Written by @CraigHazell – (that’s important!)
#FPL GAMEWEEK 30/31
With the gameweeks coming thick and fast this will serve as the preview for Gameweeks 30-31 #ScoreYIRMA
DEFENDER: BEN DAVIES, SPURS
It’s the time of the season where you can start to look at all remaining fixtures as a block of games rather than only looking toward the next week or two. Unless of course, you are a Palace fan. In which case, for the love of God do not look at all remaining fixtures unless you’ve locked the garage door and aren’t near any spare bits of hose pipe. Spurs have Burnley, Swansea, Watford, Bournemouth and Palace before they get an easy tie against Arsenal and that’s about as appealing a run of games as you will get. Danny Rose is still out injured and therefore Ben Davies is still an attractive option at under £5m. With Seamus Coleman suffering a horrific leg break then you will be looking for a replacement and Davies will free up a million quid to spend elsewhere as you chase goals in the run-in.
MIDFIELDER: DUSAN TADIC, SOUTHAMPTON
With close back to back gameweeks like 30 and 31, it’s always good to keep an eye out for consecutive home games. Combine that with some good form as Dusan Tadic has and you have yourself a good transfer prospect. Again, a lot of players have been hit by the loss of Adam Lallana over the International break and Tadic seems to have found his fantasy football form of old. 3 assists and a goal in his last 3 games isn’t electrifying by any means but he’s capable of laying goals on a plate and has been boosted by the arrival of Gabbiadini at St.Mary’s. Add to that, home ties against Bournemough and more so Palace then i think it could be a fruitful few days for Tadic.
FORWARD: JAMIE VARDY, LEICESTER
Everyone’s favourite scallywag Jamie Vardy revealed he got death threats when Ranieri was sacked at Leicester. I knew he liked playing in front of a bit of animosity but I didn’t think death threats could inspire form quite like his. He has 3 goals and 2 assists in 3 games, 4 goals if you include the one for England and Leicester are showing glimpses of last season’s form. Granted, they have Champions League football to keep in mind but while they sit on 30 points, they don’t really have the luxury of resting players as the attempt to be the first team to ever win Europe’s top competition and get relegated in the same season. Leicester are in the two home game club too with ties against Stoke and the doomed Sunderland and I don’t see a scenario where he doesn’t get at least one goal, hopefully more.
CAPTAIN: DIEGO COSTA, CHELSEA
As Chelsea romp to an inevitable title, it is hard not to be impressed by their turnaround in form from last season. Diego Costa is currently rated as yellow but surely he will start in games against Crystal Palace and Man City. The former is a real chance to bag 2 or 3 goals and maybe even triple captain potential if he is confirmed fit, and the latter is a chance to get points where other players will be too scared to stat him. Big. Players. Win. Big. Games. I always say it and it’s true. Don’t shy away because of a scary looking name in the versus column. Chelsea will eat City up for Wednesday evening dinner and if Costa plays he will give John Stones nightmares.
OUTSIDER: JESSE LINGARD, MANCHESTER UNITED
This week I am going for under 1%er and I can’t say I have ever picked him before but Jesse Lingard might be a decent punt. He got a start against Middlesborough and caught the eye with a goal and 10 points. He has always been a favourite of Gareth Southgate, in his brief tenure as England manager and he might just be a bit too attacking, interesting and unpredictable for the utterly tiresome Jose Mourinho. As convincing arguments go though, his audition at the Riverside wasn’t bad. And guess what? They have two home games. If he was a horse (and he’s not, I’ve checked) then he’s an each way bet but maybe worth considering