FPL Gameweek 35 Preview - Players to Watch

10:41am Apr 26 2017

Key picks from Southampton, Liverpool and Tottenham feature in our FPL Players to Watch for Gameweek 35

It feels strange to be posting a video and article whilst a Gameweek is still active. However, with many FPL bosses already planning their strategic moves ahead of Gameweek 35, here’s this weeks Players to Watch for your consideration. Enjoy!

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Manolo Gabbiadini – Southampton (HUL)

  • £6.4
  • 3.5%
  • 5
  • Hull City (H), Liverpool (A), Arsenal (H)

The Saints forward made his return from injury during the 3-0 defeat to Man City in Gameweek 33, following a successful start to his Southampton career.

During his first 5 appearances for the club, Gabbiadini returned an impressive tally of 4 goals. His underlying stats were also fairly solid for that period, with 15 of his 17 shots coming from inside the area and 6 finding the target.

Southampton’s form has been a bit of a mixed bag of late; they managed back-to-back wins against Crystal Palace and West Brom, prior to the 3-0 defeat to Man City. Ahead of their tie with Chelsea, in Gameweek 34, Southampton’s tally of 9 goals scored from their last 6 games ranks them 10th in the league, while their 29 shots on target taken during the same timeframe, ranks them 6th.

In Gameweek 35, they’ll take on a Hull side that have won 3 of their last 5 games, as they continue to fight to remain in the Premier League. All of those wins came at home, however, and Marco Silva’s men have lost both of their away games during that period, conceding 3 goals in each.

Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool (wat)

  • £8.5
  • 22.9%
  • 7
  • Watford (A), Southampton (H), West Ham (A)

Despite Liverpool suffering a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in Gameweek 34, Philippe Coutinho was able to extend his recent goal scoring form, with a well-struck free kick. The Brazilian has now managed an impressive tally of 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 Premier League games.

During the last 6 Gameweeks, Liverpool have managed a total of 10 goals; only 6 teams have managed more. Philippe Coutinho has been directly involved in 50% of his team’s goals, during that period.

As the race for a top 4 position heats up, it’s Liverpool that have the most attractive fixture list. They have trips to Watford and West Ham remaining, as well as home games against Southampton and Middlesbrough, so despite not being involved in any Double Gameweeks, their assets could still be useful options.

In Gameweek 35, Klopp’s men will take on a Watford side that were beaten 2-0 by Hull last Gameweek, in what was their 2nd defeat from their last 3 games. Watford have kept things tight at home recently, but have benefitted from kind fixtures, against Swansea, West Brom and Sunderland.

Harry Kane – Spurs (ARS)

  • £11.
  • 16.8%
  • Arsenal (H), West Ham (A), Man United (H)

The Spurs forward made his first start since recovering from injury, in the 4-0 win over Bournemouth in Gameweek 33 and marked the occasion with 1 goal and 1 assist.

So far this season, Kane has returned an impressive tally of 20 goals and 5 assists, despite missing 8 games through injury. He’ll be hoping to mount pressure on the current top goalscorer, Romelu Lukaku, in a bid to secure his 2nd successive Golden Boot award.

Even more of a motivation will be the fact that Spurs are still in with a chance of catching league leaders Chelsea, with only 4 points separating the two teams at present.

During his last 6 games, Kane’s tally of 7 goals scored is more than any other player in the league and similarly, no player has managed more than the 13 shots on target managed by the Spurs forward, during the same period.

Spurs have scored a total of 18 goals during their last 6 games, which is at least 4 more than any other team in the league. Across the entire season so far, only Liverpool (70) have scored more goals than Spurs (68).

In Gameweek 35, Spurs will host Arsenal in the north London derby. Kane has scored in each of the last 4 meetings with Arsenal in the Premier League, accumulating a total of 5 goals over that period.

Maya Yoshida – Southampton (HUL)

  • £4.4
  • 3.3%
  • 0
  • hull City (H), Liverpool (A), Arsenal (H)

Despite facing some tough fixtures in recent weeks, Saints have managed to keep 2 clean sheets from their last 5 games, prior to the tie with Chelsea in Gameweek 34.

Only 4 teams have kept more than Southampton’s 11 clean sheets so far this season, and only 5 teams have conceded fewer goals.

In the absence of Virgil Van Dijk, who is expected to miss the remainder of the season through injury, Maya Yoshida has become the experienced leader of the Saints defence, partnering 23-year-old Jack Stephens.

In his last 6 games, the Saints centre-back has shown impressive attacking potential. He’s taken a total of 6 goal attempts, 4 of which have hit the target, with 1 resulting in a goal.

With back-to-back Double Gameweeks on the horizon for Southampton, now seems like a good time to invest in the £4.4m defender.

But first, it’s a home fixture against Hull for Southampton, in Gameweek 35. Hull have put together some good form at home, but have struggled on the road, scoring just 4 goals during their last 7 away games.

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