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GW34 targets: Alonso back at the double

The Scout 24 Mar 2018
Marcos Alonso, Chelsea

Eight matches in seven Gameweeks make Chelsea wing-back the go-to defender again, says The Scout

With Gameweek 34 confirmed as the next Double Gameweek, Fantasy Premier League managers should act now to prepare their squads. The Scout reviews the options in each position.

Defenders
Marcos Alonso (CHE) £7.2m

The wing-back has lost more than 412,000 owners across the last four Gameweeks.

But Chelsea's quest for a top-four place should ensure that Alonso is handed successive starts in Gameweek 34 at Southampton and Burnley.

Both matches present the opportunity for clean sheets, but it is his attacking qualities that help justify the hefty investment.

The Spaniard has scored six goals, and his tally of 55 shots is almost double that of any other defender.

Chris Smalling (MUN) £5.4m

Manchester United should be backed for clean sheets in Gameweek 34 as they host West Bromwich Albion before visiting AFC Bournemouth.

For those without David De Gea (£5.9m) in goal, Smalling provides the most viable alternative, or even a worthy partner.

The centre-back now appears to be first choice, having started the last eight successive Gameweeks, and he has picked up bonus points alongside his last two clean sheets.

Matt Lowton (BUR) £4.4m

Burnley are the only side with two home fixtures in Gameweek 34, when they welcome Leicester City and Chelsea to Turf Moor.

The Clarets also have good fixtures in the lead-up to those matches, with trips to West Brom and Watford to come next.

Goalkeeper Nick Pope (£4.9m) is now under threat from the fit-again Tom Heaton (£4.7m), so Lowton offers a cut-price alternative in defence.

Since returning from injury in Gameweek 26 he has supplied two assists, which have come in his last five appearances.

Wes Morgan (LEI) £4.4m

Harry Maguire (£5.6m) is perhaps the key target in the Leicester defence, having fired 12 shots over the last six Gameweeks, more than any defender.

But Morgan is £1.2 million cheaper and offers a cost-effective way of covering the Foxes’ Double Gameweek fixtures, at Burnley and at home to Southampton.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW34 targets: David De Gea remains the No 1
Part 2: GW34 targets: Mahrez leads midfield charge
Part 4: GW34 targets: Lukaku too good to ignore

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