Fantasy Premier League Preview: GW31+ dream team

There is a very quick turnaround for the second FPL gameweek since the leagues restart, with fixtures taking place on Tuesday evening.

Leicester City kick the GW off with a fixture with Brighton & Hove Albion, however the stand out match see’s Chelsea host Manchester City.

A good amount of FPL managers will be wildcarding this week and below is a very strong XI that can be assembled.

Emiliano Martinez (ARS): £4.2m vs. Southampton
The injury to Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has left the door open for the Gunners back up option Emiliano Martinez.

At £4.2m he represents the cheapest playing goalkeeper in the game and although he may not be the best pick, his value is excellent for a middling fixture.

Despite their decent campaign, Southampton have the worst home record in the division and Arsenal could keep a rare clean sheet here.

Matt Doherty (WOL): £6.3m vs. Bournemouth
Wolves pursuit of a Champions League spot continued last time out, with a comfortable 2-0 win over West Ham United.

Full-back Matt Doherty was again excellent and brought in a 12 point haul with a clean sheet, assist and three point bonus.

The Irish defender has scored 52 points in the last six game weeks and playing out of position he is an incredible FPL option.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV): £7.8m vs. Crystal Palace
We all know how excellent of an FPL asset TAA is and a home fixture against, an albeit in form, Crystal Palace represents a favourable fixture.

It’s unlikely Liverpool will go into the game knowing a win will secure the title having drew at Everton on Sunday; however they are certainly within touching distance of the title.

Liverpool have the most clean sheets this season and TAA is the highest scoring FPL defender making him an easy selection.

Virgil van Dijk (LIV): £6.5 vs. Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace have won four in a row; however a trip to Anfield is a daunting fixture and a second Pool defensive option looks a good move.

Palace have scored just 28 goals in 30 matches this season, whilst Liverpool have conceded just 12 in winning all 15 home matches.

Virgil van Dijk has scored four goals this season, the joint highest among defenders, level with Matt Doherty and Marcos Alonso.

Liverpool to keep a clean sheet: 8/11 with Coral

Harry Maguire (MUN): £5.3m vs. Sheffield United
Harry Maguire may have been embarrassed by Steven Bergwijn on Friday evening, however he represents a decent option for GW31+

Manchester United host a Sheffield United side who have struggled for goals in recent weeks, scoring just twice in their last four fixtures.

As for the hosts, they have conceded just twice in their last six league games, both of which came via David de Gea errors.

Sadio Mane (LIV): £12.5m vs. Crystal Palace
To go with a Liverpool defensive double up, one of their high scoring wingers is an absolute must.

Mohamed Salah was an unused substitute against Everton due to a injury issue, meaning Sadio Mane is the most obvious pick.

Perhaps surprisingly, Mane has just one double digit haul since GW20; however perhaps he is due one here.

Richarlison (EVE): £8.3m vs. Norwich
Everton aren’t in the best of form; however a fixture at a defensively horrible Norwich City is as friendly as they come.

The change to a 4-4-2 formation has seen Richarlison move to an ATT role alongside an in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who is another excellent option.

Norwich have the joint worst home record this season and were thrashed 3-0 at Carrow Road on Friday evening by Southampton.

Bruno Fernandes (MUN): £8.6m vs. Sheffield United
The arrival of Bruno Fernandes has lifted Manchester United and the Portuguese midfielder represents a good FPL option this week.

United are unbeaten in the six league matches Fernandes has played, scoring three and assisting three in the process, scoring an impressive 46 FPL points.

The fact Fernandes is on penalties is a major plus and the potential return of Paul Pogba alongside him only increases his appeal.

Bruno Fernandes to score: 21/10 with Coral

Raul Jiminez (WOL): £8.1m vs. Bournemouth
A Wolves double-up for an absolute gimmy vs. a horribly out of sorts Bournemouth side is a must for GW31+

Raul Jiminez has made an incredible impact since joining the club two years ago and he is the third highest FPL forward this season, only bettered by Jamie Vardy and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

It’s very rare Jiminez hauls; however his incredible inconsistency and value makes him so appealing.

Danny Ings (SOU): £7.1m vs. Arsenal
Despite picking the Arsenal goalkeeper for this one (mainly due to his value) Danny Ings looks a good selection.

Ings has scored three goals in his last three matches against the Gunners, including two in the meeting last term.

Defensively Arsenal have been awful since the leagues return, shipping five against Manchester City and Brighton.

Jamie Vardy (LEI): £9.7m vs. Brighton
Although his form isn’t the greatest, Jamie Vardy looks like a good option for the home fixture with Brighton.

The Premier League’s leading scorer looked twice in 30 minutes in his previous game at the King Power and Leicester average two goals per game in home matches.

Brighton are a decent side and rarely get thrashed, but you wouldn’t be surprised to see Vardy bag a couple.

Leicester City to beat Brighton: 7/10 with Bet 365

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