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GW34 FPL stats: Ronaldo backers rewarded as Man Utd star strikes again

28 Apr 2022
Cristiano Ronaldo, Man Utd

Nearly 900,000 Fantasy managers make big gains as Portuguese scores again in DGW

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The 889,000 Fantasy Premier League managers who backed Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.2m) with the captaincy for Double Gameweek 34 were rewarded again as the Manchester United star scored for the second match running in his side's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

After scoring in the 3-1 defeat by Arsenal on Saturday the Portuguese struck again with an instant equaliser at Old Trafford, to return six points and three bonus for an aggregate DGW34 return of 16 points.

Ronaldo has been handed the armband more than 33million times in 2021/22 Fantasy, second only to Mohamed Salah (£13.2m), who was again the most captained player of the Gameweek with over 3million managers making him captain. 

The Egyptian recorded an assist in Sunday's 2-0 win over Everton for a six-point haul.

Harry Kane (£12.5m) completed the top three captains but the Tottenham Hotspur forward blanked again in the 0-0 draw with Brentford.

GW34 most-captained players overall
Player Captained by (000's) Pts
Salah 3,099 6
Ronaldo 889 16
Kane 576 2

Kai Havertz (£7.9m) and Mason Mount (£7.7m) were captained by a combined 75 of the top 100 only but the Chelsea midfielders produced relatively modest returns for the Double Gameweek.

Hopes were high that they might add significantly to their three-point returns from their 1-0 victory over West Ham United on Sunday, and while Havertz managed an assist against Man Utd, Mount managed just two points at Old Trafford.

The 16 top 100 managers who handed Salah the armband were doubtless relieved the Chelsea duo did not capitalise on the ample opportunities that presented themselves to score against the Red Devils.

GW34 most-captained by top 100
Player Captained by Pts
Havertz 41 8
Mount 34 5
Salah 16 6

Antonio Rudiger (£6.2m) missed Chelsea's first match of the Double Gameweek due to injury, and although he returned to the Chelsea side to face Man Utd at Old Trafford, he returned only one point, justifying the decision to sell him of more than 481,000 managers.

And 291,000+ parted company with James Maddison (£7.0m) as managers moved for Havertz and Mount. It proved to be a wise decision as Maddison blanked in Leicester City's 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.

Kane, who has not scored in five league matches, also found himself among the three most-sold players, shipped out by over 283,000.

GW34 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s) Pts
Rudiger 481 1
Maddison 291 2
Kane 283 2

Joining Mount among the popular buys of the round were team-mate Reece James (£6.4m) and Teemu Pukki (6.0m).

The move for James backfired with the Blues defender left out of the squad on Sunday as a precaution after feeling discomfort in his hamstrings.

He returned at Old Trafford and gave a superb performance but could only hit the post for his troubles and return two points.

GW34 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s) Pts
Mount 743 5
James 355 2
Pukki 330 2

Form and fixtures convinced more than 330,000 Fantasy bosses to snap up Pukki, but he was also unable to reward their faith in Norwich City's 3-0 loss against Newcastle United.

It should be noted that he has blanked in only two of his last seven matches, while all five of Norwich's remaining opponents are rated no more than three in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings, so he could return in the coming Gameweeks.

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

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