Who’s HOT & Who’s NOT - FPL Gameweek 36
Posted by FFP-Danny
10:28am Apr 26 2018
Is Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez a red-hot fantasy asset to own ahead of Gameweek 36 tie with old club, Arsenal?
Greetings FPL bosses!
Just three Gameweeks remain and there’s still plenty to play for at both ends of the table, despite the destination of the Premier League crown having already been confirmed – congratulations to any Manchester City fans out there!
This Gameweek 36 piece explores the viability of some differentials, as well as discussing the possibility of ditching one of the most outstanding performers from the 2017/18 Premier League season.
So, without further ado, here are my thoughts ahead of Gameweek 36. I wish all of you the very best of luck and here’s to plenty of green arrows once again!
Jan Vertonghen vs. Watford (H)
Spurs can all-but cement their place in the top four in Gameweek 36 by beating a Watford side who have failed to score in any of their last six on the road.
The Hornets allayed any lingering relegation fears by drawing at home with Crystal Palace in Gameweek 35, so it’ll be all eyes on Spurs at Wembley.
Jan Vertonghen has missed just one Premier League game this season, and looks a very promising option for a clean sheet in Gameweek 36, given Watford’s poor recent away form.
Alexis Sanchez vs. Arsenal (H)
Gameweek 36 sees Alexis Sanchez face former club Arsenal for the first time since leaving the Gunners in January – and we know what usually happens next.
The Chilean’s form has been indifferent since his arrival at Old Trafford, and was dropped to the bench for Manchester United’s last Premier League outing.
However, he is a man for the big occasion, and he marked his return with a goal in his side’s FA Cup semi-final victory over Spurs.
The £11.5m price tag may deter many, but with a current selection percentage of just 3.2, he falls into the ‘differential’ category, and could pay huge dividends this time around.
Ashley Barnes vs. Brighton (H)
Burnley go into their Gameweek 36 fixture with Brighton knowing that a win will mathematically ensure their place in the top seven – meaning European football at Turf Moor next season.
Brighton have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 13 games, and face their former striker Ashley Barnes who is in red-hot form, with six in his last eight.
Surprisingly, the FPL bargain forward – who costs just £5.4m – is selected by just 5.2% of FPL bosses at the time of writing, despite his excellent recent form.
Who’s NOT? (hot)
Harry Maguire vs. Crystal Palace (A)
Leicester travel to Selhurst Park needing a win to keep their faint hopes of European football alive. However, they’ll be up against a Crystal Palace side who are still not mathematically assured of Premier League safety and who are extremely potent in front of goal on home soil.
Spurs and Manchester City are the only visitors to have successfully kept the Eagles at bay since Roy Hodgson first took charge way back in Gameweek 5.
By contrast, the Foxes are without a win in three, and despite registering a clean sheet last time out against Southampton, I don’t anticipate any big defensive returns here.
Kevin de Bruyne vs. West Ham (A)
Kevin De Bruyne has undoubtedly been Manchester City’s star man this season. However, is he providing great value for money for the 22.3% of FPL bosses who own him? I’m not convinced.
At £10.3m, the Belgian playmaker is the most expensive Manchester City midfielder, but has not produced a double-figured return since Gameweek 27.
By contrast, David Silva and Raheem Sterling have reached double figures five times between them since De Bruyne last managed it.
Pep Guardiola’s side travel to West Ham in Gameweek 36, with the possibility of hitting 100 points still in tact.
However, ditching De Bruyne for the run in could free up some vital funds to spend elsewhere.
Alvaro Morata vs. Swansea (A)
Chelsea’s mega-money forward has managed just one Premier League goal in 2018, and has really failed to hit the heights since a flurry of early-season goals.
His glaring miss against Burnley last time out typified what has been a desperately underwhelming second-half of the season for the former Juventus and Real Madrid man.
What’s more, the Spaniard’s place in Antonio Conte’s starting XI is now seriously under threat, with Olivier Giroud impressing off the bench in recent weeks. So, at a staggeringly expensive £10.4, Morata is most certainly one to avoid for the run in.
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