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AM's Perfect XI - Week 38

Thursday, May 10, 2018


Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 38 player picks; the final picks of the season. This column focuses on Togga's Perfect XI game which you can play via their IOS and Android app. Download the apps via the link below and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements:


Download the Togga app

 

Once downloaded, open the app and register an account. Once registered, click the Fantasy tab at the bottom of the app screen. Then from the Fantasy screen, click the arrow at the top of the app screen to select Perfect XI.


We've set up a Rotoworld PL Private League where you can challenge myself and the rest of the RW PL team over the course of the season. To join it download the app and then click the below link from your device, or find us from the Featured Leagues tab:


http://tog.ga/rotoworld

 

Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek of Premier League fixtures, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions for each position. The main 11 players listed won't necessarily be the exact players selected for my own Perfect XI fantasy side. The point of this column isn't to tell you exactly who to pick; it's to present some ideas to get you thinking. Hopefully you'll find the advice useful, whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.

 


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You're probably aware that the Togga team have been reaching out to their user-base over the past few months to help fund them to the end of the season, and right now we don't know for sure whether they'll be back in August. This would be a massive shame, but while this could be my last Perfect XI column ever, I'm staying positive and will be lending my support over the summer break in the hope we'll all return for the 2018/19 campaign. I've been playing and writing about the PXI game since 2016 and have thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I'd like to thank Jason, Scott, JW and the team for giving us a superb platform to play on for the past few years and for always supporting this column on social media. Best of luck guys - we're all rooting for you!


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Now, with just one round of matches to go, my own PXI team is on the verge of hitting my season-long goal. I sit in 103rd place right now (on 211 points for the week) with Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba left to play tonight, so there's a decent chance that I'll start Week 38 just inside the overall Top 100. The question is, can I end Week 38 there? I'll have to leave that in the hands of the fantasy football Gods ....


As always the final weekend gives us a standard list of 10 fixtures, with all games kicking off at the same time; Sunday at 3pm BST (10am EST). This is the one weekend of the season where you can see all 20 line-ups prior to the first match kicking off, so remember to check all 11 of your selected players are starting BEFORE 2:59pm BST. In Perfect XI you can swap out a player from your squad right up to one minute before their match kicks off and bring in an alternative player whose match is also yet to kick off. This wonderful flexibility allows you to avoid the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat ZERO.


Here are your fixtures ...


Sunday 13 May
Burnley v Bournemouth
Crystal Palace v West Brom
Huddersfield v Arsenal
Liverpool v Brighton
Man Utd v Watford
Newcastle v Chelsea
Southampton v Man City
Spurs v Leicester
Swansea v Stoke
West Ham v Everton


As always we'll focus on the players from teams with the "most winnable" match-ups, but we'll also keep in mind the teams with something still to play for. Liverpool are the pick of the bunch as they look to secure Champions League football with victory over Brighton, while Spurs will want to secure third place with a win over Leicester, and Manchester United will want to stop Spurs from sneaking in to second place by beating Watford. Manchester City will be desperate to reach the 100 point mark for the first time in Premier League history with a win over Southampton, while Chelsea will still feel they're in with a shot of Champions League football if they can beat Newcastle (although they'll be relying on Jurgen Klopp's men to slip up). Finally, Swansea know that only massive win at home to have any chance of avoiding relegation, so they could go gung-ho against Stoke and then hope Man City hammer the Saints. Based on this, here are the players I feel iyou should be considering ...


KEEPERS
David De Gea - home to Watford. I fully expect Manchester United to win their final league match of the season to nil, securing De Gea his first ever Golden Glove award.


Honourable Mentions:  Loris Karius at home to Brighton, Hugo Lloris at home to Leicester, Ederson away at Southampton


DEFENDERS
Marcos Alonso - away at Newcastle. Not in his best form but Alonso remains the most attacking defender in the Premier League, plus he's proved to us all that he can score with his face.
Patrick van Aanholt - at home to West Brom. Palace have nothing to play for but Selhurst Park will be rocking after survival was secured with two games to go and PvA is on a fine goalscoring run, with four in his last ten starts.
Virgil van Dijk - at home to Brighton. Liverpool should keep a clean sheet and van Dijk will alway offers a threat at set pieces.
Jan Vertonghen - at home to Leicester. Tottenham's player of the season (in my opinon) should relish the chance of keeping Jamie Vardy quiet and can help his team to a final Wembley clean sheet before the move to the new White Hart Lane.


Honourable Mentions: Chris Smalling at home to Watford, James Tarkowski at home to Bournemouth, Hector Bellerin away at Huddersfield, Kyle Walker away at Southampton, Alfie Mawson at home to Stoke


MIDFIELDERS
Kevin De Bruyne - away at Southampton. Finally, after 36 Premier League appearances straight, KDB was rewarded with a rest against Brighton on Wednesday night. This means the Belgian star should be nicely refreshed to help dismantle Southampton and take City to 100 points for the season.
Sadio Mane - at home to Brighton. Doubling-up on Liverpool attacking players seems like a sensible approach given the fixture and situation, which means Mane slots in to compliment Salah,
Paul Pogba - at home to Watford. This feels like the sort of game Pogba can take complete control of, particularly with licence to roam forward to support the central striker (whoever that may be). Don't let us down Paul.
Eden Hazard - away at Newcastle. This may be controversial, but I don't think Hazard has had a particularly good season for Chelsea. There have been flashes of brilliance, but 12 goals and four assists is disappointing by his high standards. Despite this, I have a hunch he'll break out at St James Park on Sunday.


Honourable Mentions:  Christian Eriksen at home to Leicester, Wilfried Zaha at home to West Brom, Leroy Sane away at Southampton, Ki Sung-yueng at home to Stoke, Aaron Ramsey away at Huddersfield


STRIKERS
Mohamed Salah - at home to Brighton. An obvious choice, with the magnificent Salah chasing down Ian Rush's Liverpool record for goals in a season. He has two games left to achieve it; this weekend against the Seagulls and then the Champions League final. You wouldn't bet against him being the match-winner in both.
Harry Kane - at home to Leicester. Still not 100% fit, but that didn't stop Kane scoring Spurs' most important goal of the season to secure a third succesive campaign in Europe's top competition. He needs two more against the Foxes to break the 30 PL goal barrier for the first time in his career. 


Honourable Mentions:  Pierre E. Aubameyang away at Huddersfield, Raheem Sterling away at Southampton, Olivier Giroud away at Newcastle, Alexis Sanchez at home to Watford, Jordan Ayew at home to Stoke


That's it for Week 38, and the season. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to access a host of fantastic content to get you ready for the final weekend. If you have any questions about the Perfect XI game or general questions about a player or your own team then feel free to post them below or ping me on Twitter and I promise to get back to you.


Thanks for reading throughout the season - good luck to all managers this weekend, enjoy the World Cup, and I hope to see you again in August!



Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for Rotoworld and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.
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