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GW31 Captains: Jota can reward new backers

The Scout 8 Apr 2021
Diogo Jota, Liverpool

Liverpool star is the standout transfer target ahead of his home meeting with Aston Villa

A home encounter with Aston Villa gives Diogo Jota (£6.9m) the chance to reward his growing number of new owners in Fantasy Premier League.

Liverpool’s Portuguese star is the top target for managers ahead of Friday’s 18:30 BST deadline, earning over 460,000 transfers in.

Jota scored twice against Arsenal last weekend, claiming his season-high haul of 12 points.

He has six goals in his last five appearances for club and country. 

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Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m) provide further options for the Reds.

Salah has scored in back-to-back matches in all competitions, and produced 13 points against Villa earlier this season.

Alexander-Arnold has 21 points in the last two Gameweeks, combining an assist with two clean sheets and six bonus points.

Risk "Pep roulette"?

Manchester City offer a number of captaincy options against a Leeds United side with just one clean sheet in their last 10 away matches.

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.2m) both recorded double-figure returns in their last home match.

However, rotation remains a big concern ahead of Man City's UEFA Champions League meeting with Borussia Dortmund in midweek.

Raheem Sterling (£11.3m), Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) and Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) were all rested against the German side on Tuesday and could prove major differentials for those willing to take a risk on Pep Guardiola’s starting XI.

Other options

Elsewhere, Mason Mount (£7.1m) is Chelsea’s form attacker for their trip to Crystal Palace.

The midfielder has scored four of his six goals this season in the Blues’ last eight contests.

Finally, Chris Wood (£6.2m) and Danny Ings (£8.4m) both delivered their season-best hauls in the last Gameweek.

Burnley’s Wood hosts Newcastle United having scored in three successive matches.

When selected, Ings has been involved in a team-leading 46 per cent of Southampton's goals ahead of their match at West Bromwich Albion.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW31 Captains: Kane and Fernandes face off
Part 3: Who to captain in GW31? What the experts say

See: The Scout's essential FPL tips for Gameweek 31

Remember, the Gameweek 31 deadline is at 18:30 BST on Friday 9 April.

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