Premier League Gameweek 34: Champs and Chumps

Manchester City player Sergio Aguero in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park on April 19, 2016 in Newcastle

It was a crazy week in the Premier League with some familiar faces coming to the fore and some falling by the wayside. It’s all  here in the Gameweek 34 edition of Champs and Chumps. 

Champs

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

PlayON Price: £15m

PlayON Points: 6675

They say class is permanent and Sergio Aguero is all class; a player who deserves to be competing for league titles as opposed to securing a respectable fourth place Premier League finish. He showed his quality with all four of Manchester City’s goals over the past two games, essentially winning all four of their points on his own.

The Argentine has scored six goals in his last four appearances and is scoring from 42% of his goal attempts in that time period. He lags two goals behind Harry Kane (22) as the Premier League’s top scorer, but with a lacklustre Stoke up next, City’s main man could very well strike it rich and stay on hot on the Englishman’s heels.

 

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)

PlayON Price: £8.1m

PlayON Points: 3345

As has been the case over many Gameweeks this season, Dele Alli was the league’s outstanding midfield player in Gameweek 34. The 20 year old put together another commanding display as Spurs brushed Stoke aside by four goals to nil. Alli took his two goals superbly and it if wasn’t for the misfortune of the woodwork, we’d be talking about a midfield hat-trick. A very impressive feat indeed.

Much like Frank Lampard, the youngster seems to possess an uncanny ability to get into the right positions to get his name on the scoresheet with remarkable regularity. It’s a trait that has seen him develop into the must have fantasy midfield option this season and with West Brom on the horizon, don’t expect his high selection rate to drop among fantasy managers

 

Vito Mannone (Sunderland)

PlayON Price: £6.3m

PlayON Points: 2095

Once a figure of ridicule on Wearside, Vito Mannone has gone from Costel Pantilimon’s bumbling understudy to the potential saviour of Sunderland’s season.

The Italian stopper was the highest scoring goalkeeper of the Gameweek, making six crucial saves to go with an impressive clean sheet in the Black Cats’ 3-0 victory over Norwich. The Canaries were certainly testing Mannone, as they fired in more than twice as many shots – 19 – as Sunderland could muster at the other end – 8. Still, quality shined through for the Black Cats and with Arsenal next on the fixture list, the Mackem faithful will be hoping for a repeat performance from Mannone against his old employers.

 

Chumps

Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion)

PlayON Price: £8.7m

PlayON Points: 0

Berahino became the latest player to fall foul of Heurelho Gomes’s undoubted penalty saving acumen. The striker was denied twice from the spot by the Watford ‘keeper, who holds the exceptional record of being the only man to save two penalties in two separate Premier League games.  

The misses proved costly, as West Brom ultimately lost the game 1-0 and they were equally costly to the few brave soles who put their faith in Berahino in Gameweek 34.

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)

PlayON Price: £7.9m

PlayON Points: 190

As if conceding two goals in a game isn’t bad enough for a Chelsea keeper, Thibaut Courtois likewise managed to get himself sent off the park in the last few moments of the game – bundling over Sergio Aguero for a penalty to essentially set the Argentine up for his hat-trick.

All is apparently not well for the Belgian at Stamford Bridge, with him reportedly wanting a move away from West London. Not too many fantasy managers will feel aggrieved should this happen, as Courtois has kept just five clean sheets this season.

 

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

PlayON Price: £12.4m

PlayON Points: 210

The repercussions of Jamie Vardy’s red card are not yet known but Leicester could do without losing their best player at what is arguably the most crucial time in the history of the club.

It all started so well as the England international drew first blood against West Ham, but after a soft yellow early in the game, Vardy’s dive – and it was a dive – gave the referee little option. Vardy’s reaction may cause him to miss two games – a harsh verdict if it comes to pass – but at the very least it throws up some interesting dilemmas in a fantasy context.

Get Aguero, Alli or Mannone in your line up for Premier League Gameweek 35, get to PlayON.co today!

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