Gameweek 31 in the FPL finished on Monday night. There were a total of 10 games played with all Premier League teams in action over the four days. We saw 30 goals in those 10 fixtures, giving an average of 3 goals per match for the round. The highest FPL score for gameweek 31 was 108 points and the average team total was 33. Now, let’s take a closer look at all the action from gameweek 31 and see who were the FPL’s big hits and misses.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United achieved the upset of the round on Saturday, winning 2-1 away to Manchester City.
Defender Stuart Dallas was the unlikely hero for Leeds, popping up with both goals for the visitors. Dallas is listed as a defender in FPL Bielsa has been playing him in midfield for some weeks now. The Northern Ireland international scored late in the first half to put Leeds 1-0 up at the break. Ferrán Torres equalised for City in the second half but Dallas pounced again to take the points for Leeds with an injury-time winner.
Dallas was far-and-away Leeds’ standout performer with 17 FPL points compared to their next-best players - Illan Meslier, Patrick Bamford, and Ezgjan Alioski - who all got 4 points.
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Manchester City’s goalscorer, Torres (7 points), and Bernardo Silva (6) were the only players from the home team who earned notable FPL scores.
No other City player got higher than 2 points for the round.
Chelsea’s last league game was a 5-2 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion. It was The Blues’ first defeat under Thomas Tuchel. The former Paris Saint-Germain boss would have been eager to get his team back on the right track in this round.
Goals from Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic (x2), and Kurt Zouma gave them a comfortable 4-1 win at Crystal Palace. It really could have been more for the visitors too.
Pulisic was the best Chelsea player in FPL for the round with a total of 15 points after his brace. Next was Havertz on 10 points after his goal and assist. Kurt Zouma earned 8 points.
Mason Mount (6 points), Callum Hudson-Odoi (5), and Reece James (4) were the best of the rest for Tuchel’s side.
Christian Benteke bagged a consolation goal for Roy Hodgson’s Eagles in the second half. He got 8 FPL points for his efforts. Jeffrey Schlupp provided an excellent assist for Benteke’s headed goal and came away with 4 FPL points.
Over 272,000 FPL managers signed Jesse Lingard ahead of gameweek 31. That’s a lot of happy, smiling faces after another excellent match-winning performance from the on-loan West Ham star. Lingard scored two more goals for David Moyes’ team to help them on their way to a huge 3-2 win over third-placed Leicester City. The win keeps West Ham in the top four and dreaming of Champions League qualification come the end of the season.
Lingard’s goals had West Ham 2-0 in front at half time. Jarrod Bowen then added another for the home side shortly after the break.
Kelechi Iheanacho tried to rally his teammates into a fantastic comeback with two late goals but it wasn’t enough for The Foxes.
Brendan Rodgers must be livid after he decided to drop three players - James Maddison, Hamza Choudhury, and Ayoze Pérez - for breaching COVID-19 regulations. The Leicester boss did confirm that those players will be back in contention for a starting place for their FA Cup semi-final against Southampton next weekend.
West Ham’s highest-scoring FPL players from this impressive victory were Lingard and Bowen. Lingard scored 14 points for the round while Bowen earned 12.
Iheanacho was Leicester’s best FPL player with 13 points after his two-goal haul.
Trent Alexander-Arnold popped up with a late winner for Liverpool as they came from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday. Alexander-Arnold’s FPL score for gameweek 31 was 11 points.
Arsenal won 3-0 at Sheffield United on Sunday night with Alexandre Lacazette banging in two goals for The Gunners. Lacazette now has 13 Premier League goals this season. Lacazette earned 13 points for the round.
West Brom’s Sam Johnstone was the pick of the goalkeepers with 15 FPL points. Johnstone kept a clean sheet in The Baggies’ 3-0 win over Southampton on Monday. He was credited with four saves in the game.
That’s all for our review of Gameweek 31. Gameweek 32 takes place this weekend and the deadline for transfers and changes is Friday, April 16th at 18:30 GMT.
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