Fantasy Football round 36 preview

In association with St. Anthony's & Claddagh Credit Union

It is all becoming a little clearer now that all sides have played 35 matches. Champions Man City are still keeping challengers Liverpool at arms length in the title race, Spurs and Chelsea are in pole position for the Champions League, and it is between Brighton and Cardiff who will be the final side to tumble out of the division and into the Championship.

Yes, the games are coming thick and fast as we approach the end of the league campaign. With only three rounds left it is important managers select the right players that will bring home the bacon and the Advertiser Tribal League title in association with St Anthony's and Claddagh Credit Union. So who to pick for the weekend?

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool ) v Huddersfield Town

The exceptional Egyptian might not hit the heights of last season but 19 goals and 11 assists is a pretty decent return for a player who was 'out of form' for a chunk of the season. Salah has started to hit his straps at the right end of the season for the Reds with two goals and two assists in his last four outings. On Friday night, title chasing Liverpool welcome relegated Huddersfield Town to Anfield. The west Yorkshire side are looking to avoid having the second worst points total in the Premier League era but they will not be picking up any points in this game. A comfortable Liverpool win with Salah's name on the scoreboard. Make him your captain.

Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool ) v Huddersfield Town

When teams win matches, it is normally the attacking players who get all the kudos. However, if Liverpool managed to overtake City and bring home the Premier League trophy to Merseyside, it will be thanks in large part to Virgil Van Dijk. The big Dutch central defender has been magnificent for the Reds this season and shored up a defence that was known to be brittle for so long. Huddersfield are Van Dijk's opponents on Friday night. They are the league's lowest scorers managing a pathetic sum of 20 goals over 35 league matches. Liverpool will shut them out and Van Dijk will garner plenty of points. Get him in your team.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City ) v Arsenal

After a tough start to the campaign which saw manager Claude Puel receive the chop in February, Leicester City have stabilised and climbed into the top half of the table. The Foxes' recent good form has had a lot to do with striker Jamie Vardy's knack of finding the net in recent weeks; nine goals in 10 games for the number 9. At Sunday lunchtime, Leicester welcome Arsenal to the King Power Stadium. The Gunners' away form has been suspect all season and it let them down again on Wednesday evening as they succumbed to a feeble 3-1 defeat to Wolves. And I can see more of the same for Unai Emery's men as the travel to the east midlands. I'm going for a home win with Vardy to score the winner.


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