Fantasy Premier League tips: Who should I captain in Gameweek 31

3:29pm Apr 9 2021

It’s time for one of the more challenging captaincy decisions of the season, as we look ahead to Friday’s Gameweek 31 deadline.

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Our go-to options in Harry Kane and Bruno Fernandes face each other, in a game that appears fairly hard to predict. So, will there be a place for either in the top three?

Let’s find out!

3. Diogo Jota – Liverpool

vs. Aston Villa (H)| £6.9M | 14.4% owned

FPLTips GW31 Captain Picks - Diogo Jota

With 19% of the vote, Diogo Jota beats Harry Kane to third place, which indicates this could be a good week to go differential with the armband.

The Portuguese midfielder has been in undeniable form since making a return from injury, scoring 3 of his team’s 4 goals in the last 4 Gameweeks.

During that period, his average of 0.9 big chances per 90 minutes ranks ahead of Mo Salah – with 0.7, but behind Sadio Mané – with 1.3.

Meanwhile, his tally of 5 shots on target ranks joint-2nd amongst all midfielders; only behind Bruno Fernandes – with 6.

Liverpool have scored just 6 goals in the last 5 Gameweeks but only Spurs (16) and Man City (19) have fashioned more than their 14 big chances.

Their opponents Aston Villa have won only one of their last 5 matches, conceding 5 goals and keeping just one clean sheet.

2. Kevin De Bruyne – Man City

vs. Leeds Utd (H)| £11.9M | 20.0% owned

FPLTips GW31 Captain Picks - Kevin de Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne just misses out on the top spot, receiving a substantial 32% of the vote.

We’ve seen the Belgian get back to his very best in the past month for club and country.

No Premier League player has provided as many as his 12 attempted assists in the last 4 Gameweeks, where he’s averaged 6.3 points per game.

But will he survive Pep rotation on Saturday, with an important Champions League second-leg tie against Dortmund to follow?

Ahead of their second-leg, Round of 16 tie in March, we saw Guardiola use a 3-4-3 formation in a 3-0 win over Fulham, resting both Gündogan and De Bruyne; could we see something similar against Leeds?

Raheem Sterling has only made one start in their last six matches in all competitions but could benefit from possible rotation here, making him a tempting one-week punt.

Leeds have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their 7 away matches this calendar year, conceding 13 goals.

Only Newcastle (14), Sheffield Utd (15) and Southampton (23) have shipped more on the road, since the turn of year.

1. Mohamed Salah (AVL)

vs. Aston Villa (H)| £12,4M | 30.6% owned

FPLTips GW31 Captain Picks - Mo Salah

Just edging in front with 37% of the vote, Mohamed Salah takes first place.

The Egyptian king was back amongst the goals in a dominant 3-0 win over Arsenal last Gameweek, before adding to his tally against Real Madrid midweek.

Over the last 5 Gameweeks, he ranks joint-top amongst midfielders for big chances – with 4, while only Mahrez (11) has fired more than his 10 shots in the box.

Against the eight mid-table teams, sitting between 7th and 14th place, the 28-year-old has averaged 9.0 points per game this season, with 10 goals and 3 assists in 10 matches.

Only Bruno Fernandes has earned more points against those sides (97 to 90).

Liverpool have netted 24 goals in their 10 matches against mid-table sides, averaging 2.4 per game – which is an improvement on their overall season average of 1.7 goals per game.

But Aston Villa have conceded just 11 goals in 9 matches against the ‘big six’ plus Leicester this season; an average of 1.2 per game.

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