So here we are, Gameweek 38 – the last of a long season. Last week was a difficult one in terms of clean sheet points. Just two teams (written before Tuesday’s games) managed to pick up clean sheets, much to the disappointment and frustration of Fantasy Football managers looking to gain ground on rivals.
This week however, on paper at least, looks to be full of clean sheet potential. The problem we have seen with plenty of teams in recent weeks is that end of season squad rotation has kicked in.
Here is who I’ve gone for this week, in what is my final defenders tips of the season.
Jamie Carragher (Liverpool) £5.0 million. Fixture: QPR (Home)
Call me a romantic but Jamie Carragher bringing an end his seventeen year Anfield career is surely worth a punt this week! Plenty of Fantasy Football managers will have been left fuming at the sight of Wisdom getting a starting place ahead of Enrique – end of season rotation in full effect. There will be no such problems this weekend when one of Liverpool’s longest ever servants takes to the Anfield stage for the final time.
Since coming back into the team back in mid January, Carragher has become a main stay of the Liverpool back four. He is yet to find the back of the net this season but who’s to say he won’t do so on Sunday! Liverpool play a dejected looking, relegated QPR side who in truth look and are playing like they can’t wait for this season to be over and done with. And who knows if Liverpool were to get a couple of goals up and a last minute penalty in the Kop End.. Dreams can come true! Besides the romantic element attached to the selection of Carragher, Liverpool should keep a clean sheet against the R’s this weekend.
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) £7.0 million. Fixture: Norwich City (Home)
Another of have been a victim of rotation, Kompany wasn’t included for the visit of West Brom last week, leaving those Fantasy Football managers who opted for the City skipper for the double gameweek licking their wounds. After City’s shock FA Cup final defeat to Wigan on Saturday, Mancini’s tenure as City manager has come to an end .
Brian Kidd will now take charge of the City side for their last home game of the season against Norwich and he will be keen to give the fans something to celebrate. The Canaries guaranteed their Premier League safety last time out with a convincing 4-0 win over West Brom. With that burden out of the way, you would fully expect City to pick up the three points in their final home game of the season. A clean sheet also looks on the cards.
Michael Dawson (Tottenham) £4.5 million. Fixture: Sunderland (Home)
I’ve been a keen admirer of Michael Dawson this season. Not just in terms of his performances on the pitch but also in relation to his cheap Fantasy Football price tag. As I have mentioned here throughout the season, Dawson has completely turned his Spurs career around after Villas-Bolas was keen to sell him. As it is, Dawson has been a regular in the Spurs back four but yet his price tag remains at just £4.5 million.
Regardless of their North London rivals, Arsenal’s outcome against Wigan on Tuesday night, Tottenham’s Champions League faith will not be confirmed until the final day of the season. A home game against a Sunderland side who may also need the points (depending on Wigan’s result against Arsenal on Tuesday night) at White Hart Lane on Sunday. The Black Cats have struggled for goals all season with Danny Graham continuing to struggle and Stephane Sessegnon still out due to suspension. In their last 1-1 draws, they have had to rely on defenders rescuing a point for them. Spurs’ defence has been solid all season and they will be out to secure their 9th clean sheet of the season.
Phil Jones (Manchester United) £5.7 million. Fixture: West Brom (Away)
After an injury hit season, Phil Jones has had a very strong end to the season. He has greatly benefitted from his versatility and has been used as a full back as well as a defensive midfielder in the last few weeks. In fact, Jones has started each of United’s last seven league games.
United have some what stuttered to the season’s end since wrapping up the title. But make no mistake about it, after picking up a hard fought win against Swansea in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge, they will be out to do the same on Sunday in what is the last ever game in Fergie’s fantastic career. West Brom were comprehensibly beaten last time out at Norwich and will be keen to give their fans something to shout about. The game however means much much more to Ferguson and his side. I fully expect them to pick up all three points along with the clean sheet.
So there you have my final defenders picks of the season. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them and that they have helped you along the way. Thanks for reading and good luck in the final gameweek of the season!