Many FPL players loaded up on some of the
popular assets from Sheffield United ahead of their double GW this week, particularly the defensive assets. This proved successful in their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa, with popular assets George Baldock (£5.1) and John Lundstram (£4.9) both returning clean sheet points for their owners. As well as this, the ever-popular keeper choice of Dean Henderson (£5.3) returned an 11 point haul after his 6 saves against Villa. However, a 3-0 thumping by Newcastle was one of Sheffield's worst performances of the season, recording only 1 shot on goal, and seeing defender John Egan (£4.6) sent off. With Sheffield playing Manchester United next week, Dean Henderson will be ineligible to play against his old side, and a defensive change will have to be taken into consideration due to Egan's suspension. This could spell problems for owners of Sheffield assets.
2). Tottenham vs Manchester United sees differential picks emerge
Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Manchester United saw a number of marquee players return from lengthy periods on the sideline, opening up opportunities for differential player picks considering their low ownerships. Paul Pogba (£8.3) stole the headlines in his return to the United side, linking up in the much-anticipated midfield partnership with Bruno Fernandes (£8.6). Pogba in fact won the penalty in which Fernandes converted, earning him a 4 point return in a mere 27 minute showing on the pitch. For Spurs, the dangerous duo of Harry Kane (£10.8) and Heung-Min Son (£9.7) returned. Son showed plenty of attacking promise, amounting 4 shots, compared to just the 1 from Kane. Both players have ownerships of under 10%, and have already provided 20 goals between them this season. Both could provide plenty of attacking returns considering Tottenham's favourable end of season fixtures.
3). Wolves assets return across the board
Wolves are another side with a very favourable end of season run, and after their 2-0 win against West Ham, a number of assets have proved their reliability for their owners. Headlining the side in FPL this week was Matt Doherty (£6.3), with his clean sheet and assist amassing a 12 point return for his 9.8% ownership. Wolves have in fact returned 5 clean sheets in their past 6 games in the Premier League. This put the spotlight on other defensive assets, such as the cheaper option in Romain Saïss (£4.6), earning himself a 7 point haul in the victory. And of course, the ever-popular Raúl Jiménez (£8.1) scored his 14th of the season against the Hammers, proving his worth to his 31.2% ownership. The Mexican has now scored 3 in his last 4, and is arguably one of the league's most reliable strikers.
4). Ings proves his worth
Danny Ings (£7.1) became the most transferred out player ahead of GW30+, with 552,825 owners transferring the Englishman out of their teams. This came back to bite them however, as he returned an 11 point haul against the struggling Norwich, thanks to a goal and an assist. Ings is still a very budget pick at this stage in the season, especially considering his 16 goal haul so far. Ings amassed 4 of Southhampton's 22 shots in the tie. Southhampton do face some tough fixtures in the back run of the season, but Arsenal's leaky defence might be right up Ings's alley next week. Southhampton face the struggling Gunners at home, with Ings scoring in the 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture earlier this season.