Welcome back to our FPL Player Picks!
We have now moved past the midpoint of Restart —just 4 game-weeks left to go. The Restart has absolutely flown by so far, helped by the extra mid-week matches as we continue to make our through the fixture congestion.
Mohamed Salah reminded players of his worth in a 3-1 win at Brighton, bagging himself a brace plus an assist. This is Liverpool looking to break Manchester City’s record 100 point haul from last season, the Reds currently on 92 points with 4 matches left to play. Sadio Mane owners will be frustrated at his counter-productive 30-minute substitute appearance, although this boosts his chances of featuring in the coming game-week.
Chelsea have now leapfrogged Leicester to 3rd after holding on to beat Palace, whilst the Foxes salvaged a draw against Arsenal. Meanwhile Manchester United continue to look strong with favourable fixtures. The race for the other European Places looks as tight as ever with just 4 points separating 5 teams.
After careful consideration with regards to form, fixtures and rotation, let’s now take a look at our FPL Player Picks for this Game-week:
Kasper Schmeichel - £5.4Mil - AFC Bournemouth (A)
Leicester have been relatively solid at the back recently with Schmeichel picking up a clean-sheet in the victory over Crystal Palace and then picking up some extra points for making a healthy number of saves in the draw against Arsenal. The Cherries have looked toothless since the restart, so this match should pose a good opportunity for Schmeichel to register some points.
Alisson - £6.2Mil - Burnley (H)
Alisson may not pick up many bonus points or saves with a home fixture against Burnley, but he does stand-out as an obvious choice for a clean-sheet. Burnley have been in good form recently (although they haven’t been overly forthcoming with goals) but you would back Liverpool to win and they seem good value for a clean-sheet.
Craig Dawson - £4.8Mil - Newcastle (H)
Craig Dawson looked a real threat throughout Watford’s recent win against Norwich. Every time there was a set-piece, he always seemed to be in the mix and was challenging for every ball — He ended up getting his reward with a strong headed goal. This is now his second goal since the restart, and he looks good value for it. At 0.3% ownership, Dawson is the epitome of differential.
Lucas Digne - £5.8Mill - Wolves (A)
The Toffees were unlucky to concede against Spurs after a deflected effort via Keane proved to be the decider. Next up, Everton faces a Wolves side short of both confidence and goals. Digne offers attacking potentials as well as a possible clean-sheet. Everton’s remaining fixtures are also appealing, so Digne may be worth bringing in with these games in mind.
Andrew Robertson - £7.0Mil - Burnley (H)
Robertson would’ve initially disappointed his owners after being left on the bench against Brighton, but the disappointment soon faded when he came on at the interval and registered an assist for Salah. Robertson was on the bench due to rotation for the busy fixture list, so he should return to the starting line-up this week.
Anthony Martial - £8.3Mil - Southampton (H)
Martial is our go-to Manchester United asset this week with a promising home fixture against the Saints. Once again, the Red Devils have a host of attacking options who are currently performing well, and this could easily have been Bruno Fernandes (again!) with many teams doubling up. Although Martial’s ownership is currently relatively high at 19.8%, he has a lower ownership than Fernandes, Rashford and Greenwood, which indicates that he may be a potential differential Captain choice. Martial has excellent returns at home since the restart with 4 goals in his last 2 games at the Theatre of Dreams.
Sadio Mane - £12.4Mil - Burnley (H)
Mane frustrated 22% of FPL Players after he was reduced to a substitute appearance only in The Reds win away to Brighton. Jurgen Klopp stated that the reason for this was due to the fixture congestion. This gives us confidence that Mane will start in this home match against Burnley. Mane has been in solid form at Anfield since the restart, registering a goal in each of his home matches.
Raheem Sterling - £11.7Mil - Brighton (A)
Raheem Sterling is another player in our picks who was reduced to a substitute appearance last week (Manchester City’s 5-0 rout of Newcastle). The good news for Sterling owners is that he put in an impressive performance in the final 30 minutes, registering a goal plus an assist. This is a big plus with Pep rotation at play, and Sterling should return to the starting line-up in a promising fixture away to Brighton. Sterling is in a rich vein of form, with two goals and three assists in his last three matches.
Harry Kane - £10.9Mil - Arsenal (H)
With a European place at stake in this North London Derby, we could hardly leave out Harry Kane. The Spurs hitman makes our player-picks for the 2nd consecutive week in this tasty Derby fixture. Kane has scored in each of his last four Premier League against the Gunners, and we’re backing him to make that five in a row.
Jamie Vardy - £9.7Mil - Bournemouth (A)
Jamie Vardy also makes our Player Picks for the 2nd consecutive week (I promise this hasn’t been copied!) and I think for good reason. After a shaky initial restart, the Foxes look to have turned the corner, recently registering a win and a draw. Vardy has heavily featured in this, scoring three of their four goals in those last two games, and he leads the race for the Golden Boot. Leicester are up against Bournemouth side who are leaking goals right now.
Mason Greenwood - £4.7Mil - Southampton (H)
Greenwood makes his way back into our player picks with an appealing home fixture against Southampton. Greenwood is very modestly priced and has been in great form recently, along with a host of other Man Utd players. Greenwood currently has three goals in his last two matches and looks well established in the side.
What do you think of our selections this week? If you still have any chips left, when will you play them? Do you have a stand-out captain choice this game-week? Please let us know your thoughts and join us in the comments section below!