Holly is back this week with her selection of captain picks for Blank Gameweek 35. Her Clueless Husband is still struggling with the concept of a blank fixture schedule and has another slip up with his selection: read on for more!
SCOUT: Seven of the top 10 captain picks were in action on Saturday with 4 – Salah, Vardy, Firmino & Eriksen – all scoring
Over to Lukaku backed by 934,846 (16.6%) on Sunday… pic.twitter.com/9vSWvoKNjq
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) April 15, 2018
The double gameweek was certainly exciting, with mixed results for our Double Gameweek assets. Popular single gameweek option, Mo Salah, delivered yet again. You can’t bet against him right now!
Anyway, the options for the week ahead are depleted for Gameweek 35, with just six fixtures rather than the usual ten. It looks to be favourable games on paper for Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal. The problem is that Liverpool and Arsenal have crucial European Cup semi finals next midweek and Manchester City have nothing left to play for. Expect rotation!
Shield Pick: Mohammed Salah vs West Brom (A)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 11/20
“If I had a choice between the Champions League and the Golden Boot, then of course it would be the Champions League, no doubt the Champions League. To win the Champions League is huge for everyone. I don’t care about the rest.”
– Mo Salah pic.twitter.com/XDz0BOdLG9
— FourFourTweet (@FourFourTweet) April 16, 2018
Mo Salah is absolutely unstoppable, with just one blank in his last eight games. Interestingly, Liverpool failed to hit the target in the reverse fixture, so expect Salah to rectify that in this one. Champions League rotation could be a problem here, with Roma up next on Tuesday. However, this is the early Saturday kick off, so if the team news is leaked before the deadline then it should make the decision easier. Salah is the safe pick, due to his ownership and the fact that he’s on penalties too. If you’ve a lead to protect, you know what’s to do.
Sword Pick: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang vs West Ham (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 11/20
Best conversion rate in the Premier League this season (5+ goals)
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 16, 2018
Aubameyang likely starts due to being cup-tied in the Europa League, however if Arsene Wenger chooses to rest key players ahead of Atletico Madrid on Thursday, you have to fear for Aubameyang’s service. He has been pushed to the wing recently, however he has returned in his last five games. Arsenal are always strong at home, Auba is on penalties and Joe Hart is always capable of conceding a load of easy goals. Aubameyang is the ideal pick if you’re looking to steal a march on Salah owners.
Form Pick: Ayoze Perez vs Everton (A)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 17/5
— Football Whispers (@FB_WHISPERS) April 17, 2018
Perez is in surprisingly blistering form, with 3 goals and 2 assists in his last three games. It seems that he is over-performing and full of confidence. Everton have just one clean sheet in their last four games, so Perez could be an outside chance to capitalise as the form pick. Will you be giving him the armband?
Fixture Pick: Gabriel Jesus v Swansea (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 7/10
Brought Jesus in this time last season and he was very consistent, helped me to finish the season strongly.
— FPL Awesom-o (@awesomoFPL) April 18, 2018
With Aguero out for the rest of the season, Jesus should feature in this one (unless Pep decides to play Sterling as a false 9). It’s Manchester City’s title winning party and Jesus has three returns in his last four games. If you’re looking for a captain from the sky blues, Jesus is a risk that could pay off. Are you going for it?
Reverse Pick: David Silva vs Swansea (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 19/10
⏪ REVERSE FPL ⏪
Gameweek 35 sees the reverse of the Gameweek 17 fixtures. Here’s the Dream Team and results.
Only six fixtures in play this time around… pic.twitter.com/fX94LykrR8
— Fantasy Football Community (@FFCommunity_) April 17, 2018
Silva had a superb match when City beat Swansea 4-0 away earlier this season, scoring a brace. Given his personal difficulties this season, and with the title won, we don’t know how involved Silva will be for the final few fixtures. He’s a man in good form though, having 3 goals and 3 assists in his last six games. Will you opt for the reverse pick?
Punt Pick: Luka Milivojevic vs Watford (A)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 13/5
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 9, 2018
Milivojevic has become the reliable budget midfielder and has elevated himself to be a worthy 4th midfielder. He’s got 3 goals and 2 assists in his last four games, with his fair share of set pieces and penalties. There’s plenty of aerial threats to pick out in this Palace side and Zaha has won plenty of penalties for him this season. With Watford failing to keep a clean sheet in their last five games, more attacking returns look inevitable. Are you going to take a punt?
Park the Bus Pick: Vincent Kompany vs Swansea (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 10/1
Clean Sheet Odds: 4/7
— Sport360° (@Sport360) April 16, 2018
I’m relying on Kompany this week, to deliver plenty of returns as captain for the Champions. The party atmosphere will be in full flow at the Etihad, and Vincent has a goal and an assist in his last two appearances. Obviously rotation is a concern for City, but Kompany has started the last four Premier League games and will want to represent his side this weekend. A clean sheet is well within reach, Swansea haven’t scored more than 1 goal in their most recent games. Will you be brave enough to captain a defender?
Clueless Husband Pick: Christian Eriksen vs BLANK
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 0/1
Christian Eriksen has scored in each of his last four games in all competitions for Spurs, netting s̶i̶x̶ five times.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) April 14, 2018
“A blank gameweek? What does that mean?!” My Clueless Husband is due another shock when he reluctantly logs in to his Fantasy Premier League team on Friday evening. He wanted to go with Eriksen, as he’s scored in the previous two gameweeks. Who knows where his armband will eventually end up!
Until Next Week…
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