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Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 31

Here we go again. A strange gameweek this time round but one that could prove to be crucial. There are only five matches on offer in the Premier League this weekend, with only two of the top six involved.

Liverpool have the opportunity to move back above Manchester City into top spot in the division as they travel to face lowly Fulham on Sunday afternoon before Chelsea head to Merseyside to take on an Everton team keen to bounce back from their collapse at Newcastle last week.

Bournemouth and West Ham both have home ties that they will fancy if they harbour any serious ambitions for a seventh place (best-of-the-rest) finish this season and the final game comes at Turf Moor where Burnley take on Leicester, with the home side desperately needing to end a run of three consecutive defeats to try and move clear of the drop zone.

Captain’s pick

He might not have been on the scoresheet since Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth in February, but we believe that the Egyptian will benefit from the weaknesses of his opponents this weekend. Fulham have shown severe vulnerability in the seconds after losing possession of the ball – something that Leicester capitalised on last weekend (below).

It was also evident when Liverpool faced Fulham at Anfield earlier in the season, when Mo Salah opened the scoring after combining with Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold to react quickly to transition.

Salah often stays high in the out of possession phases for Liverpool and will be their outlet upon regain. We think that could lead to a few points this weekend.

The images below are taken two seconds apart, highlighting Fulham’s vulnerability in transition.

Value pick
Something of a revelation at the London Stadium this season, Declan Rice is the top-scoring West Ham defender with 80 points and has made the position in front of the back four his own, earning him a call up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad. Rice has a home tie against bottom of the table Huddersfield to look forward to this weekend – a team that averages 0.5 goals per game and haven’t scored away from home since Boxing Day at Old Trafford.

Rice has shown that he can be a threat at set-pieces as well with two goals since the turn of the year, both coming at home. Rice will be confident of keeping a clean sheet and could even add more points to his tally via goals and bonuses.

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 31

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