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11 Apr 2018 by Colm Hayes

FPL Double Gameweek 34 – Captain Picks

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Double gameweek fever is beginning to manifest in the FPL community; single-fixture Mo Salah could be shunned for the armband, while plenty of triple captain and bench boost chips are being deployed.

Premium Options

Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m) vs WBA (H), BOU (a)

From a fixture point-of-view, the Belgian is DGW34’s go-to captaincy option. West Brom’s last clean sheet came in GW23, while Bournemouth kept Chelsea scoreless in GW25.

Lukaku’s form is also persuasive. The Man Utd striker has produced three goals and two assists over the last six gameweeks. The forward scored against both the Baggies and the Cherries earlier this season.

United’s No 9 lacks that explosive FPL touch – he has managed just three double-digit scores this season ­­– but is a consistent option against lower-level teams.

Graphic via @awesomoFPL

For those who are backing Mourinho’s side but don’t fancy Lukaku, midfield teammate Alexis Sanchez (£11.5m) looks a decent differential option after bagging a second consecutive double-figure haul in GW33. Paul Pogba (£7.8m) also staked his claim with a brace against Man City.

Harry Kane (£12.9m) vs MCI (H), BHA (a)

FPL’s most expensive player is so hungry for the Golden Boot, Spurs have launched an appeal to have Kane credited with the side’s second GW33 goal. Whether or not Tottenham are successful, the goal will belong to Christian Eriksen (£9.4m) in Fantasy Premier League.

The striker’s ‘ghost goal’ divided the FPL community, as over 300,000 new investors saw at least four points disappear while non-owners breathed a sigh of relief.

In eight fixtures from GW23, Kane has produced double figures just once – scoring five goals and notching one assist. The striker rose in price on Monday night as FPL managers tear up their forward lines, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) the fall guy for many.

Kane and Lukaku face off in an FA Cup semi-final on Saturday week, which represents the last chance of silverware this season for both clubs. With the Spurs striker only just back from injury, the only worry for captainers is that Kane plays limited minutes away to Brighton next Tuesday.

Jamie Vardy (£8.9m) vs BUR (a), SOU (H)

While Leicester toil, their star striker continues to score. Vardy made it three in three games with another late strike in GW33.

The Foxes’ form is a worry – safe from relegation but seemingly indifferent about grabbing seventh place and a potential Europa League qualifying spot, Claude Puel’s side could be first ‘on the beach’ this year.

While Riyad Mahrez (£9.0m) seems to be suffering from Leicester’s lack of intent, Vardy goes from strength to strength ahead of the World Cup.

There is undoubtedly a risk associated with handing a Foxes asset the armband but Vardy has the form to reward owners.

Puel’s side can move three points behind Burnley by beating the Clarets on Saturday. With another double upcoming in GW37, FPL bosses will be hoping Vardy and co have something to play for as the end of the campaign approaches.

Marcos Alonso (£7.2m) vs SOU (A), BUR (A)

The Chelsea defender is definitely a fixture-over-form pick. The Blues last kept a clean sheet in GW27, as Antonio Conte’s side continue to lose ground in the race for fourth place.

With six goals and one assist to his name this season, Alonso’s appeal stretches much further than defensive points.

The wing-back is without an attacking return since GW22 but came very close to scoring his seventh of the season against West Ham in GW32.

With a World Cup spot on the line, the Spaniard will be keen to impress despite Chelsea’s current malaise. Alonso is not friendly on the budget but owners looking to move up in rank could be rewarded with this captain gamble.

Differential Choice

Chris Wood (£6.3m) vs LEI (H), CHE (H)

In just 240 minutes of pitch time since GW29, the Burnley striker has returned an incredible 31 points. Now fully fit, Wood looks nailed on as part of a Clarets front two with Ashley Barnes (£5.4m).

The 2.5%-owned Wood will cause problems for both defences he faces in DGW34, while Burnley have the added bonus of playing in blank gameweek 35.

The forward’s red-hot form comes at the perfect time for the Clarets, as Sean Dyche’s side look to nail down seventh spot.

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