gameweek 31 fantasy premier league tips
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Just 8 game weeks remain in the Barclays Premier League and the stark reality of international football just serves as a reminder of how empty our footballing lives will be in the Summer of 2015. That being said, the glory of fantasy premier league returns this week with gameweek 31 and another chance to add points to your tally following the bumper weeks experienced by most managers in GW30.
Although we are reaching the final phase of the season, there are probably more questions than answers when it comes to predicting which of the top teams will fair best in gameweek 31.
Liverpool face a difficult task against the leagues most in form team at The Emirates whilst Chelsea face a tough home against Stoke City who were unlucky to lose last time out. Spurs travel to Burnley who have looked more solid defensively recently and Man Utd face Aston Villa in home game that will be full of expectation for the Old Trafford faithful.
A big talking point for GW31 will be the double games for Aston Villa and QPR. The R’s have the easier fixtures on paper but with both games being away from home, their double trip to the West Midlands might not be as easy as you would think. In fact, I would prefer Villa players and would take my chances of picking up points at Old Trafford and then hold out more hope for a home game against the hapless travelling hoops.
Early Gameweek 31 Tips:
Wayne Rooney – Manchester United Vs. Aston Villa
Of the top 4 teams, Utd have the easiest task with a home game against Sherwood’s Villa side. I often talk of Wayne Rooney being a player who enjoys goal gluts and he is in one of those gluttonous phases right now. With 3 goals in his last 4 Premier League starts and a goal for England in his last start he is in a rich vein of form right now. LVG seems to have finally realised the need to play him in his rightful position and but for the missed penalty at Liverpool blotting his copybook the recent points returns are pretty impressive. Villa at home represents a great opportunity for a goal or two for Rooney.
Harry Kane – Spurs Vs. Burnley
Unbelievably, over 50% of FPL players still do not have Harry Kane in their starting line ups. Yes, we were skeptical as to how long the form would last, but he has gone from strength to strength this season and has not looked phased by anything, with his fairytale England debut goal being the latest achievement in a brilliant season for the Spurs front man.
We tipped him for captain in gameweek 30 over Aguero – and boy were we rewarded for that with a hat-trick of goals and 3 bonus points! Only a fool would not have this guy in their team, so we can only assume those 50.3% of players who don’t have him are not active with their teams. He will be a popular captain choice this week and with good reason… very simply – if you don’t have him… put him in your team!!!
Is Aguero worthy of a place in your team?
The big question this week is a rather surprising one – but it is one that I have heard people discussing a lot in the last 2 weeks – and that is:
Should I sell Aguero and buy someone else in FPL?
Well, Aguero’s value has started to drop again which means some FPL managers have already taken the decision to drop the out of form striker. No goals in the last 4 games is a statistic that we don’t usually associate with £12.8m striker and it is one that certainly makes us sit up and ask whether we want a player who is out of form, playing for a team that is out of form, playing in a team that has massive competition for places up front.
Now, he is not going to be dropped for any of the other squad forwards, but there are so many good front line options at the moment with the likes of Giroud, Rooney, Kane, Costa (injury risk for GW31), Austin etc. and all of them come at a much smaller cost the Argentinian.
Manchester United away follows the away game at Crystal Palace this week and then home games against West Ham and Aston Villa – but their season could be over by the time those easier home games come around and motivation may be lacking. Palace and United are not easy games with both teams enjoying good recent Premier League form so the question of selling Aguero is perfectly valid.
It would take a brave manager to sell Aguero, particularly if you are in a leading position in your mini-league. However, if you are chasing then it could just be the differential that you need should he fire blanks in the next game or two. Imagine, you switch Aguero for Giroud – Giroud scores and Aguero doesn’t and you have £4.4m to spend on other players. Of course, that’s an unlikely scenario but the definite is the money saving and reinvestment elsewhere in your team. The goals difference probably won’t be much so if you are chasing a lead – my answer would be to go for it.
We will be back later this week with our captain picks so check back then.