Gameweek 35: Team Selection: Free Hit Activated!
Posted by FFPundits
8:29am Apr 18 2018
Welcome to the Gameweek 35 Team Selection, where we’ll be activating the Free Hit chip to navigate through the blank fixtures
That’s right FPL bosses, the guys at @_FPLTips have stuck to their end of season battle plan and have activated the Free Hit chip ahead of Gameweek 35.
With players from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City looking like tasty prospects in what looks like a bleak and depleted weekend of FPL football, let’s take a look at how @_FPLTips will line potentially line up for Gameweek 35.
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There are a number of strong contenders for the goalkeeper spot and with the Free Hit chip in play, all of these players are subject to change but for now, it’s Jordan Pickford lining up between the sticks.
Everton have conceded just once over their last two matches, against Liverpool and Swansea and only West Brom have conceded fewer big chances over the last 4 matches (2 to 5), during which time Everton have faced league leaders Manchester City.
Man City and Liverpool are likely to be favourites for a clean sheet but it may be preferable to prioritise their midfielders and forwards, since the two teams are joint first for goals scored over the last 4 matches.
Hopefully, we’ll get a leaked Liverpool lineup prior to the deadline but for now, Andy Robertson makes the team, since he offers threat at both ends of the field.
Liverpool have kept clean sheets in 3 of their last 4 games; more than any other team in the league during that period and the left-back has produced 2 assists in that time.
Patrick van Aanholt is another defender who offers attacking potential, having scored 2 goals in his last 6 matches and registering 5 efforts on target over that period; more than any other defender.
His Gameweek 35 opponents are Watford, who’ve scored 3 times in their last 4 matches; only Huddersfield and Swansea have scored fewer in that time (2).
Finally, Moritz Bauer is a man who could find his way into the team, after starting in a right-midfield position for each of his last 3 outings, against Arsenal, Spurs and West Ham.
He’s produced 2 efforts at goal, with 1 hitting the target over that period, as well as 3 attempted assists.
Stoke were slightly unfortunate not to come away with 3 points against West Ham, after putting in another well-organised defensive display and if they’re to have any hope of avoiding relegation, they’ll need a win over Burnley in Gameweek 35.
If he’s in the starting lineup, Mohamed Salah looks a certainty for any Free Hit team, for Liverpool’s trip to West Brom.
His 7 FPL involvements (6 goals, 1 assist) over the last 4 Gameweeks is at least 2 more than any other player has managed.
Currently, we’re going with a double up on Man City midfielders with Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne making the team.
No player has been involved in more ‘big chances’ than Sterling (5), over the last 4 Gameweeks, so the England midfielder is very likely to feature in the final Free Hit team.
De Bruyne is slightly less convincing as an FPL option, with only 1 FPL involvement in his last 6 appearances but no player has produced more attempted assists than the Belgian during 2018 (39) and only Dele Alli has created more ‘big chances’ in that time (8 to 7).
There are a number of options for a cheaper, 4th midfielder: Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri, Everton’s Theo Walcott and of course the ‘Out of Positon’ Marko Arnautovic.
However, Wilfried Zaha just edges them for a place in the team, as things stand, having provided FPL returns in each of his last 3 matches. His 12 shots over the last 4 Gameweeks is level with Arnautovic and Eriksen; only Sterling (13) and Salah (14) have taken more.
It’s a strong front 3 to complete the team and once again, we’ll be hoping for some early Liverpool team news to ensure that Roberto Firmino is in the starting lineup against West Brom.
An update from Pep Guardiola regarding Aguero will also be important information, before deciding whether Gabriel Jesus is likely to keep his starting place for the home encounter with Swansea.
He’s provided returns in each of his last 3 starts, including a goal and assist against Spurs last weekend.
Finally, the in-form Aubameyang returns, after selling him to Romelu Lukaku for Double Gameweek 34.
He’s provided returns in each of his last 5 games, with 5 goals and 2 assists over that period, ahead of Arsenal’s home fixture against West Ham.
There are a few contenders for captaincy. If there is a leaked Liverpool lineup and Mohamed Salah is set to start, it will be hard to ignore the Egypt international as a captain option but with the Champions League coming up, there is a potential for him to get limited minutes.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another strong contender but the concern with Arsenal remains the fact that they’re likely to use a heavily rotated squad, similar to the one which was beaten by Newcastle last Gameweek.
A Man City player is an alternative shout for captaincy, although rotation is the concern there, now that the league is wrapped up.
You’d expect them to field a fairly strong side to celebrate the title win at least, however, so Raheem Sterling could be one to consider, with his high involvement in ‘big chances’.
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