The march towards the business end of the season continues as FPL enters into Gameweek 30. With this being the final Gameweek before the mega-blank Gameweek 31 (where only four games will take place !!!!!), the onus to make the most of a full-fledged fixture list must be on the minds of managers. And to do so, choosing the right man to captain your fantasy team is the first step in that direction. As usual, we have come up with a list of five players who could provide you with good returns this Gameweek 30.
HARRY KANE (vs AFC BOURNEMOUTH) [A]
After suffering a heartbreaking Champions League exit during the midweek, the Englishman would be keen to put the disappointment behind as Spurs travel to the south coast to square off with AFC Bournemouth. Kane boasts a tremendous individual record in this fixture, having racked up 6 goals and an assist in just four appearances.
Oh yes – I also captained Kane away v Bournemouth for his hat trick 2 season ago now, which turned my year around, so it’s an auto(c) for me!
— Who Got The Assist? (@WGTA_FPL) February 26, 2018
The Cherries, meanwhile, come into this game having kept only a single cleansheet in their last 16 league outings. This will sound music to the ears of Kane’s 47% owners, who would be hoping for a repeat of the performance from his only visit to date to the Vitality couple of seasons ago when he ended up scoring a hat-trick.
SERGIO AGUERO (vs STOKE CITY) [A]
Rested for the midweek European tie, the Argentine should come back fresh for Manchester City’s trip to Stoke City. With 8 goals in as many league appearances in this fixture, Aguero certainly knows how to find the back of the net against the Potters – who also happens to have the joint worst defensive record in the league alongside West Ham United. Aguero haplessly watched on from the bench when his teammates put 7 past Stoke earlier this season and will be raring to make the most of his opportunity this time around.
EDEN HAZARD (vs CRYSTAL PALACE) [H]
It was a game to forget for both Chelsea and Hazard last time out but they have a chance to make amends this gameweek when the Blues welcome relegation-threatened Crystal Palace, who have been their bogey team of late. A goal and two assists in 9 league appearances against the Eagles sounds somewhat far from impressive for a player of Hazard’s quality. However, with the visitors struggling with injuries and defensive issues (13 goals shipped in last six matches), it’s indeed a great opportunity for the Belgian to not just improve his record in this fixture but also return the favour to his loyal 7.3% owners with a glut of points.
RIYAD MAHREZ (vs WEST BROMWICH ALBION) [A]
Gameweek 29 saw Mahrez saving his side the blushes with a 97th-minute equaliser against Bournemouth. Whether it would mark a return to his form prior to the deadline day fiasco remains to be seen but with a trip to a lowly West Brom on the horizon, there can’t be a better game to take a punt on him as your captain. The Algerian has 3 goals and 2 assists to his credit in the six appearances he has made in this fixture and was also on the scoresheet when the two sides met at King Power earlier this campaign.
The Baggies, on the other hand, look completely down and out and confirmation of relegation appears to be a matter of time now. Only Huddersfield Town, Everton and West Ham have leaked more goals than them so far in 2018. With Pardew’s men seemingly out of sorts, the 2016 PFA Player of the year may end up having a field day.
CENK TOSUN (vs BRIGHTON) [H]
The Turk’s debut goal was arguably the only positive Everton would have taken home from another shambolic defeat. Tosun’s solid performance at Turf Moor should force Sam Allardyce to keep him in the starting lineup against Brighton this gameweek. The Seagulls are enjoying a purple patch, with them being on a seven-match unbeaten across all competitions. But like their hosts this weekend, they are yet to keep a shutout in the league this year. A staggering 23 of Everton’s 33 league strikes this season have come at Goodison and with neither team in good defensive health going into this game, expect goals to come from both sides in this encounter which in turn, could prove to be a blessing for those 0.2% managers still keeping their faith in Tosun.