Gameweek 36: Team Selection: Trust Kane over Man City Players?
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
9:28am Apr 25 2018
Tottenham’s Harry Kane to deliver massive returns against Watford for FPL managers in Gameweek 36?
The team at @_FPLTips are back ahead of Gameweek 36 with their transfer plans and team line-up for this weekend’s Fantasy Premier League action, but can they squeeze Tottenham’s Harry Kane back in?
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Despite the obvious appeal of Man City assets, following their 5-0 win over Swansea last Gameweek, the plan at the moment is to prioritise bringing in Harry Kane and look to take another hit in Double Gameweek 37 to bring in at least one Man City player – using the West Ham fixture in Gameweek 36 to further assess which players are more likely to start in the remaining games.
Romelu Lukaku will unfortunately be the man to make way, as was always the plan, having gambled on the Man Utd striker ahead of Kane for the first Double Gameweek.
A fixture against Arsenal for Jose Mourinho’s side this Gameweek might not be the worst game, however, given that Wenger will most likely look to rest his main players, with the Europa League semi-final taking place either side of the Premier League fixture.
Harry Kane has been far from his best since his return from injury, but with 4 strong fixtures to end the season and the Golden Boot still somewhat in sight, it’s too much of a risk to go without the Spurs man and hopefully, he finds his form against Watford this weekend
Heung-Min Son is also unfortunate to make way, but 3 Spurs spaces were already in use. Marko Arnautovic comes in, with Double Gameweek 37 in mind, but will most likely take a place on our bench for West Ham’s game against Man City this weekend.
So, let’s take a look at how the team is likely to lineup:
David de Gea comes back in as our goalkeeper, having used the Free Hit chip to temporarily swap him last Gameweek.
As mentioned before, Arsenal could field a weakened side against Man Utd, to prioritise their Europa League tie, so Jose Mourinho’s men may have a slight advantage.
With Marco Alonso serving the final game of his suspension, it will be a risky double up on Burnley defenders, Lowton and Tarkowski, for the home fixture against Brighton.
Burnley haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 5 matches but Brighton are hardly prolific in front of goal on the road, having scored just 4 times across their last 4 away matches; no team have scored fewer than their 9 away goals this season.
Jan Vertonghen completes the defence, as Spurs welcome Watford to Wembley, a side that have failed to score for two consecutive Premier League matches, against Huddersfield and Crystal Palace.
After his rest during the Double Gameweek and his goal against Man Utd in the FA Cup, Dele Alli stays in the team ahead of Heung-Min Son.
Only West Ham (13) have conceded more goals than Watford (11) across the last 4 away matches and that includes a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal and a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Jesse Lingard has started in 4 of Man Utd’s last 5 games in all competitions and could be up against a rotated Arsenal side, so he’s starting ahead of Marko Arnautovic as things stand, with the Hammers set to host Man City in Gameweek 36.
Willian and Mahrez are two players that many FPL managers are quickly losing faith in, having returned just an assist between them, since Gameweek 32.
However, Willian’s tally of 7 efforts on target in his last 4 matches is impressive; only Arnautovic (8), Rondon (8) and Salah (11) have produced more, over the same period (4 matches).
Mahrez produced 4 attempted assists and 3 shots on target in Double Gameweek 34 and despite their strong away form, Crystal Palace have shipped 8 goals across their last 4 home fixtures; only Bournemouth and West Brom (9) have conceded more.
Jamie Vardy has been less effected by Leicester’s poor form, having scored in 4 of his last 5 matches.
He’s joined by Burnley’s Ashley Barnes, who boasts a similarly impressive run himself, with 6 goals from his last 8 matches, ahead of a home fixture against Brighton; his former club.
Harry Kane will complete the lineup and take the captain’s armband, as we back him to return to form against Watford.
The Spurs man found the back of the net from 4 goal attempts against Brighton, despite looking rusty but Watford are far from in-form themselves, having failed to find a win in any of their last 6 games, conceding 13 goals over that period; only Bournemouth have conceded more in that time (14).
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