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Fantasy Premier League managers are likely contemplating using their Wildcards for Gameweek 34 in preparation for Double Gameweek 35.
Brighton and Cardiff City meanwhile have two fixtures each in GW34 so their assets definitely come into play. The Seagulls are particularly key as they play twice in DGW35 as well.
Liverpool and Chelsea play each other in this round while Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal have easier fixtures in GW34 and have the advantage of featuring twice in DGW35, putting their assets in high demand.
CAPTAIN – SON HEUNG-MIN | TOTTENHAM | 11.1M
Eden Hazard was our captain pick for Blank Gamweek 33 and he delivered handsomely with a fine brace at home to West Ham seeing him score 16 points which doubled to 32.
This time, we’re turning to the in-form Son Heung-min for the armband. Harry Kane injured himself in the Champions League clash with Manchester City in midweek while the South Korean scored the only goal of the game.
Son has thrived earlier in the season when Kane was sidelined through injury and should be the main man in attack for Mauricio Pochettino’s side again. The midfielder scored against Crystal Palace last week as well and face a relegated Huddersfield side at home who can’t help but concede goals.
SHANE DUFFY (4.7m) doesn’t qualify as a bold option this week because captaining him in GW34 actually makes a lot of sense. Not only does he have two attractive fixtures at home in this round and is likely to pick up cleansheet points, but the centre-back also poses a genuine goal threat. Duffy has already scored five goals this season and is second among defenders for shots inside the box this season.
JAMIE VARDY (9.2m) is one of the most in-form players in the league at the moment and faces Newcastle United at home. He’s scored in six of his last eight outings including two braces over the last four.
VICTOR CAMARASA (4.5m) has trips to Burnley and Brighton in this GW and playing as a No10 for Cardiff, he boasts good potential for attacking returns. The midfielder has scored twice in the last three games.
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KEVIN DE BRUYNE | MANCHESTER CITY | 9.7M
With Pep Guardiola benching him for the Champions League clash with Tottenham in midweek, Kevin De Bruyne is nailed on to start away to Crystal Palace. The Belgian has been steadily getting back into the groove having endured an injury-ravaged season, scoring against Cardiff in City’s last league game. Could the midfielder prove to be key in their run-in for the league title?
ABDOULAYE DOUCOURE | WATFORD | 5.9M
Watford’s change in formation lately has seen Abdoulaye Doucoure thrive in an attacking midfield role in behind the two forwards. The Frenchman has scored in each of the last two games against United and Fulham. The Hornets face Arsenal at home this weekend, who have leaked goals on the road, before playing twice in DGW35 against Huddersfield and Southampton. At an ownership of just 1.9 per cent, Doucoure qualifies as a differential as well.
Managing the money you have to play with in Fantasy Premier League can be taxing. That can be especially true when playing your Wildcard, which many FPL managers will be doing for Gameweek 34 in preparation for a Bench Boost in Double Gameweek 35.
There’s nothing worse than falling 0.1m short of buying a player you want while there’s something very unsettling about having too much in reserve when it could be invested in your squad and translate into points.
All over the pitch, there is value for money available. For every premium asset, there is a more than useful budget option.
Here, we pick the best premium and budget assets for Gameweek 34.
Premium – Ederson
Ederson is the closest thing to a cleansheet guarantee you’ll get this week. Manchester City have kept their opponents at bay in six of their last seven Premier League fixtures. The Citizens travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Budget – Mat Ryan
Given that Brighton are one of just two teams this week to feature twice, Mat Ryan is certainly an option for the affordable price of 4.4m. With both of their games played at home and two strugglers Bournemouth and Cardiff City, the Australian custodian should pick up one cleansheet at the very least.
Premium – Sead Kolasinac
The Arsenal left-back just about qualifies as a premium option. The Gunners have kept two cleansheets in their last three games and Sead Kolasinac maintains good potential for attacking returns having already registered seven assists this season ahead of the trip to Watford.
Budget – Shane Duffy
Like his team-mate Ryan, Shane Duffy is in line for double points this week. But while cleansheet points are likely in GW34, the centre-back also poses a genuine goal threat. Duffy has already scored five goals this season and is second among defenders for shots inside the box this season.
Premium – Son Heung-min
With Harry Kane out for the season, Son Heung-min is set to shine as he did during the striker’s earlier injury lay-off this season. The South Korean is in good form, scoring against Crystal Palace last week before netting in the Champions League to beat Manchester City in midweek as well. Huddersfield are the league’s whipping boys at the moment and Son could be in for big returns.
Budget – Victor Camarasa
Not only is he a great way to save money and invest in other positions but with a double-header in GW34, Victor Camarasa also has potential for a decent return. The Cardiff midfielder has scored twice in the last three games, playing in a No10 role and faces Burnely and Brighton away.
Premium- Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy is one of the most in-form players in the league, scoring in six of his last eight outings including two braces over the last four. He’s been excellent since Brendan Rodgers has taken over and faces Newcastle at home in GW34.
Budget – Raul Jimenez
Speaking of in-form strikers, Raul Jimenez certainly falls in that bracket as well. The third highest-scoring forward this season has failed to deliver attacking returns in just three of his last 10 games, bagging three double-figure hauls over that period. Jimenez continues to show great value. He travels to Southampton in GW34 before playing twice in the next round.
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Pep Guardiola has shot down talk of the quadruple once and for all – because he reckons Manchester City are actually chasing five trophies.
City, who already have the Carabao Cup in the bag, remain in the hunt for an unprecedented four titles having reached the FA Cup final, sitting second in the Premier League and facing Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Yet Guardiola, who has constantly played down talk of City achieving the quadruple, maintains his side have already won two trophies with three more still to play for.
“The Community Shield? Nobody counts it, that’s the question, I would like an answer,” he said.
“The Community Shield maybe counts for last season, but last season when we went on holiday it wasn’t there.
“In Spain and Germany it’s important. We have won two titles this season and have three to play but everyone says one. Why play if it doesn’t count? We could have longer holidays.”
Guardiola insists Tottenham’s new stadium will have no bearing on their first-leg showdown with Spurs on Tuesday night.
City will be the second visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and the first in a European fixture.
Spurs have been energised by completing their long-awaited move into their new home and will bank on the feelgood factor continuing against City.
But Guardiola said: “It affects us if we think about the fans, but if we think about what we do on the pitch it doesn’t affect us.
“The stadium is what it is, the supporters support the team more than ever in the Champions League.
“We know what we are going to face and it is up to us how we handle it. We have to know how to handle the situations, if we don’t that’s because we are not prepared to go through.”
Sergio Aguero has handed Guardiola a massive fitness boost having returned to training ahead of the all-England clash, while Kyle Walker should also be available.