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Fantasy Premier League preview for Gameweek 34

Harry Kane is back for Spurs, so should he be locked into your fantasy squad? AP

The Champions League has dominated the soccer conversation this week, but it's time to turn our attention back to the Premier League.

Gameweek 34 features 14 fixtures with seven games on Saturday, and at least one game for the next five days. Here's what you need to know, from a fantasy perspective:

He's back ... but: Mohamed Salah returned to the Liverpool lineup for their triumph over Manchester City on Tuesday, and he did what he usually does -- score a goal.

Here's what concerns me. Salah played nearly the entire game on Tuesday, coming off an injury. And Liverpool have a relatively easy matchup on Saturday hosting Bournemouth (12:30 p.m. ET). I could certainly see Jurgen Klopp resting Salah, looking ahead to the Champions League semifinals the week after next.

Yes, Salah's been the best Fantasy Premier League performer of the season, by far. But Liverpool have all but wrapped up a top-four finish in the league, are still in the Champions League, and they're the only "big six" club that doesn't have at least one double gameweek remaining. Now is not the time to depend big on Liverpool players.

Triple whammy: It's hard to believe, but Manchester City have now lost three games in a row -- the two Champions League quarterfinal legs against Liverpool and last weekend's stunning 3-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United.

Now they face another tough fixture on Saturday at Wembley against Spurs (2:45 p.m. ET). And even if Man City win, they probably won't clinch the league title -- they would need help from Man United, which isn't likely (see below).

Gabriel Jesus started ahead of Sergio Aguero on Tuesday against Liverpool, so it remains hard to predict which center forward (if any) will start from game to game. There could be rotation at other positions on Saturday as well, given that all Man City's top players started on Tuesday. This isn't a week to add Man City assets anyway, considering they only play once and it's a difficult matchup.

Who scored? Spurs, on the other hand, play twice in Gameweek 34. They will also visit Brighton on Tuesday (2:45 p.m. ET).

Harry Kane was back in the starting lineup for last week's 2-1 win at Stoke, and he thought he scored a goal, but the Premier League awarded it to Christian Eriksen. Kane claimed he got a touch on Eriksen's free kick, and the goal was eventually awarded to Kane on Wednesday, but it's still Eriksen's in Fantasy Premier League terms.

The fact that Kane was so worked up about getting credit for the goal indicates he's intent on chasing down Salah in the Golden Boot race, which is good news for those with Kane in their FPL squad. Eriksen is also in a great run of form, with a brace against Stoke and a goal against Chelsea the week before.

Defender Ben Davies (5.9 million pounds) was rotated out of the starting lineup against Stoke, which was disappointing for many FPL players. He should start at least one game this week, but the safer bets to start both games are center backs Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez, and they are both only slightly more expensive at 6 million.

Double feature: Manchester United have two very attractive fixtures this week, hosting West Brom on Sunday (11 a.m. ET) and then traveling to face Bournemouth on Wednesday (2:45 p.m. ET).

Paul Pogba was the star of the stunning comeback against Man City last Saturday, with two second-half goals. But don't be fooled -- they were his first league goals since Gameweek 12.

I like Romelu Lukaku's chances of scoring a goal or two against these two relative lightweights, although it wasn't encouraging that he didn't have a single shot against Man City. I'm more excited about Man United's clean sheet prospects this week -- Eric Bailly returned to the starting lineup last week, and Chris Smalling was paired with him at center back and scored the game-winning goal to boot (no pun intended).

Europa bound: Chelsea's top-four chances all but extinguished last week thanks to their 1-1 draw with West Ham. They do have two decent fixtures this week, although both are away from home: at Southampton on Saturday (7:30 a.m. ET), and at Burnley on Thursday (2:45 p.m. ET).

I'm more excited about Chelsea's defense, too. Unfortunately Andreas Christensen was benched last week, disappointing all us bargain shoppers. You're probably better off spending up for Marcos Alonso or Cesar Azpilicueta, if you can figure out the finances. Azpilicueta scored a goal last week, but Alonso is the far likelier goal-scorer of the two.

Europa up: Arsenal have another good looking matchup this week, at Newcastle on Sunday (8:30 a.m. ET). Here's the catch: manager Arsene Wenger is now clearly prioritizing winning the Europa League, which at this point is Arsenal's only chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Therefore, several starters were rested for last week's 3-2 victory over Southampton -- including Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Nacho Monreal. And Henrikh Mkhitaryan is injured.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is the one Arsenal player you can rely on in the league right now, since he's cup-tied and can't participate in the Europa League. And he scored another goal last week -- his sixth in seven games since joining the club. But remember, Arsenal only have one league game this week, unlike Spurs, Man United and Chelsea.

Fox talk: There are five other teams, besides the three mentioned just above, who play twice in Gameweek 34. Leicester City are the only ones that face two non-"big six" clubs -- at Burnley on Saturday (10 a.m. ET), and home against Southampton on Thursday (2:45 p.m. ET).

Leicester are coming off a disappointing 2-1 home loss to Newcastle. But Jamie Vardy did score again, for the third game in a row -- his 16th league goal of the season.

I'm still high on Riyad Mahrez as well ... even though he took just one shot against Newcastle, he could easily have been awarded a penalty in that game. And a clean sheet (or two) is certainly a possibility, given their opponents. Fullback Ben Chilwell (4.4 million pounds) is more dangerous offensively, but center back Wes Morgan is the more reliable starter at the same low price.

As for Southampton, who also host Chelsea this week, Charlie Austin scored against Arsenal last weekend ... but he came off the bench. Fullback Cedric Soares had two assists against Arsenal, but I don't like Southampton's clean-sheet chances in either game this week.

Such a tease: Burnley are in great form, winners of four games in a row. And they have two home games this week, although their opponents -- Leicester and Chelsea -- aren't easy.

Here's what's so frustrating: As good as they've been defensively this season -- giving up only 28 goals so far, fourth-best in the league -- Burnley have only kept one clean sheet in those four straight victories. In fact, they've only kept one clean sheet in their past 12 games.

Burnley only allowed one goal in nine of those 12 games, but that doesn't really matter FPL-wise.

It's also worth noting that defender Ben Mee -- the most popular Burnley player, currently on 12.8 percent of FPL rosters, missed last week's 2-1 win at Watford due to injury, and is a question mark again this week. And goalkeeper Tom Heaton made the bench last week, moving him closer to possibly replacing Nick Pope.

Steer clear: A clean sheet from Bournemouth this week would be a shocker with games against Liverpool and Manchester United. They've already given up 53 goals this season, tied for fifth-worst in the league.

Eddie Howe's side did draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace last week, but both goal-scorers -- Josh King and Lys Mousset -- came off the bench. If you're considering adding a Bournemouth player this week ... well, good luck.

Same here: Brighton doesn't have it quite as bad as Bournemouth this week. Yes, they'll face Spurs, but first they play at Crystal Palace (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET).

This is the big problem with Brighton: Three of their final four games after this week are against Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool. If Brighton players deliver big down the stretch, I'd be very surprised.