Gameweek 31 Player Picker
A heavily restricted gameweek due to the FA Cup means that there are fewer players to choose from. Saying that there are a few players that are a shoe in so here we go.
no surprise to see the Egyptian wizz-kid top the bookies’ attacking rankings with a 62% chance of netting his 25th goal of the Premier League season. This should be a certainty for a captain’s armband as he has scored in each of his last 5 games in the league at Anfield, bagging 7 goals in that stretch, so a home game against Watford, who have conceded 10 in their last 5 on the road, looks conducive to further returns.
Salah’s partner in goals is another hot pick with 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 top flight appearances at Anfield, and he should form part of a Liverpool attacking double up for your squad this weekend.
The big Dutchman completes our LFC triumvirate as Liverpool top the defensive rankings with a 54% chance of keeping a clean sheet when they entertain Watford on Saturday. The Reds shut out Newcastle in their last game at Anfield, but it is the Hornets’ away form that really catches the eye here – blanks in 5 of their last 6 on the road, scoring just once. Virgil Van Dijk, therefore, has a golden opportunity for a clean sheet, as well as posing a significant aerial threat from corners, so he makes our starting XI.
Bournemouth (38%) rank second ahead of their hosting of West Brom. Eddie Howe’s men haven’t prevented an opposing team from scoring at home in the top flight since mid-November, but with the Baggies rock-bottom of the league and in such dreadful form, Saturday’s game offers the Cherries’ defenders hope. They will no doubt be comforted by the fact that Alan Pardew’s troops haven’t scored in their last 3 away from home, so Nathan Ake, who has 2 goals and 2 assists this term, joins Van Dijk in our defence.
Butland has scored 3 bonus points in 2 of his last 3 outings, whilst also chalking up save points in each of the last 5, so he takes his spot in goal for our squad. Together with Stokes 34% clean sheet probability this should prove a good option.