By Neil Leverett
- Leeds United entertain Liverpool in headline act of staggered Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 32
- Tottenham Hotspur only side to play twice with trip to Everton and home visit of Southampton
- Aston Villa host champions elect Manchester City, whilst West Brom look to continue escape act away to Leicester
PREMIER LEAGUE – As Tottenham Hotspur play twice during Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 32, who should be in your squad for the coming week?
Harry Kane (c)
As the only team to play twice in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 32, Tottenham Hotspur could see a good deal of recruitment. Naturally, the majority of managers will turn to one Harry Kane (11.7).
Though the north Londoners continue to tread a rather inconsistent path with just one win in four league games, Kane nevertheless, as netted three times in that period.
With Gareth Bale looking to have gone off the boil, Kane will now be the prime target of points in GW32, with his ownership now having reached 50% with the DGW.
As a trip to Everton beckons on Friday night, Kane netted a brace in his last away game, whilst the Toffees themselves look just as uncertain as the Lilywhites.
Should a visit to Merseyside not plunder the points, a home encounter with Southampton should in midweek, considering the fact that the Saints have shipped an alarming 12 goals in their last four games on the road.
It is easy then to hand the armband to Kane, and should any managers retain the triple captain chip, they should not hesitate to use it in GW32.
To partner Kane in attack this week, we are again returning to arguably FPL’s most in-form striker of the moment in Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho (6.0).
Still available to managers at a relative bargain given his hot streak in front of goal, the Nigerian hitman has discovered his best moment of his career yet, and his seven goals in five games have take the Foxes man toward double figures.
Though Jamie Vardy‘s sudden drought continues – with just one goal in 17 games now – Iheanacho has taken up the reins with aplomb, with talisman Harvey Barnes still absent through injury.
As reinvigorated West Brom rock up to the King Power in GW32, the Baggies have given themselves a shot at a Houdini-esque act of Premier League escapology, however they will still concede goals during the run-in.
That leaves Iheanacho well set to pick up further spoils here, and with two double-figure hauls in the last three, could make it a triple this weekend.
For the leading points-scorer in FPL this season, Bruno Fernandes (11.6) has of late seen his almost consistent position as the game’s biggest asset questioned, but as Burnley visit Old Trafford in GW32, the Portuguese could be back to his best this weekend.
As the Red Devils still retain hopes of a top-four finish this season, their passage into the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League could see a heavy dose of rotation in the coming weeks, but Fernandes still looks the best bet for spoils.
With a mammoth 16 goals and 13 assists thus far, Fernandes’ 216 points could yet go on to threaten the best final totals in the game in recent years.
Though going six league games with just a goal and assist to his name, the Clarets could remedy that, given their statistic of shipping three at St. Marys’ last time out and four at Spurs last month.
With stopper Nick Pope a major doubt for the trip across Lancashire, a rusty Bailey Peacock-Farrell could be forced to deputise in goal.
That makes Fernandes’ position strong ahead of GW32, and given the fact he was taken off shortly after the 70th minute against Granada on Thursday night, this could be the moment Fernandes returns to form.
On the subject of form, Jesse Lingard (6.5) continues to be a revelation since his move to West Ham United, and quite simply, the flying forward looks must-have for fantasy managers at this juncture.
With his ownership having shot to 28% in the game, Lingard has notched double figures for the last three Gameweeks running, amassing five goals in as many games.
Next up for Lingard and the Champions League-chasing Irons is an away day at Newcastle United, with the Magpies themselves still scrabbling for precious points.
Defensively, West Ham have rather lost their edge in recent weeks, but from an attacking perspective, the east Londoners remain in rude health.
West Ham have netted a triple in three games on the bounce, and Lingard is currently looking like one of the best players not only in the league but across the continent at this time.
Newcastle may have designs on keeping a tight ship in GW32, but the reality is that keeping Lingard quiet this weekend, will take some doing.
Punt of the Week: Conor Coady
For this week’s flight of fancy we turn to Wolves who are rather ambling along at the tail-end of their third Premier League season on the bounce, but in Conor Coady (4.9), managers could just hit gold in GW32.
Four clean sheets in nine may not scream immediate value for the Wolves centre-back, however, as the Black Country outfit’s goal struggles continue without Raul Jimenez, this week’s hosts are beginning to look a little more certain in defence.
Welcoming rock-bottom Sheffield United to Molineux on Saturday, the Blades are doomed to relegation and if anything their efforts look more forlorn since the dismissal of Chris Wilder.
The Yorkshire side have failed to score on seven occasions since GW24, which points to good hopes of a shut-out for Wolves at home here.
For Coady however, that may come with an extra boost, given his more attacking advances of late.
Netting his first league goal at the Etihad in GW26, the Liverpudlian has been a growing threat at set-pieces and we feel the time is right to make a short-term move for Coady this week.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 32 deadline is Friday, 18:30 UK time.
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