Fantasy Premier League GW30 – All You Need to Know
Gameweek 30 is here – and who couldn’t get excited about kicking off the weekend with Man United vs Liverpool? Last weekend’s Premier League football saw lots of surprises – Swansea knocked four past a deflated West Ham side, while Brighton extended Arsenal’s run to four competitive defeats in a row – and with a number of sides missing for Gameweek 31, FPL managers would be smart to look ahead to see which teams are playing before making transfers – Bournemouth, West Brom, Huddersfield, Palace, Stoke, Everton, Liverpool and Watford are all in action.
Below you’ll find the Gameweek 30 starting lineup for the Free Super Tips Fantasy Premier League team, candidates for the captain’s armband, and other potential transfer options worth consideration.
Team FST Gameweek 30 Line-up
GW30 Deadline – 10th March 11:30
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FST – GW30 Captain
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £11.9m
Rested for the midweek UEFA Champions League match at home to Basel, Sergio Aguero should be raring to go against Stoke City on Monday. The Argentinian is in stellar form having scored eight goals over his last six outings – his average of 7.0 points per match betters all other forwards – and he also travels to the bet365 Stadium looking to set a new record – Aguero could become the first Premier League player to score three braces in three consecutive away trips against the same team. With Stoke holding the joint worst defensive record in the league (54 goals conceded), the odds are very much in his favour to do so.
Other GW30 Captain Alternatives
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – £12.9m
Though Harry Kane has lost out to Mohamed Salah as the most popular armband option over the last three Gameweeks, he looks to be the more favourable captain choice for Gameweek 30. The Englishman is exactly the type of player to take advantage of a Bournemouth defense that have faced 66 shots over the last four matches – no side have allowed more – and his track record against the Cherries only adds more weight to that – Kane has recorded six goals over four league matches against Bournemouth.
Jamie Vardy or Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – both £8.7m
Vardy has scored four goals over his last six Premier League outings – 13 goals in 28 matches for the Foxes in total – and ranks 5th of all forwards in FPL. His main strength as a fantasy player is that when he does find the back of the net, he tends to earn those coveted bonus points too. With one of the more favourable runs of fixtures ahead – 5 of Leicester’s next 7 matches are rated 2 on the FDR – he and Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez should be looking to keep building on their points totals. Mahrez has scored or assisted in 10 of his last 13 starts ahead of a trip to West Brom, with team-mate Jamie Vardy having found the back of the net in each of his last three league visits to The Hawthorns.
FST – Ones to Watch
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £10.6m
Looking for a big name FPL differential? Then look no further than Eden Hazard, who is owned by just 7.4% of managers. Hazard has tallied six goals and an assist in his last eight starts, averaging 7.6 points per match, and there’s big reason to invest in him going forward. Over that spell, Hazard has registered 10 shots on target – only Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has had more among midfielders – and the Belgian will be up against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge this weekend – no team has conceded more goals (13) and allowed more shots on target (38) than the Eagles over the last six matches.
Leroy Sane (Manchester City) – £8.5m
Sane has produced some superb displays of late, both against Chelsea last weekend and in last Thursday’s 3-0 win at the Emirates against Arsenal. Sane’s six shots over these two matches, five of which arrived from inside the box, were more than any Man City player. His ability to create space and assist goals is also prominent in his play style – Sane’s 13 completed dribbles over these fixtures is more than any other Premier League player. The German is is set to be unleashed against Stoke on Monday, and he played a key role in the reverse fixture (a 7-2 win) by providing both a goal and an assist.
Troy Deeney (Watford) – £6.3m
Troy Deeney has been thriving under head coach Javi Gracia and emerged as a worthwhile FPL candidate for the first time this season. The English forward has started every Premier League match since Gracia’s appointment, scoring in three successive home wins, and his on-pitch statistics have improved significantly of late – Deeney has almost doubled his shots per 90 minutes over the last six gameweeks compared with the rest of the season. Deeney is yet to score on the road this season, but Arsenal are now five consecutive home matches without a clean sheet, over which The Gunners have conceded a massive 10 goals.
Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) – £4.6m
Huddersfield have one of the more favourable set of fixtures in the coming weeks, and Schindler is their go-to fantasy option in defense. He’s recorded more clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) than any teammate – of key importance to the Bonus Points System (BPS) – and Huddersfield have kept a clean sheet in 36% of home outings this term. The Terriers host Swansea this weekend, and The Swans are one of the Premier League’s weaker teams on the road, failing to score in 43% of away days, and clocking just 97 shots this season so far – fewer than any other side.