Shrewd Moves and Differentials: Gameweek 35 FPL Tips – Fantasy Premier League Tips

12:35pm Apr 21 2016

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Has the Double Gameweek 34 destroyed your season, or put you back on track? Either way, here’s Luke Thunberg with 4 Shrewd Moves for your consideration.

Samir Nasri – Manchester City

Price/Ownership: £6.7m / 0.7%
Next 3 Fixtures: Stoke (H), Southampton (A), Arsenal (H)
Last 3 Gameweek points: 4, 9, 5 & 0

Injury update: Whilst Nasri is flagged with a ‘50% chance of playing’ warning message, recent reports have suggested that Nasri should be fit to play against Stoke on Saturday after recovering from a small muscle injury.

Samir Nasri has had a bright start since returning from a long absence due to injury. In his last three appearances for City, he has bagged 2 assists and 1 goal. He’ll be looking to remain healthy for the rest of the season.

Interesting to note is that Nasri is not registered for City’s Champions League squad, so he is ineligible to play in those games. This means he is essentially nailed to start in the league, allowing for Pellegrini to rotate him with Sterling, most likely. Manchester City are still fighting to remain in the top 4 in the league to qualify for Champions League next year, so I think Nasri is a good differential pick if you need a City midfielder who has low ownership and is reasonably priced.

Jermain Defoe – Sunderland

Price/Ownership: £5.1m / 4.8%
Next 3 Fixtures: Arsenal (H), Stoke (A), Chelsea (H) & Everton (H)
Last 3 Gameweek points: 2, 2, 6

I see Jermain Defoe as the premier budget forward option for the rest of the season. He’s maintained good form all season long, and has showed he is capable of scoring FPL returns. He has struggled a bit against tougher sides and his fixtures are not the best, but he is always a goal threat.

Sunderland are good choices right now because they have a game in Gameweek 35, and a set of double fixtures in Gameweek 37. Many players will be looking this week to bring back Harry Kane into their teams, and Defoe could be the budget option you need to afford these expensive players. I’m going with a Mitrovic to Defoe move this week, if that helps.

Baba Rahman – Chelsea

Price/Ownership: £5.4m / 0.1%
Next 3 Fixtures: Bournemouth (A), Spurs (H), Sunderland (A) & Liverpool (A)
Last 3 Gameweek points: 6, 2, 1

Baba Rahman has not been a nailed starter for most of the season with Chelsea, but I think that Hiddink might have found a back line to stick with for the rest of the season. I think that Chelsea are a great pick for the coming weeks, despite a massive 3-0 loss to City at the weekend.

Rahman has started the last 3 games for Chelsea and has played the full 90. At only £5.4m, he’s £0.4m cheaper than Azpilicueta. If you can shell out the cash, I think Azpi is probably worth it because he is 100% nailed, but I’m confident that Baba will continue to start for Chelsea and is a fantastic differential based on percentage owned.

The Blues are looking to break into the top 8 and make the Europa League next season, so Chelsea still have a lot to play to play for.

Andros Townsend – Newcastle 

Price/Ownership: £5.7m / 0.5%
Next 3 Fixtures:  Liverpool (A), Crystal Palace (H), Aston Villa (A)
Last 3 Gameweek points: 5, 8, 14 & 2

It took him a while, but I think that Andros Townsend has finally settled into the Newcastle starting line-up. He’s started every game since Rafa Benitez took charge, and he’s shown his ability grabbing 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games.

Newcastle have good fixtures to come, facing Crystal Palace in GW36 and Aston Villa in GW37. Newcastle are in a full-on relegation battle and they are going to try to win every game they play. Newcastle could be a good differential team to hop on now before they start a good run of form, and Townsend is a great pick.

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Article written by Luke Thunberg

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