In this Gameweek 34 edition of the Friday Foreplay I present the captain picks, investigate the heavy hitters, predict clean sheets, and speculate on possible punts.
Watch out for this Gameweek. Only six games will be played which means that only 12 teams out of 20 will be playing. Try to field a full team of 11 players and. Many will be planning ahead for the double Gameweek 36 but remember that losing points by fielding less than 11 players counterweights having double Gameweek players two weeks later.
- Rooney: After Manchester United’s surprise loss at Wigan I’m expecting a response at Old Trafford. Ferguson openly scolded his players in a bid to up their game against Aston Villa in Gameweek 34. Rooney has been in excellent form since the start of the year, scoring nine goals. He has scored six goals in his last four home games and Aston Villa should provide little hindrance to United’s star striker.
Van Persie: Van Persie scored his first goal in five games from a penalty against Wolves. They play at home against Wigan who are in coming off a historic first Premier League win against Manchester United. However, Arsenal are in fine form, having dominated against Manchester City and Wolves in their last two games, and should finish off Wigan. As usual, Van Persie is their most prominent attacker and is likely to either score or assist any Arsenal goal.
Sessegnon: This pick is based solely on Wolves’ horrible form. Any team facing Wolves is guaranteed goals since the departure of McCarthy. Sessegnon has been instrumental since his return from suspension, picking up a goal and two assists. Sunderland will score and most of Sunderland’s attacking moves go through Sessegnon. Hence, his inclusion.
Following from the analysis of Wolves in Sessegnon’s captain’s pick, Bendtner gets the leading the line against a miserable Wolves defence.
Walcott is on fire, and has only recorded a single below four point game in his last eight games. It’s from fitting a decent captain’s pick and you could go for him for a differential.
Valencia has two double digit Gameweeks in his last five outings and has been the main attacking thrust for Manchester United. I’m expecting Rafael to return to right back and his interplay with Valencia has been excellent. United’s right wing should be a source of worry for Aston Villa on Sunday.
In annoying fashion, Sigurdsson hasn’t delivered since I bought him two Gameweeks ago. Nevertheless, he is facing a Blackburn defence that has conceded an average of 2.4 goals away from home this season. Swansea will dominate the possession and the Icelander will have chances to score.
Aguero season hit a bump with injuries and he has only played four of Manchester City’s last seven games. He had a monster Gameweek 33, with two goals, two assists, and a total of 19 Fantasy points. Manchester United’s loss has given City renewed hope and they will attack against Norwich, hoping that United will drop points in consecutive games.
Other strong plays include:
- Taraabt, who has finally found his feet in this campaign with a goal and two assists in his last three games.
- Larsson, who is a tremendous set piece threat.
- Former Everton midfielder Arteta. He is having an excellent first season with Arsenal and has scored two goals in his last four games.
- Playing the form card again I’m picking Sunderland (facing Wolves). Turner is a cheap point of entry, valued at £4.2.
- With Paul Scholes back Manchester United will dominate and likely face little threat from Aston Villa. Evans is still the best bet, but I’m also expecting Rafael to return to right back. He’s more involved in the attacks and is a risky differential pick (I have him).
- Arsenal face a dangerous Wigan side in a Monday night game. However, Wigan’s style suits Arsenal as they will face off in a passing game contest, where Arsenal are better equipped.
- Swansea’s pick is more based on their displays over the season rather than their current form. I’m least confident about them not conceding.
Taking a Punt
- Despite Manchester City’s confident 4 – 0 win last Gameweek, their away form is shaky. In their last 10 away games the record stands at two wins, two draws, and six defeats. Granted, those defeats have been with a one goal margin. Nevertheless, if Norwich scores, Holt is their most likely goal scorer.
- Moses was unlucky to have his goal disallowed against Manchester United and has two goals and two assists in his last six games.