Game Week 35 Tips
Game Week 35 Tips: Our First Thoughts
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Despite there being 4 fixtures remaining in GW34, game week 35 is upon us in a matter of days and it is time to start planning your team selection for a depleted game week that sees 6 Premier League teams blank. Of course, this is not new news for us and I am pleased to say that before transfers my own personal team is sitting pretty with 11 starters and with a score of 109 so far in GW34 I am considering making no transfers to save for the double free the following week. I appreciate that not everyone will be in the same situation so the top transfers of GW35 will be highly sought after by many Fantasy Premier League managers.
Man City found mixed fortunes in GW34 with an away day demolition of Chelsea followed by a more typical insipid visit to Tyneside as Newcastle held them to a 1-1 draw. The star man of the week so far is Aguero without a shadow of a doubt and it just upsets me that someone in my own mini-league chose to triple captain him – I am still holding out hope of a Sanchez master class against West Brom on Thursday night. A blistering Spurs performance at Stoke reminded us just why Dele Alli and Harry Kane are key players for 2015/16 FPL success and with no blanks between now and the end of the season they should be players to depend on. I would also just like to point out that I told you last week not to drop them this week – I hope you heeded my advice.
Game Week 35 Top Picks
With fixtures still to play at the time of writing it is important to state that these tips are subject to change, but it is certainly worth a look ahead. Any of these players who are yet to play should be held back until it is confirmed that they have come through their games unscathed.
Spurs Vs. West Brom – Harry Kane and Dele Alli
West Brom face a daunting North London double trip this week as they face Arsenal at the Emirates on Thursday night followed by a trip to White Hart Lane on Monday evening and the way Spurs saw off Stoke will send fear in to the hearts of the West Brom players. With nothing to play for, Tony Pulis’ men will find it hard to get any kind of positive result and should a Jamie Vardy-less Leicester side struggle to beat Swansea on Sunday, it will give Spurs even more motivation to pick up a heavy win.
Dele Alli should have had a hat-trick against Stoke and was simply brilliant in the way he took his two goals. Harry Kane continued to shine in the Premier League run in and showed just why he is being likened to the likes of Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer as we approach Euro 2016. It is simple, these players need to be in your team – if you don’t have them, then move heaven and earth to get them in – or just take a -4 if that is easier!
Man City Vs. Stoke – Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne
I feel like I am pointed out the obvious a little bit today but sometimes you might look at this fixture and think it could be tough for City. That is not the case this week. With poor defensive back up and a 40 year old goalkeeper in Shay Given (who was considered unfit to play just a week ago) this will be a tough day at the office for Stoke – that office being located at the Etihad and most likely being bossed by Sergio Aguero and the very impressive KDB.
A 4 goal gameweek for Aguero in GW34 could be considerably boosted by another impressive goal haul against Stoke City. The 2 points dropped away to Newcastle mean that City cannot afford to take their foot off the Premier League gas and I expect a full strength side to be deployed here. KDB offers more of a differential pick with just over 10% of managers owning him in comparison to the 33.8% who own Aguero – although I still find it astonishing that almost 2/3 of managers don’t feel Aguero is a necessity! KDB has been in inspired form since his return from injury and looks set to have a good end to the season. Whether that will be enough to make managers lean away from the likes of Sanchez and Ozil, who are also top ticket players, remains to be seen.
Aston Villa Vs. Southampton – Pelle and Mane
Anyone who faces Aston Villa has to be given a good chance of scoring plenty and although we saw a somewhat improved result from Villa against Man Utd, a home game against the Saints might be too much to handle for their team who find themselves without a player of the season awards ceremony (after the board cancelled it after amid fears of a fans’ backlash) and more jeers from their supporters could be coming this weekend.
The Saints have been in much improved form of late and Shane Long, Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane have been the main beneficiaries of such form. If all three start against Villa then it could be a game that is over before it has really started and a game against Man City in GW26 when their minds might be on the Champions League might not be such a bad thing. If you can squeeze one of these two in to your team then it could pay dividends.
Liverpool Vs. Newcastle – A word of caution
At the time of writing it remains to be seen what sort of team Klopp fields for the Merseyside derby but I expect him to field a strong one rather than face local humiliation. There has never been a better time this season to face Everton. That being said, the rotation of key players was very frustrating for many FPL managers in the first half of GW34 and although on paper this looks like a good fixture, you should tread very carefully before bringing in a whole raft of Liverpool players. Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge, Origi and pretty much the entire defence are all rotation risks at Liverpool and is mainly owing to their Europa League progression. With Liverpool being just 3 games away from Champions League qualification (if they win the Europa League) it is clear to see why Klopp would make this the priority.
It is also important to note the improved performance of Newcastle when Man City visited and a repeat performance against a slightly understrength Liverpool side could result in an away win.
Sunderland Vs. Arsenal – Alexis Sanchez
I have been banging on about Sanchez for weeks and if you didn’t have him for GW34 then you probably aren’t going to put him in for the remainder of the season. Arsenal are one of the most frustrating teams to have players from as they look like they dominate teams and then constantly fail to finish them off. They must be so frustrating to support!
I don’t see Arsenal getting a clean sheet in this game and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sunderland take all three points if I am being completely honest. That being said, the danger man is Alexis Sanchez and with Norwich to come in GW36 I expect big things from him over the next few weeks. He is a big game player so I would also back him against City the following week.
If you have 11 starters this week then you may want to sit tight like me and save your transfer to allow you to double up next week when players come back who you might want. Our captain picks will be out on Thursday/Friday this week so do check back for those and our must pick player of the week will be available for premium members to. If you want to check out our premium membership packages then check here.