With just one full week separating us from the mass blank game week 31 we look to fully maximise our points potential in a game week 30 that holds plenty of potential for the top teams. Liverpool head to Old Trafford to take on Man Utd in what is without a doubt the toughest fixture featuring top 6 sides but after they conceded two goals to Crystal Palace they may well adopt their usual approach to outscore their opponents.
We take a look at all the top GW30 fixtures and also give one final pointer towards the preparation for the following week. Members can read our full GW31 preparation guide here.
Man Utd Vs. Liverpool
The Salah train shows no signs of stopping as he scored again last week but this will be one of his toughest tasks yet as Liverpool head to Old Trafford. Liverpool were held to a goalless draw when United went to Anfield and although Jose Mourinho will probably adopt a similar approach to this game it will be tough to execute if they defend like they did against Crystal Palace.
With Liverpool playing in GW31 this is no time to be dropping their players and they are capable of scoring agains anyone – if there are any weaknesses in the United backline then they could hurt them. This game has more of a chance of being entertaining than the previous game and with second position in the league up for grabs it should be a good game.
For United, Lukaku is looking like a proposition again but I’d be looking more towards Liverpool in this game.
Everton Vs. Brighton
Everton’s home form is so much better than their away form – which is a good job as their away from couldn’t be much worse! Brighton managed to beat Arsenal last weekend and go in to this game in good form so this should be an interesting encounter. Everton still posses plenty of threats with Theo Walcott and Tosun looking the danger men.
For Brighton, Glenn Murray now has 5 goals in 5 games and is certainly worth a punt in this game – but beware he still blanks in GW31!
A score draw is a likely result in this game.
Huddersfield Vs. Swansea
We generally don’t mention Swansea too much when talking about attacking threats but with a string of superb home performances and fresh off the back of hammering West Ham 4-1 they head in to this game in top form.
Aside from a blip against Brighton away from home they are generally solid enough and will fancy their chances in this fixture. Andre Ayew got two assists on his first start since returning to the club and he is a decent pick at £6.8m whilst his brother Jordan is also a good value option at £5.4m. They do have Man Utd up next and then a trip to West Brom (all of which are away games) so it may not be the best time to put them in – still, if you fancy the differential then choosing one of these players could be a good shout.
West Brom Vs. Leicester
It looks like West Brom are all but down as their Black Country rivals look to come up the other way and following a late equaliser for Leicester last week they look like they have the character and (more importantly) the quality to inflict more misery on the Baggies in this fixture.
Jamie Vardy has not scored for a couple of games now but remains a threat, whilst Riyad Mahrez showed the desire the fans want to see when he scored late on last week.
This is all about Leicester but don’t expect too many goals as they have scored one in each game since Gw24.
West Ham Vs. Burnley
West Ham were so poor in the first half against Swansea last weekend and although there was some spirit in the second half they still ended up on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline. This is no easy game for the Hammers but it is one that they need to win as they sit just 3 points from relegation.
Ashley Barnes is the danger man for the visitors and whilst he hasn’t scored in 3 consecutive games all season he will fancy his chances here.
We see more misery for West Ham here.
Chelsea Vs. Crystal Palace
Chelsea look like they are done for the season and with a performance labelled ’embarrassing’ by a certain Sky Sports pundit they will need to show one hell of a performance in this game. It might be a good time to back Chelsea but other than Hazard there aren’t many other players you would look to back.
There are better options at present than choosing from this lacklustre Chelsea side so we will be bypassing this fixture.
Arsenal Vs. Watford
You could almost say the same of Arsenal as for Chelsea but with one distinct difference. The shortcomings for the Gunners lie in defence rather than all over the pitch and if Arsene Wenger gets his big guns firing this could be where he puts an end to the doom and gloom – albeit temporarily.
Aubameyang managed a goal against Brighton despite not getting a great deal of service and he remains a very decent pick for this game agains Watford who lost 2-0 to West Ham the last time they went on their travels.
It certainly isn’t time to jump all over Arsenal players but at least some coverage for GW30 is likely to be beneficial.
Bournemouth Vs. Spurs
Spurs may not have been as ruthless as they could have been against Huddersfield but they will likely encounter a different approach from Bournemouth who will look to take them on in footballing terms a little bit more. That in itself could be enough for the likes of Son, Alli, Eriksen and Kane to profit and given that Bournemouth rarely keep a clean sheet there is plenty of captaincy potential in this fixture.
Kane doesn’t go long without a goal and Son looked back to his best last weekend so they will be the two to side with in this game.
Stoke Vs. Man City
With Man City edging ever closer to the title you have to fear for Stoke in this fixture. Stoke failed to score in their last fixture and whilst they didn’t concede either it is hard to think the latter feat will be repeated here. City do have Basel to contend with in the Champions League first but that formality should be dealt with by their squad players so they should be fresh with their usual suspects at the helm as Pep looks to wrap up this title as quickly as possible.
Sane and David Silva are the two danger men from midfield (at a reasonable price tag) and Aguero is of course still a threat in attack.
Dismiss City at your peril.