So a fortnight of Cup games and double gameweek permutations is over and the Premier League is back for a four week run before the next international break. In case you care England play Netherlands and Italy. Excited? Me neither.
The blank gameweek of GW31 is still four weeks away yet and unless a stand out player is available now it’s probably too early to worry about getting players from those teams, Liverpool aside. There’s some full thoughts here Gameweek 31: Embrace The Blanks
Gameweek 28 streaming tips
Defender: Mee, Burnley (SOU H)
Burnley have not hit the heights of their pre Christmas form for a few weeks now. They are without a home clean sheet for four matches but those four games were against Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City. A game against Southampton could see a return to clean sheets, Southampton have never seen a dour attacking performance they didn’t like the look of and might struggle away at Burnley.
Midfield: Brunt, WBA (HUD H)
Slightly shakey pick this given West Brom’s abysmal form. However this is a must win game for West Brom and Huddersfield have been known to collapse away from home. With the Baggies lacking an obvious creative spark Brunt’s long range shooting and set piece delivery could be key to West Brom winning this six pointer. And if Brunt blanks and West Brom fail to win we will at least have the consolation of Pards needing a taxi out of his job.
Forward: Iheanacho, Leicester (STO H)
The young Nigerian has been slowly inching his way into the team after an inexplicable absence since August. Iheanacho has a great scoring record when he plays and has five goals in cup competitions and could get his first league goal for Leicester. Iheanacho started Leicester’s last home game and got an assist and will not get a better chance against a still struggling Stoke side.
Saturday: Butland; Ake; Doucoure, Mahrez; Salah
Sunday: de Gea; Davies; Pogba, Eriksen; Kane
EFL cup final game: Ospina; Walker; Ozil, de Bruyne; Aguero
A key strategy to be aware of if playing the head to head draft is to remember the ABBA picking system and the formation constraints. If your opponent picks a forward first, they won’t be picking another one so don’t rush to pick one, use your picks to get first choice of other positions.
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