For Gameweek 34, there will be eight teams with double games: Southampton, Chelsea, Burnley, Leicester, Tottenham, Brighton, Bournemouth, and Manchester United. With this good opportunity to catch up on your FPL rivals or extend your lead at the top, here's a closer look at are some of the players you can consider recruiting for your fantasy teams...
Opponents: Chelsea, Leicester
New manager Mark Hughes has yet to enjoy a league win, but with his side being backed into a corner, it could spring them into action as evidently shown from their last match against Arsenal. It is difficult to pick any Southampton player because Hughes has yet to settle on a first XI, but he may be tempted to stick with those who played against the Gunners such as Charlie Austin (5.8m), whose bench appearance almost inspired a positive result.
Opponents: Southampton, Burnley
10 points away from the top four, slowly losing the chase for a Champions League spot, players acting up, it’s hard to figure out this team. A perfect example would be star player Eden Hazard (10.6m), who has not scored or assisted in his past six matches. Yet, against West Ham last week, he was clearly the better Chelsea performer, with five attempts on goal and three chances for his team-mates.
Opponents: Leicester, Chelsea
Besides being the only team to have two home matches this week and having plenty of cheap options to do, Burnley are also the only double-game team listed here who will be in action in Gameweek 35. For those with no wild card or free hit token in hand, it might be a good idea to pick one player or two from Burnley. The injured Ben Mee will have a cheap replacement in Kevin Long (4.0m), while in attack, the likes of Ashley Barnes (5.4m) and Chris Wood (6.3m) are useful options.
Opponents: Burnley, Southampton
The problem with Leicester is that they are effectively safe from relegation, but are too far off in points to challenge for an European spot. Last week’s opponents, Newcastle, gave an excellent illustration of how a team can perform when they have something to play for. Nevertheless, Jamie Vardy (8.9m) has scored in his last three matches, but it might be about time for Riyad Mahrez (9.0m) to show his worth in the transfer market again.
Opponents: Manchester City, Brighton
Harry Kane (12.9m) is desperate to win the Golden Boot, but other players like Dele Alli (9.0m), Christian Erikssen (9.4m) and Son Heung-min (8.4m) are equally good picks. Spurs have shown improved mental strength this time around compared to the tail end of the previous season. They are also eager to get into a demoralised Manchester City that just got dumped out of the Champions League, so you should have at least one of the Spurs guys.
Opponents: Crystal Palace, Tottenham
Not technically safe yet on 35 points, Brighton will face a relegation rival in Crystal Palace, followed by Spurs. They have not won in their last four matches, including getting dumped out of the FA Cup, and need to find some form to avoid getting dragged into the relegation battle. Pascal Gross (6.0m) and Glenn Murray (6.0m) are the key choices to consider here, but neither have scored nor assisted in their last three matches.
Opponents: Liverpool, Manchester United
Of the double-gamers, they have the worst matchups on paper. While I wouldn’t go for their defence, Bournemouth have the knack of scoring late goals. There’s a bit of uncertainty with the starting strikers, with the manager now having a rotation between Josh King (7.0m), Callum Wilson (5.8m) and Jermain Defoe (7.6m) for the two striker slots. As such, I would go for Ryan Fraser (5.1) in midfield, as he’s a certain attacking starter and likely to have a hand in any of the goals that are likely to be scored.
Opponents: West Brom, Bournemouth
United have showed some unusually explosive form towards the end of the season, with Alexis Sanchez (11.5) and Paul Pogba (7.8) belatedly throwing their names into the hat. There’s also potential in the backline, with David De Gea (5.9m) and Chris Smalling (5.5m) the confirmed starters. Antonia Valencia (6.9m), meanwhile, might be too expensive. However, despite their match-ups being as tempting as they are, United's second match could have some rotation risk, with the FA Cup semi-finals looming the following week.