There are just 5 gameweeks left and this weekend is the first double gameweeker we’re treated to as we look to finish with a flourish. The last had some very high scorers in the form of Benteke, Austin and Phillips, and we can only hope that Gameweek 34 is just as exciting.
You won’t be surprised to see our Select XI packed with double gameweekers as form meets fixtures to leave us with the potential of a high score. Chelsea have a chance to seal the title followed by 3 home fixtures in the final 4, whilst Leicester also have 3 home fixtures to secure their survival.
Hull also have the same amount of home games but two are against Arsenal and United with Spurs away sandwiched in between. Liverpool face both West Brom and Hull away this coming week before hosting QPR. With all of this in mind, we’ve handpicked the best players going forward.
So without further ado, let’s crack on with our selection for the 34th gameweek of the season:
- Thibaut COURTOIS [ARS(A), LEI(A), 5.9m] – To navigate some tricky fixtures, Chelsea have shut up shop and done so effectively grabbing an all important goal to secure victories. More of the same will be expected as they continue to struggle with injuries up top.
- Robert HUTH [BUR(A), CHE(H), 4.7m] – Since going on the offensive, Leicester have dragged themselves off the foot of the table. Even defenders like Huth and Morgan have got in on the action, registering shots and creating chances that have converted into attacking points. Huth edges it for us with slightly more shots at goal than Morgan but it’s a close call.
- Martin SKRTEL [WBA(A), HUL(A), 5.9m] – Skrtel is back from his 3-match ban and should be looking to help Liverpool return to the defensive form that has seen them pick up 7 clean sheets in his last 10 games. Away at 2 relegation candidates, shut-outs aren’t guaranteed but if Liverpool play to their potential, victories are not out of the question.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [ARS(A), LEI(A), 7.7m] – With Chelsea’ recent strategy paying off, we’ve chosen to double up on their defensive assets with Ivanovic joining Courtois. Whilst Chelsea continue to lack a striker that opposition defences fear, Ivanovic will be given greater license to join the attack as he has all season.
- Philippe COUTINHO [WBA(A), HUL(A), 7.8m] – Coutinho’s form doesn’t look great at a glance at his history but don’t be misled. He’s been key to Liverpool’s attack, creating countless chances and having shots at goal in recent weeks. In the double, there’s every chance he could make West Brom and Hull pay if they give him too much room to operate.
- Eden HAZARD [ARS(A), LEI(A), 11.3m] – Surely on for player of the season, even though Chelsea aren’t playing exciting attacking football, we can’t leave out their main man. As we’ve seen, all it takes is a moment and Hazard can produce something special to create a goal. Mourinho will once again look to him to secure Chelsea the title in the coming games.
- Yannick BOLASIE [HUL(H), 5.5m] – Bolasie may have returned a blank last week but he had 5 shots at goal and created another chance. At home to an out-of-form Hull, you’d back Bolasie to make the stats count as Palace show how dangerous their attackers can be against accommodating backlines.
- Raheem STERLING (C) [WBA(A), HUL(A), 8.5m] – At this stage of the season, you have to take a few gambles and we’re backing Sterling to outscore the rest in Gameweek 34. With Sturridge still out, Sterling may be given the role up top and although Coutinho’s stats are just as strong, Sterling has far more touches in the box and is likelier to score.
- Sergio AGUERO [AVL(H), 12.6m] – Aguero continued his return to form with another goal against West Ham and although Villa won’t be the pushover some may expect, Aguero can score against anyone. A lot will depend on whether Silva is fully functioning following his facial injury but it’s just too hard to leave out Aguero.
- Jamie VARDY [BUR(A), CHE(H), 4.6m] – Vardy may have failed to return any points last week but his stats were the strongest of the Leicester attackers with 2 shots at goal and 4 chances created. With 2 games to get his mitts on, the budget striker has twice as many chances to help Leicester pick up much needed points.
- Glenn MURRAY [HUL(H), 5.3m] – Murray’s stats from last week mirror Bolasie’s with 5 shots at goal and another chance created. With Palace in such fine attacking form, these chances are sure to tell and Hull could be in for a difficult afternoon on Saturday with Murray set to profit.
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