Liverpool are on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League and are essentially in a playoff with Manchester City and Arsenal to make the tournament. It comes down to one final game this season, and the Reds need star midfielder Philippe Coutinho to perform Premier League magic, if they are to make the competition.
Coutinho was outstanding in gameweek 37 and leads the way in transfers ahead of the final gameweek of the Fantasy Premier League season. The Brazilian is our top pick, but who joins him in our midfield top 5?
FPL Gameweek 38 top 5 midfielders
Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool
Total FPL points: 161; GW 37: 19 points
Coutinho’s monster gameweek against West Ham was a long time coming. The midfielder scored twice, tallied an assist and helped keep a clean sheet. Over 67,000 Premier League managers transferred for the Brazilian ahead of the Reds’ final game against Middlesbrough.
Liverpool are in desperate need of a win to qualify for the Champions League. Their fate is in their own hands, and with Middlesbrough already relegated, Liverpool should run wild at Anfield on Sunday.
Alexis Sanchez –Arsenal
Total FPL points: 255; GW 37: 27 points
Alexis Sanchez has come back to FPL life after seven gameweeks of inconsistent results. The midfielder scored 27 points over two gameweek 37 matches, making him the player of the week in FPL. Sanchez will finish the FPL season as the top points scorer of 2016-17. His 255 total is 40 points better than nearest rival Eden Hazard. Sanchez scored seven points against this weekend’s opponent, Everton, the last time the two met. Arsenal must win to keep Champions League hopes alive. Sanchez will be gunning for goal all day long.
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
Total FPL points: 190; GW 37: 15 points
Kevin De Bruyne makes the top 5 once again this week after a 15 point total over two games during gameweek 37. The midfielder leads a list of Manchester City players that are worth selecting for the final weekend of the Premier League season. De Bruyne tallied six points against Watford the last time the two teams met. City need to win to make the Champions League, and Watford have only got pride to play for on Sunday.
Josh King – Bournemouth
Total FPL points: 178; GW 37: 9 points
Is Josh King the most surprising FPL midfielder this season? If he isn’t, he is one of the top three. King secured another excellent fantasy weekend with a nine point match against Burnley. King leads Bournemouth with 16 goals this season, and will most likely be on the transfer list to several teams in England and Germany this summer. Bournemouth play Leicester at the weekend, and King is a solid choice due to his fantastic form.
Mesut Ozil – Arsenal
Total FPL points: 162; GW 37: 15 points
Like teammate Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil has all of a sudden had a fantasy renaissance. Ozil’s 15 points across two matches was stellar and sets the German up for a grandstand finish to the season. Arsenal need a win for any chance of making the Champions League, and the team will need each one of its stars to step up. Ozil’s £9.5 price tag should sit better with fantasy managers than Sanchez’s £11.6.