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Apr 11, 2014

Gameweek 34: Fantasy Preview

There are eleven games covering four days this week; however, Manchester United and Hull will not be in action. Four teams play two games: Everton, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, and Manchester City.

April 12, the first day of Gameweek 34, you will have seven chances to check announced lineups as all games begin at the same time.

Saturday, April 12 Crystal Palace (10-4-18) vs. Aston Villa (9-7-16) Palace got a brace from Jason Puncheon the last time out and goalkeeper Julian Speroni has three clean sheets in four matches. Aston Villa, reeling with the loss of Christian Benteke, offers no fantasy value.

Fulham (8-3-22) vs. Norwich (8-8-17) Hugo Rodallega's first goal of the season gives the 18th place Cottages hope while the 19th place Canaries, who sacked manager Chris Hughton, were done in by former Cardiff star Joe Ledley.

Southampton (13-9-11) vs. Cardiff (6-8-19) The loss of forward Jay Rodriguez is massive. Rickie Lambert scored against Manchester City. Adam Lallana once again looks good for fantasy production. At 1-4-11, Cardiff are the worst road team in the league, scoring only 11 goals and giving up 32 in 16 games.

Stoke (10-10-13) vs. Newcastle (14-4-15) Stoke have their needed 40 points and looked tame against a struggling Chelsea side. Peter Odemwingie's goal-scoring streak is over. Meantime, the injury-riddled Magpies are more like clay pigeons, having been struck for eleven goals in their last three games. Loic Remy, desperately needed is back training but not ready. Papiss Cisse can't buy a goal, having scored just two all season.

Sunderland (6-7-18) vs. Everton (18-9-5) The Black Cats scored on Lee Cattermole's first goal in five-and-a-half years and then were buried 5-1 by Spurs. Get ready to pull the ripcord on Sunderland's parachute payment. Everton have their tails up, and with a game in hand, are looking for a Champions League spot and play a demoralized team.

WBA (6-14-12) vs. Tottenham (18-5-10) The Baggies have had two goals in two games from Morgan Amalfitano but the team is hardly a sure-bet to stay up. Spurs have a Europa League spot on the strength of Emmanuel Adebayor's brace and goals from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker will probably miss out. Michael Dawson and Roberto Soldado are out injured.

Sunday, April 13 Liverpool (23-5-5) vs. Manchester City (22-4-5) The Reds have scored 90 goals and are 14-1-1 at home with 48 goals scored and only 13 conceded. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were held in check against West Ham but Steven Gerrard nailed two penalty kicks. Meantime, Manchester City offers full value for fantasy players Yaya Toure (who should return from a knock), David Silva, Joe Hart, and Edin Dzeko. Toure has five goals in four games, Dzeko four goals in five games, and Silva two goals and two assists in five matches. Add in the return of Sergio Aguero and you have a marquee match.

Swansea (8-9-16) vs. Chelsea (22-6-5) The Swans offered little in their visit to Hull. Wilfried Bony, a good fantasy bargain, came up empty and the player wearing Michu's kit is not playing anything like the Michu of old. Chelsea played in Champions League competition and advanced on a dramatic 2-0 win over PSG. Andre Schuerrle had a goal for the injured Eden Hazard and Demba Ba got the late winner. Hazard's injury will keep him out. In their last PL game, Chelsea regulars were rested and replacements Willian, Mohamed Salah, and Frank Lampard scored. Chelsea has the best defense in the league. Petr Cech has conceded only four goals in his last eleven games and has 14 clean sheets.

Tuesday, April 15 Arsenal (19-7-7) vs. West Ham (10-7-16) Arsenal looked impotent at Everton. The Gunners are in danger of slipping out of a Champions League spot. Olivier Giroud runs hot and cold. Santi Cazorla is dry ice. The Hammers are treading water in mid-table. Kevin Nolan is scoreless in six games and Andy Carroll offers little fantasy value.

Wednesday, April 16 Everton vs. Crystal Palace Game two for both teams.

Manchester City vs. Sunderland The second game of the week for both teams.

Recommended fantasy captains: Yaya Toure, Lukaku and Silva