Who are the best Fantasy Premier League players to own for Gameweek 30? 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.
Raphinha (£5.7m) – Leeds United
Fixture: Sheffield United (H)Raphinha has been one of the bargains of the season this year. The Brazilian has six goals and six assists so far and is putting up some very impressive numbers. Since Gameweek 22 he has had 25 Shtos (2nd), 11 Shots on Target (2nd), 17 Shots in the Box (3rd), and even more impressive has created 27 Chances (1st) and 6 Big Chances (1st). For only £5.7m he should be a mainstay in our teams for the rest of the season in my opinion. In Gameweek 30 Leeds United play Sheffield United at home in which is probably going to be one of their easiest games (on paper) of the season. The Blades have conceded 396 Shots (15th), 253 Shots in the Box (15th), 160 Shots on Target (18th), and 77 Big Chances (20th). They have also conceded 50 goals (18th). Leeds on the other hand have managed 404 Shots (4th), 150 Shots on Target (5th), 282 Shots in the Box (3rd) and have also scored 45 goals (6th). Despite having just been promoted they are in the top five for attacking stats in the league. Raphinha's stats are on par with the premium options and is really an £8.5m to £9.0m player who was priced at a paltry £5.5m. Over the season he has 57 Shots, 39 Shots in the Box, 22 Shots on Target and 5 Big Chances while also created 51 Chances and 10 Big Chances. It's clear the midfielder has plenty of goal and assist threat and is playing in a very attack-minded team, therefore more attacking returns are imminent. He is also nailed in that team and this Gameweek is playing one of the worst defences in the league. Our Points Prediction Tool has him at 47% to return anytime also.
Jesse Lingard (£6.2m) – West Ham United
Fixture: Wolves (a)Jesse Lingard has taken the Premier League by storm since his loan move to West Ham United. Since his first game for the Hammers in Gameweek 22 he has scored 5 goals (2nd) and 3 assists (3rd) while also scoring 56 points (3rd). He has also been putting up some good stats during this time with 21 Shots (5th), 12 Shots on Target (1st), 13 Shots in the Box (7th) and 3 Big Chances. He has also created 8 Chances and 2 Big Chances. West Ham come up against Wolves in Gameweek 30 who have been a shadow of the team they were in the last few seasons. In the last 9 games, they actually rank amongst the worst defensively. They have conceded 111 Shots (13th), 75 Shots in the Box (16th), 38 Shots on Target (13th) and 18 Big Chances (17th). They also have a xGC of 12.95 (16th). West Ham are flying high this season and sit just two points off the top four and are in with a real chance of finishing in a European place. Since Gameweek 22 they have registered 66 Shots on Target (6th), 66 Shots in the Box (5th), and 18 Big Chances (4th) while also scoring 14 goals (5th) David Moyes’s men are showing no signs of slowing down as neither is Lingard who is arguably in the form of his life. With him being picked for the World Cup qualifiers and with the Euro’s in the summer he will be motivated as ever to push on. He has returned in six of his seven league fixtures for West Ham since joining and also has three double-digit hauls too.
Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) – Manchester United
Fixture: Brighton (H)The Portuguese has a total of 16 goals and 12 assists this season and is the highest scoring player in the game. He has 90 Shots (3rd), 39 Shots on Target (1st), 34 Shots in the Box and 17 Big Chances, while also creating 82 Chances (1st) and 17 Big Chances (1st). He has clearly been one of the most consistent players in the game and again this week will be one of the best captain options. Manchester United face Brighton at Old Trafford in Gameweek 30. Although this isn’t the easiest fixture as Brighton are a decent team putting up good stats and really should be higher up the table, I feel United are too strong in attack. They have scored 56 goals (2nd) with 404 Shots (4th), 165 Shots on Target (2nd), 244 Shots in the Box (8th) and 72 Big Chances (3rd). They also have a xG of 54.81 (2nd). Bruno Fernandes is at the heart of all the attacking play at United as we can see from his stats his he has very high goal and assist threat. His Goal Involvement of 50% in 56 goals tells us everything we need to know regarding him as an FPL option. The fact he is on penalties too makes him a good option almost every week. According to our Points Prediction Tool he has a 53% chance of anytime returns and predicted points of 5.6 which is the highest among all midfielders.
Heung-Min Son (£9.4m) – Spurs
Fixture: Newcastle United (a)Heung-Min Son has 13 goals and nine assists over the season with 51 Shots, 27 Shots on Target, 32 Shots in the Box and 20 Big Chances. He has also created 53 Chances with 13 Big Chances. He did sustain an injury in Gameweek 28 but with a three-week break, he should back fresh this week in what will be a very appealing game for him and for those managers who held on to him. Spurs play Newcastle United in Gameweek 30 who have been extremely poor this season. They sit just two points away from the relegation zone and have one of the worst defensive stats in the league. Steve Bruce’s men have conceded 415 Shots (18th), 255 Shots in the Box (16th), 149 Shots on Target (17th) and have also conceded 48 goals (17th). When looking at Spurs attacking stats and the quality of players they have in attack this fixture really doesn’t bode well for the Toon Army. Jose Mourinho’s team have scored 49 goals (4th), with 127 Shots on Target , 192 Shots in the Box and 66 Big Chances. The thing about the way Spurs play is when they score goals it's more than likely Son or teammate Harry Kane will be involved. He has a 47% Goal Involvement and we know how explosive he is also with nine double-digit hauls. Also, Spurs have scored 12 goals in the last five league games (2nd) and play a team that are really struggling. I can see this being a great fixture for them and Son has a good a chance as any to add to his attacking returns. Our Points Prediction Tool has him at 52% for anytime returns.
Jack Grealish (£7.5m) – Aston Villa
Fixture: Fulham (H)Jack Grealish has missed the last six league games after sustaining an injury in training and this has had a detrimental effect on Aston Villa’s attack. Since his injury, they have only managed to score 3 goals (19th). However, the Villa starman will be back for Gameweek 30 as stated by Dean Smith: ‘’ He [Grealish] is pain-free now and he is running. So he will definitely be back after the international break, for sure." This is also backed up by the fact that he is back in training. In 22 games Grealish has six goals and 12 assists with 47 Shots, 18 Shots on Target, 36 Shots in the Box and 7 Big Chances. Despite his lay off he still has the second most Chances (75) and Big Chances (14) created. He has been one of the most consistent and best value players in the game. Aston Villa come up against Fulham in Gameweek 30 and with Jack now back Aston Villa will be a completely different attacking outlet. With him in the team (GW1-24) they were averaging 1.64 goals per game and in the six games without him (GW25-29) only 0.5 goals per game. From Gameweek 1-24 Aston Villa had 315 Shots (6th), 121 Shots on Target (5th), 217 Shots in the Box (5th) and 55 Big Chances (4th). So as we can see they were clearly amongst one of the best in the league attack wise. Jack Grealish is the driving force in that Villa team and is the one pulling all the strings. He has created the most chances in the league per appearance and is still a huge bargain even at £7.5m. Also he is playing a lot further forward this season which has translated into more goals and we can see he has both high goal and assist stats. He has a current Goal Involvement of 50% so clearly involved in a lot of Villas goals and no doubt they will start scoring at a higher rate with his return also.
Ollie Watkins (£6.6m) – Aston Villa
Fixture: Fulham (H)Ollie Watkins will be glad to see Jack Grealish back training and fit. While he has been injured Watkins has not managed a single goal and has failed to record even one Big Chance. Whereas with Grealish on the pitch he has registered 20 Big Chances. Over the season Watkins stats have been decent with 77 Shots (5th), 33 Shots on Target (4th), 69 Shots in the Box (2nd) and 20 Big Chances. He has also created 32 Chances and 6 Big Chances which is second and third most amongst forwards. Aston Villa welcome Fulham in Gameweek 30 and with his playmaking teammate back Ollie Watkins will fancy his chances to get back to scoring ways. From Gameweek 1-24 (when Grealish was fit and playing) Aston Villa had 315 Shots (6th), 121 Shots on Target (5th), 217 Shots in the Box (5th), and 55 Big Chances (4th). I can see Aston Villa getting back to their early season form and that means more attacking returns for Ollie. Although the Villa forward hasn’t scored since Grealish was injured he has come close on a few occasions, hitting the post a number of times and also having a deflected goal go in as an own goal. His stats from Gameweek 25-29 show 14 Shots, 4 Shots on Target, 10 Shots in the Box, while also creating 7 Chances and 3 Big Chances. Therefore he has been getting forward and getting chances but just not the quality of chances that Jack Grealish provides. With 10 goals and six assists this season and he knows exactly where the net is. He also plays at home so Villa will be confident they can get something out of this game. Our Points Prediction Tool also has him at 42% for anytime returns too.
Harry Kane (£11.6m) – Spurs
Fixture: Newcastle United (a)Harry Kane now has a massive 30 attacking returns (17 goals and 13 assists) in only 27 games - the most in the league. Over the season the Spurs forward has 102 Shots (1st), 38 Shots on Target (1st), 61 Shots in the Box (3rd), and 21 Big Chances (4th). He has also created 39 Chances and 14 Big Chances which is the most from all forwards. His goal and assist threat has been immense this season Spurs are up against Newcastle United in Gameweek 30 who have one of the worst defensive stats in the league and this looks like a very favourable fixture for Kane. Newcastle have conceded 415 Shots (18th), 255 Shots in the Box (16th), 149 Shots on Target (17th) and have also conceded 48 goals (17th). Spurs on the other hand have scored 49 goals (4th), with 127 Shots on Target , 192 Shots in the Box and 66 Big Chances. Kane is putting up the best numbers overall in his career and his assist threat is just as good as his goal threat. He has a quite incredible Goal Involvement of 61% (2nd) which shows that when Spurs score he is more than likely to be involved in one or another. With him also being on penalties makes him a great option in any given week but his fixture this week puts him right at the top for the best captaincy option. He has a 63% chance of anytime returns according to our Points Prediction Tool which is the highest from all the attackers for Gameweek 30 and also has an expected points of 6.1 which is the highest from all players. It will take a brave manager to bet against him this week.
Patrick Bamford (£6.7m) – Leeds United
Fixture: Sheffield United (H)Patrick Bamford continues to be a revelation this season having now amassed 14 goals and nine assists in 29 games. After scoring only 16 goals in the Championship last season I don’t anybody could have predicted the season he is having. He has 91 Shots (2nd), 38 Shots on Target (1st), 80 Shots in the Box (1st), and 26 Big Chances (2nd). He has also created 20 Chances and 5 Big Chances himself. Leeds United face off against bottom of the table Sheffield United in Gameweek 30 and this looks to be a plum fixture for Bamford. They have conceded 396 Shots (15th), 253 Shots in the Box (15th), 160 Shots on Target (18th), and 77 Big Chances (20th). They have also conceded 50 goals (18th). Looking at Leeds United’s attacking stats it looks like the Whites could score a fair few in this one. They have 404 Shots (4th), 150 Shots on Target (5th), 282 Shots in the Box (3rd) and have also scored 45 goals (6th). Patrick's stats this season have been on par with the premium forwards and with him starting at only £5.5m he is one of the best bargains in the history of the game. Leeds haven’t changed their attacking style of football all season and Bamford has been at the focal point of their attack so I see plenty more attacking returns for the remainder of the season and can see him getting a big haul this Gameweek against a team who look like they have given up really. The Leeds striker is at 58% to score anytime according to our Points Prediction Tool and with him also being on penalties he is a great option this week. In fact he could also be a good shout for the captains armband for those looking to deviate from Harry Kane.
Che Adams (£5.8m) – Southampton
Fixture: Burnley (H)Che Adams has now started the last five league games and scored in each of his last three. With Danny Ings out injured he has filled in and will surely start this fixture with the form he is in. Over the season Adams has 45 Shots, 23 Shots on Target, 36 Shots in the Box and 16 Big Chances while also creating 29 Chances and 8 Big Chances. Southampton play Burnley in Gameweek 30 who have been a shadow of the strong defensive team they were in recent years. Their defensive stats are amongst the worst in the league this term having conceded 416 Shots (19th), 260 Shots in the Box (18th), 143 Shots on Target (16th) and 55 Big Chances (13th). Although Southampton haven’t been great themselves recently – losing nine of their last 11 games. However they have still been scoring and I can see them winning this one. They have scored five goals in their last three games with an xG of 5.34 (3rd). I feel with the favourable fixture Che can continue his good form going into this one. With Danny Ings still likely to be out injured, coupled with Adams form I think he will definitely start this one and his stats show when he does start he gets a lot of chances to score and also his assist threat is impressive too. Our Points Prediction Tool ranks him well for Gameweek 30 also with a 43% chance of anytime returns.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) – Everton
Fixture: Crystal Palace (H)Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored his first goal in six games in Gameweek 28. The Evertonian has been through a few dry spells since his explosive start to the season where he bagged 10 goals in his first nine league games. He seems to now be playing through the middle again and his stats in Gameweek 28 were encouraging where he managed 4 Shots in the Box and 3 Big Chances. Over the season he has registered 63 Shots, 34 Shots on Target (3rd), 55 Shots in the Box (7th), and 25 Big Chances (3rd). Everton have a very tasty fixture in Gameweek 30 in Crystal Palace at home. The Eagles have conceded 404 Shots (16th), 256 Shots in the Box (17th), 132 Shots on Target (14th) and 61 Big Chances. (16th). They have also conceded 47 goals (16th). Calvert-Lewin now looks to be playing in his favoured position again and with this goal in the last league game its likely he will continue there. His stats and output over the season has has shown he knows where the net is and with a fixture as good as this one he will be one of the best forward options for Gameweek 30. Our Points Prediction Tool also has him at 44% to return anytime. He also has a Goal Involvement of 54% (4th) which shows just how involved he is in Everton’s goals. Another stat that stuck out to me was that he has scored 6 headed goals (1st) and Palace have conceded the most Head Goal Attempts (87) this season – 15 more than Newcastle United who have conceded the second most. In conclusion, I will rank these Gameweek 30 midfielders and forwards in accordance to our Power Rankings for Hub members!
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