Daily Fantasy Premier League Football Tips - Gameweek 31
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
9:56am Mar 15 2018
@FFPundits_Drew returns with his Safe vs. Differential daily fantasy football picks for Gameweek 31
Good day to all fantasy bosses around the world and welcome to our Gameweek 31 edition of Safe Picks vs Differentials, where I, @FFPundits_Drew, look to provide FPL and Starting 11 bosses with a mixed bag of picks for this weekend’s contests.
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I hope this week’s Safe Picks vs. Differentials give you plenty of food for thought when making your FPL transfers and creating your Starting 11 lineups.
Safe Pick – Salah vs. Watford (H)
As if Salah’s importance to fantasy teams couldn’t be elevated any higher, along comes a Blank Gameweek removing every other key player – there has quite possibly never been a safer pick all season, in my opinon.
It was the reverse fixture during Gameweek 1 when Salah burst onto the scene with a goal and an assist on his debut vs Watford – even then we had no idea he would go on to have 24 goals by Gameweek 30 and be challenging Harry Kane for the Golden Boot award.
Having blanked (no attacking fantasy returns) on only 2 occasions this season, the Egyptian’s reliability is undeniable – even as a Forward on Starting 11, he is the first player on my team sheet and is likely to be my FPL captain.
Differential – Wilson vs. West Brom (H)
After making his return from injury earlier in the season, Callum Wilson has gone on to score seven goals and appears to have nailed down a starting potion in Eddie Howe’s starting 11 – despite competition from King and Defoe.
Their opponents on Saturday are the ‘soon to be relegated’ West Brom – it’s only a matter of time for the Baggies to have their Championship status confirmed and their lack of confidence is clear for all to see.
Having lost their last six league games and conceded SIXTEEN goals in the process, West Brom are there for the taking in Gameweek 31 – I will be utilising Bournemouth assets this weekend for probably the last time this season. C’mon Wilson!
Safe Pick – Mané vs. Watford (H)
After a stop-start season for Mané through both injury and suspension, playing out on the left-hand-side hasn’t suited him and in my opinion, has certainly dropped behind Salah as Liverpool’s key player.
That said, his form of late has massively improved – a hat-trick in the Champions League plus 2 goals and an assist during his last three Premier League games has been enough to catch the eye of FPL and Starting 11 managers ahead of Gameweek 31.
Their opponents, Watford were beaten convincingly 3-0 by Arsenal in Gameweek 30 and I can see a similar score-line in this fixture.
I expect to see the deadly Liverpool trio of Salah and Mané team up with Firmino and follow Arsenal’s example, handing Watford another heavy defeat.
Differential – Zaha vs. Huddersfield (A)
Since losing Zaha to injury, Crystal Palace have lost all three of their Premier League games in his absence.
At half-time against Chelsea in Gameweek 30, the winger returned and marked the occasion with an assist, as well as creating a second big chance.
Roy Hodgeson will fancy his chances vs Huddersfield Town in Gameweek 31 – a team who have the third worst defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded 50 goals – only Stoke City and West Ham have conceded more.
We are entering that stage of the season where fantasy bosses need to target those teams who have something to fight for – Crystal Palace are fighting for their lives and I fancy them to get a result this weekend, with Zaha amongst the attacking returns.
Safe Pick – Baines vs. Stoke (A)
A fantasy football legend returned last weekend – Leighton Baines, rolling back the years with a fantastic performance which was enough for me to choose the left-back, over team-mate Seamus Coleman as my Safe Pick for Gameweek 31.
I also brought Baines into my FPL side last week, which was perhaps a heart over head decision if I am honest with you and myself – an assist and a clean-sheet later, I can’t wait to have him in both my FPL and Starting 11 line-ups this weekend.
A penalty miss from Rooney, as well as an injury to 6-8 week injury to Gylfi Sigurðsson – could Baines have set-pieces back in his armoury too? Exciting thought.
Differential – Van Aanholt vs. Huddersfield (A)
I love PVA alomost as much as I do Baines – but do I follow by heart again like I did with Baines?
Well, this time I have form to back up my emotions, with the Dutchman scoring two goals in two games against Manchester United and Chelsea respectively – a goal-scoring defender is a fantasy bosses dream and I’m all aboard this week!
Their opponent’s, Huddersfield, have failed to score in their last two Premier League games, so although I will be lining up with Van Aanholt for his attacking potential – a clean-sheet is not out of the question either.
Safe Pick – Begovic vs. West Brom (H)
I can’t say this is the week for any real confidence in achieving a clean-sheet, I certainly wouldn’t be chasing them for a hit this week over on FPL.
Fortunately, you can have whoever you want on Starting 11 and from the limited options available, I am backing Begovic as a strong contender to consider for Gameweek 31.
Yes, I know Bournemouth haven’t kept a clean-sheet in any of their last five games, however, opponents West Brom have scored only two goals during their last four games – for that reason, Begovic is my safe pick this week.
Differential – Pickford vs. Stoke (A)
Ok – well, if Begovic wasn’t a strong enough option for you this week, how about doubling up at the back with an Everton stack by selecting Pickford along with Baines?
Everton’s form has been unreliable of late to say the least, however, a clean-sheet against Brighton in Gameweek 30 should give us hope that they might have turned a corner.
The sole goal threat from Stoke City comes from Shaqiri, who has scored three of their last four goals – if Everton can keep him quiet on Saturday afternoon, then they should take a clean-sheet back to Merseyside along with all 3 points.
It won’t come as a surprise to you that I am backing Mohamed Salah heavily for Gameweek 31’s captains pick on both FPL and Starting 11.
He has the form, he has the fixture – he has virtually no viable rivals for the armband this week.
You could look at other differential options but honestly, I don’t think this is the week to do it
The best of the rest would have to be either Firmino or Mane – however, based on the season so far, Salah is odds-on to outscore both of them as he charges forwards for the Golden Boot award in Kane’s absence through injury.
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