Fantasy Premier League Tips: Goalkeepers for Gameweek 31

Drop

Simon Mignolet

Many dream team managers would have jaw-dropped witnessing him under the drop category. It’s never denying his excellent goal guarding aptitudes since the second half of the season plus the Belgian holds a dozen clean sheets. The last Premier League encounter would rationalize the decision for placing him here, where the Reds slumped to a 2-1 setback to Manchester United at home. Analyzing both goals, the former Sunderland shot stopper was left completely unshielded, especially by Alberto Moreno who was guilty for tempting Juan Mata with leeway. Conversely, the finishes by the Spanish midfielder was exceptional. In the stoppage time, Mignolet splendidly tipped away Rooney’s well-taken penalty kick, to ensure the goal difference remained narrow. This weekend, Liverpool travel to the Emirates Stadium to face the pulsating Arsenal, bitterly without Martin Skrtel who serves a three-match ban for stamping David De Gea at Anfield. Olivier Giroud and co is on a roll and without the sturdy Slovakian, it would be extremely tough for Mignolet.

Punt

Kelvin Davis

Current England number one, Fraser Forster is still out with a hefty knee injury, therefore the 38-year old will once again guard the posts for the Saints. The veteran shot stopper has been at the club since 2006, making 263 appearances. Last weekend against Burnley, Davis made series of sublime saves, showing his quick reflexes as well as strong fists that sealed his first clean sheet of the season, being his first involvement too. He was flamboyantly cheered by the home fans each time he repelled the ball which clearly bellowed his confidence, something he would not expect on coming Saturday at Goodison park. Ronald Koeman’s men will face an Everton side that are coming in with back-to-back wins. It could be a complicated one as the Merseyside Blues have several towering attacking options which could cause trouble for the Englishman.

Hot

David De Gea

The Spaniard seems to be relishing comfortably matches lately. He was widely a spectator when his national side beat Ukraine in the Euro 2016 Qualifiers plus had minimal activities during Manchester United’s commanding 2-1 triumph at Anfield not long ago. A reasonably improved defensive unit has brought more assuredness and calmness at the back, something he rarely had in the opening half of the season. The former Atletico Madrid man has secured 10 clean sheets this campaign, being a key figure in United’s top-four mission. This weekend, Old Trafford welcome an Aston Villa side that are still wavering near the drop zone. De Gea is expected to seal an empty net having home and form advantage.

Star Picks

Lukasz Fabianski – The Poland international clinched his 11th clean sheet of the season against Aston Villa.

Julian Speroni – Despite conceding a goal against Stoke City, the Argentine made phenomenal saves to seize three points for the Eagles.

David Ospina – The 26-year old was the busiest man at St James Park two weeks back, stepped up to the test with couple of fine saves.

Joe Hart – A valuable goal guardian, 10 clean sheets this season.

Thibaut Courtois – The Belgian made six crucial saves against Hull City to guard the victory to Stamford Bridge.

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