So here we are – the final gameweek of the season. Please though, put your violin down, wipe away those tears and be strong (after all the Euros are just round the corner). There are only three teams (Chelsea, Blackburn and Wolves) whose positions have been decided ahead of this weekend’s fixtures. For the other seventeen teams, there’s still much to play for with an added focus on the fight for the title, the race for the Champions League and the battle to beat the drop.
Who do you need to be considering for selection ahead of this weekend?
The Captaincy Debate
It’s simple for Bolton Wanderers on Sunday – fail to win and they’ll be relegated. However, should they claim victory, they’ll almost certainly secure their place in the Premier League. To do this, Owen Coyle’s going to need another strong performance from a player who’s been in good form of late – Martin Petrov. The Bulgarian winger has two goals and two assists in his last four games as the Wanderers have tried to climb away from the relegation zone. Petrov visits the Britannia Stadium on Sunday where he’ll face a Stoke side who have been misfiring of late but such is his recent form, Petrov is definitely worth consideration.
Then again, one man who cannot be counted out is the PFA Player of the Year Robin van Persie. The powerful Dutch forward has had his best season in England notching 30 goals and 12 assists. You probably won’t be too surprised to learn this makes him the top goal scorer in the Premier League. He’ll be looking to better his record at the Hawthorns at the weekend as Roy Hodgson sees out his final game at West Brom. Arsenal need to win to be assured of Champions League football and for that reason, van Persie looks a good prospect for the weekend, even if the Gunners did stumble against Norwich.
However, there’s always Fernando Torres – now there’s a name that for the majority of the season shouldn’t have been anywhere near your team. It’s amazing what a little bit of confidence can do. He’s still not near the levels which he hit at Liverpool. That said relegated Blackburn Rovers visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday with both sides already assured of their positions in the table. This offers another chance for Torres to net although it’s unclear at this time whether he might be rested ahead of the Champions League final. Still, the Spaniard looks a decent option.
With Manchester City facing QPR though, it is nigh on impossible to ignore Sergio Aguero. The Argentinian hasn’t scored in his last two games for City but he’s been a key reason as to why they’re back in pole position with a game left. He has 22 goals in the Premier League this season and this weekend’s opponents have been abysmal away from home of late. In their last outing, QPR conceded six goals against Chelsea and Rangers have also lost their last six on the road. With Aguero set to be one of City’s main goal threats as they look to secure the title, the forward simply has to be in your team.
The Captain: Sergio Aguero – If the Argentinian doesn’t score on Sunday, it will be a big surprise. For that reason, play it safe and have him as your skipper.
The Vice-Captain: Robin van Persie – Again, a likely goal scorer but not quite on the same level as Aguero this weekend. Have RVP in reserve.
For more Premier League musings, follow @archiert1 on Twitter