GAMEWEEK 32: WILDCARD DRAFT | Keep Salah & Firmino?
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
8:58am Mar 21 2018
Early Wildcard planning and thoughts ahead of FPL Gameweek 32 – is now the time to play your wildcard we asked @_FPLTips
Gameweek 32 is a popular time to use the Wildcard and a potential draft team has been highly requested by our readers and followers.
The option to Wildcard later in the season remains an alternative route that you may want to keep open, but, for now, here’s a look at a potential draft for those who have decided to activate their Wildcard already.
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It’s difficult to do this when the Double Gameweek fixtures are yet to be announced, so this early draft is simply based on the straight-forward scenario where all Blank Gameweek 31 fixtures go to Double Gameweek 34 and all Blank Gameweek 35 fixtures go to Double Gameweek 37 but bear in mind, that may not be the case.
You’ll also likely need the Free Hit chip available for a team such as this, to use in Gameweek 35, when a number of these players will be without a fixture.
We shall return before the Gameweek 32 deadline with an updated version of this article and video, once the Premier League announce the new schedule – but, until then, feel free to use this as an theoretical and FPL football predictions guide to help get your head around the final stretch of the FPL season.
David de Gea is the man selected between the sticks in this potential team, ahead of a home fixture against Swansea in Gameweek 32.
Manchester United are set to feature in two Double Gameweeks, to play their postponed fixtures against West Ham (A) and Bournemouth (A).
They’ve kept an impressive tally of 15 clean sheets this season, which is on par with Man City; no team in the league have managed more.
Priced at £4.4m, Matthew Lowton is a handy budget defender to end the season, with Burnley set to feature in one Double Gameweek. They still have home fixtures against Leicester, Brighton and Bournemouth remaining this season, as well as some favourable away trips too.
Only Liverpool (13), Chelsea (14), Spurs (14), Man City (15) and Man Utd (15) have kept more than Burnley’s 11 clean sheets this season.
Marcos Alonso has 6 goals to his name and Chelsea have kept 14 clean sheets, just 1 fewer than Man Utd and Man City.
Having only registered 3 shots from inside the box, over the last 6 Gameweeks, with none hitting the target, the wing-back is perhaps a luxury but Chelsea have two Double Gameweek fixtures to come, against Burnley (A) and Huddersfield (H).
Having returned from injury, Eric Bailly is perhaps a more reliable way into the Manchester United backline than Chris Smalling, so he’s selected for the double up with David de Gea.
After his four goals against Watford, there’s little doubt over whether or not to keep Mohamed Salah, despite Liverpool being without a Double Gameweek this season.
He’s still to face home fixtures against Bournemouth, Stoke and Brighton and is likely to remain a standout captain option for the remaining weeks, aside from Double Gameweeks 34 and 37.
Heung-Min Son looks set to continue playing ‘Out of Position’ as a number 9 for Spurs, in the absence of Harry Kane, who remains side-lined through injury and isn’t certain to be back for Double Gameweek 34.
Over the last 6 Gameweeks, only Salah (20) has taken more than his 10 shots from inside the box, amongst midfielders.
Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez is another popular midfield option and rightly so, having produced 2 goals and 1 assist during his last 3 games, between Gameweek 28 and Gameweek 30. Over that period, no midfielder took more than his 7 efforts on target.
Leicester’s two Double Gameweeks will see home fixtures against Arsenal and Southampton be added to their schedule, which already includes trips to Brighton, Burnley and Crystal Palace, as well as home ties with Newcastle and West Ham.
Marko Arnautovic takes up the final starting place in the midfield, although Chelsea’s Willian is an alternative option.
The West Ham man tends to be favoured as a forward, through the middle, similar to Heung-Min Son at Spurs.
West Ham’s form is the concern here, with the Hammers having scored only 4 goals during their last 4 games; only 5 teams have scored fewer over that period.
But Arnautovic has racked up an impressive tally of 7 shots on target during those last 4 matches; between Gameweek 27 and Gameweek 30; on par with Mahrez and Willian and no midfielder has managed more over that period.
One of the key decisions to be made up front will be whether to stick with Roberto Firmino or not, given that Liverpool will not have a Double Gameweek.
Jamie Vardy is an alternative option as is Romelu Lukaku, for those who can stretch but Liverpool have scored 16 goals over their last 6 matches; almost double the 9 goals managed by Leicester and Man Utd in that time.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is hard to ignore as a premium forward option, with home fixtures against Stoke, Southampton and West Ham to come over the next 4 Gameweeks, as well as a fixture away to Leicester, to be rescheduled.
During his time at Arsenal so far, between Gameweek 26 and Gameweek 30, he’s contributed to 4 Premier League goals, scoring 3 times himself. His 7 efforts on target in that time is on par with Sergio Aguero; only Harry Kane (10) managed more amongst forwards.
Finally, to complete this potential Wildcard draft team, Glenn Murray is selected as the third forward.
He’s not as flashy as some of the other options perhaps but he’s much cheaper and that’s something that needs to be considered with a team that you’re preparing to Bench Boost.
The Brighton forward has scored 11 Premier League goals this season, with 5 coming in his last 6 matches, between Gameweek 25 and Gameweek 30. During that period, Murray’s tally of 9 efforts on target was more than Firmino had managed and equal with Sergio Aguero; again, only Harry Kane (13) had managed more, amongst forwards.
This potential draft has been made with a view to using the Bench Boost in Double Gameweek 34, so the bench contains a couple of reliable options.
Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski and Kyle Naughton have been selected, with a home fixture against Southampton to be rescheduled for their Double Gameweek.
Swansea have kept 9 clean sheets this season; ranking them 8th best in the league.
Burnley’s Johan Berg Gudmundsson could perhaps be considered as a 5th midfielder, priced at £5.1m.
He’s provided assists in each of his last two matches, contributing to a total of 9 Premier League goals this season.
Gudmundsson has started each of Burnley’s Premier League games from Gameweek 10 onwards, producing a tally of 45 attempted assists since then; only 6 players have produced more, with De Bruyne (65), Hazard (55), Özil (54) and Eriksen (52) topping that list.
Finally, Newcastle’s Paul Dummett is a cheap Double Gameweek option for the bench, priced at only £4.2m.
There are a couple of handy fixtures in that time, at home to Huddersfield and West Brom, for example, but mostly this is just a pick for those on a tight budget – the Double Gameweek fixtures are likely to be tough, with Spurs (A) the game to be rescheduled.
So that concludes this Wildcard draft, be sure to comment below with any changes you’d make and the players that you’re considering. Also remember that Gameweek 32 might not be the only time to Wildcard, Gameweek 33 and even Gameweek 36 could be good alternatives, which we’ll explore on the channel in the coming weeks.
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