Are you ready?? I said are you ready?? Oh ok, fair enough, you should’ve just said, making me sound like some sort of crazy person obsessed with fantasy football (although I am). If you’ve been following the fixtures carefully, you’d know that this is the first of the final two double gameweeks of the season.
A chance to claw back some much needed points or to extend your lead at the top. We’ve got 4 teams with double gameweeks and unsurprisingly, many of their players make up the majority of our Select XI. In honour of the Hillsborough victims, all matches this weekend will kick off 7 minutes later than usual.
For the first time in a while, there is no lunchtime kickoff on Saturday, so we’re in for a bumper packed afternoon where 12 teams are in action. With it being a European week, most of the top sides are missing but Everton travel to Sunderland, whilst Spurs take on the Baggies.
The clear highlight of the weekend is the make-or-break game on Sunday at 1.30pm, where Liverpool host Manchester City in a title cruncher. This is a game you do not want to miss with there so much resting on it, where a win for either team would be a real shot in the arm for their title hopes.
With Arsenal in FA Cup action, their game against West Ham will take place on Tuesday evening, whilst our double gameweek contenders come face to face with each other on Wednesday evening to draw a close to Gameweek 34’s proceedings. Sunderland have the unenviable task of travelling to the Etihad whilst Everton host Tony Pulis’ Crystal Palace.
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 34th gameweek of the season:
- Joe HART [LIV(A), SUN(H), 6.0m] – We’re wasting no time with the double gameweekers with Joe Hart taking the place between the sticks for us. A clean sheet against Liverpool looks a tad unlikely given the firepower they possess but the game against Sunderland has every chance of rewarding Hart with an additional 4 points. With only 2 goals conceded in their last 7 games, City are showing the defensive form of champions.
- Seamus COLEMAN [SUN(A), CPL(H), 6.9m] – With Everton in action twice, we just had to include their buccaneering right back, Seamus Coleman. Martinez has recently praised him, calling Coleman one of the best full backs in the world and he’s clearly enjoying his football as shown by his ball juggling skills against Arsenal. If Everton want to achieve Champions League football, there can be no slip ups from now until the end of the season.
- Joel WARD [AVL(H), EVE(A), 4.4m] – Next up, we have Crystal Palace’s out of position midfielder, Joel Ward. With two chances to return points, we’re expecting a decent haul from the Palace man, especially given his set piece potential and a home game against Villa. The away match at Everton will be tricky but the double gameweek is enough to cement his position in our Select XI.
- Leighton BAINES [SUN(A), CPL(H), 7.5m] – Our last defensive pick is Everton’s opposite full back, Leighton Baines, who has been overshadowed slightly this season. He hasn’t quite hit the peaks this season but the potential is always there. Baines still offers plenty of attacking threat during open play and his delivery of the ball is still top notch. Penalty duties only enhance his points potential in a double gameweek.
- Adam LALLANA [CAR(H), 8.0m] – Southampton face Cardiff this weekend, where Lallana is sure to cause all sorts of problems for them. With a 12-point haul in his last home game, Lallana will be looking to help fill the void left by Rodriguez, whilst adding to his glowing reputation. With a place in the England squad up for grabs, we’re not expecting Lallana to cool off anytime soon.
- Yaya TOURE [LIV(A), SUN(H), 10.5m] – There are slight doubts surrounding Toure’s fitness but the City physios will be working overtime to get the Ivorian giant fit for the crunch clash against Liverpool. In games like these, you turn to the game changers like Toure to provide the piece of clinical play that makes the difference. Whilst the game against Sunderland will be the icing on the cake if they manage to get a positive result against Liverpool.
- David SILVA (C) [LIV(A), SUN(H), 9.6m] – With 3 assists and 2 goals in his last 5 games, Silva is clearly in form and for this reliability, we’re handing him the captain’s armband. Fantasy managers may question his explosive ability but in reality, he’s one of the best players in the Premier League and has bags of attacking potential. Even if he fails to get anything against Liverpool, we’d still back him to destroy Sunderland.
- Andre SCHURRLE [SWA(A), 6.9m] – Our last pick is a bit of a gamble but we’re still riding the Chelsea wave, following the impressive performance against PSG to reach the Champions League semi-finals. With Hazard limping off, it was down to Schurrle to inspire the Chelsea side and he did not disappoint. Notching the first and cracking a thunderbolt against the crossbar, Schurrle is a clear danger and Mourinho should give the German another chance to impress in Hazard’s absence.
- Luis SUAREZ [MCI(H), 13.3m] – There will be far easier games than those against City but you simply wouldn’t back against Suarez returning some attacking points. Looking at his points history, it’s plain to see just how amazing he’s been this season. He’s breaking all sorts of records and is edging ever nearer to the 300-point mark, which is ridiculous when you stop and think about it.
- Romelu LUKAKU [SUN(A), CPL(H), 9.1m] – Since returning from injury, Lukaku has been providing the necessary firepower to give Everton a great chance of stealing a top 4 spot. With 4 goals and 2 assists in these 6 matches, Lukaku is a must-have for this gameweek and we’d be incredibly surprised if he doesn’t add to his attacking returns.
- Peter ODEMWINGIE [NEW(H), 5.4m] – Do not adjust your television set, this is no mistake, we have indeed chosen Odemwingie. His form may have slipped under the radar for many but the Nigerian has notched 4 goals in his last 4 fixtures to fire Stoke to safety. On the other hand, Newcastle have struggled considerably without their own marksman up top and Remy is set to continue on the sidelines. With this in mind, we’re backing Stoke to push the sword in further with another home victory.
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