Manchester United’s crunch clash with Liverpool headlines the fixtures in gameweek 34 of Fantasy Premier League, a weekend that also features derby day encounters in both west London and the Black Country.
Runaway leaders Manchester City could claim the Premier League title should results go their way, though could have one eye on a Champions League semi-final return with PSG next week ahead of their trip to Crystal Palace.
Just five rounds of Fantasy Premier League fixtures remain for managers to make their mark and ahead of gameweek 34 we’re once again offering our humble advice on the best captaincy options.
Here are four of the best captains for gameweek 34.
Harry Kane v Sheffield United (H)
The outstanding candidate for the captain’s armband this week, Harry Kane returns to FPL action following an absence through injury in gameweek 32 and a blank in gameweek 33 due to Tottenham’s involvement in the Carabao Cup final.
Spurs’ defeat at Wembley proved disappointing but the north London side will be confident of bouncing back against a Sheffield United side already condemned to the Championship, whilst Kane will be hoping to maintain his lead in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah breathing down his neck.
Kane has scored five goals in his past four FPL appearances for a haul of 34 points in that time and remains the best out-and-out centre-forward in the division at present, ahead of a home clash against the Premier League’s bottom club.
The 27-year-old has amassed six big chances, 12 shots inside the box and created two chances over that same period, figures you would expect to rise as the Blades visit the capital this weekend.
Kelechi Iheanacho v Southampton (A)
Kelechi Iheanacho’s stunning run of form continued with a vital winning goal against Crystal Palace last weekend, taking his tally to 12 goals in his past nine appearances in all competitions for the Foxes.
Over the past four gameweeks the Nigerian international has managed four goals and a huge 10 shots inside the box, whilst his improved build-up play has been evidenced with six chances created and an assist in that same period.
Leicester face a Southampton side who have lost four of their past five league fixtures and a staggering 12 of their past 15 in the Premier League, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side having fallen off a cliff since the turn of the new year to sit just nine points above the relegation places.
Victory for Leicester on Friday night will move Brendan Rodgers’ side a huge step closer towards securing Champions League qualification and there will be few expecting the Foxes to stutter at St Mary’s.
—12 goals in his last nine games
—Goal and assist in comeback win vs. Crystal Palace
Kelechi Iheanacho is unstoppable right now 😤 pic.twitter.com/0e6VNTCre2
— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 26, 2021
Iheanacho shapes as the leading contender for the armband based on current form, though Jamie Vardy – who scored a hat-trick in this fixture last season – looks an interesting alternative.
Christian Pulisic v Fulham (H)
Whilst Kane and Iheanacho shape as the leading captaincy contenders, our final two selections offer differential potential for those seeking to make a late surge up the rankings.
Christian Pulisic has shown signs in recent weeks of getting back to his brilliant best at Chelsea, with the US international having been one of the Premier League’s form players during last season’s run-in.
Injuries have hindered his impact this season but he has returned 27 points across his previous four FPL fixtures, including a 15-point haul in Chelsea’s 4-1 thumping of Crystal Palace in gameweek 31.
The 22-year-old also netted a crucial away goal in Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final draw at Real Madrid in midweek and could be primed to continue his recent form ahead of Fulham’s visit this weekend.
Fulham secured a spirited 1-1 draw at Arsenal last time out but have now failed to win in five league fixtures, time rapidly running out for the Cottagers to escape the bottom three.
Matheus Pereira v Wolves (H)
Captaining a West Brom player may appear madness on first glance, but Matheus Pereira is not just any budget option.
The Brazilian has been the bright spark in the Baggies’ season of struggle and has hit a real purple patch in recent weeks, scoring eight league goals since the turn of the new year and four in his past three Premier League appearances.
Pereira is the in-form player in FPL right now and has amassed 42 points over his past four gameweeks, including a stunning 21-point haul as West Brom thrashed Chelsea in gameweek 30.
The 24-year-old has scored nine goals and provided five assists in a struggling side and has assumed spot-kick responsibilities for Sam Allarcyde’s team, who have taken seven points from their past four games to spark faint hopes of an improbable escape.
⚽️ 8 goals
🅰️ 3 assists
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) April 25, 2021
West Brom face Wolves in the Black Country derby this weekend with the visitors arriving on the back of a 4-0 home thrashing by Burnley last time out. Pereira netted twice in the reverse fixture at Molineux and will be confident of maintaining his recent form.