FPL Gameweek 31 Preview – Tips, Fixtures, Stats – 20/21

The Easter Weekend fixture are complete and now we look to Gameweek 31. Plenty of goals were scored but not necessarily by the teams you’d expect.

West Brom halted Chelsea’s run of clean sheets and Liverpool gave us a glimpse of their title-winning form from last season.

As always, we look at each Premier League teams’ percentage chance of winning, the most likely goalscorers and which defenders will bring those all-important clean sheet points.

Fulham vs Wolves

  • Home Win: 39%
  • Draw: 32%
  • Away Win: 29%

Fulham missed the chance to step out of the relegation zone last week by losing 3-1 to Aston Villa. Out-of-favour striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic scored his first goal since Gameweek 2. If the Cottagers can get the Serbian back to his best, he could play a huge part in their fight for survival.

In Gameweek 31, Fulham will host Wolves at Craven Cottage. Wolves are now five games without a win in the league after they struggled to complete a comeback against West Ham and  ended with a 3-2 defeat.

Goalscorer: Bobby Decordova-Reid 29%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 38%
  • Away: 33%

Man City vs Leeds

  • Home Win: 79%
  • Draw: 14%
  • Away Win: 7%

Manchester City stayed on course to re-claim the Premier League title as they beat third placed, Leicester City, 2-0. The victory saw the Citizens earn their 17th clean sheet of the season. Striker, Gabriel Jesus scored his fourth goal from his last four appearance.

Leeds United will hope to delay City’s title celebrations as they take them on at the Etihad this weekend. Jack Harrison registered 13 FPL points this week with a goal and an assist in their 2-1 win over Yorkshire rivals, Sheffield United. However, the midfielder will be ineligible to face his parent club in Gameweek 31.

Goalscorer: Sergio Aguero 49%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 47%
  • Away: 8%

Liverpool vs Aston Villa

  • Home Win: 65%
  • Draw: 21%
  • Away Win: 14%

Liverpool put on a performance which mirrored their form last season as they beat Arsenal 3-0. Diogo Jota strengthened his claim for a starting XI place by scoring his second and third goal in the last two games. The £6.9m midfielder came away with 12 FPL points.

The reigning champions will be up against Aston Villa at Anfield in Gameweek 31. The Villains are also coming off a victory after they beat Fulham 3-1. Striker, Ollie Watkins, returned from international duty to bag his 11th goal of the season.

Goalscorer: Mo Salah 55%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 40%
  • Away: 13%

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

  • Home Win: 11%
  • Draw: 25%
  • Away Win: 64%

Michy Batshuayi rescued a point for Palace against Everton in their 1-1 draw. The striker’s late goal was just his second of the season but further reduced any fears of getting dragged into a relegation scrap.

Chelsea will hope to get back on track after their shocking defeat to West Brom last time round. The Blues run of four clean sheets in a row came to a crashing end after they went down to ten men and lost 5-2. As a result, Chelsea dropped out of the top four.

Goalscorer: Olivier Giroud 40%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 17%
  • Away: 51%

Burnley vs Newcastle

  • Home Win: 42%
  • Draw: 31%
  • Away Win: 27%

Burnley were left disappointed after losing 3-2 although they were leading 2-0 in the opening half hour against Southampton. Striker, Chris Wood, did his bit by opening the scoring and assisting the second. Owned by just 1.3% of FPL teams, Wood has scored in all of the last three games.

Newcastle head to Turf Moor this weekend after snatching a point against Tottenham thanks to a late goal by Joe Willock. The Magpies are now three points above the relegation zone with a game in hand.

Goalscorer: Chris Wood 36%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 38%
  • Away: 30%

West Ham vs Leicester

  • Home Win: 32%
  • Draw: 29%
  • Away Win: 39%

West Ham clung on to their 3-2 lead to earn all three points against Wolves. Jesse Lingard’s sparkling form continue as he scored an outstanding solo effort before setting up another. The England midfielder picked up 12 points for the second week running and is now averaging 7.2 points per game, based on form.

Leicester couldn’t derail Manchester City’s title charge and fell to a 2-0 defeat. The Foxes still sit in third and are five points clear the sides chasing the top four spots. Fourth placed West Ham will be their next opponents.

Goalscorer: Jamie Vardy 33%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 27%
  • Away: 31%

Tottenham vs Man United

  • Home Win: 33%
  • Draw: 28%
  • Away Win: 39%

Tottenham dropped more points after letting in another goal during the final ten minutes of the game. Their match with Newcastle ended 2-2 with Harry Kane scoring both for Spurs. The England captain now has 19 goals in the league so far.

Manchester United will hope to inflict further damage to Tottenham’s hopes of a place in Europe when they face them this week. The Red Devils came from a losing position to win 2-1 against Brighton in the last Gameweek. Bruno Fernandes picked up his 13th assist of the season, to go alongside his 16 goals.

Goalscorer: Harry Kane 42%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 25%
  • Away: 29%

Sheffield United vs Arsenal

  • Home Win: 14%
  • Draw: 24%
  • Away Win: 62%

Sheffield United couldn’t manage an equaliser against Leeds and ended with a 2-1 defeat. The bottom of the league side are now 15 points off safety as their relegation to the second tier still seems inevitable.

In Gameweek 31, the Blades will host an Arsenal side who are coming off a poor performance last week. The Gunners lost 3-0 to Liverpool at home where they rarely troubled their opponent’s keeper.

Goalscorer: Alexandre Lacazette 48%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 18%
  • Away: 48%

West Brom vs Southampton

  • Home Win: 27%
  • Draw: 29%
  • Away Win: 44%

West Brom pulled out a fantastic 5-2 win as they took advantage of having the extra man against Chelsea. Matheus Pereira lead the attack for the Baggies by finding the net twice and assisting two more. The midfielder ended the game with 21 FPL points.

Southampton play West Brom this week and they are also riding on a high after coming back from 2-0 down to beat Burnley 3-2. After another injury set-back, Danny Ings came back with a bang by scoring one and assisting another.

Goalscorer: Danny Ings 37%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 25%
  • Away: 35%

Brighton vs Everton

  • Home Win: 42%
  • Draw: 29%
  • Away Win: 29%

Brighton couldn’t keep hold of their lead against Man United last week and ended with a 2-1 defeat. Former Red Devil, Danny Welbeck found the back of the net for the second week in a row. Priced at £5.5m, the striker is now averaging 6.7 points per week based on form.

Everton’s trip to Brighton will complete the Gameweek 31 fixtures and the Toffees will be desperate to bounce back after settling for a draw against Crystal Palace. James Rodriguez returned from injury with a goal and 11 FPL points and if they are to push for a place in Europe, Everton will need to keep the Colombian midfielder fit.

Goalscorer: Dominic Calvert-Lewin 33%

Clean Sheet

  • Home: 36%
  • Away: 29%
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