Fantasy Premier League Week 30: Rampant Rom to crash at the Emirates
We are getting to the stage of the season where mini-leagues are won and lost, so Paul Robinson's thoughts on GW30 could prove useful to those in their Fantasy battles...
"I am pretty confident that not many people will be following me on this one, but Lukaku is on my avoid list this week."
Six to like
Sergio Aguero - £11.8m. Our captain of the last two weeks is "relegated" to the six to like this week, but that is no real knock on his performances. The Argentine is still the Premier League top scorer - 18 goals - and it's not often that a game goes by in which he doesn't find the net. City face Watford on Saturday evening, and that's mainly why I am not giving Aguero the armband. Bar a heavy defeat at Liverpool, the Hornets have been in great form, and they showed no ill-effects of that loss as they bounced back to beat Leicester last Sunday. I expect a City win, but it won't be easy.
Aguero is 9/4 to open the scoring at the Etihad.
Gonzalo Higuain - £9.6m. Our second Argentinian striker on the list this week is Gonzalo Higuain. He didn't feature in Chelsea's Europa League victory on Thursday, but he is sure to return to the starting XI against Wolves on Sunday. Higuain has three goals in five league starts for the Blues, and that included a goal last time out against Fulham. He appears to be getting sharper as each game passes, and while Wolves aren't the easiest opponent in the world, they have taken just one point from trips to Bournemouth and Huddersfield of late.
Trent Alexander-Arnold - £5.5m. Liverpool may well have been knocked off the top of the Premier League, but their defence have been in fine form, and TAA has been creating goals at the other end. A hat-trick of assists against Watford was followed up with another clean sheet and three more bonus points at Everton, and with the Reds taking on Burnley at Anfield, both defensive and attacking returns look likely.
Harvey Barnes - £5.5m. Harvey Barnes continues to be a guilty pleasure of mine as while the Leicester winger is yet to truly deliver FPL points, but his attacking threat remains high. It should, in theory at least, only improve with Brendan Rodgers in charge instead of Claude Puel. The Foxes take on Fulham on Saturday, and although Scott Parker got a better performance out of them last week, they are still a poor side who are liable to concede goals.
The ex West Brom loanee is 5/2 to open his Leicester City account.
Jeffrey Schlupp - £4.5m. Crystal Palace have been in a rich vein of form lately and Jeffrey Schlupp has been a key part of it. The defender is playing out of position on the left hand side of midfield and since he forced his way into the team five games ago, he has scored once and assisted three times. Palace are in the lunchtime kick-off against Brighton this Saturday and with the Seagulls struggling for form on the road, Schlupp looks like a snip at £4.5m.
Fabian Schär - £4.7m. Newcastle are back at St James' this weekend - a ground where they have won their last four, keeping clean sheets in three of them. Schär scored his third Premier League goal of the campaign in their most recent outing in front of their own fans, and while Everton put up a much-improved effort against Liverpool last Sunday, I wouldn't back Marco Silva's men to follow it up.
Mesut Özil - £7.9m. This is very punty indeed, but I am drawn to the enigmatic German, even though it's only 50/50 that he will start. Özil was back on the bench at Wembley last weekend, and he played 70 minutes at Rennes on Thursday. Manchester United are in town on Sunday, and I have my suspicions that United could have a bit of a comedown following the highs of Paris on Wednesday. If Unai Emery gives Özil the nod, he could get some joy against the United defence.
Felipe Anderson - £7.2m. The Brazilian remains West Ham's top FPL points scorer this season, but he hasn't found the net since his brace in GW19, and in his 10 matches since, he's only produced one assist. Anderson is still an integral part of Manuel Pellegrini's side, and it shouldn't be too long before he finds his shooting boots again. The Hammers are away at Cardiff this weekend, with the Bluebirds having lost three straight - conceding eight goals in their last two at home.
Two to avoid
Romelu Lukaku - £10.7m. I am pretty confident that not many people will be following me on this one, but Lukaku is on my avoid list this week. He is of course in great form, but United are away at Arsenal this week, and as mentioned above, I have my concerns about there being some sort of comedown following the win at PSG. Don't get me wrong, he's a strong long-term proposition, but if you don't already own him, I wouldn't be transferring him in this week.
Harry Kane - £12.4m. Another big call now is that I wouldn't be clamouring to have Harry Kane in my XI this weekend either. The England captain has actually picked up from where he left off prior to his injury, and he scored again in midweek at Dortmund. Spurs are at Southampton this weekend, and while they desperately need to win to re-affirm their position in the top four, the Saints need the points for their own reasons, and they played really well at Old Trafford last Saturday.
Mohamed Salah - 13.4m. Make no mistake, Mo Salah was absolutely garbage against Everton last Sunday. He missed a couple of big chances and his all-round play was poor too. He wasn't much better against Manchester United either, a fortnight before, and even though Liverpool beat Watford 5-0 in-between, Salah didn't get any of the goals. You don't become a bad player overnight though and Salah has already bounced back from one in-different spell this season. Having him as captain against Burnley could prove to be a nice differential as other FPL managers desert him, and I have a sneaky suspicion that he will come good on Sunday.
You can read all our Premier League Previews in our EPL section right here on betting.betfair.com
*Remember the deadline to submit your teams for GW30 is 11:30 on Saturday.