So it’s finally here, the mammoth gameweek we’ve all been waiting for. With 10 teams facing doubles, many teams will have pretty much a full eleven playing more than once. Get ready for one high-scoring points fest!
It may feel like Christmas but don’t be mistaken, this is the business end of the season. There are only 8 gameweeks left to decide your fantasy future, where doubles like this one can mean all the difference. With Man City and Everton playing another double in Gameweek 34, it’s time to start loading up.
Key targets from these teams include Zabaleta(6.0m) , Silva(9.3m) and Toure(10.1m) from City & Coleman(6.7m), Baines(7.4m) and Lukaku (8.5m and rising tonight) from Everton. A mixture of form, playing time and potential threat makes a selection of these players the foundation to build on.
Anyway back to the action this gameweek, there are some belters to look forward to starting with Chelsea hosting Arsenal in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture at 12.45pm. A few days later, Moyes faces another game he can not fail in, if he is to avoid the vultures from circling. The win over Olympiakos has offered some respite but United remain a team that no one fears taking on.
If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. We look into the fixtures and form to see which players are most likely to score high.
So without further ado, here is our selection for the 31st gameweek of the season:
- Simon MIGNOLET [CAR(A), SUN(H), 5.4m] – Liverpool have a great chance of winning the title; this is all the more evident when you look at their ability to plunder 18 goals in their last 5 games. They’ve also managed to prevent both Southampton and United scoring in their own stadiums as they emerged 3-0 winners on both occasions. At 5.4m, Mignolet presents a great mid-priced option who is playing for a side that are pushing hard to become the champions.
- Laurent KOSCIELNY [CHE(A), SWA(H), 6.7m] – Arsenal are another team still in the race and they’ll be desperate for a result against Chelsea. Regardless of injuries in midfield, Arsenal have been strong at the back, conceding only twice in the last 4 gameweeks. If they are to maintain a title challenge, Arsenal will need to continue to keep it rock solid at the back when they are under the cosh.
- Seamus COLEMAN [SWA(H), NEW(A), 6.7m] – Coleman finally rewarded our faith last weekend when he dealt a blow to Cardiff’s survival hopes, scoring a last minute winner. This helped him to a double figure haul of 11 points and we’re expecting more of the same with two upcoming games. Taking on two struggling sides, Everton need to take this opportunity to make a statement and show what they’re capable of.
- Pablo ZABALETA [FUL(H), MUN(A), 6.0m] – Following Chelsea’s loss at Villa, City have become favourites for the title by many football followers including the bookmakers. With 3 clean sheets in their last 3 games, City are building from the back to secure results. Zabaleta is sure to be given adequate freedom to push forward too against both Fulham and United, giving him the chance to return points at both ends of the field.
- Steven GERRARD [CAR(A), SUN(H), 9.3m] – With a penalty taker like Gerrard, we can at least feel safe at the World Cup knowing that one Englishman can despatch the ball with deadly accuracy from 12 yards. This became all too apparent for the United fans as Gerrard punished their team for offences in the box. With Gerrard racking up the goals and assists (10 of each so far), it’s no surprise that swarms of managers have transferred him in already this week.
- Yaya TOURE [FUL(H), MUN(A), 10.1m] – Next up, we have another midfield powerhouse in the form of Yaya Toure. The Ivorian has notched 13 times this season, whilst creating another 5, leading to a massive haul of 165 points at this stage. Toure is clearly one of the most talented midfielders in the game at the moment and we’re expecting plenty more match-altering moments from the big man before the season’s out.
- David SILVA [FUL(H), MUN(A), 9.3m] – Players like Toure make it all the more easy for our next player to express his full talent. Silva repaid our faith last weekend in full with a wonderful goal and an equally amazing assist to show exactly how good he is. Unsurprisingly, he has already risen by 0.2m since the weekend but Silva’s ownership remains at only 6.5%, making him an excellent differential going into the final stages of the season.
- Kevin NOLAN [MUN(H), HUL(H), 7.1m] – Nolan’s rich vein of form seems to be stuttering slightly but with 3 goals in his last 3 home games, he could be set for a profitable double gameweek. United remain suspect at the back whilst Hull can be hit and miss. With a fit Andy Carroll (7.1m) alongside him, Nolan has the potential to regain his form over the next few days.
- Luis SUAREZ (C) [CAR(A), SUN(H), 13.1m] – Suarez once again outshone his fellow strike partner Sturridge, picking up a goal and an assist in the win at Old Trafford. If the Uruguayan keeps up at this rate, he is set to break all sorts of records and this is despite missing the first 5 games of the season! It may be a little muted from an FPL perspective but you still have to admire this fantasy tour de force.
- Romelu LUKAKU [SWA(H), NEW(A), 8.5m] – Next up we have Everton’s on-loan man Romelu Lukaku who despite making an incredible start to the season has tailed off since. He’s recently returned from a brief stint on the sidelines and may be ready to get back to business. With great support behind him, Lukaku is sure to get plenty of chances to score if only he can find his goalscoring boots. With a favourable double against Swansea and Newcastle, there’s no better time to start.
- Wayne ROONEY [WHM(A), MCI(H), 11.4m] – With no news on Van Persie, we’re opting for the safer option of Rooney who is sure to play both matches in Gameweek 31. The win will have given the whole side a boost after the demoralising defeat against Liverpool but there is still plenty of work to do to repay their loyal fans. Rooney seems hell bent on making this happen and if United are going to drag themselves out of this mess, you can bet that he’ll have a significant role to play.
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