Team FPL Connect Picks: Gameweek 29

Fantasy Premier League tips from the team at FPL Connect ensuring you have those key performing players as well as a few cheeky differentials to get the jump on your rivals from gameweek to gameweek

If you’re just reading this series for the first time and have absolutely zero idea what this article is about, hit the updated link > where the concept is introduced and explained fully.

Gaz – (4 time top 100k finisher, last season finishing 35k).

Pilko – (3 time top 10k finisher, last season finishing 125k).

Simon – (3 time top 200k finisher, last season finishing 11k)

Gameweek 28 results

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  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Christian Eriksen – 16pts
  • Predicted differential; Gerard Deulofeu – 12pts


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week);  Riyad Mahrez – 15pts
  • Predicted differential; Christian Benteke – 6pts


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Harry Kane – 17pts
  • Predicted differential; Marc Albrighton – 8pts

Another week goes by, and for the third time in a row, both myself and Gaz have blanked, giving Pilko the prime opportunity to play catch up.

He returned another point with his differential pick of Albrighton, who returned 5pts to close the gap to just 3pts to me and one big week could see him overtake!

Pilko was also unlucky with his TSP shout, as Kane could have easily had a hat-trick with him missing a couple of very easy chances and Spurs being denied what looked a clear penalty, but as such, he could only manage the one goal and a return of 6pts meaning no points for him from Kane.

My TSP pick of Eriksen only returned an assist in Spurs’ 1-0 win, so no points there and my differential pick of Deulofeu got himself injured just after the hour mark in his game, with no returns before that, so nothing there either.

Gaz was rather unlucky with Mahrez, as he could have had a double-figure haul had Butland not made a fantastic save and N’didi had scored his header which came back off the post, but a blank for Mahrez meant no points there for Gaz.

Gaz’s monster week in GW24 sees him comfortably at the top of the table however and only a similar big week from either myself or Pilko would see us catch him now.

Onto next weeks picks!

Gameweek 29 picks


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Sadio Mané – 15pts
  • Predicted differential; Aaron Ramsey – 9pts


Justification for TSP: 

Rather than being boring and going with Salah, I’m predicting Mané to be the main man for Liverpool.

Over the last 4 gameweeks, Mané is matching Salah for underlying stats with 15 total goal attempts (12 inside the box), 6 big chances received and has created 9 chances for his teammates.

Obviously the main difference between the two is that Salah is taking his chances and Mané hasn’t, but he’s been in the goals recently and that will only help with the confidence in front of goal.

Newcastle haven’t conceded many goals, but they have been conceding big chances recently, with 10 conceded in the last 4 gameweeks and with Liverpool scoring for fun at the minute, I can’t see them not taking any big chances they create.

Justification for differential:

Arsenal have just posted two rather lacklustre performances against Man City, prompting Gary Neville to call them, ‘Spineless’ which sparked a degree of animosity amongst the Arsenal faithful.

But in honest truth, he was right and it’s not like we haven’t seen it before either.

Having said that, they have a wonderful run of fixtures and Wenger will be demanding a reaction and it’s usually around this time of year they have a good run and this run of fixtures will give them every chance of replicating that.

Aaron Ramsey was probably the only one last night who was still giving it his all and has been very good in-between his injuries, so I’m backing him to get some returns against Brighton on the weekend.


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Harry Kane – 17pts
  • Predicted differential; Oxlade-Chamberlain – 9pts


Justification for TSP: 

This is the week for Harry.

He hasn’t seen a double-figure haul for 5 gameweeks, but last week could have easily been one had he taken one of his easy chances, or if Spurs were given what looked a clear penalty.

Whilst Huddersfield have been impressive recently, they have been on the end of a few hammerings this season – Spurs being one of them, where they won 4-0 in the reverse fixture with Kane scoring an emphatic brace.

Only Stoke, West Ham and Everton have conceded more goals on the road than Huddersfield (28) and Spurs have really switched it on at Wembley in recent times, with Southampton, Everton, Stoke and Rochdale all conceding 4 goals or more.

I can see Kane getting a brace minimum, but I feel like a hat-trick is there for him this weekend if he wants it.

Justification for differential:

Oxlade-Chamberlain is someone who likes to chip in every now and then, as he did last week with an assist, but in particular when Liverpool are scoring a lot of goals.

When he has started the game, his returns have all come in the games where Liverpool have scored big and I fancy them to do it again against Newcastle.

Rafa has kept Newcastle relatively solid this season and managed to keep Liverpool from running riot against them in the reverse fixture, but Liverpool and Man City, as attacking units, are by far the best in the league (and probably Europe too) and I simply can’t see Rafa’s side keeping the scoring down.

West Ham went to Anfield with a solid defensive record under Moyes and they got trampled on, so in my mind, there’s just nothing that makes me think that Liverpool won’t score 3+ and with that, I fancy Ox to chip in.


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Bobby Firmino – 16pts
  • Predicted differential; Martin Olsson – 8pts
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Justification for TSP: 

It’s Bobby Dazzler time for me!

It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally got him in my squad and I fancy him to post a big haul this week, so he’s getting the armband for me and is my TSP shout too.

Liverpool are on fire and whilst Rafa will be keen to stop his old team, I just don’t think Newcastle have the quality to stop them.

The front 3 are in complete sync with each other and in particular, Salah and Firmino’s partnership looks an extremely formidable and dynamic one that is really blossoming right now.

Salah is usually the headliner, but I think the bonus-friendly Bobby, is going to steal the show this week!

Justification for differential:

I know what you’re thinking, ‘what the hell are you thinking?!’, but I’m in good form with my picks and I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

I know Brighton just knocked 4 past them, but before that, they have shown that they can be solid at the back and keep shut outs and Carvahal will want to see a reaction from them against West Ham, especially at the back.

With dangerous players like Arnautovic and Lanzini operating in attacking areas for West Ham, Swansea can’t afford to go at them too much in an attacking sense, so I can see this one being a tight and cagey affair.

Even without the possibility of a clean sheet, in the current system, Olsson is deployed as a wing back and does get forward well, so I think there is a chance for some attacking returns too.






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