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Rejoice! The Premier League is back – and alongside the return of real top-flight English football on the pitch, the Fantasy Football campaign is also kicking back into gear off it.
We get straight back into the FF groove with a meaty fixtures list packed with point-scoring potential, including double gameweek fixtures for Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Arsenal.
If you’re targeting a late surge to climb your 2019/20 FPL league table, FST has got you covered – and below, we’ve assembled some of the best fantasy football tips and stats around. For an even more detailed analysis on each of this week’s games make sure to check out our Premier League predictions.
Right, let’s crack on…
Best possible fantasy team for GW 30
Fantasy football tips this week
First up – it’s well worth noting, for those who aren’t already aware, that unlimited transfers are allowed this week, which means Fantasy Football players can reshape their entire team from top to bottom if they wish.
Check out our best Fantasy football transfer tips and selection advice below.
City worth raiding
Manchester City, with two very winnable looking home games against Arsenal and Burnley, look certain to be plundered for plenty of players by Fantasy Football aficionados– and with good reason.
The free-scoring Citizens will expect to record comfortable back-to-back wins over the Gunners and then the Clarets, making every member of their star-studded front six potentially prolific options for Game Week 30.
Three of the main men for the soon to be disposed Premier League champions in terms of goals, assists and points this season Kevin de Bruyne (178), Raheem Sterling (118) and Sergio Aguero (124) are all worth drafting in ahead of what could be two big wins for Pep Guardiola’s men.
De Bruyne’s performances this term have driven his price up by a notable 11 points this season – the joint highest bump in the Premier League overall. The Belgian is worth the extra squeeze on your virtual wallet however, and features in almost half of all Fantasy Football teams entered (49.6%).
Check out our analyst’s match preview for more Manchester City vs Arsenal predictions.
Turn to Sheffield United for defensive recruits
Similarly, the notoriously robust Sheffield United team don’t look like conceding many with away trips against bottom half dwellers Aston Villa and Newcastle United on the horizon – making them a go-to-club for defensive recruits this week.
Dean Henderson (122), who ranks number two for points scored on the keepers’ list this season should do well again, while any of the Blades listed defenders, Chris Basham, John Egan, John Lundstrum, Jack O’Connell, Enda Stevens and George Baldock look picks with potential.
More a more thorough analysis, read our detailed Aston Villa vs Sheffield United predictions.
Filling in the blanks
Jack Grealish talisman is the likeliest Aston Villa to find a way past Sheffield United’s watertight rearguard, and in a game week where the Villains feature twice, it could be worth banking on the 24-year-old’s match-defining ability for your Fantasy Football XI.
Elsewhere, Wolves should do well in their first game back in the saddle against a West Ham they have turned over three times in the spin, making several of their stars, including the electric Adama Traore excellent cut-price options for your team this week.
Flying winger Traore has already bagged 108 points this season, but is the 3rd cheapest player in the 20 top scoring FF midfielders at 5.7m.
Leicester City stalwart Jonny Evans, who has amassed a credible 108 points this term at the heart of the Premier League’s second best defence, also looks a useful addition ahead of the Foxes’ trip to a temperamental Watford outfit.
Who to captain this gameweek
Argentine marksman Sergio Aguero fired home a sensational hattrick against Arsenal in last season’s corresponding fixture, and the explosive striker will be out to do some damage against the Gunners again on Wednesday. In the second run out of his double-fixture week, Aguero will be taking aim against a Burnley team he has nine career goals against already, and with opportunities to add to that impressive tally expected to be plentiful, this is a real chance for FF players to fill their boots.
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