Last week’s post contained tips for Gameweeks 35 and 36, so this is just a little reminder about the extra fixtures. Eight teams will be “enjoying” a double header during gameweek 36 and most seasoned fantasy football players will have long since begun putting the wheels in motion for this one, unless of course you’re fortunate enough to have your wildcard in tact at this late stage of the season! Aston Villa and Bolton’s double fixtures in gameweek 35 didn’t seem worth bothering with (for most players 0 x 2 is still 0!), but gameweek 36 is a great opportunity to go for broke if you’re chasing fantasy players at the top of your league.
With only three gameweeks remaining, Liverpool, Newcastle and Spurs could prove to be well worth backing (see last week’s post – Fantasy Football tips: Gameweeks 35 & 36). We’d like to have at least six players with two fixtures in the squad for the double gameweek, but the advice would really be to cram as many as you can into your team. We especially like the look of Everton and Chelsea, given the double gameweek and their fixtures in the final two gameweeks. Double gameweeks represent a great opportunity for high scoring and with only a few matches remaining in this season’s Premier League, you won’t find you need to spend weeks shipping out a bunch of players you only brought in for the double header. We’d not normally condone spending four points on making additional transfers, but it could be worth considering this week. As long as you’re sure to bring in players who are pretty nailed on to start both games – that way the appearance points alone are likely to pay for the transfer. After that, it’s clear profit!
Double gameweek players worth considering
Liverpool – Steven Gerrard (£9.5m) looks like the only one worth looking at. Liverpool have hardly been a force in the Premier League this season and after being rested in the Reds’ last fixture, Gerrard could make the difference against fellow mid-table opponents Norwich and Fulham.
Fulham – With tough games at Goodison and Anfield for Martin Jol’s side, you don’t want to back Fulham players too heavily. Only Clint Dempsey (£9.7m) looks a worthwhile choice.
Stoke – We don’t like the idea of backing Stoke, given their recent form. However, they do have two home fixtures, so if you’ve got Robert Huth (£5.6m) or Asmir Begovic (£4.5m), it could be worth hanging on to them for the double header.
Everton – The Toffees are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games and look a good bet for the double gameweek and the remainder of the season. Steven Pienaar (£7.1m), Marouane Fellaini (£6.1m) and Nikica Jelavic (£6.1m) were outstanding at Old Trafford last week, while Leon Osman (£6.6m) has also impressed in recent games.
Chelsea – They’re looking a little depleted at the back with Branislav Ivanovic suspended and Gary Cahill and David Luiz injury doubts, but with two home fixtures, Chelsea have a great opportunity to build on their Champions League success. José Bosingwa (£5.5m) is a cheaper defensive option than John Terry (£7.4m) and Ashley Cole (£7.1m). Frank Lampard (£11m) and Juan Mata (£9.6m) are certainly worth considering, while the strikers are unlikely to get 180 minutes under their respective belts.
Newcastle – They all look pretty good at the minute, being the division’s form side! You probably can’t go too far wrong with Tim Krul (£5m), Danny Simpson (£4.7m), Mike Williamson (£4.2m), Hatem Ben Arfa (£6.1m), Demba Ba (£7m) or Papiss Cissé (£8.1m). But do bear in mind that the Toon end the season with two tricky matches against Manchester City and Everton.
Bolton – It looks like too much of a gamble to back Owen Coyle’s side for the double gameweek. We can’t see past Martin Petrov (£5.2m), so avoid shipping him out for the minute but don’t go to great lengths to bring him or any of his team mates in.
Tottenham – Spurs have been in rotten form lately but they are facing two sides battling against relegation in this gameweek. They’ll be looking to their big hitters to keep their dream of Champions League football alive. Rafael van der Vaart (£9.5m) and Gareth Bale (£9.3m) could score highly.
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