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Saturday 10 May 2014

Fantasy Premier League title race down to the wire

Just thirteen points separate the top two as they aim for highest season totals in FPL history

  • Edin Dzeko earned 50 points as captain for second-placed NK Dubrovnik in GW37

  • Wayne Rooney, in Tom Fenley's Captain Suarez! side, is a doubt for Sunday

  • Last year's FPL winner Matt Martyniak won a trip to Hong Kong for the Barclays Asia Trophy

Manchester City’s race with Liverpool for the Barclays Premier League title is not the only one going to the final day of the season, as the fight for top honours in a record-breaking Fantasy Premier League campaign is set to be decided on Sunday.

More than 3.2 million managers have been competing in Fantasy Premier League, its most popular season. A seven-night break in the United Kingdom, complete with VIP hospitality at two Barclays Premier League matches during the 2014/15 season and visits to a selection of major UK tourist attractions, is up for grabs to the winner.

Last year's winner Matt Martyniak claimed the title by two points in a dramatic run-in. Martyniak, who spent the final day of the campaign on a pilgrimage in Bosnia & Herzegovina, won a trip to the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, as well as hospitality tickets to the Merseyside derby at Anfield this season.

This time, 13 points separate the top two after Canadian manager Borna Gamulin’s NK Dubrovnik team made a late assault for the title with a 118-point haul in Gameweek 37. Edin Dzeko, who has found goalscoring form at the right time for Manchester City, has been equally influential for Gamulin, whose decision to select the Bosnian as captain of his team picked him up 50 points in the penultimate Gameweek.

Man City's Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri also returned double figures in Gameweek 37, while Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone accrued 13 points after consecutive clean sheets for the resurgent Black Cats. NK Dubrovnik have yet to top the overall leaderboard this season, but the run could yet be timed to perfection.

Ahead of NK Dubrovnik lies Tom Fenley’s Captain Suarez! team, who have been overall leaders for the last two Gameweeks and in the top five since mid-February but two of his forwards in his Gameweek 37 squad, City's Sergio Aguero and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, are doubtful for their respective matches on Sunday.

  • Just 13 points separate the top two in the overall standings going into the final Gameweek

Record breakers

Whoever wins could set a record for points scored in the FPL. Fenley’s team are level on points with the 10th-best total in a season. The Englishman has 2,586 points so far, and need another 83 to record the best total in FPL history.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who has been the catalyst for his team's success, has also beaten the previous best points haul for an individual player. The 293 points Suarez has gained exceeds the previous highest set by Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who amassed 284 points in the 2009/10 campaign.

Scouting for goals

The Scout has looked ahead to Gameweek 38 from a tactical perspective, as well as gleaning light from the key statistics and picking out ones to watch for the Barclays Premier League finale. To view the Scout's FPL preview, click here.

To make final changes to your Fantasy Premier League team, visit fantasy.premierleague.com.

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Key Points

  • The race for the Fantasy Premier League title goes down to the final day
  • Second-placed NK Dubrovnik moved to within 13 points of the leaders with an 118-point haul in Gameweek 37
  • There are over 3.2 million managers in the 2013/14 game, the most in the history of FPL