The FA Emirates Cup quarter finals meant only five fixtures were played this week in the Premier League but it certainly wasn’t short on drama with Leicester maintaining their five-point gap, Tottenham keeping pace and Manchester City faltering. Further down the table, Bournemouth managed to extend the space between them and the relegation zone; Eddie Howe really has done a fine job there.
A short gameweek with just five games posed a problem for many FPL managers: did they take point hits to fill their team with eligible players, or hope that the players they already had scored high points this week? Here is the gameweek 30 Dream Team.
John Ruddy – A rare and unexpected clean sheet for Norwich, in a 0-0 draw with Manchester City, gives Ruddy the spot as no.1 goalkeeper for gameweek 30. Seven points takes his score for the season to 49.
Vincent Kompany – A poor result for Manchester City against Norwich doesn’t stop Kompany making the dream team. Thanks to three bonus points, Kompany finished with a total of nine points for the week.
Danny Simpson – Leicester managed a narrow 1-0 win over Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle to maintain their five-point lead at the top of the table. Simpson managed eight points in the process (thanks to 2 bonus points) to give the bargain defender 87 for the season.
Timm Klose – January signing Klose earned two bonus points to go with his six points for a clean sheet, meaning the Norwich defender finished the week on eight, securing his place in the dream team.
Max Gradel – Bournemouth look to have more or less secured a second season in the Premier League, and a goal and an assist from this man helped this weekend as they went on to beat Swansea in a 3-2 thriller, where they took the lead 3 times! Luckily for them it was third time lucky!
Dele Alli – Two assists gives the Tottenham midfielder a total of nine for the week. Nobody could have imagined his rise at the start of the season (except for our pre-season analysis if you were paying attention!)! The playmaker has gone from strength to strength and will surely be on the plane to Euro 2016.
Marko Arnautovic – Stoke may have lost 2-1 to Southampton but Marko Arnautovic still managed to put in a fine display, scoring in the process. The midfielder finishes the week with nine points, giving him a season total of 137.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Another midfielder putting in an impressive performance despite his team losing. Sigurdsson scored one of Swansea’s goals in their 3-2 loss to Bournemouth, giving him nine points for the week.
Graziano Pellè – The goal drought is finally over for the Southampton man! Two goals and a Man of the Match performance cements the striker’s place in this week’s dream team, while also moving him onto 94 points for the season.
Harry Kane – Anybody that picked Kane over Aguero as their captain this week can feel very satisfied. While Aguero fired blanks, Kane scored a brace, giving him 13 points for the week and 160 for the season.
Modou Barrow – A dream team debut for Modou Barrow, who set one up and scored another to give him 12 points for the week. His goal meant he was the first Gambian to score a Premier League goal! Selected by 0.1% of FPL players, Barrow took his total for the season to 34 in the 3-2 defeat to Bournemouth.
Written by Simon Banks