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EPL Game-Week-31 FPL Player Picks: Making Informed Choices

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Following an eventful Double Game-week, FPL is back in full swing!

Raul Jimenez - Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League
Wolves players are worth backing as they hunt for a European Spot
Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Welcome back! After the headache of trying to pick players for the recent Double Game-week following a three-month hiatus, we finally got to see our FPL assets play again, giving us a really good insight to how the rest of the season will unfold. Now we can get back to making more informed choices for the remaining Game-weeks of the season!

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Goalkeepers

Rui Patricio - £5.2Mil - vs Bournemouth (H)

Wolves are in fine form with 5 clean-sheets in their last 6 games, and with a favorable home-fixture against Bournemouth, they’re a good bet as any to keep a clean-sheet. Patricio has of course been vital to this run, with solid assurance when called into action. We’re not expecting Eddie Howe’s men to cause any major problems for the Portuguese International.

Nick Pope - £4.9Mil - vs Watford (H)

Pope was naturally overlooked during the Game-week 30 due to the unappealing single-game fixture at the Etihad, in which Burnley were thrashed 5-0. Pope should now be on many players’ radars, with his next few fixtures coming up against low-scoring sides, starting with Watford at home. In terms of points amassed, Pope is second, behind only Henderson (having been first before the DGW). Henderson is out of contention this game-week as he is ineligible to face his parent club (Manchester United).

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Defenders

Matt Doherty - £6.3Mil - vs Bournemouth (H)

Matt Doherty makes our Player Picks for the 2nd consecutive week, and for good reason. As you’ve seen from the write-up of Patricio in our goalkeepers picks above, Wolves are in great defensive shape with five clean-sheets in their last six games. Doherty has added to his impressive attacking haul this season with an assist in GW30 against West Ham. He now has a goal and three assists in his last four matches.

Jamaal Lascelles - £4.3Mil - vs Aston Villa (H)

Jamaal Lascelles makes up our Player Picks this week, with Newcastle facing an Aston Villa side who have not scored in their last three Premier League games (pending Chelsea). Aston Villa are struggling for goals lately, while the Magpies have kept three clean-sheets in their last three matches. Lascelles could well be a decent option for players looking for a budget option in defence.

Ben Chilwell - £5.5Mil - vs Brighton (H)

We were reminded of Ben Chilwell’s attacking potential, with an absolute rocket of a goal against Watford on Saturday. The England international has now accumulated a respectable three goals & three assists so far this season. Despite Brighton’s recent win over Arsenal, the Foxes will be the favorites for this fixture. Following this, they have a decent run of fixtures.

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Midfielders

Bruno Fernandes - £8.6Mil - vs Sheffield United (H)

Fernandes has hit the ground running since signing for Red Devils back in January, proving himself to be invaluable to the team. He currently has a better Goal+Assist ratio than any other Manchester United player (1.01 per 90). This is helped by the fact he is the go-to player for Penalty & Set Piece duties. With three goals and three assists in six appearances, it’s hard to overlook Fernandes at the moment, especially with a reasonable price-tag for a player of his quality. You better get in quick; his price continues to rise!

Son Heung-Min - £9.7Mil - vs West Ham (H)

Son may have blanked against Manchester United in Friday’s match, but he did register more shots (and shots on target) than any other Spurs player in the match. This, mixed with his form before the unscheduled break, is a reason why we are backing Son again for an appealing London Derby fixture. Son stood out in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, bagging himself a goal and an assist. Some FPL managers may also look to Bergwijn (£7.4Mil) as a cheaper option in the Spurs attack, especially with his incredibly low ownership of 1.2%.

Mohamed Salah - £12.7Mil - vs Crystal Palace (H)

Salah was nailed to the bench during Liverpool’s stalemate in Sunday’s Merseyside Derby, frustrating nearly 40% of FPL players (though he had been warming up just prior to Matip’s injury eating Klopp’s final substitution). Liverpool will want to get the title wrapped up as soon as possible, and a win against Crystal Palace will either win it (if Man City fail to beat Burnley on Monday) or put them within touching distance (putting pressure on Man City’s away match to Chelsea). Liverpool will look to secure a big win against a team who no longer have much to play for, a team that Salah has previous impressive returns against. It’s worth keeping a close watch on Salah’s situation following his no-show against Everton. Approach with caution.

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Forwards

Raul Jimenez - £8.1Mil - vs Bournemouth (H)

What a great season Jimenez and Wolves are having so far! They look incredibly well put together and have the incentive of being in the mix for a Champions League place. Jimenez is now Wolves’ single-season record goalscorer with 14 after his towering header against West Ham. Jimenez faces Bournemouth at home; the Cherries are in real danger after their limp defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace. You wouldn’t bet against Jimenez adding to their problems.

Danny Ings - £7.1Mil - vs Arsenal (H)

Danny Ings had been in strong goal-scoring fine before the unscheduled break with 15 goals to his name. With the recent return, he has continued his form with a fine performance against Norwich, bagging himself a goal and and assist. This now makes Ings the 3rd joint-highest goalscorer in the League this season (16). Ings will be looking forward to Arsenal’s visit on Thursday, with the Gunners having conceded five goals during the DGW and seriously lacking in defensive options. You may want to get in quick, as Ings’s stock continues to rise!

Marcus Rashford - £8.8Mil - vs Sheffield United (H)

The Red Devils have a good run of fixtures coming up, and Rashford looks set to continue spearheading their attack. The Blades aren’t usually the easiest of foes for attackers, however Rashford and the team should be encouraged by the fact that the mightily impressive Dean Henderson is ineligible to face his parent club, and Sheffield’s defensive rock, John Egan is suspended — his absence key to the 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Newcastle on Sunday. This is encouraging news for those backing Rashford.

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What do you think of our FPL Player Picks this week? How did you fare in the DGW just gone? Will you deploy your Wildcard this week? Please let us know in the comments below!

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