We are officially in the final stretch of the marathon. FPL managers have a lot at stake and are desperate to pull ahead of their fellow runners. And this section of precious FPL tips aims to make the task easier.
Premier League Gameweek 31 was a bit different than the previous weeks. Only five English top-flight matches took place last weekend due to postponements caused by the FA Cup quarter-finals ties.
Manchester City’s FA Cup commitment allowed Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to open up a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 2-1 win at Fulham.
None of Arsenal, Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur were in action, last week. The only top-four contender in action, Chelsea, however, failed to capitalize and succumbed to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Everton.
Premier League Gameweek 32 will aim to return the English top-flight to all its glory. All 20 sides are in action this week and will look to pick up right where they left off before the international break.
Here are Fantasy Premier League differentials for Gameweek 31:
Gonzalo Higuain – Cardiff City vs Chelsea, – £9.6m
The Argentina international missed the chance to prove his quality in last weekend’s defeat at Everton. Olivier Giroud’s superb run of form during the international break has put the pressure back on Gonzalo Higuain — who announced his international retirement on Thursday — to perform.
OFFICIAL: Gonzalo Higuain has announced his retirement from international football with Argentina, due to "family reasons." pic.twitter.com/FXiLL5JVsv
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) March 29, 2019
He may very well be coach Maurizio Sarri’s favorite center-forward, but the Italian is never the one to pick favorites when crucial points are on the line. Ahead of Saturday’s deadline, he has been picked by only 4.3% of Fantasy Premier League managers but could turn out to be a gamechanger in this Gameweek.
David Silva – Fulham vs Man City, Man City vs Cardiff – £8.5m
Statistically, the Manchester City playmaker hasn’t been at his best this season, but it’s judging a player of Silva’s quality through sheer numbers is certainly a blasphemous act. Having registered only six assists in the Premier League this season, Fantasy Premier League managers haven’t been too fond of Silva, and understandably so. But this week, we believe something big could be in store.
Who is the best midfielder of last 10 years didn't play at Barcelona or Real Madrid?
To me it's David Silva.
— Nahiyan 🇧🇩 (@N4hiyan) March 27, 2019
In the reverse fixture, Manchester City registered a 3-0 win over the relegation-threatened side, with Silva returning his season-best haul of 11 points. Ahead of Saturday’s deadline, he is owned by only 5.0% of managers, making him an ambitious differential pick.
Ryan Babel – Fulham vs Man City, Fulham vs Watford – £5.5m
Yes, Fulham have a challenging fixture on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean that each of their players will endure a difficult outing. Ryan Babel, for one, has always thrived in adverse conditions, and, chances are, he would pop up with something exciting against Manchester City as well.
— 365soccernews (@365soccernews) March 29, 2019
The Fulham winger has registered two goals and three assists in nine appearances since arriving late in the January transfer window, including contributions against both Liverpool and Chelsea in last three Matchdays. Ahead of Saturday’s deadline, he is owned by only 0.4% of managers but could turn out to be a solid wild card.
Dele Alli – Liverpool vs Tottenham – £8.8m
Tottenham Hotspur have not been at their best lately but going into the business end of the season, they simply can’t afford any more slip-ups. This week, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are against Liverpool, and they’ll need all their stars to be at their best to see this game through.
I’m convinced people don’t watch Dele Alli properly, so convince themselves he offers nothing
— Coach Kojo (@CoachKojo) March 25, 2019
Ravaged by niggling injuries, Dele Alli hasn’t been a reliable option lately and is currently owned by 2.4% of Fantasy Premier League managers. In his last Gameweek appearance, he got on the scoresheet in a 2-1 win over Fulham in mid-January.