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It's crunch time in the Fantasy Premier League. Fixtures for the elusive Double Gameweeks are slowly being added to the FPL website, and many patient managers who have endured the winter months are heavily considering playing chips and the second wildcard for a points boost when the right time arises. With many changes abound, we evaluate the top 10 midfielders heading GW31, and ask the simple question... Do they produce better fantasy returns at home or away? Tricky fixtures for the likes of favourites Mesut Ozil, Roberto Firmino, and Dimitri Payet to name a few, have had us call into question whether or not we need to worry about these popular selections heading into this week and the future.



The simple question...

Requires the simple answer. We've looked just at overall points tallies from home and away fixtures running up until GW30, and after tapping away with a calculator have unearthered whether players are more effective from a fantasy standpoint in front of their own fans, or if they're more likely to turn on the style at rival grounds.


Mahrez's best home days...

GW1 (Sunderland, home): 15pts

GW3 (Spurs, home): 10pts

GW5 (Aston Villa, home): 11pts

GW10 (Crystal Palace, home): 6pts

GW16 (Chelsea, home): 13pts

GW23 (Stoke, home): 6pts

GW24 (Liverpool, home): 6pts

GW28 (West Brom, home): 6pts


Mahrez’s best away days…
GW2 (West Ham, away): 10pts
GW6 (Stoke, away): 11pts
GW11 (West Brom, away): 15pts
GW15 (Swansea, away): 21pts
GW17 (Everton, away): 15pts
GW25 (Man City, away): 14pts
GW29 (Watford, away): 11pts


Mahrez vs. ‘Top 4’
GW7 (Arsenal, home): 2pts
GW14 (Man United, home): 2pts
GW16 (Chelsea, home): 13pts
GW19 (Man City, home): 3pts
GW25 (Man City, away): 14pts
GW26 (Arsenal, away): 1pt
Total: 35pts


Ozil’s best away days…
GW9 (Watford, away): 12pts
GW11 (Swansea, away): 10pts
GW14 (Norwich, away): 10pts
GW25 (Bournemouth, away): 10pts
GW27 (Man United, away): 10pts


Ozil vs. ‘Top 4’
GW6 (Chelsea, away): 2pts
GW8 (Man United, home): 13pts
GW17 (Man City, home): 11pts
GW23 (Chelsea, home): 2pts
GW27 (Man United, away): 10pts
Total: 38pts



Payet's best home days...

GW2 (Leicester, home): 9pts

GW7 (Norwich, home): 7pts

GW10 (Chelsea, home): 5pts

GW28 (Spurs, home): 6pts

Payet’s best away days…
GW8 (Sunderland, away): 10pts
GW21 (Bournemouth, away): 11pts
GW26 (Norwich, away): 13pts
GW29 (Everton, away): 13pts

Payet vs. ‘Top 4’
GW1 (Arsenal, away): 6pts
GW6 (Man City, away): 5pts
GW10 (Chelsea, home): 5pts
GW15 (Man United, away): Didn’t play
GW23 (Man City, home): 2pts
Total: 18pts


Firmino's best home days...

GW18 (Leicester, home): 8pts

GW21 (Arsenal, home): 13pts

GW25 (Sunderland, home): 13pts

GW28 (Man City, home): 12pts


Firmino’s best away days…
GW11 (Chelsea, away): 5pts
GW13 (Man City, away): 15pts
GW23 (Norwich, away): 18pts
GW26 (Aston Villa, away): 6pts
GW29 (Crystal Palace, away): 9pts


Firmino vs. ‘Top 4’
GW3 (Arsenal, away): 3pts
GW5 (Man United, away): 2pts
GW11 (Chelsea, away): 5pts
GW13 (Man City, away): 15pts
GW21 (Arsenal, home): 13pts
GW22 (Man United, home): 2pts
GW28 (Man City, home): 12pts
Total: 52pts



Marko’s best home days…
GW12 (Chelsea, home): 9pts
GW15 (Man City, home): 16pts
GW 18 (Man United, home): 8pts
GW27 (Aston Villa, home): 15pts
GW30 (Southampton, home): 9pts


Marko’s best away days…
GW2 (Spurs, away): 10pts
GW8 (Aston Villa, away): 9pts
GW19 (Everton, away): 12pts


Marko vs. ‘Top 4’
GW5 (Arsenal, away): 2pts
GW12 (Chelsea, home): 9pts
GW15 (Man City, home): 16pts
GW 18 (Man United, home): 8pts
GW22 (Arsenal, home): 3pts
GW24 (Man United, away): 2pts
GW29 (Chelsea, home): 2pts
Total: 42pts



Notes on Alli
• Dele Alli has scored 7 BPL goals this season, but only has been at home. GW11’s home goal against bottom club Aston Villa is the solitary home goal.

• Like with Alli’s goals, most of the assists are away from the Lane. Alli has only registered 4 of his 11 assists at home.

• The English midfielder has only missed 2 games all season (GW2 & GW14).

• Alli has completed the full 90 minutes on 11 occasions this season. Alli’s either been subbed, or come on as a sub in 17/30 of his games.


Alli’s best home days…
GW11 (Aston Villa, home): 10pts
GW13 (West Ham, home): 5pts
GW18 (Norwich, home): 6pts
GW25 (Watford, home): 4pts
GW29 (Arsenal, home): 5pts


Alli’s best away days…
GW3 (Leicester, away): 6pts
GW8 (Swansea, away): 9pts
GW15 (West Brom, away): 9pts
GW17 (Southampton, away): 12pts
GW20 (Everton, away): 8pts
GW23 (Crystal Palace, away): 13pts
GW24 (Norwich, away): 10pts
GW30 (Aston Villa, away): 9pts


Notes on Barkley

• Despite being in the Dream Team of midfielders, Barkley has only managed returns in 3 games this season. He’s blanked in the remaining 20 games.


• Barkley has managed 4 double digit weeks in the FPL: GWs 2, 14, 15, 24


Barkley’s best home days…
GW1 (Watford, home): 9pts
GW5 (Chelsea, home): 9pts
GW13 (Aston Villa, home): 19pts
GW17 (Leicester, home): 9pts
GW19 (Stoke, home): 5pts
GW24 (Newcastle, home): 16pts


Barkley’s best away days…
GW2 (Southampton, away): 11pts
GW10 (Arsenal, away): 7pts
GW14 (Bournemouth, away): 13pts


Gini’s best home days…
GW1 (Southampton, home): 7pts
GW7 (Chelsea, home): 8pts
GW9 (Norwich, home): 25pts
GW15 (Liverpool, home): 14pts
GW21 (Man United, home): 8pts
GW22 (West Ham, home): 13pts

Gini’s only away days…
GW8 (Man City, away): 5pts
GW12 (Bournemouth, away): 6pts


Siggy’s best home days…
GW4 (Man United, home): 4pts
GW21 (Sunderland, home): 7pts
GW25 (Crystal Palace, home): 10pts
GW29 (Norwich, home): 10pts

Siggy’s best away days…
GW7 (Southampton, away): 8pts
GW10 (Aston Villa, away): 10pts
GW20 (Man United, away): 8pts
GW23 (Everton, away): 8pts
GW24 (West Brom, away): 10pts
GW30 (Bournemouth, away): 9pts


Eriksen’s best home days…
GW2 (Stoke, home): 8pts
GW13 (West Ham, home): 10pts
GW16 (Newcastle, home): 5pts
GW22 (Sunderland, home): 15pts

Eriksen’s best away days…
GW8 (Bournemouth, away): 15pts
GW23 (Crystal Palace, away): 7pts
GW24 (Norwich, away): 11pts
GW26 (Man City, away): 10pts




The process of thinking with a lot of fantasy managers, in regards to advantages for a new Gameweek, is looking at home fixtures. However, top performers in midfield have prospered on the road more than they have in front of their own fans. Here's a quick recap of the top 10 midfielders that were profiled in this article.


Riyad Mahrez (away)

Mesut Ozil (away)

Dimitri Payet (away)

Roberto Firmino (away)

Marko Arnautovic (home)

Dele Alli (away)

Ross Barkley (home)

Gini Wijnaldum (home)

Gylfi Sigurdsson (away)

Christian Eriksen (home)


The big players in question - Mahrez, Ozil, Payet, and Firmino - are all playing away from home for GW31. All have superior FPL points tallies away from their home grounds. If you're in doubt about playing them, don't be. If anything, if you've to rotate your team, Dele Alli, based purely off his returns at White Hart Lane, should be the culprit on your bench for the weekend. Saying that, we're pretty sure we've jinxed a treble from the new English international. On top of everything, will you have the nerve to drop Mahrez for GW34, making way for a midfielder playing twice? Long term owners might not be able to afford him.


All aboard.



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