The double trouble is over for now and it’s back to the usual amount of fixtures for Gameweek 34. There are only 5 gameweeks left now until the end of the season, so it’s make or break for all of us, where every decision means that little bit more.
Although, there’s no Saturday lunchtime fixture, we’re in for a hectic couple of hours at 3pm, where 14 teams are in action. Arsenal travel to Fulham looking to push on for Champions League spots, whilst there are some serious battles at the bottom of the table. QPR host fellow strugglers Stoke, where both sides are desperate for points on the board, and West Ham take on Wigan following their impressive performance against United.
All of this action is followed by a Super Sunday, with Spurs taking on City in the 1.30pm match, eager to break into the top 4. After that, we have Liverpool hosting Chelsea in what will be another cracker of a game. To round the gameweek off, United host Villa at Old Trafford on Monday night.
To help you plan ahead for this gameweek, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures and form, and have come up with some players you might want to consider bringing in or captaining for Gameweek 34. 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 Premier League Fantasy Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. So without further ado, here is our selection for the 34th gameweek of the season:
- David DE GEA [AVL(H), 5.9m] – De Gea has really matured this season and is finally looking like a United goalkeeper. He has helped United to 7 clean sheets in their last 9 games. A home game against Villa won’t be the easiest of tasks but if the United backline can keep a close eye on Benteke, De Gea might just pick up another clean sheet.
- Stephane MBIA [STO(H), 4.9m] – Mbia should return to QPR’s starting eleven after being rested last week in fear of another yellow that would have resulted in a two-match ban. With two assists coming in his previous two matches, Mbia has started to show attacking returns in addition to bonus points. Stoke are really struggling for any sort of form and QPR know that this is a must-win game for them.
- Leighton BAINES [SUN(A), 7.8m] – Everton have found some excellent defensive form of late with 3 clean sheets in their last 4. Throwing in Baines’ attacking potential, this makes him a tidy albeit expensive fantasy prospect. Travelling to Sunderland won’t be easy following their morale-boosting win at Newcastle but history seems to show that Everton are a bit of a bogey side and it’s likely to be a tight match-up.
- Sebastien BASSONG [RDG(H), 5.5m] – With 2 clean sheets in their last 4 home games, Norwich seem to be more solid at the back at Carrow Road. The players will know how important this game is to avoid being dragged into the relegation battle and Hughton will be expecting no less than a win against bottom of the table Reading.
- Stephane SESSEGNON [EVE(H), 6.9m] – Di Canio has seemed to have reinvigorated Sunderland somehow, despite looking dead and buried a few weeks ago, with a favourable fixture schedule and a 3-0 win at St James’, hope has been instilled once more. Key to Sunderland’s hopes of survival is their playmaker Sessegnon who turned in an excellent performance in Gameweek 33 to rack up a 13-point score. The match against Everton won’t be easy but the positive atmosphere in the stadium is sure to spur Sessegnon and the rest of the Sunderland side on.
- Theo WALCOTT [FUL(A), 8.8m] – Walcott returned from injury in Gameweek 33 and immediately had an impact setting up a goal in their win over Norwich from the bench. His pace and trickery continue to be a thorn in the opposition’s defence, and he may have some joy taking on Fulham in their pursuit of Champions League football.
- Robert SNODGRASS [RDG(H), 6.3m] – Snodgrass has been Norwich’s standout player this season with 5 goals and 6 assists so far. Barring another exceptional performance from Alex McCarthy, Norwich are likely to penetrate Reading’s backline and Snodgrass is well positioned for fantasy returns to build on his recent strong form.
- Shinji KAGAWA [AVL(H), 8.0m] – Kagawa is starting to show what United have been missing with injuries plaguing his entire season. We tipped him pre-season and despite limited gametime, he’s found the back of the net 5 times, whilst creating a further 4. With Kagawa now showing form, he’s likely to receive considerable gametime between now and the end of the season as Fergie beds him in properly.
- Andy CARROLL [WIG(H), 8.2m] – Ignoring the late challenge on De Gea, Carroll showed how much of a brute he can be up front and is showing his importance to West Ham. With 5 goals in 8 appearances, his goals are proving vital to West Ham staying up this season and Wigan’s defenders will have their hands full with Big Sam playing to his striker’s strengths.
- Robin VAN PERSIE [AVL(H), 13.8m] – We backed Van Persie to come good in last week’s Select XI and he didn’t disappoint with two goals helping him to a massive 16-point haul. With Villa up next, we’re expecting RVP to build on his recent return to goalscoring ways and United close in on the title.
- Loic REMY [STO(H), 5.9m] – If QPR stand any chance of dragging themselves out of the bottom three, they will need Remy to continue to find the back of the net. He’s grabbed 4 goals in his last 6 with a particularly fine side-footer a fortnight ago. Remy’s clearly a talented striker but he will have to make his chances count and Harry will be looking to him to provide the cutting edge against Stoke this weekend.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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