Gameweek 38 Best Fantasy XI

Posted by John Culea

Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty ImagesFantasy managers would do well to slot in Gareth Bale who will be looking to find the back of the net in what could be his final match in a Spurs uniform.

The final Sunday of the Premier League season offers several possibilities for the best starting XI. Chelsea will be coming off a Europa League final in which they won dramatically in the dying seconds of stoppage time. They have also nearly clinched a Champions League berth for next season.

(Lineup subject to change before kickoff)

Goalkeeper: Pepe Reina, Liverpool (QPR home)
Reina has done well for the Reds and could get his 14th clean sheet of the season.

Defenders:
Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham (Sunderland home)
The Belgian came close to scoring against Stoke. A goal and a clean sheet are possible in a must-win situation for Spurs.

Jose Enrique, Liverpool (QPR home)
Four clean sheets in his last six matches against a dog meat team portend a shutout and perhaps his third goal of the season for the hard-working, tough defender.

Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United (WBA away)
Now healthy again, earlier in the season Vidic had six clean sheets in seven matches and could sneak in a goal against an unmotivated WBA.

Midfielders:
Gareth Bale (designated captain) Tottenham (Sunderland home)
Bale has had two "off" games in a row but may have a couple of goals in his boots for a season finale with Champions League implications that could determine if he stays or goes this summer.

Theo Walcott, Arsenal (Newcastle away)
Walcott will compete for the ball with Olivier Giroud who is back available, but Walcott has three goals in his last three games and the final match is key for Champions League positioning.

Frank Lampard, Chelsea (Everton home)
Everton is much better defensively than Aston Villa where Lamps got his record-breaking goal. He played the entire match against Benfica in the Europa final, so we shall see if he starts on Sunday. However, now that Lamps is apparently close to signing for another year with Chelsea, the Stamford Bridge faithful will likely see him in the first XI and be cheering him on to fill the net.

Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool (QPR home)
The Brazilian has teamed seamlessly with Daniel Sturridge, and while he has been making deft passes for assists, he seems likely to have the chance to slip a goal in against the dispirited Rangers.

Forwards:
Robin van Persie, Manchester United (WBA away)
The Dutchman has had many chances in the last two games, but no goals. Van Persie has been deployed more in Wayne (Wayne who?) Rooney's position; however, there should be at least one in the net for van Persie for the season's final game.

Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool (QPR home)
A hat trick last week, why not more against the downtrodden Hoops?

Carlos Tevez, Manchester City (Norwich home)
Carlito has had a good season for City and is likely to nick one or two goals to close out the campaign. Despite all his high profile problems with The Scarf, Carlito ended up outlasting the Italian.

Starting XI value: 90.8 million

Bench:
Joe Hart, Manchester City
Leighton Baines, Everton
Per Mertesacker, Arsenal
Santi Cazorla, Arsenal

Bench value: 31.4 million

Total value: 122.2 million

Last week, the Best Fantasy XI tallied 72 points.

Sir John’s regular team only had 51.

Over the summer, let's stay in touch to bridge the gap until the season opener on August 18. Meantime, I remain,
Yours Faithfully, Sir John

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