The charts are condensed for Gameweek 30 as we have half an eye on the upcoming Blank Gameweek.
As many of you know already, Gameweek 31 is the biggest blank Gameweek of the season, where there are just four fixtures.
Many managers are adopting a ‘dead end’ approach in the lead up to this, where they bring in players who have a fixture in Gameweek 31 and then plan to wildcard immediately after.
The ‘Who Got The Assist?’ blog take credit for this analogy: check out their blog and podcast for the finer details.
Happy Sunday! 😀
ICYMI, here's our posts on the blanks and doubles from the last week or so:
1/ Blanks and doubles plan, feat "Dead end" strategy: https://t.co/w32tBOUDGe
2/ Quality v quantity in the blanks: https://t.co/exRHT3BYZn
Hope they're useful! Have a relaxing day 😎#FPL
— Who Got The Assist? (Tom) (@WGTA_FPL) February 18, 2018
Since many likely Gameweek 30 transfers will be for a player with a blank Gameweek fixture, we’ve condensed the Gameweek 30 charts down into the eight teams that feature in the upcoming blank Gameweek.
Liverpool have scored 26 goals in 2018 (10 matches, all comps)
An average of 2.6 per game during which time they've faced the likes of:
— James Egersdorff (@JEgersdorff) March 3, 2018
Liverpool are the leading team going into the blank Gameweek: a triple up looks essential. Whether that be the attacking trio of Salah, Mane and Firmino or two attackers plus one of Karius, Van Dijk or Robertson.
Despite the tricky fixture in Gameweek 30, a move for Liverpool players to complete the triple up is vital. Having alternative attacking players to Salah could give strong differential captain options.
— Fantasy Football Fix (@FantasyFootyFix) March 3, 2018
Watford are the nearest rivals to Liverpool in terms of form, with 3 wins in their last four games. Interestingly, they’ve kept back to back clean sheets. They also face an out of form Arsenal in Gameweek 30.
Given the fixtures, attacking targets are favoured to defensive players. Deeney is coming into form and has penalties, plus Docoure should be available to provide assists.
Huddersfield have the edge in terms of fixtures, followed by Everton. With no clean sheet in eight for either of these teams, the defences are to be avoided.
From Huddersfield, Mounie and Van La Parra are the in form players. Everton are difficult to predict right now, but Walcott certainly has the potential to shine.
One to avoid
Wenger having a job at Arsenal is almost as criminal as Pardew having a job at West Brom.
— Varun Bansal (@Varun_esque) March 4, 2018
West Brom are rock bottom of the charts and in real trouble, reflected by their Premier League position. Alan Pardew is barely clinging on to the job and relegation looks inevitable. Avoid.
Bournemouth should manage a positive result against West Brom in Gameweek 31. I’d hold Stoke and Palace assets, including Shaqiri and Milivojevic, but this isn’t the week for a transfer in.
🎓Blank Gameweek 31 Homework🎓
What happened when these sides faced each other earlier in the season?
🔁 Transfer Tips
🔮 Score Predictions
⏪ Reverse Picks
It’s time to get prepared…👇https://t.co/uABTeM1IKg
— Fantasy Football Community (@FFCommunity_) March 4, 2018
In preparation for Blank Gameweek 31, check out the Reverse Fixture Analysis from when these teams last met back in Gameweek 1. It makes for insightful reading.