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FPL tips: Time to take a punt on Chris Wood?

:Headline: FPL tips: Time to take a punt on Chris Wood?:
The Burnley striker and West Brom playmaker are gameweek 34's leading recommendations.
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Chris Wood's hat-trick against Wolves vaults him into Fantasy Premier League consideration as managers shuffle their packs ahead of Friday evening's deadline.

The Burnley frontman trails only in-form West Brom midfielder Matheus Pereira in the PA news agency's Transfer Score rankings ahead of gameweek 34.

Here, we look at who else is fancied to make an impact this week.

Touch Wood

Chris Wood takes top billing in attack (PA graphic)

Wood has six goals in as many games, with his treble last week following goals against Arsenal, Everton and Southampton, and with three assists and a total of nine bonus points along the way he is second in FPL's form rankings behind Pereira.

That figure accounts for 50 per cent of a player's transfer score, with the rest made up by cost, ownership and upcoming fixture difficulty rating (FDR).

Wood is priced at just £6.3million, which is nothing for a prolific FPL striker, and is owned by only 2.8 per cent of managers. Burnley face West Ham and Liverpool, as well as a Fulham side whose relegation battle means that game's FDR of two may be misleading, but that only knocks Wood's transfer score down to 77 out of 100.

Kelechi Iheanacho has been an in-form bargain for some time now and the Leicester hitman holds strong at 72 this week, with a steep drop-off to our third-ranked striker Callum Robinson at 60.

Go West

Matheus Pereira leads all players in this week's rankings (PA graphic)

Pereira leads Robinson and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone (68) in a continued strong West Brom presence this week, top of the shop with a transfer score of 82 thanks to maximum form points for his 10.5-point average.

He is joined in the midfield recommendations by a pair of West Ham players, with loan sensation Jesse Lingard (72) followed by Jarrod Bowen (69).

The ex-Hull winger has three goals and two assists in his last five games, playing in a more attacking role due to Michail Antonio's absence, and is an appealing £6m option even after a blank 90 minutes against Chelsea last time out.

With Everton the highest-ranked team on the Hammers' remaining schedule, he and Lingard will be hopeful of further returns.

Right-back rivals shining on Merseyside

Seamus Coleman edges out local rival Trent Alexander-Arnold in defence (PA graphic)

Seamus Coleman has two assists to go with Everton's three clean sheets in four games, helping him to our top ranking in defence and third overall (76) this week.

The Toffees have three FDR2 fixtures to come, as well as a double gameweek once their additional meeting with Saturday's opponents Aston Villa is rescheduled, and Coleman nudges ahead of local rival Trent Alexander-Arnold (72) for top spot.

Questions remain over Alexander-Arnold's real-world form amid Liverpool's tough second half of the season but his attacking output at least has returned, with a goal and two assists in the three games prior to last week's draw with Newcastle.

Diego Llorente's goal against the Reds in gameweek 32 helps the Leeds centre-back to third spot on 71, with team-mate Illan Meslier (65) holding off Sheffield United's Aaron Ramsdale (61) to go one place better among goalkeepers.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City36265576294783
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd362010670422870
3Leicester CityLeicester362061065442166
4Chelsea361810855332264
5Liverpool36189963422163
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs361781163412259
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham361781156461059
8Everton36168124643356
9Arsenal361671350381255
10Leeds UnitedLeeds36165155753453
11Aston Villa36147155144749
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves36129153549-1445
13Crystal Palace36128164061-2144
14Southampton36127174763-1643
15Burnley36109173351-1839
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle36109174362-1939
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton36814143742-538
RFulham36512192650-2427
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom36511203370-3726
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3662281962-4320
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