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11 April

GW34 Top Five Key Players

By Fantasy Football Fix ()

Headliner - Christian Eriksen (HUD)

An injury to Harry Kane sees Eriksen step up as our gameweek 34 headliner, ahead of Huddersfield’s visit to the new stadium. As the Custom Stats tableshows, seven Fantasy Premier League (FPL) involvements (three goals, four assists) for the Dane during this calendar year (gameweek 21-33) ranks top amongst Spurs players, ahead of Son (six) and Kane (five). His 13 shots on target (SoT) during that time ranks seventh best amongst midfielders, while only Hazard (32) and Maddison (47) have more than Eriksen’s 30 attempted assists with 14 of those coming in the last three matches. Although Spurs have only scored five goals in the last six gameweeks, they have created a chance every 6.5 mins and registered 73 goal attempts, with only six teams registering more. Huddersfield have conceded 13 goals in the same period, only Fulham fared worse with 15. The Terriers also allowed 19 ‘big chances’, with only West Ham more generous (24). Our Fix Algorithm predicts a point score of 6.8 for the Dane.

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Jamie Vardy (NEW)

A brace against Huddersfield last weekend saw Vardy find his 15th goal of the season, with eight goals and two assists across his last eight league outings. The 32-year-old is the league’s most in-form forward during that period (gameweek 26-33), producing more FPL involvements (10) than any of his rivals and returning an average of 7.5 points per game. His 11 SoT’ ranks joint-first with Rondón, while only Lukaku could match the Leicester forward’s total of nine ‘big chances’. The Foxes have scored 14 goals in the last six gameweeks taking 96 shots, a number bettered only by Liverpool (99), Man. City (113) and Chelsea (124). Leicester have landed 30 SoT and only three teams fashioned more ‘big chances’ than their 15. Newcastle have conceded nine goals in the same period, keeping just one clean sheet and allowing 11 ‘big chances’. Our Fix Algorithm projects a point score of 5.4 for Vardy.

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Gylfi Sigurdsson (ful)

Sigurdsson was unfortunate to go without FPL returns during Everton’s win over Arsenal, having fired a league-high total of seven shots during the gameweek, while only Hazard (five) offered more than his four attempted assists. As the Custom Stats tableshows, amongst midfielders only Salah (10) struck more SoT than the Icelandic international (nine) over the last six gameweeks, while his total of five ‘big chances’ ranks second only to Mané (six). De Bruyne, Hazard (each 17) and Maddison (22) were the only midfielders to produce more attempted assists than Sigurdsson (14) during that time. Everton have scored 10 goals over the last six gameweeks and only Man. City (39) have landed more SoT than their 33. Fulham have conceded 15 goals over the aforementioned period, ranking bottom for shots (107) and SoT (39) conceded. Our Fix Algorithm projects a point score of 6.1 for Sigurdsson.

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Glenn Murray (BOU, CAR)

Brighton’s double gameweek brings their top goal-scorer Murray into consideration ahead of home fixtures against Bournemouth and Cardiff. The 35-year-old has found seven of his eleven goals during home matches this season, scoring 41% of his team’s 17 goals at the Amex. As the Custom Stats tableshows, no teammate has fired more than his nine SoT during those matches, while his total of eight ‘big chances’ was five more than any other Brighton player. The Seagulls have scored 17 goals over their 15 home matches this season, landing 44 SoT. Their first opponents Bournemouth have conceded 13 goals in the last six gameweeks and only Fulham (15) have fared worse. The Cherries have allowed opponents 26 SoT and 11 ‘big chances’ in those matches. Their midweek opponents Cardiff have conceded nine goals over the same period, also allowing 26 SoT and even more ‘big chances’ with 16. Our Fix Algorithm predicts a point score of 9.0 for Murray.

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Shane Duffy (BOU, CAR)

Upcoming back-to-back double gameweeks for Brighton has seen Duffy become the most transferred in defender ahead of gameweek 34, offering goal threat in addition to clean sheet potential. His five goals this season is more than any other defender and the Seagulls have kept five clean sheets in 10 home matches against teams outside the ‘top six’ so far this season. During this calendar year (gameweek 21-33), the centre-back ranks first amongst his defensive rivals for total goal attempts (19), shots inside the box (18) and SoT (eight). Bournemouth have scored only six goals in the last six gameweeks, and only three teams took fewer shots than their 49. Cardiff have fared even worse, scoring only three goals in the same period, and attempting only 46 shots, the second-lowest in the league. Our Fix Algorithm projects a point score of 8.4 for the Irishman.

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