FPL Captain Picks & Tips: Double Gameweek 34
Posted by FFPundits
10:11am Apr 12 2018
The delightful @JWoodfield365 returns with SIX tasty captaincy options for Double Gameweek 34
After the hideous Gameweek 33 average of 32 points, it’s as refreshing as an elbow to the face from Lincoln City’s Matt Rhead to click on “My Team” and see double fixtures incoming.
Eight teams are poised to transform Gameweek 34 into the first significant double gameweek of the season, and you don’t need me – a guy who has stuck with Chancel Mbemba since Gameweek 1 – to tell you how significant your captain choice could be.
With Bench Boost and Triple Captain chips activated in abundance, sticking the armband on the right man will likely be pivotal in augmenting your own points, whilst also negating those of mini-league rivals.
However, there’s a fork in the road the size of the gap between Danny Welbeck’s legs.
Whereas Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the clear favourite for Gameweek 33, there’s a frustratingly high quantity of high quality captain options (or low quality, depending on your perspective) for Double Gameweek 34.
Anyway, let’s crack on.
Lukaku vs. West Brom (H) & Bournemouth (A)
On paper, a Manchester United striker and certain starter facing rock-bottom West Brom (H) and mid-table Bournemouth (A) is dreamy, but this is Romelu Lukaku – a striker whose brace against West Ham in Gameweek 1 was his only league double this season.
Our mate Rom has returned double-figure hauls just three times this season, and as favourable as his and Man United’s fixtures are, there’s an anxiety to rewarding Lukaku with the Gameweek 34 armband, as recent history shows the returns could be marginal at best.
Of course, United should objectively win both fixtures, and Lukaku will be target man in chief.
Moreover, Rom scored in both reverse fixtures, and United’s confidence will be high following their upset win at Man City.
Lukaku, for me, is the fixtures shout for sure, if not the form pick.
Kane vs. Man City (H) & Brighton (A)
In a parallel universe, Harry Kane has a disgusting mullet and successfully convinced the Premier League Match Centre his untamed strands of hair glanced in Christian Eriksen’s free-kick against Stoke without any drama.
But in this universe, he had to get Spurs to lodge an appeal to the Premier League and, incredulously, they awarded it to him.
Irrespective of the entertaining farce that’s ensued, Kane has sufficient opportunity to close on Mohamed Salah’s 29 goals in Gameweek 34.
Tottenham’s first action is at home to Man City, the last team to beat Spurs in the league way back in Gameweek 18 – since then, Spurs have gone 14 games unbeaten, and this task is arguably less daunting following the league leaders’ three consecutive defeats in a week and consequent Champions League exit.
Spurs’ comparative freshness is a huge advantage.
Moreover, only five teams have conceded more at home than Brighton (24), Spurs’ second double-header fixture.
I can’t help but want to captain a man who unnecessary swears on his daughter’s life that a goal should be credited to him, and Kane’s borderline unreasonable lust for goals makes him a mightily tempting captain option.
Salah vs. Bournemouth (H)
Salah may only have one fixture, but Liverpool are riding a Pete Doherty-esque high following their Champions League triumph, and Mo and co will likely treat Bournemouth as an after-party, knowing that a top four finish is all but secured.
His assured finish against City indicated that pesky groin injury is surely healed, and Mo now has records to set.
He’s two goals away from matching the 31-goal Premier League record in a 38-game season, and Bournemouth have kept just five clean sheets all season.
Vardy vs. Brighton (A) & Saints (H)
I could plausibly copy and paste the Lukaku text here and change the name, but my sub-editor is a brainy guy, so I’ll paraphrase by saying that Vardy too has scored twice just one season – again in Gameweek 1 – and a similar argument pervades that while Leicester’s Gameweek 34 fixtures are fair, so should your expectations be if you captain Vardy.
There’s no denying the Foxes striker has had a superb season – 16 league goals is not to be scrutinised. But Vardy’s returns are solitary, with just one double-figure haul for the season.
He’s far from a dreadful captain option – after all, he’s in this list because he’s potentially a perfectly decent option, but he’s a differential shout at best, and one that’s not overly likely to satisfy Triple Captain’ers in particular.
Sanchez vs. West Brom (H) & Bournemouth (A)
As someone who recruited Sanchez for Gameweek 26 and became disillusioned four weeks later, it’s immensely satisfying to watch others thrive owning the Chilean. Well done, everyone. Well done, indeed.
My cynicism notwithstanding, Sanchez has looked transformed in Man United’s last two games, scoring once and assisting three, and in light of United’s aforementioned superb Gameweek 34 fixtures, their primary creative threat is not just a form pick but at less than 3.6% ownership, an outstanding differential captain pick too.
Two double-digit hauls in as many games (10 & 14) is enough to catch the eye of any serious FPL manager, but, with a hefty price-tag of £11.5m, can you afford to splash the cash on Alexis?
Eriksen vs Man City (H) & Brighton (A)
There’s a particular upside to captaining Christian Eriksen, in that he’ll probably never pass to Kane again and consistently go for goal himself.
If only he’d have known that free-kick would cause such shenanigans; he’d have probably passed back to defence.
Even though the Premier League have decided to award Kane with Eriksen’s second against Stoke, the Dane has been in outstanding form, registering three – sorry, two goals and two assists in his last five.
He has an eye for goal and only three midfielders – Salah, De Bruyne and Sterling – have more FPL points this season.
Whilst not as prolific as the strikers on the list, Eriksen is among the elite midfield captain options for Double Gameweek 34, and has played the full 90 minutes in each of Spurs’ last eight league games.
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