20 Teams: 20 Players looks at the best option from each team, each week. From the must starts, to the best of a bad bunch, here are this week’s picks for Gameweek 34.
Francis Coquelin: Arsenal’s attackers have stolen the headlines during their eight game win streak, but Coquelin’s introduction to the side was the catalyst for their success. With goals likely to be at a premium on Sunday, his defensive points make him one of the few safe options.
Christian Benteke: Earlier in the season he looked lost, but Benteke is now thriving under the more aggressive style of new boss, Tim Sherwood. In fact, eight goals in his last six appearances for Villa make him the Premier League’s in form striker. Even a match up against Man City won’t faze him in the slightest.
Danny Ings: A rumoured target for both Manchester United and Liverpool, Ings has been unable to buy a goal in recent weeks but a visit from Leicester may the tonic he needs to get back on track. The Foxes have kept just six clean sheets all season, a figure which sees them rank second worst in the league. The time is right for Ings to step up.
Eden Hazard: Any of Chelsea’s defenders are a viable option in Gameweek 34 but, in terms of attacking options, Hazard is the only one that warrants significant attention. The Belgian international has scored in five of the last seven games including the winner against Manchester United last weekend.
Yannick Bolasie: After a hat-trick against Sunderland two weeks ago, Bolasie came crashing back to earth in Gameweek 33. The winger still looked dangerous, though, and racked up a respectable 925 PlayON points. With Hull City currently in complete disarray, look for Palace to return to winning ways and Bolasie to shine once again.
Tim Howard: A match up against Manchester United isn’t the most appealing given their current form, but Everton have kept clean sheets on the Red Devil’s last two visits to Goodison Park. Fantasy owners will be hoping that Howard can repeat the trick this weekend.
Dame N’Doye: The form guide suggests this could be a long day for Hull given their recent form. The one ray of light is Palace’s leaky defence which has kept only a single clean sheet in their last thirteen Premier League games. N’Doye maybe able to exploit this weakness.
Jamie Vardy: Leicester’s more attack minded approach has seen their forwards thrive in recent weeks. Vardy has only scored three times on the season, but two have come in the last four matches.
Philip Coutinho: West Brom can occasionally be a tough nut to crack, but they’ve also shipped a total of seven goals in their last two home games. Coutinho’s current form has seen him nominated for player of the year, and he looks Liverpool’s most dangerous player in almost every game.
Sergio Aguero: Another goal in Gameweek 33 proved the Argentinian is very much back to his best. Tim Sherwood may have improved his sides attcking prowess, but his side has also become more open at the back. Look for Aguero to take advantage.
Wayne Rooney: With Daley Blind expected back from injury Rooney should get bumped back up to his favoured position of No.9. He hasn’t traditionally performed well against his former club, but his improved maturity since becoming captain may help him avoid the mistakes of the past.
Jack Colback: It’s been a pretty bleak period for Newcastle players and fans alike and it is hard to have faith in any of their players. However, Colback has usually been at the heart of their good moments, playing a direct role in eight of their last 17 goals.
Charlie Austin: Austin and Matty Phillips have formed a dynamic duo in recent weeks, combining for three goals and five assists over their last four appearances. One would expect this to continue against a West Ham side that has been victorious just once in their last eleven Premier League games, conceding seventeen goals in the process.
Jose Fonte: The Saints defence had a rare off day in Gameweek 33, allowing a 1-0 lead to slip away at Stoke. At home, however, they have been almost impenetrable and will be looking to continue that against a Spurs side that has failed to score in three of their last five games.
Costel Pantilimon: There is genuinely no attractive options among this Sunderland squad given their inability to score is matched only be their ability to concede. Their strikers have combined for just three away goals all season, while their defense has shipped four goal in two of their last four outings. Pantilimon is the only Sunderland player who has enjoyed any FPL form all year, with his high volume of saves often masking the deficiencies of his back four.
Mame Biram Diouf: Diouf struck the winner against Southampton last weekend, and he will be licking his lips at the prospect of going up against a Sunderland defence that made Yannick Bolasie look like a cross between Ronaldo and Messi in their last fixture.
Nelson Oliviera: Oliviera has yet to open his account for Swansea, but he’ll likely never get a better chance to do so than when going against a Newcastle side that has been on auto-pilot since Christmas. The Magpies have picked up less points than Fr.Ted in the Eurovision since John Carver took over, and many of the players are playing with the motivation of men who have one eye on their upcoming summer holiday.
Hugo Lloris: Lloris is expected to be back from injury this weekend and, with their opponents Southampton somewhat goal shy, he will be in with a great chance of a stellar PlayON points total. Certainly, he is a lower risk option than Spurs’ usual top option, Harry Kane, who could struggle against the Saints back line.
Chris Brunt: Brunt’s combination of attacking and defensive skills have served him well in recent weeks and they’ll be needed again when West Brom visit Liverpool this weekend. The midfielder has been the creative hub for his side in the last four gameweeks, delivering three assists and creating eight chances for team mates in addition to his usual defensive duties.
Cheik Kouyate: Kouyate made the headlines after his flailing arm led to David Silva being carried off on a stretcher. The midfielder will be hoping to make the papers for the right reasons this week.