The Spy is back for another week as we look ahead to Gameweek 34. In this piece, we’ll look at a player to watch from each team featuring in the first five games of the gameweek.
Arsenal vs. Manchester United (Saturday, 12.30pm)
Arsenal – Bukayo Saka (Anytime scorer, 21/10)
Arsenal’s fight for a Champions League spot is certainly back on track after their 4-2 win away at Chelsea on Wednesday night.
It wasn’t until injury time that Bukayo Saka found the net, albeit via the penalty spot, but he continues to have a fantastic campaign.
That was the 20-year-olds 10th goal of the season, whilst with five assists to his name, he’s now six goal contributions ahead of last season’s tally.
No other Arsenal player has picked up more points in Ultimate Fan than Saka either, with 218 points which sees him as the best midfielder in the game currently.
Man United – Bruno Fernandes (Anytime scorer, 13/5)
Manchester United didn’t help themselves in their derisory performances in the 4-0 loss away to Liverpool in the week.
Bruno Fernandes wasn’t any different and the whole team will need to up their levels if they’re to get anything out of the game on Saturday.
The Red Devils did come out on top in the reverse fixture against Arsenal, though, winning 3-2 with Fernandes getting on the scoresheet.
He’s been a very solid player in Ultimate Fan this campaign, having picked up 202 points, making him the fourth most fruitful midfielder in the game.
Leicester City vs. Aston Villa (Saturday, 3pm)
Leicester – Harvey Barnes (Anytime scorer, 10/3)
Leicester dropped more points when they conceded late away to Everton to draw 1-1 as they continue their topsy-turvy season.
It was Harvey Barnes who scored his sides only goal of the game and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him net again this weekend.
The winger scored Leicester’s only goal against Aston Villa in the reverse fixture, and it’s not the first time he’s caused trouble for the Villans.
In fact, Barnes has contributed to five goals in just his last four appearances against them so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him grab another one or two on Saturday.
Aston Villa – Jacob Ramsey (Anytime scorer, 16/5)
Aston Villa really need to turn their form around as they could suffer their fifth defeat in as many games if they lose this weekend.
Steven Gerrard’s side won the reverse fixture 2-1 thanks to two Ezri Konsa goals, but Jacob Ramsey also had the ball in the net, however, it was dubiously ruled out.
The young midfielder has been one of the standout players for Villa this campaign, with six goals to his name.
He’s become one of the best Villa players when it comes to Ultimate Fan, hauling 122 points so far, putting him in the top 20 midfielders.
Manchester City vs. Watford (Saturday, 3pm)
Man City – Riyad Mahrez (Anytime scorer, 4/6)
The title is still in the hands of Manchester City as they climbed back to the top of the league with a win over Brighton last time out.
Pep Guardiola’s side struggled to break down the visitors before Riyad Mahrez’s strike broke the deadlock in the second half.
That wasn’t it for Mahrez, as he also registered an assist meaning he now has seven goal contributions in his last nine in the league.
He comes up against a side who he has done very well against over the last few seasons, contributing to 11 goals in his last nine against Watford.
Watford – Emmanuel Dennis (Anytime scorer, 4/1)
It’s been a difficult season for Watford this campaign as they continue to battle for safety from relegation.
Roy Hodgson’s side are now seven points behind Everton in 17th, so their chances of Premier League football next season is getting slimmer.
They dropped points once again last time out, losing to a last-minute Brentford winner, but Emmanuel Dennis did find himself on the scoresheet.
That was Dennis’ 10th goal of the campaign, meaning he has 15 contributions to his name which is impressive considering he’s playing in a struggling Watford team.
Norwich City vs. Newcastle United (Saturday, 3pm)
Norwich – Teemu Pukki (Anytime scorer, 11/8)
Norwich fought hard at Old Trafford last weekend but ultimately came up short as they lost 3-2 to Manchester United.
Teemu Pukki found the net once again for the Canaries, drawing his team level but it wasn’t enough to leave with any points.
Time is truly running out for Dean Smith’s side and they need to pick up points as soon as possible if they’re to have any hope of survival.
Pukki may well just give them a hand in doing that this weekend, considering he’s bagged four goals in three against Newcastle.
Newcastle – Bruno Guimaraes (Anytime scorer, 12/5)
Newcastle reached the 40-point mark in the week, despite picking up just one point after the first 14 fixtures.
Eddie Howe has done a very good job and the backing he got in January has certainly proved to be shrewd.
One player who arrived was Bruno Guimaraes and he has been excellent in the Newcastle midfield, both offensively and defensively.
The Brazilian has three goal contributions in his last two appearances after his assist in Newcastle’s win over Crystal Palace last time out.
Brentford vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 5.30pm)
Brentford – Christian Nørgaard (Anytime scorer, 10/1)
The threat of relegation for Brentford has quickly diminished, with Thomas Frank’s side winning three games on the bounce.
I late winner last time out saw them overcome Watford away from home, with Christian Nørgaard finding himself on the scoresheet.
The Dane has surprised a few this campaign, proving to be one of Brentford’s best players with five goal contributions from a deeper midfielder position.
Due to his defensive capabilities, Nørgaard has won an impressive 58 tackles this season, earning him an overall 128 points, putting him as the 16th highest-scoring midfielder in Ultimate Fan.
Tottenham – Heung-Min Son (Anytime scorer, 6/4)
Whether Tottenham make the top four is fully down to them, as they currently occupy the final spot for Champions League football.
They travel to a Brentford side who have picked up form in recent weeks but the reverse fixture saw a comfortable 2-0 win for Spurs.
Heung-Min Son found the net for his sides second goal of the game, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him net again on Saturday.
He has 17 goals to his name this campaign, with six of them coming in his last four games, whilst picking up 274 points, making him the fourth most fruitful forward.
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