Who are the best Fantasy Premier League players to own for Gameweek 34? 4-time top 1k and 4-time top 10k finisher Abdul Rehman uses the Hub's OPTA, Prediction, Comparison and Fixture tools to find the best FPL budget and premium players for our FPL teams.
Jesse Lingard (£6.6m) – West Ham United
Fixture: Burnley (a)
In his 11 games for West Ham, Jesse Lingard has only failed to return in two of them and no player has more points than him in this period (91 points). He has 9 goals and four assists with 33 Shots (5th), 19 Shots on Target (1st), 20 Shots in the Box and 6 Big Chances. He has also an xG of 5.54 (5th) which although shows over performance it also shows us that his stats are still great especially for his price.
West Ham play Burnley in Gameweek 34 and this is no doubt a great fixture for West Ham and Lingard. Burnley are no longer the solid defensive outfit we have identified them with over the years. Lately, they have been playing attacking football rather than their usual safety-first approach. Over the season they have conceded 479 Shots (17th), 301 Shots in the Box (19th), 168 Shots on Target (16th) and 66 Big Chances (13th). They are amongst the worst defensive teams in the league stats-wise.
The Hammers have scored 53 goals (6th) with 268 Shots in the Box (8th) and 67 Big Chances (8th) and are still well within a chance to get top four. They sit three points behind Chelsea and are no other competitions so this is a game they will make sure to win.
Jesse Lingard has only failed to return in two games so far for West Ham and has five double-digit hauls with a Goal Involvement of 59%. His fixture this week gives me confidence he will return again as I think they will have too much for Burnley. Lingard is also on penalties when Noble isn’t on the pitch and with him not being a guaranteed starter anymore and also being subbed off early quite frequently this is something to consider too. Jesse also has a 43% chance to return anytime according to our Points Prediction Tool.
Mason Mount (£7.3m) – Chelsea
Fixture: Fulham (H)
Mason Mount has six goals and six assists this season with 71 Shots, 22 Shots on Target, 27 Shots in the Box and 5 Big Chances while also creating 77 Chances (2nd) and 12 Big Chances (5th). He has been a consistent option FPL wise and only poor finishing from teammates has stopped him from getting more returns.
Chelsea are at home to Fulham in Gameweek 34 who have been quite leaky recently conceding 10 goals (18th) and 12 Big Chances (16th) in their last five.
The Blues attacking stats have been impressive with 476 Shots (3rd), 182 Shots on Target (4th), 309 Shots in the Box (4th) and 78 Big Chances (4th) they should be too much for Scott Parker's men.
The England International is on most set pieces and seems to be taking over as the main creative force in that side. Fulham have conceded 33 Shots from Set Pieces (17th) so Mount will for sure get plenty of chances for attacking returns in this game. He is at 46% to return anytime according to our Points Prediction Tool.
Matheus Pereira (£5.5m) – West Brom
Fixture: Wolves (H)
Matheus Pereira is the highest scoring player in the game since Gameweek 19 with 98 points. He has eight goals and three assists over this time with 35 Shots, 18 Shots on Target, 14 Shots in the box and 8 Big Chances. He has also created 25 Chances and 6 Big Chances. He is clearly the talisman in his team and great value for £5.5m.
West Brom play Wolves in Gameweek 34 who have been a shadow of themselves this season. They sit 12th in the league and have conceded 45 goals (15th). The Baggies have had a little resurgence lately winning two and drawing one of their last four games while also scoring 10 goals (1st) in that period. Also over this period Pereira has four goals and two assists with a Goal Involvement of 60% so is clearly heavily involved when they score.
They don’t really have much to lose now and do have a glimmer of hope of staying up. I can see them playing to attack every game from here on in too and if they do get any luck the Brazilian is sure to be involved. Our Points Prediction Tool has him at 42% for anytime returns also.
Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) – Manchester United
Fixture: Liverpool (H)
In the last five games Bruno Fernandes has only managed one assist and is trying a lot of FPL manager's patience. During this time though his stats have been much better than his output suggests as he has registered 18 Shots (4th), 8 Shots on Target (4th), 7 Shots in the Box and 3 Big Chances while also managing an xG of 2.25. He has also created 12 Chances and 2 Big Chances.
Manchester United play Liverpool this week in what should be a high scoring game given the attacking assets of both these teams. The Red Devils have managed 192 Shots on Target (1st), 286 Shots in the Box (7th), 84 Big Chances (3rd) and 64 goals scored (2nd). As you can see from the recent stats Bruno is still very much involved in the action and it's only a matter of time before he starts returning again. I don’t really see this game as tough for United from an attacking perspective and it's likely Bruno will be at the heart of their attacks too.
We just need to look at Fernandes’s stats over the season to see what he is capable of - 11 double-digit hauls with 16 goals and 13 assists and he is the highest scoring player in the game still. Our Points Prediction Tool has him at 43% to return anytime.
Heung-Min Son (£9.6m) – Spurs
Fixture: Sheffield United (H)
Heung-Min Son has surpassed his season-best goal tally in the league and has now managed to score an impressive 15 goals and also nine assists. Over the season the South Korean has 60 Shots, 31 Shots, 39 Shots in the Box and 22 Big Chances. He has also created 60 Chances and 13 Big Chances so it's no surprise at the amount of attacking returns he has.
Spurs come up against Sheffield United in Gameweek 34 and this could be a really long night for the Blades. With them pretty much already relegated and facing a fit Son and Kane it's going to be tough for them to keep the duo at bay. Sheffield United have conceded 295 Shots (17th), 182 Shots on Target (19th), and 87 Big Chances (20th).
Spurs on the other hand have scored 56 goals (4th) this season with 141 Shots on Target, 223 Shots in the Box and 73 Big Chances (5th) and have also scored 19 goals (1st) in their last nine games.
Son now has two goals in his last three games and seems to have found his shooting boots again after seven games without a goal. He has 10 double-digit hauls of which seven have come at home and this week has probably the best home fixture of the season. The Spurs man is ranked at 61% for anytime returns according to our Prediction Tool which is the highest among midfielders.
Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.2m) – Leicester City
Fixture: Southampton (a)
Kelechi Iheanacho has been in a rich vein of form in the second half of the season and now has 9 goals in his last seven games and has accumulated the most points over this period. His stats during this time have been impressive too with 32 Shots (2nd), 14 Shots on Target (3rd), 21 Shots in the Box (4th) and 10 Big Chances (1st). It’s clear by the Nigerians numbers that he is no flash in the pan and is now a solid FPL option given he's a sure starter.
Leicester City face another favourable fixture in Gameweek 34 in the shape of Southampton who have conceded the most goals in the last six league games (14) and lost four of them. They currently sit 15th in the league and are actually not yet totally safe from being relegated. Also looking at the Saints over the season they have now conceded the second-most goals in the league with 58. They have also conceded 71 Big Chances (15th) and Iheanacho seems to be gobbling up Big Chances recently so this game bodes well for him.
Leicester as a team have been flying this season and currently sit third in the league and well on course for Champions League football. Brendan Rodgers team have scored 60 goals (3rd) with 155 Shots on Target (7th) and 74 Big Chances (5th).
There isn’t a more in-form forward in the league just now when it comes to output and stats and with another juicy fixture this week I expect Kelechi to score well again. Our Points Prediction Tool has him at 47% for anytime returns.
Patrick Bamford (£6.5m) – Leeds United
Fixture: Brighton (a)
Patrick Bamford has 14 goals and 10 assists for the season however has blanked in his last four games. Three of those fixtures though were against Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United so nothing to worry about really, and looking at his stats over these four games he has 7 Shots in the box, 4 Big Chances and and xG of 1.59 so has been quite unfortunate not to have a few attacking returns.
Leeds United play Brighton in Gameweek 34 and the Seagulls are sitting 17th in the league and another team who are not yet completely safe from relegation. Despite their good stats all season they haven’t put it into practice. In the last 10 games, they have lost five and drawn three.
Leeds are going to get chances in this match just like they do in most others and it's just a matter of time before Bamford starts scoring again.
Over the season they have 447 Shots (5th), 168 Shots on Target (5th), 310 Shots in the Box (3rd) and have also scored 50 goals (8th). Bamford’s stats show that he is among the best forwards in the league with 87 Shots in the Box (1st) and 30 Big Chances (1st).
The White's forward is at 45% to return anytime according to our Points Prediction Tool and he is the first choice penalty taker.
Harry Kane (£11.8m) – Spurs
Fixture: Sheffield United (H)
Harry Kane now has a monumental 21 goals and 13 assists this season and is now his fifth season he has hit 20+ league goals. With the golden boot race well and truly on with himself and Mohamed Salah, the England forward is someone you most definitely want to have in your team until the end of the season and especially this week against the bottom of the table team.
With Kane now fit and ready after playing in the Carabao Cup final he will no doubt be the most captained player this week and with good reason. Spurs play Sheffield United in Gameweek 34 and Kane will for sure be eying this game to secure the golden boot and at the same time trying to secure Champions League football for next season. It's by far their easiest game left in the run-in and one they need to win if they want any chance of making the top four.
Spurs have scored 56 goals (4th) this season with 141 Shots on Target, 223 Shots in the Box and 73 Big Chances (5th) and also have scored 19 goals (1st) in their last nine games.
Kane’s stats this season have been his best ever from a fantasy perspective as he has immensely upped his assists to add to his goals. He has 117 Shots (1st), 45 Shots on Target (1st) and has created the most chances (41) and Big Chances (14) amongst forwards. The England international is ranked at an outrageous 70% by our Points Prediction Tool to return anytime for Gameweek 34. I think this is the highest I have ever seen for a single fixture.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.5m) – Everton
Fixture: Aston Villa (H)
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has 14 goals and 6 assists however 11 of those goals came in the first 11 games. In the second half of the season he seems to have slowed down due to a combination of injuries and formation changes but in the last three games despite only scoring one goal he has had 6 shots in the box, 5 Big Chances (1st), and an xG of 2.
Everton play Aston Villa in Gameweek 34 who have also had quite a poor second half to the season especially after their fantastic start. In the last 11 games, Villa have conceded 156 Shots (17th), 91 Shots in the Box (15th), 53 Shots on Target (17th), and 22 Big Chances (16th)
With Calvert-Lewin now back to playing in his favoured position up top and his stats both over the season and most recently, he has shown he can score big and has a good fixture this week in my opinion to get some attacking returns.
Our Points Prediction Tool also has him at 45% to return anytime. He also has a Goal Involvement of 51% (5th) which is also the most from among his teammates and if we couple his recent stats with Aston Villa’s recent defensive stats then this is looking like a good fixture for the young Evertonian.
Timo Werner (£9.2m) – Chelsea
Fixture: Fulham (H)
Timo Werner has not had the start to his Chelsea career as he would have hoped. He has six goals and nine assists over the season which for a £9.0m player isn’t enough but he has shown on occasions that there is a world-class player in there. He did manage to score in his last league game and did put up some very good numbers with 6 Shots (1st), 2 Shots on Target, 5 Shots in the Box (2nd) and 2 Big Chances (1st).
Looking at Werner’s past history it's clear to see he is an elite striker and I think he will definitely come good in the Premier League eventually and on a consistent basis.
Chelsea play Fulham in Gameweek 32 who have lost four of their last five games and conceded 10 goals (18th) and 12 Big Chances in that time (16th). It's going to be really tough for them to stay up now being 7 points behind Brighton and will be demoralised after their most recent results.
Over the season Thomas Tuchel's men have one of the best attacking stats in the league with 476 Shots (3rd), 182 Shots on Target (4th), 309 Shots in the Box (4th) and 78 Big Chances (4th). With Chelsea in the top four now and three points ahead of 5th placed West Ham they will want to put as much daylight between them as possible. If Werner starts up top again then this could be a big haul for the German in a favourable game against a downtrodden Fulham side.
The German will be desperate to score as many goals as possible from now until the end of the season and he can both score and assist. He is ranked at 56% to return anytime according to our Points Prediction Tool.
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