Fantasy Football – Gameweek 31 Preview – Written by @NiallHawthorne
This will either be the culmination of weeks of strategic planning to ensure you have a full complement of players; a reluctant yet necessary use of your ‘Free Hit’ chip with frantic scouring of Huddersfield squad details; or a hold your nose / head in your hands moment as you grimace and take the pain of having just three players active this week.
Whichever applies to you, maybe the next few tips will help…
Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool
This same tip didn’t quite work out last week due to Burnley mugging Alisson while a corner was being swung into the box, and Sadio Mane missing from a yard when getting on the end of a delicious TAA cross, but if at first you don’t succeed, copy and paste try and try again.
Liverpool travel to Craven Cottage knowing that a win will put them two points clear of Manchester City who are otherwise engaged playing their 9,375th cup tie of the season in their quest for the quadruple. Fulham are 13 points from safety with 24 points available, or in layman’s terms ‘f*cked’.
Liverpool have just marched into Munich and slapped Bayern Munich around their own castle, so a trip to a quaint cottage won’t hold many fears. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. A clean sheet and assists do three bonus points make!
Midfielder: Youri Tielemans, Leicester City
In just five appearances since his arrival, Tielemans has amassed a goal, two assists and two bonus points. Burnley have conceded nine in their last three games as their mini revival has now quickly turned into a mini slump at precisely the wrong moment. I’d expect Tielemans and Vardy to link up well this weekend and plunder a few goals/assists against the Clarets.
Forward: Callum Wilson, Bournemouth
Back from injury and ready to resume a remarkable season that has yielded 11 goals and 9 assists in just 21 full starts. While Rafa and the Toon Army require just one more win to be completely sure of survival, Bournemouth have specialised in winning these kinds of games at home all season. With Ryan Fraser loading the bullets, Callum Wilson will fire the Cherries to victory.
Captain: Sadio Mane, Liverpool
Having seen what he did to a defence with Mats Hummels and Manuel Neuer, can you imagine what he’ll do to a defence with Nordtveit, Chambers, Ream and Odoi?
That first goal against Bayern Munich was the footballing equivalent of the most glorious three punch combo you’ll ever see in boxing. It stunned, staggered and then knocked out the Bavarians in the blink of an eye. Mane is on fire right now, and while Salah looks like he’s right on the verge of inflicting serious damage on an opponent soon, Sadio Mane just can’t be overlooked.
Outsider: Robert Snodgrass, West Ham United
The recent West Ham XI’s have been a bit odd in recent weeks. Antonio seemed to be in great form, but hasn’t started either of the last two. Marko Arnautovic should be nailed on to start, but isn’t. However, with a home game against relegated Huddersfield this weekend (don’t argue that point, they are, it’s just not official yet), I’m looking for the most likely asset to start and contribute, and that man is Robert Snodgrass. He has an assist in each of his last two home games, and I fancy him to continue that streak at least.
Draft: Aaron Cresswell, West Ham United
A stop start season due to injury seems to have restarted again. With 17 assists in his last four seasons, a fit and available Cresswell is just the man for you.
Fantasy Football – Gameweek 30 Preview – Written by @NiallHawthorne
Written by Niall Hawthorne.