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Staff Picks: Best EPL Fantasy Fixture, Week 34

A double week for multiple teams means the potential for a bunch of points. But where is the best place to find them?

Manchester United could dump Aston Villa out of the Premier League this weekend.
Manchester United could dump Aston Villa out of the Premier League this weekend.
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Chris - Manchester United v. Aston Villa

It seems too obvious to pick against Aston Villa, but is there really any other choice when the beleaguered side is on the road against a top five team? After all, United has the fourth best goal differential at home (+13) whereas Villa has the second worst differential on the road (-22) and has lost its past seven games home and away by a combined score of 24-3.

Regarding motivation, you might think that desperate Villa would come out with the frenzy of a cornered tiger, but the Red Devils actually probably have more to play for with a Champions League spot on the line, while Villa's hopes at avoiding relegation have likely already been dashed, leaving it more like a rat limply stuck in a trap. Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford offer nice plays on the offensive end, while David De Gea, Timothy Fosu-Mensa (if healthy), Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling should pay off handsomely on the defensive side.

Zach - Arsenal v. Crystal Palace / West Bromwich Albion

I am going a bit unorthodox this week by selecting a team rather than a specific fixture. With what ever platform you are using, it's either a double week or a disjointed mid week round. Regardless the team that really stands out to me fantasy wise is Arsenal. In the next week, Arsene Wenger's side wil play twice at home, against Crystal Palace and then West Brom.

Both matches are odds on in favor of a Gunners victory. With the emergence of Alex Iwobi, Arsenal have a youngster full of guile and good reading of the game. This was proven in the first 40min of Arsenal's 3-3 draw away to West Ham. That result aside, Arsenal have the fire power to over turn any Premier League side. The problem is the Gunner's defense can sometimes get off task and concede.

Given the relative lack of goal scoring produced by the offense of CP and WBA, we can at least assume Arsenal have a solid chance at getting one if not two clean sheets. With Petr Cech likely to mark his return against CP, fantasy managers can rest a bit easier on that front. Ozil again showed why he has been one of the most influential players this season, adding another goal to his impressive tally of 6 and 18 assists.

Alexis Sanchez is once again beginning to find form and could prove to be the Arsenal player to have this week. Welbeck and Giroud are a bit riskier choices in terms of playing time, as Wenger has the ability to split them between both matches. Needles to say, fantasy returns look good and selecting 3-4 Arsenal players could be highly rewarding

Roberto - Leicester City v. West Ham United

The dream continues for the Foxes, who need only three more victories to claim the Premier League title. Ranieri's men should be prepared for any battle, but it won't be easy against the in-form Hammers, who now have only one competition to focus on after dropping out of the FA Cup. Dimitri Payet will be a key man for the London club, while Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez will provide the attacking spark for Leicester. This should be a high-scoring match with both teams still fighting for something at this stage of the season.

Gavin - Manchester United v. Aston Villa

As much as I would like to see Aston Villa pull off a miracle like Leicester of last season, I just can't see it happening. The fans have prepared themselves for life in the Championship, and it doesn't seem like the players are too far behind. The Red Devils have the potential to officially relegate Villa this weekend, and with Top 4 on the line it wouldn't be a surprise to see a big performance by LVG's side. Coupled with their other match against Crystal Palace, United players look particularly appealing this week in both attack and defense. Anthony Martial, David De Gea and Chris Smalling appear the most assured of starts and should be in your thoughts.

Jason - Leicester City v West Ham United

Leicester City vs West Ham United: One team is seven points in front of the rest of the league, with five matches to go. The other is five points adrift of the final Champions League spot, with five matches to go. This means that we should get a match with tons of open play and two teams that will go for the win.

Leicester's speed on the break is something that few teams can handle, but West Ham has the pace to match. They also have a player in Dimitri Payet who might be the best midfielder in the league at the moment, pulling the strings. He scored the lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Leicester back in September. Throw in the fact that the Hammers are likely going to come in fired up after their close defeat today in the FA Cup quarterfinal replay to Manchester United, and the visitors will be a threat to the front-runners.

On the flip side, Leicester knows that no matter what Spurs do, they only have to win three of their final five matches to win the league. That could cause some teams to play conservative, but the Foxes have shown little sign of slowing things down. That should not change this weekend, as they push to get the win. This should lead to a pretty open match, and lots of chances for Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, and Marc Albrighton to create and rack up fantasy points.