We are already passed through the three-fourth of the season, and ups and downs on the league table as slowed down, teams are trying to focus on their league table position to qualify for the various tournaments and to avoid relegation. After the end of FPL 2021/22 Gameweek 33, there has been a lot of share of points with the premium assets delivering huge points. Apart from the popular picks, there are quite a number of players, who have impressed over the weekend with points and underlying stats. The onset of good fixtures along with their form can really turn them into good replacements for the underperforming assets of the fantasy team. All the managers are trying to stabilize their teams with suitable options before the price hikes. In this FPL Gameweek 34 Watchlist 2021/22, we will be looking at 5 Fantasy players, who could become future transfer targets, carrying their good run.
FPL Gameweek 34 Watchlist 2021/22
The watchlist is back to identify players who’ve caught the eye based on recent performances and upcoming fixtures. Chelsea progressed past Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Semi-Final to secure a Double Gameweek 34 for themselves and Manchester United. It’s Thomas Tuchel‘s side that has the more favorable fixtures including a further Double Gameweek 36, so our focus for this week is more on the Blues.
1. Marcos Alonso (Defender) – 5.5 Million
Marcos Alonso looks to have worked his way back into Thomas Tuchel‘s good books, having been handed 3 consecutive starts in all competitions. He found his 6th Premier League goal involvement this season against Southampton last gameweek opening the scoring in a 6-0 win.
Among defenders, only Antonio Rüdiger, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Joao Cancelo have taken more shots than his 30 throughout the campaign. His tally of 5 big chances created ranks joint 5th only trailing Reece James, Andy Robertson, Joao Cancelo, and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Since the turn of the year, Chelsea has kept 5 clean sheets in 10 league matches with only Manchester City and Liverpool earning more. Only the league leaders can better the 8.94 expected goals conceded figure. West Ham scored just 4 goals in their last 4 matches, with only 5 teams have managed fewer. Manchester United scored 7 goals in that time but only Everton have fashioned fewer big chances than that four.
2. Mason Mount (Midfielder) – 7.6 Million
Mason Mount has scored each of Chelsea’s last 3 matches in all competitions to securing wins over Crystal Palace, Real Madrid, and Southampton. Earning 5 consecutive Premier League starts the Englishman has scored 3 goals and 2 assists between gameweeks 28 and 32, where he earned an average of 8 points per game.
Among midfielders, only Dejan Kulusevski has created more big chances than his 3 in that time while no teammate has completed more final third passes. His tally of 12 shots ranks eleventh with Timo Werner and only trails to Kai Havertz‘s 15.
Chelsea has netted 11 goals across the last 4 league matches ranking second only to Tottenham Spurs‘ 12. They fashioned a league-high 16 big chances 4 more than Antonio Conte‘s side and a total of 32 shots on target is 8 more than any of the team has produced.
3. Philippe Coutinho (Midfielder) – 7.1 Million
Aston Villa going through a rough spell losing all four matches in a row. Steven Gerrard will surely tweak his strategy to set things around and Coutinho is going to be the main man in his army. In the last six matches, the Brazilian has bagged a total of 33 points with two double-digit hauls. During that time he has scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist with an expected goals figure of 0.4 (xG) per 90 and an expected assist figure of 0.34 (xA) per 90.
Coutinho has landed a total of 17 shots keeping 8 on target and also created a 24 SCA and 2 big chances in the above-mentioned spell. Apart from this, he has an average of 3.77 touches in the opposition’s box per 90 and his partial freekick duty ads tally to his name.
Aston Villa is one of the four teams which has back-to-back Double Gameweeks 36 and 37 and additionally will be facing Leicester City and Norwich City in Gameweeks 34 and 35. The underlying stats of Coutinho are not that attractive but the fixture surely is. If you are on a wildcard, Coutinho is surely one to consider and can potentially be a captaincy candidate for Gameweek 37.
4. Kai Havertz (Midfielder) – 7.9 Million
Also, inform among the Blue’s attack is Kai Havertz who scored 4 of his last 5 league matches. His total of 41 FPL points between gameweeks 28 and 22 is one more than Mason Mount has managed, only trials Dejan Kulusevski and Heung-Min Son among midfielders.
Meanwhile across all positions, only Cristiano Ronaldo can match the tally of 11 shots on target, while his 7 big chances can only be better by Ivan Toney with 9. Ollie Watkins, Bryan Mbeumo, and Bukayo Saka are the only players to take more touches in the opposition’s penalty box.
Chelsea‘s first match in double gameweek 34 comes against a West Ham side with one eye on the Europa League semi-final tie. The Hammers have conceded 7 goals across the last 4 league matches with only Watford, Southampton, and Aston Villa shipping more. Following that, a trip to Old Trafford to face a Manchester United side, that has gone 5 matches without the clean sheets conceding 10 goals.
5. Teemu Pukki (Forward) – 5.9 Million
Things have been changed since gameweek 28, Teemu Pukki has scored 4 goals and 2 assists combining a total of 40 FPL points. Out of Norwich‘s 7 goals in six matches, Pukki has contributed in 6. In that time he has an expected goals figure of 0.52 (xG) per 90 landing a total of 19 shots (keeping 8 on target) and an expected assist figure of 0.19 (xA) creating 2 big chances and 18 SCA (shot-creating-action).
Despite losing 4 out of 6 matches the Finnish international has only blanked once and is expected to deliver more in the coming weeks. Norwich City will be facing Newcastle United at home and Aston Villa away from home followed by Double Gameweek 36. So, considering Pukki’s current form, price tag, and upcoming fixture he could be a great pick if you are thinking to activate Bench Boost on Double Gameweek 36.
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