Gameweek 30 in the FPL came to a close on Monday night. There were a total of 10 games played with all Premier League sides in action. We saw 38 goals in those 10 fixtures, meaning it was a very high average of 3.8 goals per match for the round. The highest FPL score for gameweek 30 was 114 points and the average team total was 46. Now, let’s take a closer look at all the action from gameweek 30 and see who were the FPL’s big hits and misses.
West Bromwich Albion surprised everyone with a fantastic 5-2 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the early kick-off on Saturday.
While it is still highly unlikely that The Baggies can avoid relegation, Sam Allardyce and his players clearly haven’t given up the ghost just yet.
Chelsea’s Thiago Silva looked like an inexperienced newbie getting two yellow cards within the opening half an hour of the game. Thomas Tuchel’s side were one up at that stage thanks to Christian Pulisic’s opener.
West Brom then scored two goals in first-half injury time to change the game completely. It was their 24-year-old Brazilian, Matheus Pereira, who netted both goals for Allardyce’s men. Pereira then laid on two assists in the second half as more goals from Callum Robinson (x2) and Mbaye Diagne sealed the win for the visitors. Mason Mount scored Chelsea’s second goal.
Pereira was the highest-scoring FPL player of round 30 after two goals and two assists. The skilful attacker earned 21 points in total. Over 47,000 teams had brought Pereira in for this round at a cost of 5.3 million. He is currently selected by 1.8% of FPL managers.
Robinson scored 11 FPL points after his two-goal haul. Diagne got 9 points for the round. Chelsea’s goalscorers, Pulisic and Mount, both got 6 FPL points while Timo Werner was the only other Blues player of note with 5 points.
Manchester City maintained their 14-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a relatively comfortable 2-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday.
Benjamin Mendy scored the opening goal for Pep Guardiola’s side before Gabriel Jesus made it two with 15 minutes remaining. Mendy was the second-best FPL player for gameweek 30 with 15 points thanks to his goal and clean sheet. Jesus got 8 points in total.
The best of the rest for Manchester City were Aymeric Laporte (7 points), Kyle Walker (6), and Rúben Dias (6).
Leicester City’s players endured a tough 90 minutes and not a single one of Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes earned more than 2 points for gameweek 30.
Spurs had to settle for a 2-2 draw at struggling Newcastle United on Sunday.
Joelinton put the home side in front with just his second goal of the season. That brings him up to four league goals for The Magpies in 62 appearances (50 starts). The excellent Harry Kane then scored twice in quick succession to put Jose Mourinho’s Spurs in front at half time. However, a late Joe Willock goal earned Newcastle a share of the spoils. Willock, of course, is on loan at Newcastle from Spurs’ north London rivals, Arsenal.
Kane got 13 FPL points for the round after scoring the brace. Tanguy Ndombele was Spurs’ next-best FPL player with 7 points.
Goalscorers Joelinton and Willock earned 6 points apiece for Newcastle. Sean Longstaff and Miguel Almirόn got 5 points and 4 points respectively.
Aston Villa’s Trézéguet was the hero of the hour as he inspired a late comeback victory for Dean Smith’s side on Sunday. Fulham had taken the lead on the hour at Villa Park through Aleksandar Mitrović.
Trézéguet then scored in the 78th and 81st minutes to flip the game on its head before Ollie Watkins made it safe with Villa’s third goal. Trézéguet got 14 FPL points with Watkins receiving 7.
Mitrović was the only Fulham player above 2 points. He got 8 for the round.
Trent Alexander-Arnold showed Gareth Southgate just what he’s missing with a top-level performance in Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Arsenal. The right-back got 12 FPL points after his assist, the clean sheet, and some bonus points.
That’s all for our review of Gameweek 30. Gameweek 31 takes place this weekend and the deadline for transfers and changes is Friday, April 9th at 18:30 GMT.
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