View from the BaDMaN Boot Room – GW 37

That Lionel Messi, eh?

When’s he going to start delivering…?

The little maestro has deservedly dominated the headlines this week after carving out Liverpool’s heart, doing a couple of keep-ups with it. Then smashing it in the top bin.

But he wasn’t the only – or the first – player to rack up his 600th goal this week. That Cristiano fellaonly went and did it away at Inter Milan.

Monsters. The pair of ‘em.

GoalkeeperTotal PtsGW 37 Pts
Alisson (LIV)1686
Robertson (LIV)20614
van Dijk (LIV)1946
Alexander-Arnold (LIV)16010
Laporte (MC)1579
Salah (LIV)24919
Hazard (CHE)2262
Sterling (MC)2263
Mane (LIV)21413
Aguero (MC)1939
Aubameyang (ARS)1842

No changes and with just a couple to go, we can probably safely say this is it. Or can we…?

On me Ederson…

In goal Liverpool’s Alisson has a 7pt lead over City’s Ederson, which will probably be enough in terms of cleans sheets. So the Brazilian needs one of his route one defence splitters to land at the feet of one of his front men either Monday night or on Final Day.

Robertson and van Dijk are tucked in at one and two. And Alexander-Arnold and Laporte will three and four, but in what order depends on keeping Newcastle and Wolves and Leicester and Brighton at bay. A-A might need the ‘snooker’ of an assist to be safe.

My Mo Fo…

Salah’s late run of – still-not-quite-the-heights-of-last-season-but-still-good – form has made him FPL top dog. And there is a straight fight between Hazard and Sterling for second place. You’d fancy Sterling, with Chelsea likely to wrap Eden in cotton wool in preparation for a glorious farewell in the Europa League Final.

Mane will claim the final Top Four place. Unless Pogba does something worthy of the Real Madrid transfer he wants.

No AA meeting here…

Up top, Aguero looks unassailable – and likes a Final Day goal, I seem to remember. But Aubameyang could yet be reeled in by Wolves’ Jimenez. And 38% of FPL bosses fancy it by the looks. And don’t rule out rat boy Vardy. He loves a goal against the Top Six and is in his best form for a couple of seasons.


Matt Nesbitt