Who are the best Fantasy Premier League players to own for Gameweek 31? 4-time top 1k and 4-time top 10k finisher Abdul Rehman uses the Hub's OPTA, Prediction, Comparison and Fixture tools to find the best FPL budget and premium players for our FPL teams.
Jesse Lingard (£6.2m) – West Ham United
Fixture: Leicester City (H)
What can I say about Jesse Lingard? – he has simply been phenomenal since his loan move to West Ham and I don’t think anybody could have predicted the impact he is having. Since his move (Gameweek 22) he has six goals (2nd) and four assists (2nd) and only Bruno Fernandes has scored more points than him (65), however, the Portuguese has played a game more. The in-form midfielder has 23 Shots, 14 Shots on Target (2nd), 15 Shots in the Box (6th), and 4 Big Chances while also creating 9 Chances and 2 Big Chances.
West Ham face Leicester City at home in Gameweek 31 and although this is a tough fixture for them, the Hammers and Lingard seem to be a real force this season. In the last nine games (Gameweek 22) they have scored 17 goals (3rd), had 43 Shots on Target (5th), 74 Shots in the Box (5th) and 21 Big Chances (4th). They are also now in fourth position in the league will fancy their chances to get Champions League football.
Jesse Lingard has only failed to return in one game for West Ham this season and has managed an impressive four double-digit hauls in eight games. He and his teammates are showing no signs of slowing down and with them being in no other competitions now they have a huge advantage over the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester who are still in the Champions League and FA cup respectively.
Mason Mount (£7.1m) – Chelsea
Fixture: Crystal Palace (a)
Mason Mount has enjoyed a fruitful second half to the season and has six goals and five assists overall. Since Gameweek 19 he has scored five of those goals and has been putting up some impressive numbers. He has 60 Shots, 18 Shots on Target, 22 Shots in the Box and 5 Big Chances. He has also created 69 Chances (3rd) and 9 Big Chances (6th).
Chelsea come up against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 31 in which looks like a very plum fixture for them to bounce back from their 5-2 shock defeat against West Brom. The Eagles have conceded 267 Shots in the Box (18th), 139 Shots on Target (15th), and 66 Big Chances.
Whereas the Blues attacking wise have been one of the best in the league with 429 Shots (3rd), 162 Shots on Target (3rd), 274 Shots in the Box (3rd) and 68 Big Chances (5th).
With Mount being benched in against the Baggies due to playing two and a half games over the international break he will surely start this one and Chelsea will be desperate to win this one after the humiliation at Stamford Bridge in last week.
The English internati0nal has flourished under Thomas Tuchel and the he is also on most corners and free-kicks so has many ways to get points. It’s also worth noting that Palace have conceded the most shots from set-pieces (35) and also the most Shots from Headers (91). It looks good for Mount in this game FPL wise and our Points Prediction Tool ranks him highly too at 46% chance to return anytime.
Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) – Liverpool
Fixture: Aston Villa (H)
Mohamed Salah broke his five game goal drought last Gameweek with a well taken goal against Arsenal and now sits on 18 goals and four assists. The Egyptian has 92 Shots (4th), 40 Shots on Target (2nd), 67 Shots in the Box (3rd), and 24 Big Chances (3rd), while also creating 40 Chances and 9 Big Chances.
Liverpool come up against Aston Villa at home in Gameweek 31 and the Reds seemed to be picking up a bit now with two wins out of two in the league. Over the season Liverpool have had 450 Shots (2nd), 160 Shots on Target (4th), 293 Shots in the Box (3rd) and 80 Big Chances (2nd). They also have a xG of 57.10 (3rd).
On the contrary, Aston Villa have been in a bit of a slump recently despite their win last week. Since Grealish’s injury in Gameweek 25, they have conceded 84 Shots (14th), 49 Shots in the Box (14th), 27 Shots on Target (15th) and 12 Big Chances (14th).
Jurgen Klopp’s men remain as one of the most attacking teams in the league and Mo Salah is still getting in goal scoring positions and is on penalties. Just looking last game against Arsenal, he had 5 Shots (3rd), 2 Shots on Target (3rd), 3 Shots in the Box (3rd), and 2 Big Chances and could have easily had another goal.
Mohamed Salah’s pedigree and last few seasons show that he is not an option to be slept on and is probably the best captain option for Gameweek 31 and will also most likely be the most captained. Our Points Prediction Tool has him at a massive 63% for anytime returns too.
Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) – Manchester United
Fixture: Spurs (a)
The Portuguese has a total of 29 attacking returns now with 16 goals and 13 assists this season and is still the highest scoring player in the game. He has 94 Shots (2nd), 42 Shots on Target (1st), 35 Shots in the Box and 18 Big Chances, while also creating 86 Chances (1st) and 18 Big Chances (1st).
Manchester United come up against Spurs away from home this week in which will be a tough fixture for both teams. However, United’s attacking stats have been really good this season with 419 Shots (5th), 172 Shots on Target (2nd), 253 Shots in the Box (7th), 76 Big Chances (3rd) and 58 goals (2nd).
Also looking at Spurs' defensive record at home this season they are conceding a lot of chances in the box bad. They have conceded 172 Shots (12th), 118 Shots in the Box (17th), 45 Shots on Target (3rd). So I feel this may not be as low scoring as it looks on paper.
Bruno Fernandes has a Goal Involvement of 50% for Man United and he pulls the string in that team. He has already scored against Spurs and Manchester City this season and his stats are phenomenal for a midfielder. Our Points Prediction Tool also ranks him highly at 43% to return anytime.
Raheem Sterling (£11.3m) – Manchester City
Fixture: Leeds United (H)
Raheem Sterling was rested against Borussia Dortmund in the midweek Champions League game so should be among the favourites to start in this plum fixture against Leeds United. Although he hasn’t hit the heights of his previous few seasons he still has managed nine goals and eight assists with 53 Shots, 24 Shots on Target, 45 Shots in the Box and 18 Big Chances while also creating 33 Chances and 8 Big Chances.
Manchester City come up against Leeds United this week which will be a very enticing fixture for the City attackers. The only problem is though with another game against Dortmund midweek we really don’t know who will start. With Sterling totally rested and his past pedigree coupled with Leeds’s defensive numbers he could be a great shout. The Whites have conceded 420 Shots (17th), 265 Shots in the Box (16th), 163 Shots on Target (18th) and 70 Big Chances (17th). They have also conceded 48 goals (16th)
Manchester City on the other hand have scored 66 goals (1st) with 477 Shots (1st), 180 Shots on Target (1st), 318 Shots in the Box (1st) and 92 Big Chances (1st). They are far and away the best attacking team in the league and also the best defensively so it's no surprise they sit 14 points clear the top of the table.
With Sterling being fully rested I feel he is the best attacking option for City this week if you factor in his stats and chances of starting. The likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan are of course better options but they will most likely be benched for Gameweek 31 in what will be an extremely physical game. Our Points Prediction Tool also has Sterling at 63% to return anytime.
Harry Kane (£11.7m) – Spurs
Fixture: Manchester United (H)
Harry Kane's extraordinary season continues with his brace last Gameweek which now bring his total returns to 19 goals and 13 assists. He has simply been phenomenal this season and you can't write him off against any opposition. He has 109 Shots (1st), 42 Shots on Target (1st), 66 Shots in the Box (4th), and 24 Big Chances (3rd). He has also created 39 Chances and 14 Big Chances – the most amongst forwards. The England forward has been the perfect FPL option this season.
Spurs are up against Manchester United in Gameweek 31 who have been decent defensively. However such is the form of Kane that when Spurs score he is most likely to be involved whether it be a goal or assist. Also, Spurs have scored 51 goals this season (4th), 25 of them coming at home and over the season they have the fourth most Big Chances (69). They have also created the third most Big Chances (56). With Manchester United’s attacking stats I feel this game could well be a high-scoring one.
Kane is simply putting up the best numbers overall in his career when it comes to goals and assists. His Goal Involvement is now 63% (2nd) which at this point of the season is just incredible. He is the definition of a talisman and with him being on penalties he is a great option almost every week. Despite his tough fixture this week Our Points Prediction Tool has him at 51% to score anytime.
Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.8m) – Leicester City
Fixture: West Ham United (a)
The Leicester forward has been in great form lately scoring six goals (2nd) in his last seven Premier League starts and has seemingly nailed down a starting spot in Brendan Rodgers' first 11. He has 18 Shots, 8 Shots on Target, 13 Shots in the Box and 8 Big Chances in those 7 seven games.
The Foxes come up against West Ham United in Gameweek 31 which will be a crunch match for both teams who are fighting for a top four place. I fancy this to be a high scoring game with West Ham at home and Leicester having one of the best attacking stats away from home.
They have scored 28 goals (3rd) on the road with 184 Shots (7th), 71 Shots on Target (6th) and 32 Big Chances (4th). In the last six games Iheanacho is averaging 9.75 points per game and seems to be in the best form of his career. Even with an away game our Points Prediction Tool has him at 42% for anytime returns. He is also great value at only £5.8m and playing in a top four team. Furthermore since Gameweek 22 he has a Goal Involvement of 55% (3rd).
Danny Ings (£8.4m) – Southampton
Fixture: West Brom (a)
Danny Ings has had an unfortunate season in the sense that his injuries have hampered him. However, in 22 starts he has still managed to score nine goals and four assists and remains as clinical as ever. In that time he has 43 Shots, 21 Shots on Target, 33 Shots in the Box and 11 Big Chances. He has also created 19 Chances and 3 Big Chances.
Southampton play West Brom in Gameweek 31 and the Saints will be buoyed by their victory last Gameweek in which they came back from 2-0 down to beat Burnley 3-2. Their opponents this week sit second from bottom in the league and have the worst defence by quite a distance. The Baggies have conceded 445 Shots (20th), 290 Shots in the Box (20th), 184 Shots on Target (20th) and 75 Big Chances (19th). They have also conceded 59 goals (20th).
Whereas Southampton have been scoring quite freely lately with eight goals (3rd) in their last four games and they will be ecstatic that top scorer Ings is back fit and firing.
The Saints' forward is a proven goal scorer and when he fit is one of the best forward options in the game. This is a prime fixture for Ralph Hassenhuttl’s men and Danny will more than fancy his chances to add to his goals tally in this one. He is also the first choice penalty taker and our Points Prediction Tool has him at 45% to return anytime.
Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m) – Arsenal
Fixture: Sheffield United (a)
The Frenchman has been in good form recently with three goals and one assist in his last five games and he has also managed 11 goals and three assists in total. In 20 starts, Lacazette has 39 Shots, 27 Shots on Target, 31 Shots in the Box and 19 Big Chances. He has also created 20 Chances and 1 Big Chance.
Arsenal play Sheffield United in Gameweek 31 who sit rooted to the bottom of the table on a paltry 14 points. The Blades will be playing Championship football next season and they don’t look to be playing for pride either with six losses in their last seven league games. They have conceded 420 Shots (16th), 266 Shots in the Box (17th), 168 Shots on Target (19th), and 80 Big Chances (20th). They have also conceded 52 goals (18th).
Although Arsenal are enduring a poor season by their standards they should be more than good enough to put Sheffield United away and Lacazette is their in form striker right now and is looking the most likely to get the goals. He is likely to get more than a good few chances this game and he actually has one the best goals per start ratio from all forwards of 0.5 (4th).
Our Points Prediction Tool agrees as it ranks him at 52% chance to return anytime.
Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) – Manchester City
Fixture: Leeds United (H)
Gabriel Jesus was another player who was left on the bench in the midweek Champions League game so should have a decent chance of starting this game. The Brazilian has four goals in his last four league starts with 10 Shots, 5 Shots on Target, 9 Shots in the Box and 5 Big Chances.
Historically he has shown he is a volume striker so gets a lot of chances which is great in FPL terms. And his tally of 14 goals and 8 assists last season tells us he has plenty of attacking returns in him.
Manchester City’s fixture in Gameweek 31 against Leeds United is also a great fixture for Jesus in my opinion. We know Leeds only play to attack and City will get plenty of chances in this game and with Gabriel upfront he will for sure get a fair few of them.
With Bielsa's team conceding 420 Shots (17th), 265 Shots in the Box (16th), 163 Shots on Target (18th), 70 Big Chances (17th) and 48 goals (16th) the City striker wont have a better chance all season to haul.
Also with the Blues only winning the first leg against Dortmund 2-1, Pep Guardiola will for sure be resting more than a few first team regulars. With Jesus being benched in the first leg I feel Pep will start him in Gameweek 31.
Gabriel will be one of the favourites in Gameweek 31 to score anytime and our Points Prediction Tool has him at 61% to return anytime.
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