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Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 35 – Captain Picks

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FA Cup semi-final weekend means we have yet another blank gameweek on our hands. With six matches set to take place in gameweek 35, thankfully it won’t be that awful in terms of the fixture list as gameweek 31 was. However, with some of the big wigs available for league action, choosing your captain may get slightly more confusing. To solve that dilemma, here we suggest the five captaincy choices for gameweek 35:

 

MOHAMED SALAH (vs WEST BROMWICH ALBION) [A]

The Egyptian’s goalscoring streak continued as Bournemouth’s fragile defence was no match for his goalscoring prowess. Liverpool plays away at relegation-bound West Bromwich Albion, who shocked Manchester United to hand the title to their local rivals Manchester City last weekend. The Baggies have conceded the joint-highest amount of goals along with Bournemouth of all Premier League clubs in 2018.

 

Salah had a surprising blip in this fixture earlier this season as the game ended goalless at Anfield but did score in the FA Cup defeat at the same venue. The home side is currently without a shutout for five consecutive home league games. Seven of his 14 double-digit hauls this season have come against teams currently in the bottom half of the table, raising hopes of Salah rewarding his owners with yet another bumper gameweek.

It is appropriate to throw in a word of caution, however, as Salah might be rested by Klopp as Liverpool face AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League semi-final in midweek. Watch out for Jurgen Klopp’s press conference for any further updates.


WILFRIED ZAHA (vs WATFORD) [A]

The in-form Ivorian’s brace helped him achieve his first double-digit haul (14 points) of the season last gameweek. Crystal Palace faces Watford in gameweek 35 against whom he has 2 assists in five PL appearances – one of those coming in the fixture earlier this season. The Hornets have the second-most leakiest defence in the division while shipping the highest amount of goals at home of all clubs this season.

Javi Gracia’s men haven’t kept a cleansheet for last 5 games – a span during which they have leaked 13 goals which is yet another league-high. Over the course of last 3 gameweek’s, Zaha has earned 26 points via 3 goals, an assist and 3 bonus points. On current form, he may prove to be too hot to handle for the fragile Watford backline.

 

RAHEEM STERLING (vs SWANSEA CITY) [H]

With a 10-pointer against Spurs, Sterling has now registered his eighth double-digit haul of the season. With the title wrapped up, Sterling is expected to be in the starting eleven as the newly-crowned champions welcome relegation-threatened Swansea City this gameweek. The Swans have a solitary cleansheet from their last 6 league outings. The wide man got two assists in the reverse fixture at the Liberty earlier this season. With five of his 8 double-digit hauls this season coming against teams currently in the bottom half of the table, chances of him amassing yet another impressive haul appears bright this weekend.

 

Raheem Sterling

 

Gabriel Jesus (vs SWANSEA CITY) [H]

With Aguero sidelined for the remainder of the campaign, Gabriel Jesus is certainly an assured starter up top for the Citizens. And the Brazilian international has been indeed prolific since his return, with his three recent starts in the league yielding 22 points via a couple of goals and assists each. Jesus has featured only once against Swansea City. That was in the last season’s corresponding fixture where the forward scored a brace to help his side snatch an injury-time time win. Both of Jesus’ double-digit hauls this season have come at the Etihad and to couple it up with his strong form, that should be enough to convince managers to snap up the in-demand City ace.

 

 

CENK TOSUN (vs NEWCASTLE UNITED) (H)

The Turk has been without a goal ever since gameweek 31, which coincidentally, provided the only instance of him registering a double-digit haul. Despite blanking for three gameweeks in a row now, Tosun remains the scorer of four of Everton’s last 7 league goals. The Toffees take on Newcastle United, who have conceded 26 of their 42 goals this season on their travels.

Rafa Benitez’ men have kept two cleansheets away from home all season – last one coming at Stoke City on New Year’s day. The Magpies have conceded 9 times in the following five away games since then. With two-thirds of Everton’s 39 league goals scored being scored at Goodison coupled with the visitors’ away woes, expect Tosun and co to be among the goals.

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