- Premier League continues in midweek with Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 31+
- Tottenham Hotspur clash with West Ham United in a London derby, as Everton look to inflict further misery away to Norwich City
- Wolves continue their top four quest versus AFC Bournemouth, whilst Southampton welcome shaky Arsenal to St. Marys’
PREMIER LEAGUE, ENGLAND – After a healthy points haul for the return of Fantasy Premier League action last time out, who do you need as Gameweek 31+ hurtles toward us?
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To begin our Gameweek 31+ picks we turn to a man that before a ball had even been kicked this season in earnest, was forgotten in the Premier League striking wilderness, but who now stands as one of the stories of the season; one Danny Ings.
Having been batted from pillar to post between Burnley and Liverpool with a run of injuries, the Saints hit-man has become hot property this season and as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men welcome a shot-of-confidence Arsenal side on Wednesday evening, Ings could be in for further fantasy favour this week.
Though the coronavirus may have harmed his chances of an debut call-up to the England fold, Ings has not lost any of his touch in the three-month league hiatus, netting his 16th goal of the campaign away to Norwich – together with an assist for Stuart Armstrong on Saturday.
Perhaps remarkably sitting eighth in the fantasy points standings, Ings’ value has risen a dramatic 1.1 in value this term since GW11 – after initially dropping to 5.9 – and for those who have owned the forward since his run of netting ten in as many games, Ings has been true value this campaign.
As he faces a Gunners side who have shipped five goals already since the restart, Ings looks for more spoils in the knowledge he scored at the Emirates back in November and after grabbing a brace in the same fixture last season. Ings stands to wreak further havoc on a shell of an Arsenal back line.
It was more the Merseyside drabby than derby as both Liverpool clubs recommenced their seasons on Sunday night, but in a 0-0 stalemate at Goodison Park against the champions elect, Everton showed their defensive stability under Carlo Ancelotti, not least with Lucas Digne.
Denied a bonus point after a clean tackle on Takumi Minamino late in the game – adjudged a foul by referee Mike Dean – the French full-back nevertheless kept the visitors’ right flank in Japanese international and Jordan Henderson mouse-quiet in the derby.
Gameweek 31+ conversely, sees the Toffees roll up to Carrow Road to face a Norwich City side picked apart by a fluid Southampton attack last time out, and with a penchant to get up the pitch and with corner duties from the left also, the former Barcelona defender will be eyeing a points haul in East Anglia.
With seven clean sheets and five assists this term, the Frenchman has two maximum bonus hauls to boot. Against a Canaries side that have scored just two Premier League goals since mid-January, Digne’s place could be well merited with the chance of a shout-out – aside from his obvious attacking threat.
Daniel Farke‘s men have conceded twice on no less than ten occasions on home turf season and after somewhat of a reserved showing against the Reds last weekend, Everton and Digne stand to expose Norwich again here.
Our next selection sees Tottenham Hotspur move onto the radar and after Harry Kane‘s rather rusty showing against Manchester United last Friday night, instead, the offensive forays and goal threat of Son Heung-min should prick the interest of fantasy managers in Gameweek 31+.
Fit again after sustaining injury which back in March had ruled the South Korea out for the remainder of the season, the Lilywhites’ forward found himself in frequent space on the left against the Red Devils – though failing to capitalise – and as West Ham make the trip across London for the derby, David Moyes‘ relegation-threatened Irons could take further damage.
In only 6.6% of squads, Son will be seeking his tenth league goal of the campaign in midweek and priced at under 10, the Spurs flyer still represents superb value for the remainder of the season.
Jose Mourinho is still finding a balance in his early months in charge of the North Londoners, but the sheer wealth of talent at his disposal in attack is something that cannot be ignored. Kane may be the go-to player for many fantasy owners, but Son could again become a real differential, leaving funds in the bank also.
It may have taken Wolves well into the second half to break down a resilient West Ham United at the London Stadium last weekend, but as again the talisman for the Black Country side in their eventual capital win, we are tipping Raul Jimenez once more in Gameweek 31+.
As the man who has developed into one of the league’s complete number nines since his switch from Benfica, the Mexican continues to provide the ammunition for Nuno Espirito Santo‘s side, who are dreaming of a place in the Champions League next term – still in the reckoning for the Europa League when it resumes in August also.
It’s now 14 for the season for Jimenez, and as the Cherries roll up to Molineux, the Wolves hot-shot will be eyeing the target in successive league outings against a side that were outplayed by Crystal Palace in Saturday’s terrestrial live debut.
Still only in the drop zone on goal difference, Bournemouth are still capable of survival, but given Wolves’ predatory instincts of late, the Dorset outfit may return home with tail firmly between legs after Gameweek 31+, courtesy of the latest Jimenez show. A potential captaincy consideration.
After a tense game with Watford was punctuated by two late goals for either side at the weekend, Leicester City were denied three points by Craig Dawson‘s last-gasp leveller. As the Foxes welcome Brighton to their den on Tuesday night, creativity will be key and as such, the live-wire that is Harvey Barnes completes Gameweek 31+’s picks.
Since making the switch from West Brom last summer, the winger’s form before the COVID-19 hiatus had thrown Barnes’ name into the Three Lions’ melting pot, having scored five times since Gameweek 23.
A source of electric pace on the left, the 22-year-old has developed a superb tandem with Jamie Vardy in attack, having in large part taken the reigns during the Premier League’s record-breaker during his goal drought during this season.
Though the Seagulls come into the game buoyed by their win against Arsenal, the result wholly flattered the visitors who in truth could have been two or three behind before their late comeback.
Leicester meanwhile will be keen to show their top three credentials in their first home game in over three months, and with Brendan Rodgers eager to make a statement on return, Barnes could be the driving force once more for fantasy managers’ hopes.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 31+ deadline is Tuesday, 17:00 UK time.
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