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Hi, and welcome to The Kitsman’s weekly Fantasy Premier League segment. We are moving into the 30’s and we are now in the final stages of the Premier League season, and thus, the business end of the FPL timetable. GW 30 has every Premier League team in action following Blank GW 29 preceding the international break. This article will advise on which players are most attractive in GW 30 and beyond. I will be using OPTA, understat.com, fantasyfootballhub.co.uk, and other stat-based FPL resources to collate a comprehensive summary to advise you in your quest for Fantasy dominance.
Jack Grealish (7.5m) – AVFC boss Dean Smith has stated that Villa’s mercurial star will be back for GW 30, the first time he will suit up for Villa since GW 24. In his absence, Villa are the PL’s second-worst goal scorers, only finding the back of the net 3 times, at a rate of 0.5 per game. Before his injury, Grealish was the league’s premier creator, creating 75 chances and 14 big chances. Grealish converted these at a good rate, with 6 goals and 14 assists. Villa will benefit from Grealish’s return massively, as he is responsible for contributing to exactly 50% of Villa’s goals this season. Expect Grealish to feature heavily in this weekend’s fixture versus Fulham.
Bruno Fernandes (11.5m) – The highest scoring player in the game and the only player to have created more big chances than Jack Grealish in the Premier League this season, Bruno will already be in many of your squads for Brighton’s visit to Old Trafford. Exactly the same as Villa’s number 10, Bruno has contributed to exactly 50% of United’s goals this season, and he will fancy himself against Brighton, who have conceded 8 penalties already in 20/21. Additionally, Bruno did not feature in Portugal’s most recent international fixture meaning he has not been involved in a match for over a week, the longest period of rest he has had this season.
Patrick Bamford (6.7m) – Leeds are to be visited by the PL’s bottom side, Sheffield United, in GW 30, and all signs suggest that Bamford will cash in. Bamford has the most shots on target and shots in the box in the Premier League this season, which bode as good signifiers for goals considering SHU have conceded more big chances (77) than any other PL club. After being snubbed by Southgate for England’s WC Qualifiers, Bamford will be keen to show he is the most suitable third option for England heading into the Euro’s.
Gareth Bale (9.7m) – This is not an instruction to sell. Bale and Spurs are undoubtedly out of form, following their loss to Arsenal and embarrassing exit to Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League. But as a result, they will have to focus all of their attention on achieving CL football through the Premier League this season. Bale is still likely the first choice at RW for Spurs, irrespective of his recent performances and questionable comments, so he is likely to amass points between now and the end of the season. Crucially though, Spurs will have a DGW 32, and if Bale is kept in your squad, Bale will have the opportunity to score double in two GW’s time.
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Kai Havertz (8.2m) – Havertz featured largely as a false 9 for Germany in their international fixtures in the past week. This is a role he has familiarised himself with within the Chelsea set-up since Tuchel’s introduction, registering the most shots and shots on target of any Chelsea player. With just a 2.7% ownership, and Chelsea’s seemingly straight-forward fixtures for their next 5 PL games (WBA, BHA, FUL, CPFC and WHU), Kai Havertz has presented himself as an interesting prospect in the final stretches of the season.
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Kelechi Iheanacho (5.7m) – Iheanacho has an excellent opportunity to score big between now and the end of the season as a differential gem (3.0% ownership). Of all Premier League forwards, the Nigerian has the highest rate of big chances per 90 and is flying high on confidence after a hat-trick in GW 29. The Premier League’s Player of the Month for March might have similar fortune in April, as immediately following a very tricky fixture in GW 30 against the Champions-elect, Leicester have a comfortable run facing WBA, CPFC, WHU, and SOU.