In this Fantasy Premier League series FPL Junior (four top 13k finishes in last four seasons) shares his FPL tips by selecting a team each week to try and score as many points as possible. In essence, he will be “free hitting” every single Gameweek. Rather than selecting longer-term options, he’ll solely focus on players with the best form and fixtures for the upcoming Gameweek 34+.
Gameweek’s are coming thick and fast, so the turnaround doesn’t give us much time to take in everything we learnt from the previous Gameweek. The majority of this Gameweek’s team is on the road as everyone except for my Man City players play away from home. As the weeks move on, there are certain teams emerging which I’m beginning to target who are either extremely poor or are “on the beach.”
Gameweek 34+ Team
Ederson is in between the sticks for the Newcastle game. An error at the back cost Man City their clean sheet against Southampton so I’m hoping they can iron out these minor blips. Newcastle may see Saint-Maximan rested as Bruce looks to save him for a more winnable game and if this happens it will be a major boost for their clean sheet hopes.
Alexander-Arnold and Van Dijk both get a place in the side for their game down in Brighton. Liverpool have struggled offensively as of late whilst their defence has remained solid apart from their trip to the Etihad. They have had the odd blip, but Alisson has come to their rescue when needed. A slightly worrying stat is that Alexander-Arnold has attempted 34 crosses but has only created a single big chance, but he still remains their best offensive defender. Van Dijk is nailed and is always contending for bonus points, so that secures him the second spot. Brighton have just created three big chances in their past four games which bodes well for the Reds solid rearguard.
Spurs clearly showed their defensive frailties against Sheffield Utd but their upcoming fixture is too good not to triple up. Aurier provides a high ceiling at wing-back but he’s always got the potential for a blank if Spurs have an off day. In the past four games, Bournemouth have only mustered 16 shots inside the box and on average a single big chance a game.
For the third week running, I’m keeping the same Man Utd double up in the midfield. Fernandes and Martial both scored and assisted twice against Bournemouth. Aston Villa are a much stronger defensive unit as they showed against Liverpool but I believe Fernandes is the man to unlock that defence from set-pieces and open play. If Man Utd have the same penalty system as Wolves, Bruno’s on their next penalty in his rotation with Rashford. Martial showed he just needs a little bit of space to find the back of the net as he didn’t register a big chance and not a single chance created for his two assists. That’s why I think he’s second United midfield asset to own.
Chelsea’s midfield have been throwing up good valued options and it’s the same two, week in week out who are on my radar. Willian and Pulisic have been working in tandem, one winning set-pieces and the other converting them. This week the Brazillian edges it out. Over the past four Gameweek’s he’s nearly created four times as many chances and matched Pulisic with three big chances. Crystal Palace looked like a well-oiled team in Gameweek 30+, but since their game against Bournemouth, they’ve shipped eight goals in three games. Willian’s corners, free-kicks and penalties mean he’s always likely to be involved, especially when Pulisic is proving to be a handful running at defenders.
De Bruyne is my Man City midfielder of choice this week after he was benched in their frustrating defeat to Southampton. Their stats look extremely impressive but the bottom line is that they couldn’t score once. De Bruyne at home is a different beast and he’s already scored from the spot against the Magpies in their FA Cup quarter-final bout.
Son is my 5th midfielder and as already briefly mentioned, I’m targeting Bournemouth who are currently woeful at the back. The Cherries have conceded three goals a game on average since FPL has returned and Spurs’ attack will be desperate to pile on the misery after their recent loss. Son’s goal threat hasn’t been overly impressive and this is more a fixture over form decision but he’s still ticking over with a couple of assists.
Greenwood is looking like a gift from the FPL gods at £4.5m. He allows you to splash the cash elsewhere whilst availing of a player in Man Utd’s front three. His underlying stats will look worrying to the naked eye and it looks like his returns are unsustainable, but it’s the quality of his finishing which will keep the returns coming. Double-digit hauls aren’t going to come every week but he looks nailed with Man Utd having favourable breaks in between games. Aston Villa will be a tougher test than Bournemouth but I think it’ll be a similar game to Brighton where the teenager just needs a bit of space to work his wand of a left foot.
Kane passed the eye test against Sheffield Utd, hitting the back of the net on four occasions which was in stark contrast to his Gameweek 30+ performance. I don’t need to state why Bournemouth is such a plum fixture for Kane. I think he’s got the highest ceiling out of any forward this week and he completes a Spurs triple up.
Gameweek 34+ Captaincy
One of the Man Utd attackers were very close to getting the armband this week but I’ve opted for De Bruyne. I prefer my attacker to face Newcastle over Aston Villa and the Belgian maestro has hit nine double-figure hauls, seven of which were at home. Owning Kane seems like enough of a punt, but if you’re chasing the Spurs attacker is a high risk, high reward option.
I just opted for a single Man City attacker as I didn’t fancy any of the other to be nailed to start or be in their favourite position. Sterling may get the false nine role after Jesus failed to impress in Aguero’s absence. Foden looks set to start however but I prefer my other four midfield choices.
Wolves are absent this week as I think their tie with Sheffield Utd will be a low scoring affair. Jimenez‘ ceiling doesn’t seem high this week and I’ve opted for a Spurs wingback over Doherty.
Salah and Mane both miss out. Liverpool are an unstoppable force going forward but once they rotate, their whole attack doesn’t seem to click. They are still likely to return once they start but the eye test doesn’t make them as appealing earlier on in the season.
Once again a West Ham midfielder looks a great option for those strapped for cash. Antonio has the highest ceiling but Bowen’s assist potential means he looks the safest bet for returns.
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