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Premier League: Top FPL picks for Gameweek 32

Dele Alli picks the ball

FPL action continues to come thick and fast as the season rolls onto Gameweek 32. And the upcoming round of fixtures, like the previous one, comes up with a set of fixtures which promises to be high on goals and low on clean sheets. The Top 6 teams have easy yet tricky match-ups this weekend as title contenders Tottenham Hotspur gets the ball rolling at White Hart Lane against Watford. The match will be followed by Champions League spot-chasing Manchester City hosting relegation-threatened Hull City, Mane-less Liverpool facing an awkward trip to Stoke City and Chelsea continuing their title charge away at Bournemouth.

 

 

Sunday will see David Moyes reunite with misfiring Manchester United at the Stadium of Light and the action ends on Monday with a London derby as Crystal Palace hopes to make the most of Arsenal's fragile state of affairs at Selhurst Park. Other notable fixtures include a six-pointer at the Olympic Stadium between West Ham United and Swansea City on Saturday while an early Sunday evening match will witness a high-intensity clash between Everton and Leicester City at Goodison Park.

 

As usual, we have made our 4 picks ahead of the forthcoming Gameweek 32. Take a look:

 

THIBAUT COURTOIS

The Belgian's blunder against Manchester City in the midweek meant Chelsea are now 8 games without a clean sheet but with 13 shutouts, Courtois still features atop in the list of goalkeepers with most matches without conceding a goal this term. Courtois' tally of 117 FPL points is only outmatched by Tom Heaton and could be set to achieve his highest points total in the fantasy league provided he concedes zero away at Bournemouth this Saturday. The Cherries are in fine touch ever since playing out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and the midweek stalemate at Anfield was a testament to their ever-growing confidence.

 

 

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However, they have struggled to find the back of the net against the top 6 sides — averaging 1.2 goals in the 10 games versus them and half of those goals have come in matches involving Liverpool. The Vitality outfit's league goal average stands at 1.42 goals per game which is a shade higher than their average against the top 6. On the other hand, the visitors are the division's most prolific side when it comes to keeping a clean sheet on the road with 6 of their 13 shutouts coming away from home. Chelsea are long due for a clean sheet now and this could be the game where the £5.9m-priced goalkeeper leads his side to keep their 14th shutout of the campaign.

 

 

LEIGHTON BAINES

Everton are ravaged with injuries in the defense at the moment but in Leighton Baines, FPL managers still have one of the evergreen options at their disposal. With 2 goals and 3 assists, the veteran left-back isn't having a prolific season by his standards but is simultaneously racking up precious clean sheets as he remains one of the automatic starters in Ronald Koeman's teamsheet. The Toffees face reigning champions Leicester City on Sunday who are on a roll at the moment. 

 

 

The Foxes under Craig Shakespeare have returned to their former selves with the feelgood factor back in the camp but still remain far from convincing on their travels. Leicester have won just once in their 14 away league matches this term and scored just 11 times all this while. Goodison Park has been no less than a fortress for the hosts where 7 of their 11 clean sheets have been attained. Everton have conceded the second-fewest number of home goals in the competition with just 10 shipped in 15 home matches.

 

With Leicester having another eye on the Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid next week, it could prompt their interim managers to rest some of the key players in order to preserve them for the big game. And this could well be the game where the £5.8m-priced defender finally hits the bingo to the delight of his 12.4% owners.

 

 

BAMIDELE ALLI

A goal and an assist in Spurs' emphatic comeback win meant the 20-year-old is now enjoying his most prolific season with the club having scored or assisted a total of 23 goals. Alli is the second-most bought player ahead of the Gameweek 32 deadline with more than 45,000 managers opening the doors for the midfielder. The £9.1m-priced boasts the fourth-highest points haul in FPL this season with 180 and considering the hot streak he is in right now, he could come within a whisker of breaking Frank Lampard's record haul of 295 points for a midfielder. And there's a very good chance he could be heading in this direction as Spurs host Watford in the first match of Gameweek 32.

 

 

The Hornets come into this game on the back of successive wins but their away record is poor to say the least. Watford are 9 away matches without a clean sheet and have kept just 2 shutouts in the 14 matches on the road this term — last one coming at Swansea in October. And the chances of breaking the 9 game sequence at a venue where none of the previous 15 visitors were able to hold back Spurs from scoring looks next to improbable. The 15-goal midfielder scored a brace in the reverse fixture on the New Year's day and having scored or assisted in each of the last three games at White Hart Lane, expect him to stretch that run to four games.

 

 

SERGIO AGUERO

The Argentine is having an indifferent season by his usual high standards but the 15-goal forward is still the dream striker any FPL manager would love to have in their team, only if they had enough funds to acquire him. Aguero's goal versus Chelsea extended his goal scoring streak to 3 matches and there's a great chance it may stretch to four when relegation-threatened Hull City pay a visit to the Etihad on Saturday.

 

 

The Tigers are one of the two teams to have conceded in excess of 60 goals in the top-flight alongside keeping the fewest shutouts with just 3 to their name. They are currently on a run of 7 games without a clean sheet. The KCOM outfit has conceded a league-high 35 goals in their 15 matches on the road. The visitors' abysmal away defensive record coupled with the Manchester City hitman's 99 minutes per league goal ratio at the Etihad certainly spells more delight in store for his 22.4% owners.

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