The FPLTips Squad Selection - WILDCARD DRAFT - Gameweek 36

10:18pm May 2 2017

The @_FPLtips team have activated their second FPL Wildcard ahead of Gameweek 36, but who will they draft?

Yes folks, you read the title to this article correctly – The team at @_FPLTips have activated their second and final wildcard of the season ahead of Arsenal and Southampton’s Double Gameweek 36 showdown.

As always, we don’t like to give too much away in the intro of these articles. However, below you will find the Gameweek 36 Preview video by @_FPLTips, which explains their wildcard team selections and thought process, followed by a well written article for those who prefer not to watch the weekly videos.

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Gameweek 35 Score – 48 Points

Everything seemed to be going well for David De Gea and Antonio Valencia; Man Utd were leading Swansea 1-0 until the 79th minute, when Gylfi Sigurdsson fired in an unstoppable free kick.

To make matters worse, the Swansea midfielder was sitting on the bench, after the decision to bring in Manolo Gabbiadini. Only Marcos Alonso managed to keep a clean sheet in the end, ending a run of 11 games without one.

@_FPLTips' FPL score for Gameweek 35

In midfield, Josh King scored his 12th goal of 2017, as Bournemouth took all 3 points in a 1-0 win over Sunderland. He’s now matching Eden Hazard’s output of 15 league goals in total, for the season so far.

King took an impressive 3 shots on target during the game against Sunderland, and also provided 5 attempted assists, which was more than any other player in Gameweek 35, so he could have easily racked up even more points.

Dele Alli found his 17th goal of the season, as Spurs beat Arsenal 2-0. He’s now level with Ibrahimovic and just 2 goals behind Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa. But unfortunately, Alexis Sanchez was unable to make an impact against Spurs this Gameweek.

The Arsenal midfielder took a total of 4 goal attempts, but only found the target with 1 of them, while also producing 2 attempted assists. Wilfried Zaha saw out his last game in the FPLtips team, but was unable to sign off with a return. He managed just 1 effort on target during the 2-0 defeat to Burnley, and also produced just 1 attempted assist.

As for the forwards, captain Harry Kane delivered from the spot, after winning the penalty himself. The Spurs forward managed 7 goal attempts and managed to get 5 of them on target, which was more than any other player in Gameweek 35 on both accounts.

Romelu Lukaku failed to score against his former club, as Everton suffered a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea. The Belgian did, however, manage 5 goal attempts, with 2 of them forcing saves from Thibaut Courtois. Finally, Manolo Gabbiadini was far from impressive, failing to find the target with either of his 2 goal attempts, before being substituted off prior to the 60 minute mark, to return just the 1 point.

Wildcard Activated!

With Double Gameweeks for a number of teams taking place over the next 2 Gameweeks, the plan was always to use the Wildcard for Gameweek 36, with a view to playing the Bench Boost chip in Gameweek 37, which will be the biggest Double Gameweek of the season, in terms of how many teams are involved.

Willy Caballero comes into the team and straight into the starting lineup. Man City’s first choice goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, suffered a calf injury, which looks set to rule him out for the rest of the season.

@_FPLTips Fantasy Premier League team for Gameweek 36 - Wildcard activated

Caballero is therefore 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.

In defence, Maya Yoshida comes in, ahead of Southampton’s 2 Double Gameweeks. They’ll face both Liverpool and Arsenal during Gameweek 36, and while a clean sheet seems unlikely, the centre-back is budget friendly and has good attacking potential.

He’s taken 6 goal attempts during the last 6 Gameweeks, with 3 hitting the target. There’s also a place for Nacho Monreal, ahead of Arsenal’s 2 Double Gameweeks. He’s been used as both a left centre-back and a wing-back in Arsenal’s new system, so his place seems fairly secure.

Marcos Alonso will keep his place in the team, ahead of Chelsea’s home fixture against Middlesbrough.

Eden Hazard comes in midfield, with the Chelsea midfielder in fine form. He’s been directly involved in 6 goals during his last 6 games; scoring 4 times himself, and providing 2 assists.

Alexis Sanchez and Dele Alli keep their places, as does Josh King, who is 1 of just 2 players in the squad without a Double Gameweek in Gameweek 37. On current form, it was impossible to lose the Bournemouth attacker and his remaining fixtures are good.

Harry Kane keeps his place, with the Spurs forward now just 3 goals behind Romelu Lukaku, in the race for the Golden Boot. We can expect Spurs and Chelsea players to be fired up for the remaining fixtures, with just 4 points separating the two sides as things stand.

Manolo Gabbiadini also keeps his place, despite a poor return in Gameweek 35. The Saints forward is budget friendly, and Saints have the 2 Double Gameweeks to come. Finally, there’s a starting place for Gabriel Jesus, with Sergio Aguero now doubtful, with a groin injury.

Despite playing 90 minutes on just 3 occasions, Jesus has been directly involved in 5 Premier League goals; scoring 4 times himself and providing 1 assist.

On the bench, there’s a place for Jordan Pickford. Sunderland may not have anything to play for now, but they do have two fixtures in Gameweek 37, and the English goalkeeper should continue to make plenty of saves.

Leroy Sané is unfortunate to find himself on the bench, in what is a very stacked front 8, with the Bench Boost in mind for next Gameweek, as is Jack Stephens, who has a Double Gameweek.

Unfortunately, there’s no space for a double up on Saints defence this Gameweek, but he’ll come in handy next Gameweek. Finally, Mason Holgate completes the team. While Everton don’t have a Double Gameweek, they are at home to Watford in Gameweek 37, so he was picked with that in mind.

For captaincy, the only real contender for me is Alexis Sanchez, ahead of his 2 fixtures in Gameweek 36. Despite his poor returns in recent weeks, Sanchez is still getting a good amount 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.

Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips: The FPLTips Squad Selection – WILDCARD DRAFT – Gameweek 36’ which was written and produced by @_FPLTips


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