FPLTips' Team Selection - Gameweek 34 WILDCARD
Posted by FFPundits
9:38am Apr 10 2019
FPLTips’ Fantasy Premier League WILDCARD is now ACTIVE for Gameweek 34, with the intention of Bench Boosting in Double Gameweek 35
The Wildcard is active ahead of Brighton and Cardiff’s Double Gameweek 34, with a view to using the Bench Boost chip for Double Gameweek 35, where Spurs, Watford, Wolves and Man City are amongst the 8 teams who play twice.
Here’s a look at how the current draft is shaping up:
No surprises for the first goalkeeper spot; Brighton’s back-to-back Double Gameweeks mean that Mat Ryan will come in between the sticks.
Over the last 4 home matches, only Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea (each 3) and Burnley (1) have conceded fewer big chances than the Seagulls’ 4.
He’ll be joined by teammate Shane Duffy, with the centre-back offering a significant attacking threat in addition to the clean sheet potential.
No defender has taken more than his 19 goal attempts this calendar year (GW21-33) and he also leads the way for shots inside the box (18) and efforts on target (8).
It was a costly mistake to overlook Laporte for Double Gameweek 32 and with Man City’s hectic schedule and the rotation-risk that their attacking players carry, it could be wise to include the centre-back for the remainder of the season.
Double Gameweek 35 looks tough for the Champions on paper but they still have to face Crystal Palace, Burnley, Leicester and Brighton.
8 clean sheets in 12 games for Man City this calendar year ranks 1st in the league and no side have allowed opponents fewer shots on target (18) or big chances (9).
Although Liverpool don’t have a Double Gameweek, they are of course in a title race and Robertson’s Champions League suspension means he’ll be afforded a rest ahead of the meeting with Chelsea.
The Reds are 2nd to Man City in terms of big chances conceded (12) and efforts on target faced (29) this calendar year, with remaining fixtures against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves.
Spurs have 4 remaining home fixtures, where they’ll welcome Huddersfield, Brighton, West Ham and Everton to the new stadium.
Eriksen has directly contributed to 7 goals (3 goals, 4 assists) this calendar year and only Hazard (32) and Maddison (47) have produced more than his 30 attempted assists, 14 of which have come in the last 3 matches.
Heung-Min Son looked more fresh during the recent win over Crystal Palace, where he ended his goal drought and fired 4 goal attempts, with 3 finding the target.
Sterling (15), Hazard (16), Mané (17) and Salah (18) are the only midfielders to score more than Son’s 12 goals this campaign.
Despite possible rotation, it’s hard to ignore Sterling; no midfielder has produced more than his 11 FPL involvements this calendar year.
Only Salah (13) has fired more efforts on target (10) amongst midfielders in the last 8 Gameweeks, but from 3 extra matches.
Jota has played a hand in 9 FPL involvements from Gameweek 23 onwards, with Mané (10) the only midfielder to provide more.
His total of 8 big chances in that time ranks level with the Liverpool midfielder and only Babel (9) was involved in more.
>> Gameweek 34 Captain Tips <<
UPDATE: Please note that this article and video were written and produced BEFORE Tottenham’s Champions League clash with Manchester City on Tuesday evening. If Kane is ruled out for the rest of the season, which does seem likely, Aguero will take Kane’s place in our Wildcard squad.
There’s the option to take a one-week punt on Glenn Murray for his Double Gameweek 34 fixtures against Bournemouth and Cardiff at home, with a view to moving him on to Deeney the following Gameweek.
His game time may be limited but the 35-year-old has found 7 of his 11 goals during home matches this season, scoring 41% of Brighton’s 17 home goals.
No teammate has fired more than his 9 efforts on target during those matches, while his tally of 8 big chances is 5 more than any other Brighton player.
Since returning from injury, Harry Kane has scored 3 goals in 6 matches, facing Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool across that spell.
His 9 efforts on target during that period ranked level with Vardy and Rondón, with Lukaku (10) the only forward to fire more.
Jiménez directly contributed to both of his team’s goals during the recent win over Man Utd to take his total up to an impressive 22 goal involvements (12 goals, 10 assists) for the season; Kane (23), Aubameyang (24), Lacazette (25) and Agüero (29) are the only forwards to register more.
His total of 7 big chances created this calendar year ranks joint-top across all positions, level with De Bruyne and Westwood.
With the Bench Boost chip in mind for Double Gameweek 35, there’s a fairly strong set of players on the bench, who’ll each play twice that week.
Foster and if fit, Deulofeu, are selected with Watford’s favourable fixtures against Huddersfield and Southampton, though Ward-Prowse remains an alternative option, should the midfielder fail to recover from injury.
Attacking wing-back Doherty has back-to-back home fixtures in the Double Gameweek, facing Brighton and Arsenal, while Bednarek offers a cheap option for the final spot in the team, ahead of away trips to Newcastle and Watford.
Brighton’s Double Gameweek brings Shane Duffy into consideration for captaincy, offering goal threat, clean sheet potential and being unlikely to see rotation.
He’s fired 10 goal attempts across the last 4 home matches, with each coming from inside the box, ranking top amongst Brighton players.
The Seagulls have conceded 8 goals in 10 home matches against teams outside the ‘top six’ this season, keeping a clean sheet in 5.
But Harry Kane is at home to an already relegated Huddersfield side that have had the league’s most porous defence over the last 4 matches, conceding 12 goals.
Only West Ham (17) allowed opponents more than their 16 big chances in that time, while only Fulham and West Ham (28) faced more efforts on target than the Terries (23).
So, the armband is with the Spurs forward as things stand.
>> Gameweek 34 Captain Tips <<
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