March’s football keeps on coming but there’s a reduced schedule in the Premier League this weekend.
We see only ten teams in action over Saturday and Sunday thanks to the FA Cup, and only Chelsea and Liverpool feature from the ‘big six’!
As always, we’ve also got extensive analysis on all these Premier League games which we’ve used to find some of the best fantasy football options available.
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FST Gameweek 31 Line-up
GW30 Points: 45
Overall Points: 1,700
Overall Rank: 292,477
Total Players: 6,256,696
GW31 Fantasy Football Tips
Eden Hazard (Chelsea £10.9m)
Eden Hazard needs no introduction. Despite a relatively dry spell in the Premier League – he’s scored just three goals and assisted two since the turn of the new year – the Belgian remains the third highest scoring player in the game. Last weekend’s 1-1 draw at home to Wolves wasn’t an ideal result – Hazard had one shot on goal and created two scoring chances there – but some mid-week Europa League did see Chelsea’s resurgence under Maurizio Sarri continue.
Hazard has, unsurprisingly, excelled in the more favourable fixtures this season, and Chelsea face just two of the ‘big six’ over their last nine matches, starting with a match away to Everton on Sunday – Marco Silva’s men have kept a clean sheet in just a quarter of their matches this season. Crucially, Chelsea are one of just 10 teams playing in gameweek 31 – a.k.a. the “blank gameweek” – and they also have a “double gameweek” – playing two matches within the same gameweek – still to come.
Sadio Mane (Liverpool, £9.9m)
Liverpool’s Senegalese winger has been in top form in 2019 and continues to be one to keep an eye on following his performance against Bayern in the Champions League during the week. Mane has scored eight in his last eight Premier League outings too – his 16th goal marking his best ever goalscoring season – and over that run he’s taken 22 shots on goal, an average of around three per game.
Jurgen Klopp’s side also have a very favourable end to the season, facing just two of the ‘big six’ over their last eight matches. Like Chelsea, they don’t have a blank gameweek either, so a player like Mane will be almost guaranteed to get 90 minutes every week until the final day. And with Mane having scored two at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, you’d have to like him for further returns when the Reds travel to Fulham on Sunday.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester £9.0m)
Claude Puel’s exit from Leicester City has made striker Jamie Vardy a viable option once again. Under the Frenchman, the 2015/16 Premier League winner wasn’t quite the same standout performer he has been in seasons gone by, though he still tallied a respectable eight goals. A change of formula since Puel’s departure has, however, seen him find the back of the net four times in three games against Brighton, Watford and Fulham.
Leicester aren’t lacking for creativity in the final third with youngsters James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Demarai Gray all capable of producing quality assistance for the forward. Full backs Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira have also proven of service from the sides too. And with all of Leicester’s next five matches being rated 3 or lower on the FDR (Fixture Difficulty Ranking), Vardy should be having a party by the end.
Callum Wilson (Bournemouth, £6.4m)
Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson made a phenomenal return from injury last weekend against Huddersfield. Despite having spent seven gameweeks’ worth of time on the sidelines, he remains the second-most valuable Cherries’ asset, returning eleven goals and nine assists over his 22 appearances. Only Alexandre Lacazette, with eleven assists, has been more creative among FPL forwards.
Wilson’s underlying statistics highlight why he’s such a good option. He has scored or assisted a massive 59% Bournemouth’s goals when selected, which is higher than the popular duo of Ryan Fraser (42%) and Joshua King (36%), and he faces a Newcastle side with only one clean sheet in their last nine away matches this weekend. That match begins a run of eight favourable fixtures, over which they face only Tottenham from the ‘big six’.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool, £5.6m)
Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a differential Liverpool option for some fantasy football managers this season. He’s not always had a place in the starting lineup – at times due to injury or rotation – and yet remains the 7th highest scoring Reds player. Notably, he’s made the sixth most key passes (30) among his teammates – his duty on set pieces helps with this – and he equals the points per million of more expensive left-sided counterpart Robertson.
Liverpool’s away match to Fulham is another favourable fixture to further the youngster’s potential and the Reds face just two of the ‘big six’ as the season comes to a close. Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in 57% of their matches this season and Fulham have failed to score in 40% of their Premier League away days too. Alexander-Arnold’s combined attacking and defensive proficiency make him one our choice to invest in.
More GW31 Fantasy Football Tips
David Brooks (Bournemouth, £5.1m) vs Newcastle (H)
Ashley Barnes (Burnley, £5.7m) vs Leicester (H)
Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham, £4.8m) vs Huddersfield (H)
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool, £6.6m) vs Fulham (A)
Gonzalo Higuain (Chelsea, £9.6m) vs Everton (A)
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