We have reached the final stages of the Premier League season and there is a lot at stake at both the top and bottom of the table. The same goes for those still actively checking their Fantasy Premier League teams.
It’s at this stage of the season that FPL managers are trying to make a push into the top 500,000 of worldwide players while either cementing their place at the top of their mini leagues or trying to make a late title charge.
As always, The Sportsman will try and help you achieve your FPL goals. Here are three tips for Gameweek 31.
Stock up on Manchester City players
It may sound like an obvious tactic when it comes to FPL, given how successful Pep Guardiola’s side have been in the top flight over the course of his reign. After cutting the deficit on league leaders Arsenal to five points over the weekend, the reigning champions recorded a huge 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich at home in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
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Quite a number of City stars have been in shining form of late. Of course there is the free-scoring Erland Haaland, who has now amassed 45 goals in all competitions, with 30 coming in the Premier League. He may cost £12.2m but he is worth every penny (for those who don’t already have him).
Winger Jack Grealish has been a growing presence in the side in recent months and is currently undroppable from the starting lineup. He has four goal involvements in his last two league appearances, and with City hosting strugglers Leicester City this weekend, he would be hard not to pick up given the form he is in. At £7.1m he is a steal.
Time for some Palace flair
We still cannot get over Crystal Palace’s exquisite second-half turnaround against Leeds United to win 5-1 at the weekend. Two players who stole the show in that match were the Eagles’ two most creative players - Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze. Olise dazzled with his trickery and deliveries, recording three assists in the huge victory for Roy Hodgson’s side.
Eze scored one of the goals the Frenchman set up in a beautiful passage of football. Palace travel to bottom-of-the-table Southampton this weekend and given how they performed at Elland Road, they could be in for another prolific afternoon. Olise and Eze could be great options to bring into your teams at £5.4m each.
Arsenal need a response after Liverpool collapse
After letting their two-goal lead slip to draw against Liverpool last time out, Arsenal failed to maintain their favourable lead over Manchester City in the title race. The players know that it was a huge two points dropped given they still have to play City, and the reigning champions have got a game in hand.
So when they travel to West Ham United this weekend, the Gunners need to be firing on all cylinders to get back to winning ways. Gabriel Martinelli (£6.7m) and Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) both scored at Anfield and both would be very good options to bring into your team if you don’t have them already.
Bukayo Saka (£8.6m) and Martin Odegaard (£6.7m) are also worthy options to have given how fluent Arsenal have been in attack this campaign, and with Saka not having a goal involvement in his last two Premier League matches, he will be wanting to get back on the scoresheet with an important game against the Hammers on Sunday.