Before we turn our attention to Gameweek 35 tips for FPL Managers, it was Chelsea who grabbed the headlines last weekend by holding off second placed Arsenal for a draw and making thing look even more certain that Chelsea will win the Premier League title. They are still not mathematically champions, but with their fixture list it’s hard to see them blowing a ten point lead at this point. And to cap off a nice week, Eden Hazard won the PFA Player of the Season, and Harry Kane took the young player of the season award. Both those players have been stapes in many Fantasy Premier League teams this season.
There are only four more round of the FPL Season 2014/15, so it’s easy enough to plan ahead your free transfers to suite the upcoming fixtures. But while there are only 4 rounds, don’t forget that both Arsenal and Sunderland have 5 matches to play. They will make up their spare match in gameweek 37, which will be a double gameweek for them. So in terms of maximizing points, make sure you’ve got a few of those players in your starting eleven before then.
All transfers, line-ups and captain nominations for Gameweek 35 need to be locked in by the 11:30am (GMT) on the 02nd of May. Without further ado, lets have a look at our top tips for Gameweek 35 for Fantasy Premier League managers:
1) John Stones £5.2m (Everton)
Our first tip for Gameweek 35 is young Everton defender John Stones. The young englishman offers good value for money at the back for Everton, rather than the hefty fees for the likes of Leighton Baines or Shamus Coleman. Everton have rediscovered their defensive grit in the past few weeks, having managed 3 clean sheets from their past 4 Premier League matches. Last weekend Everton pulled off a fantastic victory against Manchester United, masterminded largely due to Everton manager Roberto Martínez’s strategy of setting his team up in a defensive manner and being clinical on the counter attack (Stones himself picking up a goal). That’s something that Everton used to employ more often, and perhaps telling that this is their worst season defensively for many years…a sign of the changing of styles to possession passing football. Everton have still managed 10 clean sheets for the season though, with most coming in the second half (last season Everton managed 15 clean sheets, so they couldn’t match that even with clean sheets from their remaining matches). Everton travel to 16th placed Aston Villa for Gameweek 35. Villa sit just 2 points above the relegation zone, while Everton have shot up into the top half, so that one could be a third shutout in a row for Everton. Their run in for the remainder of the season is probably one of the best too, taking on Sunderland (Home), West Ham (Away) and Spurs (Home) in the remaining 3 rounds.
2) Graziano Pellè £7.4m (Southampton)
Our third and final tip for GW35 is Southampton’s Italian ace Graziano Pelle. Pelle started the season in sensational fashion, with 6 goals in the opening 8 EPL matches. But a goal drought in the league since December put his place in the first eleven at risk at the start of the month. But good news for Southampton fans is that he has rediscovered that scoring touch and now has 3 goals in his past three games. Last weekend Pelle managed a brace against Europa League rivals Spurs in a tightly contested match. But the fixture list is looking very favorably to Southampton, with their next three matches all to relegation battling teams. Gameweek 35 sees Southampton start May at away at 18th placed Sunderland, then it’s away to 17th placed Leicester, home to 16th placed Aston Villa before ending the season at last season’s champions Manchester City. The last match aside, there are three matches there that you would back an in-form striker to put anther in the back of the net. At £7.4m Pelle looks like a nice mid-priced option for a run for the next few weeks.
3) Laurent Koscielny £6.0m (Arsenal)
Given their extra game still to play this season, it’s no surprise that our next tip is an Arsenal player in Laurent Koscielny. Koscielny has had an injury hit season, completed 90 minutes on 21 times in the Premier League this season. But in those 21 games where he has played 90 mins, Arsenal have managed 10 clean sheets – an impressive ratio of nearly a clean sheet from every other match. Perhaps if he had been fit and available for every game, it might not be Chelsea to sit top of the table right now. If Koscielny is fit then he’s a definite starter for Arsenal, which makes him a much safer option than say Hector Bellerin, who has been used in rotation at right back with Callum Chambers. A lot was made in the press about Arsenal’s defense this season, in particular for their performances in the Champions League against Anderlecht when they blew a lead due to waves of attacks and no defensive grit. Still they have conceded the third least goals in the premier league this season, but only managed to convert that into 12 clean sheets (5th best in the league). Arsenal who currently sit in third place, now have two clean sheets in a row in the league and with Hull City coming up in Gameweek 35 – that could well be extended into a hat-tick. It’s not a straight forward match through, with Hull City wining their last two league matches as well and in a relegation fight, they’ll be setup to neutralize the Arsenal attack as best they can. Arsenal’s remaining four games after Hull are Swansea (Home), Manchester United (Away), Sunderland (Home) and West Bromwich Albion at home to finish the season. I wouldn’t be surprised to see 4 more clean sheets for Arsenal from that list.
Top 10 Transfers In for Gameweek 345
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Top 10 Form Players for Gameweek 35
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Which players are in the Top 10 for Assists in the Premier League this season?
Top 10 players with the most Clean Sheets in the Premier League this season?
View our Fixture Analysis for Gameweeks 31-38.