Managing the money you have to play with in Fantasy Premier League can be taxing.
There’s nothing worse than falling 0.1m short of buying a player you want while there’s something very unsettling about having too much in reserve when it could be invested in your squad and translate into points.
All over the pitch, there is value for money available. For every premium asset, there is a more than useful budget option.
Here, we pick the best premium and budget assets for Gameweek 30.
Premium – Alisson
Liverpool would’ve been unhappy with a draw in the Merseyside derby given their title ambitions but for Alisson it was a fourth clean sheet in a row and his 17th of the season. Burnley certainly pose a threat with Ashley Barnes and Chris Woods in attack but the Reds should dominate proceedings at Anfield.
Budget – Lukasz Fabianski
Only United, City and Liverpool have conceded fewer goals than West Ham (4) in the last five GWs. Fabianski has been in top form this season and faces a Cardiff side that’s scored just six goals this year – only Huddersfield have managed fewer.
Premium – Andrew Robertson
Virgil van Dijk has been Liverpool’s most impressive FPL asset in recent weeks but Burnley should be smart and equipped enough to guard against his aerial threat from set-pieces. With Sen Dyche’s side likely to sit deep, Robertson’s overlapping runs may be needed to bear fruit. The left-back has managed three assists and four clean sheets in the last four GWs.
Budget – Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Wan-Bissaka was back from injury and back amongst the points last week with an assist to his name. Brighton have created just 11 big chances in 2019 and facing their attack at home could see Palace pick up a clean sheet.
Premium – Raheem Sterling
A 5-0 thumping at Anfield in GW28 will still be fresh in the memory for Watford and City will want to make no mistake after leapfrogging Liverpool in the title chase just last week. Even though Sterling is yet to rediscover his early season form, he’s consistently created plenty of chances from open play. He’s also managed two double-figure hauls in his last five starts and remains the second-highest scoring player this season with 177 points so far.
Budget – David Brooks
It’s been a tough run for Bournemouth. They’ve faced Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and City in their last six games. Their fixtures look great now though, starting with Huddersfield away. Brooks returned to the fold last week and will hope to add to his six goals and four assists this season.
Premium- Sergio Aguero
Aguero enjoys playing at home and will certainly get chances when City welcome Watford to the Etihad. Gabriel Jesus is peering over his shoulder but Pep Guardiola won’t want to risk this advantage over Liverpool slipping. The Argentine should start. He’s blanked just twice in his last 10 starts, bagging two hat-tricks in the last five GWs.
Budget – Joshua King
With four goals in the last seven games of a tough run of fixtures, King has impressed in Callum Wilson’s absence. The England international is a doubt for this weekend as well and King will relish the opportunity to be the focal point of Bournemouth’s attack once more, this time against a leaky Huddersfield defence.
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UEFA has opened an investigation into potential breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations by Manchester City, the European governing body has announced.
The probe has been launched following a series of allegations made by media outlets, including German magazine Der Spiegel.
A UEFA statement said: “The Investigatory Chamber of the independent UEFA Club Financial Control Body has today opened a formal investigation into Manchester City FC for potential breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
“The investigation will focus on several alleged violations of FFP that were recently made public in various media outlets.”UEFA will make no further comments on the matter while the investigation is ongoing.”
Der Spiegel has made a series of allegations over the last few months based on leaked emails between club officials suggesting that City had attempted to circumvent UEFA’s FFP regulations and, most recently, that they had broken transfer rules with the signing of Argentinian midfielder Bruno Zuculini in 2014.
The club have previously responded to each allegation with the same statement, which said: “We will not be providing any comment on out of context materials purported to have been hacked or stolen from City football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people.
“The attempt to damage the Club’s reputation is organised and clear.”
City’s response to news of UEFA’s investigation was swift and robust, however, insisting that the allegations were “entirely false” and welcoming the investigation.
A statement on the club’s official website, www.mancity.com, said: “Manchester City welcomes the opening of a formal UEFA investigation as an opportunity to bring to an end the speculation resulting from the illegal hacking and out of context publication of City emails.
“The accusation of financial irregularities are entirely false. The club’s published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record.”
Earlier this year UEFA’s chief FFP investigator Yves Leterme claimed that City could be excluded from the Champions League if they are found to have deceived UEFA over their income from a series of lucrative sponsorship deals.
Leterme told Sport and Strategy magazine: “If what has been written about Manchester City is true, there might be a serious problem.
“This can lead to the heaviest punishment – exclusion from UEFA competitions.”
Leterme’s comments came after Der Spiegel alleged that only £8 million of the club’s £67.5m sponsorship deal with Etihad in 2015 came from the airline, with the rest coming from City owner Sheikh Mansour via his Abu Dhabi United Group.
World governing body FIFA also confirmed in November last year that it was looking into claims made in Danish newspaper Politiken that City were recruiting African players for free through FC Nordsjaelland’s Right to Dream programme under an agreement between the two clubs.
However, Nordsjaelland president Tom Vernon told Politiken the club was “in compliance with all relevant football regulations”.
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It’s been a grim few weeks in Fantasy Premier League. Gameweek 27 was an unmitigated disaster, 28 offered some respite but 29 was cruel again with an average score of just 40 points.
The good news is, if you’ve had a bad run, this was a good time for it – but chin up now, it’s time to hunt down those big hauls again.
Arsenal host Manchester United in the clash of the weekend but the rest of the top six enjoy favourable fixtures. Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea host Watford, Burnley and Wolves respectively while Tottenham travel to Southampton.
Here are a few tips ahead of GW30.
CAPTAIN – SERGIO AGUERO | MANCHESTER CITY | 11.8M
Mohamed Salah faces Burnley at home and normally that would make him the obvious choice but the Liverpool talisman has let himself – and all his FPL owners – down in recent weeks.
As such, it’s prudent to turn to a player and team who have the bit between their teeth. After wrestling back the advantage in their race to the title with Liverpool, City look like the real deal. Against Bournemouth last week, they enjoyed 82 per cent of possession away from home, mustering 23 shots to none but luck was not on their side.
They wouldn’t be denied though and forced a win anyway through a solitary Riyad Mahrez goal. Sergio Aguero had a game-high five efforts and on another day would’ve scored from at least one of them.
The Argentine still looks sharp and has delivered in eight of his last 10 starts. Meanwhile, he’s yet to blank this season when he’s started at home. Watford were humiliated 5-0 at Anfield in GW28 and City will hope to enjoy an emphatic victory over them as well.
MOHAMED SALAH (13.4m) has now blanked in five of the last six GWs. He is still getting chances though and perhaps should’ve scored twice against Everton last week. That’s equal parts frustrating and encouraging for his FPL owners. He’s being wasteful in front of goal but on the other hand, he could burst into life with a brace or hat-trick at any point. Will Burnley at home on Sunday be that fixture?
RAHEEM STERLING (11.4m) has looked sharp in recent weeks and is another players bursting at the seams with FPL points. In fact, he’s already had three double-figure hauls in his last five starts. With 12 goals and 13 assists, he’s the second-highest scoring player in FPL this season.
ROMELU LUKAKU (10.7m) is on a stunning scoring streak after following up his two braces in the Premier League with another couple of strikes in United’s dramatic Champions League win over Paris-Saint Germain on Wednesday night. He’s sharper than he’s been all season and with the number of injuries in the squad, must start on Sunday. He’ll have to face Arsenal away though but did bag two assists at the Emirates five weeks ago in the FA Cup.
TWO TO WATCH
BERNARDO SILVA | MANCHESTER CITY | 7.5M
With Kevin De Bruyne sidelined with a hamstring injury, Bernardo Silva is likely going to be central to City’s plans once more. For his price, he represents great value and a cheap way into City’s midfield. However, he only really makes sense if you have enough players to carry you through Blank Gameweek 31 unless you plan to use your Free Hit chip then.
WILFRIED ZAHA | CRYSTAL PALACE | 6.9M
Again, if you plan to Free Hit in GW31, Wilfried Zaha should be on your radar. The tricky winger is starting to look dangerous again, scoring four times in the last four GWs. Brighton at home is certainly an appealing fixture for Palace before they entertain Huddersfield in GW32.
TWO TO AVOID
SON HEUNG-MIN | TOTTENHAM | 8.8M
As good as he’s been, Harry Kane’s return coupled with Spurs seemingly starting to run out of steam again at this stage of the season doesn’t bode well for Son Heung-min. The South Korean has blanked in the last three GWs and worringly, hasn’t really threatened the goal either with Kane resuming as the main focal point in attack.
ALEKSANDAR MITROVIC | FULHAM | 6.5M
Still owned by almost 13 per cent, Aleksandar Mitrovic has delivered returns in just one of the last nine GWs. Meanwhile, Fulham have managed just one win in that period as well. With Claudio Ranieri shown the door, things look bleak for the Londoners.