Fantasy Football Week 34 – All You Need to Know
Gameweek 34 is fast approaching, and with it comes another set of “double gameweeks” for Manchester United, Crystal Palace, and Middlesborough. Gameweek 32 and 33’s action earned plenty of points for players recommended in our previous article, so read on to see our recent winners and tips for who to buy and who to sell for the upcoming matches!
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Gameweek 32’s winner was Phil Lovel’s “LEWIES LADS”, who bagged himself £20 in bet365 free bets and, most importantly, an FST Mug!
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Gameweek 33’s winner was Darren Donnelly’s “Riahs Bhoyss”, who also earned himself £20 in bet365 free bets and the FST Mug!
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Who to Buy
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – Price: £6.5m
With Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic picking up a knee injury during their mid-week Europa League 2nd leg match at home to Anderlecht, Marcus Rashford should be the obvious choice to lead Mourinho’s side up front. Rashford was dynamic last weekend against league leaders Chelsea, scoring for a second consecutive match, and also earned two bonus points for his performance. Rashford has shown his ability to perform at the highest level and offers the best potential (and at a very cheap price) for United’s upcoming “double gameweek” fixtures against Burnley and Manchester City.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) – Price: £6.0m
Valencia’s popularity has sky-rocketed following the international break, and not without reason. The Ecuadorian has returned either a goal (1), an assist (3) or a clean sheet (6) in all but one of his last ten outings. Given that United also have a favourable “double gameweek”, Valencia has even more potential to earn fantasy managers a lot of points. Especially as he’s registered more successful open-play crosses than any other FPL defender.
Alvaro Negredo (Middlesborough) – Price: £6.2m
Middlesborough have (without a doubt) the most favourable “double gameweek” ahead of them and Alvaro Negredo should prove a valuable differential for fantasy managers. Negredo scored his 8th goal of the season in Boro’s 2-1 defeat at home to Arsenal on Monday – his second goal in two starts – while also taking 2 bonus points for an eight point haul. Middlesborough travel to Bournemouth on Saturday, who have the 3rd worst defensive record in the Premier League, before hosting Sunderland next Wednesday, who have mustered just one clean sheet from their 15 Premier League away matches. With Negredo producing 15 points over the the reverse fixtures (1 assist against Bournmouth and 2 assists against Sunderland), the Spanish striker should fancy his chances to continue his newfound form.
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Price: £8.6m
Returning either a goal or an assist (one time both) in seven of his last eight matches, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has been providing the consistency to keep Liverpool afloat in Sadio Mane’s absence. The Brazilian forward has tallied three goals, five assists and five bonus points over the aforementioned streak, with his goal and three bonus points in last weekend’s 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion earning him 11 points and moving him up to fifth in the overall midfield standings. Liverpool do not have any double gameweeks ahead, but all of their remaining five fixtures are “winnable” (four are rated 2 or lower on the Fixture Difficulty Ranking), including this Sunday’s match at home to Crystal Palace, who will be without the influence of defender Mamadou Sakho (ineligible to play against his parent club).
Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) – Price: £5.8m
Though Crystal Palace have the hardest “double gameweek” ahead, Andros Townsend’s work-rate makes him a decent differential. Most fantasy managers will be opting for Wilfried Zaha when choosing from the Palace midfield, but Townsend has proven just as, if nor more, dangerous than his counterpart in recent weeks. His two goals, three assists and 9 bonus points see him averaging 7 points per game over his last six outings, so he’d be unlucky to not earn himself anything extra over two matches against Liverpool and Spurs.
Who to Sell
Diego Costa (Chelsea)
Diego Costa has failed to maintain the same momentum in front of goal in 2017 as he did in the opening half of the season. Since the turn of the new year, Costa has tallied just three goals, four assists and three bonus points for an average of 4 points per match. Chelsea’s goals seem to be coming from elsewhere at the moment and Costa’s weak returns are simply not enough to justify his £10.3m price tag.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland)
Jermain Defoe is another striker that’s struggled to maintain his form into the second half of the season – a more acceptable turnaround as the lone forward for bottom of the table Sunderland. The English striker has failed to hit the back of the net in all but one of the Black Cats’ last eleven Premier League matches and a match on the road to a defensively stubborn Middlesborough next Wednesday shouldn’t do him any favours.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea)
Gylfi Sigurdsson is consistently Swansea’s most impressive performer, but he’s struggled to provide any worthwhile returns during the Swans’ recent slump in form. Sigurdsson blanked out for a fifth successive match in Swansea’s 1-0 defeat away to Watford last weekend and upcoming matches against Stoke, Manchester United and Everton over their next three should make things tricky for the Icelandic international.
Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
After earning himself a spot in the starting 11 over Arsenal’s last four outings, Theo Walcott found himself relegated back to bench against Middlesborough last weekend. With Wenger likely to continue playing Giroud ahead of the English winger, we’d recommend finding other Arsenal players to transfer in ahead of the Gunners’ two “double gameweeks” (in Gameweek 36 and Gameweek 37).
Andy Carroll (West Ham), Victor Valdes (Middlesborough), Marcus Alonso (Chelsea), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
All of the above are some of the latest potential or guaranteed absentees ahead of Gameweek 34, though there are others to be aware of. Leaving doubtful players in your lineup in the hope that they are fit in time is a gamble, but it can sometimes have its reward. If you choose to take the risk, then make sure to order your benched players, so then if your doubtful player doesn’t feature, the players you want will automatically be subbed in after all this weekend’s matches are over.
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