The Premier League season continues apace, but due to the FA Cup Semi-Finals, just 12 teams are in FPL action this weekend. As is customary, we analyse the clean sheet and anytime goalscorer odds in order to give you an all-important edge over your fantasy football rivals.
Liverpool have the best clean sheet odds as title race hots up
The top flight’s best defence have a 51% chance of racking up their 18th clean sheet of the Premier League season when they travel to Southampton on Friday night. The Reds have conceded just 9 times on the road, and have registered shutouts in 3 of their last 5 away from home, conceding just twice over that stretch. With title rivals Manchester City in FA Cup action this weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s side have the chance to open up a 5 point gap at the top of the table, and Virgil van Dijk looks the pick of the bunch here from a fantasy perspective, given his 14% chance of scoring according to the bookmakers.
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Foxes looking for back-to-back clean sheets
Gameweek 32 saw the first clean sheet of the Brendan Rodgers era as Leicester beat Bournemouth 2-0. They now have the perfect chance for back-to-back defensive successes when they visit relegated Huddersfield on Saturday. No team has scored fewer than the Terriers’ 18 goals this season, whilst they have also blanked in 9 of their last 12 outings in all competitions. Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire (both ranked at 14% to score by the bookies) have notched 3 goals each this term, whilst regular wingbacks Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell have chalked up 6 and 4 assists respectively, so investing in the Leicester defence this weekend could reap rewards at both ends of the pitch.
Schlupp’s OOP appeal hard to ignore
Playing in midfield of late, Palace’s Ghanaian has managed to find the net once and set up another 3 goals in his last 7 games. Furthermore, 5 of his 7 attacking returns this campaign have come away from home, so whilst a trip to St James’ Park is not the easiest of assignments, can you afford to overlook a £4.5m option ranked by the bookies as the likeliest defender to score (20%) in Gameweek 33, especially with the Magpies conceding twice in each of their last 4?
Vardy party set to continue
With 6 goals in his last 7 games, Jamie Vardy is certainly in good form. A plum fixture away to the downed Terriers will have many fantasy managers licking their lips and considering handing the Englishman the captain’s armband, especially with Huddersfield conceding 8 times in their last 3 matches – more than any other side in the division. With Leicester’s number 9 also registering an 11 point haul (1 goal, 1 assist, 2 bonus) in the reverse fixture back in September, the party looks set to continue on Saturday.
Chelsea boys expected to pick up form
Chelsea’s 3-0 home victory against Brighton to conclude Gameweek 32 helped end a small decline in form and reinvigorate their push for a top-four finish. Chelsea assets will be popular again in Gameweek 33 as they host a West Ham team that have leaked goals in recent weeks. Eden Hazard is back in the spotlight after returning 14 points against Brighton. The bookies have him as odds on favourite (tied with Vardy) to score this weekend.
Olivier Giroud, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were all given their first decent run out in months during DGW32. All three managed to return, but that’s not to say they are now nailed on. It’s quite clear that Maurizio Sarri (at least from what we’ve seen so far) is happy to use them as rotation players. If you are looking to take a gamble on one, perhaps in a free hit team or in a FantasyBet lineup, we’ll list their implied percentages below. We choose to stick to more nailed on players in the graphic in an attempt to not mislead our readers.
Giroud: 1.95 (51%)
Hudson-Odoi: 2.40 (42%)
Loftus-Cheek: 2.40 (42%)
Calvert-Lewin the cheap differential you need?
Owned by just 1.8% of FPL managers and priced well-under £6m, Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be the perfect differential this weekend ahead of his home game against Arsenal. He has 3 attacking returns in his last 5 games (2 goals, 1 assist) and has earned significant praise from Marco Silva, indicating he’ll get the chance to continue up top for the Toffees for the foreseeable future. With Arsenal conceding in every Premier League away game so far this season, the young England striker may prove to be a shrewd purchase in Gameweek 33.
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