After weeks of articles, discussions and sleepless nights preparing, the hardest stretch of the FPL season is finally upon us. Whether you’re feeling smug over how primed your team is, panicked over the sea of players with no match-ups currently in your squad, or indifferent to it all, below is a breakdown of the upcoming fixtures and which FPL players have the form and match-ups to guide you through these treacherous times.
Saturday 16th March
Bournemouth vs Newcastle (15:00)
Burnley vs Leicester (15:00)
West Ham vs Huddersfield (15:00)
Sunday 17th March
Fulham vs Liverpool (14:15)
Everton vs Chelsea (16:30)
With upcoming fixtures against Fulham (a), Spurs (H) and Southampton (a), selecting the right Liverpool assets will be vital in securing that coveted green arrow. Following his brace against Burnley in GW30, Sadio Mane (£9.9m) represents Liverpool’s form player, averaging over seven points a match in his last eight fixtures. While Mohamed Salah’s (£13.4m) form has dipped as of late, his underlying stats have still been good. Given an ownership percentage of 45.3%, not owning the Egyptian could prove costly. With FPL managers looking to own multiple Liverpool players this gameweek, why worry yourself with having to pick between the two? Instead, both players can find a home in FPL squads.
Frustrating GW30 for Salah captainers. The Egyptian hasn’t been producing #FPL scores while his colleague Manè has been racking up the points.😟— FPL Fairy (@FPLFairy) March 12, 2019
Salah had far more touches inside the Burnley penalty area (13) compared to Manè (8).📈
Will you be trusting Salah(c) for GW31?? 😮 pic.twitter.com/2ailm3RDEX
🔮 GW31: CAPTAIN PROJECTIONS 🔮— FPL Research (@FPLresearch) March 12, 2019
Salah and Mané are the top picks. Bookmakers typically don't put much emphasis on form and favour Salah. If you have one available Liverpool spot, get these two and avoid Firmino. Due to Liverpool playing away, GW36 is a better TC opportunity. pic.twitter.com/c2ddwOjDP1
Playing his way back into fantasy consideration, the Reds' third member of their attacking trio, Roberto Firmino (£9.2m), also scored twice in GW30. With goals pretty much guaranteed against a woeful Fulham defence and Mane and Salah heavily owned by FPL managers already, the Brazilian could offer serious differential potential.
Is there a reason why firmino is not being mentioned this week? Could be a great differential 👀— FPL Jogger 🏃♂️ (@letmebeyourfan2) March 12, 2019
Liverpool conceded for the first time in five matches against Burnley but that shouldn’t dissuade FPL owners from pumping for their defenders. Pretty much guaranteed 90 minutes, any one of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.6m), Andrew Robertson (£6.9m) or Virgil van Dijk (£6.6m) should offer excellent value for money. Robertson in particular currently has more FPL points (169) than top-scoring forward Sergio Aguero (£11.9m).
A 2-0 win away to Huddersfield in GW30 acted as a refresher for the best double act in FPL this season: Callum Wilson (£6.4m) and Ryan Fraser (£6.2m). The pair are on another level when they play together.
9 - Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser have combined for nine Premier League goals this season, more than any other duo in the competition. Synergy. pic.twitter.com/qb3Jgx1wIg— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 9, 2019
With Gareth Southgate watching on from the stands, Wilson provided a performance worthy of an international call-up and put himself firmly in the shop window for potential suitors when the summer transfer window rolls around. Fraser, meanwhile, made history by becoming the first Scottish player to register ten assists in a single Premier League season. In doing so, he entered illustrious company.
Only five players have provided 10+ league assists in Europe's top five divisions this season:— FPL Updates&Tips (@FPLUpdates_Tips) March 10, 2019
Lionel Messi (11)
Eden Hazard (11)
Jadon Sancho (10)
Joshua Kimmich (10)
Ryan Fraser (10)
The Wee Man joins an elite list. [SQUAWKA]
The Cherries are set to face Newcastle (H), Leicester (a), Burnley (H), Brighton (a), Fulham (H), Southampton (a), Spurs (H) and Crystal Palace (a) between now and the end of the season. Guaranteed to have a match in BGW31 and BGW33, there are few better pairs available to FPL managers, particularly ones who have already made use of their wildcards.
GW30 saw Eden Hazard (£10.9m) once again to the rescue, as his 92nd-minute strike secured a point for Chelsea against Wolves. The goal means Hazard becomes the third Chelsea player in history to score 50+ Premier League goals at home. The enigmatic Belgian appears to be entering somewhat of a hot streak with three goals and 34 points in the last five gameweeks.
50 – Eden Hazard has now scored 50 Premier League goals at Stamford Bridge; only Man Utd (5) have had more players score 50+ home goals in the competition than @ChelseaFC (also Lampard and Drogba). Exclusive. #CHEWOL pic.twitter.com/e1eXTmCGRN— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 10, 2019
Hazard will be hoping to translate his home form to the road as three of Chelsea’s next four fixtures are set to be away from Stamford Bridge. The Blues face Everton (a), Cardiff (a), West Ham (H) and Liverpool (a) in their next four. However, there is still the strong possibility that their home match against Brighton will be rearranged for GW32, giving Chelsea a double gameweek of Cardiff (a) and Brighton (H).
Can it move to GW31? No - International break— Ben Crellin (@BenCrellin) March 8, 2019
Can it move to GW33? No - CHE have UEL QF
Can it move to GW34? No - CHE have UEL QF
Can it move to GW35? No - ***
Can it move to GW36? No - CHE could have UEL SF
Can it move to GW37? No - CHE could have UEL SFhttps://t.co/XbtCkNFK8u
With a potential double-up in GW32, along with confirmed fixtures for BGW31 and BGW33, stockpiling Chelsea assets is wise, particularly for those FPL managers who have already used their Free Hit. Along with Hazard, Gonzalo Higuaín (£9.6m) seems the most nailed on to play 90 minutes each week as Willian (£7.1m) and Pedro (£6.3m) are set to rotate around the Europa League fixtures. At the back, Marcos Alonso (£6.4m) looks to have lost his starting spot to Emerson Palmieri (£5.2m), while both David Luiz (£5.9m) and Antonio Rüdiger (£5.9m) have been rested in recent gameweeks. That leaves us with César Azpilicueta (£6.3m) and Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.4m) as Chelsea’s top defensive options.
Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) continued his purple patch under new boss Brendan Rodgers with two goals and an assist in Leicester’s victory over Fulham. The brace means Vardy now has five goals in his last five appearances and with upcoming fixtures against Burnley (a), Bournemouth (H) and Huddersfield (a), there will be ample opportunity for the Englishman to continue his hot streak.
Another that impressed in the match against Fulham was Harvey Barnes (£5.5m), whose excellent work down the right led to the second of Vardy’s goals. His boss was effervescent in his praise of Barnes, saying “he has big potential. In a short period of time, it is about working out his best position in the team. The beauty with him is he looks like he is going to score in every game he plays.”
James Maddison (£6.7m) continued to chip in with points following an assist, his second in three matches, while new signing Youri Tielemans (£6.0m) offers real differential value, being owned by just 0.8% of FPL managers.
Is Youri Tielemans going under the radar ahead of #GW31?— FPL James (@James_FPL) March 11, 2019
✅ 7 goal attempts in last 2 games (2nd for mids)
✅ 3 shots on target (2nd amonst mids)
✅ Plays Burnley and Huddersfield in BGW31 and BGW33
£6.0, 0.7% TSB#FPL #FPLCommunity
Next five gameweeks: Chelsea (H), West Ham (a), Arsenal (H), Fulham (a), Man Utd (H)
Potential transfer targets – Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m), Richarlison (£6.5m), Lucas Digne (£5.2m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.3m)
Digne since GW26:— The Secret FPL Player (@SecretFPLplayer) March 12, 2019
2, blank, 5, 7, 4
Pereira since GW26
4, 0, 2, 0, 2
Digne 18 v 8 in one less GW 🤔🤔🤔
Hardly can be considered as performing the same.
I'd argue that Digne is the better option for 31/33 too given Everton play 2 home games against Ars/Che...
Next five gameweeks: Bournemouth (a), Arsenal (a), Crystal Palace (H), Leicester (a), Southampton (H)
Potential transfer targets – Solomon Rondon (£5.9m), Ayoze Perez (£6.1m), Matt Ritchie (£5.8m), Miguel Almiron (£6.0m)
Rondón makes case for Blank Gameweek 31 investment https://t.co/jqvoXVK9ZG— Just Fantasy (@JustFPL) March 11, 2019
Next five gameweeks: Leicester (H), Wolves (H), Bournemouth (a), Cardiff (H), Chelsea (a)
Potential transfer targets – Ashley Barnes (£5.7m), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m), James Tarkowski (£4.7m), Tom Heaton (£4.8m)
pff its all about Barnes :D— AZ (@ffscout_az) March 12, 2019
Next five gameweeks: Huddersfield (H), Everton (H), Chelsea (a), Man Utd (a), Leicester (H)
Potential transfer targets – Lukasz Fabianski (£4.8m), Felipe Anderson (£7.2m), Declan Rice (£4.6m), Marko Arnautovic (£6.8m)
It goes without saying Huddersfield are Middlesbrough 16/17 levels of awful. They cannot score, you have to target them in #FPL 🎯— FPL Awesom-o 🤖 (@awesomoFPL) March 12, 2019
However. Lots of FH chip uses are defensively doubling or tripling up against them this weekend, but their ideal opponents could be...West Ham (1/2)