So we are down the final stretch in the FPL season. FPL Gameweek 36 is upon us and you are running out of time to improve those ranks. |It could potentially be a funny weeks this gameweek. Everyone is on the back of a wildcard and are loaded up on doublers. If you did not get any single gameweek players this could leave you exposed.
The run-in that Liverpool have is quite favourable. They have Huddersfield on Friday (early deadline do not forget!) if you are not on triple up here then please rectify this. Huddersfield have just about given up and are building for next season. Personally think Huddersfield have ran out of fight. It could be a long night especially for Hamer in net.
When I look at this match there are multiple ways into the points. This match is probably the dead cert for a clean sheet. If you do not have a Liverpool defender by now what the fuck are you doing? I have two, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Matip. Doubling up offers you a cheap way into a good steady stream of points. Without having to break the bank. The top 3 scoring defenders are all Liverpool players. Robertson and Van Dijk have outscored all the strikers. It does make you think a little about team construction next season. But yeah 2 of TAA, Robbo or Van Dijk will see you right this week. Personally I think TAA is the best option as he is one of Liverpool’s main creative threats.
Mo or Mane
When it comes to the attack I am only really interested in Salah or Mane. Firmino seems to be playing a little more forward and getting involved in the attacks a little more recently. However Salah or Mane are the main men. Goals will flow through one or the other. It really is a coin toss but I am sticking Salah.
I think whichever Liverpool attacker you own the sensible play is sticking the armband on one of them. It is a plum fixture and I don’t buy into this players being rested bollocks. People on twitter trying to look relevant like Jurgen Klopp confides his team selections in them or something. Bottom line they need to win and whilst Huddersfield looks a gimme; how much of a ball sack would Klopp look if he rotates his best players and they draw. I personally just cannot see it. But if you want to listen to the scaremongers that s your choice I guess.
Elsewhere one differential could be Jordan Henderson, playing in that box to box role appears to be getting forward at will. A goal and assist vs Southampton and an assist vs Chelsea. Did not get a return against Cardiff but he always looked involved. With favourable fixtures left till the end of the season £5.3m and 0.6% owned Henderson represents an Uber Differential.
He created one big chance against Cardiff and did manage the odd trip into the oppositions box. Henderson’s heat map was pretty favourable in that respect. Given the level of opposition that Liverpool will face I think that he will keep pushing forward. He also plays on the same side of the pitch as a certain Egyptian. When you consider that potentially all he has to do is pass the ball in his direction to get an assist his appeal increases.
Manchester City face a difficult challenge when they travel to Turf Moor. Sean Dyche’s side have really hit their stride and went toe to toe with Chelsea on Monday Night Football. This Burnley team is like the Burnley of last season that everyone hated playing. If anyone can derail Manchester City’s title bid it is this team.
Surely we all have triple city assets? This is probably a match I would not be looking to bring one in for. It has banana skin written all over it. This may well be the match that gives Liverpool the opportunity to reclaim top spot for the rest of the season. Ultimately City could well turn up and stick 5 past Burnley. I would expect Pep’s strongest team now they are out of Europe. He will be taking no chances as he looks to win back to back titles. But in my opinion there are better fantasy prospects this gameweek.
Man United vs Chelsea
I hate this game as a fantasy prospect, it is awful. Chelsea have won 3 of the last 7 league games but for my money they have really flattered to deceive. They do not have a lot of penetration up front. They have looked a little better since Ruben Loftus-Cheek is getting more game time. Their midfield needs the dynamism that he brings when carrying the ball. Truly believe that there is a top class player in there. He just needs regular game time now. However Chelsea still look rubbish and no one is going to convince me otherwise. Their performances depend very much on Hazard taking the game by the scruff of the neck and producing moments of magic which he is more than capable of doing at any given moment irrespective of opposition.
The saving grace for Chelsea is that Manchester United are actually horrific at the moment. They have managed to get results without playing well. But against Everton they were woeful. Probably my favourite Manchester United performance over the years. There is a massive summer ahead for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but he still has to try and extract a few more performances out of this squad.
They have just been beaten in the Manchester derby, I thought they played a little better and looked an occasional threat in the first half. But it could not get any worse than Everton. But in the second half their lack of fitness showed and Pep’s side took full control.
Two difficult results on the trot for Arsenal which I think will cost them a place in the top 4. The only saving grace this week is that United play Chelsea and that could let them back in with a favourable result. I say could because Leicester will not be easy. Rodgers has brought Leicester back to life. I did think that Puel was sacked a little harshly however Rodgers has done a stellar job since coming in. He is getting the best out of Jamie Vardy a player who loves playing the “top 6” sides.
Arsenal dominated possession against Wolves but I still think the way Emery set his team up left Arsenal exposed at the back. It is a running joke now how bad that Arsenal backline is. It was a change of system and it was forced on them with Aubameyang and Ramsey out. But it was just too offensive and they could not cope with Wolves counter attacks.
Could be much the same against Leicester. The team is well versed in the art of counter attacking. The Gunners away form is also woeful for a side competing in the top 6. Must win game but I fancy Leicester here with everything pointing to a Vardy party.
Most people will have a player or two from Tottenham after the double gameweek. A tricky match versus West Ham this week. Impossible to tell what West Ham turns up these days. They do seem to pick up the performances against the top 6 though. I think Tottenham have to be considered favourites for 3rd spot, especially given their run in.
Feels like most live teams have Eriksen, Moura or Son. With the semi-final of the Champions League on the horizon rotation may be an issue with Tottenham’s small squad. Son is banned for the first leg so you would expect him to start. After that I am really unsure, some players are definitely having their minutes managed.
I would definitely recommend Son if you do not have him but a nice differential could be Dele Alli. I have been impressed with the attacking midfielder in the last few games. He appears to be approaching good form despite his broken hand. 2.4 percent owned and taking up some good positions in the box with Kanes absence. Definitely on my hit list and could be a good differential at the higher ranks.
One player of note could be Aleksander Mitrovic (£6.3m, 10.8% owned). Fulham look to be buying into what Scott Parker is trying to do. They have put together back to back wins and seem to be enjoying playing without pressure. They play a leaky Cardiff team with the pressure all on them to get results. Could be worth a one week punt as I imagine lots of his owners are from dead teams.
Wolves vs Watford gives us a replay of the FA Cup semi-final. It is a chance for Wolves to restore some pride after being knocked out by Watford. Raul Jimenez has gone the last 3 games without scoring but it is his team-mate Diogo Jota who interests me.
From Watford it has to be Deloufeu, not exactly consistent but when he is in form he is unplayable. A 16 point haul against Huddersfield last week gave managers much needed relief in a tough double gameweek. This match feels like the battle of the attacking midfielders. Places will be at stake for the FA Cup final so I expect Watford to show up. This match could be really intriguing as most teams will have players from one side if not both.
Everton are the form team in the division outside the top two. They have won the last 5 games on the bounce. Marco Silva had come under a bit of pressure after his team had seemingly lost their way. But he has really turned things round. They are playing a Palace side who have just got a massive result at The Emirates. Another intriguing clash, I would have to back Everton here to carry on their winning form.
Richarlison and Sigurdsson really took the game to Man United last weekend. But it was the performance of Lucas Digne that I was most impressed by. I wish I had put him in my team early on but hindsight is a wonderful thing. When he got the red card I was giving himm a serious look and since then just opted against. He was always a menace and his average position was nearly as high as Bernard. If I don’t manage to fit him in at this season he is most definitely on the list for 19/20.
Feel like I need to wrap this article up here. I could go on and on about how I feel the gameweek will go but it is in danger of turning into War and Peace. I’ll will most likely run a FPL Clinic at some point today before deadline for an hour so if you have any burning questions you can ask me then seeing as I did not podcast this week. I could potentially go live on twitter pre-deadline but I have netto carrier bags under my eyes due to Rudy not sleeping last night so I may give it a pass.
Hope you enjoyed my essay and it was not too much ramble.
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