A Manchester City win or draw on Sunday will see Pep Guardiola’s side qualify for next season’s Champions League. Manchester City are two points ahead of fourth place Liverpool and three in front of fifth place Arsenal. At the very least, a draw would see the team eek into the next season’s competition. For Manchester City to qualify, however, the team will need star striker Gabriel Jesus to continue his excellent fantasy form.
Guardiola started both Jesus and Sergio Aguero in Manchester City’s last match, a 3-1 win over West Brom. Their partnership flourished, and there could be more in store for the future; especially if the Blues want to go deep into next season’s Champions League.
Total FPL points: 56; GW 37: 19 points
Gabriel Jesus was outstanding in gameweek 37. Manchester City played twice and the Brazilian tallied 19 points combined. Two goals and an assist over the course of the gameweek makes Jesus our top forward pick for the final weekend of Premier League action. He will set fantasy managers back £9.0, as the Blues travel to Watford to finish the year. Watford have nothing to play for, and boss Walter Mazzarri will step down after the final game. Jesus should fire Manchester City into the Champions League and a third place finish as he and Aguero show fans glimpses of what could be next term.
Jesus’ stats have been unbelievable since he joined Manchester City in January. In that time, Jesus has only been fit to play nine times, but he has scored six goals. Injuries have hampered Jesus, and the thought of what he could have been over the course of a full season has surely made Manchester City supporters, and fantasy managers, curious.
Jesus has scored a goal nearly every 93 minutes of action. Factoring in Jesus’ three assists to his goal involvement, and the forward contributes to a Manchester City goal every 62.2 minutes. Fantasy managers will love the production they get out of Jesus, and his final stats of 2016-17 will make him a top transfer to begin next term.
Jesus’ form has made many forget about the great start to the Premier League season Kelechi Iheanacho made. The Nigerian is currently being linked with a move away from the Etihad. Jesus has helped spark a Manchester City renaissance, and it has come at the right time. The team are on the verge of another Champions League qualification, and without the Brazilian, Champions League football may have gone missing from the blue side of Manchester.