The Chief's fantasy football picks - Gameweek 36

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Gabriel Jesus missed a penalty in Gameweek 35 before scoring City’s final goal in their 5-0 win over Swansea
Gabriel Jesus missed a penalty in Gameweek 35 before scoring City’s final goal in their 5-0 win over Swansea

Must-have pick – Gabriel Jesus

With three goals and three assists in his last four league starts, it’s hard to look beyond Gabriel Jesus as the most viable pick for this weekend. Unlike Mohamed Salah, he didn’t have any European football commitments during the week.

But more importantly, his main rival in the team, Sergio Aguero, is currently still injured which guarantees him game time. The title may be well and truly wrapped up, however Jesus will be looking to make up for lost time when he was out on the sidelines during the middle of the season.

Jesus boasts a shooting accuracy of 61% and has registered forty nine shots on goal since August. His presence in the team seems to bolster Manchester City’s because over the past two seasons, City have only lost one Premier League match when Jesus has started.

Manchester City’s next opponents are West Ham who have only kept one clean sheet in their last seven games, which should bode well for Jesus’s ever increasing goal tally.

Comeback pick – Harry Kane

Harry Kane admits trophyless Tottenham may need to change big game mentality
Harry Kane admits trophyless Tottenham may need to change big game mentality

Tottenham may have crashed out of the FA Cup, effectively finishing their season, but don’t overlook the potency of Harry Kane. Of course, he went on a goalless streak of five games which is unusual for him, before finally rediscovering his scoring touch at the Amex stadium.

Prior to this he was also subject to a fair bit of mockery due to his successful appeal claim of the ‘phantom’ goal against Stoke. With a league game in hand, he still has a glimmer of hope of reclaiming the Premier League’s Golden Boot, even if Mohamed Salah is still five goals ahead.

All it will take is for Kane to score a hat-trick to be back in contention, especially with Liverpool’s focus on the Champions’ League. Since August, Harry Kane has registered more shots on target (70) and more shots on goal (124) than any other player in the league so there’s still more to come from him.

Tottenham will host an out of form Watford team on Monday night who could be in for it if Kane has the correct motivation at hand.

Differential pick – Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin has been injured for much of the season but has reminded fans of his ability since his return in Gameweek 32
Charlie Austin has been injured for much of the season but has reminded fans of his ability since his return in Gameweek 32

Charlie Austin has unfortunately missed much of this season through injury. He’s just about managed twenty league appearances and no other forward has really filled his void. In fact, Southampton have plummeted into the bottom three without his regular presence in starting line ups.

They are on the cusp of relegation unless they can get back to winning ways. Austin remains Southampton’s leading goal scorer this season with seven goals. He is a natural goal poacher and at 28 years’ old he has racked up over 240 competitive goals.

Also, it wasn’t long ago when he scored eighteen Premier League goals in a season for a relegated QPR team. Starting against Chelsea in the FA Cup is a positive sign of his latest fitness status.

Southampton need goals and if anyone is going to get them it will be him. The Saints entertain a leaky Bournemouth team on Saturday and will do everything in their power to ensure that their south coast rivals don’t relegate them.

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