The previous gameweek claimed many FPL victims as it was an especially tough one to predict, with managers racking up an average of 46 points. Son-Heung Min was the star of the show, bagging 16 points as Ki Sung-Heung picked up an unlikely 13 points. Jack Butland, Mike Van der Hoorn, Bernardo Silva also picked up double-digit gameweek points as Riyad Mahrez made his presence felt with a goal.
Murray can fetch points for value
The 31-year-old Glenn Murray is surprisingly the in-form English striker in the Premier League, even eclipsing the meteoric Harry Kane over the last few weeks. Murray has scored five goals in as many gameweeks, becoming prolific in that timeframe.
Murray will not be available for gameweek 31 but Everton, Leicester, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace present favourable opponents for the Brighton striker. Jurgen Locadia and Leonardo Ulloa, the January signings have ably supported the Englishman as he has almost doubled his season’s tally to 11 since the arrival of the duo.
Brighton have also scored 11 goals in the last five matches, 39% of their season’s total. Both the team and its striker are picking up steam in front of goal and with Everton not having kept a clean sheet in their last four home games, Murray could be in for yet another prosperous outing.
Time for Ederson?
Though Manchester City’s attack has been rightly praised for its intent, the defence doesn’t get the credit it often deserves. A large part of that credit must go to Ederson, the Brazilian goalkeeper, as he and Nicolas Otamendi have been ever-presents in a defence which looked less than stable at times last season but has improved due to their new keeper this campaign.
Super Dave has rightly been picked by 43% of all FPL teams but Ederson has been getting closer to the Spaniard, sitting second behind him in the points standings for goalkeepers this season.
Manchester United’s numero uno is also the only custodian with more clean sheets than Ederson’s 13. Eight keepers have been given more preference by FPL owners, as only 7.5% have opted for the man who displaced Claudio Bravo.
De Gea also has Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal in his next six gameweeks and with Chris Smalling back to the fold, United are more leaky than ever at the back. Time to change your main keeper? Yes, please!
Willian, Vardy, Son: week’s picks
With Chelsea facing Barcelona in the Champions League mid-week, Willian, who scored in the first leg against the Blaugrana, will be crucial to their hopes. Even as Eden Hazard might be rested at home against Crystal Palace, Antonio Conte will know that he cannot afford a slip-up in the race for the top four. Come Saturday, Willian should be in the thick of things.
Jamie Vardy will relish facing struggling West Brom at the Hawthorns. The 31-year-old will be happy with the return of Mahrez and could be set up with an assist or two from the Algerian. With 13 goals in his kitty, Vardy has scored the most by anyone outside the top six.
Ten goals and five assists is a fine return for the South Korean Son Heung-Min, as he became only the second player after Harry Kane this season to reach double digits for goals this season, in only 21 starts. Away to Bournemouth, the 'Son' could shine once again for Spurs at the Vitality.
Tight race between Kane and Aguero for the captaincy
With Tottenham knocked out of Europe for the season, Mauricio Pochettino’s thoughts will turn to the Premier League and the race for Champions League spots. Harry Kane, tied with Salah on 24 goals, has been ignored for the armband in the last few weeks but could be back in contention against Bournemouth.
He has scored six goals in four games against Eddie Howe’s men and had scored a hat-trick in this corresponding fixture two seasons ago.
Kane will hope to pip Aguero and Salah for the Golden Boot.
Speaking of Aguero, Manchester City are safely through to the Champions League quarter-finals and with the Argentine rested mid-week against Basel, he could be raring to go against Stoke City.
Manchester United entertain Liverpool in the game of the weekend, as Mo Salah and Romelu Lukaku go head to head. Salah arrives for this fixture in tremendous form, but it remains to be seen whether Jose Mourinho goes for a defensive set-up.
Gentle reminder: Gameweek 31
As the dreaded Gameweek 31 looms large upon FPL managers, this could be a tactical gamble for those who may choose to take advantage of a week which other managers might be tempted to give a pass to.
Only eight teams are in action as Liverpool present the most attractive option on offer. Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold present an ideal trio to pick from the Reds as Watford come calling.
Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri and Mame Biram Diouf are the likely picks from Stoke City while Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun, who managed a goal last gameweek, should be in the running as should goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Huddersfield’s Christopher Schindler, a rock at the back for the Terriers, presents a likable option at the back.
Updated Date: Mar 09, 2018 13:44 PM