Who’s HOT & Who’s NOT - FPL Double Gameweek 34
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
11:19am Apr 11 2018
Players from Man United, Spurs and Leicester City feature on our Hot or Not list for Double Gameweek 34
Greetings FPL bosses! The hotly-anticipated double Gameweek 34 is finally upon us, giving all you FPL fanatics out there the opportunity to press home your advantage and keep the chasing pack at arms length.
All of this week’s HOT selections face two fixtures this time around, leaving plenty of reason for optimism.
So, without further ado, here are my thoughts ahead of double Gameweek 34. I wish all of you the very best of luck and here’s to plenty of green arrows once again!
Valencia vs. West Brom (H) & Bournemouth (A)
Manchester United look in a strong position to secure second place after their stunning comeback at the Etihad in Gameweek 33.
For Jose Mourinho’s side, double Gameweek 34 begins with the visit of rock-bottom West Brom. United have conceded just seven at Old Trafford in the Premier League all season, while only Brighton have managed fewer than the Baggies’ eight on the road, so there’s a great opportunity for a clean sheet here.
This is followed by a trip to Bournemouth, who all-but secured safety after their Gameweek 33 draw with Palace. Liverpool were the last side to prevent the Cherries from scoring on home soil, back in Gameweek 18.
If United could repeat the feat, there could be some serious returns in the offing for Valencia owners.
Eriksen vs. Man City (H) & Brighton (A)
Double Gameweek 34 sees Spurs face Manchester City at Wembley followed by a trip to Brighton.
Manchester City remain one victory away from being confirmed Premier League champions following their derby defeat in Gameweek 33 – but Spurs have favoured the big occasion in their temporary home this season, having already seen off Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal at Wembley.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side then travel to Brighton, who have yet to register a clean sheet in 2018 – so both fixtures represent excellent opportunities for big returns on your Spurs attackers.
Harry Kane aside, Christian Eriksen is perhaps the pick of the bunch at the moment. The Dane is bang in-form with three goals and two assists in his last five.
Vardy vs. Burnley (A) & Saints (H)
It’s also a double Gameweek for Leicester, who are still in the hunt for seventh place despite slipping to defeat against Newcastle last time out.
First they face a crunch fixture against the side directly above them, Burnley, followed by a trip to Southampton, who are in serious relegation trouble.
Burnley have recorded three straight wins, but have managed just one clean sheet since Gameweek 21. Meanwhile, Southampton have conceded nine in their last three, so the in-form Jamie Vardy is well worth a punt this time around.
The England striker scored for the third successive game in the aforementioned Newcastle defeat, and continues to be, pound for pound, the best FPL forward out there at £8.9m.
Who’s NOT? (hot)
Otamendi vs. Spurs (A)
Manchester City blew the chance to claim their third Premier League crown against their bitter rivals Manchester United in Gameweek 33, throwing away a two-goal lead.
They’ll try again in Gameweek 34 when they travel to Wembley to take on an in-form Spurs side, who have only failed to score once at their temporary home all season – and that was way back in Gameweek 5.
With that in mind, coupled with the return to fitness of Harry Kane, I don’t anticipate any returns on any Manchester City defenders here.
What’s more, this is City’s only fixture in Gameweek 34, so why not take a chance on someone who has a double Gameweek to maximise the opportunity for those much-needed big returns?
Doucoure vs. Huddersfield (A)
It could be said that Watford have the proverbial beach towels out, having picked up just one point since Gameweek 29.
Doucoure, who has been one of their star performers and an FPL bargain up to this point, has failed to register any returns of note since a double assist against Chelsea seven Gameweeks ago.
The French midfielder remains a fairly popular selection, however, the grass is now greener elsewhere. Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic has scored five in his last eight – including one in each of his last three – and costs just £5.1m
Aguero vs. Spurs (A)
With Vardy, Lukaku, Kane, and even Morata all set to feature twice in Gameweek 34, you’d be a brave soul to hang your hat on Sergio Aguero this time around – given that the Argentine’s only opportunity for returns is in Manchester City’s tough-looking fixture at Wembley against Spurs.
What’s more, City’s top-scorer is only just returning from a spell on the sidelines through injury, so he represents a monumental risk which is simply not worth taking, given the amount of affordable alternatives which would be on offer if you were to cash in on your £11.6m asset.
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