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Midfield battle to decide FPL Cup final

The Scout 12 May 2018
Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling

Serbia meets England in Sunday's showpiece, with a chip and the top two midfielders set to decide the outcome

Sunday's Fantasy Premier League Cup final puts managers from Serbia and England head-to-head.

Djole Isailovic will go into the tie as the favourite after his Gameweek 37 score of 82 points lifted him to 659th place in the world.

Crucially, he still has the Triple Captain chip left to play.

He will meet Nick Smith in the final, with the English manager ranked 5,186th.

Nick progressed to the final after activating his own chip to earn 24 points from Harry Kane (£13.1m) over Gameweek 37.

Both finalists hold the Tottenham Hotspur striker, along with six other players: David De Gea (£5.9m), Mat Ryan (£4.6m), Chris Smalling (£5.7m), Luka Milivojevic (£5.2m), Leroy Sane (£8.6m) and Jamie Vardy (£8.9m).

Sunday's battle will likely be decided in midfield, where the major differentials are found.

Crucially, the two top-scoring players, Mohamed Salah (£10.4m) and Raheem Sterling (£9.1m), are split between the two squads.

Triple Captain

Djole will be hoping that Salah ends a two-match run without goal, while also looking for contributions from Son Heung-min (£8.3m) and Paul Pogba (£7.9m).

Meanwhile, Nick will field Sterling, possibly alongside Dele Alli (£9.0m) and Willian (£7.0m).

Salah could be Djole's Triple Captain, giving Nick a major dilemma.

The Egyptian only left his squad as recently as Gameweek 37.

That was a decision that helped him past semi-final opponent, Ukrainian manager Maksym Manlinovskyi.

The Liverpool midfielder and Ben Chilwell (£4.4m) made way for Sane and Jan Vertonghen (£6.1m), with the two new players combining for a total of 32 points.

Sterling value

Similarly, Djole, who beat Welsh manager Jonathan Chubb in the last four, will be wary of the threat from Sterling.

The Manchester City winger has delivered a goal or an assist in seven of his last eight appearances.

Indeed, Sterling and Salah are the two most consistent FPL scorers and could be the captains in Sunday's final.

Their performances will go a long way to deciding the victor.

The winner of the FPL Cup will collect a range of prizes, including VIP hospitality at one Premier League 2018/19 match of their choice, complete with travel and accommodation.

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