Both Brighton and Cardiff feature twice for FPL managers this gameweek, so we’ve analysed the clean sheet odds and anytime goalscorer odds to see whether you should consider any of their assets in an attempt to boost your end of season point-scoring potential…
Brighton back line merits double up
A plum looking double, at home to both Bournemouth and Cardiff, sees Brighton top the bookies’ defensive rankings, with a 67% chance of keeping a clean sheet in Gameweek 34. Chris Hughton’s side are the sixth-best home defence in the top flight, and the best not including any of the traditional “big six”.
With their opponents both averaging less than a goal per game on the road this season, a pair of shutouts is not out of the question, whilst centre back duo Shane Duffy (30%) and Lewis Dunk (22%) have been rated by the bookies as the defenders most likely to score this gameweek.
Easy day at the office expected for Spurs
Rock-bottom Huddersfield travel to North London on Saturday lunchtime, having failed to find the net in 6 of their last 7 away games. Tottenham have 2 wins, and 2 clean sheets, from their first 2 games at their new stadium, and few would bet against them making that 3 from 3 given their opposition.
The bookmakers give them a 60% chance of doing so, and if you’re looking for a premium defender this weekend, Kieran Trippier, who has a goal and 5 assists to his name this term, fits the bill.
Everton the surprising form defence
Everton (under Marco Silva) and solidity at the back are not normally two things you’d associate with each other, but having recorded 3 shutouts on the bounce, the Toffees are currently the most in-form rearguard in the Premier League. Impressive clean sheets against the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal of late should mean they are able to see off an already-relegated Fulham outfit with ease on Saturday.
The Cottagers have lost their last 9 games in a row and look devoid of confidence. With Seamus Coleman, Kurt Zouma and Lucas Digne all in the top 6 FPL defenders ranked by form (each scoring north of 6.5 points per game over the past month), there are mid-priced options aplenty from the blue half of Merseyside to consider this weekend.
Murray the main man
For the first time this season, Glenn Murray tops the bookies’ attacking estimations with a 72% chance of scoring over the course of his double gameweek at home to Bournemouth and Cardiff. Of his 11 goals in the Premier League this term, 7 have come at The Amex, and his potential is boosted by the fact that his opponents have the third and fourth worst defences in the top flight, having both conceded 61 goals so far – only Huddersfield and Fulham have leaked more.
With penalty duties also in his locker, and available for a low price of £6.3m in Fantasy Premier League, there isn’t much to dislike about the Brighton striker for Gameweek 34.
Does Murray have the underlying statistics to support his odds? Check out our Gameweek 34 xG article.
Does Kane’s injury make Son essential?
Prior to injuring his ankle, and possibly ending his season, on Tuesday night in the Champions League, Harry Kane was certain to dominate the captaincy debate ahead of a juicy home game against Huddersfield. However, with the England hitman now sidelined, we are forced to reassess Mauricio Pochettino’s attacking assets.
After a goal against Palace last weekend, and the winner midweek against City, Heung-Min Son is our preferred pick. The South Korean menace could even play OOP up front, as he has done in the past when Kane has been out, boosting his points potential further. With 6 double-digit hauls to his name already this season, his explosive nature should see him emerge as the main rival to Murray for the captaincy this gameweek, especially when you consider that Huddersfield have conceded a whopping 63 goals so far this term.
Check out FPL General’s Kane Replacements article if you are still looking for a replacement.
Burnley boys set to continue hot streak
In Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, fantasy managers have 2 in-form striking options with a promising home game at against Cardiff on Saturday afternoon. In the second half of the campaign (since Gameweek 20), both men have scored 7 goals, more than the likes of Raheem Sterling, Mohamed Salah and Eden Hazard, whilst also contributing 2 assists each.
With Cardiff 5 points from safety, and therefore needing to attack, goals could be on the menu at Turf Moor. Furthermore, the Bluebirds have conceded 49 big chances on the road this season – only Fulham and West Ham have offered up more high-quality opportunities to their opponents away from home.