Game Week 34 Tips
Game Week 34 Tips: Our First Thoughts
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Last week we saw the double game week that most people didn’t want. Next week we have the blank game week that nobody wants, but this week we have the big double game week 34 that everyone wants – and most of us need!
The disappointment of a limp Everton performance against Watford is still sinking in for many FPL managers and although the backers of Lukaku and co will still be holding out for a positive result against Crystal Palace, it may well be those managers who had the Palace defensive players that profit most after they secured their first clean sheet in a long time at the weekend. What the faux-double game week does teach us is that it is not always worth taking a massive hit just for the sake of a double game week (although this can also be fixture dependent).
GW33 taught us many things. Firstly and probably most importantly that Leicester are going to win the Premier League followed closely by a very good Spurs side that has mental as well as physical toughness. It also gave us a stark warning about loading up on Man Utd players for what looks like a beautiful set of fixtures for the Red Devils. GW33 also showed us that Conte has a lot of work to do to rebuild a broken Chelsea who just couldn’t muster a goal against a much improved Swansea team.
One thing that we must make abundantly clear, is that game week planning almost needs to take on a 2-3 gameweek strategy at the moment. This week being the DGW34 followed by the half blank GW35. Arsenal players will be featuring heavily in the tips this week due to their fixtures in GW34 as well as the fact that they play in GW35. Although the defensive collapse was evident for all to see from Arsene Wenger’s men on Saturday at West Ham, they look really potent going forward and in Iwobi they have one of the bargain’s of the FPL transfer list.
A similar case can be made for Liverpool attacking players who put 4 goals past a hapless (and Butlandless) Stoke City as they look to close out an inconsistent season on a positive note. With two good DGW fixtures followed by Newcastle at home in GW35, the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Coutinho, Milner and Firmino could be in high demand.
Gameweek 34 Top Tips
Arsenal – Home matches against Crystal Palace and West Brom
Arsenal look like they are still in the middle of an end of season stutter but they traditionally end their season well and this week represents their best chance to put some points on the board for a long time. Whilst West Brom performed well against Man City, they will find it much harder than Arsenal to cope with two games in a week and Arsenal could find themselves scoring 6 or more goals in GW34.
Mesut Ozil scored in GW33 but so did Alexis Sanchez who we have had preference with for some time now and the Chilean could be the key man in GW34. Danny Welbeck continues to keep his starting place for the Gunners, but we expect some level of rotation this week between him and Olivier Giroud – so we will be steering clear of those two.
As already mentioned, the bargain pick surely has to be Alex Iwobi who is valued at just £4.6m and has an ownership of just 2.3%, a figure that could rise before Saturday. We tipped him last week and we will stand by that decision after he bagged two assists last weekend against the Hammers. He might not start both games, but he deserves to and has the ability to perform well – at £4.6m I cannot see a better bargain buy, especially for those managers looking to use bench boost.
Hector Bellerin remains the top Arsenal defender to opt for (purely based on his attacking performance) and we predict plenty of points for him this week with Arsenal expected to keep at least one clean sheet – WBA will do well to score against Arsenal given their lack of shots in their matches prior to the Man City game.
Man Utd – Playing Aston Villa and Crystal Palace at home
Perhaps the fixtures of the week go to Man Utd but can we really depend on them after such a spectacular collapse against Spurs that will all but see off any Champions League hopes that they had. The also have the small matter of an FA Cup replay away to West Ham between now and the weekend so a lot will depend on their performance against the Hammers. If they manage to come through that game then it might lift them. Either way, we can expect a good Man Utd victory against a pathetic Villa side that is devoid of leadership and character. Crystal Palace have little to play for and will have had a tough trip to Arsenal prior to this game so this should be a 6 point week for United.
The players to perhaps opt for are Fosu-Mensah in defence who is seeming to be preferred to Darmian once again – as long as he can recover from a knock. Jesse Lingard at £4.3m is another top bench boost option having started the last 4 games. The risky gamble that could pay off is Rooney who returned for the U-21’s on Monday night and should be fit for the Villa game – but the safe bet goes with Anthony Martial who has really been impressing of late and seems like a very old head on some very young shoulders. Be careful if you have Rashford up front as he is a big rotation risk in GW34 and I’d advise caution if thinking of bringing him in.
Also, remember that United don’t play in GW35 so don’t fill up on United players unless you have a wildcard up your sleeve.
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