Welcome back to the FPL Player Picks for Game-week 34! The busy Premier League schedule continues, with Game-week 33 only having just finished. All teams feature in the next 3 days, which is then followed by another fresh Game-week on Saturday.
As we look to make informed selection decisions, we are closely following those players who have been on top form since the restart and looking at the teams who still have much to play for with regards to European places, and those that are trying to avoid relegation; in addition to this, we have the extra headache of trying to second guess the EPL managers as they look to rotate their squads to get through this hectic period.
Looking at Game-week 33, Leicester City are relieved after winning their first game since the restart, with Jamie Vardy becoming a EPL Centurion, after his brace. This keeps the Foxes just above the in-form Chelsea & Manchester United in the battle for the Champions League places.
Arsenal look to have picked up form after their 3rd successive PL victory, beating follow European-chasing Wolves to make things even more interesting. At the other end of the table, West Ham look a more resolute side following a good win and draw against Chelsea & Newcastle respectively, whilst Bournemouth, Watford and especially Norwich look in real trouble after continued poor results and performances.
With that said and done, let’s take a look at our FPL Player Picks for Game-week 34.
Ben Foster - £4.9Mil - Norwich City (H)
Ben Foster is the first goalkeeper choice this week, due to the fact that he faces a Norwich side who have not scored in their last 5 matches and have a recent habit of resting their top scorer. Watford haven’t been in great form either and have conceded many goals (in which Foster has produced plenty of saves), but if they’re going to get back on track, then a home fixture against the Canaries will be their best opportunity.
Emiliano Martinez - £4.3 Mil - Leicester City (H)
Since Bernd Leno’s nasty looking injury, his deputy, Martinez, has been a great FPL bargain. Martinez’s affordable price and lower ownership at 2.3% make him an appealing option. This is helped by the fact that he has kept 3 consecutive clean-sheets in the EPL since coming in, as well as some telling saves when called upon. Leicester may prove to be more of a test for Martinez, however this does also offer up points potential from saves.
Cesar Azpilicueta - £6.0Mil - Crystal Palace (A)
Azpilicueta reminded us of his attacking potential, with a last minute assist in Chelsea’s convincing victory against Watford; giving him 3 in total since the EPL restart. Apart from their London Derby defeat against West Ham, they’ve been in a rich vein of form and face a Crystal Palace side who have lost (and haven’t scored in) their last 3 Premier League matches.
Serge Aurier - £5.0Mil - Bournemouth (A)
Aurier offers attacking potential, having provided an assist since the restart, given him a total of 3 this season. A game against a Bournemouth team who have conceded 10 goals in their last 3 games should give Aurier plenty of attacking opportunities down the right hand side, as well as a good potential for a clean-sheet.
Kyle Walker - £5.6Mil - Newcastle (H)
Walker was omitted from Manchester City’s squad, in their shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton. Pep Guardiola cited the busy schedule as the reason why Walker (and Mendy) were left out. Walker’s omission should give us confidence that he will return in the upcoming fixture against Newcastle and offers up a good potential for a clean-sheet, as well as attacking opportunity.
Bruno Fernandes - £8.9Mil - Aston Villa (A)
We’re struggling to find a reason to leave this man out of our FPL Player Picks and for good reason. He is certainly the main man at Manchester United and he’s making the team tick. Bruno has picked up double-digit points hauls in his last 2 matches now (even after Rashford was given penalty duty against Bournemouth) and we wouldn’t bet against him anytime soon, even if he does face a more defensively resolute Aston Villa side. The real trick is trying to guess which Manchester United asset is going to deliver with Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial also providing big points hauls recently.
Willian - £7.2Mil - Crystal Palace (A)
Willian has quietly and impressively gone about his business since the restart and is very much in form with 3 goals in his last 3 Premier League matches. He also picked up an assist in Chelsea’s FA Cup Quarter-final win over Leicester City. There has been a fair amount of hype recently regarding Willian’s teammate, Christian Pulisic, however Willian continues to be a solid choice and has the added duty of Penalties and Set-pieces. At 7.5% ownership, Willian is very much a differential.
Kevin De Bruyne - £10.8Mil - Newcastle (H)
More than half of EPL players would’ve been left frustrated by De Bruyne’s omission from the starting line-up in Manchester City’s shock defeat to Southampton. Pep Rotation strikes again. The only consolation is that Pep will be more likely to start KDB in this fixture, and will be looking for a reaction from his side. As we all know, KDB has been in amazing form since the restart and we fancy his chances against Newcastle. The Citizens recently cruised to a 2-0 Victory over the Magpies in the recent FA Cup Quater-Final; with De Bruyne grabbing one of the goals.
Michail Antonio - £6.9Mil - Burnley (H)
Antonio has done a solid job in leading the line for West Ham in the last couple of fixtures, with the side registering an impressive derby win Chelsea, following them picking up respectable point against Newcastle. Antonio is spearheading the Iron’s attack in the absence of Haller and has back-to-back goals going into this Game-week. He’s a real differential with his ownership currently at 0.9%!
Harry Kane - £10.9Mil - Bournemouth (A)
There hasn’t been too much talk regarding Harry Kane since the restart in FPL, with other premium & mid-priced assets proving to be more viable investments. However, he does go into the Everton game with back-to-back goals and was unlucky to have another chalked off controversially by VAR, in the defeat to Sheffield United. We’re backing him to score against a Bournemouth side who have conceded 10 goals in their last 3 games.
Jamie Vardy - £9.7Mil - Arsenal (A)
Although Arsenal haven’t conceded in their last 3 FPL, we know that their defence still requires much improvement, not helped by their injury problems. Things are looking good for Jamie Vardy, who became a EPL Centurion against Crystal Palace, following his brace. Leciester looked to have turned a corner, following their recent poor form. Vardy has a good scoring record against the Gunners, registering a goal and assist in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
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