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We’re all go this week and so ready to get tinkering again after a weekend of internationals. While we’re happy that both England and Scotland got valuable wins, we’re shamelessly all about the EPL action and that’s quite quenches our thirst. This week, all 20 teams are in action and as usual we’ve broken down every game to see which players have great match-ups and who you need to be playing.

Game Week 30 Picks 

Liverpool Vs. Everton 

This really does promise to be a Merseyside derby for the ages, with so much at stake for both teams. What we don’t know is what kind of derby this is going to be. Will it be a choppy, violent, foul-filled affair, or a high temp goal-fest? Well it could go either way, but there are certainly plenty of interesting fantasy options to look at.

We have to say the same thing about Liverpool so often it becomes tiresome, but it’s important so we’ll say it again. Any time you mix it up with Liverpool’s midfield you’re playing a bit of bingo, and any of their big four can be the one to explode in any given week. That being said, over recent weeks there is a bit of a pattern developing. For a start Lallana and Coutinho are really struggling and becoming difficult to select at their prices. Mane on the other hand has been inconsistent but proven capable of the occasional 10+ game so he gets the vote as the best option. Defender Clyne is also noted for his consistency, though what he’s consistently providing is not particularly special.

Some are starting to wonder whether Lukaku is the best out an out number 9 in the country, and while we’re not ones to weigh in on that, there’s no doubting his fantasy prowess. He’s getting close to the 50% selection mark which means even if you play him you’re pretty likely to be playing against him too! His stats speak for themselves and he’s worth every penny of his Fantasy Premier League price having provided 28 points, 3 goals and 2 assists in his last two games. He’ll be super geared up for this game and you’d be a braver man than us to bet against him (editor’s note – Lukaku has scored in his last 4 games. 13/8 to score at any time is INSANE value – take the price here). Sadly the other player we’d be tipping, Seamus Coleman, suffered a horrific leg-break in international action. The other defender worth looking at are Baines and Williams in that order.

Chelsea Vs. Crystal Palace

Injury cautions are all over this tie, which is a shame as it should be a perfect hunting ground for Chelsea’s attacking players. While we’ll know more later in the week, it does look like Diego Costa will play through his ankle niggle and his owners will be hoping he does – he’s in the captain discussion if playing. Copy paste the above for Hazard (except for captain talk). We’re bucking conventional wisdom and ranking Alonso and Cahill above Azpilicueta as they’ve both been showing more upside recently. While keeper Courtois should play through his injury issue, we’re not recommending him – we just don’t think he’ll have enough to do.

Not much to talk about on the other side of the pitch. Zaha can be an alright option if you’re working n a tight budget in midfield. Benteke has become impossible to recommend and can Aanholt is very unlikely to make it back from injury in time.

Man Utd Vs. West Brom

A delicious game for United’s FPL players to get stuck into – making it all the more frustrating that Ibrahimovic will still not be playing due to his suspension. Tack onto that that it’s almost certain Pogba will be joining him (though due to injury, not bad behaviour). That leaves the United fantasy roster pretty thin, especially as we don’t live de Gea’s chance of putting up big numbers. You have to go back all the way to week 22 to find Valencia scoring under 5 points, making it impossible not to like him this week. Quite honestly unless you want to take a gamble on one of the budget options filling in for the missing stars (Rashford in particular) then there’s not much more to be said.

On the WBA end, McAuley’s early season wonders appear to have slowed down a bit and he’s nothing to get too excited about in this game. Expect plenty of saves from Foster, who is worth a start.

Leicester Vs. Stoke

Vardy has rewarded those that stuck with him and assumed his comeback against Liverpool was no flash in the pan. As well as scoring against West Ham, he chipped in with mega valuable assists in each of his last 2 games. As usual, when Vardy plays well, his teammate Mahrez has a lot to do with it, himself having scored 18 points over his last two games, getting on the scoresheet in both.

Stoke midfielder Joe Allen is on the long list of players that have slowed down a bit towards the end of the season. Whether that’s a fitness issue or just a drop in form is purely speculative. While keepr Lee Grant and Erik Pieters are acceptable but risky options, if you’re looking down as far as Peter Crouch for a striker option, you’re probably in trouble.

Watford Vs. Sunderland

Though Capoue has been been great in ‘real world’ performances, he’s still struggling to replicate his early season form and is probably being somewhat over-selected. Troy Deeney isn’t the worst budget striker option available, especially playing at home, and 5 of his last 7 games have given 5 points or more. No one  else to talk about from the North London squad.

Will this be Defoe’s bounce back game? We don’t think so. After having not scored in his last four consecutive games there’s no real evidence to suggest this will be his game to get back on the scoresheet. Keeper Jordan Pickford had a super game against Burnley and this should be an ideal game for him to keep the momentum going.

Burnley Vs. Tottenham

Though it’s the away team most people will be looking to, let’s be courteous and start with Burnley. The most selected player by a mile – unsurprisingly – is keeper Heaton, and there’s no doubting he’ll see plenty of action on Saturday. This is not really the game for Andre Gray to re-discover his goalscoring form and there’s not much else to get excited about.

Spurs on the other hand are a different story. Though defender Kyle Walker remains their most selected payer (and remains likely to perform well), in this particular game it’s the midfield duo of Alli and Eriksen that really do it for us. Alli’s form in particular has been positively insane, having scored in each of his last three games and accumulated 27 fantasy points in the process. Though Eriksen hasn’t been quite as incredible, his 22 points in the same period haven’t hurt either. Kane sadly will not be playing due to his anle injury.

Hull Vs. West Ham

Though Jakupovic is quite a popular goalkeeper, his recent FPL form has been disappointing and there’s the added concern he might not have enough to do in this home fixture. I guess you could take a second look at forward Diomande (13-0-9) if you’re really short on cash for your striker options or struggling due to injuries.

A few more interesting plays to be had on the West Ham end. It’s been 5 weeks since Snodgrass has put in an over 2 point performance, though this looks on paper to be a good game for him to get back in the groove. While midfielder Antonio and defender Reid are both sidelines for a few more weeks with injuries, we’re looking deeper to Manuel Lanzini topick up the slack. Three of his last five games have been 10+ point affairs and this is a candidate for doing more of the same.

Southampton Vs. Bournemouth

Hmmm… not the most ‘fantasy-ish’ of games this one. Gabbiadini’s potential is hurt by his groin issue and makes us weary of starting him this week. Nathan Redmond is prone to the occasional big performance but hardly worth starting, while we think there are better options in goal than Forster.

Joshua King is the standout in the game and the extent to which he’s kept his run of form going is remarkable – Four goals, two assists and 35 FPL points in 3 weeks speaks for itself. Charlie Daniels had been struggling a bit recently but had a nice comeback with 6 fantasy points against Swansea, and AdamSmith slightly outdid him with 7.

Swansea Vs. Middlesbrough

Swansea are a pretty interesting fantasy affair, especially with a relatively soft home fixture against Middlesbrough. Excellent midfielder Sigurdsson doesn’t tend to get big double digit games, but he’s very consistent – only one out of his last eight games have resulted in under 5 FPL points. Striker Llorente is quite the opposite, capable of a big week, but prone to dude too.

Negredo was a good cheap striker option earlier in the year but his run of 5 games without a goal is pretty likely to continue. Gibson, after 4 FPL points in 3 games remains hard to fancy too.

Arsenal Vs. Man City

An absolutely cracking fixture to round off week 30. Expect Sanchez to be way up there in the captain discussion and he’ll be desperate to score in this crucial game. Despite City’s great defence we expect him to add to his tally of 3 goals and an assist in his last 3 games. Bellerin and Koscielny haven’t overly rewarded their owners from defense recently and the Arsenal midfield has been an utter FPL point drought.

Aguero will be in the captain  discussion after having scored 2 goals in his last 3 games and coming up against an Arsenal defense that leaks goals. John Stones’ season is a real mishmash of great games with big fat zeros. In the likely chance that De Bruyne makes it onto the pitch he gets our vote ahead of Sterling, while Kolorov gets in ahead of Stones.

 


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