Gameweek 34 preparation NO KANE!

So like me you’ve busted out the FPL wildcard in Gameweek 34. You had all your hopes and dreams pinned on Sir Harold catapulting you up the rankings. Well Harry’s glass ankle had other ideas and now your wildcard plans are in tatters!

But never fear everyone’s favourite chef is here to show you what’s cooking in the FPL kitchen. If you want to know what to do with that big slice of Kane pie now that his season looks over read on!

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The obvious choice is to make a straight swap for Aguero, everyone rattles on about rotation with Pep. They do have the squad depth to do it for sure. However Pep tends not to rotate when it comes to the business end of the season. He rotates during the season so that he can play his best team consistently at the end of the season. Don’t even come at me with last year’s numbers, Aguero was not number one striker in Pep’s mind it’s much different this year. Do I think Aguero has his minutes managed? Most definitely, but there is no way he is getting subbed off if the game is not won. Even if he only gets 60 minutes it will be enough to do damage.

The double gameweek is on the horizon however and it really is not the best set of fixtures with Spurs and Man United. However United look seriously out of form and City will be looking for revenge against Spurs after champions league defeat. They will need Aguero to be at the races to stand any chance of winning both these games and taking a massive stride toward retaining the title.

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The alternative premium forward plan

I have considered other premium assets, I do not like United assets at all, Pogba has gone off the boil and with that so has United’s attack. They also have some hard games coming up, Everton away is the first of their double gameweek fixtures and Everton appear to seriously have their shit together. Then it’s a huge match after with the Manchester derby. However they play West Ham in 34 and that may offer you some immediate relief for one week at least as West Ham are not just on the beach but they are at the bar drinking margarita’s singing boats and ho’s. Lukaku loves a goal against West Ham and has 11 in 11 appearances against them over the years. Could this be a short term gamble whilst we figure out the bigger picture? Possibly.

Outside of Lukaku the other premium asset is Aubamayang or Lacazette, I am avoiding all Arsenal assets. 4 of their last six games are away from home, Arsenal have 19 points from 15 games on the road. This does not fill me with confidence. However if you choose Lukaku as a short term answer to your Kane sized problem then Aubamayang could offer you a transfer option in 35. Arsenal play Palace at home and Wolves away in gameweek 35. Now for all of Wolves good form against top 6 sides they have failed to keep a clean sheet against any top 6 side. This could offer us a differential plan with the only drawback being that it ties up your transfers and relies on no one getting injured especially if you are planning on using benchboost in 35 like I am. 

Budget options

As far as I can see there are 3 main budget options and you will most likely have one of these already. First and foremost we have Raul Jimenez, I don’t really need to sell him. 12 league goals this season have seen fantasy managers flock to own him and he is currently owned by over 30 percent of managers which could increase even further when wildcards are finalised. 6.8m and 165 points this season if he carries on his scoring form he could go close to 200 points for the season. My only worry would be how do Wolves react right now to going out the cup, I would expect Nuno will not be happy and expect a reaction. Simply put for me personally it comes down to wanting to own Jota or Jimenez and I have opted for the former. 

Next we have Troy Deeney, 5.9m and owned by 5.5 percent of managers. Fat Drake is in the shape of his life and with places up for grabs in the cup final Watford could offer some much needed differential magic. Watford are still in the hunt for 7th too and with Javi Gracia not scared to make the big calls players know places are up for grabs.

Finally Glenn Murray is the man on a double, double. I don’t expect that Glenn will start all 4 games but I do expect that he will see lots of minutes. If he was in my draft I would be happy with a return of 120 minutes across both games in both weeks. Brighton are at home in gameweek 34 to Cardiff and Bournemouth and both teams have poor away records. Problem with Murray is he has not scored in a home league match since gameweek 15. So the only real argument you can make is that he is due.

Summing up

Personally I am opting for Lukaku with a view to transferring him out for Aubameyang in 35. I will also captain him. I just think that with them only one goal down to Barcelona Solskjaer may opt to keep Rashford fresh and take advantage of Lukaku’s good record against West Ham. 

So I realise this is an opinionated piece and probably not what you are used too. I will have other writers who will tackle the stats stuff but it is just not you. Personally I am more interested in giving you my opinion on things and whether you follow my advice is up to you. I hope you enjoyed my ramblings and will give the article a cheeky retweet. Thanks for reading!



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