This is a shorter game week with only 12 teams participating and some other teams involved in FA cup action. Given also the congestion of fixtures in the past couple of weeks, it’s also fair to say that you have to be wary of any squad rotation that might be taking place. We focus more on teams that have something to fight for as it is more likely that they will field their strongest squad to try to achieve their targets. Given the shorter list of games, we will also recommend those that have not utilised their Free Hit option to exercise that this week as they can then pick a new squad just to accommodate this week’s fixtures and revert to the norm from next week onwards.
- Karius, Loris (LIV, 4.9m)– The Baggies are trying really hard to not confirm their relegation status, but might not have sufficient firepower to trouble the Reds who have kept 6 clean sheets in the last 10 games.
- Pope, Nick (BUR, 5.0m) – Burnley is pushing hard to secure their Europa League spot and even if they do not get a clean sheet, Pope has been getting plenty of bonus points from saves as well.
- Tarkowski, James (BUR, 4.6m)– Sure starter and Burnley are flying high at the moment.
- Klavan, Ragnar (LIV, 4.1m) – We suspect Klopp will ring some changes ahead of the Champions League semi-final game so it’s likely that Klavan will get a nod in defence.
- Chambers, Calum (ARS, 4.7m) – Similarly, with an Europa league semi final coming up, Chambers has been getting plenty of game time lately.
- Kolasinac, Sead (ARS, 5.8m) – He’s also been rotated a fair bit in recent weeks but we think he will be playing this weekend and stands a fair chance of getting a good result at home against the Hammers.
- Laporte, Aymeric (MNC, 5.1m) – Having already secured the league, we suspect coach Guardiola will likely be rotating his squad and give some of his fringe players a chance to stamp their slots and we think Laporte will have a very good chance of getting more playing time given that he’s only joined the club in January and will need time to gel in.
- Salah, Mohammed (LIV, 10.5m)– With the EPL top scorer title at stake as well, we think Salah will at least start and if Liverpool can get to a comfortable lead at the Hawthorns, he can then be rested ahead of the semi-final game. Hence, he will still be a difficult player to drop.
- Milivojevic, Luka (CRY, 5.2m)– Besides Zaha, he’s probably their player of the season. A very dependable dead ball taker.
- Zaha, Wilfried (CRY, 6.9m)– Has been on fire since his return from injury. Palace desperately needs him to carry on with that form to starve off relegation.
- Gundogan, Ilkay (MNC, 5.4m)– Did very well in his last 2 outings with a goal apiece. We think he will get more playing time in the tail end of the season to get him fitter for next season.
- Iwobi, Alex (ARS, 5.1m)– Wenger has been giving a few youngsters a run out in recent games as well as giving Iwobi more playing time and he has looked sharp.
- Firmino, Roberto (LIV, 9.4m)– Second highest scoring striker in FPL at the moment. We think that similar to Salah, he might start the game and only be substituted out in the second half.
- Lacazette, Alexandre (ARS, 10.2m)– Haven’t been getting as much game time recently but did score in the recent loss to Newcastle. We think he will be getting a start here and Wenger might opt to rest Aubameyang who has been getting plenty of game time lately.
- Jesus, Garbiel (MNC, 10.0m) – With Aguero out injured, we think Jesus should be starting and Man City stands a good chance of scoring at home against the Swans.
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