Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 30: Renewed Hope For Hodgson's Palace

Palace could go on a run under their new boss
12:00, 06 Apr 2023

First of all, well done for still playing FPL at this stage of the season. We are now within touching distance of the finishing line and so many managers have fallen by the wayside. But not you. You’re made of sterner stuff and determined to finish as high as you possibly can. We are here to help you out with some tips that should hopefully get you some green arrows by Monday. 

Renewed hope for Palace

Roy Hodgson is back. And so are Palace. The oldest manager in Premier League history hit the ground running with a 2-1 win over relegation candidates Leicester City at the weekend, and although it took a late winner from Jean-Philipe Mateta, the hosts were the dominant side. 

It gives Hodgson a little bit of breathing space and with the kindest fixture list, it is worth considering getting some Palace assets into your side. Leeds, Southampton, Everton, Wolves and West Ham are their next five, giving them a huge chance to pull away from danger altogether. 


Michael Olise at £5.4m started on the right wing, Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m) on the left with Odsonne Eduoard starting up front, although Mateta’s goal could see him take the number nine spot. Olise looks the best value for money from that trio, but there was also a start centrally for Ebere Eze - who played far higher up the pitch than many expected. He’s just £5.4m and worth considering alongside Olise if you want to rake in the points this weekend. 

Haaland is back

He was the most sold player last week but the top scorer in FPL this season is back in training with Manchester City. Despite City’s interest in other competitions, it feels like a huge risk not to have him in your starting XI. We’ll have to see how this one develops but with 28 goals to his name so far, I wouldn’t want to be without him. 

City travel to lowly Southampton this weekend before they face Leicester. Two games where Haaland could bag a hatful if he is deemed fit enough to start. It’s a risk to keep him out of your squad, and one that isn’t likely to pay off at this stage. Having said that, Harry Kane continues to prove he is a reliable points scorer this term if you want to stray away from the Norwegian. 

Can Fulham come good?

Another defeat, this time to Bournemouth, has made it four in a row in the league for Fulham. They’ve now slipped to tenth and although they will be safe this season after their incredible start, it does feel as though Marco Silva’s men have tailed off. If you throw Aleksandar Mitrovic’s eight game ban into the mix, most Fulham fans would snap your hand off for a top half finish. 

However, the Cottagers now face a run of winnable games that could get them in contention and provide hidden FPL points. West Ham, Eveton and Leeds are their next three, which could shake up the bottom half of the table, and Fulham will need to pick up points to keep their top half hopes on track. Silva’s side were way off it at Bournemouth but Carlos Vinicius started in Mitrovic’s place and is just £5.4, Andreas is still a bargain at £4.3m and Manor Solomon is owned by just 0.3% of players. If you want differentials, look at Fulham. 

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