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The opposition weaknesses that Liverpool and Chelsea can exploit in Gameweek 38

Stevie of EyeTestFPL casts the spotlight on more Fantasy Premier League (FPL) options that have caught his attention, using ‘eye test’ screenshots and information from our Premium Members Area.


We are officially one Gameweek away from the conclusion of one of the most challenging Fantasy Premier League (FPL) seasons to date. Despite having 37 Gameweeks worth of information at our disposal, we are not resting on our laurels just yet and we are still on the lookout for that extra bit of edge. That ‘edge’ could possibly come from isolating a few specific teams’ weak points I have picked out here.

Wolves Devoured

Kevin De Bruyne’s (£12.1m) performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers was certainly one to savour for those who owned and captained the Belgian in Double Gameweek 36. That said, having scored on four occasions from an expected goals (xG) tally of only 0.86, there was certainly an element of over-performance from the playmaker. The fact that Pep Guardiola played De Bruyne in a slightly unconventional no. 10 role, giving him more license going forward, was also virtually unpredictable by our FPL minds.

Yet, Wolves’ defensive vulnerabilities cannot be overlooked when assessing the best possible fixture to target in the last Gameweek of the season.

Both Phil Foden (£7.9m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.0m) successfully created an overload on the left flank, pulling Conor Coady (£4.8m) apart from his defensive partner, Willy Boly (£4.9m). Subsequently, this created the space in behind for De Bruyne to exploit.

Playing in a 4-3-3 formation without a conventional no. 10 in the ‘hole’ perhaps does not allow the same kind of freedom that facilitates such deep runs from midfield for Jurgen Klopp’s men. 

When given a chance in the starting line-up, however, Naby Keita (£5.0m) is perhaps the closest Liverpool player to replicating De Bruyne’s movement, having scored a goal in similar fashion against Newcastle United at St James’ Park. But given his lack of security of starts, it is best to look somewhere else.

Leading up to De Bruyne’s opener in the sixth minute, the state of play was probably more transitional than the previous instance. But the one constant was always the Belgian’s aggression and perceptiveness to attack the channel initially guarded by Coady.

Considering the more transitional nature of the goal, Sadio Mane (£11.7m), who has been playing as the central striker lately, could yet again spell trouble for Coady with his pace in behind. The Senegalese forward also loves making a splash in the last Gameweek as he got a brace in 2020/21’s season-ending game, too.

If you are not yet totally convinced about Wolves’ downslide at the back, perhaps Teemu Pukki’s (£6.0m) five shots from inside the box with an xG of 0.91 in Gameweek 37 could have changed your mind.

Indeed, Wolves sit second-bottom for expected goals conceded (xGC) over the last six matches, despite facing the likes of Norwich, Newcastle, Burnley and Brighton in that time:

Wolves’ Left Flank


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113 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mark Colonel
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Please Help - my current team

      De Gea
      Cancelo - TAA- Robertson - James- Ben Davis
      Son - Maddison - Saka - Mount
      Kane

      Foster, Gordon , fodder , fodder

      a) De Gea -> Allison / Ederson
      b) Gordon -> Luis Diaz / Foden in and Davis benched ?

      1. XX SMICER XX
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        More upside in B

      2. Strudders
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B for me, more chance of decent points

    • XX SMICER XX
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      What looks best - 1FT, 6.8M ITB

      A. Cash & Watkins - James & Kane -4
      B. Ramsey & Watkins - Bowen/Maddison & Kane -4
      C. Richarlison & Watkins - Vardy & Lukaku -4

      Schmeichel
      TAA Alonso Sessegnon Mykolenko
      Son Barnes Zaha Diaz
      Richarlison Weghorst

      Ramsdale Watkins Cash Ramsey

      1. mrelpea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A

    • Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      City signing Cucurella?

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        He is on a 5 year contract. No way he goes for as "little" as 30M imo.

        1. Rocket Raccoon
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Unless he has the CL club release clause at that amount as speculated

        2. RedRo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          It’s all oil money mate. I’ve no problem with them but that’s where they get their money - from oil. Not organically.

          1. NorCal Villan
              1 month, 13 days ago

              How does one acquire money organically? No snark, I legitimately want to know where you are coming from

              1. Top Mark.S
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                He is coming from united

              2. RedRo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I’d say through football success and achievement. So money made in the sport and then kept there. I think it’s way clubs like for example Bayern, Real and Utd are generally much better respected overall (or should be).

                1. Top Mark.S
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  United

                  😆

                2. NorCal Villan
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Oh, my sweet summer child

                  • Old Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Real? Organic? Are you having a laugh?

                    1. NorCal Villan
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Has to be performance art, right?

          2. CroatianHammer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Not going to lie, thought the remaining 37 matches were tonight. Suppose I'll cheer on Frankfurt in the meantime.

            1. Sharkytect
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Same, until I saw this message.
              Shame

          3. Henning
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Going back to this team after
            FH.
            74 p ahead in ml and my best overall rank so far . What would you do with this team(1 ft)?

            Schmeichel Dubravka
            Alonso Laporte TAA Cancelo schär
            Salah Kulusevski Mount Kdb Saka
            Nkeita Broja Weghorst

            1. Henning
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Salah and Weghorst to Bowen and Kane?

              1. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Good moves. Leaves you will a benching headache but a strong first sub will probably come in handy in Gw38.

                1. Henning
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Thanx. And I agree with you about a good first sub.

            2. Pep's Money Laundry
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Not a fan of Salah out for a hit unless he is confirmed out

            3. pingissimus
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Lose Saka Weghorst for Wilson Gruno

          4. Strudders
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            1)Trossard -> Mount?
            or
            2) Trossard + McArthur -> Barnes + Rodri (-4 hit)?

            1. TN
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              1

              Not worth a -4 for Rodri who is only likely to get a 1/2/3 pointer

          5. DannyDrinkVodka
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Who scores more points?

            A) Foden
            B) Luis Diaz

            1. TN
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              B

              As a city fan 🙁

          6. focaccia
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Currently 2nd in my league and up for throwing caution to the wind. Have 1 free transfer and nothing in the bank. Would seriously appreciate any advice :

            Ramsdale

            Cancelo - White - Alonso - TAA

            Saka - KDB - Salah - Kulu

            Jesus - Richarlison

            (Dubravka - Holgate - Dewsbury-Hall - Gelhart)

            1. mrelpea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              If salah is out, I’d do salah and KDH to Son and Mount and then captain Mount

            2. Cheeky Onion
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Salah + White > Son + Sess

              OR

              Salah + Rich (if Everton win tomorrow) > Son + Toney/Vardy if you can afford

              1. Cheeky Onion
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Could do Kane and Mount for the 2nd option if the math works

          7. VIVA_RONALDO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Best option:
            a) Salah to KDB/Mane
            b) Salah + Mateta to Diaz + Vardy -4

            1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Same dilemma here mate, but with Salah and Dennis, Mount and Vardy is an option I’m considering or Kane and Barnes too

          8. YoungPretender
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            If you already own Kulu and Kane, would you rather have Son or Vardy?

            1. Strudders
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Tough one but I think I'd still have to go for Son

            2. RedRo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Son

            3. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Son

          9. Aye
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Chances of Jota starting gw 38?

            1. Feanor
              • 13 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Nota chance.

            2. putana
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              if salah not fit enough to start then between jota and firmino for last spot

            3. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Fair

            4. ryacoo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Likely to go with his best three I think, if fit - Salah, Mane, Diaz

          10. TN
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            thoughts on these transfers (obviously mid week games dependent)

            Cash, Saka, Richarlison -> Sessegnon, Maddison, Vardy (for a -8)

            OR

            Cash, Saka -> James, Maddison (for a -4)

            OR

            Cash -> James (for free)

            1. cravencottage
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Just the last one

              1. mrelpea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Agreed

          11. JohnnyRev7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Great article @Stevie (Eyetestfpl)

            I'm FHing 38 and have most bases covered, but I've just a few naggling doubts to ponder.

            Thank you!

          12. Aaa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Exact cash for Salah & Kulu -> Son and Diaz, is it worth a -4?

            Team would be:

            Ramsdale
            TAA/Cancelo/James/Justin/Sess
            Son/Diaz/Mount
            Kane/Toney
            (Foster/Gordon/Dennis/Sarr)

            1. cravencottage
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              yes- good moves

            2. Our Tiny Servant
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Totally

            3. mrelpea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              100%

          13. RobinKerr1987
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Freehitting but trying to decide which lineup will be better? Basically it's between fielding A: Dier & KDB; versus B: Zaha & Martinelli (but stronger bench)

            A. 442
            Ederson
            James, Robertson, Cancelo, Dier
            KDB, Son, Diaz, Mount
            Kane, Nketiah
            (Steele, Tsimikas, Brownhill, Richardson)

            B. 343
            Ederson
            James, Roberston, Cancelo
            Son, Diaz, Mount, Zaha, Martinelli
            Kane, Nketiah
            (Steele, Dier, Richarlison, Amartey)

            Keen to hear your preference or suggestions.

            1. Our Tiny Servant
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              No time for a better bench.
              Option A is far better

          14. European Bob
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Salah to Son (c) the obvious move yeah?

            1. vova
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              that's what I'm doing

            2. Pep's Money Laundry
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              If a lot of people are doing this move then I will actually C Salah. Will be a great differential on the final day without having to risk captaining a Chelsea player

          15. Golazo1357
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Diaz or Jota this weekend? Surely it is Diaz since he got some rest yesterday, no?:

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Could be both?

            2. The Mentaculus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I'd guess Diaz & Mané start alongside Salah/Jota depending on former's fitness

          16. cravencottage
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Which:
            A) Coutinho > Diaz
            B) Dennis> Toney

          17. SHOWSTOPPERRR
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            So what's the latest on schmeichel? Will he play or ward again??

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Schmeichel plays the last 2.

              1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Thanks..

          18. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Will we even know if Salah is fit to play before gw 38?

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yes, Klopp has said Salah is and will definitely be in the squad.

              1. Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Yeah but I'd prefer a starter

          19. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Hey,

            Would really appreciate some advice on FH38 squad :

            Mendy
            Matip, Rudiger, Sessegnon
            KDB, Son, Maddison, Mount, Bowen
            Kane, Toney

            Bachmann as a holding position,. Jansson first sub then Gelhardt, Tsimikas.

            Is Chelsea double defence a big risk? I wasn't going to do more than double on any team so i might try Ederson but Villa capable of scoring. Maybe Allison?

            Spurs playing for 4th so I'm happy to triple up even though they're away. Hopefully Norwich don't try to shut it down.

            1. The Mentaculus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I wouldn't personally go with double Chelsea defence without attacking upside. Its not easy to pick out safe CS this week, but I think I would do Mendy - Ederson to spread the risk across Liv/Che/Mci/Tot

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Yeah, i agree.

                Will look into the options.

                Thanks

            2. Pep's Money Laundry
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              The only base you haven't covered is Liverpool’s attack. Yes spurs might score a couple goals but Liverpool will even more.

              The team looks good, make sure you a have playing goalkeeper as I wouldn't be surprised if Mendy or Alisson aren't selected

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                On Liverpool attack i like Mane for Sunday but that's a Son or KDB trade off.

                Depending on tomorrow Mount could become Diaz with a tweak in goal too.

            3. NateDog
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I'm not too confident Mendy will play. Kepa had a few appearances towards the end of last season in the league, now that Chelsea's league position is tied up I think he's likely to play (especially after Mendy started in the FA Cup final)

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Cheers.

                I've been thinking along those lines too so that's helpful.

          20. simong1
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Is taking a hit on the last week a bad idea? I'm 7 points behind in my ML. Thoughts on the best option from below?

            A) Salah > Mane
            B) Salah & Jesus > Diaz and Kane (-4)
            C) Salah & Weghorst > Diaz and Vardy (-4)

            Ramsdale
            TAA - Matip - James - Laporte - Cancelo
            Salah - Son - Kuluveaki - Saka
            Jesus

            Dubravka - Gordon - Weghorst - Kamara

          21. Mane Mane Mane
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I’m about 40-50 points behind my ML leader, and I have a free hit still to use. I know who I’m chasing will captain Kane is it worth going without and putting a captain on a player I know he won’t have or do I just follow suit? I feel I’m too far behind so need to take massive gambles now on pretty much every player I bring in on my free hit and captain choices.

            1. Pep's Money Laundry
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I was 31 points behind leader going into this week using FH, I'm now in the lead by 32 with a whole host of players to play tomorrow.

              Its possible to catch up but you need to captain someone you are certain he won't, I would personally would go Vardy as a differential provided he doesn't start tomorrow

              1. Mane Mane Mane
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Does give me a bit of promise, Is it worth bringing in Kane to not captain him incase he does haul or because I’m wanting Kane to blank just go for a completely different forward option altogether?

                1. Pep's Money Laundry
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Maybe you can go without Kane if all others all well stacked.

                  A mate asked me for my opinion of his FH team as he is chasing, I really liked look of it and doesn't have Kane. His team for reference:

                  Raya
                  Trent, James, Alonso
                  Kdb Son Diaz Mount Foden
                  Vardy Toney

                  1. Mane Mane Mane
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Yeah, think I’m going to go with out Kane, got to take a gamble. Thanks for that, appreciate the help.

                2. mrelpea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  With 40-50 points to chase, I think you need to go all out on differentials. If bringing Kane involves a hit, I’d be more inclined to do it on a high potentially high scoring differential that he doesn’t have eg Mount, James, Son etc

                  1. Mane Mane Mane
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    I’m on a free hit this week so won’t cost anything. I’m thinking of just going pure differentials and hoping for the best.

                    1. BUZZBOMB
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      2years when I havent won my ML and been 2nd, Ive gone differential GW38 and then ended up finishing 3rd

                    2. mrelpea
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Even better! Just go all out for the differentials. Better to go down fighting than laying down

                      1. mrelpea
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Sorry, reply fail to previous comment

          22. Tsssst
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Who are Jota owners switching him to?

            1. DavidBW
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Is he not playing?

          23. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I quite liked this depiction of a season review...

            https://twitter.com/FplRachel/status/1526962254238859265?t=eMN46stLK29OI5bkhWd9IA&s=19

          24. J to the T
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Salah and Pukki -> Son and who?
            A) Jesus (AVL)
            B) Toney (LEE)

            1. JBG
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              B, unless you get info about Jesus starting.

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              B unless you know Jesus plays

            3. ryacoo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              B

              1. J to the T
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Pretty conclusive!

          25. CoracAld2831
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            My team:

            Schmeichel
            Laporte-Cancelo-TAA
            Saka-Salah-Son(c)-Mount(vc)
            Mateta-Nketiah

            Foster-Gordon-Pukki-Cash

            Please pick an option for the above team:

            A: Salah -> De Bruyne (Free)
            B: Salah -> Mane (Free)
            C: Salah, Pukki -> Maddison, Kane (-4)
            D: Salah, Pukki -> Diaz, Vardy (-4)
            E: Other, please specify?

            In case Salah is injured.

            1. ryacoo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              C, with Mateta benched

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Salah is in the squad for Sunday.

              Klopp has said, so the call is does he start or is he benched and do you want to risk that?

              Muscle injury

              1. CoracAld2831
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I am going to wait until last 5-10 minutes until making a decision tbh.

          26. ryacoo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Currently 90k. Pick one to buy:
            A) Sessegnon (nor)
            B) Robertson (WOL)
            C) Maddison (SOU)

            Captain:
            1) Kane
            2) Mount
            3) Reece

            1. mrelpea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              C1 or C3 if chasing

            2. Bobby Digital
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              C1

          27. NorCal Villan
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Been watching Cracker. It struck me that Robbie Coltrane (Fitz on the show) is the real-life Peter Griffin 😎

            • AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Big game, wish it was still the UEFA trophy for some continuity

              Hope the match lives up to the occasion.