FPL Double Gameweek 36 Preview - Players to Watch
Posted by FFPundits
9:56pm May 2 2017
Key picks from Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea feature in our FPL Players to Watch for Double Gameweek 36
The team at @_FPLTips have once again produced a magnificent weekly article and video to support their Players to Watch picks and tips ahead of Fantasy Premier League Double Gameweek 36, but can you manage to fit them all in to your teams this weekend?
With both Arsenal and Southampton having two fixtures in Gameweek 36 (a double gameweek), it would be rude not to have at least one player from either side in this weeks picks, wouldn’t it?
As always, we invite you to read the article and then check out the YouTube video below for all the stats and glossy graphics which help support this weeks four picks – and be sure to subscribe to the FPLTips’ YouTube channel for weekly Fantasy Premier League tips, news and insight.
Jesus – Manchester City (CRY)
- Crystal Palace (H)
After returning from injury against Man Utd in Gameweek 34, the Brazilian international earned a recall to the starting lineup for Man City’s trip to Middlesbrough, in Gameweek 35. Jesus marked his return with a late goal, to see his side rescue a point from the game.
The Manchester City forward has now made 6 appearances in the Premier League but has completed 90 minutes just 3 times, averaging around 50 minutes per game. Despite the lack of game time, Jesus has still been directly involved in 5 Premier League goals; scoring 4 times himself and providing 1 assist.
In terms of underlying stats, the tally of 5 shots on target managed by Jesus, during his 6 appearances, is on par with the amount managed by Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Dele Alli, in their last 6 games.
Gabriel Jesus has taken a total of 13 shots from inside the area, during his 6 appearances. In the last 6 Gameweeks, only 5 forwards have managed more: Negredo (14), Defoe (16), Costa (20), Benteke (25) and teammate, Sergio Aguero, who has managed an impressive 25 shots from inside the area, during the last 6 Gameweeks.
However, after appearing to suffer a groin injury during the 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough, Sergio Aguero will now need a scan to determine whether he can take part in any of Man City’s 4 remaining games. The Argentine’s absence would further cement Jesus in Man City’s starting lineup.
In Gameweek 36, Man City host a Crystal Palace side that have now suffered back-to-back defeats, following a 2-0 loss against Burnley last weekend. Big Sam’s men have conceded 9 goals during their last 6 games; only Everton (10), Sunderland (10) and Middlesbrough (12) have conceded more over that period.
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal (MUN/sou)
- Man United (H) & Southampton (A)
Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat to Spurs in Gameweek 34, which saw Alexis Sanchez continue his run of poor FPL returns. The Arsenal midfielder has now scored just 1 goal from his last 6 Premier League games.
Despite his poor returns, Sanchez is still getting a good number of goal scoring chances. He’s taken a total of 16 goal attempts during the last 6 Gameweeks, which is more than any other Arsenal player. For comparison, Mesut Özil has produced just 3 goal attempts during this period.
Even the in-form Dele Alli has only managed 1 more goal attempt than Sanchez, during the last 6 Gameweeks. In fact, the 5 shots on target managed by the Arsenal man during this period is level with Dele Alli, though the Spurs midfielder has scored 3 goals, compared to the 1 goal managed by Sanchez.
With back-to-back Double Gameweeks on the horizon for Arsenal, the Chilean international will have an advantage in the closing weeks of the season. Whether Sanchez can turn those extra minutes and extra goal scoring chances into goals is another matter, but it would take a brave FPL manager to go without the current top points scorer in FPL, for this period.
First up in Gameweek 36, Arsenal will take on a Man Utd side that are very much focussing on their Europa League commitments and have used a heavily rotated lineup for their recent Premier League matches, most recently seeing them draw 1-1 with Swansea.
Following that, it’s an away trip to Southampton for Wenger’s side. Saints have failed to win any of their last 3 Premier League games, conceding 7 goals during defeats to Man City and Chelsea, before being held to a 0-0 draw by Hull last weekend.
Eden Hazard – Chelsea (MID)
- Middlesbrough (H)
The Chelsea midfielder provided an assist during the 3-0 win over Everton in Gameweek 35, to see his incredible run of form continue. He’s now been directly involved in 6 goals during his last 6 games; scoring 4 times himself, and providing 2 assists.
During the last 6 Gameweeks, only Gylfi Sigurdsson (8), Heung-Min Son (8) and Christian Eriksen (10) have taken more shots on target than Hazard, amongst midfielders.
Meanwhile, the Belgian is ranked 2nd for assist potential during this period, behind only Christian Eriksen, who has produced 21 attempted assists during the last 6 Gameweeks.
Chelsea and Spurs continue to fight it out in the race for the Premier League title, with only 4 points separating the two sides, meaning that there will still be plenty of motivation for Hazard and Chelsea in the remaining games of the season.
In Gameweek 36, Chelsea host a Middlesbrough side that sit 19th in the Premier League table, but have made a late surge to try and get out of the relegation zone, taking 4 points from their last 2 games, against Sunderland and Man City. Despite that, however, no team have conceded more goals than Middlesbrough, during the last 6 Gameweeks.
Willy Caballero – Manchester City (CRY)
- Crystal Palace (H)
Man City’s first choice goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, suffered a calf injury, during the 0-0 draw with Man Utd in Gameweek 34, which looks set to rule him out for the rest of the season.
In Bravo’s absence, Willy Caballero is expected to deputise in goal for the 3 remaining Gameweeks, where Man City will face home games against Crystal Palace, Leicester and West Brom, as well as an away trip to Watford.
Prior to the 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough, in Gameweek 35, Man City had kept back-to-back clean sheets against Southampton and Man Utd. During the last 6 Gameweeks, only 5 teams have conceded fewer goals than Man City.
In his last 6 starts in the Premier League, Willy Caballero picked up clean sheets against Sunderland and Stoke, and conceded just 7 goals, despite facing Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool during that run.
In Gameweek 36, Man City host a Crystal Palace side that seem to have lost a bit of momentum, having now suffered back-to-back defeats against Spurs and Burnley.
Big Sam’s men had previously put a good run together but their tally of 8 goals scored during their last 6 games isn’t particularly impressive; it sees them rank joint 9th for goals scored of that period.
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