hope for a hatty?

    1. Mcgugan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      If you are 20 points behind don't bring in Mane - it is a lot to catch up in 1 week so having Son as a differential vs Mane is good for you

      1. focaccia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        My rival also has Son... Son > Pepe?!

  24. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    I am 6 points behind ML leader- we have very different teams.

    I am thinking either
    A Son to Mané ( and possibly captain ahead of Salah)
    B A plus DCL to Bamford-4
    C Digne to Robertson and DCL to Bamford-4
    D any other suggestions

    My team (* are my differentials)
    Leno.*
    TAA Holding* Dallas*
    Salah Son* Greenwood* Lingard* Raphinha*
    Kane* DCL*
    Forster* Vydra* Digne * Fofana

    His differentials
    Martinez Sanchez Coufal Holgate Bruno Harrison El Ghazi Firmino Antonio Bamford Dunk Dendoncker Castagne

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      * He has 3 Liverpool so will not be getting Mané without hit

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      I like all those transfers in isolation tbh. But wouldn't take hits. If Greenwood is benched you could take a hit.

  25. Feed tha Sheep
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Who would you rather have this GW?

    A. Robertson (have Trent)
    B. Dallas

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      I think A

  26. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Play one:

    A) Greenwood
    B) DCL

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Greenwood- rather have 30 minutes ahead of DCL

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      A

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      A

  27. Boly Would
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    I want to do Watkins to Bamford with my FT this week, and play 343.

    But I have Martinelli and Greenwood in mid - is it worth a hit to shift one for someone less risky, or could Martinelli get a start?

  28. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Looking at this for a -4. How does it look? Would mean benching Greenwood who I doubt will play:

    Regulion jota dcl to taa raphinha iheanacho

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Looks like a good hit. Do you already have Bamford and Antonio?

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        I have Antonio. Iheanacho and bamford is a close one

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Looks good but I think we might get teams news for United so it's worth waiting till the very last minute.

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers

  29. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    With only a 5pt lead in ML, I'm trying to decide how to use my 1FT.

    What would you do with team 1 with 1FT vs team 2 with 2FT

    *common player between the 2 teams

    1FT 3.2ITB
    Mendy* Forster
    TAA* Dallas* Rudiger Shaw Holding
    Salah* Bruno* Lingard* Raphinha Greenwood
    Kane* Antonio Davis

    2FT 0ITB
    Mendy* Pickford
    TAA* Dallas* Coleman AWB Mitchell
    Salah* Bruno* Lingard* Son Jota
    Kane* Nacho Bamford

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Davis to Bamford

  30. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Who would you look at moving out for the last gw?
    Mendy
    TAA Shaw Dallas Coufal
    Salah Son Greenwood Lingard
    Kane DCL
    (Forster Vydra Holding Jota)

    Thinking, Son, Jota and DCL?