We’re here, the final week of the season. Liverpool has won the league, Manchester City has secured Champions League. Leicester City, Chelsea and Manchester United won’t finish lower than fifth in the league but one of the three will miss out on Champions League at the last second. At the other end of the table, Norwich may be relegated but one of Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Watford will save themselves while the others will be destined for the Championship. So while there may not have been a real title race this year, we’re in for drama until the end.
In making sure that you have players with something to play for, the golden boot race is also worth watching as Jamie Vardy may be leading the race with 23 goals but Danny Ings, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling are all within a stones throw of snagging it on the final day.
The final edition of Top Transfer Targets will be a little different as I’m ending the season with a bang by using my free hit. So instead of running through ownership tiers, I’ll go through the players who I’m targeting this week.
Let’s get to the fixtures:
Sunday 26 July
Arsenal v Watford
Burnley v Brighton
Chelsea v Wolverhampton
Crystal Palace v Tottenham
Everton v Bournemouth
Leicester v Manchester United
Manchester City v Norwich
Newcastle v Liverpool
Southampton v Sheffield United
West Ham v Aston Villa
This bench should be a band of the likes of Lamptey and the cost cutters. As you can see, I added the cheapest players to max out the lineup and I’m hoping that I don’t have to use anyone on the bench. Lamptey is my first sub because the Burnley attack is anemic and I can’t afford anyone better.
Keeper: Hugo Lloris (Spurs 5.3m):
Tottenham has been on a roll since the restart collecting 17 points which is the third best tally in the Premier League during this time. One of the chief things behind that has been a defense that has only allowed multiple goals in one game once, versus Sheffield United. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace has been shut out six times since the restart. So while this is destined to end badly, having Lloris hedges my bets in case Burnley allows a goal.
Burnley are trying to protect Nick Pope’s chance at the golden gloves so taking a double Burney defense into battle seems like the best option for getting a nice rank rise to end the season. Pieters has been in form playing on the wing or in defense while Long has been more than an admirable as a stand in for Ben Mee. The inclusion of Trent Alexander Arnold is because I’m honestly too scared to build my team without him in it. The one week that he wasn’t in my team this season Alexander-Arnold put out 24 points while I had Matt Targett in my team on a -2. So yeah, I’m not doing that again.
Goals goals and more goals. Sterling and Salah are chasing the golden boot and will likely be fed aplenty this weekend. Silva is possibly playing his final game for Manchester City and Spurs need to win vs Crystal Palace to keep their dreams of european football alive. Salah was the toughest call as the Liverpool attack has been hit or miss lately but just like Alexander-Arnold, I can’t fathom going without him on my free hit.
Forward wise, everything starts with Harry Kane who’s also my captain this week. The Crystal Palace defense has been in shambles without Gary Cahill and Spurs should put up a crooked number. Danny Ings has a great chance at winning the golden boot so I’m backing him for a big score this week. Mason Greenwood is in form in a big game for Manchester United. While I don’t think he’s the best option from United this week (Anthony Martial is) but he’ll offer cover in an important match.