The Fantasy Football Fairy is back with his top picks for Gameweek 34.
Double-gameweek players understandably dominate my selections for gameweek 34 as shrewd FPL managers will have been loading up on these assets over recent weeks.
Burnley are the only team to have two home fixtures, while Bournemouth, Brighton, Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester United, Southampton and Spurs all have more than one fixture. Manchester United have the best fixtures on paper and will be full of confidence after last weekend’s sensational comeback against Manchester City.
Outlined below are my top picks to help you gain some points on your mini league rivals and finish the season strongly.
Premium: David de Gea (Manchester United) – £5.9m
Manchester United FPL assets feature heavily this gameweek as they welcome West Brom to Old Trafford and travel to face Bournemouth on Wednesday night at the Vitality Stadium. £5.9m priced David de Gea is assured of his start between the posts as he looks to add to a league high sixteen clean sheets.
De Gea’s FPL ownership now sits at a remarkable 45%, second only to Mohamed Salah at 55%. The Spanish shot-stopper has already secured his best season for clean sheets since arriving at Old Trafford ahead of the 2011/2012 Premier League season.
Mid-Priced: Nick Pope (Burnley) – £5.0m
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope has continued in goals for Sean Dyche’s Burnley, despite the return to fitness of last season’s number one Tom Heaton. £5.0m priced Pope has secured ten clean sheets this season and will feel a little hard done by to have been overlooked for England’s squad in their most recent friendly fixtures.
Burnley are the only team to have two home fixtures in gameweek 34, where they welcome Leicester on Saturday and Chelsea on Thursday to Turf Moor.
Budget: Mat Ryan (Brighton) – £4.6m
Matt Ryan has produced more FPL points than any other Brighton defender ahead of gameweek 34, where he faces an away fixture with Crystal Palace and a home tie with Spurs. £4.6m priced Ryan has recorded eight clean sheets this season, conceding forty three times.
Brighton’s status in the Premier League for next season is not fully safe yet and as they face Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool in their final three gameweeks. Therefore, manager Chris Hughton will want to pick up some much needed points over these double-gameweek fixtures.
Premium: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) – £6.9m
Antonio Valencia is selected as my preferred Manchester United defender as he looks the most assured of starts over the double-gameweek. £6.9m priced Valencia has scored three goals and assisted once this season while also returning fifteen clean sheets.
A home fixture against West Brom and an away fixture against Bournemouth suggest FPL points should be on the horizon for the Ecuador international.
Mid-Priced: Harry Maguire (Leicester) – £5.6m
One of my favourite defenders to watch is Leicester’s Harry Maguire, due to his non-stop attacking efforts. To the untrained eye, the English defender seems to spend more time in the opposition’s penalty area than his own – which is evident by his two goals and four assists in the league this season.
He has already attempted twenty two efforts on goal for Leicester, in his first season at the club. £5.6m priced Maguire travels to face Burnley ahead of a home fixture against Southampton.
Budget: Cedric Soares (Southampton) – £4.7m
Southampton’s Portuguese defender is another FPL asset who has demonstrated his return to form ahead of the double gameweek by supplying both assists for his team-mates in a 3-2 defeat to Arsenal last weekend.
Southampton have only managed six clean sheets this season but the defenders attacking instincts should help him in his quest for FPL points. At £4.7m Cedric is a budget priced enabler who faces Chelsea at home in Saturday’s early kick-off and Leicester away on Thursday evening in Gameweek 34.
Premium: Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United) – £11.5m
Premium midfield option Alexis Sanchez stepped up to the mark in Manchester United’s second half comeback against Manchester City last weekend by providing two assists for his teammates as part of a ten point FPL return. This was the second gameweek in succession for Sanchez to reward the 3.6% FPL managers who decided to acquire his services and a timely reminder of his potential ahead of the double-gameweek.
Last season’s top scoring FPL player seems to have settled into Jose Mourinho’s side playing on the inside left and his creativity is beginning to shine through. The £11.5m midfielder faces both West Brom and Bournemouth over Gameweek 34, both of which should be comfortable wins for Manchester United.
Mid-Priced: Willian Borges Da Silva (Chelsea) – £7.1m
Brazilian midfielder Willian was extremely unlucky not to add to his attacking returns last weekend as Chelsea stuttered to a draw at home to West Ham. The performance of the £7.1 FPL asset was one of the games only positive outcomes as he worked tirelessly for Antonio Conte’s troops.
Over the past four gameweeks alone, Willian has attempted a league high fourteen shots, two more than nearest midfield rival Marko Arnautovic. Chelsea travel to face both Southampton and Burnley in gameweek 34.
Budget: Marc Albrighton (Leicester) – £5.6m
Budget priced Marc Albrighton has been Mr. Consistent for Leicester over the past three seasons. His underlying statistics in recent weeks have been encouraging and he has already racked up his most attacking season of FPL returns with six games remaining.
The £5.6m priced midfielder faces Burnley away on Saturday and Southampton at home on Thursday in gameweek 34. He should be afforded plenty of opportunities to add to his two goals and eight assists for the season.
Premium: Harry Kane (Spurs) – £12.7m
I was deliberating between Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku for the premium forward slot in this week’s picks. The social media campaigning £12.7m priced Kane undertook during the week for his ‘goal’ in gameweek 33 outlined just how much he wants the golden boot again this season. Kane’s inclusion has resulted in Alexis Sanchez being my Manchester United premium midfielder of choice.
Over 327,000 FPL managers bought the English striker last weekend ahead of a plum fixture with Stoke which ultimately led to frustration. Spurs face Manchester City at home and Brighton away over the double-gameweek as Kane looks to chase down Mohamed Salah’s four goal advantage.
Mid-Priced: Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – £8.9m
Jamie Vardy at £8.9m is a striker in red-hot form right now. The English international has scored seven goals in his last nine league outings and now has scored sixteen league goals this season. Leicester travel to face Burnley and welcome relegation threatened Southampton to the King Power Stadium.
Over the last four gameweeks Vardy has fired in nine goal attempts, with a remarkable 33% goal conversion rate.
Budget: Chris Wood (Burnley) – £6.3m
Burnley striker Chris Wood has really taken his chances since Sean Dyche decided to afford the fifteen million pound summer signing game time in gameweek 29. The £6.3m priced frontman has only placed 241 minutes over the past four gameweeks, scoring four times as Burnley push towards the Europa League places in the Premier League.
With eleven goal attempts and a 36% goal conversion rate over the same period, Wood looks a great bet for gameweek 34 as he faces two home fixtures with Leicester and an out for form Chelsea.