When eight of the top ten captains fail to record any points and the remaining two players record seven points (Kane, penalty goal) and six points (Hazard, assist), it is best to forget about that gameweek and move on to the next one. Salah, Aguero, and Sterling all produced blanks, but Aubameyang and Pogba, in particular, did their FPL owners no favors by scoring -1 point each. This was primarily due to penalties missed. Despite wearing the armband, these heavily captained players gave their managers a score of -2 points, which is lower than the healthy 15-16 points they could have received. But, as we previously stated, let us continue. A special mention goes to Watford’s Troy Deeney (one goal, one assist, 11 points), West Ham’s Declan Rice (one goal, clean sheet, 15 points), and Wolves’ Raul Jimenez (one goal, one assist, 12 points), and don’t forget that the deadline for game week 30 is Saturday, March 9th at 11:30 AM (GMT+0).
A few thoughts in preparation for game week 30
Following Manchester United’s 0-2 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford, some Fantasy Premier League managers may have concluded that United’s elimination from the Champions League wasn’t such a bad thing. The main goal would be to achieve the highest possible position in the Premier League table, which would allow us to add one more club to the top six with very little rotation. However, events took a different turn than anticipated. United advanced to the Champions League quarter finals for the third time after overcoming a two-goal deficit and winning 1-3 at the Stade de Princes. With this victory, United became the third team to reach the Champions League quarter finals (after Ajax and Spurs, and before Porto). This is not to say that you should sell your United assets; however, you should keep in mind that their journey in Europe is still ongoing. Meanwhile, the unexpected victory over PSG may provide them with a significant confidence boost that will last for several weeks. In addition, an online American adventure, such as playing at an Online Casino like this, could provide a boost.
Tottenham, like Manchester United, has reached the UEFA Champions League quarter finals. However, the manner in which Tottenham accomplished this feat is far less remarkable. Spurs defeated Dortmund with a solitary goal from Harry Kane after cruising to a 3-0 victory in London. This was more than enough for the Spurs to win. Mauricio Pocchetino’s team appears to have lost its grip on the Premier League title race, but they will continue to work toward qualifying for the Champions League the following season. In addition, the Londoners will be looking to advance in Europe, especially after their 4-0 aggregate win over Dortmund and the elimination of several other notable clubs from the competition. To put it another way, Pocchetino’s team will be swamped with the upcoming activities.
A new and intriguing Fantasy Football League prospect has caught our eye, and they play for another London team vying for a top-four finish. It’s possible that terms like “new” and “prospect” aren’t the best way to describe a player who moved to Arsenal from Manchester United almost a year ago and was regarded as one of Europe’s top attacking midfielders at the time of his move. Henrik Mkhitaryan has been a disappointment for the majority of the season, as evidenced by the low percentage of owners who have him in their lineups, but he has been on fire recently. He has become Arsenal’s midfielder with the highest scoring average this season, thanks to his two goals, three assists, and 31 Fantasy Premier League points scored over the last three rounds (85 points). The Armenian, who costs just £6.8 million, has a good chance of becoming a popular player over the next nine gameweeks. He did, however, play the entire 90 minutes of Arsenal’s UEFA Europa League match against Rennes in France today, which ended in a 1-3 loss for the Gunners. Arsenal’s odds of winning the Europa Cup have significantly worsened as a result of their 3-1 loss, but a 2-0 win at home will still be enough for them to advance, and online bettors may still choose to wager on Arsenal to win the competition.
Elsewhere in London, it appears that Crystal Palace has finally found a way to relieve some of the pressure on its star player, Wilfried Zaha, who has been expected to carry the attacking hopes of the entire squad. The Ivory Coast international is exceptional in every way, but Crystal Palace relied far too heavily on his inventiveness and goals for far too many games. Because Belgian international Michi Batshuayi has joined the Eagles on loan from Chelsea, head coach Roy Hodgson is able to give Wilfried Zaha a little more freedom on the field, which is often beneficial for a player with his playing style. Since joining the team in game week 25, Batshuayi has scored two goals and provided one assist, while Zaha has scored four of his eight Premier League goals in the same time frame. The Eagles have a respectable defense (only seven other teams have conceded more goals this season), and if the revitalized offense can maintain its momentum, the Eagles should have no trouble avoiding the relegation zone during the final stretch of the regular season.
Mo Salah, a Liverpool player who costs 13.4 million pounds, is our first premium pick of the week. Salah is one of the players who has struggled recently. The Egyptian scored his most recent Premier League goal in game week 26, as part of a 3-0 home victory over Bournemouth. He hasn’t provided any offensive returns for his Fantasy Football league owners since then. Nonetheless, Mohamed Salah has taken more shots on goal (9) than any other Fantasy Premier League midfielder in the last six gameweeks, and only Leicester’s Harvey Barnes has taken more total shots (20 vs. 21) in the same time frame. To put it another way, Salah hasn’t been playing particularly poorly recently; rather, it appears that his finishing has been a little off (like it was at the start of the season). Only four teams have allowed more box shots (31) than the Clarets have since game week 24. Burnley’s opponents on Sunday have conceded eight goals in their last five games, including games against low-scoring clubs like Southampton, Brighton, and Newcastle. It appears to be a fantastic opportunity for Salah to return to consistent goal scoring.
We’ll stick with Liverpool as our second premium option this week. This is due in part to the home match against Burnley, in part to the fact that Liverpool has no blanks this season, and in part to Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.5m) being very good. The young English right-back was primarily absent from game week 23 to game week 27 due to an injury and some rotation, but he’s back now and appears to be here to stay until the end of the season. His absence was caused by a combination of rotation and injury. Liverpool played Watford at home and Everton on the road in the last two weeks, which resulted in TAA and the rest of his teammates keeping two clean sheets in those games. Furthermore, the right-back provided three assists during that period, all of which came in the game against Watford, and earned his FPL owners an incredible 27 FPL points. These points were all earned during the game against Watford. Alexander-Arnold will have a favorable schedule leading up to the end of the season, which bodes well for his chances of bringing in additional hauls.
The third premium option for game week 30 isn’t as expensive (£6.1 million), but he’s clearly premium in terms of ownership (19.9 percent) and potential in the coming weeks (Huddersfield away, Newcastle home, Leicester away, Burnley home, Brighton away, Fulham home and Southampton away in the next seven games). In the first half of the 2018-19 season, Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth was a great Fantasy Premier League favorite and an excellent bargain (4 goals and 8 assists in 19 games). However, as the Cherries’ form and consistency deteriorated, Fraser’s performance deteriorated as well. His most recent offensive contributions came in game week 21, when he scored a goal and assisted on another in a 3-3 draw at home against Watford. The Cherries have had a difficult run since then, with games against City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal, and an away game against Huddersfield this Saturday could be the perfect opportunity for Fraser and the rest of Eddie Rowe’s side to start a run of excellent results.
A couple of picks in the differential
Our first differential pick for game week 30 is a blatant rehash of our previous week’s differential pick. Jamie Vardy (£8.9m), who plays for Leicester City and has not yet appeared to be in red-hot form, has scored three goals in his team’s previous four Premier League games, earning 20 Fantasy Premier League points for the 5.7 percent of managers who own him. Under new manager Brendan Rogers, he appears to be a mainstay in the starting lineup, and with a favorable stretch of winnable matches ahead, purchasing Vardy could prove to be a wise investment for the team. Even more astute when one considers that Leicester will not have a bye week this season; the Foxes will face Burnley on the road in game week 31 and Huddersfield on the road in game week 33. Leicester will host Fulham at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, and we expect Vardy to deliver a performance that will make his owners proud.
This week’s second differential pick is West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (£4.7 million). Despite the fact that the Polish goalkeeper only has 17.4 percent ownership, we consider it a “differential move” to include him on this list for game week 30, despite the fact that he isn’t considered a big disparity in terms of ownership. Many FPL managers consider Fabianski to be one of their preferred goalkeepers, not least because of the points he consistently earns for saves, and he has the potential to be a consistent point provider in the coming weeks. Only Manchester United, Manchester City, and Liverpool have allowed fewer goals than the Hammers in the previous five weeks, and Fabianski is up against a very ineffective Cardiff offense in game week 30. The Bluebirds have only scored six goals this season, which can be explained by some of the underlying statistics: their shots on target (22) and attempts from inside the box (46) are the lowest of any Premier League team this season. The Bluebirds have the fewest shots on goal in the Premier League. Following the match against Cardiff, there is a bye week in game week 31, followed by a double game week in game week 32, with Fabianski having two home games, one against Huddersfield and the other against Everton. Consider replacing Fabianski with Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku (10.7 million pounds), who has been on fire but is only owned by 4.8 percent of FPL managers. If you already have Fabianski and want to make a change, consider Romelu Lukaku instead.
Other GW30 transfer ideas can be found in the FPL forum discussion titled “GW 30 fish.”
The captain’s position
Sergio Aguero, who is now worth £11.8 million, is one of the frontrunners to wear the captain’s armband for Manchester City when they play at their stadium. It can be summarized as follows. The Argentine striker is responsible for 15 of City’s 50 Premier League goals at home. The city has played 15 home games and scored 50 goals in total. Watford, the Hornets’ opponent on Saturday, is not an easy opponent; however, given that the Hornets have already allowed 22 goals in 15 away games this season, it is difficult to imagine them keeping a clean sheet. Kun has yet to be held scoreless in a home game this season while playing in the starting lineup. Furthermore, Kun’s points-per-game average for home games in which he has started is nearly absurd: 11.6 points, thanks in part to three (three!) hattricks. Watford made a valiant effort but fell to a dominant City by a score of 1-2 in the previous year’s match against them on December 4th. The game-winning goals were scored by Sané and Mahrez. With 40.3 percent overall ownership, making Aguero captain this weekend is both a wise choice and rank protection, despite the slight concern that Jesus, who is now fit again, may replace him (at least at some point during the match) due to Champions League commitments on Tuesday next week at home against Schalke, which City already leads 3-2. Because of Aguero’s ownership percentage, this is a wise choice that also provides rank protection (with 3 away goals in the bank).
Our final option this week is Liverpool’s Sadio Mané (£9.8 million), whom we prefer over teammate Mohamed Salah as a candidate for the armband due to Salah’s recent drop in (point-scoring) form. Mané is our final selection for the week. The Senegalese attacker has been in good form in the build-up to the blank and double gameweeks (which Liverpool does not have this season), as evidenced by his six goals in the last seven Premier League games. During that time, he has contributed 51 Fantasy Points League points to the 26.1 percent of managers who have him on their roster. This weekend’s match against Burnley at Anfield is followed by an away match against Fulham in game week 31, and a trip to Saint Mary’s in game week 33. Both of these games present opportunities for Mané to score.