After all the EPL matches have now been played, the race for the Telegraph Fantasy Football (TFF) 2018/19 title is down to the last game: the FA Cup Final. This is something I’ve experienced before; finishing 2nd in TFF in 2002/03 and if Ashley Cole had not cleared James Beattie’s header off the line in the Arsenal v Southampton 2003 FA Cup Final the title would have been mine! Back down Memory Lane here was the line up for the 2003 FA Cup Final:
So nerves must be jangling for the leaders, although maybe less so for current leader and fiso member Adrian Frost, who won TFF in 2010/11 and whose father, Roy, then went on to win in 2015/16. With a gap of only 7 points down to David Parker in 2nd and another 18 points to 3rd it’s probably all to play for between the two of them unless someone in the top 10 has a block Man City defence. No doubt they now have a good idea of each other’s teams so will know who to cheer on (and who not to) during the Man City v Watford final on Saturday 18 May. In the unlikely event either have a transfer left then they must gamble wisely with their selection just as you would with best no deposit bonus casinos. Interestingly the two of them (Frost and Parker) were 1st and 2nd in TFF on 18 March so they have been able to keep ahead of the chasing pack for at least the last 2 months
A Telegraph Fantasy Football manager’s task is to assemble a team of 11 players from a budget of £50m who score you fantasy points based on their performances in the Premier League and FA Cup. You have 40 transfers to use for the entire season.
This year the prize pool for season ticket holders (paid teams) is:
The Champion: £40,000
Runner up: £2,500
6th to 10th: £100
Your first team is free (whichever game you choose to start with) but you’ll need to treat yourself to a Season Ticket to play in more than one of the competitions and be in with a chance of winning the big money cash prizes. As you can see there is a huge difference between 1st and 2nd prizes so the FA Cup Final is going to provide an enormous amount of excitement for one person and disappointment for the rest.
Season Ticket Holders – Top 20 overall with just the FA Cup Final to play
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The above table is almost exactly the same for All Managers i.e. including the free teams but with one entry in 12th and the other in 19th.
This Premier League season was one of the most
exciting ones in recent history, with many memorable events, great successes
and heartbreaks. In terms of fantasy football, it was also one of the most
interesting seasons to participate in, with many outstanding individual
performances from top PFL players. So, with the gameweek 38 wrap up yesterday, let’s look at
the best Premier League fantasy squad for the 2018/2019 season, by each
Premier League Top 11
The 2018/2019 season was one of the most
popular seasons in terms of fantasy football, garnering a huge following and a
massive player base. It was also very popular among sports bettors, with an
almost record-breaking season in terms of sports betting wagers. Those who were
skilful enough to find a bet365 bonus code and use it to better
their online betting budget were also probably able to come about great wins
and enjoy this Premier League season even more.
Even though some football fans, fantasy
players and sports bettors will complain how this list excludes some quality
players that have performed excellently this season, the list mainly consists out
of players from two teams who have been the most dominant over this season.
Going by the official stats provided by the Fantasy Premier
League website, here are our picks for the Premier League fantasy team of the
Although Alisson and Man City’s goalie Ederson were going neck and neck in the Golden Glove race for the entire season, we’ve decided for the Liverpool goalkeeper over Ederson. On many occasions, Alisson performances were the key reason for his club’s success. His amazing season was crowned with a special individual success of 21 Premier League clean sheets in one season, making him only the fifth player to do so in the highest ranked football league in England.
By many statistics, this fast-rising star playing left back for Liverpool has been showing some remarkable performances this season. Already considered as one of the best left-backs in today’s football, Robertson was a vital factor in 29 of Liverpool’s Premier League wins this season. Robertson notched up 12 assists in the Premier League this season, a record for most assists by a defender.
Complimenting Robertson from the opposite
side, Alexander-Arnold had a stunning season playing the right back position.
With only 20 years of age, he garnered over a dozen assists for the team and
was an instrumental part, not only for their Premier League push but for the
team’s success in the Champions League as well.
Virgil van Dijk
The Dutch centre-back was absolutely dominant all throughout the season. His fantastic performances won him the prestigious PFA Player of the Year award, ahead of a number of other players that performed excellently this year. Along with his defensive teammates, Virgil led the best defence of the 2018/2019 season, with an average of close to 0.5 goals conceded per match.
Aymeric Laporte has been one of the top FPL performers this year and an
indispensable part of Man City’s defence. The centre back has been a favourite
of many Fantasy Premier League players, as his style of play has allowed him to
fill up the stat sheet with each passing week.
One of only two players on this list that
don’t come from Liverpool or Man City, Hazard has been a massive factor for
Chelsea. Although he has had a tumultuous season with the club, regarding his
contract extension, Hazard performances have been near perfect, ranking among
the top players in both goals and assists.
The lighting fast winger has been an unstoppable force for Liverpool this season and is already considered as a Liverpool legend just a couple of years into his tenure with the club. Playing the wing/forward position alongside Salah, Mane proved his quality night in and night out for the team, scoring 22 league goals this season, jointly winning the golden boot.
With 17 goals and 14 assists this season,
Raheem Sterling has shown yet again that he is one of the best players in the
league and the future of his club. Sterling had one of his best seasons to date
and has been the second most popular fantasy midfield player this year, right
behind Eden Hazard.
Mo Salah was the most efficient player this PFL season, with 22 goals scored. Even though this year has been a bit weaker compared to the last one when he scored 32 Premier League goals, it still proved to be more than enough to win him his second PFL Golden Boot in a row along with two other strikers. In addition to this, Mo picked up a dozen assists this year. All of this helped him come out on top as the most sought-out and most expensive fantasy Premier League player of the season.
The last-minute hero of Man City’s 2012 PFL
title, Aguero is still pushing strong seven years later. He did finish the
season on a bit of a low note, but overall, Sergio Aguero was yet again one of
the most efficient forwards in the Premier League. An attractive and flamboyant
player, he was also a very popular pick among Fantasy Premier League players
Rounding out this year’s Fantasy Premier League top 11 is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Although many could argue that Arsenal has under-performed this season, Aubameyang has done everything in his power to keep them as close to the top as possible. With 20 goals this season, Aubameyang has quietly impressed this season and ended up jointly winning the 2018/2019 Golden Boot.
And so we’ve come to the end of yet another thrilling Premier League campaign and yet another roller coaster FPL season. The final gameweek promises plenty of emotion, as the championship has not been decided yet, unbelievable but true. With a win at Brighton, Pep Guardiola’s Man City will crown themselves champions with an incredible 98 points from 38 games, after surpassing the 100-point mark last season. Any other result at the AMEX, in combination with a Liverpool victory at Anfield versus a Wolves team that has nothing to play for any more (already assured of 7th place), and the Reds grab the title with 97 points. No matter the outcome, both clubs have been brilliant throughout the season, something that’s illustrated by the fact that the runner-up for the 2018-19 campaign will finish with at least 95 points. In any other Premier League season bar last, that tally would have been more than enough to comfortably take the title home.
The easy thing about gameweek 38 is that there is just one more week to take into account in terms of your FPL transfer plans. The only other remaining relevant games on the schedule are the FA Cup final between City and Watford (May 18th), and of course the all-English European finals: Spurs vs Liverpool in the Champions League final on the 1st of June and Chelsea vs Arsenal in the Europa League final on May 29th. Relevant is a relative term in this case though, because we don’t believe that these games, considering their dates, will have too much impact on the starting line-ups for the Premier League’s gameweek 38. Still, players from any of these six teams with a niggling injury might be spared coming Sunday in order to nurture the injury as well as possible in the build-up to a final.
What could be of more influence on player
selection this weekend, is the fact that the majority of teams in the Premier League
no longer have something to play far apart from their honour. For this reason,
we’ve created a simple overview of what’s at stake for every Premier League
club in the final gameweek of the season:
Brighton are safe from relegation, City win the title
if they beat Brighton
Burnley are safe from relegation, Arsenal secure fifth
place if they beat Burnley. Arsenal can fall to sixth place if they lose or
draw, and Man United beat Cardiff
Nothing at stake but twelfth place
Fulham have been relegated and play their last home
game of the season, Newcastle are safe from relegation
Chelsea secure third place if they beat Leicester, but
if they draw or lose and Spurs beat Everton, Chelsea drop to fourth place. If
Leicester beat Chelsea and Everton lose away to Spurs, Leicester takes eight
If Liverpool beat Wolves and City draw or lose against
Brighton, Liverpool take the title. Wolves have secured seventh place.
Cardiff have been relegated. If United beat Cardiff and
Arsenal draw or lose against Burnley, United take fifth place.
Southampton are safe from relegation, Huddersfield have
If Spurs beat Everton and Chelsea draw or lose against
Leicester, Spurs take third place. If
Everton lose to Spurs and Leicester beat Chelsea, Everton drops to ninth.
Both teams are safe from relegation, while there is no
chance of European qualification for either of them via the Premier League
*In some scenarios, the goal
difference might make a small difference, but we have disregarded this factor
when determining the stakes for the table above.
Do not forget that the deadline for gameweek 38 has been set at 14h00 (BST) on Sunday, May 12th, and that all games will kick off at 15h00 (BST). Be sure to check your chips as well: if you have any chips left, this is your last chance to activate them, just like you would if you were playing online pokies in Australia. Now onto our last picks for the 2018-2019 FPL season.
As you probably imagined, our picks for
gameweek 38 are dominated by Man City and Liverpool assets, not for the first
time this season. With just one game left to go, the title race is still wide
open, meaning that we’re counting on both managers to field their strongest
possible starting eleven. Seeing as Raheem Sterling is part of our captaincy
picks later on, our first premium pick of the week is his team mate Sergio
Aguero (£12.0m). The flow of play on Sunday is predictable, as Brighton
will most likely sit deep and make disrupting City’s offensive plans their top
priority. The Seagulls have conceded 10 goals in their last 6 games, a run that
included a collective lapse of concentration in gameweek 34 that ended with a
0-5 drubbing at home to an inconsistent Bournemouth side. As far as Aguero
goes, the Argentinian striker has not been on his most productive run over the
last few gameweeks, at least in terms of FPL returns. In the last four games,
he scored a goal and provided a single assist, while the home game against
Leicester last weekend represents the first time Kun didn’t get a return from a
home game in which he started this season. Truth be told, fortune wasn’t on his
side as he did hit the crossbar in that game and Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel
kept Aguero from the score sheet with an excellent save in the closing minutes.
With both the Premier League title and the 2018-19 top scorer’s title on the
line for the agile forward (he stands at 20 goals currently, two behind Salah),
expect Aguero to start and City to come out with guns blazing.
Our second premium pick for GW38 is
Liverpool’s Sadio Mané (£10.3m), as his team mate Mo Salah is our second
suggestion for the armband this week after Jurgen Klopp confirmed that the
Egyptian will have recovered from his concussion by the time Wolves roll up to
Anfield on Sunday. The Senegalese forward did not manage to get directly
involved in any of the four goals during the instant legendary comeback against
Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final during the week, but he played an
excellent game nonetheless, providing constant threat to the Barça backline.
Mané has been in scintillating form at Anfield this season, scoring 11 goals in
18 home games. Over the last four games overall, he scored 3 and guess where
those were scored? Exactly, in front of the Reds faithful. Wolves are far from
push-overs, but with seventh place in the PL guaranteed, they may turn up a bit
more relaxed than usual for the last game of the season. It’s also possible
that manager Nuno Espirito Santo uses the opportunity to give a few of his less
regular starters some playing minutes. In any case, considering the stakes for
Liverpool, it’s hard for us not to see a victory for the Reds here. On top of
that, Salah (first with 22 goals) and Mané (shared second with 20 goals) can
still both realistically win the Premier League Golden Boot, which is a great
prospect from an FPL point of view.
Our final premium pick of the week, and indeed of the season, is one inspired by… well, hope, or maybe stubbornness. Whatever the case, we believe Manchester United’s Paul Pogba (£8.6m) is worth a mention, despite United’s inexplicable form at the moment. You’d think United assets would be on the way out after their horror show of a performance against Huddersfield last week, but Pogba is actually one of the most-transferred in players in the build-up to gameweek 38. Truth be told, he was relatively one of the less disappointing Red Devils on the pitch versus the Terriers and he did hit the woodwork twice in that game, all of which goes towards explaining his inclusion in our list. United are hosting recently relegated Cardiff on Sunday afternoon, so you’d think (or at least hope) that the locals can bring it one more time, in front of their home fans, to give a largely disappointing season a positive ending. United have scored 33 goals in 18 home games (with Pogba scoring 10 and preparing 3 of those goals), while the Bluebirds have scored just 11 goals on the road this whole season, losing 13 of their 18 away games. Add to that Pogba’s penalty duties and nailed-on starting spot, and it suddenly doesn’t look like such a bad idea to include the Frenchman in your FPL squad, although as we’ve hinted it is a bit of a gamble with other promising options available just like American online gambling sites can be.
With Southampton safe from relegation and considering their 3-0 loss to West Ham last weekend, a Saints asset might not be top of your transfer targets list for GW38. Still, with their final game of the season taking place at home to Huddersfield, a player like Nathan Redmond (£5.5m) could well be worth a punt. The English forward is a nailed-on starter for manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, despite his surprising start on the bench against the Hammers last weekend. The Austrian coach brought Redmond on after the break though, enough for the Saints star to make four attempts on goal from inside the penalty area. He has scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist over his last five Premier League games, and all of those returns came in the two home games during that period (2 goals vs Wolves in GW33 and an assist vs Bournemouth in GW36). The visiting Terriers have lost 14 of their 18 away games this season and they have conceded a worrying 44 goals over that run. A end-of-the-season haul could well be on the cards for Redmond. It’s also noted that goalkeeper Gunn who was also benched last week will be starting on Sunday according to Hasenhüttl.
Our second differential pick of the season
is Fulham’s Ryan Babel (£5.6m), who will be looking to leave a good
impression in what is most likely to be his last game for the club. Though not
enough to avoid the relegation that had been looming over Fulham for many
months already, the Dutch international has had a fantastic impact on his team,
scoring 5 goals and providing 4 assists since arriving to Craven Cottage in the
last winter transfer window. Apart from 2 goals, all of those returns were
recorded on his own ground, where Fulham will be hosting Newcastle on Sunday.
In his last five home games, Babel got an impressive 39 FPL points: 9 in GW36
vs Cardiff, 14 in GW34 vs Everton, 2 vs City in GW32, 9 vs Liverpool in GW31
and 5 in GW29 against Chelsea. Newcastle, on the other hand, have conceded 23
goals in 18 away games, of which they lost 7. With a price tag of just £5.6m,
his FPL position as a midfielder but him being deployed as a forward in real
life, and a current ownership of just 1.6%, Babel could be a surprising
differential asset in the final stages of your mini-leagues.
As we mentioned earlier in this article,
both of our suggestions for the captain’s armband in gameweek 38 are directly
involved in the deciding games for the Premier League title. With Mo Salah
(£13.3) playing at home and considering his current leading position in the
Golden Boot ranking, the Egyptian forward is our first captaincy pick this
week. Despite him not being in the squad for the mid-week semi-final against
Barcelona in the Champions League due to a concussion, Jurgen Klopp has
confirmed that his talisman will be ready for the clash with Wolves on Sunday.
Salah has provided attacking returns for his owners in the last six gameweeks,
a run over which he scored 5 goals and gave 3 assists. On top of that, there is
no other player in the Premier League who has had more shots on target in home
games this season than Mo’s 30. Besides the championship, the Liverpool wizard
is also defending his lead in the Premier League Golden Boot race, which he is
currently leading by 2 goals (22 vs three players with 20 goals in second
place: Aguero, Aubameyang, and his team mate Mané). This may result in a bit
more selfishness in front of goal than usual, which, considering his underlying
stats, is not bad news either for those who own Salah or are planning on
bringing him in.
Man City’s Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) was recently elected PFA Young Player of the Season and it’s not hard to see why. The young English forward has been spectacular for Pep Guardiola this season, scoring 17 goals in the Premier League and preparing another 14 goals for team mates. In a deep squad where rotation is an ever-present risk, Sterling is one of Pep’s most-used players (2,680 minutes in the PL alone this season) and we can only see him featuring from the kick-off against Brighton on Sunday. It is true that the City star has been less productive lately, with just a single assist in his last three games to illustrate that, and City have been struggling lately to translate their footballing dominance on the pitch into comfortable victories. Add to that that Brighton are likely to do whatever they can to frustrate Pep Guardiola and his players in their quest to put the game beyond doubt as soon as possible, thereby making the result at Anfield redundant. It’s hard not to see City winning this one though, but it’s unclear whether they’ll do it comfortably or by the skin of their teeth. Both scenarios are real possibilities. In any case, the visitors will be creating chances and when they do, more often than not, Raheem Sterling is involved. His arm is probably one of the safest places for the armband in gameweek 38.
One of the biggest
sporting events of the year is still a few months away, but it’s never too
early to start talking about it. It’s the Rugby World Cup, of course, and this
year’s epic event is set to be a whopper.
takes place from Friday, 20th September until Saturday, 2nd November this year.
Twenty rugby teams from all over the world will be gunning for that coveted Webb Ellis Cup in this year’s event in Japan.
The exciting first
match will kick off on the 20th in the breathtaking Ajinomoto Stadium near the
heart of Tokyo Metropolitan. September usually offers the perfect rugby weather
in Japan – not too cold or too hot –
so it’s not to be missed.
Naturally, not everyone
has the luxury of going to Japan to see the mud splatter up close. So for the
rest of, streaming will have to do. But more on that later. For now, here are a
few interesting facts about the Japanese rugby team, and all the details around
the Rugby World Cup 2019.
Facts About the Rugby World Cup 2019
1. A Look Into Japan’s Rugby Team
The Japanese rugby
team, known as The Brave Blossoms (yes, that’s really it), is currently ranked
11th in the world. As the hosts, they automatically qualified this year, and
they’ll be gunning for a spot against tough competition in the pool stage.
The Japanese team
has consistently qualified for the Rugby World Cup over the last 20 odd years,
but have yet to see a win. That said, they are seen as the strongest rugby
union in Asia, with numerous wins against South Korea, Tonga, and China.
They’ve also had some memorable matches against Tier 1 nations.
One of the most
noteworthy wins for The Brave Blossoms in recent years was in a World Cup pool
match against South Africa. They beat the Springboks 34–32
in 2015, causing an uproar among rugby fans.
While they’re not
fan favourites to win this year’s cup, it will be interesting to see how they
fare on home ground.
2. The Qualifying Teams
The teams taking
part in the 2019 World Cup are:
– Argentina –
– Canada –
– Fiji –
– Georgia –
– Italy –
– Namibia –
– Russia –
– Scotland –
– Tonga –
– USA –
3. The Tournament Schedule
There will be four
pools of five teams each. Only two teams per pool will make it through to the
A: Japan, Scotland,
Ireland, Russia, Samoa
B: Italy, South
Africa, New Zealand, Namibia, Canada
Argentina, France, Tonga, USA
D: Australia, Fiji,
Wales, Georgia, Uruguay
September 20 – October 13.
The Bronze Final:
The Final: November
For a full schedule
of the match dates, check out the fixtures page on The Telegraph.
4. The 2019 World Cup Mascots
While the World Cup
mascots never really do much, they are fun to look at, and the kids always love
them. This year, there’s Ren-G, two sacred lion-like creatures called shishi.
According to the organizers, this adult and child combo embody the five spirits
of rugby – integrity, solidarity, respect,
5. Where to Watch
Those not fortunate
enough to go and see the action live at least get the upside of watching it
from a comfy couch. It’s a small consolation, but at least streaming services
makes it easy to see everything live. Well, that is, if internet service
providers play along. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case when streaming
sporting events from other countries. ISP throttling can become a major issue
and cause viewers to miss important moments.
The Rugby World Cup
will be aired by all the regular broadcast partner channels in over 20
countries. It will also be streaming live in the official site. Those who don’t
have cable or access to the official streaming partners will have to get a
little more creative.
Regardless of the
streaming service of choice, it’s a good idea to invest in a VPN (https://nordvpn.com/coupon/)
for the duration of the tournament. A VPN will both thwart ISP throttling and
provide access to more streaming sites to choose from across the globe.
Don’t Miss Out
The matches will be
played in 12 modern stadiums across Japan. Make sure to catch all the action as
it happens this rugby season. It’s set to be one of the most exciting years
Fantasy football is
supposed to be fun, with the stress mitigated to calculations and a bit of
luck. But there’s a new player on the block – the cyber attacker – and they are
not here to play but to steal. Fortunately, there are some tools that can keep them
at the start line. Read on to find out how.
Bets used to be
contained to private dealings between a bookie, their paper pad, and close
acquaintances. Now, it’s a public thing, run by huge companies like New
York-based FanDuel Inc. and Boston-based DraftKings Inc.
It’s great news for
those who are into both serious and casual betting as it provides a stable
platform to do so. However, it’s also attracted the attention of the shadier
side of the internet. And unfortunately, where hackers are involved, things can
get hairy fast and then they’re gone before anyone’s the wiser.
Cyber Crime is
a Huge Threat to Fantasy Sports
popular on the internet is fair game as far as hackers are concerned. The
bigger the fish, the bigger the prize and they’re placing their bets on fantasy
has grown a lot in popularity these last few years, attracting millions of
visitors to betting sites every day. But as people happily bet away on their
favorite athletes, cybercriminals are busy poking holes in these platforms’
Back in 2014, Yahoo
saw one of the largest data breaches in history. Users of their fantasy
football app were among the largest sections of those affected.
That was 5 years
ago. Participation in fantasy sports has increased exponentially since then,
with over 15.6 million players in 2017, in the US alone.
That’s one big target on the backs of fantasy sports betting companies – that
haven’t really focused on upping their security.
This has lead to
increased reports of sports betting websites being targeted as well as fake
sites being set-up to draw some of that traffic. Unless companies step up their
security, it’s very likely that these threats will only increase in number.
The Types of
Threats Fans Face
The nature of
fantasy sports betting sites and apps leaves a lot of room for exploitation
from outside forces.
To take part,
people have to share personal details and login information, as well as a
payment method. These companies collect massive amounts of data – including
credit card information, social security numbers, and other consumer data. That
leaves fantasy sports fans very vulnerable when the company database gets
hacked. Not to mention the massive amounts of money these companies work with
on a daily basis. Both these aspects make a sports betting website an
attractive target for attackers.
Right now, the
threats fantasy sports fans face are:
websites and apps.
-Malware that hides
behind ads on fantasy sports betting websites.
becoming compromised and transactions being intercepted.
-The company data
being stolen, which means user login details, personal details, and payment
information being stolen, too.
via email, social media, and text messages.
What Can Be
Right now, it’s up
to each individual to protect themselves. Even if the betting industry gets
their act together cybersecurity-wise, it’s still better to be safe than sorry.
Luckily, there are
a few steps a person can take to make themselves a harder target. Hackers work
smart, not hard. If they can’t get in, then they’ll move on to an easier
Get a good antivirus and firewall: These programs will block internet pop-ups, detect suspicious
downloads, and automatically delete unsafe files. They’re not infallible, and
might not detect everything, but they are the first line of defense.
Use a VPN while online:VPN services are becoming exceedingly popular
under those working with online transactions. They employ state-of-the-art encryption methods and hide a user’s IP,
making it very hard for an outsider to gain access.
Use a separate Email and password for betting: This way, it’s harder for attackers to get access if any other online
accounts get compromised. It also makes it easier to pick out phishing
Never click on links or download attachments: When it’s possible, go straight to the source. Meaning, type in the
website URL or search for the page via the website. Attackers often create fake
versions of emails sent by real companies to get people to click on the links.
Which is always malware.
Fantasy sports is a
booming industry, but this intersection of tech, money, and data creates the
perfect platform for exploitation. So don’t let the fun get spoilt by malicious
cyber attackers – bet cautiously with online safety.
We are now truly reaching the end of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign. With gameweek 37 upon us in about 24 hours, we’ll be entering the final two gameweeks of the season and rarely has an English title race, or indeed any football title race, been as tight as this year’s battle of titans between Man City and Liverpool. The way it looks now, the Cityzens seem to be in pole position, as it seems unlikely that they’ll drop points against Leicester at the Etihad or versus Brighton away. You never know, though. One thing we do know, is that Jurgen Klopp’s men won’t give up until the very end.
That will also be the main thought for FC Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde after he led his men to a (flattering) victory over the Reds in this week’s first leg of the Champions League semi-finals. After Spurs succumbed to a brilliant opening half hour from the visitors from Amsterdam a day earlier, the other English semi-finalist had to recognise Barcelona’s superiority at the Camp Nou. Or maybe better said, Lionel Messi’s superiority. Considering the flow of the game, it can be considered a miracle that Liverpool didn’t score, but that’s what happened and now they have the daunting task of coming back from three behind against one of Europe’s best outfits. Still, not so long ago, PSG showed that incredible turn-arounds against Barça are possible. If they could do it, why not the best Liverpool in ages?
On to FPL. The upcoming return matches in the Champions League, as well as the upcoming games in the Europa League semis, will have their impact on team selections this weekend, so we will be taking that into account. Before moving onto our picks for gameweek 37, we’ll provide a simple overview of the two games that each team still has to play, as well as a summary of how last week’s picks performed. With just two rounds to go, it’s all or nothing for those chasing in their (mini-)leagues, while the fortunate ones in the lead need to hold on for just a little longer. Just like for Liverpool, for most FPL managers, it’s all coming down to the final games.
Don’t forget that the deadline for gameweek 37 has been set at 19h00 (BST) tomorrow Friday, May 3rd.
The remaining fixtures list for each
Premier League team this season
W Ham (a)
Man City (h)
Man City (a)
M United (a)
W Ham (h)
M United (h)
(a) = away ; (h) = home
Before moving onto our picks for GW37,
here are the results of last week’s picks
Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
Mo Salah (Liverpool)
Christian Eriksen (Spurs)
Bernardo Silva (Man City)
Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
Sadio Mané (Liverpool)
Heung-Min Son (Spurs)
After an unusual
drought in terms of attacking returns for Raul Jimenez (£6.9m) that
lasted three gameweeks, the Mexican striker got back on the score sheet against
Watford at Vicarage Road last week. Wolves are facing relegated Fulham at home
on Saturday, and especially at home, Jimenez has been a man of extremes since
gameweek 24. They played six home games over that stretch and the Mexican
recorded three double-figure hauls, while returning 2 points on the other three
occasions. Including away games for that period, Jimenez has scored 7 goals and
provided 3 assists, bringing home 76 FPL points for the 38.1% of managers that
own him. Fulham meanwhile still boast the worst defensive record in the league
this season, but they did shut out their last three opponents (Everton home,
Bournemouth away, Cardiff home). Nevertheless, Wolves are expected to aim
everything at securing the seventh spot in the League in these last two games,
as a Man City victory in the FA Cup final versus Watford would mean that the
seventh spot equals Europa League football next season. Raul Jimenez is a
nailed-on starter and one of the best performers of the season, so try to bring
him in for this one if you can.
As could be seen
against West Ham at home last weekend and mid-week against Ajax in the
Champions League, Spurs are not going through their best phase, in big part due
to injuries. Still, they are fighting to keep hold of their current third
position in the table, which is why our second premium pick of the week is Heung-Min
Son (£8.9m). The Korean attacker was suspended for the first leg of his
team’s Champions League semi-final clash, and even though many eyes will be on
him to lead a potential comeback against Ajax coming Wednesday, he’s more than
likely to start at the Vitality Stadium coming Saturday. Considering Spurs’ current
struggles to break down rival defences, he might even be the one to decide that
encounter. Son’s last attacking return came in gameweek 34, an assist in just
four minutes of playing time, and followed his goal against Palace a round
earlier. Bournemouth’s home form is reasonable, with 7 victories and 6 draws in
18 games. They did concede 25 goals over those 18 games and their recent
results have been fluky. Between gameweeks 33 and 35, for example, a 1-3 loss
at home to Burnley was followed by a 0-5 victory versus Huddersfield, which
subsequently was followed by a 0-1 home loss to Fulham. Despite their injuries,
form, and hectic schedule, Spurs should come away with three points this
weekend, and if they do, Son will be instrumental.
Our final premium
pick for gameweek 37 is based more on fixture than current form, though we
can’t really say that Man United’s Luke Shaw (£5.0m) has been in bad
form of late. It’s more a team-wide issue at United, it seems. The young
English left-back played a good game against Chelsea last week and provided an
excellent assist for Mata’s goal, earning him the full 3 bonus points for a
total of 8 points. On Sunday, the United defence faces the League’s
lowest-scoring attack when the Red Devils roll up to Huddersfield’s John Smith’s
Stadium. The Terriers have scored just 9 goals in 18 home games this season.
Nine. Despite a top-four finish depending on the results of their rivals as
well, United can be expected to aim for a comfortable victory and hope for a
mistake by Chelsea or Arsenal. With Cardiff at Old Trafford as his last game of
the season, Luke Shaw could very well record two clean sheets to end the
campaign in style. Add the potential of an assist in one of those games and
maybe a bonus point or two, and you’ve got a defender who could represent 12+
points over two games without stretching our imagination too much.
A differential pick
we’ve included two defenders in this week’s list, as our first differential
suggestion is Wolverhampton’s Jonny (£4.3m). Wolves are facing Fulham at
home on Saturday and despite the improvement in composure and form displayed by
the Cottagers over the past few weeks, a clean sheet and a victory seem to be
on the cards for the locals. As we mentioned earlier, a Man City victory over
Watford in the upcoming FA Cup final would mean that the seventh place in the
Premier League represents a spot in next season’s Europa League, and Wolves are
currently in seventh. Fulham have been far from prolific in front of goal away
from home this season, scoring just 12 goals in 18 away games. Wolves, on the
other hand, boast excellent home form, with 9 victories out of 18 games, and
just five losses. Their starting left-back Jonny is currently owned by just
3.5% of FPL managers and has recorded 19 FPL points over the past three League
games, courtesy of a clean sheet against Brighton in GW35 and two assists
against Arsenal the week after that. The young Spaniard is facing Liverpool at
Anfield next week, so this would really be a one-week differential pick, but
one that definitely pay off.
Paul Pogba (£8.5m) is our second differential pick for gameweek 37. There, we said it. Sure, he’s not a differential in terms his current FPL ownership (31.4%), but considering United’s recent form and alleged dressing room issues, we do think that counting on United’s current form is kind of a punt. In other words, more than 31% of managers might own Pogba at the moment, but how many will be spending a free transfer or even 4 points to bring him in? The Frenchman has averaged just 3.3 FPL points over his last ten Premier League games, but his 90 minutes are practically assured and he’s on penalties as well. He’ll be up against Huddersfield on Sunday, who have conceded 30 goals in 18 home games. What’s more, the last time the Terriers conceded less than two goals in a game was back in gameweek 29. In the seven games that followed, they conceded a staggering 23 goals. Pogba’s last attacking returns came against West Ham in GW 34 (2 goals and 15 FPL points) and the game against Huddersfield looks like the ideal opportunity for a next haul.
Man City are on course to decide this year’s thrilling title race in their favour, all they need is to win their remaining two games against Leicester (home) and Brighton (away). Besides the FA Cup final on the 18th of May, City have no other obligations, which means they can list their strongest starting eleven without a problem this weekend. Kun Aguero (£11.9m) is definitely part of their strongest eleven. This weekend’s home game against Leicester won’t likely be a walk-over, but few teams can withstand a Man City at full force. As far as Aguero goes, he has delivered attacking returns in every home game so far this season, including two hat-tricks. Also, his crucial goal against Burnley in gameweek 36 was his 20th of the Premier League campaign, meaning that the Argentinian assassin has now reached at least 20 goals in the PL in each of his last five season. This man is fixture-proof and even though Brendan Rogers has done really good work in relatively little time at Leicester, it’s hard to not see Aguero making a considerable contribution to Man City’s title chances, both this weekend against the Foxes and in gameweek 38 at the AMEX in Brighton.
If you feel that Leicester might be the proverbial banana peel for Pep Guardiola’s men, than you can look at their main rivals for an alternative. Liverpool’s Mo Salah (£13.3m) seems to have returned to top form for the business end of the season, illustrated by his huge 19-point haul against Huddersfield last week, making him the highest-scoring FPL asset in the game (249 points in total). Considering the intense encounter at the Camp Nou this week in which Salah failed to have an impact on the scorelines despite a few chances to do so, Jurgen Klopp will still count on Salah to bring the tricky away game versus Newcastle to a satisfying end coming Saturday evening. They’ve still got everything to lose in the League as well. Mo has scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist in his last five Premier League outings, including a double strike and an assist last week against Huddersfield. Liverpool have scored an impressive twenty times since the start of gameweek 30, while Newcastle played three home games over that period in which they conceded 4 goals. It won’t be an easy game for the Reds, but considering the stakes, one would expect Liverpool to score a few here and come away with the three points.
Gameweek 35 was probably, in an overall sense, the round with the most impact on the 2018-19 FPL season. Teams with lots of popular assets like Arsenal and Man United disappointed enormously, while several teams with interesting differential assets performed well, including Watford and Wolves. Title candidate Man City had a great double week as well, beating both Spurs and United, but their big (read: most-owned and most-captained) guns were not the ones to shine brightest. Instead of Sterling and Aguero, we find Ederson, Laporte, Walker and Bernardo Silva in the GW35 Dream Team.
That Dream Team also confirms what’s been said before by more than one FPL pundit: when a double gameweek is coming up, don’t automatically discard the teams and players with one game. Last week’s Dream Team includes three single gameweek players after impressive performances: Sigurdsson and Digne (14 points both) from Everton, after their 4-0 destruction of Man United, and Newcastle’s hat-trick hero Ayoze Perez (17 points). That is, of course, wise advice for next season, because we are now just three (single) gameweeks away from the end of the 2018-19 Premier League season. Already betting interest on the 2019/20 Premier League season is increasing at places like wearebettors.
With the races for both the Premier League title and the remaining two Champions League spots in full swing, and the continued involvement of no less than four PL outfits in the final stages of the European tournaments, FPL managers will need to stay on top of their game until the very end. Fatigue, injuries and heavy rotation are having more and more effect on the starting line-ups of Spurs (who are facing Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League semi-finals), Liverpool (facing Barcelona in the CL semis), Arsenal (facing Valencia in the Europa League semi-finals) and Chelsea (facing Eintracht Frankfurt in the EL semis). The Europa League has now reached the stages that can make coaches prioritise those games over the Premier League games in that period as well. Whether it’s to make for a final push up the ranks or to consolidate your current position in your mini-league, be sure to keep a regular eye out for team news in order to get the drop on those FPL managers who don’t.
There are less than 48 hours between gameweek 35’s last games and gameweek 36’s opening game, so here are our recommended picks for the upcoming weekend. Don’t forget that the transfer deadline for GW36 is set at 19h00 (BST), tomorrow, Friday the 26th of April.
premium pick for gameweek 36 is a defender and one that you should probably get
into your team ASAP until the end of the season, if you don’t have him yet and
can afford him. Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson (£6.8m) is the
highest-scoring defender in the game at the moment (192 points), followed by
team mates Virgil van Dijk (188 points) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (150
points). The reason we’ve gone with Robertson instead of VVD or TAA is the
Scot’s higher assist potential in comparison to the former and his higher
chance of being in the starting line-up in comparison to the latter. That being
said, if you can double up on Liverpool’s defence, you should consider that.
The Reds boast the league’s best defensive record (20 goals conceded in 35
games) and they are facing Huddersfield at Anfield on Friday, the
lowest-scoring team in the division (20 goals in 35 games). After that, it’s
Newcastle away and Wolves at home for Liverpool, both games with clean sheet
potential. Of course, Liverpool are facing Barcelona next week, but the fact
that there are four days of rest (five when counting the match day) between that
game and this Friday’s game against the Terriers should put rotation worries
regarding Robertson to rest. The right-back has already got an impressive 10
assists to his name in the PL, a tally he might well improve upon further
We’re sticking with Liverpool for now,
because we believe that Mo Salah (£13.2m) has tapped into a rich vein of
form and he might continue that trend on Friday against Huddersfield. Not only
are the Terriers the team that has scored the fewest goals in the division,
they are also the team that has conceded the most goals (69 in 35 games) after
Fulham (74 conceded). The Egyptian forward has returned 2 goals and 2 assists
in his last four Premier League games, while he was responsible for the only
goal in the reverse fixture (0-1 victory for the Reds) in gameweek 9. Over the campaign until now, Salah has scored 19 goals and provided 11
assists, making him the highest-scoring player in FPL. The fact that his form
this season seems a bit more volatile than it was last season, just shows how
extraterrestrial he was last season. Like his partner in attacking crime Sadio
Mané, Salah also represents an excellent option for the captain’s armband.
We’ve gone with the Senegalese machine, as you’ll see later on in this article,
but the Egyptian could just as well bring home a huge haul for the roughly 35%
of FPL managers that own him.
With Christian Eriksen (£9.3m) as our third premium pick of the week, we’re continuing this trend, in the sense that he’s an excellent candidate for the captaincy as well, but we’ve gone with his team mate Son for the armband later on in this piece. The Danish midfielder saved the Spurs in the last game against Brighton by scoring the only goal of the game in the 88th minute, an excellent left-foot effort from outside the area that resulted in a decent 7 FPL points. Over his last five Premier League games, Eriksen has scored 2 goals and gave 3 assists for a total of 35 points. Since gameweek 20, he hasn’t missed a minute of PL action, not even during the double gameweeks and the periods in which important European games were coming up. Considering his crucial role in the team, he looks safe from rotation until the end of the season, though it remains to be seen how the Champions League semi-finals against Ajax will pan out. This coming Saturday, Tottenham are hosting an unreliable West Ham who have lost 10 of their 17 away games this season. The Hammers conceded 27 goals in those 17 games. After that, a visit to the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth and a season-closer at home to Everton are on the agenda, and both of those are games in which Eriksen could record some attacking returns.
A differential pick or two
With Kevin de Bruyne’s misfortune
confirmed, it looks like the rotational risk for Bernardo Silva (£7.6m) as a
part of City’s starting eleven has decreased even further. The Portuguese
magician can be deployed more or less anywhere in the centre or on the right
side of the midfield and attack, and despite the difference in FPL potential
that his positioning can make, a more or less nailed-on spot in Pep
Guardiola’s goal machine can be worth it. After all, we know that City can
score goals anywhere and at anytime, and for just £7.6m, Bernardo Silva can be
your ticket into the goal-scoring festivities. He has scored 2 goals in his
last four Premier League games, including the opener at Old Trafford this week,
and his totals for the season currently stand at 7 goals and 8 assists in 2579
minutes of Premier League football. Man City crashed out of the Champions
League against Spurs, so they can now place their full focus on the remaining
league games (Burnley away, Leicester home, Brighton away). With an ownership
of just 8.9%, the Portuguese Silva could provide your FPL team with some
serious differential power.
Our second differential pick for gameweek 36 also boast an ownership of less than 10% at the time of writing (9.7% to be exact). Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) has been on fire since a month or two, but he seems to have stayed somewhat under the radar nevertheless. Perhaps the fact that the Foxes did not have any double gameweeks has something to do with it. In any case, we’re betting on the hard-working Englishman to cause Arsenal’s defence plenty of trouble when the two teams face off at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. He has scored 9 goals since gameweek 26 and also provided 2 assists over that period. Thanks to two 16-point hauls (in gameweeks 30 and 33), Vardy returned 71 FPL points since GW26 as well, including 9 points last weekend against West Ham (courtesy of a goal and three bonus points). Arsenal have kept just one clean sheet on the road this season, in gameweek 34 against a Watford team that played with 10 men for about 80 minutes. To make matters worse, the Gunners went through a nightmare gameweek 35, losing to both Palace and Wolves, and conceding 6 goals in the process. Add to that the upcoming Europa League semi-finals and the struggle for fourth place in the Prem, and we might just have a cocktail that allows Vardy to book his fourth double-digit haul of the season.
When it comes to the captaincy, we’ve
already mentioned our two top picks for gameweek 36: Liverpool’s Sadio Mané
(£10.0) and Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son (£8.8m). We consider the match-ups
of these two teams, at home against Huddersfield and West Ham respectively, to be very
favourable this week, although Man City assets should not be
overlooked for their away game at Turf Moor. Back to our captaincy picks,
Sadio Mané has rather quietly been more than sensational for the Reds this season. He has scored 18 goals and provided 3 assists this season, and although he didn’t record a return away to Cardiff in gameweek 35, he did return a healthy 91 points over the 12 gameweeks before that (10 goals, 1 assist). At home to Huddersfield and in the middle of a thriller of a title race with Man City, Mané’s arm is probably the safest place to put the band this weekend. Considering his schedule after this weekend (Newcastle away and Wolves at home), the Senegalese winger is nothing short of a set-and-forget kind of transfer option, bar any exceptional news regarding injuries or rotation.
If you feel that Huddersfield at home might represent the proverbial banana peel for the Reds, then you can opt for Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son as your captain this weekend as well. The Korean attacker was a popular captaincy pick for the double gameweek 35, but his return of just 5 points (no attacking returns against City and Brighton) was a kick in the gut for many FPL managers. In gameweek 36 he’s up against West Ham, who have conceded 27 goals in 17 away games so far. Son scored a goal against Palace and provided an assist against Huddersfield in the two rounds before gameweek 35, and he’s been directly involved in a total of 20 goals this season (12 goals, 8 assists). Considering he just played 4 minutes in gameweek 34 and the fact that he’s suspended for the first leg at home to Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals, we believe that Son is a nailed-on starter up front for a team that still has everything to play for in terms of the Champions League spots for next season. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him excel against the Hammers on Saturday.
business end of the season for Fantasy Premier League managers around the
world, whether you’re fighting for the title, bragging rights or
making a last-ditch effort to not finish bottom!
that in mind, here are five players worth recruiting to give your team a push
until the end of the campaign.
FPL managers love a player
listed as a midfielder but really plays as a forward, as it is the case of
Tottenham’s Son Heung-min. The South Korean star will
play a pivotal role for Spurs until the end of the season as the lead striker
in the absence of
injured Harry Kane.
Tottenham not only have an
extra game, but three of their five remaining fixtures are at their new stadium
– a place where Son has already scored once and assisted once in two Premier
Apart from the trip to
Manchester City (who Son scored three times against in two Champions League
games to guide Spurs against the
odds into the
semi-finals), Tottenham’s run-in is kind, with matches against Brighton
(H), West Ham (H), Bournemouth (A) and Everton (H).
With top-four still a
four-way battle, Mauricio Pochettino can’t afford to rest any of his key players, and
Son is set for a key role until the end of the season.
Granted, this may not be
the most surprising of picks, but valued at just £5.5 million and a guaranteed starter, Liverpool’s
right-back is certainly worth considering. Despite still fighting for both the
Champions League and Premier League titles, Jurgen Klopp has shown in recent
weeks his reluctance to tinker too much with his line-up, particularly in defence
and attack. The Reds also have a favourable run-in, with Cardiff (A),
Huddersfield (H), Newcastle (A), and Wolves (H).
He may not have raked in
the points of left-back colleague Andrew Robertson, but the England
international is still the sixth best-performing defender this season, is
selected by 16 percent less teams and is significantly cheaper.
Far and away Southampton’s
highest points-scorer in FPL this season, Redmond could be a decent pick for a
number of reasons. Southampton are one of a few teams with four matches left
and the South Coast club are still fighting for survival, so manager Ralph
is highly unlikely to rest his best players between now and the end of the
Saints also have the best
fixture list of any side in the bottom half, starting this week with trips to
Newcastle and Watford, before Bournemouth (H), West Ham (A), and Huddersfield
(H). Southampton may not necessarily win all of these games, but they should
pick up a few points, with Redmond central to any success they have.
The English winger, who is
coming off a 15-point game week following his two goals against Wolves, is also available at a bargain £5.3m,
freeing up budget for more expensive players. He is only selected by 3.4
percent of teams so any points he earns are not likely to also boost your
The obvious pick when
looking at Wolves players is of course Raul Jimenez, but with the Mexican
striker selected by nearly 40 percent of FPL managers, he is unlikely to give
you an upper hand on your competition. Portuguese midfielder Jota, on the other
hand, has gone under the radar this season but has still had a hand in 14 goals
(seven goals, seven assists, plus seven clean sheets).
Wolves are another side
that not only have four games left, but also face a less-than-tricky run-in,
with Brighton (H), Arsenal (H), Watford (A), and Fulham (H), before a tough
final trip to Liverpool.
After their FA Cup
semi-final heartbreak, Wolves should be focused on winning the four-way fight for seventh,
which – should Manchester City win the FA Cup – would earn them a spot in next
Europa League. With something tangible still to play for, expect manager Nuno
Santo to stick with his best players, and Jota is certainly one of them.
Valued at just £6.2m and
selected by only 6.9 percent of managers, Jota could be the
sneaky dark horse your
team needs to stand out in your league.
It’s been a
strange few weeks for Manchester United, indeed it’s been a
strange season as a whole. Still, even after a poor run of form that has seen
them lose two of
their last four league games, United are still firmly in the hunt for a top-four place.
Central to their hopes of
earning a Champions League spot will be French forward Martial, who has thrived
since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager.
United have a mixed bag of
remaining fixtures, with Everton (A), Manchester City (H), Chelsea (H),
Huddersfield (A), and Cardiff (H), but with only the league left to focus on,
Solskjaer is expected to field his strongest side.
Since returning from
injury, Martial has scored once and assisted in his two starts, and he has a
good record against the big teams, so a telling contribution against both or
either of City or Chelsea would not be a surprise.
Also, at £7.2m and
selected by just four percent of FPL teams, Martial is definitely worth
To all those FPL managers who felt that our recommendation of Shane Duffy, and Brighton assets in general, sounded pretty good and decided to spend a transfer or two on bringing them in, we can only apologise and blame the enigma that is the Fantasy Premier League. Two home games against bottom-half clubs (Bournemouth and Cardiff) resulted in zero goals scored, seven goals conceded, and a ridiculous but very deserved red card for Anthony Knockaert in the first game. Not exactly what we hoped for, especially not after Bournemouth’s lacklustre performance a gameweek earlier and the difficulty Cardiff have in general to score goals. In our Alternative Reality Fantasy Premier League, however, of course Brighton kept 2 clean sheets and Duffy scored twice, putting our fantasy team at the top of the league!
Still, reasonable to good performances from some of the more popular FPL assets such as Callum Wilson (15 points), Paul Pogba (16) and Virgil van Dijk (12), contributed to a week average of 54. The likes of Bournemouth (a 0-5 away victory over Brighton), Southampton (a 3-1 home win over Wolves) and Liverpool (2-0 home victory over Chelsea) showed good form ahead of double gameweek 35. Watford, despite being down to ten men after 11 minutes due to rather stupid and unnecessary Troy Deeney red card (which maybe should have just been a yellow?), still managed to make it a 90-minute contest at home to Arsenal (0-1 loss) and remain around the top of the list for the coming week.
Of course, besides the fact that gameweek 35 is this season’s final double gameweek, with no less than eight extra games of which we’ll provide a simple overview below, there are also six English clubs with European obligations this week. While Ajax Amsterdam added another major scalp to their impressive European campaign, Man United were eliminated by FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Tuesday (3-0). One day later, Liverpool booked their spot in the semi-finals by beating Porto 1-4 in Portugal after winning the game at Anfield as well (2-0). The real drama of the night took place in Manchester though, where the local sky blue outfit crashed out of the competition after losing to Spurs on away goals (1-0 loss in London, 4-3 victory at the Etihad) in one of the craziest games the competition has ever seen.
Besides Champions League football, this evening there is also Europa League football this week involving Chelsea (at home to Slavia Prague after booking a 0-1 victory in the Czech Republic) and Arsenal (defending an impressive 2-0 home victory at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples. Like the Champions League games, though possibly to a lesser extent, these games will also have their effects on the starting line-ups for gameweek 35. We recommend to keep an eye out for the line-ups and to take rotation for all teams in consideration, especially seeing as it’s a double gameweek that’s coming up.
Man City (away)
Man City (home)
West Ham (away)
overview of double gameweek 35
Don’t forget: the deadline for gameweek 35 is set at 12h30 (BST) on Saturday, April 20th.
Despite a (short) recent run of
disappointing results, our first premium pick of the week is Wolves striker Raul
Jimenez (£6.9m). After crashing out of the FA Cup
semi-finals against Watford, in which Jimmy did score a goal, the Wolves lost
3-1 to Southampton at Molineux, a game in which he picked up a yellow card and
just a single FPL point. As a matter of fact, the Mexican didn’t score in the
away game versus Burnley a week earlier either, but the fact that he played just 31 minutes in the
build-up to their FA Cup semi-final clash should not be overlooked. Overall,
Jimenez has been an excellent performer though, illustrated by his 12 goals and
10 assists in the Premier League so far. Between gameweeks 23 and 30, for
example, he scored 6 goals, provided 2 assists and got 57 FPL points. For
gameweek 35, he has two home games against unreliable defences coming up: first
Brighton, who conceded 12 goals in the last 5 games and haven’t kept a clean
sheet since round 9 against Newcastle, and then Arsenal, who only got their
first clean sheet away from home last week against a
10-man Watford and have conceded 28 games in 16 away games overall. Jimenez is
averaging just over 6 points per home game, so the double gameweek looks like a
party for him.
While it’s probably wise to focus on players with two games this gameweek, especially when Wildcarding, Free Hitting or Bench Boosting, the players with a single gameweek shouldn’t be discarded by default. Bournemouth, for example, have just one game, but that game is at home to FC “conceded 44 times in 17 away games” Fulham. The Cherries put in an awful shift at home to Burnley in gameweek 33 (1-3 loss), but then redeemed themselves away to Brighton (0-5 victory). Callum Wilson (£6.6m) scored a goal a provided 2 assists in that game, which brought the roughly 17% of FPL managers that own him a healthy 15 points. He has now scored 12 goals and given 11 assists in the Premier League, and on Saturday Fulham are rolling up to the Vitality Stadium. The English striker has scored 5 goals and provided 6 assists at home, and in the reverse fixture in gameweek 10, he netted twice in a 0-3 away win. There’s no reason why Wilson wouldn’t be able to repeat that feat this weekend.
Our final premium pick of the week is
Tottengam’s South Korean gem Heung-Min Son (£8.7m).
Despite the insanity that was Spurs’ Champions League quarter-final against
City on Wednesday evening, and the crucial role that Son played with his two
early goals, it would be surprising to not see him start against City in the
Prem on Saturday. Both he and Spurs have shown that they can deal with Pep’s
men, but what makes it really interesting is that Spurs have a double gameweek.
After City at the Etihad, it’s Brighton at the new White Hart Lane, which
doesn’t only considerably increase Son’s points potential but his captaincy
potential as well. The Korean forward has netted 12 times and provided 8
assists in the Premier League this season, despite periods in which he was not
part of the starting eleven. To put his performances into an even more
impressive perspective: he records an attacking return every 63 minutes of game
time on average. With Harry Kane out for possibly the
rest of the season, the eyes of many will be on Son to compensate the loss, so
expect him to feature heavily in this season’s final games. It’s also useful to
know that, due to his yellow card in the Champions League clash with City on
Wednesday night, Son is suspended for the first semi-final at home against a
rampant Ajax Amsterdam on April 30th, which falls in between GW36 (home to West
Ham) and GW37 (away to Bournemouth).
A differential pick or two
About 5.5% of FPL managers saw part of their DGW35 plans ruined when Watford’s Troy Deeney’s arm collided with one of Arsenal’s players after 11 minutes of play. The result: a straight red and a 3-game ban. In other words, -2 for the striker in GW34 and no double gameweek 35 (Huddersfield away, Southampton home). Seeing as these fixtures simply have too much potential for a decent outfit like Watford, our first differential pick is Deeney’s team mate in attack, Andre Gray (£5.9m). The young Englishman is not a nailed-on starter for the Hornets as Deeney has played alongside Deulofeu and even Pereyra as well in a 2-man strike force. At present though, with Deeney suspended for three games, Gray looks primed for plenty of minutes in gameweek 35. He has scored 5 goals and provided 2 assists in 1063 minutes of Premier League football so far, and 2 of those goals and all of those assists were recorded since his return from injury in gameweek 25 (an average of about 87 minutes per attacking return over that period). Watford’s first opponents are relegated Huddersfield Town, who have conceded 28 goals in 17 homes games (and scored just 8), while the Terriers have conceded four goals in each of the two games since the club’s relegation became official. The gameweek’s second opponents Southampton are in much better form and still fighting for a place among the English footballing elite next year. The Saints have conceded 28 times in 16 away games so far, though the last four outings resulted in just 5 goals conceded (3 of which came against Liverpool). Still, since the 0-0 draw against Chelsea in GW21, Southampton only booked clean sheets against Brighton and Fulham. Andre Gray is one of gameweek 35’s considerable-risk-high-reward players.
Our second differential pick in the build-up to GW35 also has two games, though both away from home. Southampton’s Nathan Redmond (£5.3m) has been in decent form recently, which is underlined by his 2 goals and 1 assist over the past three gameweeks. Just last weekend, the English forward (who plays more as an attacker but is listed as a midfielder in FPL), scored those two goals in the important 3-1 home victory over Wolves. This week, he has two away games coming up, namely Newcastle and Watford. In the ranking for home games, these teams occupy the 14th and 11th place respectively, so these won’t be easy games, but that doesn’t mean that Southampton and Redmond won’t get their chances to make something out of them. Both teams have conceded 21 goals in front of their own fans (Watford in 16 games, Newcastle in 17 games), while Watford have lost six of those games and Newcastle a somewhat worrying nine. Redmond would be something of a punt, but at his current price and ownership (3.2%), he could be worth it. On top of that, Southampton have a favourable schedule until the end of the season, fixture-wise: Bournemouth home, West ham away and Huddersfield home.
Admittedly, our first suggestion for this week’s captaincy was kind of decided already before City’s game against Spurs on Wednesday night, but we decided to stick with him. Sergio Aguero (£11.7m) played an excellent 90 minutes against Spurs, scoring one goal and providing the assist for another. With a bit more luck, he would’ve had the assist for the goal that put the Cityzens through to the semi-finals on his name as well. As usual, game time management is a worry when it comes to City assets, but it seems unlikely that Pep will be rotating Kun a lot over the coming gameweeks, seeing as the race for the title is still in full swing. In GW35, City are facing two top-six opponents: Spurs at the Etihad (again) and archrivals United at Old Trafford. Not the kind of double gameweek that you’d generally spend your captaincy on, but it’s worth looking into it a bit more. For one, Kun hasn’t blanked yet in a game at the Etihad this season. Secondly, in four home games against top-six opposition, the Argentinian scored 8 goals for an average of over 11 FPL points per game. Finally, United have conceded 8 goals in their last 6 home games, so Old Trafford is not really an impenetrable fortress at the moment. Captaining Aguero might look risky at first glance, but don’t be surprised if he ends up hauling in the points this week.
If it still sounds a bit too risky for you, then we suggest giving the armband to Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen (£9.3m). He almost cost Spurs the Champions League semi-finals after an unfortunate back pass in the dying minutes of the game, but the VAR judged offside. Apart from that, the Danish midfielder played a great game at the Etihad, providing the assist for Son’s second goal and generally being at the centre of practically every Spurs threat. In GW35, the North Londoners are first facing City at the Etihad, followed by Brighton at the brand-new White Hart Lane. Tottenham have shown that they can match and beat Man City, even at home, and the Brighton game could well become a monster victory if the Seagulls keep up their gameweek 34 form. In his last three Premier League games, Eriksen has scored a goal and provided 3 assists, resulting in a decent total of 27 FPL points over that period for the 8.4% of managers that own him. Over the 2018-19 campaign so far, in 30 games, the Dane has provided scores of 5 points or more in 14 games and hauls of at least 10 points on four occasions, for an average of 4.7 points per game. It wouldn’t be too shocking to see him return more than 10 points in double gameweek 35.
After a blank gameweek of extreme highs (for those trusting in Jamie Vardy and/or Eden Hazard) and lows (for the unprepared/unlucky/unaware ones), we’re immediately moving on to another sequence of potentially impacting rounds. With the season’s second and final major double gameweek coming up next weekend, many FPL manager will be activating their remaining chips over the coming days, with the second Wild Card the most popular. We expect the most popular combination to be a Wild Card for gameweek 34 and then either a Bench Boost or a Triple Captain in gameweek 35, when no less than eight extra games are scheduled.
With Man City and Watford qualifiying for the final of the FA Cup by beating Brighton and Wolves, respectively, we have no more domestic cup football to worry about in terms of our FPL rosters. There is still the small matter of European football though. On Tuesday, Liverpool booked a rather comfortable 2-0 home victory over Porto, while Spurs managed to both beat and shut out Man City, courtesy of a single Son goal. Tottenham’s victory has come at a cost though, as it looks like Harry Kane could be out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury (the same ankle that kept him off the grass for 41 days earlier this season) after a duel with Fabian Delph. As well as keeping up with the latest injury news to help in your fantasy game, if you also play other online games check for the latest jackpotjoy promo code.
Tonight (Wednesday), Man United are facing the mammoth task of overcoming Barcelona in their first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, while tomorrow (Thursday) both Arsenal and Chelsea will be in action in the Europa League, facing Napoli and Slavia Prague respectively. Considering the increasing importance of the European games, in terms of silverware and prestige (and securing a starting spot in next season’s Champions League in the case of the Gunners and the Blues), it’s essential to keep rotation in the back of your head when making your transfers over the coming weeks. For now, let’s take a look at some of the players that could well stand out in gameweek 34 of the Premier League.
Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 34 is set on Friday, April 12th, at 19h00 (BST).
Doubt has been soaring through the FPL community since last night after Harry Kane limped off in the Champions League game against City as a result of a nasty coming together with Fabian Delph. Who to replace him with? Are Spurs still a stand-out resource for FPL points until the end of the season? One of our personal favourites, Christian Eriksen, is featuring later on in the captaincy section of this article, so for our first premium pick of the week we’re going with Heung-Min Son (£8.6m). The South Korean forward stepped up in a big way when Kane was injured earlier on this season, which is one of the main reasons why he’s currently still the highest-scoring Spurs asset after Kane himself, both in terms of FPL points (150 vs Kane’s 160) and goals (12 vs Kane’s 17). On top of that, he has provided 7 assists as well. The last game Son featured in was in gameweek 32, when he scored a goal (and a nice 10 FPL points) and completed the 90 minutes for the first time since gameweek 26, when he also scored. You can count on him to complete many more games over the coming period, as well as on him scoring more points and enjoying a price rise in FPL.
As if the positives for Son’s selection aren’t enough yet, there is also the fixtures calendar until the end of the season. With four of the six remaining games played at their brand-new stadium (against Huddersfield, Brighton, West Ham and Everton), as well as a potentially juicy away game against leaky Bournemouth in gameweek 37, it looks delicious, for both attacking and defensive Spurs assets. Keeping in mind Pocchetino’s love for rotating the backline, we’ve gone with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (£5.4m) as our second premium pick for gameweek 34. First up is Huddersfield at home, an already-relegated outfit that has scored just 11 goals in 16 away games this season, followed by a double gameweek consisting of City away (no comments necessary) and Brighton at home (the Seagulls have scored just 15 times in 16 games away from home). The French goalie is the most nailed-on defensive Spurs pick, and though is his price might scare off some managers, we believe he could be more than worth it when looking at their schedule until the end of the season, even when factoring in the Champions League games. Hugo’s confidence should be pretty good after his penalty save last night from Aguero.
Our third premium pick for gameweek 34 has not exactly been putting in premium performances over the past weeks, at least not in terms of FPL, but he could be excellent at home to West Ham this weekend. Paul Pogba (£8.7m) had an amazing start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but his form seems to have dropped a bit over the past few weeks, as has United’s form overall in the Premier League. The French midfielder has scored 11 goals and provided 10 assists already this season (good for a total of 155 FPL points), but he hasn’t posted any attacking returns since gameweek 29. His upcoming fixtures are a mixed bag, with West Ham at home, a double gameweek 35 of Everton away and City at home, Chelsea at home, Huddersfield away and Cardiff at home, but he has the quality to shine against any kind of opponent. Starting with this weekend’s game against West Ham at Old Trafford, Pogba could well get back onto the score sheet. The Hammers are in mediocre form and have shipped 25 goals in 16 away games. Of those 16 games, they’ve lost 9 and won just 4. At his current price, Pogba could be worth inclusion in your team.
Thanks to the rare phenomenon of consecutive double gameweeks coming up for Brighton, we’ve chosen central defender Shane Duffy (£4.7m) as our first differential pick of the week. The Irishman is facing Bournemouth and Cardiff at home this weekend, and Wolves and Spurs (both away) in gameweek 35. Sure, the second double gameweek looks like a zero-pointer for the Seagulls, but it remains to be seen how Wolves handle their elimination from the FA Cup and Spurs have the Champions League return against Man City to worry about as well. This week though, looks a lot better for Chris Hughton’s men. Brighton are currently five points above the relegation zone, but two victories would lift them over direct rivals like Newcastle and Burnley into 12th place. In other words, the Seagulls are not safe yet and have everything to play for still. Besides the encouraging fact that they have conceded just 16 goals in 15 home games, it’s also nice to know that Duffy himself has already been directly involved in 7 goals this season (5 scored, 2 assisted). As a matter of fact, over the past four gameweeks, no Brighton player has had as many attempts on target as the Irishman (2 on target out of a total of 10). Duffy is a real recommendation for gameweek 34 and for those FPL managers who really love the feeling of adrenaline flowing through to their bodies, he could even be considered a candidate for the armband. Yep, Brighton’s Shane Duffy.
Sometimes a player performs so well or shows so much promise that we repeat him as a pick for the gameweek after that as well. This week, that’s the case for Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (£9.2m). Last weekend against poor Huddersfield, the English striker had a party and scored two goals while also winning the free-kick from which James Maddison scored. His 16-point haul was several things: a gameweek record (shared with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard), a season high for him (on par with his 16 points against Fulham in gameweek 30) and the sixth time in the last eight gameweeks that he brought his FPL owners (currently just 13.2% of players) attacking returns. Over that period of eight games, Vardy scored 60 FPL points, which comes down to an average of 7.5 points per game. Before Leicester’s schedule turns sour in gameweek 36, the Foxes still face Newcastle at home this week and West Ham away next week. Both of those games could see Vardy add to his tallies of 15 goals and 5 assists for the season so far.
As mentioned earlier in
this article, our first suggestion for the captain’s armband in gameweek 34 is
Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen (£9.2m). Despite a team roster that was
deemed “not deep enough to compete” at the start of the season after a
transfer-less summer, Spurs manager Pocchetino manages to rotate his team quite
a lot. One of the players who seems irreplaceable though, besides Kane, is the
Danish midfield maestro. He has started the last 15 Premier League games in a
row, and over that period he has scored 5 goals and 5 assists, and recorded 84
FPL points. The upcoming game against Huddersfield looks like a great
opportunity for Eriksen to add to those numbers. The Dane is also on most
set-pieces and he might be taking over from Kane when it comes to penalty
duties. After Huddersfield, Spurs have a double gameweek (City away and
Brighton at home), followed by Brighton (home), West Ham (home), Bournemouth
(away) and Everton (home). Eriksen could be a “select now and forget about him
til the end of the season” kind of pick, and an excellent choice for the
captaincy this weekend.
Our second pick for the captaincy is a bit of a punt, but not as much as our suggestions in a few other gameweeks. Everton are visiting relegated Fulham on Saturday and that could mean a haul for Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m). The Icelandic attacking midfielder is a centrel piece in Marco Silva’s project, as there have only been three gameweeks in which he was not part of the starting eleven. He has scored a goal and provided an assist over the last three gameweeks, while his season totals of 12 goals and 4 assists so far are pretty decent as well. Fulham, on the other hand, haven’t been very decent this season, especially from a defensive point of view. The Cottagers have already conceded 32 goals in 16 home games, an average of 2 goals per game. It looks far from likely that they will manage to shut out a revived Everton side this weekend and when the Toffees score, the possibility of Sigurdsson being directly involved in the process are quite high. After all, he’s been directly involved in 35% of his side’s goals this season. For the daring and the ones in need of serious differential points, consider Gylfy as your captain.