Preparing for Gameweek 36 and Double Gameweek 37
Preparing for Game Week 36 and the Double 37
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Plenty to think about ahead of game week 36 and with the double game week 37 looming just around the corner and a trio of decent fixtures for a handful of teams, fortune should favour those who plan ahead. With that in mind, this article is designed to make the most of the fixtures between now and the end of the season.
Who to drop for GW36?
With just three weeks to go in the Premier League, anyone who you drop now is highly unlikely to come back in to your team so it makes sense to think about all of their remaining fixtures. The big name that has been banded around this week is Dele Alli and he has been charged with violent conduct after punching Yacob of West Brom during the Monday night football. The punishment for this offence would carry a 3 game domestic ban and would rule him out for the remainder of the season. At the time of writing we are awaiting the results of the three man (ex-high profile referees) adjudicators who look likely to agree with the charges. With this in mind, if Alli is suspended he does of course have to go.
Stoke City have had a tough run of fixtures of late but they have shown nothing in terms of performance to indicate that they will turn this around before the end of the season. With this in mind, any Stoke players such as Arnautovic or the defensive players that you might have can certainly be dispensed with if you haven’t already.
With Man City progressing in the Champions League there has been mass rotation of some key players and Bacary Sagna has fallen massively out of favour and has only played 24 minutes of Premier League football in the last 5 weeks. If you still have him then it’s time to ditch him. You may also want to consider a high profile player like KDB who has been rotated since returning. He is brilliant when he plays but for the price tag you cannot afford a player like that sitting on your bench every week.
Harry Kane has been excellent this season and his value has shot up as a result. However could this be the time to ditch the England forward with Leicester effectively having won the Premier League and 3 tough fixtures remaining for Spurs. Chelsea (a) and Southampton (h) are the next two fixtures before they travel to Newcastle on the final day of the season in what could be a relegation decider for the Toon army. If you have a couple of transfers to make this week then it might pay to bring in a cheaper striker (as there are still plenty available) and then bring in a more expensive midfielder who has a double game week.
Who to bring in for GW36 and GW37?
It is often easier to find player to drop than to bring in and this is certainly the case for the remaining 3 game weeks. It is also important not to be too blinded by the double game week as we got our fingers burnt with Everton just a couple of weeks ago – that being said, Everton do have some good fixtures, as do Man Utd and West Ham – so it could pay dividends to opt for one or two of their star players.
So, for the purposes of this article I am going to make some assumptions. I am assuming that you are going to make a single transfer with Alli (who I will value at £6m as this is what many people will sell for) being ditched and then I will look at a couple of other options.
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If you are just making the Dele Alli change then you are going to be looking for a sub £6m midfielder and having looked at the FPL_TheSource twitter feed today, there are a lot of managers looking for a cut price midfielder. There are a few options:
Iwobi - £4.6m – Arsenal
With Arsenal playing Norwich City at home in GW36 it looks likely that a decent home win is on the cards. Iwobi has been quiet of late but is a top pick at the price and could be explosive. Man City (who could have their eyes on other things) and Villa are to follow so he has real potential.
Joe Allen - £4.9m – Liverpool
With ownership of 0.1% this is a real punt and you would have to have some balls to do it, but Allen has started 3 of the last 4 Premier League games for Liverpool and has managed one assist in that time. With good fixtures and a double game week to come he could be a decent differential pick.
Aaron Lennon - £5.4m – Everton
A double game week next week on the back of a home game against Bournemouth could tempt a few managers to take a leap of faith on the likes of Lukaku and Aaron Lennon. Lennon is a rotation risk but has the potential to explode in any game and is another decent pick.
Antonio, Lanzini, Moses, Noble – £4.9m - £5.4m – West Ham
There has been a lot of talk around West Ham for the double game week 37 and making a transfer this week when they face a tough trip to West Brom will not be easy for the Hammers who look to have missed out on a top 4 finish in what has been a tremendous season for them.
The swap to a West Ham player is not my favourite play this week unless you are making a double change and bringing in Payet instead of one of these boys, but Lanzini, Antonio and Noble are all a decent shout for GW37. It is very much a cases of roll the dice on who to pick as all have their merits – Moses can be explosive but this is a huge gamble and is probably not the play to go for.
Ditching Harry Kane? Who to replace?
It may well be the case that you decide to ditch Harry Kane this week and for me there are a few potential replacements if you do. Romelu Lukaku, Iheanacho, Rashford and Ighalo all represent decent chances over the two game weeks with my preference being for Lukaku (in terms of a straight swap) or Rashford to free up some cash for a midfield swap of Alli for Payet or perhaps an even higher valued player. The beauty of making a bold move like ditching Harry Kane is that it frees up some really good options.