Fantasy Premier League

GW31 Selection: Wilson backed for big points

The Scout 15 Mar 2019
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AFC Bournemouth's fit-again forward leads a line-up captained by Mohamed Salah

A goal and assist against Huddersfield Town last weekend has sparked huge Fantasy Premier League interest in Callum Wilson (£6.4m).

The AFC Bournemouth forward returned from injury to produce 11 points in his first appearance since Gameweek 23.

He is the most-bought player for a reduced Gameweek 31 in which only five fixtures take place.

More than 254,000 managers have transferred in Wilson for a home match against Newcastle United.

He earns a place in The Scout’s best XI for Gameweek 31, with Mohamed Salah (£13.4m) handed the armband and Sadio Mane (£9.9m) given the vice-captaincy.

Artur Boruc (BOU) £4.1m

Since making his first start of the season in Gameweek 23, the AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper has averaged 4.3 points per match. Boruc now hosts a Newcastle side who have scored one goal in their last three away matches.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £5.6m

The Liverpool defender offers big all-round potential for his trip to Fulham. Alexander-Arnold has produced one goal, three clean sheets and 32 points in his last five away matches.

Aaron Cresswell (WHU) £5.0m

The left-back is at home to Huddersfield Town, who have scored only one goal in their last seven away matches. Cresswell could be set for attacking returns as his 20 crosses over the last six Gameweeks rank second for West Ham United.

Ben Chilwell (LEI) £5.0m

The Leicester City defender has improved his creativity ahead of a trip to Burnley. Chilwell has supplied eight goalscoring chances in their three matches since Brendan Rodgers was appointed, compared with the three of fellow Foxes full-back Ricardo Pereira (£5.4m).

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £13.4m

The Liverpool winger scored in a 2-0 win over Fulham back in Gameweek 12. Away from home, Salah’s statistics point to more success against the Cottagers this weekend. That's because his 47 shots and 24 shots on target rank among the top two players in FPL.

Sadio Mane (LIV) £9.9m

He is Liverpool’s most consistent performer in recent matches, with eight goals in the last eight Gameweeks. Mane scored twice against Bayern Munich in midweek and now faces the league’s leakiest defence. Fulham have conceded 68 goals, 11 more than any other side.

Ryan Fraser (BOU) £6.2m

Thirteen points at Huddersfield Town last time out gave the Scot his sixth double-figure return of the season. Fraser is expected to recover from a minor knock for the visit of Newcastle and could be a strong captain option for Gameweek 31. 

Eden Hazard (CHE) £10.9m

The Chelsea winger travels to Everton having produced his eighth double-figure haul of the season last weekend. Away from home, Hazard’s 35 chances created and 38 shots both rank among the top three midfielders.

Manuel Lanzini (WHU) £6.4m

The West Ham playmaker returned to the starting XI in Gameweek 29 following a long-term injury. Lanzini scored two goals in his previous meeting with Huddersfield Town last season.

Jamie Vardy (LEI) £9.0m

The Leicester striker has stepped up his output considerably under new manager Rodgers. Vardy has four goals, an assist and 31 FPL points in three matches since he took charge.

Callum Wilson (BOU) £6.4m

The striker has five goals and six assists in 11 home matches for AFC Bournemouth. When selected, Wilson has been involved in 55 per cent of the Cherries’ home goals, more than any team-mate.

What the experts say

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_): This is very similar to the squad I’ll be choosing. I prefer Lukasz Fabianski (£4.8m) to Boruc for clean-sheet potential and I fancy Salomon Rondon (£5.9m) to pinch a goal against AFC Bournemouth. Three Liverpool players is a must-have. Whether a double-up in defence or attack is the way to go remains to be seen.

Nick and Tom (@WGTA_FPL): Cresswell is a good example of a Free Hit pick, a less popular player who could really excel on a one-week basis.

Ash (@FPLHints): I'm not convinced by Lanzini. I think he's still lacking match fitness after his long injury layoff.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg): I like Marko Arnautovic (£6.8m) over Lanzini and feel a West Ham defensive double-up is worth it given their fixture.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily): I have found it really tough to pick between the Liverpool defenders this week. Alexander-Arnold looks great, Andrew Robertson (£6.9m) has been so consistent yet looked tired in the UEFA Champions League, and Virgil van Dijk (£6.6m) has been in fantastic goalscoring form. Vardy and Wilson looks the perfect combination.

Chuck Booth (@ChuckBoothSport): Leicester have only kept one clean sheet in 2019 so I would tread carefully around their defenders. One player aside from Vardy who should be targeted is Harvey Barnes (£5.5m). He has two assists in his last four matches and, facing a Burnley team who have had trouble defending, the budget midfielder could have immense value.

Paul Gee (FplPaulGee): If Arnautovic starts for West Ham, he will be the key. Fraser and Wilson look to have started up their partnership once again and look like great picks.

Josh Landon (@hailcheaters): Boruc is a strong option if you need a goalkeeper for Gameweeks 31 and 33 as he has home matches in both. Also, his £4.1m price might enable you to make an upgrade elsewhere.

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