Premier League Preview: Gameweek 34

premier league picks round 34

After a Friday night game to warm you up, Saturday brings the full Premier League heat with plenty of games on offer.

Plenty on offer at PlayON too, with Daily Fantasy competitions running through the round, meaning plenty of chances to take home the prizes.

To boost your chances, I’ve picked out my best players for your sides – from must-have guns, to budget-saving value plays, with the odd POD pick thrown in to really set you apart from the competition.

Brighton v. Bournemouth

Both sides come into this off the back of two losses so both will be looking for a win here. Just three matches at this level, of which the Cherries have won two and draw one.

History leans towards the visitors but I can see both teams scoring, so will look at players on both sides for PlayON purposes.

Gun

Netting 11 goals for the season and laying on three assists has seen the Cherries’ Joshua King (£11.3m) amass the highest average in this one with 1370.

Missing out in his last couple of games probably means he’s due here as well.

Value Pick

He certainly hasn’t hit the same heights as his debut season this term, but Pascal Groß (£9.1m) has snuck a couple of attacking stats in recent games to move his average above 1100.

He is battling against a calf complaint, so watch he teamsheet before jumping on. But if he does get back in here, he is someone who could be the spark for the Seagulls.

POD Pick

I’ve seen or heard nothing of Glenn Murray (£8.6m) of late. So much so, that his price is down where it is and his average is at 780. That will keep his ownership low, but he is a proven goalscorer with 11 for the season.

Last time I picked him as a POD when in a form slump he bagged two, just saying…

Burnley v. Cardiff

Two wins for Burnley coming into this, with the opposite for Cardiff, who will need a win to move closer to getting out of the drop zone.

The Clarets took out the only Premier League meeting of the sides 2-1 back in September. I would back them in here but Cardiff are fighting for survival and that makes them dangerous. You could make a case for their players finding a way into your sides.

Gun

After a slow start, Chris Wood (£10.3m) has found his way to eight goals for the season and has a goal and two assists in his last two games.

A proven goalscorer, I wouldn’t bet against him going again here now he has his eye in.

Value Pick

Netting against Bournemouth last out to move to ten goals for the season, Ashley Barnes (£10.4m) is leading the line well for the Clarets alongside Wood.

Yes, it’s a slightly higher price than some value picks, but the average is also up around 1400 so it is worth the extra investment.

Fulham v. Everton

The form guide is ugly reading for Fulham, not a win to been seen over recent weeks. Everton have gone on a good run following a bit of a form slump, with wins over Chelsea and Arsenal in amongst three straight wins.

The teams have faced off 27 times at this level and the Toffees have a 17-8 lead in terms of wins, including all of the last four. Hard to look past them here, so I’ll be focusing on players in blue for my DFS sides.

Gun

It’s hard to look past anyone other than Gylfi Sigurdsson (£12.3m) here. The Icelandic midfielder is the mastermind of most Toffees’ attacks and has helped himself to 12 goals, four assists and a PlayON average of over 1300 for the season. Hard to overlook.

Value Pick

The highest average in this one sits with Phil Jagielka (£7.8m) at 1600. That is largely because he has only played 40 minutes plus twice, in which he has a goal and a clean sheet.

Sometimes the stats lie, but sometimes they don’t. If he gets a start against a poor Fulham side in this, I would be leaning towards his score here aligning to the stats.

POD Pick

An average of 750 won’t excite many, but Bernard (£7.4m) has seen a good run in the Toffees side over the last few weeks and has found the net once in his last two.

If he gets another start here, he’s worth a gamble. Especially if it’s a gamble not made my most.

Southampton v. Wolves

A couple of wins for each in the last five but Wolves sit firmly in the top half while Southampton are just above the drop zone. The visitors will be buoyed by a victory over United last out, while the Saints will look to regroup after a loss to Liverpool ended a couple of game winning run.

Just the three matchups in the top flight for these two. The Saints won both of the meetings back in the 03-04 season but Wolves took out the reverse fixture this term 2-0. I’m leaning towards the vistors in this, so will be bringing their players into my sides.

Gun

He might not have scored last out, but Raúl Jiménez (£12.9m) provided two assists against United.

That’s been the beauty of his season, he has almost as many assists (ten) as he has goals (12) in a solid showing of all round attacking talent. He’s a must have for me in this.

Value Pick

Despite only picking up one goal, Leander Dendoncker (£8.4m) continues to average over 1070 for Wolves, showing a solid base level of output, one that is probably higher than his current pricing.

If he can supplement the base with a sneaky attacking stat in this, the score could go huge.

POD Pick

With Wolves favourites, there is a chance Saints players will go overlooked. If they are to do anything, the only one of their players I would be looking that is James Ward-Prowse (£10.5m) who has an average of 1340.

If everyone does back the visitors and Ward-Prowse gets involved with any Saints goals, his will be a score that could give you the edge.

Man United v. West Ham

Closing out the day’s action, the Hammers travel north to Manchester. A second loss in three games for United against Wolves last out, while the Hammers lost to Chelsea to make it back to back losses.

A lot of Premier League history for these two. Forty-five games of it in fact. From those, the Red Devils have a strong advantage, 27 wins to six.

Backing the hosts to bounce back in this one, so it is their players you want to bring into your PlayON teams this week.

Gun

Stopping a form slump with four goals in his last four, Romelu Lukaku (£13.7m) has finally come to the party under the new boss and has moved to 12 goals for the season and a PlayON average of over 1200. That’s second only to Pogba in this game, but the Belgian’s average is on the way up while the Frenchman’s is dropping from a peak of 2000 a few rounds ago.

Value Pick

Almost ever present for the new gaffer, Victor Lindelöf (£6.3m)’s near 800 average is not a bad pick up at his price. He also isn’t a bad chance of a clean sheet, and some extra points, against a Hammers side who are goalless in two.

 

That’s Saturday done and dusted, but there still are Sunday and Monday games to come. Head to the Lobby to get involved with the Saturday’s guaranteed cash contests, then check back here for Sunday advice.

Good luck!

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