FPL Gameweek 31 – Fixtures & Predicted Line-ups

Here are the fixtures and predicted line-ups as we approach GW31 of Fantasy Premier League:

GAMEWEEK 31 FIXTURES

Saturday 17th March

Bournemouth vs West Brom (15:00)

Huddersfield vs Crystal Palace (15:00)

Stoke vs Everton (15:00)

Liverpool vs Watford (17:30)

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

BOURNEMOUTH

Josh King (£7.0m) and Ryan Fraser (£5.1m) are both doubts for the Cherries’ clash against West Brom. Eddie Howe declined to mention the names of other potential injury issues in the Bournemouth squad.

"We have a couple of injury doubts," Howe said at his press conference. "Ryan Fraser has been nursing a back problem and he hasn't trained as much as we'd have liked."

"Joshua King has an issue with his neck but looks like he's going to be okay. We have a couple of other niggles but we'll wait and see."

Fraser, if fit, and Jordon Ibe (£4.7m) offer alternatives to defender Adam Smith (£4.8m) on the right of midfield, while King will oust Lys Mousset (£4.9m) if the striker is deemed ready to play.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Yohan Cabaye (£5.3m), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£4.4m), Mamadou Sakho (£4.6m) and Wilfried Zaha (£6.8m) are all available for the Eagles. The latter could prove a popular GW31 punt, particularly for FPL managers using the free hit chip in this blank gameweek.

On formation, Roy Hodgson said: "[Formation] depends on who's available. We can play either system (4-4-2 / 4-3-3), I don't have a particular preference for one over the other."

If Cabaye comes straight back into the XI, a 4-3-3 system looks likelier. However, Jeffrey Schlupp (£4.7m) could operate on the left-hand side of 4-4-2, allowing Zaha to play alongside Christian Benteke (£7.6m). The Belgian striker, replaced at half-time in GW30, is not certain to start with Alexander Sorloth (£5.5m) logging 90 minutes in each of the last four gameweeks.

EVERTON

Sam Allardyce is hopeful of having Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.0m) back before the end of the season. The Everton boss will give "a bollocking" to whoever released the statement saying the Iceland international would be out for eight weeks.

Wayne Rooney (£7.2m) should replace Siggy in the No 10 position, allowing Idrissa Gueye (£4.8m) to return in central midfield. The Senegal international has recovered from illness, having missed the win over Brighton. Theo Walcott (£7.1m) is fit to play. The winger was forced off with cramp after 72 minutes in GW30.

HUDDERSFIELD

Danny Williams is out for the season after undergoing ankle surgery this week. Scott Malone (£4.3m) should continue at left-back in place of Terence Kongolo (£4.4m), who may be back in contention for GW32. Attacking midfielder Elias Kachunga (£5.7m) could make up part of the Terriers’ GW31 squad, having returned to training last week.

LIVERPOOL

With most FPL bosses tripling up on Liverpool assets for the blank gameweek, Jurgen Klopp's squad update is welcome news.

"Ben Woodburn is out, that's pretty much all," Klopp told Liverpool’s official site.

"It's still from when he was ill last week. That's why we have left him out of training."

"That's all."

Joel Matip (£5.4m) may be preferred to Dejan Lovren (£5.3m) in central defence after the Croatian was bullied by Romelu Lukaku in GW30. Joe Gomez (£4.6m) could replace Trent Alexander-Arnold (£4.3m), who had a torrid time against Man United, though the latter offers the Reds more in attack from right-back. Klopp praised Alexander-Arnold at his press conference this afternoon but did not reveal which full-back would start tomorrow.

Skipper Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) could return to the side in place of James Milner (£6.0m) or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£5.6m), while Gini Wijnaldum (£6.6m) offers another alternative for the three central midfield spots.

STOKE

Having picked up a shoulder injury in GW29, Mame Biram Diouf (£5.2m) could make a surprise return for Stoke.

"With regards to Mame, he has a slight chance, but we are going to have to have a look at him over the next day or so," Paul Lambert said.

The Stoke boss also revealed that Ramadan Sobhi (£4.5m) is "really in his thinking" after a very brief cameo against Man City in GW30.

Investors in Stoke attackers such as Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.4m) will be pleased to hear that Lambert wants the Potters to be more expansive in attack.

"As a team we need to take more risks in the final third, be a little bit more constructive. We have players to do it, so we need them to pull the trigger a bit earlier sometimes."

However, the Swiss midfielder is reported as being a "major doubt" for Saturday's game by local press. But Shaqiri was pictured in training on Thursday. Over 86,000 FPL managers have brought in Stoke's playmaker for the clash against Everton.

UPDATE

Doubts have emerged over the availability of Shaqiri. He was pictured in training today but is allegedly not fully fit.

WATFORD

Craig Cathcart (£4.4m) is available for selection. The centre-half will threaten Sebastian Prodl (£4.3m) and Adrian Mariappa (£4.2m) for starts. Miguel Britos (£4.3m) is another option for Watford in central defence.

Defender Kiko Femenia (£4.3m) may retain his start on the right-hand side of an attacking three, while Will Hughes could replace Roberto Pereyra (£5.8m) with Richarlison (£6.0m) moving back to the left after taking up a central role against Arsenal.

Watford boss Javi Gracia could also opt for Stefano Okaka (£5.3m) to partner Troy Deeney (£6.3m) in a 4-4-2, though the 4-2-3-1 or even a back three are more likely set-ups against Liverpool's dangerous attack.

WEST BROM

Jonny Evans (£4.9m) returns for the Baggies after missing GW30 through illness, while Alan Pardew has several other injury situations to deal with.

The West Brom manager said: "Gareth Barry won't make it. Morrison is still struggling. Daniel Sturridge and Chadli will train next week which is good news for us. Jonny Evans is back and has trained all week."

Grzegorz Krychowiak (£4.8m) was subbed off after 58 minutes of the loss to Leicester last weekend, so his GW30 replacement Sam Field (£4.4m) could earn a start in a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3.

"Sam Field of all the younger players is closest to the first team," Pardew added. "He has a great career in front of him. He's someone I really like. He works hard and has genuine talent."