FPL Holly is back this week with her selection of captain picks for Double Gameweek 34! It’s perhaps the most underwhelming Double Gameweek in FPL history, with relegation candidates Brighton and Cardiff having the lucrative two games.
Gameweek 33 was varied for captaincy, with the Liverpool pairing of Salah & Mane providing very little, while Jamie Vardy had another party which Eden Hazard joined! There’s plenty to consider this week: can Brighton or Cardiff assets be trusted with the armband? Should the Triple Captain be deployed? To complicate matters further, all of our top six sides have European games in both midweeks sandwiching Gameweek 34 – could rotation come into play here? It’s worth keeping an eye on those Champions League and Europa League teamsheets, plus the implications of any early substitutions. A clear away advantage could alleviate damage further down the line.
Shield Pick: Heung-Min Son vs Huddersfield (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 8/13
🌟 Heung-Min Son 🌟
🗓️ 3rd April 2019
Scores Tottenham’s first goal in their new stadium
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 9, 2019
A home game against relegated Huddersfield in the new stadium looks excellent on paper, and Son has 12 goals and 7 assists for the season. He got the opening goal in the new stadium and he usually performs well in the absence of Harry Kane. Huddersfield haven’t improved since their fate was sealed, they’ve conceded 12 goals in their last 4 games. It may be just a single fixture, but Son will be fired up for a haul.
Will you play safe with the shield pick?
Sword Pick: Shane Duffy vs Bournemouth (H) & Cardiff (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 18/5 & Evens
Clean Sheet Odds: 15/8
SCOUT: Duffy (£4.7m) starts for @OfficialBHAFC today in the south coast derby. He’s scored 5 goals this season – the most by a defender – and is second for shots by defenders with 29#FPL #BHASOU pic.twitter.com/nQf80NVIIe
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) March 30, 2019
Brighton have the more favourable pair of Double Gameweek fixtures, with Duffy looking the most appealing asset on the face of it. He has 5 goals and 2 assists for the season, to go alongside 6 clean sheets and 9 bonus points. Going for a defensive captain does seem maverick, but they often come out on top in the doubles. Clean sheets look likely, with Bournemouth on the beach and Cardiff struggling: they’ve both struggled to score in away games of late. With time running out to deploy the Triple Captain chip, it’s certainly an option worth considering with the lure of a double. Are you brave enough to go with the sword pick?
Form Pick: Jamie Vardy vs Newcastle (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 4/5
Jamie Vardy: Only Sergio Aguero (10) has scored more Premier League goals than Vardy (9) in 2019
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 7, 2019
Another home game for Vardy could let the party ensue. He’s certainly got the form, with 5 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games. He’s also on penalties too. Meanwhile, Newcastle are without a clean sheet in their previous 4 matchups, conceding 2 goals per game on average. Surely Vardy will be involved in the goals again for Leicester in the Friday Night Football. Will you opt for the form pick?
Fixture Pick: Glenn Murray vs Bournemouth (H) & Cardiff (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 19/20
— #FPL Dougal 🇨🇽 (@FPLDougal) March 31, 2019
An attacking option for the Double Gameweek fixtures sounds tempting, with Glenn Murray the most likely source of goals for Brighton. The biggest reservation here is his capability to play two games in the space of 4 days: he has seen some rotation this season, with minutes limited in some matches. He has 11 goals for the season and 13 bonus points. Are you going to consider the fixture pick?
Punt Pick: Victor Camarasa vs Burnley (A) & Brighton (A)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 3/12
⚽️ Victor Camarasa is now Cardiff’s top PL scorer this season – 3 of his 5 goals have been in home games against Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea pic.twitter.com/qD6EY9edkw
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) March 31, 2019
Camarasa is the most consistent attacking option from Cardiff, with set pieces and penalties on his side too. He’s been the favoured bench fodder midfielder for the season and this could be his time to shine! He has 5 goals and 3 assists this season, delivering goals in 2 of his last 4 games. Burnley and Brighton are both conceding, with 1 clean sheet each in their last 4 appearances. Meanwhile, Cardiff are fighting for their lives to avoid relegation. He looks to be the best Double Gameweek attacking option. Will you take the punt?
Park the Bus Pick: Matt Ryan vs Bournemouth (H) & Cardiff (H)
Clean Sheet Odds: 15/8 & Evens
🔒2️⃣ Mat Ryan 🇦🇺🔒
• 4 fixtures in 2GWs.
• Nailed on.
• 3.1 PPG is only bettered by Duffy, Bruno and Button – who won’t play – and Murray, who’ll likely play 2/3 of the 4 games. pic.twitter.com/7I7DGnGGcK
— FPL Saint (@FPLSaint) April 5, 2019
It’s been a disappointing season for Matt Ryan, after last years 10 clean sheets, 124 saves and 13 bonus points. He certainly has the pedigree, with two excellent home fixtures. Brighton have conceded one of the highest tallies of penalties in the Premier League this season, so there’s also an outside hope of a penalty save. Are you brave enough to captain a goalkeeper?
Clueless Husband Pick: Leander Dendoncker vs Southampton (A)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 8/1
— Steve Hermon (@SteveHermon) April 7, 2019
After reluctantly sitting through the FA Cup Semi-Final last weekend, the Clueless Husband has selected Dendoncker as his captain this week, as he’s got a funny name. The midfielder has 1 goal and 2 assists for the season… it’s perhaps best not to side with him this week!
Until Next Week…
Holly and her Clueless Husband
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