Another tricky looking gameweek for Fantasy Football players here. You’ll have noticed that with the FA Cup being played this weekend, the semi finalists are not playing Premier League football, while Fulham, Stoke, Newcastle and Bolton are also without a fixture. If your team is looking like scoring poorly this gameweek because of a glut of Chelsea, Spurs or Newcastle players in your side, don’t panic: Gameweek 36 is where you win your money back, with eight teams “enjoying” double headers. Liverpool and Tottenham could be decent bets for the double gameweek, so think twice before shipping out these players just to score well this weekend. If you work things carefully, you could have several players in your fantasy team with double headers in a couple of weeks’ time.
But back to gameweek 34, it could be worth backing Manchester City, while QPR could also be worth a punt.
QPR have shown mixed form in the Premier League lately, with three wins and two defeats in their last five. Mark Hughes’ side did well in midweek to overcome Swansea and travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday, where West Brom have been beaten no fewer than nine times this season. The game represents a decent opportunity for the Hoops to pull further clear of that danger zone, with Wigan at Arsenal and Blackburn at Swansea. Adel Taarabt (£5.8m) was tipped for big things this season and is finally beginning to show what he is capable of. If QPR win, he’s likely to be instrumental and could score some points against West Brom tomorrow. Front pairing Bobby Zamora (£6.2m) and Jamie Mackie (£4.9m) could also be worth considering if they are able to shake off knocks picked up in midweek.
At the other end of the table, Manchester City have a chance to really crank up the pressure on Manchester United by reducing the deficit between themselves and their neighbours to just two points with a victory at Carrow Road. Norwich enjoyed a fantastic win at Spurs on Monday and City should not expect a repeat of their 5-1 win over the Canaries earlier on this season. Paul Lambert’s side will score more often than not, particularly at home and look a long way from a team planning their holidays. In City’s favour is the fact that Norwich have conceded 21 goals in 16 outings at Carrow Road in the league this season. With a game at Molineux to follow, you’d be well advised to bring back the City players. Sergio Agüero (£10.9m) is the obvious choice, while Samir Nasri (£9.1m) has also impressed lately. David Silva’s (£9.5m) goal in midweek will have done his confidence the world of good after suffering a slight dip in form recently and he has shown he really enjoys linking up with Agüero and Carlos Tévez. We’d also consider Edin Dzeko (£7.9m) for the next couple of games. Tévez still looks a little expensive for what he’s offered over the whole season and with Mario Balotelli suspended, the Bosnian striker could well take his chance. He’s been rested for the last couple of matches and is due some game time.
Others worth considering
Even though Wigan earned a magnificent win against league leaders Manchester United on Wednesday, you’d firmly expect Arsenal to overcome Roberto Martínez’s side at the Emirates on Monday night. And with that sentiment in mind, even though they were beaten by Wigan, don’t give up on United just yet. Sir Alex Ferguson has two home fixtures against Aston Villa and Everton to rack up the points before that showdown against City at the Etihad on April 30.
Of the Premier League midfielders, only Clint Dempsey and Hatem Ben Arfa are in better form than Theo Walcott (£9.6m) at present and the England international could certainly dent Wigan’s survival hopes. Meanwhile, Wojciech Szczesny (£5.9m) continued to impress in midweek and has scored higher than both Petr Cech and David de Gea this season, who have never been cheaper than £6m. As for United, he’s not done much in the past two games, but there is still no one looking as dangerous as Antonio Valencia (£8.5m).
Have a good one.
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