Is the title race over?
After Liverpool dropped points against Tottenham on the last matchday, Man. City have everything in their own hands to win the Premier League, but anything is still possible and Liverpool will only admit defeat after the final game of the season. The direct relegation candidates are Norwich and Watford and now only Everton, Burnley and Leeds have to decide among themselves who will have to go into relegation. Furthermore, it will still be interesting to see who is in which international place and it will be particularly exciting between Arsenal and Tottenham.
Fraser Foster (42₵, Southampton): The 39-year-old is the goalkeeper with the most balls saved, in the Premier League and, despite his advanced age, almost always puts in strong performances. In the last five matchdays he is in first place in the GK held statistic and third in the Superpass statistic. Liverpool will give everything on the offensive and create some scoring chances, which will give the Englishman enough to do to put in a really good performance. So long as Southampton don’t concede four or more goals, he should score well.
Cristian Romero (86₵, Spurs): For seven games, the Argentine has scored over 200 points and shines especially with his outstanding duel rate of 72%. In the last five games he also leads the statistics ball intercepted/blocked. The opponents Burnley have to give everything, as they are still in the race for the relegation, so they are not to be underestimated. Nevertheless, Romero should be able to get to some passes and excel again with his duel strength.
Marc Guehi (77₵, Palace): He is also a player who excels in tackling and has also always scored in the green in the last five games. It should be a very even game against Aston Villa and the 21-year-old talented defender will be keen to prove himself further.
Nathan Ake (116₵, Man. City): With the absences of Dias, Stones and Walker, the Dutchman could come in for more game time. According to Guardiola, he still has ankle problems but should still start and whenever he is allowed to come on for the Citizens, he shows strong games. In his last six starting appearances, he has not scored less than 200 points once and only twice less than 300 points. Against the Hammers, he can once again show how valuable he is and can make his presence felt in the final games of the season.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (70₵, Liverpool): Robertson was not included in the squad against Aston Villa during the week as he was to be rested for the FA Cup final against Chelsea, this Saturday. The Greek then stepped in and put in a solid performance in the 2-1 win. It could well be that the Scot is given another rest after the final and Tsimikas returns to action, if that is the case he is a cheap defender with high scoring potential and then at a team rated as clear favourites.
James Maddison (80₵, Leicester): Leicester already won 3-0 against Norwich during the week and Maddison scored, so why not now against fellow relegated Watford? The 25-year-old has been an absolute performer for the Foxes this season and also manages to shine regularly at SPITCH. After scoring during the week, he is likely to play at the weekend and hopefully can impress there as well.
Jonny Otto (57₵, Wolverhampton): After a ten-month absence, due to a knee injury, the Spaniard was able to make his first appearance back for Wolves at the end of February and has since developed into one of the key first team players. He averages 205 points and could make the difference against last-placed Norwich.
Rodrigo Bentancur (87₵, Spurs): Tottenham first picked up a point against Liverpool last matchday and now also three points against direct CL rivals Arsenal, putting them back in the race for the CL places. In the 3-0 win, the Uruguayo showed a really strong game and even set up a goal. After he was brought in during the winter break, he immediately developed into a regular player under Antonio Conte and since then has consistently shown good performances. Against Burnley, Tottenham will be going all out again and he could well score again.
Jamie Vardy (102₵, Leicester): The 35-year-old striker is back at last and already shone with a brace against Norwich during the week. At SPITCH he made only negative points in the last three games, in which he was always substituted, but we know, from the games before his injury, how well he can score. The two goals against Norwich may have been just what he needed to make his mark on the remaining games this season with a couple of goals. A risky pick, but one that could pay off.
Francisco Tavares (40₵, Wolverhampton): More commonly known as Chiquinho, the 22-year-old has been mixing it up for Wolves for the past two games after assisting two important goals last weekend after coming on as a substitute. He then came straight on during the week against Man. City and despite the 5-1 defeat was, in my opinion, Wolves’ best player. It’s against Norwich this weekend, who have lost each of their last five games and should the Portuguese talent return to action, he is definitely a player to consider at this price.
Luis Diaz (130₵, Liverpool): After a brief injury, the Colombian is back and enchanting the footballing world. League-wide, he has been involved in a goal in each of his last three games and at SPITCH he has scored 266 and 476 in his first two games back from injury. Liverpool will throw everything forward to stay close to City and the winger could finish more often as a result and score really strongly.
Other players to keep an eye on are Diege Llorente (74₵, Leeds) who has been really good of late, Eberechi Eze (63₵, Palace) who has shown how good he can be in the last two games and Edward Nketiah (28₵, Arsenal) who has been outstanding in the last two games.
About me: I have been assisting SPITCH in its various divisions for several months now. With my experience on the free pitches, I would like to help you find interesting players that maybe not everyone has on their radar.