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Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Gameweek 38

By The Scout 25 May 2023
James Tarkowski

James Tarkowski among two Everton players picked in 3-4-3 line-up for final Gameweek of 2022/23

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James Tarkowski’s (£4.1m) impact at both ends of the pitch can prove decisive for Everton and Fantasy Premier League managers alike when he plays AFC Bournemouth at home in Gameweek 38.

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The Toffees hold a two-point advantage over their relegation rivals Leeds United and Leicester City ahead of Sunday's season finale.

Tarkowski’s goal threat, in particular, could prove a major weapon for the hosts at Goodison Park.

He has produced 19 shots in the box since Sean Dyche became manager in Gameweek 20, the second-best total among defenders in Fantasy.

The centre-back is joined by in-form team-mate Dwight McNeil (£5.1m) in a side that lines up in a 3-4-3 formation, with Mohamed Salah (£13.1m) handed the armband and Harry Kane (£11.4m) selected as vice-captain. 

David De Gea (MUN) £5.1m

The Golden Glove winner can collect another clean sheet against Fulham. De Gea hosts a Cottagers side who have struggled in attack on their travels recently, scoring in just one of their last three away fixtures.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.8m

Liverpool’s England star offers multiple routes to returns against relegated Southampton. Alexander-Arnold has amassed 27 points across his last three road trips, combining a goal and three assists with a clean sheet and two bonus points. 

Joachim Andersen (CRY) £4.5m

Crystal Palace’s centre-back faces Nottingham Forest on the back of two clean sheets in his last three home outings. Andersen’s 22 shots, 19 shots in the box and nine shots on target are all more than any other defender for the Eagles this term.

James Tarkowski (EVE) £4.1m

An ownership of just 3.6 per cent highlights his appeal as a major final-day differential.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £13.1m

Liverpool’s Egyptian faces Southampton in his most devastating form of the campaign. Salah has seven goals and four assists across his last nine matches, while his hosts have suffered five successive losses on their way to next season’s Championship.

Riyad Mahrez (MCI) £7.5m

The Manchester City winger has profited from Pep Guardiola’s rotation recently, starting each of their previous six matches and supplying five assists. Mahrez can get more returns against a Brentford side with one clean sheet in their last seven at home.

Eberechi Eze (CRY) £5.7m

The Eagles attacker has been their standout performer in Fantasy since the return of Roy Hodgson as manager. Eze has scored six goals and supplied two assists in their subsequent nine fixtures, averaging 7.2 points per match.

Dwight McNeil (EVE) £5.1m

The winger’s all-round contribution has been a major factor in Everton’s bid to avoid relegation. McNeil has four goals and two assists in his previous seven matches, claiming hauls of 10 and 21 points. 

Erling Haaland (MCI) £12.4m

Man City’s Norwegian has produced points in each of his last six road trips. Although the threat of rotation means Haaland is too much of a risk for the armband, he can still deliver a big haul even if his minutes are managed for the treble chasers’ match with Brentford

Harry Kane (TOT) £11.4m

The Tottenham Hotspur striker has blanked in only one of his last 11 matches, scoring 10 goals and supplying two assists. Kane recorded an 11-point return in his previous meeting with his hosts, Leeds United, producing a goal and an assist in Gameweek 16.

Julian Alvarez (MCI) £6.1m

After featuring as a substitute against Brighton & Hove Albion in midweek, the Argentinian looks set to return to the Man City starting XI against Brentford. Two goals and an assist in his last five starts suggests Alvarez can offer outstanding value at a cost of just £6.1m. 

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Part 2: FPL experts: Who to captain in Gameweek 38
Part 3: The Scout's best captains for Gameweek 38

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