FPL Gameweek 30 – The Fixtures

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Welcome back Jamie Vardy (£9.6m), how we've missed you! Those were the likely words of over two million FPL managers as the Premier League's top goalscorer bagged a brace in Leicester's Gameweek 29 demolition of Aston Villa. The Foxes introduced Vardy from the bench in the 59th minute and the forward, who hadn't scored in the Premier League since Gameweek 18, took full advantage of a diabolical Villa defence. He needed a penalty to get off the mark following a controversial Tyrone Mings (£4.5m) handball, but after that there was no stopping him as he rifled in a second goal as Leicester cruised to a 4-0 victory.

Other key results in Gameweek 29 saw Man Utd inflict Man City a seventh Premier League defeat of the season with a 2-0 triumph at Old Trafford. Midfielder Bruno Fernandes (£8.5m) starred once again, registering a fifth attacking return in four gameweeks after assisting Anthony Martial (£7.9m) for the opening goal, before Scott McTominay (£4.9m) sealed the points. Chelsea smashed Everton 4-0 at Stamford Bridge with four different goalscorers in Mason Mount (£6.1m), Pedro (£6.8m), Willian (£6.9m) and Olivier Giroud (£6.5m). Sheffield Utd returned to Premier League action with a 1-0 win over bottom-placed Norwich, whilst Wolves were held by Brighton in a 0-0 draw at Molineux. League-leaders Liverpool are now only two wins away from the Premier League title after a 2-1 win over relegation threatened Bournemouth, with Mo Salah (£12.7m) and Sadio Mane (£12.4m) the scorers.

GAMEWEEK 30 FIXTURES

Saturday 14th March

Watford v Leicester (12:30)

Bournemouth v Crystal Palace (15:00)

Brighton v Arsenal (15:00)

Man City v Burnley (15:00)

Newcastle v Sheffield Utd (15:00)

Norwich v Southampton (15:00)

Aston Villa v Chelsea (17:30)

Sunday 15th March

West Ham v Wolves (14:00)

Spurs v Man Utd (16:30)

Monday 16th March

Everton v Liverpool (20:00)

WE'RE OFF TO THE ISLE OF FERNANDES!

Another week goes by with Man Utd winter signing Bruno Fernandes playing a starring role for both the Red Devils and his FPL ownership, which is growing by the day. Five attacking returns in his past four gameweeks has seen him accrue 36 FPL points in that time period. He is now owned by over one million FPL managers as thousands flock daily to buy the Portuguese midfielder.

Man Utd are in a serious battle to finish within the top four and their fixtures look friendly. Following their match against Spurs (a) in Gameweek 30, they have a blank Gameweek 31. Following that, their next three fixtures see them play Brighton (a), Bournemouth (H) and Aston Villa (a). If you don't have Bruno Fernandes in your side already, now would be a good time to rectify that. It may also be worth considering the Man Utd double-up in midfield, with Anthony Martial partnering Fernandes. The Frenchman has three goals in his last four Premier League games, playing as a striker.

MADE IN CHELSEA

Well...Glasgow to be precise, but the emergence of teenage prodigy Billy Gilmour (£4.5m) looks to be just the tonic for Chelsea as they aim to finish the season within the Champions League places. Gilmour showed a maturity beyond his age in his Premier League debut over the weekend, dominating the midfield as Chelsea went on to thrash Everton 4-0. After such a performance, Gilmour is surely set to be afforded a run of starts by Blues manager Frank Lampard, even once the likes of Jorginho (£4.9m) and N'Golo Kante (£5.0m) are available for selection once again.

Whether Gilmour will provide sufficient FPL value is up for debate, but Chelsea assets are worth consideration with their next three Premier League matches against Aston Villa (a), West Ham (a) and Watford (H). Chelsea full-back Marcus Alonso (£6.1m) has accumulated 30 FPL points in his last three league games since being reinstated to the Chelsea starting line-up. Giroud is also showing what he is capable of since being given a run in the side, as the World Cup winner has two goals and an assist in his last three league appearances for the Blues.

WEST HAM LOOKING TO HAMMER DOWN SURVIVAL

After defeat against Arsenal in Gameweek 29, West Ham are starting to enter do-or-die territory in terms of their Premier League survival battle. Just goal difference separates them and the bottom three and only wins will be enough to see them secure top-flight football next season. The Hammers' next three fixtures see them take on Wolves (H), Spurs (a) and Chelsea (H). With two London derbies amongst those three games, West Ham may have a far clearer indication as to which division they'll be playing in next season following these three matches.

West Ham's attacking midfield will be crucial to their hopes, with the goals needing to flow. January signing Jarrod Bowen (£6.5m) hit the post against Arsenal last weekend and opened the scoring in Gameweek 28 against Southampton. Fellow midfielder Michail Antonio (£6.9m) registered a goal and assist in the same game and his aerial threat, alongside those lung-busting runs through midfield, could be crucial. Leading the line, forward Sebastien Haller (£6.8m) has netted only seven goals so far this season, but also scored in that Gameweek 28 win over the Saints. He'll be hoping to go on a late scoring run that could go a long way to securing safety for David Moyes' side.

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