Gameweek 31

Goalkeepers:

With an impressive tally of 3 clean sheets in his last 4 games, Manchester United’s De Gea (5.9) is our runaway choice for keeper as they take on Aston Villa at home this week. The in-form Red Devils have kept things pretty solid at the back lately, with just one goal conceded in their last 4 games, and should be able to shut out Villa at home.

Alternatives: With Forster and Foster out for a while with injury, their budget friendly back ups Myhill (4.0) and Davis (4.4) pop up on our radar as cheap alternative options. Both teams (Southampton & West Brom) have been defensively solid off late, and have enticing fixtures on the horizon, so you can’t go wrong with either of them.

Defenders:

Chelsea’s Ivanovic (7.6) is our first pick in defence in spite of the horror performance at Hull last GW. Though Chelsea have picked up just 2 clean sheets in their last 5 games, Iva has still managed to average a healthy 5 pts / game in the same period, which should give you an indication of the attacking potential he brings to the team. On the other hand, Jones (5.1) and Taylor (4.9) have been in decent form defensively, and look most likely to secure clean sheets in this packed GW as they take on Villa and Hull at home.

Clyne (6.1) and company have kept two clean sheets in their last three games, but will face a tricky fixture in Everton on the road. That being said, we are siding with the Saints to wrap it up with a closely contested 1-0 shut out. Newcastle’s Williamson (4.3) is our final pick, as they take on the goal shy Sunderland, who have managed to score just ONCE in their last SIX games.

Alternatives: West Brom’s Lescott (5.1) and West Ham’s Cresswell (5.6) are some alternative options to consider in defence, as they take on the bottom 2 teams this week.

Midfielders:

Hazard (11.1) and Silva (9.9) have proven themselves to be absolutely essential for our FPL teams, with top notch performances in the last couple of GWs. Both have netted 2 goals in their last 3 games, and with the added bonus of easy upcoming fixtures on the horizon, should be the first two names in every FPL manager’s starting 11.

Next up, N’Zogbia (5.2) and Phillips (4.6) are our top picks for the enticing double GW fixtures this week. Phillips is ofcourse the runaway choice from midfield, having picked up 4 assists and a goal in his last 6 games for the Rangers. Villa on the other hand have no such standout option unfortunately, which leaves us with some scouting to do. N’zogbia as it turns out, has the highest Shots on goal / min ratio amongst his teammates over the past 5 GWs, and has been regularly subbed off around the 70 min mark, which should keep him fresh and (we assume) free from rotation over the two fixtures.

Finally Manchester United’s Mata (8.3) is our final pick after a dazzling display against Liverpool last week. The former Chelsea man seems to have found his groove in the last couple of games and should find himself preferred over Di Maria for the time being.

Alternatives: Liverpool’s Coutinho (7.9) has been crucial to their quick incisive play and will be the main man causing trouble for Arsenal’s back four. Crystal Palace’s Zaha (5.1) is another budget friendly alternative to consider, as he has netted in each of his last two games, and will have some opportunity to score another, as Palace take on a City side who haven’t kept a clean sheet on the road since GW16.

Forwards:

Kane (6.4). And that’s all we need to say. But we will infact say more because god damn has that man been on fire. 5 goals and 32 points in his last 3 games. Those are astounding returns for a player valued at just 6.4m. We shudder to think how high his value might rise on FPL next season (most probably in the Aguero range).

In terms of form, only Giroud (8.5) can claim to be on par with the sensational Kane. The Arsenal frontman has now scored in each of his last 5 games, to pick up a whopping 44 points in the same period, averaging an impressive 8.8 points / game. Here, we have a classic case of Form vs Fixture on our hands, as picking Giroud means we have to ignore the double GW potential of Benteke  / Agbonlahor. But as you can see, Giroud is currently in too good form to ignore.

Lastly, QPR’s main man Austin (6.4) is our final pick up front. Don’t let the lack of goals fool you though, as the striker has been involved in 21 goal scoring opportunities in his last 4 matches, a stat only bettered by Aguero (24). Like his last double GW, we expect Austin to pick up atleast one goal from both his fixtures this week.

Alternatives: Aston Villa’s Benteke (7.5) and Agbonlahor (5.3) are ofcourse the best alternative options to consider, given their double fixtures and recent resurgence in form under Sherwood. Another option is Chelsea’s Costa (11.0), who is fully fit again and will be looking to make it 3 in 3 as they take on Stoke at home.