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Gameweek 30's vastly reduced schedule means ESPN FC Premier Fantasy managers are more likely to make a transfer or two if they want to field a competitive team.

A number of big performers will be absent, but plenty remain and there are some key match-ups that should bring the points flowing in despite the limited options. Here's how things could pan out.

TEAM EFFORTS

Aston Villa away has become an enjoyable trip for plenty of Premier League teams this season, and Tottenham look way too strong for their hosts across the board.

Remi Garde's men are on a four-match losing streak during which they've leaked 15 goals -- and nine of those have come at home.

Only Everton have conceded more than Villa's 23 goals at home this season so Christian Eriksen (£7.9m), who has recorded nine shots on target over the last four matches, looks primed for points. Dele Alli (£6.4m) will also feel confident of adding to his 2016 tally of three goals and three assists, while Erik Lamela (£6.1m) has provided two assists over the last four Gameweeks if you need to count the pennies.

Villa's attack is just as inept. Four goals in seven matches and a league-worst 11 at home all season means Toby Alderweireld (£6.9m) could keep his first clean sheet since back-to-back shut-outs in early February.

If there's one team running Villa a close second for wretchedness, it's Newcastle away.

The Toon travel to leaders Leicester without a win on the road since pre-Christmas. The league's most toothless away attack has managed just seven goals from 14 matches and is complemented by a defence that's barely any better -- a second-worst 32 goals conceded on their travels.

Kasper Schmeichel (£6.2m) has kept two clean sheets in his last three matches behind a solid defence well-marshalled by Robert Huth (£6.5m) and Christian Fuchs (£6.3m).

Jamie Vardy (£9.7m) may have gone scoreless since GW26's penalty at Arsenal but it would be a major surprise if Newcastle can keep him at bay. The striker has still managed an impressive 13 goal attempts over that time.

Manchester City travel to Norwich with an imbalanced away record. The Sky Blues have been tight on the road all season, with a league-best seven clean sheets and a top three 14 goals conceded. But they've struggled for goals: only five teams have scored fewer away from home.

Norwich's generosity at Carrow Road can't be ignored, however. They've coughed up just one fewer goal than Villa on their own patch, including 12 from their last four home matches.

City's midweek Champions League date with Dynamo Kiev should be a done deal, suggesting that Manuel Pellegrini will field his strongest team in the league.

Pick from midfield heavyweights David Silva (£7.6m) and Yaya Toure (£7.2m), who both excelled against Villa last week. At the back, rotation has kept Aleksandar Kolarov (£5.5m) in the shadows recently, but he could be worth a punt to start his first match since early February. If you prefer more security, you'll have to pay for it in the shape of Vincent Kompany (£7.0m).

MUST-HAVE MEN

Harry Kane (£9.0m) has spent 2016 leading the way across a number of key attacking stats. Nobody can beat his 46 attempts, nor his 20.2 minutes per chance average, and the six goals he's scored is bettered by just two strikers. He was rested for the Dortmund game and he's up against Villa next...

Sergio Aguero (£10.0m) has also been deadly this year, with nine goals from as many starts and figures for attempts and minutes per chance only marginally down on Kane's -- from one match less. He looks primed to prosper at Norwich.

Riyad Mahrez (£9.4m) is many people's pick for player of the season, and his recent form -- two goals and four assists in seven starts -- tells you why. Nobody's provided more assists over that time frame, and Mahrez also has a fourth-best 17 attempts and a top ten 28 penalty area touches to his name. Newcastle look poorly placed to contain him.

A PUNT OR TWO

Bournemouth are closing in on Premier League survival, helped by goals that have come from across the team. Striker Josh King (£5.3m) got in on the act at Newcastle last week and his 0.8 percent ownership stats mark him out as a secret weapon worth a punt for the home match with Swansea.

Norwich are in a dark place, with eight defeats from their last nine matches. Midfielder Nathan Redmond (£5.5m) is at least attempting to shine some light on proceedings. He scored against Chelsea in GW28 and boasts top 10 figures for attempts, shots on target and penalty area touches among midfielders over the last four matches.

The Canaries have a great run after the City fixture, with trips to West Brom and Palace and home matches with Newcastle, Sunderland and Watford. So Redmond looks a good medium-term punt.

By The Scout from Fantasy Football Scout -- the tips, news and views site for Premier League Fantasy Football managers. @FFScout on Twitter.

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