Telegraph Fantasy Football 16/17 tips: Week 31 preview

Harry Kane is our Weekender Ultimate Pick for Week 31.
Harry Kane is our Weekender Ultimate Pick for Week 31.

Week 31 includes the four FA Cup quarter finals as the eight remaining teams battle it out for the chance to play at Wembley.

Spurs and Arsenal both have home fixtures against lower league opposition, Millwall and Lincoln respectively. Jose Mourinho will take Manchester United to his former employers Chelsea on Monday night and Manchester City go to Middlesbrough in the other all-Premier League affair.

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Middlesbrough v Manchester City (12:15)

City were held to a 0-0 draw against Stoke on Wednesday night and will need to shake off the disappoint of dropping points by finding a way past Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

Sergio Aguero has seen his stock rise back up 33% TFF ownership and he's scored three times in as many outings since the injury to Gabriel Jesus.

'Boro edged past Oxford United 3-2 to reach the quarter finals and will need to improve defensively if they're to go any further in the competition.

One to watch: Raheem Sterling (£4.9m)

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Sterling was rested against Stoke on Wednesday night and as Manchester City's top TFF point-scorer, he could be the one to do the damage for the visitors.

Bournemouth v West Ham (15:00)

Things are starting to look bleak for Bournemouth, who haven't won since their 3-0 victory at Swansea in December.

The Cherries will have to face West Ham without Tyrone Mings - the defender was suspended for five games for stamping on Zlatan Ibrahimovic last weekend.

The Hammers are now comfortable in mid-table but are winless in three matches themselves.

One to watch: Robert Snodgrass (£3.6m)

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Snodgrass has already returned nine TFF points against Bournemouth this season and it's surely just a matter of time before he scores his first for the Hammers.

Everton v West Brom (15:00)

Everton suffered their first defeat in nine matches against Tottenham in Week 30, losing 3-2 despite a spirited display at White Hart Lane.

The Baggies' defeat was far less inspiring, a 2-0 loss at home to Crystal Palace - a surprise considering how assured they've been at home all season.

One to watch: Romelu Lukaku (£6.4m)

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Lukaku is just one goal behind Harry Kane in the race for this year's Golden Boot.

Hull City v Swansea City (15:00)

A relegation six-pointer at the KCOM Stadium where a Swansea win would see the gap between the two sides extend to nine points and surely too much for the Tigers to overcome.

Having said that, a win would bring the gap down to just three, so it's really a must-win game for the hosts.

Paul Clement's side have been in decent form of late though, winning five of their latest eight matches.

One to watch: Fernando Llorente (£4.9m)

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Llorente's goals have been vital for the Swans this season. He now has three in two matches and 11 for the season.

Arsenal v Lincoln City (17:30)

The second FA Cup quarter final of the weekend sees Arsenal host non-league Lincoln at the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger's side are going through a real rough patch, losing 5-1 to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night and exiting the Champions League 10-2 on aggregate.

Combine that with the fact they're now outside the UCL places in the table too and a defeat here would surely bring Wenger's tenure to an end.

One to watch: Alexis Sanchez (£6.0m)

Even though there are rumours he's leaving, Sanchez is the one to watch for this one. He has 178 TFF points for the season and if he starts will surely add more to that tally.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Millwall (14:00)

Spurs fans are already dreaming of a first FA Cup final outing since 1991, while Millwall are over the moon to have reached the quarters.

This match should prove one step too far for the League One outfit, but the magic of the cup reminds us that there's always the chance of an upset.

Harry Kane has eight goals in his last three matches including a hat-trick against Fulham in the previous round.

One to watch: Dele Alli (£5.0m)

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Alli is in incredible form of late, scoring twice and adding two key contributions in his last three matches.

Liverpool v Burnley (16:00)

Liverpool will be looking to exert revenge over Burnley who beat them 2-0 at Turf Moor at the start of the season.

Jurgen Klopp's side are back in the top four after a 3-1 win against Arsenal last time out and will be hoping to cement their position in this winnable home tie.

The Clarets have been poor on the road this season, especially in defence, conceding three times to Swansea in Week 30.

One to watch: Adam Lallana (£4.9m)

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Lallana was back to his best against Arsenal and his creativity should help Liverpool take all three points.


Chelsea v Manchester United (19:45)

The final match of Week 31 is also the final FA Cup quarter final as Jose Mourinho takes Manchester United to face his former club Chelsea.

The Blues have taken this competition seriously despite how well they're going in the league which is a credit to Antonio Conte's side.

United, however, already have two pieces of silverware this season - the Community Shield and the EFL Cup, and Mourinho would love nothing more than to take this one home as his former club's expense.

One to watch: Eden Hazard (£5.8m)

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Hazard now has 161 TFF points for the season, thanks to his 11th goal of the campaign against West Ham in Week 30.

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TFF Weekender Ultimate Pick

Each week we'll be selecting the Ultimate TFF Weekender Pick. Quite simply, this player will be the one we expect to top the charts in Week 31 and therefore should be the first name on your team sheet when you join a Weekender league.

Harry Kane (£6.8m)

The Tottenham striker is on fire. He has eight goals in his last three matches, 22 for the season, and will be relishing the opportunity to face one of the sides he was loaned out to while he was continuing his development in the lower leagues.

Now in 29% of all TFF teams, you simply can't leave him out of your team.

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