Who’s HOT & Who’s NOT - FPL Gameweek 30
Posted by FFPundits
10:36am Mar 8 2018
Is now the time to ditch Manchester United’s shot-stopper from your FPL teams?
Gameweek 30 sees two of English football’s biggest clubs go head-to-head, as they look to secure a top-four finish – but which key man from this fixture are you better off without?
Elsewhere, we run the rule over some big-hitters who have seemingly more promising fixtures against sides lower down the table, whilst drawing attention to a couple of other relatively popular FPL selections who’ve suffered a dip in form of late.
So, without further ado, here are my thoughts ahead of Gameweek 30. As always, I wish all of you the very best of luck and may your arrows continue to be green.
Kyle Walker vs. Stoke City (A)
After a run which saw Manchester City keep just one clean sheet in six between Gameweeks 22 and 27, the league leaders have regained their defensive solidity, recording back-to-back clean sheets against both Arsenal and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s side face Stoke in Gameweek 30. The Potters are deep in relegation trouble and are without a win in five. What’s more, they have only managed three goals in that time, all of which were scored by Xherdan Shaqiri – their only genuine attacking threat.
If Walker and co. can keep the Swiss international at bay, they will be in an excellent position to claim a third clean sheet on the bounce.
Eden Hazard vs. Crystal Palace (H)
Antonio Conte’s side were rightly criticised for failing to show any attacking intent against Manchester City in Gameweek 29, but things will surely be different this time around, as Crystal Palace travel to Stamford Bridge.
The visitors remain deep in relegation trouble after throwing away a two-goal lead against Manchester United in Gameweek 29, and currently have a host of key first-team players unavailable through injury.
Hazard is an expensive gamble at £10.6m, but he has scored five in his last six Premier League outings – and this is a very kind looking fixture on paper for Chelsea as they bid to gain ground on the top-four.
Harry Kane vs. Bournemouth (A)
It was Son Heung-Min who stole the show in Gameweek 29, as Kane fired a blank against Huddersfield at Wembley – much to the surprise of many FPL bosses.
Gameweek 30 sees Spurs face a Bournemouth side who have conceded eight in the last four Gameweeks – so this represents a big opportunity for Kane to build on an impressive run of form which has seen him score six in his last seven Premier League outings.
Can’t afford Kane? Then Glenn Murray is an excellent alternative at present. The veteran Brighton forward is in scintillating form with five in five.
Who’s NOT? (hot)
David De Gea vs. Liverpool (H)
Manchester United have been struggling defensively of late, having kept just one clean sheet in their last five.
Gameweek 30 sees them take on Liverpool in what is one of English football’s great rival clashes.
With Salah, Firmino, and Mane in such excellent form for the visitors, it’s incredibly difficult to envisage a repeat of the 0-0 draw played out by these two sides earlier in the season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have averaged over two goals per game in the Premier League this season – a record good enough to strike fear into the hearts of the 43% of FPL bosses who own the brilliant Spanish keeper.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan vs. Watford (H)
It’s been a poor start to life at Arsenal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian has failed to produce any serious returns since a hat-trick of assists on his full-debut in Gameweek 26.
Arsenal in general are decidedly off colour, and face a Watford side in Gameweek 30 who have beaten the Gunners on each of the last two occasions – could another upset be on the cards?
The former Manchester United man remains a relatively popular selection. However, Chelsea’s Willian could be a more useful option against a defensively poor Crystal Palace side.
Callum Wilson vs. Spurs (H)
It’s no goals in four Gameweeks now for the streaky Callum Wilson, after an impressive run which saw him net four in six.
Bournemouth face Spurs at the Vitality Stadium in Gameweek 30, and only Liverpool have managed to breach Mauricio Pochettino’s well-drilled defence in the last five Gameweeks – so another disappointing afternoon could be on the cards for Wilson owners.
On current form, a straight-swap for either Glenn Murray or Jordan Ayew looks a no-brainer.
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