After their fixture against Liverpool in FPL Gameweek 34 was postponed, Manchester United will now play three league games in the space of five days as part of Triple Gameweek 35.
Double Gameweek 35 has suddenly morphed into Triple Gameweek 35, with Man Utd facing Aston Villa, Leicester and Liverpool during the same round of games in Fantasy Premier League.
Man Utd vs Liverpool has just been rescheduled.
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The Red Devils take on Roma in their Europa League semi-final on Thursday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI for that tie, which United lead 6-2, will be of huge interest to FPL managers. The second-leg clash in Italy is the first of four games in the space of eight days for Solskjaer’s troops.
Having been under heavy consideration for the captain’s armband with two fixtures, Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) has been propelled to the top of the armband list for Man Utd’s triple.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.7m), Luke Shaw (£5.4m), Harry Maguire (£5.5m) and Mason Greenwood (£7.1m) are also set to be top transfer targets ahead of Friday’s 18:30 [UK time] deadline.
While three games is a tantalising prospect, the ludicrously short turnaround between each of the Triple Gameweek 35 matches means that a 270-minute player will be a rare commodity.
Dean Henderson (£5.2m) has started each of the past seven league games, though David de Gea (£5.3m) is a looming presence on the Man Utd bench.
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While the Premier League have handed Man Utd a slightly absurd schedule, Liverpool have a run-of-the-mill Double Gameweek 35 to contend with.
Jurgen Klopp’s team play Southampton on Saturday before again travelling to Manchester next Thursday. In Blank Gameweek 36, the Reds take on West Brom in a Sunday evening kick-off.
With a double followed by a blank, investing in Liverpool assets should be a shrewd strategy – particularly for FPL bosses who have used all of their chips.
Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) remains that standout pick in the Reds’ midfield ranks. Sadio Mane (£11.7m), at just 5.2% ownership, offers the differential option. Diogo Jota (£7.0m) – who had been benched for Liverpool’s postponed tie against United – should continue to offer good value.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m) is the pick of the premium defenders in Klopp’s ranks, while Nathaniel Phillips (£4.1m) has recovered from a hamstring injury.
Apart from an extra fixture in Triple Gameweek 35 for both Man Utd and Liverpool, the schedule for FPL players remains largely similar.
Along with the Anfield outfit, a Double Gameweek remains for Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester and Southampton.
A Blank Gameweek 36 remains for the same four teams; Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester and Man Utd.