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.
Gameweek 35+ Team
Patricio takes his place between the sticks as he faces Everton at home. Both teams have been shy in front of goal with Everton scoring just four times in their past five games.
A Liverpool defender makes it in the team due to their home game against Burnley. Burnley haven’t offered much going forward but they seem to be getting the job done with limited goals. However, seeing how they performed against Man City in Gameweek 30+ it looks a plum fixture for Liverpool. Defenders have been much harder to nail than the likes of defenders, so I’m trying to make sure I pick one with a bit more than just clean sheet potential. Liverpool’s left-back, Robertson, is my preferred choice after his rest in midweek. However, Liverpool conceded the most big chances out of any team and looked much more shaky having rotated a couple of their starting eleven. Henderson is also out for the rest of the season which doesn’t help.
Lucas Digne has been the most creative defender since Gameweek 30+ with nine chances created with one being classed as a big chance. He’s on the majority of corners and takes the odd direct free-kick; his assist against Southampton was sublime. He plays Wolves who have recently struggled offensively; they’ve only managed five big chance and the joint third least amount of shots inside the box. Ideally, I would like to see Everton have Holgate back for their trip to Molineux as they weren’t as strong without him against Southampton.
Dawson gets a start this week after scoring from the bench in the Gameweek 34+ Hub XI. Watford are teetering above the relegation zone and play Newcastle. Dawson has had two big chances and nine shots inside the box since football’s return.
The United boys are a mainstay in my weekly Free Hit XI. The same Man Utd double up in the midfield remain as they rarely let me down. Fernandes and Martial have a mouthwatering eight goals and seven assists between them since Gameweek 30+. Set-pieces are huge for Fernandes and both of his returns came from them in Gameweek 34+. Martial is a constant threat and wasn’t pleased after having been given a 20 minute rest at Aston Villa. Southampton won’t be an easy game and it will be a battle of fitness as two of the league’s most energetic teams face off. They shut out Man City with some heroic defending but have errors in them as seen against Arsenal. It’s hard selecting five midfielders but the consistency of these two keep seeing them be selected.
Another dilemma I face weekly is the Chelsea midfielder spot. Last week I picked the right one in Willian and he gets the spot again. I was very tempted to double up but Sheffield Utd are back to full strength at the back and will be harder to break down than Chelsea’s previous opposition. In a game that might go either way, Willian’s set-pieces give him the edge over Pulisic.
A Man City attacker was a given this week as they travel to the Amex which saw the Premier League champions hit three goals past them. De Bruyne took a knock in the final five minutes of the game and was hobbling until the end and this has made me avoid him for this Gameweek. It was a toss up between Mahrez and Sterling but the latter just edged it with his benching against Newcastle. He played just 30 minutes but looked extremely threatening and managed to score and assist in such little time and was unlucky not to get more. Brighton attacked Liverpool after conceding early and allowed Liverpool 17 shots inside the box and four big chances. As City have shown recently, it can be a hammering if City get off to a flyer and you definitely want to have at least one ticket in the Man City raffle.
Liverpool looked dodgy at the back against Brighton but were clinical going forward. While Salah picked up the spoils, I’ve opted for Mané in this weeks team. Mané favours the home games and was given a rest midweek against Brighton. It’s hard to see Salah rested but I think Mané will be eager to catch up to his goal tally and play slightly more minutes. Burnley have been solid at the back but have shown their frailties against Man City, shipping five goals.
Vardy hasn’t made the team yet and he’s bagged three goals in two games, but he’s finally in. Leicester play whipping boys Bournemouth who weren’t so bad against Spurs as they deployed a more direct style of play. That, however, doesn’t put me off Vardy who’s gunning for the golden boot and his side are clawing on to the top four. He’s their main man and has started creating more chances as he’s been pushed slightly more out wide when he starts with Iheanacho.
The Man United triple threat continues and Greenwood takes that final spot. The xG buster is in red hot form and is undroppable in Ole’s front three. The 18 year old is close to breaking records and he’ll be desperate to keep finding the back of the net with his clinical finishing. Once again I advocate the extra saving over Rashford to help bolster the rest of the eleven.
On the bench Reina is a good cheap option as he plays Crystal Palace who’ve struggled offensively. Two centre backs Soyuncu and Boly get a place with a small bit of goal threat in two good fixtures. Ayew rounds off the bench.
Gameweek 35+ Captaincy
Sadio Mané takes this week’s armband. I feel he’s got the potential to go big against Burnley. Fernandes and Vardy both were close calls but I feel like he’s worth a gamble this week.
Once again I can’t manage to fit West Ham players into the side but with Norwich up next Antonio and Bowen provide great value in the midfield.
Mahrez and Foden both look great options this week after being taken off early in their last game. The former was extremely unlucky to blank and both can easily come off the bench and return points.
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