Top FPL Manager Matthew Halliday’s GW31+ Wildcard Team Reveal

With many FPL managers choosing to activate their wildcards ahead of Gameweek 31+, read on below to see who is being considered by an FPL manager who has never finished below the 75k mark in seven seasons of playing FPL…

Goalkeeper – Emiliano Martínez £4.2m sou|NOR|wol

Firstly, I am not expecting any clean sheets from the Gunners’ reserve shot-stopper such is the current state of their defence. However, clean sheets are not the only source of FPL points for keepers with save points and penalty saves on offer too.

The Argentinian picked up a save point against Brighton and I am backing him to provide good value given how cheap he is.

Starting Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold £7.8m CPL|mci|AVL

First name on my teamsheet, ignore him at your own peril if you do not already realise that.

Virgil van Dijk £6.5m

Clean sheets are back for the Reds and it feels like they never disappeared. I think the Dutchman is the most likely defender to start the highest amount of Liverpool’s remaining eight games, which is why I believe he will be so useful to my FPL side.

Matt Doherty £6.3m BOU|avl|ARL

The attacking Irishman picked up from where he left off at the weekend in an explosive 12 point performance. With Willy Boly back in the Wolves’ defence, he is a source of clean sheets, goals and assists. His ownership is creeping up to the 10% mark at the time of writing and the fixtures look great on paper. He is incredibly fit and has no rotation risk either.

Harry Maguire £5.3m SHF|bha|BOU

Owned by 11%, the United captain is more of a cover pick ahead of his side’s fantastic run of games from now all the way until the last game of the season against his old club, Leicester City. The hope is that he will finally pick up an attacking return or two now that he will be on the receiving end of Bruno Fernandes’ exquisite set-pieces.

Starting Midfielders

Sadio Mané £12.5m

My most expensive player gets the armband for GW31 after a solid, if unspectacular, showing against Everton. I’ve gone for him over Mo Salah as he is slightly cheaper and I believe that the Egyptian will not take as many penalties, if awarded, from now until the end of the season with James Milner seeing an increase in playing time.

Kevin de Bruyne £10.6m che|LIV|sou

Despite not being nailed on to start every remaining match, the Belgian maestro is even more capable of big returns thanks to now being on penalty duties when Sergio Aguero is off the pitch. De Bruyne was brilliant in the first game back and it was encouraging to see him brought off after 69 minutes so that he could rest up ahead of the intensive fixture run.

Son Heung-Min £9.7m WHU|shf|EVE

With five double figure scores in an injury ravaged season, the South Korean is worthy of inclusion even if it is a while since his side were in top form. He has a great run of fixtures left and Mourinho will be heavily reliant on him to come up with the goods as shown by his 90 minutes against Manchester United. He is an exciting differential with just 6.6% ownership.

Bruno Fernandes £8.6m

The Portuguese has certainly hit the ground running since his introduction to the league in January and is under-priced by close to a million in FPL. With domination over set-pieces including penalties (at least the first penalty in a match), there is also the tantalising prospect of seeing how he will team up with the equally talented Paul Pogba.

He is understandably a big captaincy candidate for this week and it won’t surprise me if that is the case again in remaining gameweeks.

Forwards

Raúl Jiménez £8.1m

Mr Consistency delivered again on Saturday and is primed to be the leading striker in the majority of FPL teams as Wolves embark on their bold chase for a Champions League qualifying slot.

His side’s successful run to date in Europe demonstrates that they will be able to deal with the intense fixture run and it is a huge bonus for us to know that they won’t have any European distractions until after the league season finishes. Do be aware though that the Mexican’s girlfriend is due to give birth before the season runs out so there is a chance that he will completly miss out on one game.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin £6.5m nor|LEI|tot

The Evertonian is the definition of a pick that targets a fixture. As good as Southampton played against Norwich City, I think the latter were woeful defensively and I do not want to suffer a repeat of watching them beng torn aprt without any benefit to my FPL side. His fixture run is mixed admittedly but his price still means he could stay in my side until the end.

Substitutes bench

David Button £3.9m – Selecting one of the joint-cheapest back-up goalkeepers means I have a combined price of just £8.1m for my two shot-stoppers.

Phil Foden £5.1m

After over 100 minutes and 22 points in his first two games since the league resumed, now could well be the start of when this precocious talent becomes a popular member of FPL squads for years to come. Stationed on the left wing against Burnley, he has quickly proved to me that he is capable of double digit scores with more obliging opponents than the Clarets to come.

His price means that I don’t need to start him every gameweek, for example against Chelsea, yet it shouldn’t be too damaging to my team when I do decide to start him and he falls victim to Pep’s rotation.

Kiko Femenía £4.2m bur|SOU|che

Best budget defender for me as the £4m options suffer from serious rotation risk unlike the Spaniard who is part of a solid Hornets’ backline. Watford also play first in gameweeks 34, 35 and possibly 36 when they have attractive fixtures so any team leaks will indicate whether we can confidently start the right-back in our FPL sides if need be.

Aaron Connolly £4.2m lei|MUN|nor

The Irishman is the joint-cheapest forward in FPL and is highly likely to appear in all of Brighton’s remaining league games this season now that he is back from injury. He came on to good effect against Arsenal grabbing an assist, which is why I think he is a better pick than Mason Greenwood for example. The latter takes up a valuable Man Utd slot, which could prove damaging later on in the season if we need to own three United assets.

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2 thoughts on “Top FPL Manager Matthew Halliday’s GW31+ Wildcard Team Reveal

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  1. Hi Matthew,

    You’ve mentioned about not getting greenwood so as to keep the 3rd Man U spot free, why didn’t you go for rashford snd say downgrade Son?

    Regards mike

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    1. Hi Mike, great question. I am currently gambling that Rashford will only take a penalty if Bruno has already successfully taken one in the same game. I believe this will reduce his scoring potential compared to earlier on in the season. I will of course review this if it seems like they will be sharing penalties. I hope that answers your question.

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