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FANTASY FORECAST 2018/19: FPL Gameweek 31

March 14, 2019

Ahead of each Gameweek in the Fantasy Premier League, The Hype Train invites a special guest onto its Fantasy Forecast, where the three members of the Hype Team and its Special Guests will duel for FPL supremacy in predicting Premier League scores, as well as going head to head in picking a Scout Picks squad for the relevant Gameweek. In addition, we give our insight into who are the players to watch and those to drop, both for traditional FPL leagues and the Draft mode, as well as providing insight into captaincy picks, differentials for the week, and more. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

 

 

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 31 Deadline

For the 2016/17 Premier League season, the FPL deadline will be one hour before the commencement of the week's first game. The Premier League website lists each FPL deadline, you can always ask on social media, and you can also view a real time countdown on our Weekly Hype page.

 

 

How does our Forecasting work?

We have taken to our Hype Team, and the FPL Community, to compete in a weekly head to head dual of wits. We ask the questions that dominate each week in the Fantasy Premier League: who to pick, who to avoid, who to captain, and who may surprise. The three members of the Hype Team, and a Guest, will provide weekly insight for the Gameweek ahead.

 

For the sake of respecting the rules of the Forecast, we have provided an example of what we're sending out to interested parties that will feature throughout the season.

  • Premier League Fixture Prediction: As pundits, we are testing our football acumen with PL predictions and will be providing regular updated tables and stats in each edition of the FPL Forecast. A perfect score is worth 3 points whilst a correct result is worth 1 point.

  • FPL Gameweek Forecasting: Answering the regular questions that come up every single week in the Fantasy Premier League community that helps with identifying captaincy picks, transfers, attacking options, clean sheet potential, teams to look our for and avoid, players to consider for the Draft game, the wildcard differential players, as well as general analysis and comments.

  • Scout Picks: Picking a squad of 15 for a single Gameweek, without any budget, using the rules of the FPL - formations, captains and vice captains, and the player limits of 3 per club (chips will not be feature of these weekly picks)

  • Each team must pick a Captain, labelled as (c) and a Vice Captain listed as (vc).

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 31

Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle

Burnley 1-2 Leicester

West Ham 2-0 Huddersfield

Fulham 0-3 Liverpool

Everton 1-2 Chelsea

 

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 31

 

Best GW Attacking Options:

Bournemouth (H) vs. Newcastle

Newcastle (A) vs. Bournemouth

Leicester (A) vs. Burnley

West Ham (H) vs. Huddersfield

Liverpool (A) vs. Fulham

Chelsea (A) vs. Everton

 

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

West Ham (H) vs. Huddersfield

Liverpool (A) vs. Fulham

 

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Liverpool: I keep hearing how Liverpool assets are the ‘surprise package’ this weekend. Everywhere I look I see ‘Omg, nobody is backing Sadio!’ like nobody else thinks about the transfer.

 

West Ham: The obvious second pick is Huddersfield’s away trip to the London Stadium. If the Hammers can’t get a clean sheet in this game, there is no hope for them.

 

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Burnley: Leicester have been scoring goals since Rodgers took charge

 

Bournemouth: Newcastle have been on a roll lately, and if there was any team to provide an upset this week

 

GW Differential Picks:

Ayoze Perez, Youri Tielemans, Declan Rice, Gonzalo Higuain, and Joel Matip were my five big differentials this reduced weekend.

 

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C): Mohamad Salah – The Egyptian King is the only real captaincy option this weekend, and he has begun to show his unselfish nature in the past month which might be good news against Fulham who will no doubt dig their heels in.

 

(VC): Sadio Mane – Ten goals in ten games for the Senegalese winger, and after he was crucial in putting Bayern Munich to the sword, nobody can ignore his importance this Gameweek.

 

Other Gameweek Comments:

We are in the endgame of the season, and last week was the final ‘normal’ Gameweek. There will be nothing more than rotation, reduced Gameweek's, and planning for chips. Good luck.

 

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 31

Formation: 3-4-3

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Lukasz Fabianski

 

DEF: Cesar Azpilicueta

DEF: Issa Diop

DEF: Andrew Robertson

 

MID: Ryan Fraser

MID: Sadio Mane (VC)

MID: Mohamad Salah (C)

MID: Eden Hazard

 

FOR: Gonzalo Higuain

FOR: Salomon Rondón

FOR: Jamie Vardy

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Martin Dubravka

MID: Youri Tielemans

DEF: Declan Rice

DEF: Ben Chilwell

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 31
Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle
Burnley 1-2 Leicester
West Ham 3-0 Huddersfield
Fulham 0-4 Liverpool
Everton 1-2 Chelsea

 

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 31
Formation: 3-4-3

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Lukasz Fabianski

 

DEF: Andrew Robertson 
DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold 
DEF: David Luiz

 

MID: Felipe Anderson 
MID: David Brooks 
MID: Eden Hazard (VC)
MID: Mo Salah (C)

 

FOR: Salomon Rondon 
FOR: Callum Wilson 
FOR: Jamie Vardy

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Kasper Schmeichel 
MID: Ryan Fraser 
DEF: Declan Rice 
DEF: Harry Maguire

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 31

Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle

Burnley 1-0 Leicester

West Ham 2-0 Huddersfield

Fulham 0-3 Liverpool

Everton 1-2 Chelsea

 

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 31

 

Best GW Attacking Options:

Bournemouth & Newcastle

West Ham (H) vs. Huddersfield

Liverpool (A) vs. Fulham

 

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

West Ham (H) vs. Huddersfield

Liverpool (A) vs. Fulham

 

Who are your essential Gameweek player picks?:

A trio of Liverpool players – van Dijk, Mane and Salah

West Ham defensive assets – Diop and Rice

Newcastle/Bournemouth attackers – Rondon, Fraser, Wilson

 

Who are the players that might make the difference this Gameweek in the Draft?:

Literally anyone who is playing. A week where you just need the numbers.

 

Who are the teams to look out for?:

Burnley: Jamie Vardy has scored in 3 consecutive PL matches and travels to a Burnley side that will pose a serious threat to Leicester’s quick attack. I expect a low-scoring affair in this one.

 

Everton: By default, many will be expecting Chelsea to beat Everton this weekend, and I am in the majority that sees a good afternoon for Sarri’s men.

 

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Bournemouth: Based on form alone, this fixture is one to worry about for Eddie Howe’s side. Newcastle have only lost 1 of their last 6 matches and beat his Cherries 2-1 during Gameweek 12. Rafa’s men will come to frustrated and hit on the break, and could blunt the Wilson/Fraser combination.

 

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) – Mohamed Salah: The Egyptian gets one last stab with the armband. Mane has been the one that is finding himself as the finisher of the team, though Fulham’s defensive clumsiness has me thinking that Salah might profit from set-piece opportunities.

 

(VC) – Salomon Rondon: The one-man wrecking ball has been in great form since Miguel Almiron’s arrival to Newcastle. Where there are goals for Newcastle right now, Rondon is usually involved.

 

Other Gameweek Comments:

My strategy for the week is to do a -4 with 3 transfers and just rely on 10 starters. There’s a bit of a wait until Gameweek 32, so the landscape of the fixture list will change given the upcoming Double Gameweek.

 

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 31

Formation: 3-5-2

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Lukasz Fabianski

 

DEF: Virgil van Dijk

DEF: Declan Rice

DEF: Cesar Azpilicueta

 

MID: Mohamed Salah

MID: Sadio Mane

MID: Eden Hazard

MID: Felipe Anderson

MID: Miguel Almiron

 

FOR: Callum Wilson

FOR: Salomon Rondon

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Martin Dubravka

FOR: Marko Arnautovic

DEF: James Tarkowski

DEF: David Luiz

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 31

Bournemouth 1-0 Newcastle

Burnley 1-1 Leicester

West Ham 2-1 Huddersfield

Fulham 1-3 Liverpool

Everton 1-1 Chelsea

 

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 31

 

Best GW Attacking Options:

Mane, Wilson, Vardy, Mane

 

Best GW Defensive / Clean Sheet Potential:

TAA, Robertson, VVD, Fabianski, Rice

 

Who are your essential Gameweek player picks?:

Mane, Salah, Brooks/Fraser, Wilson/Vardy, Robertson

 

Who are the players that might make the difference this Gameweek in the Draft?:

Has to be the Liverpool boys, maybe Hazard if he has a good week!

 

Who are the teams to look out for?:

West Ham, Liverpool and Bournemouth for me!

 

Who are the teams to avoid?:

Fulham and Huddersfield, obviously! Why oh why do I still own Mitrovic?

 

GW Differential Picks:

Almiron, Arnie and Tielemans could surprise!

 

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C): Mane

(VC): Salah

 

Other Gameweek Comments:

It’s a huge week in terms of whether to captain Salah or not, who’s effective ownership will be through the roof. Personally, I’m going Mane due to recent form, and just praying he outscores the Egyptian.

 

FPL Hype Picks: Gameweek 31

Formation: 3-4-3

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Fabianski

 

DEF: Robertson

DEF: Luiz

DEF: Rice

 

MID: Salah

MID: Mane

MID: Hazard

MID: Fraser

 

FOR: Wilson

FOR: Higuain

FOR: Vardy

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Schmeichel

MID: Almiron

DEF: Ake

DEF: Keane

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