Fantasy Premier League gameweek 31 tips

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With the final international break of the season now out the way, our attention can switch back to the last eight gameweeks. Both Burnley and Everton have double gameweeks in 31 that are worth a look but the focus should be firmly on the league’s top sides this week. As usual we’ll be using our FPL Fixture Tracker to help us.

FPL GW 31 Tips – Attack

Liverpool

The Reds face Watford at home this coming weekend with Everton and Newcastle on the horizon.

Mo Salah (13.3m) is remarkably only owned by 3 in 5 FPl managers. Going without against struggling Watford at Anfield is unthinkable. Assuming you have another attacking Liverpool spot left in your team, picking between the remaining candidates isn’t as simple as it has been.

Sadio Mané (11.7m) is a luxury few can afford, yet his presence in the overall FPL team of the season and his 3.6% ownership is very appealing. Diogo Jota (8.3m) had been the easy choice as a second Reds’ mid, but a recent injury and the introduction of Luis Díaz (8.1m) have seen his minutes managed. Liverpool are fighting on three fronts and Jota’s gametime may not be as assured as it once was, despite outscoring all but two PL players this season.

Brighton

The Seagulls have been in freefall and may well be the first side on the beach (no pun intended). Nevertheless, a juicy fixture against Norwich at home could be gold for FPL managers.

Neal Maupay (6.5m) is Brighton’s top FPl point scorer despite six successive games without an attacking return. Hauls against Watford (x2), Leicester (x2), Crystal Palace (x2), Everton, Brentford, Southampton, West Ham, and Burnley suggest (with a couple of exceptions) that he is well-suited to playing the division’s weaker sides.

With just one attacking return since gameweek 11, Leandro Trossard (5.9m) doesn’t have form on his side. Alexis MacAllister (5.2m) has fared marginally better and comes in at a cheaper price for anyone willing to roll the dice on a Seagulls midfielder.

Burnley

The Clarets’ run of seemingly endless double gameweeks continues this week but Manchester City and Everton at home could well be an FPL trap. Burnley have an awful record against City, recently recording three consecutive 5-0 losses. Therefore, concentrating on attacking assets who may well grab an extra two points seems like the best approach.

Given that no player has had more shots without scoring in the PL this season than Dwight McNeil (5.6m) there are only two plausible options here. Wout Weghorst (6.4m) has shown flashes of his ability in the PL and is a reasonably affordable forward option. Meanwhile, Maxwell Cornet (5.9m) is the current top scorer for the side and is owned by less than 1% of FPL managers, albeit whilst displaying some worrying form.

FPL GW 31 Tips – Defence

Manchester City

With 17 clean sheets to their name, City are always a good bet for a shutout. This week’s fixture against Burnley is no exception and there’s likely more to come in the final weeks.

Owned by just over one third of FPL managers, João Cancelo (6.9m) is the fourth-highest FPL point scorer and second-highest defender. His attacking threat and near-immunity to Pep Roulette™ this season make him a must-have.

Aymeric Laporte (5.8m) has worried FPL managers for much of the season given his manager’s reputation for changing lineups. Nevertheless, the Frenchman-turned-Spaniard has shown that he is a reliable FPL option. For an even safer bet, Ederson (6.1m) is virtually assured of several more clean sheets to end the campaign.

Chelsea

The Blues have missed a lot of gameweeks recently but all that is behind them now.

Edouard Mendy (6.1m), Antonio Rüdiger (6.1m), and Thiago Silva (5.7m) are the safer options who will play when fit, and, in the case of the two centre-backs, have shown some set-piece threat.

However, the joker in the pack is certainly Reece James (6.2m). His fitness remains a doubt after his latest injury setback, but once he returns to action, he can rival Trent Alexander-Arnold and Cancelo in FPL terms.

Everton

We round things off with the Toffees who, like Burnley, have a questionable double gameweek. Everton face West Ham and Burnley both away from home, where their form has been woeful. Nevertheless, with few FPL managers likely to take the gamble, there could be a decent upside to plumping for an Everton asset.

Given his very low price, Mason Holgate (4.2m) is the defender of choice for anyone willing to take the risk. Holgate has put together a run of starts under Frank Lamaprd and can easily be benched for less appealing fixtures.

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