We are half way through the double gameweek 34 but it is time to turn our attentions towards game week 35 which as you are probably aware of will feature a blank for the likes of Man Utd and Spurs. How you decided to play last week will most likely have an impact on how you play this week but one thing to bear in mind is that those players who don’t play in GW35 will most likely have a double game week 37.
Man City were crowned champions on Sunday evening after their city rivals slipped as West Brom fought out an unlikely win at Old Trafford. There may well be a party atmosphere at the Etihad on Sunday as Man City host Swansea but this team will want to celebrate in style and with an emphatic win if possible. Liverpool and Arsenal look like the other big sides to back in gameweek 35 and we assess the players with the best chances in our GW35 FPL preview now:
Game Week 35 Tips
Fantasy Premier League can be a cruel beast at times and in my own personal mini-league I saw managers taking -8 and -12 hits in order to maximise double gameweek players in GW34. With Spurs and Man Utd players hugely underperforming that backfired to some extent at the midpoint of the week – and it just goes to show that it is not necessarily worth playing a one week strategy.
You will need to decide how you plan to play the remaining 4 weeks of the season so if you are taking minus points hits this week just be sure it accounts for those remaining games and not just covering blanks.
West Brom Vs. Liverpool
Liverpool took one step closer to second place in the league with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth last weekend but this game just got that little bit more challenging after bottom placed West Brom beat Man Utd at Old Trafford. With a maximum of 12 points left on the table for the Baggies it will take a miracle for them to escape relegation and the chances are that Liverpool will seal their fate in this game.
It is hard to see anything other than a Liverpool win here and the only doubt is over Klopp’s approach to a game that will very much play second place in terms of priorities when compared to their Champions League semi-final against Roma just a few days later.
Trent Alexander-Arnold had a phenomenal GW34 and is worth a mention but the £4.4m defender doesn’t get enough guaranteed game time to make him an obvious first team choice. Instead, focus on the rejuvenated Mane and the potential player of the season Salah in this game.
Watford Vs. Crystal Palace
After a fantastic start to the season for Watford it has fizzled out in spectacular style. Crystal Palace on the other hand have just started to burn and we were treated to fireworks at Selhurst Park last weekend as they beat Brighton 3-2 with Wilfried Zaha taking centre stage.
Milivojevic grabbed two assists to take his last 4 game points tally to 38 which is mightily impressive for a £5.1m rated midfielder and as he has penalty duty he is well worth a place in your side. However, it is Zaha who has really caught the eye in recent weeks with 3 goals and an assist in his last 3 outings. Palace can leapfrog Watford if they win this and we expect three points to go to the visitors based on current form.
Arsenal Vs. West Ham
Arsenal were poor against Newcastle and with key players missing they failed to keep their recent momentum going. Aubameyang still managed an assist and with Lacazette grabbing a goal (and more importantly a start) he may well be another option.
Auba remains the top choice here as he won’t be featuring in the Europa League that Wenger has now prioritised as it is the Gunners’ only hope of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
This looks like a home win all the way but West Ham will have more motivation than Arsenal as the visit in hope of securing their Premier League status after a disappointing campaign. Arnautovic is the main threat for the visitors.
Man City Vs. Swansea
One would expect Pep to play his full strength side in this game to allow them to celebrate in front of their home fans. However, if City take their foot off the gas the party could be spoiled by this Swansea side that have already claimed some big scalps this season. That being said, it would be a huge surprise were City not to win this game and although the Swans are desperate for points there will be no free hand outs here.
Jesus is in great form along with Raheem Sterling who keeps on adding to his tally despite missing chances. Whether or not Aguero will get an outing remains to be seen but the likes of Sane, KDB and Silva can all be relied upon.
The Best of the Rest
Chris Wood is in great form with 5 goals in his last 5 games and remains a top alternative striking option as Burnley visit Stoke City. The Everton Vs. Newcastle game should be interesting although both of these sides could be forgiven for playing out the remainder of the season at half speed. Kennedy at Newcastle is still a very interesting pick despite a quieter couple of weeks but it is likely the home team will win here with Everton’s home form being pretty decent.