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How the Double Gameweek 32 announcement has affected my FPL planning

FPL Family’s Sam reconsiders her chip strategy and the merits of Gareth Bale as she guns for a fourth consecutive finish inside the top 30k.


I have a love-hate relationship with international breaks.

In many ways, I enjoy the headspace that they provide from Fantasy Premier League (FPL) decision-making and really like the early optimism that comes with supporting England.

However, I also long for the return of FPL over the whole two weeks. During this international break, I decided to take a step back from transfer planning and wait until the conclusion of the World Cup qualifiers and friendlies to ensure that I’ve got as much injury news as possible – both from those players returning from international duty as well as from those left behind with niggling fitness issues.

Then, at 3pm on Wednesday afternoon, that break from transfer planning abruptly ended.

WILDCARD/BENCH BOOST RETHINK?

The announcement of new fixtures by the Premier League and indeed a Double Gameweek 32 for Spurs sent my mind catapulting back towards FPL and the decisions that I was planning.

As someone with my second Wildcard intact, I had been considering a Bench Boost for Gameweek 30, using my one free transfer for this week to replace Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) with Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy (£5.2m) to give me two playing goalkeepers.

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However, the Spurs double does change my thinking somewhat.

There is now a case for holding the second Wildcard for after Double Gameweek 32 and Blank Gameweek 33. If I go down that route, then I need to ensure that the transfers that I make for Gameweek 30 are good not just for Easter weekend but also for a couple of weeks ahead.

Mendy’s fixtures look great but as an existing Emiliano Martinez (£5.4m) owner, I need to decide whether investing in two relatively expensive goalkeepers is worth it – especially given that I can only play the Bench Boost chip once.

For me, a Gameweek 30 move for a Chelsea defender, likely Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.8m) or the cheaper option of Antonio Rudiger (£4.7m), seems like a good choice ahead of a lovely run of fixtures for Chelsea. It’s also a better use of my FPL budget.

Doing this means that I potentially hold my Bench Boost and use it in Double Gameweek 32 instead of Gameweek 30, as this will give me a couple of matches to gain a full understanding of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s goalkeeper plans. If McCarthy regains his number one spot, then I could potentially Bench Boost with him; if not, then a premium keeper double-up doesn’t feel too bad if it’s only for one Gameweek.

The bigger question for both myself and many other FPL managers ahead of Spurs’ double in Gameweek 32 is what to do about Gareth Bale (£9.7m).

BALE CONCERNS

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I brought in the Welshman ahead of Blank Gameweek 29 on the basis that without Son Heung-min (£9.4m), he looked like he would be a pivotal part of the Spurs attack alongside Harry Kane (£11.6m) and Lucas Moura (£6.6m). However, Bale’s benching and subsequent comments whilst on international duty had made me think about selling him – until, of course, the Double Gameweek 32 announcement.

“I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was to play football first and foremost; going into the Euros I wanted to be match-fit.

“Over the last few years, this is probably the most match fitness I’ve had. I’m feeling fresh and ready to go.

“I always think when things aren’t going too well at a club, it’s nice to get away, especially mentally get away from the club environment. It can be a benefit. We focus on these games for Wales, which are very important for us. We forget club life and concentrate on this.

“The original plan was to do a season at Spurs and after the Euros still have a year left at Real Madrid. My plan is to go back, that’s as far as I have planned.”

Gareth Bale

Whilst it was something that we all knew deep down, these comments from Bale are disappointing for Spurs fans like myself. They don’t hint at a player who is here for the benefit of the club and its supporters.

As an FPL manager, I worry that his minutes may be harmed by these words as Jose Mourinho looks to field his most focused team of players for the tilt at silverware and a return to the Champions League qualifying spaces.

As a manager tripled up on the Spurs attacking assets – Kane, Son and Bale – I know have some big decisions to make ahead of Gameweek 32. Do I stick or twist with these three picks?

Kane and Son are, at this stage, non-negotiable. Independently they are both owned by well over 40% of FPL managers. Together, LiveFPL.net has their combined ownership at just over 23% – making them, for now, differentials ahead of a great Gameweek 30 match against Newcastle and beyond.

Bale, on the other hand, is highly unlikely to start both Gameweek 32 fixtures. Moura has shown a real upturn in performances over the last few weeks and is highly motivated to see the team succeed. Likewise, the return of Giovani Lo Celso (£6.9m) from injury and Erik Lamela (£5.7m) from suspension will provide greater competition for the Wales international’s position in the starting XI.

TRIPLE-UP ALTERNATIVES

Spurs will have both eyes firmly on the League Cup final against Man City, as it is now their only opportunity to bring silverware back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season. This could also have a big impact on the teams that Spurs set out in Double Gameweek 32, as the Southampton match falls just days before the trip to Wembley.

The incentive therefore to hold Kane and Son and switch to a Spurs defender are definitely there.

Sergio Reguilon (£5.5m) limped off during the Gameweek 29 victory against Aston Villa, although the player himself later stated he was fine. Reguilon has registered 17 attempts on goal so far this season, the fifth most across the Spurs side and more than team-mates like Lucas Moura (£6.6m). He is also top for successful crosses from open play among Mourinho’s squad.

With a clean sheet likely against Newcastle in Gameweek 30, Reguilon could offer FPL managers the perfect storm of points at both ends of the field – especially when we look at Spurs’ fixtures moving forward.

With the exception of Gameweek 31’s match against Manchester United and Blank Gameweek 33, there are plenty of opportunities for clean sheets for Reguilon over the next few weeks. He also seems to be Mourinho’s preferred pick over Ben Davies (£4.6m), who pulled out of the Wales squad with injury while his positional rival had a fortnight’s breather.

BENCH BOOST

Above: My current Gameweek 30 team before transfers

Gameweek 32 seems like a good time to Bench Boost based on my likely squad set-up:

  • Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) and Luke Shaw (£5.2m) v Burnley
  • Aaron Cresswell (£5.9m), Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) and Jesse Lingard (£6.2m) v Newcastle
  • Patrick Bamford (£6.7m) and Stuart Dallas (£5.1m) v an out of form Liverpool
  • Potential Chelsea defender v Brighton
  • Leicester attacker v West Brom
  • Triple Spurs – Kane, Son and Bale or Reguilon v Southampton and Everton
  • No Crystal Palace players for their blank

With three transfers ahead of Double Gameweek 32, my priority will be to invest in the Chelsea defence and potentially the Leicester attack and, depending on what happens with Bale’s minutes over the next two Gameweeks, make an indirect switch from the winger to Reguilon.

The downside of owning three Spurs players for Double Gameweek 32 is the blank that immediately follows but selling one asset and benching the other two seems ideal, especially as the Lilywhites play Sheffield United, Leeds and Wolves thereafter.

Don’t let the blank in Gameweek 33 put you off from heavily investing in Spurs for Double Gameweek 32; in fact, seriously consider doing it ahead of Gameweek 30 once news on Son’s availability is confirmed.

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Newcastle have only kept one clean sheet in their last four Premier League matches and they are top for defensive tackles lost across the same period. In contrast, Spurs have scored eight goals in that timeframe, which is the fourth-best total in the league. 

Even with Manchester United in Gameweek 31, we saw what the two Spurs boys were capable of when these sides met at Old Trafford earlier on this season.


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144 Comments Post a Comment
  1. linkafu
    • 1 Year
    21 days, 20 hours ago

    Who will score more in GW30?:

    A KDB
    B Salah
    C Havertz
    D Richarlison

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      21 days, 20 hours ago

      KdB

    2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
      • 2 Years
      21 days, 20 hours ago

      According to FFFix, they have predicted KDB 5, Salah 5, Havertz 3.5 and Rich 4.2

    3. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      21 days, 20 hours ago

      Have a feeling Salah

    4. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      21 days, 20 hours ago

      I'd pick Salah

  2. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    21 days, 20 hours ago

    If you think home away form means anything - check Leeds home form compared to away form in defence.

    Both goals conceded and XGC exceptionally good. Not relevant in 30 but 32 another question.

  3. panda07
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    21 days, 20 hours ago

    Which team do you prefer for this GW? Players with a * are in both teams.

    A)
    Martinez
    Dallas Dias Stones
    Salah *Bruno *Son *Raphinha
    *Kane *Bamford Watkins

    B)
    Mendy
    TAA Alonso Rudiger
    *Bruno *Son Gundo *Raphinha Lingard
    *Kane *Bamford

    1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
      • 2 Years
      21 days, 20 hours ago

      Is this current team (A) vs WC (B)?

      1. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        21 days, 20 hours ago

        Yep, Raphinha in B will become Jota next week

        1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          21 days, 20 hours ago

          Clearly the WC team is best suited for this GW. You have triple Chelsea at the back!

    2. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      21 days, 20 hours ago

      B

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      21 days, 19 hours ago

      B) are these hits or wc?

      1. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        21 days, 18 hours ago

        WC

  4. Wheato182
    • 8 Years
    21 days, 20 hours ago

    Currently gonna do Stones > Chelsea defender, probably Azpil.

    Any reason why is Alonso flavour of the month around here? seems far from bolted.

    1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
      • 2 Years
      21 days, 20 hours ago

      Alonso is the 1GW punt before WC31 or pairing him with another Chelsea def/GK.

      1. Wheato182
        • 8 Years
        21 days, 20 hours ago

        Hmmm ok, doesnt seem worth the gamble to me, even if he was bolted to start i'd only be just edging him over Azpil.

    2. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      21 days, 20 hours ago

      He not nailed but he seems to start against the teams that sit back and defend. He's very attacking so he has a high upside and Chelsea are more likely to keep a clean sheet against the teams that sit back. A good backup on the bench is needed though.

      1. Wheato182
        • 8 Years
        21 days, 20 hours ago

        Thanks

  5. Taegugk Warrior
    • 2 Years
    21 days, 20 hours ago

    For Azpi in :
    A. Reguillon
    B. Stones

    Will be WC next gw

    1. Brimble82
      • 2 Years
      21 days, 19 hours ago

      Reports that Reguillon is out:
      https://twitter.com/BenDinnery/status/1376875333169909760?s=19

    2. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      21 days, 19 hours ago

      Reguilon plays Newcastle so I'll have to say keep him

      1. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        21 days, 19 hours ago

        Oh didn't realise Reg was a doubt

  6. J to the T
    • 4 Years
    21 days, 19 hours ago

    Team with 1FT and £6.7 ItB. Wildcard and BB remaining.

    Martinez Forster
    Shaw Cancelo Dallas Coufal Targett
    Bruno Gundo Son Lingard Rafinha
    Kane Watkins Antonio

    Question 1) does this look like a bench boost team?
    Question 2) how to use that FT and cash to improve it?

    1. Brimble82
      • 2 Years
      21 days, 19 hours ago

      1) Pretty close to one
      2) Cancelo>Chelsea (take your pick) or Watkins>Bamford

  7. Finding Timo
      21 days, 19 hours ago

      Hi after Kane & son who is the best spurs player a) Regullion B) Moura c) Lloris d) other? Ta

      1. Brimble82
        • 2 Years
        21 days, 19 hours ago

        a) is an injury doubt
        b) is a perennial disappointment
        c) is dullard

        So probably c.

        1. Finding Timo
            21 days, 19 hours ago

            Ok cheers

      2. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 8 Years
        21 days, 19 hours ago

        Cool pen from Eze 🙂

      3. RED_ARMY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        21 days, 19 hours ago

        What's the latest on Son?

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          21 days, 18 hours ago

          Wait for pressers

      4. Gazwaz80
        • 1 Year
        21 days, 19 hours ago

        New article for the Fan Team Fantasy Football, may actually give it a go as I’m feeling quite confident with my F/F decisions at the moment 😀

      5. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        19 days, 3 hours ago

        Is there likely to be another DGW other than 32?