Fantasy premier league Gameweek 36 captaincy article covering fixtures, poll results, previous records, player stats, team stats and conclusion.
FPL Gameweek 35 Recap
Many of us have been waiting all season for this and for some it was amazing, but for the majority, it was fairly meh. None of the expected candidates came away with a massive score and it was the less obvious choices that paid dividends.
Who did I tip?
- Jimenez (4) – the worst performing of the lot and after City’s CL exit he shifted from being the clear favourite to an actual differential, which was what I wanted. The Brighton game was a bit of a freak game, but overall it was very disappointing for the team talisman to get zero involvement in their goals.
- Aguero (7) / Sterling (8)– after the CL game I was very worried about these two, but the Spurs game was a bit of an anti-climax and the United game fairly cagey. Pep has shown his hand now though and his preferred starting 11 is a lot clearer with rotation expected to be minimal.
- Eriksen (9) / Son (5) – anyone selecting these was mainly targeting the Brighton game with a small hope that the City game would turn into a goal fest. Son could have scored a boat load against City but Brighton showed a lot of resilience this Gameweek and I would be thinking twice about ditching their assets.
- Deulofeu (17) – in my draft all week as my Camarasa transfer I changed my mind at the eleventh hour to go for the more consistent Jota. There were almost tears on Saturday afternoon, as he once again showed his class.
- Laporte (15) – “…historically, defenders have done very well in Double Gameweeks so if you want another roll of the dice I would consider Laporte.” Next time I should really listen to my own advice! Laporte again showed that he’s the DGW king and highlighted the value of having a solid defender across two fixtures.
What did we learn?
- City are unstoppable – if you haven’t got three, consider loading up as I can’t see anyone standing in their way until the end. They’re the best attacking team and they’ve also tightened up defensively.
- Liverpool are also unstoppable – despite having one eye on the CL they’re not going to let up and I would also load up on their assets, especially their defenders.
- Who’s on form – Fulham don’t appear to have realised they’ve been relegated, Newcastle (despite mirroring last season’s totals) are having a purple patch, Everton look to have transformed and Palace are also finishing strong.
- Which teams are leaking goals – Huddersfield are still the whipping boys, but some other teams are also very leaky such as West Ham and Arsenal. I would like to target these teams for the last three games.
FPL Gameweek 36 Captaincy
With three weeks to go there’s not really much time to make up a lot of ground and your FPL Gameweek 36 Captaincy decision is one of the few chances to do just that. Points hits should not be taken lightly with less time to break even / profit and the general landscape of the league is a lot clearer now. For anyone that still has a Triple Captain Chip, this is as good a week as any to utilise it.
Liverpool can’t afford to take their eye off the ball, but Barcelona on the horizon is very distracting. City no longer have Europe to worry about and Pep roulette should be minimal now. The other teams appear to be gifting top four to Spurs, but their decimated squad may have to rotate for the Ajax games and both Chelsea / Arsenal appear to be gunning for the EL, which potentially leaves United with a slim chance of catching up although nobody seems to want it at the moment.
The mid-table battle appears to be between Wolves, Watford, Everton and Leicester with the poisoned chalice being a short summer holiday and Thursday night football. All four would relish the challenge of competing in Europe though and I don’t expect any to drop off.
At the bottom Huddersfield are dead and buried, so are Fulham but as mentioned above they’ve started to perform. Cardiff and Brighton still have everything to play for so their opponents will not get easy games, as Wolves and Spurs recently discovered. Southampton are almost out of the scrap, but they’ve not really looked like they’re downing tools.
I would be keeping an eye on Burnley, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Palace and West Ham for signs of being on the beach. Burnley, Newcastle and Palace have all performed recently but now they’re safe it will be interesting to see whether or not they relax.
- Liverpool v Huddersfield – can you get more than three Liverpool players? The Barcelona game isn’t until Wednesday, which is plenty of rest and they have to win so I can’t see them slacking off here. Most of the recent top scorers in FPL have been against Huddersfield and I expect this to continue.
- Spurs v West Ham – although West Ham have been leaky recently, they tend to put up a bit more fight when it comes to local derbies and looked pretty decent against Leicester. Additionally, unlike Liverpool, Spurs only get two days rest before they play Ajax so there’s a chance there could be some rotation.
- Crystal Palace v Everton – both of these teams are on decent form, this should be an interesting game.
- Fulham v Cardiff – previously Cardiff may have been targeting this as a game where they can pick up some points, sadly Fulham don’t appear to have received the memo that they’ve been relegated and are playing with freedom now. With a three-point gap behind Brighton, Cardiff will be going all out for a win here which will leave them fairly open, so a Fulham attacker would be a good punt (Mitrovic anyone?.
- Southampton v Bournemouth – Southampton were looking really good until they got taken apart by Newcastle and Bournemouth are really Jekyll and Hyde at the moment. Anything could happen in this local derby.
- Watford v Wolves – this FA Cup Semi Final rematch (like the City v Spurs game) might be a bit of an anti-climax, however, it should also be fairly open. Wolves do better against teams that attack and Watford are a decent attacking team, which should make this a fairly open game.
- Brighton v Newcastle – similar to Cardiff, Brighton are desperate to stay in the league and to maintain their three-point gap. Newcastle have looked impressive recently, but may slack off now that they’re safe. I can see this as being a very cagey game, as Brighton look more likely to try and park the bus than to go at their opposition.
- Leicester v Arsenal – Arsenal are fairly open when they play Away and they like to attack which plays directly into Leicester’s hands. I expect Vardy to add to his record here.
- Burnley v Man City – assuming Liverpool beat Huddersfield, this is pretty much a must-win game. Burnley are on great form and I expect this to be a tough game, but I can’t see them stopping City here and now they’ve hit 40 points they know they’re safe.
- Man Utd v Chelsea – this is a massive six-pointer that United need to win if they want to stand any chance of finishing top four. With their three rivals distracted by European games, they have a very good chance of pipping them at the end but they need to stay within reach.
Old Hunting Ground – do any of these picks have a good history vs their opposition?
Salah looks an outstanding choice, with Firmino not far behind and although Mane only has one previous game, he still looks promising. For consistency Aguero, Son, Sigurdsson and Vardy show they can do it over a reasonable sample size. Whereas Deulofeu and Jimenez have only returned in the recent FA Cup game. Sterling also looks a reasonable shout.
All stats are from OPTA and are based on the last four home or away games dependant on where the next fixture is.
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