There are still one or two issues to be resolved going into the final gameweek of the season. Obviously there’s Manchester City and Manchester United looking to pip each other to the Premier League gold, while Arsenal, Spurs and Newcastle are still fighting it out for those coveted Champions League spots. And there’s also one more relegation place up for grabs for either Bolton or QPR, so it’s all to play for tomorrow afternoon for at least seven teams. We’re looking to back those with something to play for, because as much as the likes of Swansea or Stoke want to finish as highly as possible, a lot of their players will already be on the beach. So for the final gameweek of the season, we’re looking at Manchester City and Tottenham to do the business at home and finish what they set out to do.
Sir Alex Ferguson probably prefers to think of it as Manchester United throwing the title away, but Roberto Mancini’s Noisy Neighbours have worked incredibly hard to claw back an eight point deficit to go into the final Premier League game of the season top of the pile. City find themselves with one hand on the trophy, only needing to overcome QPR at home to claim their first top tier title since 1968. Sunderland are the only side to come away from the Etihad with anything in the league this season and it would take a brave person to bet against City tomorrow, despite the fact that Mark Hughes’ QPR are scrapping for their Premier League lives. City have no injury concerns ahead of tomorrow’s crunch match, so there are plenty of decent options to choose from! Anyone from the back five is looking like a decent choice, with a shut-out for City far from out of the question. Joleon Lescott (£6.3m) and Premier League Player of the Season Vincent Kompany (£7m) carry more of a goal threat, although Pablo Zabaleta (£5.7m) and Gaël Clichy (£5.8m) are the cheaper options. Gnégnéri Touré Yaya (£7.9m) showed his class last week with two more monumental goals to add to his City collection, while we also like the look of Samir Nasri (£9.1m) for this one. Sometimes he can go missing in games away from home but his performances at Eastlands recently have warranted high praise. It’s no surprise that Argentine team mates Carlos Tévez (£11.6m) and Sergio Agüero (£11.3m) have struck up a fantastic understanding since the former was welcomed back into the City fold and if you can somehow get both of them into you team, you ought to seriously consider it.
Tottenham ought to have sewn up a Champions League spot weeks ago, but for one reason or another, Harry Redknapp’s side has fallen of the pace somewhat. A win for Spurs will be good enough to secure either third or fourth place in the Premier League and they couldn’t ask for much more than a home game against Fulham. Martin Jol’s side has a pretty disappointing away record, with the Cottagers only getting themselves on the scoresheet on 12 occasions on the road this season. And Clint Dempsey’s injured. With that in mind, it’s worth considering Tottenham defenders such as Younès Kaboul (£5.4m) and Brad Friedel (£5.7m). Goals will also be on Harry’s mind as he hopes to pip Arsenal to the Premier League bronze so you’d be wise to consider Gareth Bale (£9.4m), Rafael van der Vaart (£9.7m) and Emmanuel Adebayor (£9.2m).
Others worth considering
Chelsea have nothing to play for in the league, but will need a bit of training ahead of the Champions League final, and you wouldn’t expect relegated Blackburn to be much of a threat for Roberto Di Matteo’s side at the Bridge tomorrow. While we’d be wary of investing too heavily in Chelsea players, Fernando Torres (£9.9m) is in half decent form at the minute and unlikely to be rested so he can start the Champions League final. Juan Mata (£9.7m) is one of the most creative players in the Premier League, while Ramires (£7m) is suspended for the trip to Munich, so could well go out on a high for Chelsea tomorrow.
Wigan are finishing the season very strongly having been written off three months ago. With Premier League status secured, Roberto Martinez goes into the final day against Wolves at home eyeing a 15th place finish. Wigan have looked solid playing three central defenders, with Antolín Alcaraz (£4.3m) and Emmerson Boyce (£4.3m) offering cheap fantasy football options. Up front, Victor Moses (£5.6m) and Franco di Santo (£4.7m) have looked dangerous and could be a handful for Terry Connor’s side tomorrow afternoon. Bolton will be hoping to avoid joining Wolves in the Championship next season and will be looking to City to do them a favour and turn QPR over. If Bolton are to hold up their end of the bargain, they’ll need to beat Stoke at the Britannia. It won’t be easy, but if they are to get a result, Martin Petrov (£5.3m) will probably be their key player.
Finally, we haven’t forgotten that Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle all have important final day fixtures tomorrow. But playing away from home, there’s that banana skin element that we just can’t see with City or Spurs. Having said that, it would be unwise to overlook Wayne Rooney (£12.9m), Robin Van Persie (£13.2m) and Papiss Cissé (£8.2m) right now. Let’s be honest, who else is going to score?
Best of luck to you for the final time this season. Don’t for get to look out for our Euro 2012 Fantasy Football tips in June and July!
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