EPL Weekend Picks – Week 30

tielemansThis weekend’s Premier League action has one or two tasty fixtures coming at a great time, with arguably the match of the round closing out the weekend’s proceedings when Arsenal take on Manchester United at the Emirates in Sunday’s 4.30pm kickoff. Conversely, getting things underway with the Saturday lunchtime kickoff will be Crystal Palace hosting rivals Brighton at Selhurst Park. With the exception of Man City taking on Watford on Saturday and Chelsea hosting Wolves on Sunday, just about every other game sees a top-half side taking on a bottom-half side, and so there could be one or two surprises in store for fans attending a game in England’s top-flight this weekend.

With that in mind, let us adopt a 4-4-2 formation and take a look at which players could be worth bringing in to your fantasy squad ahead of round 30 of this season’s Premier League.

GK – Alisson (Liverpool)
The former Roma keeper has been the best stopper in the Premier League this season, and this weekend sees the Reds at home against struggling Burnley. With 32 goals from 29 games, the visitors are not the most clinical goalscorers – Alisson has a real chance of keeping a clean sheet here.

DF – Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
Alonso is having another fine time of things at Stamford Bridge this season, but the visit of Wolves will prove a test. Alonso should have enough to deal with what the Black Country club can throw at him, though.

DF - Nathan Aké (Bournemouth)
Aké has shown his class as a fine defender for the Cherries, and while this weekend’s outing is a trip away from home, it is against bottom side Huddersfield, who average just over a goal in every two games. He will need to be on his toes, but the ex-Liverpool defender will fancy his chances of frustrating the Terriers’ frontline.

DF - Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace)
Palace play host to rivals Brighton in Saturday’s early kickoff, and while neither side is exactly excelling in the league this term, home advantage and a slightly superior league standing will give the Eagles confidence – Schlupp will be going all out for the clean sheet in this one.

DF - Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)
Alderweireld will travel with his Spurs team-mates to the south coast for their game against Southampton. Saints have looked much-improved in recent weeks but are still only two outside of the drop zone, and if Alderweireld can keep his cool against his former club then he could be in for some fantasy points this weekend.

MF - Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Hazard is never likely to be too far away from lists such as this one, but the home game against Wolves – while potentially being a testing game – offers an opportunity to the Belgian to show some real flair on the ball. Get on an assist or two for him this weekend.

MF - Paul Pogba (Man Utd)
Fresh off the back of his late penalty miss against Southampton, expect Pogba to be itching to get back to top form when the Red Devils travel to Arsenal. That game seems made for focusing on attacking play rather than defensive, and Pogba will want to have an emphatic impact.

MF - Roberto Pereyra (Watford)
Some fine performances in recent weeks have rightly earned Pereyra some widespread praise, but he will have to be at his best at the home of champions Man City if he is to earn himself some fantasy points. Expect him to rise to the occasion.

MF - Youri Tielemans (Leicester City)
Tielemans has been Leicester’s best-performing midfielder so far this season, and with new manager Brendan Rodgers suffering a loss in his first game in charge the Foxes will want to bounce back and prove the ex-Liverpool boss did not make a mistake in leaving Celtic for them. Tielemans will want to offer a positive contribution at home to struggling Fulham on Saturday.

ST - Sergio Aguero (Man City)
Another player never far away from consideration here, Aguero has a home match here to try and net a goal or two. Watford are not the easiest side to break down, but the Argentinian has never shied away from a challenge. Expect him to grab a goal this weekend.

ST – Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
Sorry Fulham fans, but Leicester’s strikers will be looking forward to going up against the league’s leakiest defence. This is the kind of game Vardy thrives on for finding the net, so expect the England international to have a bit of success at Craven Cottage this weekend.

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