Fantasy Football: Gameweek 31 - who should you pick this week?

Goal takes a look at the best players to select or avoid, the bargain buys and the top choice for captain's double points ahead of the weekend's Premier League action

Luis Suarez (10.0) and Daniel Sturridge (8.5) show no signs of allowing any defenders a moment's peace, and face Cardiff City this weekend. The pair have plundered 43 goals between them in the Premier League and it looks certain that at least one of them will find the back of the net against the Welsh outfit - who boast the second worst goal difference in the division.

Another player in sparkling form is Eden Hazard (9.5). Despite being told to be more "decisive" by his national team manager, the Belgian has lit up the Premier League this term. He has scored 13 and assisted nine more goals in the top flight in 2013-14 and will be out to add to his tally against Arsenal this weekend. Despite the Gunners' fine defensive form, back the Blues star to prove his worth.

It would normally be customary to avoid picking players who have to travel to Tottenham in this section but such has been Spurs' recent defensive woes, it seems silly not to. As a result, Adam Lallana (6.0) is a sure-fire selection. The England midfielder has been in superb form and is widely tipped to make England's World Cup squad. With seven goals and seven assists to his name it is easy to see why and, given the defensive fragility of Tim Sherwood's men, it is likely he will add to that tally this weekend.

And to round off the English flavour, it is also worth considering one John Terry (5.5) as part of your defensive line-up. The warrior-like centre-back has once again proven that he is one of the finest defenders in the country this season and has been part of an incredibly stingy defence. With Jose Mourinho likely to send Chelsea out not to lose against Arsenal, it promises to be a game of few goals - which will appeal to Terry.


Poor Ricky van Wolfswinkel (6.5). Signed in the summer with a huge reputation, he has scored just once in his 20 appearances this season. Norwich face relegation rivals Sunderland in a vital game this weekend, but the Dutchman is likely to sit it out - with Chris Hughton preferring Gary Hooper and Johan Elmander up front.

West Ham's Adrian (3.5) has previously been named as one to pick on this page, but not so this weekend. The Spaniard has endured something of a dip in form in recent weeks and is set to come up against a revitalised Manchester United this weekend. Following their 3-0 win over Olympiakos in midweek, David Moyes' men will go all out to prove their European victory was no fluke - and the goals could come thick and fast.

Steven Caulker (4.5) has proven that he is a fine defender over the course of this season but will face his sternest test yet this weekend. The Cardiff centre-back will face the 'SAS' of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez when Liverpool travel to Wales, and they have destroyed far better players than Caulker in the past. With their astonishing scoring record, don't bank on Caulker and his team-mates keeping a clean sheet.

Kostas Mitroglou (6.5) appeared to be one of the signings of the season when Fulham snapped him up from Olympiakos in the January transfer window. Having broken their transfer record to snag him, it could be expected that some sort of impact would follow. So far, it hasn't. He has notched just three Fantasy Football points and faces Manchester City this weekend - meaning he is unlikely to add any points to his tally this weekend.


Flying winger Jason Puncheon (5.0) has proven in recent weeks that he is, indeed, Premier League quality. A horror penalty miss at Tottenham aside, the Crystal Palace star has impressed throughout 2013-14 and has been one of the shining lights of Palace's renaissance under Tony Pulis. Expect him to continue his fine form against Newcastle this weekend.

Luke Shaw (4.5) really is too good of a bargain to pass up. Manchester City are lining up a £30 million bid for him in the summer, but you can snag him for just 4.5 in Fantasy Football. With Southampton travelling to Tottenham at the weekend, expect the England full-back to exploit Spurs' defensive weaknesses alongside fellow pick Adam Lallana.

Adam Johnson (6.5) missed out on Roy Hodgson's recent England squad, and with Sunderland he can prove just why he should be given consideration against Norwich this weekend. The Canaries have a poor defensive record, and the winger can fill his boots at Carrow Road.

Another player who looks too cheap to pass up is Seamus Coleman (4.5). The Everton right-back has been in stunning form this term and has amassed an impressive 123 points so far this season. With a blunt Swansea travelling to Goodison Park this weekend, expect him to add to that tally.


The Premier's League's top scorer, Luis Suarez (10.0), shows no signs of letting up. The Uruguayan scored again against Manchester United last weekend and will fancy his chances against Cardiff this time around.

The Welsh side have a woeful defensive record and are likely to ship a few when the Reds come to town. With Suarez in this sort of form, expect him to be the architect of their destruction. Ignore him at your peril.


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