Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 38: Goalkeepers and defenders

Sensing one last hurrah for Vito Mannone and Sunderland.

Vito Mannone, one of our Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 38
Looks like Sunderland are the attacking side here, right? Well, think again… (Image: Jon Candy)

We’re at the end, folks – it’s our Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 38 goalkeepers and defenders round-up!

Do bear in mind that our Fantasy Football tips are based on the Fantasy Premier League version of the game – however, the principles should apply more or less across the board.


Once more into the Fantasy Football tips, then…

Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 38: Goalkeepers and Defenders

You’ve got one more chance to claw back any deficits, so best make the most of it. Who, then, are the likeliest-looking keepers of clean sheets in this week’s season-ending fixtures?

We’re tempted to say Sunderland on account of their crunch home game against Swansea City – Wilfried Bony may be in form but the Swans have nothing to play for and lost 0-1 at home to Southampton last time out.

Maybe see how Sunderland get on at home to West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday evening before deciding whether or not to go with Vito Mannone as your goalkeeper, as has been profitable for us of late.

All of the Black Cats’ defensive options are reasonably priced, so do have a browse.

Liverpool’s defence isn’t the tightest, but they should manage to shut out a woefully out-of-form Newcastle United side at Anfield as the title race goes to the final day.

Young Reds full-back Jon Flanagan can still be had for just £4.4m, although you might want to consider a last-ditch gamble on £6m Martin Škrtel in the hope that he adds another important goal to his already impressive tally.

How about Everton at Hull City, what with the hosts likely to be distracted by the following week’s FA Cup final?

Well, Tigers strike duo Nikica Jelavić and Shane Long are cup-tied and therefore likely to feature, while the Toffees have nothing to play for themselves – so be careful with that one.

We wouldn’t rule out Norwich City for a sneaky 1-0 win at home to Arsenal, who will also have an eye on the cup final – plenty of bargains to be had from the relegation-threatened Canaries, so do take them into consideration.

If they do win, then £5.1m goalkeeper John Ruddy is likely to be key – just saying, like.

It would seem reasonable to back Chelsea to keep a clean sheet at relegated Cardiff City, although you really should have at least one of their defenders in your side already.