The Premier League is back with a full round of fixtures this weekend as international football is now sidelined until the 2018 World Cup.
Gameweek 31 provided a strange round of fixtures, as despite only four games taking place, the average points score was forty six. Mohamed Salah stole the show FPL wise and those who captained or even triple-captained the Egyptian will have shot up the overall rankings.
The standout fixture of gameweek 32 will see Chelsea entertain Spurs at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. Elsewhere Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool all have favourable fixtures and have an array of FPL assets to choose from.
Outlined below are my top picks to help you gain some points on your mini league rivals and jump up the rankings.
Premium: David de Gea (Manchester United) – £5.9m
Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea leads the way for points scored, ownership and clean sheets in the goalkeeping department of the Premier League this season. The £5.9m priced shot-stopper has racked up one hundred and forty four FPL points, at a rate of 4.8 points per game.
Manchester United entertain Swansea on Saturday afternoon who will be without strikers Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Bony due to suspension and injury respectively.
Mid-Priced: Petr Cech (Arsenal) – £5.3m
Burnley’s Nick Pope was my initial selection in the mid-priced bracket this gameweek but as Tom Heaton steps up his recovery with four games for Burnley’s Under-23s, and World Cup squad places on the line, Pope’s position could now be under threat. Arsenal have a nice short term fixture list as £5.3m priced Petr Cech faces Stoke on Sunday afternoon.
The Czech Republic international scored a remarkable fifteen FPL points in gameweek 31 courtesy of a clean sheet, penalty save and three bonus points in a home clash with Watford.
Budget: Orestis Karnezis (Watford) – £4.5m
Watford goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis has now started the last eight Premier League fixtures for Javi Gracia producing three clean sheets. Long term goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has now recovered from a back injury but reports suggest that the £4.5m priced Greek goalkeeper will keep his place in the starting eleven.
Local newspapers and the clubs official news Twitter account have asked fans for their views and Karnezis is the runaway favourite. Watford welcome Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon in what should be a tight affair.
Premium: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) – £5.5m
Spanish defender Nacho Monreal has returned from Arsne Wenger’s injury list in recent weeks ahead of Arsenal’s nice run of fixtures. The £5.5m priced asset is currently the third most transferred in defender ahead of the gameweek 32 deadline as he offers both attacking and defensive potential.
FPL managers will remember his monster haul in gameweek 24 when he returned a goal and two assists in a phenomenal individual attacking performance.
Mid-Priced: Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – £5.0m
Scottish left back Andrew Robertson has been flourishing in recent weeks and his is now the second most transferred in defender ahead of the gameweek 32 deadline. Jurgen Klopp has been encouraging £5.0m priced Robertson to join the attack on the left wing, which has resulted in two assists in the last four gameweeks for the defender.
Nine starts in a row also suggests that Spanish defender Alberto Moreno is no longer a threat for his place in the starting eleven ahead of an away fixture with Crystal Palace in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Budget: Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle) – £4.7m
This week’s budget defensive pick is Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles. Many pundits have been stating a case for the £4.7m defenders inclusion in the English squad as he continues to impress for Rafa Benitez’s side.
The centre-half also has an eye for goal, scoring on three occasions this season. Newcastle welcome Huddersfield to St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon, buoyed from a 3 – 0 home win against Southampton last time out.
Premium: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £10.7m
I struggle to find words for Mohamed Salah’s fantasy performance in gameweek 31. In a set of so few fixtures, the Egyptian produced the most devastating FPL performance of the season scoring a remarkable twenty nine points. Four goals, one assist and three bonus points took his FPL points total to two hundred and sixty six for the season as he now has scored twenty eight league goals and provided eleven assists.
£10.7m priced Salah faces Crystal Palace in the early kick-off Sunday in what should be another opportunity to extend his lead over Harry Kane in their race for the Premier League Golden Boot.
Mid-Priced: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal) – £7.7m
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was unlucky not to make the cut this gameweek as Romelu Lukaku’s form cemented the premium forward slot in my selections. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the next most obvious attacking pick from Arsne Wenger’s troops as they face a Stoke defence that have conceded a remarkable seventy shots, forty three of which came from inside the penalty area over last four gameweeks.
The £7.7m priced Armenian returned a goal and assist in his most recent league fixture against Watford in gameweek 30.
Budget: Robert Kenedy Nunes do Nascimento (Newcastle) – £4.7m
Chelsea loanee ‘Kenedy’ has been flourishing under Rafa Benitez at Newcastle since his January move, returning three Premier League goals in six appearances. His huge sixteen points haul against Southampton in gameweek 30 was enough to persuade over 27,000 FPL managers to recruit him into their squads as a budget midfield enabler for the season run-in. `
Newcastle face Huddersfield this weekend, affording Kenedy another chance to shine in front of a home crowd at St. James’s Park.
Premium: Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – £11.4m
The most popular transfer-in ahead of the gameweek 32 deadline is Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku. The £11.4m priced Belgian has been acquired by over 180,000+ FPL managers already this gameweek ahead of the home encounter with Swansea.
Lukaku warmed up for Saturdays game by scoring twice and assisting once in Belgium’s four nil win over Saudi Arabia to become his country’s joint-top scorer. Swansea have only managed one clean sheet in their last twelve attempts which bodes well for Lukaku’s goalscoring chances.
Mid-Priced: Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – £8.8m
English forward Jamie Vardy looks to have cemented his seat in the English squad for the World Cup this summer as he hammered home England’s opening goal against Italy on Tuesday night. The £8.8m priced frontman has scored five goals in Leicester’s last seven Premier League games, following his strike against West Brom in gameweek 30.
Leicester travel to face Brighton on Saturday afternoon as Vardy goes in search of his fifteenth league goal of the season.
Budget: Troy Deeney (Watford) – £6.3m
Troy Deeney is my budget pick for gameweek 32 due to his outstanding record against this weekend’s opponents Bournemouth. The £6.3m priced striker has been involved in five goals in three previous Premier League appearances against Bournemouth for Watford at Vicarage Road, scoring four goals and assisting once.
Furthermore, all five of the Englishman’s league goals this season have come at home, three of which were scored in the last three six gameweeks.