Join me for a Gameweek 34 preview as we recover from the double Gameweek binge. Hangover remedies include captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Also, a strained analogy.
- Van Persie: Having found his scoring touch again, a home game against Aston Villa makes him the best captain pick by far this Gameweek.
Suarez: Despite playing Chelsea, Suarez is just too good to ignore. In his last three games he has taken seven shots and created almost three chances per game. Those stats are incredible and should lead to more goals and assists than he has registered in the last couple of games.
Michu: As the end of the season draws nearer we will be seeing more of the kind of fixtures where little is up for grabs. Swansea at home against Southampton is a good example this Gameweek. Don’t get caught up in the media hype focusing only on the top and bottom and place good bets on the less covered games. Michu is a good shout this Gameweek after having returned to his scoring ways with consecutive goals against Tottenham and Norwich.
Bale is currently out injured but keep an eye on the lineup news before the Gameweek starts. Despite playing against Manchester City, he is simply too good to leave out and is essential for the double Gameweek 36.
It’s hard to pick out any other Manchester United players other than Van Persie. Nevertheless, a home fixture against Aston Villa means that whoever starts upfront alongside the Dutchman, be it Rooney, Welbeck, or Hernandez will have a great chance to pick up Fantasy points. You really should be spending transfers on building up your team for the double Gameweek 36, but if you hold Rooney keep him for this Gameweek unless you think he will be rotated.
Sunderland face a physical opposition in Everton and Mirallas has been consistently threatening in his last six games. Three goals, an assist, and ten bonus points bear witness to his newfound importance to Everton’s attacking setup.
Wigan could struggle containing Carroll who had a good game against Manchester United. His three goals, assist, and six bonus points in his last three games have come from an average of three shots and over a chance created per game, a reasonable return for the underlying stats.
Phil Jones has played the last three games in a Manchester United team that has kept seven clean sheets in its last nine fixtures. He has chipped in with two assists and could be placed in the middle of the park again, although he was rather poor playing alongside Carrick against West Ham.
Norwich’s Bunn faces a blunt Reading side with nothing to play for and is a fine pick this Gameweek.
I’ll include a sneaky shout for QPR’s admittedly awful defence. They are playing an even worse performing offence in Stoke, giving 3.8 valued Onuoha a chance for a clean sheet.
I don’t like Chelsea’s chances of big attacking returns away at Liverpool. However, if they score Mata and Hazard are the likeliest to be involved.
I’m placing a punt on Kagawa again, after his double assist performance against West Ham. He’s had a so-so season but clearly has the ability to create chances and I’m guessing he will play a bigger part in Manchester United’s first team next season.
Southampton’s Rodriguez is example, similar to Michu, of a player in good form playing in a game that has little impact on the battle at the top and bottom of the league.