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Perfect XI

AM's Perfect XI - Week 31

by Nik Argiropoulos
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 31 player picks. This column focuses on Togga's Perfect XI game, which you can play via their IOS and Android app. Find the apps here and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements: https://www.playtogga.com

We've set up a Rotoworld PL Private League which allows you to challenge myself and the rest of the RW PL team over the course of the season. To join it download the app and then click the below link from your device, or find us from the Featured Leagues tab:

http://tog.ga/rotoworld

Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions. The players listed won't necessarily be the exact 11 selected for my own Perfect XI fantasy side. The point of this column isn't to tell you exactly who to pick; it's to present some ideas and get your brain whirring. I'll be listing a combination of the must-haves and slightly riskier options, alongside the odd hunch. Hopefully you'll find this useful whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.

It's a quick turnaround for Week 31 as we're treated to a full set of midweek fixtures kicking off at 7:45pm BST on Tuesday. It's important to have your fantasy team locked in ready for these matches but remember in Perfect XI you can swap out a player right up to one minute before their match kicks off and bring in an alternative player whose match is also yet to kick off. This flexibility will allow you to avoid the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat zero. Ensure you keep your eyes on the RW PL Twitter account for line-ups one hour prior to matches.

Here are your fixtures:

 

Tuesday 4th April
Burnley v Stoke City
Leicester v Sunderland
Watford v West Brom
Manchester United v Everton

Wednesday 5th April
Arsenal v West Ham
Hull City v Middlesbrough
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Swansea City v Tottenham
Chelsea v Manchester City
Liverpool v Bournemouth

 

And a quick look at the players to consider:

KEEPERS
Tom Heaton - at home to Stoke

Honourable Mention: Kasper Schmeichel at home to Sunderland, Eldin Jakupovic at home to Middlesbrough

DEFENDERS
Christian Fuchs - at home to Sunderland
Kyle Walker - away at Swansea
Jose Holebas - at home to West Brom
Dejan Lovren - at home to Bournemouth

Honourable Mentions: Hector Bellerin at home to West Ham, Michael Keane at home to Stoke, Antonio Valencia at home to Everton, Marcos Alonso at home to Manchester City

MIDFIELDERS
Philippe Coutinho - at home to Bournemouth
Riyad Mahrez - at home to Sunderland
Kamil Grosicki - at home to Middlesbrough
Mesut Ozil - at home to West Ham

Honourable Mentions: Wilf Zaha away at Southampton, Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen away at Swansea, Eden Hazard at home to Manchester City, Kevin De Bruyne away at Chelsea

 

STRIKERS
Jamie Vardy - at home to Sunderland
Alexis Sanchez - at home to West Ham

Honourable Mentions: Zlatan Ibrahimovic at home to Everton, Andre Gray at home to Stoke, Roberto Firmino at home to Bournemouth, Diego Costa at home to Manchester City

That's it for Week 31. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to see a whole bunch of great content to get you ready for the weekend ahead. Feel free to comment below to us know how you're getting on so far. And of course, good luck to all managers this week.

Nik Argiropoulos

Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for NBC Sports Edge and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.