Fantasy Premier League gameweek 31 has a Friday deadline. This is a very interesting gameweek with many FPL managers opting to deploy their second wildcards. Read on to find out more about this gameweek.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 31 Picks
The teams involved in European competitions have to play twice almost every week. Hence, squad rotations will stay as prominent as ever before. It is perhaps better to pick players that have a point to prove or from teams that are fighting to achieve something in the league. A team like Arsenal right now will focus entirely on the Europa League. Manchester City have all but sewn up the title as well. On the other hand, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur only have the Premier League to play. Also, teams involved in the relegation battle tend to produce surprise results during this period of the season.
Despite last week’s debacle, Edouard Mendy remains a great choice this week. Chelsea have been very solid under Thomas Tuchel and kept yet another clean sheet on Wednesday night in the Champions League. One should treat last week’s match as a freak result and trust in Chelsea’s defence.
Arguably the best keeper this season Emiliano Martínez has some tough fixtures coming up. However, this week’s opponents Liverpool have struggled badly in front of goal at home and the potential is there for Aston Villa to keep a clean sheet. Opposition keepers have produced a lot of points at Anfield recently. Will Martinez continue that trend? He has kept eight clean sheets away from home including at Leicester City and Arsenal.
Fraser Forster is starting regularly for Southampton now. If one is on a wildcard, he is probably the best second keeper option.
César Azpilicueta and Antonio Rüdiger are probably the best options from Chelsea as they face defensive-minded Crystal Palace. Ben Chilwell played the whole game on Wednesday night so Thomas Tuchel might decide to go with Marcos Alonso for this one. However, with Chelsea fighting for a top-four finish, three points from this game are very much required. So, there is no guarantee especially as Chilwell has been performing very well.
The expensive Trent Alexander-Arnold could be worth bringing in considering the kind run of fixtures ahead for Liverpool. However, their atrocious home record remains a big worry.
Manchester City defenders will likely do well but it is very difficult to predict who will start. Aymeric Laporte should start this one after sitting out the Champions League match. Benjamin Mendy should do very well if he starts.
The injuries to Kieran Tierney and David Luiz will severely weaken Arsenal’s defence. The gunners have a very good fixture this week against rock bottom Sheffield United. However, it may not be an easy outing in Yorkshire for Mikel Arteta‘s men, especially after their Thursday night Europa League match. Rob Holding and Cédric Soares are being considered by many FPL managers although it is doubtful whether they will start.
With good fixtures coming up, Wolves defenders have come into the picture. Conor Coady is the one to take if one is after a nailed-on starter. However, Romain Saïss offers more attacking threat from set-piece situations.
Not long ago, captaining Mohamed Salah at home to a mid-table opponent would have been a no-brainer. However, those days are long gone. The last time Liverpool won at Anfield in the premier league was in December against Tottenham Hotspur. Since then, they have managed to gain a shocking two points from eight games on home soil.
Liverpool lost 3-1 against Real Madrid on Tuesday night and have it all to do in the second leg. However, Salah has scored two goals in the last two matches so he looks in decent scoring touch. Aston Villa are no pushovers though and have performed quite well away from home this season.
Second-guessing Pep Guardiola is a dangerous thing. He is well-known for his squad rotation and has been doing it more this season. So, captaining a Manchester City player is very risky indeed. However, Raheem Sterling did not see a single minute of action on Tuesday night and only played for around half an hour last Saturday. This gives him a very good chance to start this weekend. Sterling has happy memories of playing against Leeds United as well as he scored earlier in the season at Elland road. He offers a tantalizing captaincy option with the potential of a huge score.
Diogo Jota and Jesse Lingard are in great form. Lingard was sensational last week. With injuries to key players, West Ham United fans will hope he can continue his brilliant form till the end of the season. There is a worry with Jota’s starting status though after he started in midweek.
Tottenham’s performances have not impressed their fans in recent times. One man has kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive in recent weeks and that man is Harry Kane. He is doing almost everything for the side. Son Heung-min should return to the starting lineup this week which will help Kane. However, this could be a very cagey match as Ole Gunnar Solskjær won’t want a repeat of the 6-1 defeat at home earlier in the season. On form, Kane is a good shout for the armband. His record is not great against the red devils though, with just four goals in 14 matches.
Chris Wood is a very unfashionable candidate for the armband on any given week. As a team, Burnley are also rather unfashionable. However, the New-Zealander has scored three matches on the trot and faces a very poor Newcastle United side. The clarets need to win to ease their own relegation worries and this provides an ideal opportunity to pick up three points. Burnley won 1-0 at Turf Moor last season with Wood scoring the winner.
Danny Ings produced an excellent display last week and has a decent fixture this week as well. If one is looking for a one-week punt, he is a fantastic option. However, Southampton will have a blank week in gameweek 33 so one should plan accordingly.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 31 Captaincy Picks
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Fantasy Premier League Top Picks
- Mohamed Salah (£12.4)
- Raheem Sterling (£11.3)
- Chris Wood (£6.2)
- Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3)
- Danny Ings (£8.4)
- Jesse Lingard (£6.3)
- César Azpilicueta (£5.9)
- Edouard Mendy (£5.2)
- Harry Kane (£11.7)
- Nick Pope (£5.5)