As the Premier League season enters its final month, FPL managers face tough selection decisions for their teams. With most chips probably spent by now, making the right transfers is more important than ever.
For this reason, we’ve listed a few top choices to consider for GW-35. Let’s hope their returns can move you past your rivals in your mini-leagues!
Jason Steele (£4.0m, Brighton vs Everton)
Steele has been in top form, earning another shutout against Man United on Thursday to bring his point total to 25 over his last three games. With a relatively favorable remaining defensive schedule and six games left to play, Steele is an affordable and reliable pick for the visit of Everton.
Emiliano Martínez (£5.0m, Wolves vs Aston Villa)
Despite the recent loss to Man United, Villa had been on a 10-match unbeaten run, keeping seven clean sheets in that stretch. This was largely due to Martinez’ stalwart goalkeeping abilities and his tight back line. The Villans will try to get back on track at Wolves tomorrow.
Pervis Estupinan (£4.8m, Brighton vs Everton)
Brighton’s upcoming fixtures seem reasonably favorable, which makes Estupinan an attractive pick. The left-back poses significant attacking threat too, with 0.18 xGI per 90 minutes this season, and six assists.
With a high chance of starting most games and an easy remaining schedule, including a DGW in GW-37, Walker makes a great addition to your defensive corps. He’s cheaper than most of his teammates too.
Kieran Trippier (£6.1m, Newcastle vs Arsenal)
Many predict Newcastle causing yet another upset to Arsenal despite the Gunners’ returning to winning ways in the 3-1 derby victory over Chelsea. Trippier does face an Arsenal side that scores for fun, so it could be difficult to keep a clean sheet this week. But Trippier poses attacking threat too, and Arsenal give up goals. Plus, the Magpies double in GW-36.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m, Liverpool vs Brentford)
With 35 FPL points over his last six games (including six assists and a clean sheet), Liverpool’s TAA is in fine form. Brighton’s defeat of Man United on Thursday opened the door to Europe a little wider for ‘Pool, so the Reds will go at this game hard. That means more points could be in store for their marauding right back.
Kaoru Mitoma (£5.6, Brighton vs Everton)
Although his owners were gutted to see him benched in GW-34, Mitoma is still Brighton’s most exciting midfield option — he has the potential to make something happen every time he touches the ball. Along with his favorable fixtures and scoring potential, he also has two upcoming DGWs, so he’ll have plenty of opportunities to earn points for the run-in.
Martin Odegaard (£6.6m, Newcastle vs Arsenal)
Bukayo Saka’s form has taken a bit of a dip, and Gabriel Martinelli is facing stiff competition for pitch time from Leandro Trossard. Odegaard, however, hasn’t missed a start since GW-8, and his form is hot: two goals and two assists over his last four matches. Arsenal cannot afford to drop any points if they hope to have a chance at the title, and it will be their captain who leads the charge down the home stretch.
Jack Grealish (£7.3m, Man City vs Leeds)
Grealish has found his rhythm under Pep Guardiola, continuing to impress with his attacking and defensive duties. His form may have cooled just a bit lately; he’s managed just a single assist over his last three games. But from GW-29 to GW-31 he notched two goals plus three assists, and I’m backing him to get his groove back. Plus, he has started every league match since GW-20; that’s about as secure as you can get in a Pep Guardiola side.
Marcus Rashford is the most likely of ten Hag’s men to put the ball in the net given his return to top form, earning 18 FPL points in the two games prior to the Brighton defeat. His purple patch and favorable fixtures make him one of the top midfielders for the rest of the season: He has an xGI of 0.59 since returning from injury and sports the second-easiest remaining schedule for attackers, including a DGW in GW-37.
Leicester’s only hope to escape relegation is James Maddison. The Foxes’ talisman has two assists in his last two games and will give his all to try to keep his team up. This could be the summer he jumps ship too, so he’ll want to perform well in the shop window.
Mo Salah (£13.0m, Liverpool vs Brentford)
Once again, Salah fired home from the penalty spot against West Ham and now has six goals in his previous six fixtures, gathering 41 points since Liverpool’s five-game win streak began in GW-31. With an xGI of 1.05 over his last six matches, I expect more returns from Mo this week and in the weeks to come.
Alexander Isak (£6.9m, Newcastle vs Arsenal)
Although it was Callum Wilson who made our differential picks this week, Alexander Isak remains an excellent option. Isak’s consistent playing time, versatility, and ability to put the ball into the net makes him a great pick. With strong underlying stats and a DGW36 on the horizon, now is a good time to bring Isak into your squad.
Harry Kane (£11.4m, Tottenham vs Crystal Palace)
Despite Spurs having a horrendous 2022-23 campaign, Harry Kane remains a top-notch player who offers a consistent route to points: seven goals since GW-27. During this period Spurs have won just twice, but somehow the England captain continues to find ways to put the ball into the net.
Erling Haaland (£12.4m, Manchester City vs Leeds)
Haaland was born in Leeds and is still a fan of the club for which his father played, but that won’t keep him from trying to bury the Whites this weekend. The man is unstoppable: He set an English Premier League goals record by scoring his 35th of the season in Manchester City’s 3-0 win against West Ham. Overall he has now scored 51 goals in 45 appearances across all competitions in a blockbuster first year at City. If you’re still without him, you’ve missed quite a party.
What’s your plan for GW-35? How’s your team looking? Any differential players you think will shine or flop? Who are you adding and removing? Who is your captain (Haaland again)? Please let us know in the comments section below!