Daily Fantasy Premier League Football Tips - Gameweek 34
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
6:33pm Apr 13 2018
@FFPundits_Drew returns with his Safe vs. Differential fantasy football picks for FPL and Starting 11 in Gameweek 34
Good day to all fantasy bosses around the world and welcome to our Gameweek 34 edition of Safe Picks vs. Differentials, where I, @FFPundits_Drew, look to provide Fantasy Premier League and Starting 11 bosses with a mixed bag of picks for this weekend’s contests.
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There are no Double Gameweeks here but I hope this week’s Safe Picks vs. Differentials give you plenty of food for thought when making your FPL transfers and creating your Starting 11 lineups.
Safe Pick – Kane vs. Manchester City (H)
The goal that never was but now is again…..if not his shoulder then Kane’s very presence in the penalty box leads to goals.
The dubious goals panel may have come too late for Kane owners (and captainers) last week, but with arguably the worst defense in the league at the moment (come on, United fans need to have their moment) – Kane takes on Manchester City this weekend.
After three defeats on the bounce and conceding EIGHT goals in the process, can Spurs and Kane cause more frustration for Pep Guardiola?
Differential – Austin vs. Chelsea (H)
Not wanting to look like I’m jumping on the bandwagon of a player who happened to have scored a goal the previous weekend, but as soon as I heard Charlie Austin was fit again he immediately caught my attention – scoring vs Arsenal only backed up my initial feelings that Austin is always a player worth considering.
Chelsea hardly fill me with confidence at the moment, particularly defensively – This is an opportunity for Austin to show us he is capable of finding the goal scoring form he boasted earlier in the season.
Southampton are in big trouble, but the one player I feel can drag them out of this situation is Austin – he’s my differential pick this week.
Safe Pick – Pogba vs. West Brom (H)
As a United fan, this is what I have been waiting for – Paul Pogba playing in the advanced role he relished during his time at Juventus.
With Jose finally throwing caution into the wind 2-0 down at the Etihad, Pogba arriving late into the box led to two goals in the 3-2 comeback which halted City’s celebration party.
If Pogba continues to play in that advanced role, I know he will be one of the first names on my team sheet – what better place to start than at home to ‘soon to be relegation’ West Brom?
Differential – Milivojevic vs. Brighton (H)
We knew during pre-season that Milivojevic was on set pieces but did anyone really predict this many attacking returns?
The Palace midfielder is now in double figures having scored TEN league goals this season, including three in his last three games – he has found his way into many FPL squads due to his value and I think it’s about time we took him more seriously here on Starting 11.
A home tie vs Brighton gives him every chance of continuing that goal scoring form, the Seagull’s haven’t managed to keep a clean sheet for eleven league games – Palace are fighting hard to secure their Premier League status and I expect them to win this weekend.
Safe Pick – Valencia vs. West Brom (H)
In our quest for clean sheets, the stand out game this weekend is Manchester United vs West Brom.
Football is a confidence game, on the one hand we have a team off the back of their result of the season in the local derby – on the other we have a side who have failed to win a football match in their last nine league games.
Despite not offering the attacking returns an ex-winger playing full back should, what Valencia does offer is nailed on access to that United back 4.
Differential – Baines vs. Swansea (A)
Long before Alonso there was Leighton Baines – He might not be marauding into the opposition box these days but he is and always will be an FPL legend.
This week Everton travel to Swansea, who have only scored one goal in four games – their one goal was against West Brom (does that count?)
After a clean sheet vs a Salah-less Liverpool, Everton will be looking to keep Swansea out aswell this weekend – all we need now is for Big Sam to get Baines back on set pieces!
Safe Pick – De Gea vs. West Brom
Who else could be a Safe Pick than the best goalkeeper in the world vs the soon to be relegated West Brom?
As regular readers will know, I love a defensive stack on Starting 11 – there aren’t many fixtures more tempting that this one.
It won’t just be Valencia joining De Gea in my Manchester United defense this weekend, I’m tempted to take the lot of them – win big or lose big!
Differential – Karnezis vs. Huddersfield (A)
Ok so I know Karnezis plays for Watford, but this one is all about the fixture.
The only reason Huddersfield have not gone five games without scoring is due to Brighton defender Duffy gifting Steve Mounie a goal last weekend – not something I they can rely on every week.
I expect Huddersfield to continue to struggle in front of goal and for Watford to pick up a rare clean sheet – as Huddersfield are dragged closer to the relegation zone.
As the season finale approaches, the battle for the golden boot hots up – with Mo Salah four goals ahead but with two fewer games remaining, who will finish on top?
Harry Kane, the current holder of the Golden Boot, is looking to win the award for three consecutive seasons – can he close the gap?
If you had asked me a week ago I would be avoiding Kane vs Manchester City, but this is the moment to play the Champions elect – City always seem to have a purple patch every season and that time is now.
My gut tells me Spurs will add to Manchester City’s run of defeats and that Harry Kane will take advantage of that leaky defense.
I plan to trust Kane with that armband – other Starting 11 bosses may be worried about the tough fixture, making Kane potentially a differential captain.
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