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Jack Wilshere set for huge game ahead of Euro 2016

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The Premier League season is almost over, but before anyone jets off to the Euros, there are some huge issues to be decided.

It's been nearly a fortnight since Tottenham waved goodbye to their last hopes of winning the title, and their attentions have quickly turned to finishing above Arsenal for the first time in 21 years. Arsene Wenger's side had all but given up on catching Spurs, but now they sit just two points behind their rivals, and will be hoping Newcastle can do them a favour.

Sadly, the Magpies have nothing of their own to play for after relegation was confirmed following Sunderland's win over Everton. They will join Aston Villa and Norwich in the Championship next year, but they can at least restore a little pride with a decent performance at St James' Park.

Like Spurs, Manchester City need just a point against Swansea to finish in the top four and exclude Manchester United from the Champions League. Louis van Gaal's team need to beat Bournemouth at home to give themselves a chance - and indeed, give their manager any hope of surviving, but it's not even guaranteed that they will finish fifth, or even sixth, yet.

So the season is far from over, and for three players in particular this weekend is going to be absolutely huge.


Jack Wilshere ($2,800)

Arsenal's hopes of overtaking Spurs might be faint, but the game against Aston Villa is one of the biggest in Jack Wilshere's career. His season has been wrecked by injury, but England boss Roy Hodgson has assured him he will be in contention for Euro 2016 if he can prove he's fit.

Against Villa, he can showcase everything that makes him such a talent. His through balls and crosses are sure to bamboozle Villa's defence, and earn him plenty of fantasy points in the process, as a first assist of the season would grab him +6.

Despite his injuries, Wilshere is a key cog in Arsenal's well-oiled machine when he's at his best, and his pace should ensure he's in and around the box plenty, with shots worth +2 points if they're on target.

Eden Hazard ($5,600)

Hazard's future at Chelsea was uncertain just a matter of weeks ago, but Antonio Conte must want to keep him after his recent performances.

His superb solo goal against Liverpool was worth +10 points, but it was also valuable because it will have boosted his confidence just in time for the visit of champions Leicester.

The trickster may have been getting a lot of attention for his goals, but he is far from a selfish player, creating 63 chances for Chelsea this season. The one concern would be that he might get frustrated with Leicester's style of play, as yellow cards carry a penalty of -1, with -3 for a red.

Marcus Rashford ($5,500)

Anthony Martial may have stolen the limelight for Manchester United in the West Ham game, but he is not the only reason to be optimistic about the Red Devils' future. Marcus Rashford has had an unbelievable debut season, rising out of obscurity to score seven goals in just 16 games.

He is not particularly strong in the air, so he should not be the target of United's set pieces against Bournemouth, but if they play the ball into his feet, he has a good chance of finishing the season with another +10 points. He also links up well with Martial, which could give him +6 for an assist if one of his short passes finds the Frenchman for a goal.

At 18 years of age, it's amazing to think what Rashford will be like next season and beyond.

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