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FANTEAM DAILY FANTASY EPL SEASON FINALE PICKS AND TEAM REVEAL

The €100,000 Gameweek 38 Premier League Finale 

The 2021/22 Premier League season is reaching its natural conclusion and here at FanTeam, we have a fantastic contest to close out the show!

While the  €100,000 prize pool contest has now filled the action is not over with 2 separate contests now open with a €2 and €20 buy-in respectively. 

If you have been fortunate enough to win a ticket in the numerous satellite contests we have been running, well done you! The contest has filled completely, so you are one of the lucky ones to be a part of this. For anyone who hasn’t been able to secure a ticket, there is still the Weekly Monster contest.

THE RULES

Every Premier League fixture in gameweek 38 will begin on Sunday 22nd May at 16:00 BST, each concluding at approximately 17:55 BST. This is an advantage this week, as unlike other weekly monster contests, all of the line up information will be available to you prior to kick off.

The rules are simple to follow. You will be required to pick 11 players to fill out your squad whilst staying within a budget of 105.0m. For each team you enter, you must select a captain and a vice captain. Your captain will score 2x points. However, in the event that your captain does not play, your vice captain will then score 2x points.

You can select a maximum of 3 players from the same team. It is worth noting that if you select two or more defensive players from the same team (GK and DEF), and the team keeps a clean sheet, a stacking penalty will apply. For example, if you select Edouard Mendy from Chelsea and he keeps a clean sheet, no penalty will apply. However, if you also start Reece James, you will be deducted 1 point. If you were to stack Mendy, James and Alonso, you will be deducted 2 points.

No bench required in this contest. Instead, you have the innovative safety net feature to fall back on! This means if you have a player who does not start, your player will be replaced at the beginning of the match. This is dependent on a player being available from the same team, at the same price or less. The closest price to your player value will be automatically selected. 

This is a great tool to use, as it allows you to start a player with confidence. If your player doesn’t start, his replacement is already determined. Teams that rotate heavily like Manchester City are a prime example of how the safety net feature can benefit you in your selection process. This week however, as you will have the lineup information at your disposal, it’s vitally important that you check your line up before kick off to make sure you aren’t disappointed. If you keep on top of your line up, safety net shouldn’t be required! It’s there though, all the same.

Standard scoring applies to this contest.

This contest can be multi-entered, with a maximum entry limit of 25 entries per user.

With the rules covered, let’s build out line up!

TEAM REVEAL

GK – David Raya (BRE) 7.7m

Defensively, Brentford are statistically much better at home than they are playing away. David Raya hasn’t conceded a goal at home since Brentford welcomed Newcastle in Gameweek 27, keeping 4 clean sheets since then. Add to that, their opponents this week, Leeds, have only scored twice in their past 5 games. 

DEF – Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) 11.7m

The first of two Liverpool defenders in my line up. I’m backing Alexander-Arnold for a clean sheet this weekend, but he brings much more to the table. He is tied for most big chances created (18) this season in the Premier League, and he also leads the league for accurate crosses made (77).

DEF – Andrew Robertson (LIV) 11.4m

Andrew Robertson finds his way into the side, much for similar reasons to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s inclusion. Though Robertson hasn’t been quite as attacking on paper statistically as Alexander-Arnold this season, he boasts just one less assist and has equaled his team mates goal tally. Again, the reasons he is here are two-fold. Huge clean sheet potential this week, and always an attacking threat. Having both also removes the headache of which Liverpool fullback to start!

DEF – Kieran Trippier (NEW) 6.7m

Kieran Trippier comes in very cheap this week, especially given how dangerous the England right back can be. He’s had his struggles with injuries since arriving, but we know the threat he possesses. He’s a bit of an enabler at the price. I suspect if he starts, he will also be on corner and free kick duties. Keep an eye on the team news, if Trippier doesn’t start, you have an easy pivot to Matt Targett.

MID – James Maddison (LEI) 10.8m

The first of two Leicester midfielders in my line up, James Maddison, is in a great run of form at the moment. In his last 3 League games, he has 3 goals and 2 assists to his name. Leicester don’t really have anything to play for, but they’ve finished the season really strongly. This weekend, they are welcoming one of the worst form teams in the League.

MID – Wilfried Zaha (CRY) 8.9m

Wilfried Zaha has had arguably his best season in the Premier League in 2021/22. He has 13 goals and 2 assists this season, and his form of late has been, with 4 of his goals coming in his last 8 games. The great thing about Zaha is he takes a high volume of shots, so you have the potential of scoring points through shots on target in this contest. He also has the added benefit of penalties. I don’t trust Manchester United at all, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Palace grab a result here in front of a packed Selhurst Park.

MID – Christian Eriksen (BRE) 8.2m

Christian Eriksen’s underlying statistics are fantastic, currently. In his last 5 games, he has made 19 key passes and created 4 big chances, which have resulted in 3 assists for the Danish maestro. During that span of games, he’s only taken 2 less shots than Ivan Toney. His heavy involvement in Brentford’s attacks are what justify his inclusion here. He feels like he could be under priced.

MID – Harvey Barnes (LEI) 10.3m

I am doubling up on Leicester midfielders, as I think they have the potential to put 3 or 4 past a poor Southampton team. In an attempt to not miss a haul, I have thrown in Harvey Barnes as well as James Maddison. Barnes isn’t gun shy, having taken more shots than any other Leicester player since as far back as gameweek 30. His season has snuck under the radar, but he has 11 assists and 6 goals to show for his efforts. In his last 3 appearances, Barnes has 2 goals and 3 assists, so the form is very much there. Keep an eye on team news to ensure he starts.

FWD – Jame Vardy (LEI) 10.5m

Rounding out my Leicester trio, we have Jamie Vardy. This fixture has stacks of potential for Vardy to add to his goal tally for the season. Despite only making 24 appearances in the League this season, Vardy has an impressive 14 goals to his name. He’s scored 4 of them in 2 of his last 3 appearances, scoring twice against both Norwich and Watford. Southampton have conceded 39 goals away from home this season, third most in the Premier League. If this isn’t an ideal finale for Vardy, I don’t know what is!

FWD – Ivan Toney (BRE) 9.8m

I am backing Ivan Toney to see the season out on a high, and return to the scoresheet against Leeds. Toney hasn’t scored since gameweek 32 against West Ham. He has an ideal match up to close the season against the second worst away defence in the League. If you can’t play Toney in a game like this, then when can you?

FWD – Callum Wilson (NEW) 8.6m

This one is a bit of a wildcard pick, but Wilson does have a noticeable presence when he starts for the Magpies. He has unfortunately had his injury issues throughout this season, but has still managed 6 goals in his 17 appearances. Newcastle have improved massively in the second half of the season, something of which Wilson hasn’t really experienced much until he recently returned to action. I’m sure with a clean bill of health, he would have benefited personally from Newcastle’s progress on the field. Again, monitor the team sheet and make sure Wilson is starting before committing. 

I know what you are thinking… “Where are the City players, the Spurs players, the Chelsea players?”. 

The reason for the omissions? The pricing is very challenging this week. 

I have tried to make sure my lineup is as balanced as possible with a high ceiling/low floor type scoring outcome. I have tried to go against what I think the grain will be, and have completely avoided some of the big teams on the slate. As this will be my only line up in this contest, it has to be set up in a way where it could either take the whole thing down, or fall flat on my face and fail to cash. I am prepared for either scenario.

Best of luck for the Gameweek 38 finale, I hope to see you on that leaderboard!

Nick Owen 

@nickofwigan (Twitter)

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

If you’re new to FanTeam then you’ll need to create a new account here – alternatively, head on over to fanteam.com and click the green ‘Register’ button in the top right corner.

Existing users can click the graphic below for direct access to the weekly monster or head on over to the GW38 lobby.

Best of luck for the Gameweek 38 finale!

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