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GW38 team news: Romero to save De Gea owners?

The Scout 11 May 2018
David De Gea and Sergio Romero, Man Utd

Man Utd goalkeeper could be a final-day bonus as FPL managers make plans for David De Gea being rested

A new cut-price goalkeeper has emerged for Fantasy Premier League managers in Gameweek 38.

Sergio Romero (£4.7m) is poised to start for Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho confirming he is set to make several changes to his line-up for the visit of Watford.

A problem for De Gea owners

Most notably, he intends to rest David De Gea (£5.9m) for the first time this season.

De Gea's clean sheet at West Ham United was his 18th of 2017/18 and earned him the Golden Glove award.

Owned by 45.3 per cent, he is the second-most popular player in FPL.

Managers who have the Spaniard in their squad must now ensure they have a starting back-up option, or go without a goalkeeper in their Gameweek 38 line-up.

Recent history with Romero

Romero is one back-up target.

He made only two starts in 2016/17 but scored 23 points over those matches. 

And on Sunday he will be up against a Watford side with only two goals from their last 11 away matches.

New attacking targets

Chris Smalling (£5.7m) could also earn a rest after starting Man Utd's last 15 matches.

But Mourinho's plans in attack present FPL managers with a handful of differentials.

Marcus Rashford (£7.3m), Juan Mata (£6.8m) and Anthony Martial (£7.8m) are all in line to start.

Sterling to punish sales?

Raheem Sterling (£9.1m) could punish more than 27,000 FPL managers who have sold him ahead of Gameweek 38.

He is the second-most transferred-out midfielder after being rested for a midweek match with Brighton & Hove Albion.

But Sterling is now expected to return to the teamsheet as the champions visit a Southampton side with two clean sheets in their last 17 home matches.

He has produced double-figure returns in three of his last four Gameweek appearances.

Lacazette and Aubameyang

Alexandre Lacazette (£10.3m) is another player set to earn a recall.

He is expected to lead the line as Arsenal visit Huddersfield Town in Arsene Wenger's final match in charge.

Lacazette's return could mean a move to the left wing for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.7m).

Having returned 23 points as the top-scoring player in Gameweek 37, Aubameyang has been bought by over 60,000, more than any forward.

Ideal final-day differential

Eden Hazard (£10.5m) and Olivier Giroud (£8.3m) are pushing for starting roles as Chelsea head to Newcastle United.

Both dropped out of the midweek line-up to face Huddersfield Town, appearing off the bench in the second half.

Giroud’s record against the Magpies make him an ideal final-day differential.

He has eight goals and two assists over his nine Premier League appearances against them.

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