FPL Captain Picks and Tips - Gameweek 35
Posted by Daniel Holt
6:41pm Apr 28 2017
Key players from Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Southampton feature in our Gameweek 35 FPL Captain Picks and Tips article
Hello and welcome to Gameweek 35’s Captaincy Picks and Tips article, where we will look to explore and examine the top Fantasy Premier League captain picks ahead of the weekend’s action.
In this article, we will discuss our 3 regular picks, followed by our cheeky captaincy differentials. Let’s see if you can guess who this weeks punt is from the following clues.
1. Joined his current club for just £2m in 2013.
2. Has scored 15 goals for his national team, Austria.
3. He has played in the Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga and the Eredivisie.
Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
- Middlesbrough (A)
Our first captaincy pick this week is Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who of late has been in excellent form and looks set to be a popular selection amongst the FPL community this weekend. The Argentinian has scored in 6 of his last 8 Premier League fixtures, but will the return of Jesus put managers off for Gameweek 35?
City and Aguero travel to the North-East this weekend to face relegation strugglers Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, and in my opinion, look set to hammer the final nail in Boro’s Premier League coffin.
Boro did pick up a morale boosting victory in their midweek fixtures against fierce local rivals Sunderland, but I’m afraid it could be too little too late and looks likely both teams will be plying their trade in the Championship next season, much to the delight of Newcastle fans, who achieved promotion back to the big time this week.
Having said that, Boro have been a bit of a bogey team of City. Who can forget the embarrassing 8-1 drubbing they inflicted on City, as well as the shock FA Cup victory at the Etihad in recent years. They also frustrated the Citizens in the league earlier this season as they earned a very hard-earned and deserved point.
Unfortunately, I can’t see this run continuing and fully expect City to further cement their place in the top 4 this season with another 3 points this weekend. With Aguero in such excellent form at the moment, I think he’ll make his way towards the 20 goal and 150 FPL point marks in this match on Sunday.
Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace
- Burnley (H)
Next up is Crystal Palace’s record signing Christian Benteke, who like Aguero, has also been in fine goal-scoring form of late and doesn’t look like slowing down.
The big Belgain has 5 goals in his last 6 Premier League games – including an impressive brace as he came back to haunt his old club Liverpool at Anfield in Double Gameweek 35.
Palace face Burnley at Selhurst Park on Saturday, who sadly are win-less on the road and so Benteke could carry on his fine form in to this game in emphatic style. With both teams surely safe from the drop, some might say they have nothing to play for, which could result in the classic end of season goal fest, which could see FPL bosses rewarded well.
Benteke has 124 FPL points to date, which isn’t half-bad for a player valued at just £7.3m! Benteke’s biggest flaw in my opinion is his consistency, however, under the management of Sam Allardyce, he has massively improved and is amongst the goals a lot more often – just as Jermain Defoe did at Sunderland under Allardyce.
With Palace and Benteke much improved in recent week and Burnley form so poor on the road this season, I can only see one outcome from this fixture and that’s a healthy home win on Saturday, with Benteke’s name on the score-sheet.
Manolo Gabbiadini – Southampton
- Hull City (H)
Our last regular pick for Gameweek 35 is Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini who could do well at St Mary’s this weekend against 17th place, Hull City. The Italian has only played in 6 games since joining the Saints in January due to injury, but has still managed to bag 4 goals and an assist.
Valued at an absolute bargain price of just £6.4m, Gabbiadini is massively undervalued and looks set to be the differential of the week. Gabbiadini is my (Dan) captain for this weekend as I feel Southampton are due a big performance and I think it will be this weekend, even though Hull are much improved under new boss Marco Silva.
The ex-Napoli forward is in less than 5% of FPL teams, which I’m genuinely surprised at given the impact he has made in a short space of time in the Premier League. Southampton put in a good performance in midweek away at Chelsea – normally scoring 2 goals away from home would get you at least a point but the leaders just had too much on the day.
If Southampton play as well as they did in Double Gameweek 34, I can’t see Hull being able to cope, especially after making such a long journey South.
The last time they made a similar journey, they were beaten 6-1 at Bournemouth… Just something to think about.
Marco Arnautovic – Stoke City
- West Ham (H)
Finally, a big well done to anyone that identified Marco Arnautovic as this weeks gamble. The Austrian and Stoke City face another end of season clash against West Ham. Both sides have nothing to really play for so like Benteke in the Palace vs Burnley fixture, this game could rain goals in what looks to be a very open game.
I’ve been thinking about including Arnautovic as the gamble for a few weeks now, however looking at his stats, it has been a relatively poor season so far and I have let this put me off until now. He has 6 goals and 4 assists to date byu usually returns higher than this.
There are still 4 games left this season and I have a feeling he is going to end it well, as on paper, the Potters’ fixtures are not bad at all, which is why I’ve waited until now to go with Arnautovic.
He is only valued at £7.1m and has returned 101 points which is very respectable. Even more so, he is in just 1.2% of FPL teams so if you do captain Arnautovic and he does do well, then it could be very rewarding to your position in mini-leagues by taking that gamble.
Stoke have been very much under the radar this season, but as ever, they’re a reliable Premier League team and I think they’ll end the season well with some good performances.
If you’re down on your luck and struggling to make up ground in your FPL mini-leagues, why not take a punt on Arnie and pray that this name appears on the score-sheet on Saturday afternoon.
Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips Captain Tips and Picks – Gameweek 35’ which was written and published by @holtdaniel123
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