From last week’s results the finalists for this year’s FA Cup were decided, and further developments in the battle for the top-four emerged
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Gameweek 31 round-up
Last weekend provided fantasy managers the opportunity to stock up on Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea assets as three of the top teams in the Premier League were in FA Cup action.
In the early Saturday kick-off, the highly owned Spurs attack faltered at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a blunt 1-0 defeat to Brighton. Top-four, and North London rivals, Arsenal, could not take advantage and suffered a loss with the same scoreline to Southampton.
However, a Cristiano Ronaldo (£7.0m) inspired Manchester United beat Norwich 3-2 with a hat-trick and 17 points from the leading international record goalscorer. Some savvy Telegraph Fantasy Football managers made the switch to the Portuguese hitman from Harry Kane (£7.0m) and Heung-Min Son (£6.6m), taking advantage of the multiple transfer deadline rule.
Sadio Mané (£6.6m) was the standout performer in the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Manchester City, as the Senegalese star put the Citizens to the sword with a fine double and an 11-point return.
Those newly picked Chelsea assets duly delivered in the second FA cup semi-final, with last week’s number one pick Mason Mount (£4.9m) scoring the second in a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace. Many took advantage of The Blues’ upcoming fixture congestion and points-scoring potential by picking up their defensive assets, as Édouard Mendy (11%), Antonio Rüdiger (33%), Reece James (14%), and Marcus Alonso (8%) ) all saw ownership increases and returned clean sheet points.
Gameweek 32 selection tips
Take a look at this week’s expert tips:
1. Sadio Mane (£6.6m)
With Luis Diaz (£4.4m) featuring on the left of the Liverpool front three, Jürgen Klopp has opted to play Mané through the middle, reaping immediate rewards for their number 10 with three goals in his last two games. With Everton traveling across Merseyside to visit Anfield on Sunday, and The Reds progressing in the FA Cup, the in-form player may well continue his purple patch.
2. Kai Havertz (£5m)
The German international only played 30 minutes in midweek and, at the weekend, Chelsea host a depleted West Ham United side who may have one eye on their upcoming Europa League semi-final. In addition, Chelsea have another game penciled in against Manchester United next week, offering two chances for attacking returns.
3. Bruno Guimaraes (£3.6m)
The Brazilian midfielder mixes attacking returns with tackling bonus points, making him a perfect hybrid player for the Telegraph Fantasy Football points scoring matrix. Newcastle travel to Norwich on Saturday, offering up the opportunity for the 24-year-old to continue his fine form.
Chelsea play on Sunday this week, have an additional game against Manchester United on Thursday and have reached the FA Cup final. Transferring out players who’ve played on Saturday, for those in the Chelsea starting line-up on Sunday, increases the chance of fantasy point returns.
Take a look at where you stand with your remaining transfers in comparison to these positions in the leaderboard:
Top 100 – 3.69 average transfers remaining
Top 1,000 – 4.35
Top 10,000 – 5.64
Gameweek 32 insights
Finally, here are some of the best up-to-date football insights for ahead of this weekend’s games.
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