The Watchlist – Gameweek 34

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Our refresh of the Watchlist rankings, offering player recommendations over this season’s remaining five Gameweeks, is rolled out once again this lunchtime. The upcoming double Gameweeks play a major part in our assessment, as Fantasy managers look to take advantage of those sides with extra fixtures in their remaining schedules. The rankings are listed in the sidebar on your right – read on for the reasoning behind them:

The Defence

There’s minimal movement now in the defensive rankings as the double Gameweeks have a major influence. With seven matches still remaining in the final five rounds of fixtures, City pair Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta retain their lofty positions – trips to Liverpool and Everton are the only potential stumbling blocks as Manuel Pellegrini’s side travel to Palace and play at the Etihad four times (SUN, WBA, AVL, WHM). Such a schedule bodes well for a defence that has conceded just twice in the last seven.

Having produced three clean sheets in four, Palace’s Julian Speroni and Joel Wardapproach their double Gameweek in fine form. A home clash with Villa looks the best option for Tony Pulis’ budget backline this week, with a trip to Everton likely to pose problems – the Eagles still have games against West Ham and Fulham to follow, though owners will surely bench them for upcoming visits of City and Liverpool.

With two doubles still to play, Sunderland’s cut-price pair Vito Mannone and Marcos Alonso remain in our thinking in spite of a run which has harvested a single shut-out in the last seven. Mannone’s save points keep him ticking over regardless of opponent, whilst Alonso’s shift to a wing-back berth elevates him as an out of position prospect – he gets the nod over Phil Bardsley, who is one caution away from a two-match ban. Whilst the next two Gameweeks are likely to find defensive returns hard to come by, the Black Cats play host to Cardiff, West Brom and Swansea over the final three rounds of matches.

The goal threat of Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel and Cardiff’s Steven Caulker keeps them bubbling under. Skrtel has struck six times and still has Norwich, Palace and Newcastle to balance a couple of tricky home games against City and Chelsea, whilst Caulker is mainly in our thoughts for his threat in the box. The Bluebirds’ summer signing has netted on five occasions and resultantly picked up 19 bonus points – having conceded 12 times in the last three, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been diabolical at the back and seem incapable of keeping out any opponent.

Stoke’s remaining five fixtures could prove profitable for Asmir Begovic and Ryan Shawcross. The Potters have conceded once in their last three at the Britannia and have a trio of home games (NEW, TOT, FUL) still remaining, whilst trips to Cardiff and West Brom could also help Mark Hughes’ side reel in the defensive returns.

At just 4.6, Tottenham’s Younes Kaboul has the fixtures to maintain the form which helped the centre-back pick up an assist last Monday. Spurs still have West Brom, Fulham, Stoke, West Ham and Villa remaining, though with a single clean sheet in seven, Kaboul remains relatively low in this week’s refresh, in spite of such a favourable schedule.


David Silva and Yaya Toure lead the way in light of City’s remaining seven matches. The latter drops just slightly for a couple of reasons – Manuel Pellegrini confirmed he picked up a knock last weekend (though he’s expected to recover in time for Sunday’s trip to Anfield) whilst the likely return of Sergio Aguero will mean Toure drops to second in line for penalty duties; a factor worth considering, given that six of his 18 strikes have arrived via the spot. Silva’s run of two goals, three assists and eight bonus points in his last five appearances highlights his step up in form, despite his manager’s admission that the Spaniard is sitting out training sessions with an ongoing ankle complaint.

Christian Eriksen’s fine form delivered another bumper points haul on Monday evening. The Dane has now delivered 18 and 15 points in his last three appearances and with Tim Sherwood looking to finish the season on a high before potentially being shown the door, Eriksen has the above-mentioned fixtures to flourish, with a price of 6.6 and ownership still under 5%.

Palace’s Jason Puncheon is in fine form ahead of his double Gameweek. The winger fired a brace against struggling Cardiff last weekend and, priced at just 5.0, is also first in line for spot-kicks if Glenn Murray isn’t on the pitch. Ross Barkley is similarly priced for Everton’s upcoming pair of matches against Sunderland and Palace. At 5.2, he’s cheaper than Toffees team-mate Kevin Mirallas (7.6) – Roberto Martinez’ rotation in the attacking midfield areas continues to frustrate, though the duo have still managed to pick up the points regardless, with 24 and 23 points respectively over the last four fixtures.

Adam Johnson remains Sunderland’s chief threat for their final seven fixtures. Gus Poyet’s side are slipping closer to the relegation trap door, though Johnson still has the potential to deliver – he’s scored seven and assisted three of their 14 goals since January 1 and at 6.5, with an 8% ownership, is still very budget-friendly.

Southampton’s Adam Lallana has Cardiff, Villa and Swansea in the next four to keep his points haul ticking over, having delivered two goals and an assist in the last three. Arsenal’s fit-again Aaron Ramsey is also on the radar. Returning to action as a sub in last week’s loss at Everton, the Welshman is available for just 6.9 and still has home games against West Ham, Newcastle and West Brom, supplemented by trips to Hull and Norwich on his schedule, as the Gunners look to clinch fourth spot.

Eden Hazard takes a tumble after picking up a calf problem in last night’s win over PSG. Chelsea have four very favourable fixtures in the final five Gameweeks – Swansea, Sunderland, Norwich and Cardiff – but if he is indeed ruled out, a mass exodus looks on the cards for the 39%-owned Belgian.

His former team-mate Juan Mata has a blank this weekend but, having served up 31 points over the last two, he comes into contention with one eye on United’s schedule from Gameweek 36, which hands them three plum home games (NOR, SUN, HUL) to maintain their recent upturn in form.


With an average of 9.8 points per game, Luis Suarez is an immovable object at the summit, though Daniel Sturridge slips out of the top three. The latter has notched just twice in his last six now and with games against City and Chelsea in the next three, those who have doubled up on the duo are reconsidering their options – as the least explosive of the two, Sturridge has already been sold by over 37,000 this week.

Romelu Lukaku’s double Gameweek 34 elevates the Everton forward into second. With start guaranteed, the big Belgian has served up four goals and a pair of assists since returning from injury and looks the safest route into Roberto Martinez’ in-form attack.

With two doubles still to follow, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero are also high up in this week’s refresh. The 7.2-priced Bosnian has notched four times in his last four appearances and, given his impressive form, he could retain his starting berth regardless of Aguero’s availability, with Manuel Pellegrini perhaps shifting back to a two-man frontline to accommodate both. The Argentine is expected back from injury this weekend – Manuel Pellegrini’s Friday lunchtime press conference is eagerly anticipated- and, if passed fit, will surely earn an almighty bandwagon, with a mere 7% ownership highlighting his differential appeal. Bearing in mind City still have plenty of fixtures to follow, though, it remains to be seen just how cautious Pellegrini will be with his star striker’s game time.

After bagging a brace upon his return from injury against Sunderland, Emmanuel Adebayor comes back into consideration. As mentioned already, Spurs’ schedule is very favourable, whilst the Togo international’s 7.6 price tag and 4% ownership heighten his undoubted appeal. Rickie Lambert is our Southampton striker of choice, in light of Jay Rodriguez’ season-ending injury, whilst Wayne Rooney drops down after missing out against Newcastle through injury last Saturday – he’s expected to prove his fitness for tonight’s Champions League game against Bayern and will climb in next week’s article, once the weekend blank has passed.

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  1. Kompany or Zabaleta....money no issue! Would love to have Kolorov if he nailed it at LB but so risky...

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Kompany.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Work with me here. KO-LA-ROV. LA, LA, LA, LA.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. HVT

        La , la , la la

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. Go Kolarov if u wanna have fun 😀
      If safe, I would go Kompany

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    4. Kolarov. I think Clichy is injured.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    5. Kompany or Demichelis are better options than Zaba IMO.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    6. zabaleta is more attacking but if he gets that yellow card.... (very possible i would say as he would be dealing with suarez, sterling, sturridge)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  2. Diego Forlan: "Luis Suarez few days ago asked me if he should stay at Liverpool. I told him he should think to move to Manchester United"


    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Eh?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. chelsea man city barca real bayern

      anything else is a downgrade

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Atletico...

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. i would accept those 2 as well but are they really an upgrade? sideways i would say

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
            1. They are both easily upgrades.

              • 1 year, 10 months ago
              1. history and statistic speak themselves

                psg and atletico have won absolutely nothing

                • 1 year, 10 months ago
      2. juventus is not a downgrade from Liverpool lmao

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
      3. I think you are realy overrating Liverpool. one good season out of the last 5

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. juventus are playing alone in italy, they have been for years, just milan threatening

          atletico has achieved nothing yet even though fair to say they have barca and real

          psg is playing alone in france

          liverpool have won the champions league a few times and they have fierce competition by chelsea city arsenal man utd over the years

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. that's not true that juventus are playing alone and juve has won champions league too and has been to the finals about 5-6 times in the last 20 years

            just because theres Chelsea and manu in the epl doesn't mean Liverpool is good
            look how bad they have been besides this year with starters like Charlie adam, carrol, downing, etc

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
        2. Forget the Hicks and Gillett era and last season's disciplinary problems. We now have an excellent owner, manager and team and will be returning to the Champions League next season (so Chelsea had better make the most of this season's opportunity!).

          Need to strengthen the defence and add back-up players to the squad though.

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. we'll see if Liverpool are going to come top 4 next year. manu is going to be stronger.
            and last summer if you guys sold suarez that would have been the end of Liverpool for another 5 years

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
            1. I would expect Liverpool to stay in the top four if they can keep Suarez, and he seems very happy here now. IMO he will stay at least as long as Liverpool continue to qualify for the Champions League.

              But whether or not they finish in the top four next season, they will be in the Champions League (and United won't, unless by some miracle they manage to win it this time).

              It would certainly be more difficult to finish in the top four without Suarez, but not impossible now that we can offer Champions League football again to prospective new signings. United will probably make a stronger challenge for the top four next season, but I would expect Arsenal and Everton to be the teams in most danger of missing out if so.

              • 1 year, 10 months ago
      4. Some of those might be downgrades too (playing-wise as distinct from money-wise).

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. HVT

      Once Evra goes we can accomadate him

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    4. We(che) would love to have striker like that 😀 more PKs for Hazard/Lampard
      But he better be in EPL or go to Bayern, a move to Real madrid/Barca can put a full stop to his increasing popularity

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  3. No resply on last page.

    Chasing a 20 point deficit.

    Do this week for the following team:

    A) Ade > Aguero, Kolarov > Ward and Hazard > Mirallas for -8
    B) Ade > Aguero, Kolarov > Baines and Hazard > anyone under 7.5 (Lallana, Eriksen, Ramsey) for -8

    Coleman Azpi Ward
    Mirallas Yaya Michu Silva
    Lukaku (vc) Ade (C) Suarez

    xx Delph, Baker, Chester

    What do?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. You have Ward already?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. And Mirallas?

        The team at the bottom is far too confusing. It's a mixture of previous players and the transfers you have suggested.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. Woops, sorry. Copyed the wrong thing. Will post the right thing in a new post?

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
  4. Deal with Hazard, or Dzeko to Agüero for the free transfer?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. I wouldn't do Dzeko > Aguero this week.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Cool. I'm thinking if he survives to 35, that's the time.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
  5. Goes to show the 'sheep-herd' hypothesis is so true! Everyone looking to get Aguero in when hes not kicked a ball in yonks and aint match fit.. Might not even start against Sunderland and people are dissecting there teams to get him in.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Its a risk, but whats life without a little risk

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. That's why I kept Studge and got Nasri instead :)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  6. Damn it!

    Eriksen or Lallana this week?!

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. This week: Lallana
      From next week: Eriksen

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. lallana home to cardiff is no brainer

      wba will fight , cardiff even if they want to have no amunicion (watch for a cardiff win now :)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. Lallana

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    4. Eriksen is good until end of season, if less nailed on. Lallana's fixtures get tougher after about two out.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    5. Think Lailana is good shout for this and next week.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Thanks all. Decision made (probably)

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
  7. A) play Terry


    B) Get Ramsey for a hit and play him ?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
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    1. i thank u both

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  8. Current team:

    ZAB // COLMAN // WARD // Cahill
    Hazard // Lallana // YAYA
    Sturridge // Suarez // LUKAKU

    Bench: Davis, Barcuna, Collins, Mutch

    What is my best option for GW 34???
    A) Sturridge + Mutch > Aguero + Barkley
    B) Lallana + Ruddy > Silva + Speroni
    C) Hazard + Ruddy > Silva + Howard

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. if u r not getting kun C

      if you are then A

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Sturridge + Ruddy > Aguero + Speroni ?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  9. Apologies for the repost but end of last page, you know yourself. I currently have Dzeko, Nasri and Zab but I will be getting Aguero so I have to get rid of one. Which one of the three would you get rid of and who would be the ideal replacement at the same cost?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. aguero and dzeko will share playing time, I assume? so maybe dzeko?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. I was going to wait till Friday's press conferences due to wanting Kun, having Silva and Yaya and also Kolarov but price changes are forcing the issue. I have no idea as to which City players I will end up with.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  10. Current team;
    Mannone (Harper)
    Distin Sagna Azpi Ward (Olsson)
    Silva Mutch Hazard* (Colback) (Mata)
    Suarez Sturridge Dzeko

    1ft 0.1 ITB

    Thoughts on these options for -4pts;
    1. Hazard+Sturridge----->Yaya+Lukaku (Sturridge has Norwich next week)
    2. Hazard+Sturridge------>Eriksen+Aguero
    3. Hazard+Colback-------->Nasri+Eriksen

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  11. Messed up my line up before.

    Chasing a 20 point deficit. Do this week for the following team:
    A) Ade > Aguero, Kolarov > Ward and Hazard > Mirallas for -8
    B) Ade > Aguero, Kolarov > Baines and Hazard > anyone under 7.5 (Lallana, Eriksen, Ramsey) for -8

    Current team is below:

    Coleman Azpi Kolarov
    Hazard Yaya Michu Silva
    Lukaku Ade Suarez

    xx Delph Baker Chester

    What do?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Keep Ade, Hazard to Eriksen/Lallana and xx to Hart/Cech

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  12. Would you play Adriano over a one pointer?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  13. Gents,

    Haz out tonight before he drops ? My midfield is as follows:

    Silva, Yaya, Haz, Puncheon, Mutch.

    Who do i get ? Nasri with extra game? Don't want Miralles as have three Everton.

    Any help appreciated.

    Thanks :)

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  14. lads, just came back from a trip, is Hazard out for this gw? if so, who are the likely lads?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  15. Seems majority is thinking of Eriksen/ Lallana/ Nasri/ Mirallas to replace Haz, why less love for Schurrle or Oscar who may directly benefit from Haz being out?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
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  16. Hazard to puncheon or Eriksen this week? 2 games vs 1?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  17. Hazards selling price for me is 10.6 will he go down for me tonight? (Sorry if this is a silly question)

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  18. Please rate:
    Howard (Gea)
    Chambers, Cahill, Demichelis, Zab
    Silvia, Mirallas, Henderson
    Lukaku (C) Sturrigde, Suarez

    Richardson, wilson, Huddlestone

    Done 2 ft, but dont mind -4. 4,9 in bank
    Some hints?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Hi Guys .. this is my tame .. What do you think ?

      please rate :



      Azpilicueta, Ward , Baines

      Yaya .AdamJohnson , NAsri .Puncheon

      Sturridge , Lukaku (c) , Suarez

      i don't have a transfer , and already -4 .



      • 1 year, 10 months ago

Scout Picks

Gameweek 25

  • Forster
  • Janmaat
  • Williams
  • Alderweireld
  • Wijnaldum
  • André Ayew
  • Dele Alli
  • Roberto Firmino
  • Sánchez
  • Aguero
  • Kane
  • Moreno
  • Arnautovic
  • Giroud

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Player Club Factors
Up Hennessey CPL C, Vs, £
Down Butland STO C, Vs
Up Schmeichel LEI A
Up Forster SOT A
Up Courtois CHE B, Vs
Up Fabianski SWA A
No Change Boruc BOU B
No Change De Gea MUN B
No Change Cech ARS B, VsX
Up Foster WBA C, VsX


Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 9:04am
Player Club Factors
Up Ivanovic CHE A, Vs
Up van Dijk SOT A
Down Baines EVE B, Vs
Up Dann CPL C, Vs
Up Cresswell WHM B, Vs
Up Williams SWA A
No Change Dawson WBA C
Down Alderweireld TOT B
No Change Daniels BOU A, £
No Change Fuchs LEI A
No Change Van Aanholt SUN A, VsX
Down Bellerín ARS C, VsX
Down Smalling MUN C
Down Moreno LIV C, Vs
Down Johnson STO B
Down Kolarov MCI B, Rest, Inj


Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 11:14pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Payet WHM B, Vs
Up Roberto Firmino LIV A, Vs, OoP
Up Dele Alli TOT A, Inj
Up Barkley EVE C, Vs
Up André Ayew SWA A, OoP
Up Eriksen TOT A
Down Ozil ARS C, VsX
No Change Mahrez LEI C, VsX
Up Sánchez ARS C, VsX, Inj
Up Antonio WHM A, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Willian CHE B, Vs, Inj
No Change Wijnaldum NEW B
Down Arnautovic STO C, Vs, Inj
Up Silva MCI C
No Change Johnson SUN B, VsX


Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 11:14pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Aguero MCI A
No Change Kane TOT B
Up Vardy LEI C
Up Diego Costa CHE A, Vs, Inj
No Change Ighalo WAT C, VsX
Up Rooney MUN A
Down Lukaku EVE C, Vs
No Change Giroud ARS B, VsX, Rest
Up Afobe BOU A, £
Down Austin SOT B, Inj

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension
Player Team YC
Colback NEW 9
Lucas LIV 8
Jones SUN 8
Yacob WBA 8
Byram WHM 8
Westwood AVL 7
Diego Costa CHE 7
Huth LEI 7
Can LIV 7
Mangala MCI 7
Shelvey NEW 7
Pieters STO 7
Dele Alli TOT 7
Dier TOT 7
Noble WHM 7

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