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FPL GW31 Wildcard

FPL_Obssesed plays his wildcard this week and shares his thoughts with us.

As per the plan, I played my wildcard ahead of GW31 therefore, instead of the usual BUY/SELL/KEEP article this week, I will be doing my Wildcard reveal and giving reasons for each selection.

Please consider this a sort of semi-reveal because a few choices may be subject to change at the last minute – I have indicated where I think this is most likely.


Bernd Leno (£5.0m / 6.8%)

Upcoming Fixtures = (shu, FUL, EVE, new, WBA, che)

I wanted at least one Arsenal player in my squad to recognise the ease of their upcoming fixtures. I wasn’t too overwhelmed by their outfield options so I have decided to go for Leno between the sticks. Bit of a differential shout.

Note: I am also considering Mendy as a replacement but am not keen on the Chelsea defensive double up.

Fraser Forster (£4.0m / 6.6%)

Upcoming Fixtures = (wba, tot, BLANK, LEI, liv, FUL)

I can’t stand rotating goalkeepers, so I have gone for Forster as a cheap enabler. He is £4m and seems nailed on for Southampton at the moment. He will come in only to cover injury


Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m / 8.3%)

Upcoming Fixtures = (cry, BHA, whu, FUL, mci, ARS)

It is easy to get carried away with the disappointment of GW30 but, if we are being honest with ourselves, it was a total blip.

Chelsea went down to 10-men and West Brom played some uncharacteristically excellent football. Prior to that, Chelsea have been a powerhouse at the back and Azpilicueta is the most nailed on defender for them.

Note: I am also considering Alonso as a replacement, but am not sure I can cope with the potential rotation.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m / 14.1%)

Upcoming Fixtures = (AVL, lee, NEW, mun, SOU, wba)

Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures are excellent and their display against Arsenal suggests they are heading back to their old ways. TAA, in particular, has been impressive, racking up 34 points in his last six appearances. He is top of all defenders for Key Passes, 2nd for Shots, and joint top for Big Chances Created.

Luke Shaw (£5.3m / 15.5%)

Upcoming Fixtures = (tot, BUR, lee, LIV, avl, LEI)

I have been trying to find a way to get Luke Shaw in for ages and now the wildcard presents me with the opportunity. It has been an amazing turnaround for the Manchester United full back this season. Shaw is top for points (39), amongst defenders, in the last six gameweeks and 2nd for Key Passes.

Conor Coady (£4.8m / 5.5%)

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Upcoming Fixtures = (ful, SHU, BUR, wba, BHA, tot)

Wolves upcoming fixtures are amongst the best of all teams, however, their form of late has been pretty poor. I will not be investing in any other Wolves assets but, at just £4.8m, I quite like Coady as a differential option. He is also joint 3rd for Big Chances so there is always a slight chance of goal involvement thrown in.

Nat Phillips (£4.0m / 1.7%)

I think we are going to be seeing a lot more of Nat Phillips as Liverpool continue with their long-term injuries at centre back.

At £4m he will sit on the bench to be used in emergencies.

Perhaps surprisingly, he is joint 3rd (amongst defenders) for Shots In The Box.


Riyad Mahrez (£8.2m / 7.6%)

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Upcoming Fixtures = (LEE, avl, BLANK, cry, CHE, new)

It wouldn’t be FPL without a bit of Pep Roulette so for this wildcard I am going for the Algerian.

This is a little bit of a one-week punt and my plan is to switch Mahrez for Son to take advantage of their double in GW32. Mahrez is 2nd for Shots (amongst midfielders) and joint top for Shots In The Box. Of course, he played the full 90 against Dortmund on Tuesday but he has started the last six Premier League matches for City so his starting place is as nailed as it can be.

Jesse Lingard (£6.3m / 19.4%)

Upcoming Fixtures = (LEI, new, CHE, bur, EVE, bha)

If you would have told me at the beginning of the season that one of my top transfer targets was going to be Jesse Lingard, I would have very politely asked what you were smoking. But, here we are. Lingard has 50 points in his last six appearance (average of just over 8 points per game) and is in the form of his life.

West Ham’s upcoming fixtures are a mixed bag but Lingard has shown he can get returns against the big teams whenever he chooses.

Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m / 58.2%)

Upcoming Fixtures = (tot, BUR, lee, LIV, avl, LEI)

One of the few premium attacking options who is justifying his price tag; Bruno stays in my squad. I’m not sure I need to go into his stats; we know what the man can do. Looking at the last six gameweeks it could be argued that he is going through his worst patch of the season, even so, I think he is a season keeper.

Note: I am also considering Salah as a replacement but am not totally convinced about his form.

Diogo Jota (£6.9m / 11.9%)

Upcoming Fixtures = (AVL, lee, NEW, mun, SOU, wba)

As a Liverpool fan, I am little bit enamoured with Jota and he was one of my first choices when I played my wildcard (especially since his price was sky rocketing). I can’t really do any meaningful comparisons of underlying stats due to his recent return from injury so this pick is all about gut feel and the eye test. Let’s not forget he was banging in the goals for Portugal as well. Jota is locked in my team.

Matheus Pereira (£5.3m / 2.0%)

Upcoming Fixtures = (SOU, lei, avl, WOL, ars, LIV)

My sneaky differential pick and, before you say anything, no I am not getting carried away with his performance against Chelsea, and yes, I know Chelsea went down to ten men, etc, etc. but for me, Pereira just has so much going for him and I think, as West Brom push for safety, the Brazilian is going to be a key asset in their fight. He is top of all midfielders for Shots On Target, joint 2nd for Shots and 2nd for Big Chances Created.

Note: I am also considering Mount as a replacement for this position.


Richarlison (£7.9m / 9.2%)

Upcoming Fixtures = bha, TOT, ars, AVL, whu, SHU)

I have owned DCL since GW25 and wished I’d have gone for Richarlison so it is time to correct that mistake. I do feel that Richarlison has been unlucky of late, particularly against Crystal Palace where he could have got a hat-trick, so I am hoping that I am jumping on him at just the right time. Fixtures are a bit mixed which puts me off slightly, but I think he could a good pick.

Note: I am also considering Lacazette as a replacement for this position but waiting to see what happens in the Europa League this evening.

Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.8m / 4.9%)

Upcoming Fixtures = whu, WBA, CRY, sou, NEW, mun)

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A sub £6m forward, in exceptional form with good fixtures coming up. This one is a no-brainer for me. The biggest concern I have is that at some point I am going to want to bench him and I fear he may become my new Soucek. He is top of the tables for points scored per 90 mins over the last six gameweeks.

Harry Kane (£11.7 / 48.1%)

Upcoming Fixtures = MUN, eve/SOU, BLANK, SHU, lee, WOL)

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]Last but by no means least, it’s Harry Kane. If you don’t own him, you’ve got a world of hurt coming. With a double in GW32 and decent fixtures thereafter, Spurs probably have the best run in of all the teams, despite a blank in GW33. As well as scoring 51 points in the last six gameweeks,

Kane’s underlying stats are unreal. 33 Shots (top of all players) 13 of those on target and 19 from Inside The Box. If you don’t have him, get him.



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