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FPL wildcard tips: Our complete fantasy football squad for gameweek 30

By James Amey

Published: 15:07, 6 April 2023

With just nine gameweeks left, games are coming thick in fast in the Premier League as the 2022/23 season starts to hot up at both ends of the table.  

With Man City chasing down Arsenal for the title, a host of sides battling it out for Champions League football and just five points separating Crystal Palace in 12th to Leicester in 19th, the Premier League has never been closer. So now more than ever, it is important that you get your choices right in FPL, with a host of different options now available to players and so many teams having everything to play for.

It has been an unusual season with the World Cup being played in the middle of the campaign, but at least this handed players an extra wildcard this season and, if you’ve still got one in your back pocket, this could be the perfect time to use it.

With that in mind, we’ve assembled a 15-man squad (within a budget of 100M) you should be considering, taking into account value, points, performances and fixtures when using your wildcard.

Gameweek 30 Wildcard picks

Emi Martinez (£4.9m)

FPL points so far: 102
Fixture: Nottingham Forest (H)

Unai Emery has turned things around at Villa Park, with his side picking up five wins and a draw in their last six games. Emi Martinez has kept four clean sheets during that time and picked up 40 points in the process, earning 7+ points in four of his six appearances, including 11 in the 2-0 away win against Chelsea in Gameweek 29. He faces a Nottingham Forest attack that have found the back of the net just five times in their 14 away matches this term.

Kieran Trippier (£6.1m)

FPL points so far: 168
Fixture: Brentford (A)

What a season it has been for Kieran Trippier. Not only has the Newcastle full-back provided more assists than any other defender in the Premier League this season (7), he has also kept the most clean sheets (15) and earned more points (168) than any other player in his position. Infact, only Erling Haaland, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka have more points than the former Atleti star in 2022/23. Tripps is also the only player to create 50 from set pieces in the Premier League this term and has two assists in his last four appearances in the competition.

Nathan Ake (£5m)

FPL points so far: 66
Fixture: Southampton (A)

After struggling for game time last season, Nathan Ake has made the left-back spot his own in 2022/23 and his chance for more minutes was greatly improved when Joao Cancelo left for Bayern in January. With three clean sheets in his last four appearances and Southampton’s struggles in front of goal this term, we are backing him to get another. The Dutchman also scored twice in the international break and hopefully he brings that form back with him into the Premier League.

City haven’t conceded in any of their last 14 league games against sides starting the day on the bottom of the Premier League table.

Ben Chilwell (£6m)

FPL points so far: 65
Fixture: Wolves (A)

Despite starting in a struggling Chelsea side, we will be hoping him and Blues get the new manager bounce after the news that Frank Lampard has returned to manage the side until the end of the season. With a goal, an assist and a clean sheet in his last five appearances, we will be hoping for more of the same from the marauding full-back after picking up 28 points in his last four appearances, including three bonus points last time against Liverpool, where he created the joint most chances in the match (3).

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Kevin De Bruyne (£12m)

FPL points so far: 142
Fixture: Southampton (A)

Incase you missed the news, KDB is back. The Belgian put in a fantastic display last time out against Liverpool, creating five chances as well as scoring, providing an assist and taking home three bonus points against the Reds. He has now scored two goals and provided three assists in his last three games across all competitions and is just one assist away from breaking another record, and becoming the fastest player to reach 100 assists in Premier League history.

Marcus Rashford (£7.3m)

FPL points so far: 168
Fixture: Everton (H)

Marcus Rashford’s winner against Burnley in midweek was his 15th Premier League goal of 2022/23, as many as he managed in each of the previous two seasons combined (15 in 62 games). The forward has excelled at Old Trafford this season, scoring 12 goals in just 14 league appearances at home this term, while MR10 has also scored more Premier League goals than any other player since football returned after the World Cup break (11), just ahead of Erling Haaland and Harry Kane (both 10).

Kaoru Mitoma (5.6m)

FPL points so far: 110
Fixture: Tottenham (A)

What a bargain Kaoru Mitoma has been for Brighton and FPL managers this season. Costing just £2.5m, the Japanese international has already scored seven goals and provided seven assists in his 22 appearances (15 starts) in 2022/23 and made him a must have to put in your team. He is the first player in Brighton’s history to score or assist in five consecutive Premier League games (4 assists, 1 goal) and will be hoping to go one better against a struggling Spurs side this weekend.

Gabriel Martinelli (£6.6m)

FPL points so far: 161
Fixture: Liverpool (A)

With the arrival of Leandro Trossard in January, many managers were worried with the amount of minutes the Brazilian would get, but he had made them look foolish in recent weeks with some superb performances. The forward has blanked just once in his seven Premier League appearances, earning a whopping 54 points in that time, including 10 vs. Leicester and 16 vs. Everton in gameweek 25. He has six goals and one assist since the Gunners defeat to Man City back in February.

Alexander Isak (£6.7m)

FPL points so far: 60
Fixture: Brentford (A)

Despite being rested against West Ham in midweek, the forward still came on to earn his owners six points with a late goal to make it four goals in his last four Premier League games and boost his sides chances of finishing in the Champions League places. The super Swede has also raked in the points in those four games, earning 28, including six bonus points. With just 6.1% ownership, he could be differential you need to boost your ranking. 

Ollie Watkins (£7.5m)

FPL points so far: 132
Fixture: Nottingham Forest (H)

Having not being named in the England squad for the international break, Ollie Watkins continued to prove to Gareth Southgate to why he must be picked. The Aston Villa man scored in his sixth consecutive away game against Leicester to take his goals tally to 11 for the season, to make it 10+ Premier League goals in each of the last three seasons. He faces a Nottingham Forest side that have conceded the joint most away goals since the season resumed after the World Cup, keeping just one clean sheet in that time. 

Erling Haaland (£12.0m)

FPL points so far: 203
Fixture: Southampton (A)

After missing the Liverpool game with a slight knock, Erling Haaland will be looking to get some minutes and extend his lead at the top of the Golden Boot charts before facing Bayern in the Champions League. With an ownership of 72.2% and 28 goals in 26 Premier League games, so simply cannot afford to go without Erling Haaland in your side as he aims to break even more records for the remainder of the season.

Danny Ward (£4.0m)

FPL points so far: 91
Fixture: Bournemouth (H)

Harvey Barnes (£6.7m)

FPL points so far: 111
Fixture: Bournemouth (H)

Tyrone Mings (£4.4m)

FPL points so far: 94
Fixture: Nottingham Forest (H)

Ben White (£4.8m)

FPL points so far: 129
Fixture: Liverpool (A)