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GW31 team news: Wilson a top target

The Scout 16 Mar 2018
Callum Wilson, AFC Bournemouth

Doubts over Joshua King help striker become popular for managers who may also benefit from Wilfried Zaha return

Callum Wilson (£5.9m) is back as a top target for Fantasy Premier League managers.

More than 145,000 had sold the AFC Bournemouth striker after a run of five matches without a goal.

But the Cherries' home meeting with West Bromwich Albion is one of only four fixtures taking place in Gameweek 31.

That has helped him become the fourth-most bought player ahead of Saturday’s 14:00 GMT deadline, with over 96,000 new owners.

King doubt helps Wilson's cause

Injury doubts surrounding Wilson's team-mate Joshua King (£7.0m) have also contributed to that boom.

A neck problem makes the Norwegian striker, who has scored in two of his last three starts, doubtful for Saturday's encounter.

King was restricted to a 23-minute appearance from the bench against Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 30.

It means Wilson is likely to carry the main goal threat against a Baggies defence with only one clean sheet from their last 14 away matches.

Rooney and Baines boost?

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s (£8.0m) absence through injury could benefit both Wayne Rooney (£7.2m) and Leighton Baines (£5.6m) as Everton travel to Stoke City.

Recently handed a central-midfield role, Rooney is without a goal or an assist since Gameweek 18.

But with Sigurdsson sidelined, he could be shifted forward behind lone striker Cenk Tosun (£6.8m).

Owned by 11.3% of FPL managers, Rooney scored the winner and collected maximum bonus in a 1-0 victory over Stoke in Gameweek 1.

Meanwhile, Baines is likely to be handed set-pieces in Sigurdsson’s absence.

The left-back may also be on penalties after Rooney’s miss against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.

Zaha for Free Hit

Wilfried Zaha (£6.8m) is in line for his first Crystal Palace start since Gameweek 26.

Having come off the bench to supply an assist at Chelsea last time out, Zaha could partner Christian Benteke (£7.6m) or Alexander Sorloth (£5.5m) up front for the visit to Huddersfield Town.

Part of just 5.9% of FPL squads, Zaha offers a new differential option in midfield, particularly for managers activating the Free Hit chip.

The winger has scored or assisted in eight of his 20 Gameweek appearances under manager Roy Hodgson.

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