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Boost for best Bournemouth options after Wilson return

Callum Wilson‘s (£6.3m) return from injury looks set to act as a catalyst for interest in Bournemouth options ahead of Blank Gameweek 31.

The Cherries got their first Premier League away win since October on Saturday as Wilson inspired a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield.

After losing the previous nine on the road in a row, by a combined score of 28-4, Gameweek 30 proved a confidence boost for them.

“We needed it. We really felt for the supporters in that time without an away win so we’re really pleased for them. They had a long journey, left early and we rewarded them with a good clinical performance. We were good in attack and solid in defence so it’s a really good day.” – Eddie Howe

With home fixtures confirmed in both upcoming Blank Gameweeks, we’ve done further analysis on the best Bournemouth options available right now, and the impact of Wilson’s return.

Huddersfield Town 0-2 Bournemouth

Goals: Callum Wilson (£6.3m), Ryan Fraser (£6.1m)

Assists: Fraser, Wilson

No player had more shots on target than Wilson in Bournemouth’s 2-0 win at Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon. Both of his shots inside the box were accurate, with one of them handing him the first goal since his last start all the way back in Gameweek 23. The forward’s energetic display also helped him provide an assist, rounding off a complete Fantasy performance and an 11-point haul. With Newcastle coming to the Vitality Stadium in the first of the remaining two Blank Gameweeks, and Burnley after that, interest in Wilson is expected to be high.

“He’s outstanding, he has unique attributes for us with his ability to run in behind and his work ethic. He knows where the goal is and it was great to see him score, he also provided an impressive assist for Ryan in a key moment in the game with a great reverse pass. My priority is to make sure he’s fit and fine, he might be looking at the England situation but I’m pleased to see him score and play well.” – Eddie Howe

The return of Wilson also appears to have helped Ryan Fraser (£6.1m) rediscover his golden touch. At the John Smith’s Stadium, no player created more chances than Bournemouth’s diminutive left-winger. In the absence of the England international, Fraser had not registered a single attacking return since Gameweek 22. The two have now played together twice between then and Gameweek 30, and Fraser has two goals and two assists in those matches, one of each coming at Huddersfield. Those wanting to invest in the Bournemouth attack over the Blank Gameweeks with more space in midfield than among the forwards should seriously consider Fraser now that Wilson is back in the side.

“That’s a prime example of our performance, it’s a really nice passage of play – the interchange of passes (between Fraser and Wilson) were excellent to see. It’s the kind of goal we scored early in the season, the team has been hit with injuries but it’s great to see that fluency back today.” – Eddie Howe

Those looking to sign Fraser might just want to wait until the next pre-match press conference for Bournemouth though. The Scottish international was able to complete the 90 minutes in West Yorkshire but did take a few heavy hits. Meanwhile, David Brooks (£5.1m), making his second start in a row since coming back from injury, did have to be replaced by Dominic Solanke (£5.0m), but Howe believes he will be okay.

“David Brooks was fine he was just very fatigued. Ryan took a couple of nasty tackles. We hope there are no ill-effects from that.” – Eddie Howe

Josh King (£6.5m) should not be overlooked too casually as he had more goal attempts than any other player at Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon, although fewer in the box than Wilson. The Norwegian did not register any attacking returns in Gameweek 30 but has scored in three of his last four at the Vitality Stadium.

There were other boosts for Bournemouth as they had Jefferson Lerma (£4.5m) back in central midfield after serving a two-match suspension. Having him in the side in the Blank Gameweeks should help the Cherries live up to their potential against Newcastle and Burnley.

“It’s a great boost to have Jeff back. Whenever he has been missing this season we have felt that absence. He is a real physical presence for us. I think he’s been excellent. He is another player who has come into the Premier League, improved, and is learning with every game. Naturally, he plays his way and I don’t think he’s changed that. He had been unfortunate with a few of his yellow cards.” – Eddie Howe

In defence, Chris Mepham (£4.5m) appears to be growing into the side with each passing Gameweek. Despite an uncertain first start against Wolves in Gameweek 27, he has looked a lot more assured as he fills in for long-term absentee Steve Cook (£4.4m). As interest in Bournemouth defensive assets grows, the former Brentford man is one of the nailed-on options.

“It has been really good early signs for Chris. He has attacked it really well so far. Mentally he has shown real maturity and hasn’t been fazed by the occasions and the games. I have been really pleased with him and I see signs of a leader in there as well, which is a great sign for the future.” – Eddie Howe

Meanwhile, it there was an eighth start in a row for Artur Boruc (£4.0m) in the Bournemouth goal, continuing his potential for those who are playing the Free Hit in Gameweek 31. The clean sheet recorded at Huddersfield was the first on the road since Gameweek 10, but in home matches, there is plenty to encourage investment in the Bournemouth back-line. In their last four at the Vitality Stadium, the Cherries have conceded just twice.

Elsewhere in the defence, Nathan Aké (£5.0m) continues to be an ever-present although is slightly dearer. The full-back spots don’t look quite so settled. Charlie Daniels (£4.1m) has started the last two in a row, but they are the only Premier League matches in the last nine Gameweeks that he featured from the beginning. Fellow left-back Diego Rico (£4.1m) has started just once in that time. On the other flank, Nathaniel Clyne (£4.4m) started the three matches prior to Gameweek 30, but Adam Smith (£4.3m) was deployed on the right against Huddersfield. He looks unlikely to be involved against Newcastle, after coming off with a hamstring injury.

“Adam Smith said he felt his hamstring very early in the game. Looks like he might be out for a few weeks.” – Eddie Howe

Huddersfield’s credentials were dealt another blow in their defeat to Bournemouth. While the Cherries were much improved with Wilson back, it says all Fantasy managers need to know that the Terriers both blanked offensively and conceded twice at home to a side that had been so poor away from home.

Jan Siewert’s men had just two shots in Bournemouth’s penalty box all afternoon, and only one of them was on target. Meanwhile, it did not take too much from the Cherries to break Huddersfield down, who conceded 50% of the shots on target that they faced.

Huddersfield Town XI (4-3-1-2): Lössl; Durm, Schindler, Zanka, Bacuna; Mooy, Stanković, Billing (Löwe 45′); Pritchard; Mounié (Grant 61′), Kachunga (Rowe 76′).

Bournemouth XI (4-4-2): Boruc; Daniels, Aké, Mepham, A Smith (Clyne 44′); Fraser, Surman, Lerma, Brooks (Solanke 65′); King (Mousset 90+1′), Wilson.

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2,183 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    The forgotten thread

  2. how now brown cow
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Ghost ship

  3. Marvinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Hello..... Is anybody there?

    1. Amey
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Echo !!

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Echo.....

  4. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Sorry everyone, publication dates got a little scrambled for a second, should be fine now!

    This is the new article 🙂

    http://tinyurl.com/y3v7uueu

  5. Original Pirate Material
    3 months, 8 days ago

    When are these bloody extra games getting confirmed in GW32!? Will they be after the FA cup games are actually played?

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yep. After 31, just to keep us guessing 😉

      1. Original Pirate Material
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Completely forgot the international games! I forgot how much i hate them.

  6. Baked baines
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Who’s been everyone’s favourite player to win this year!?

    For me Jimenez!! Been outstanding value and record against top 6 is the best around!

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Jim has been great, fantastic experience each time I've owned him - still managed to sell him twice though!

      Think Wan Bissaka has to have a mention. We've been absolutely spoilt with him this year, a playing 4m was absolute gold dust in past seasons, and I think we've all got a bit accustomed to it now!

    2. Marvinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I think Doherty stands to enter into fantasy folklore.

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        for 4.4 he's been awesome ... but perhaps not in the past few weeks.

        1. Kiwivillan
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          *since after GW8

    3. Amey
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Doherty

      1. Amey
        3 months, 8 days ago

        & Robbo

    4. Original Pirate Material
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yep Jimmy fantastic in terms of full season churning out points.

      Personally loved having Rashford from the week Mourinho got sacked all the way through to his injury picking up all his big hauls.

    5. Eytexi
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Strange one but Hazard - aside from one captaincy flop he's played well in my favour and messed with everyone else hahaha.

    6. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Doherty has been terrible since his GW5-8 run. 1pt score 11 times and 2 high scores of 7

      1. Rust Cohle
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        3 ppgw over those 22 weeks is hardly terrible for a 4.4M asset.

    7. pingissimus
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Jim as a 5.6 forward has saved my season.

      Quick word for Rondón who is 2 mill cheaper than Rash and scoring at the same rate!!!!

  7. Original Pirate Material
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Salah really aint worth the outlay is he? When the blanks are out im getting rid.

    1. Royal5
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Been abysmal for weeks

  8. Royal5
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Pogba/Raul/Aguero > Fraser/Vardy/Wilson (-4)

    Will give me this for GW31:

    Fabianski
    Robertson - Pereira - Balbuena
    Mane - Salah - Fraser
    Barnes - Vardy - Wilson

    Good enough? Any thoughts appreciated

    1. how now brown cow
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I think thats plenty.

      1. Royal5
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Thanks

  9. Amey
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Would you take below squad as a FH ??
    Fabs
    Robbo, Pereira, Clyne
    Salah,Mane, Hazard, Fraser
    Higuain, Vardy, Barnes

    1. Eytexi
      3 months, 8 days ago

      If i was free hitting there are things i would change about that, but still good.

      1. Amey
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers
        Not free hitting. Taking a hit though to get this

        1. Eytexi
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Only one hit for that is golden imo. Good luck!

          1. Amey
            3 months, 8 days ago

            To you too

  10. J - Gimme your Mané …
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Has Klopp said anything about TAA?

    Is he injured?

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Liverpool Echo suggesting there's hope for him to play midweek against Bayern, so sounds positive.

      For the sake of my team I hope he gets a rest though!

      1. J - Gimme your Mané …
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        That’s positive! Thanks for that.

  11. Catastrophe
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Sterling & Doherty -> Hazard & Luiz (-4)? Leaves me 9 players for BGW31, FH32.

    Cheers.

  12. Sid07
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Have 2 fts and 7 players for next gw
    1)Son + Pogba + aguero to haz + mane + Wilson(-4)
    2) son + Pogba + aguero + Doherty to haz + mane + Wilson + Luiz (-8)

    1. Royal5
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Luiz in for hit makes no sense.

      1. Sid07
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        1 looks good ??

        1. Royal5
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Yes

          1. Sid07
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Thanks

  13. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Bottomed last article

    Best option in your view

    A TAA Van Dijk Salah
    B Van Dijk Salah Mané

    1. Sid07
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      B

    2. Eytexi
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Mané over TAA, but TAA over VVD even though that's probably not an option.

    3. pingissimus
      3 months, 8 days ago

      B

      Cs are so easily lost.

  14. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Will Arsenal have a DGW32?

    1. Jimmers
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      No - they will have a game to make up v Wolves but Wolves have already a game rearranged for the midweek of GW32 against ManU

  15. Drogo
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    I will never understand the BPS. Lacazette assisted both goals and yet he is not in the top 10 of the players listed.

    1. Jimmers
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Shots off target

  16. kalmoffit
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Buying Bournemouth up against Newcastle, has all the appeal of another Salah captaincy.

    1. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Bournemouth vs Newcastle looks like comfortable home win with CS

    2. how now brown cow
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Why so downbeat?

      1. kalmoffit
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Downbeat? Fair enough get your Frasier and Wilson.

  17. Jässi
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Son, Aguero, Rashford to Hazard, Vardy, Wilson (-4) a good move or not?

    1. how now brown cow
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yes

    2. Trondero
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      For FH32? Looks good.

  18. dee_top
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    The best choice for BGW31:
    A) Kun to Wilson, Etheridge to Fabianski (-4)
    B) Son to Fraser, Eth to Fab (-4)
    C) Ward-Prowse to Fraser, Eth to Boruc (-4)

    1. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Boruc better 31 and 33 fixtures than Fab

      1. how now brown cow
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        What is a good fixture for a west ham defender?

  19. #FPLBhuna
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    repost on new article

    current team (already done sterling to hazard)

    fab
    robbo - X - X
    salah - mane - hazard - barnes
    vardy - rondon - chicharito

    Hits for defenders?

    a) 1 defender (-4)
    b) 2 defenders (-8)

    defenders i am considering are luiz, emerson, chilwell and balbuena/diop

    and a separate question

    thoughts on salah(tc) vs fulham

    1. how now brown cow
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Leicester defence is terrible.

      Emerson could get rotated.

      Luiz perhaps

    2. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Depends on next bgw situation also.

    3. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I do fear it has to be C Salah next week again. Vardy, Higuain and Hazard are options also, but Salah vs Fulham, I think it is a must.

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Chelsea defence is iffy. Sometimes we're solid, sometimes, like today, we give up one attacking opportunity and it leads to a goal.

      Chicharito LOVES scoring against us and Everton could surprise.

  20. Trondero
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Son + Rashford + Sterling to Hazard + Mane + Wilson - 4

    FH 32. Good moves?

    1. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yup

  21. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    If you was going to be priced out of your preferred moves tonight, would you make them early? Even though 2 of the players I’m bringing in will be playing before the deadline?

    1. Eytexi
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Depends entirely on the moves.

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Schär Sterling Son Jimenez > Ake Mane Hazard Wilson

        Currently have 0.2 spare

        1. Eytexi
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Personally would do it or accept I'm going to have to sacrifice Aké for Clyne.

          1. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Yeah I had a look at Clyne with A.Smith injured could be a good shout. Tough call

    2. rick ding whoop
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      i've done it tonight.
      Hojburg> Fraser
      Doherty> Rice

    3. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Depends on the scale of "preferredness"... 1% difference to 2nd best option is nothing.

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Ake is my first choice, Chilwell/Clyne/Tark all good options aswel

  22. dee_top
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Choose one from each for BGW31:
    A) Boruc
    B) Fabianski

    1) Fraser
    2) Wilson

    1. wolvesmad
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      a and 2

  23. BUZZBOMB
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    My OR GW20-GW30...

    7,059
    15,188
    8,954
    12,287
    21,750
    43,112
    45,430
    54,841
    67,224
    67,017
    104,148 predicted

    My ML rival for same period...

    248,730
    320,459
    243,928
    154,371
    106,579
    86,256
    74,959
    78,952
    55,313
    40,679
    48,558 as of last night but a further 42 points today...

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      That’s rough

    2. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      No Sterling?

    3. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      ouch

    4. BUZZBOMB
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Update. ML rival is 32k now.

      No Sterling. Had exact transfers for a few weeks to get 11 out next GW. Hence my undoing.

      My team isnt bad and all chips intact but Aguero's 2 hatties, no Mane, no Sterling and no JWP, coupled to my holding Salah and double LIV defence, Digne, Rich(bench this week), Fanderson, Fab, Pogba (captain last week), etc, etc....

      ...pouring another...

      Something like a 120 point swing.

  24. Eytexi
    3 months, 8 days ago

    How am I looking?

    Boruc.
    TAA, Robbo, Clyne, Chilwell.
    Mané (C), Hazard, Barnes.
    Vardy, Wilson, Arnautovic (VC).

    This involves doing King to Wilson - FT otherwise wasted as FH32. Any moves better than that assuming TAA is fit?

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Looks good to me fella

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Juicy

  25. Nuno
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Fabianski
    Yedlin Chilwell TAA Digne
    Salah Mane Hazard
    Higuain Vardy

    Do I transfer
    A. Pogba to any midfielder
    B. Jimenez to any striker
    C. Both to any striker and midfielder (-4)

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I’d be tempted by C.

      Pogba Jimenez > Fraser Wilson

    2. Royal5
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Pog > Fraser & Raul > Wilson

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I already transferred those 2 in yesterday.

      2. Nuno
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        If I keep Pogba, I have him for the doubles at 7.9 though. That's the only drawback of getting rid

    3. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Pog to Sig?

  26. Alli
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    A) Son > Hazard
    B) Jiménez > Wilson
    C) Etheridge > Boruc

    1 FT - 5.1 ITB

    Etheridge* - Hamer
    Robertson - Luiz - TAA - Pereira - W.Bissaka*
    Salah - Son* - Pogba* - F.Anderson - Stephens*
    Vardy - Rondón - Jiménez*

    1. Royal5
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Did Haxard look good today? Not impressed me for a good while.

  27. Royal5
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Think Anrie is the dark horse this GW. Might not start, so plenty wont risk him, on the other hand if he starts he's one of the best options this GW imo

  28. how now brown cow
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    United fixtures aren't great after 33.

    Would you rather lose 0.4 selling value in pogba or 0.3 in aguero?

    1. how now brown cow
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Had planned to sell kun as means i could afford anyone next week, but now not sure

    2. nkhoughton
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Pogba has a good dgw coming up

      1. Royal5
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        FH I reckon

        1. how now brown cow
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Yep

    3. Royal5
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Selling both. They will drop heavily.

  29. nkhoughton
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Worth taking a hit?

    Fabianski
    Clyne Digne TAA Bardsley
    Hazard Mane Salah
    Barnes Rondon

    Hamer pogba sterling Jimenez bennet

    Bennet is the only option for sale but nothing itb

  30. Hazardous1983
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Aguero jimi/rash to vardy and wilson?