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GW33 Lessons: Climb mini-leagues with players battling drop

The Scout 26 Apr 2021
Chris Wood

The Scout on how the fight to avoid relegation can help Fantasy managers over the run-in

Three goals and an assist for Chris Wood (£6.3m) against Wolverhampton Wanderers provided a timely reminder of how managers in Fantasy Premier League are able to benefit from the relegation battle.

The Burnley forward claimed a 20-point haul in the 4-0 win, doubling his previous season-best score of 10 points. 

Wood's goal involvements v Wolves

Wood has been of huge importance to Burnley's battle to avoid relegation.

He has scored six of his 10 goals for the season, and supplied all three of his assists, in Burnley's last six matches.

Influential Pereira

West Bromwich Albion playmaker Matheus Pereira (£5.5m) has also been a major source of returns recently.

His converted penalty against Aston Villa took the midfielder’s haul to four goals, two assists and 42 points over his last four outings. 

Pereira has been involved in 60 per cent of West Brom's goals since Sam Allardyce took charge in Gameweek 14.

Newcastle midfielders in form

Newcastle United pair Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.1m) and Joe Willock (£4.7m) have also hit top form.

Saint-Maximin has 20 points across his last three appearances, against Burnley, West Ham United and Liverpool.

On-loan midfielder Willock has scored in each of his last three matches but is unavailable to face parent club Arsenal in Gameweek 34.

Time to consider Ings?

Danny Ings (£8.4m) can also provide managers with a key source of returns if he recovers from a minor injury.

The forward has two goals and an assist over Southampton’s last three matches, equalling his season-best haul with 11 points against Burnley in Gameweek 30.

At a time when many sides have already secured their safety, pinpointing players with greater motivation could prove decisive in mini-leagues over the final five Gameweeks.

Also in this series

Part 1: FDR Analysis: Spurs duo key captain picks for run-in
Part 2: GW33 Bonus points: Wan-Bissaka delivers a maximum
Part 3: GW33 FPL stats: Salah on target as top captain pick
Part 4: FPL Saturday review: Rudiger the best value at Chelsea
Part 6: GW33 Lessons: Dallas vital for the run-in
Part 7: Who to target from clubs seeking safety? What the experts say

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