Fixtures

Man Utd set for Triple Gameweek 35 as clash with Liverpool is rearranged

Manchester United will have a Triple Gameweek 35 after the Premier League announced that their postponed clash with Liverpool will take place next Thursday.

The Red Devils will also face Aston Villa and Leicester City in the next set of fixtures, with all three of their Gameweek 35 matches taking place in little more than 100 hours.

Jurgen Klopp’s troops will also have a Double Gameweek as a result of today’s announcement.

The soon-to-be-deposed reigning champions will take on Southampton on Saturday before they visit Old Trafford.

United will still blank in Gameweek 36 as a result, while Liverpool will be at home to Championship-bound West Bromwich Albion.

REVISED GAMEWEEK 35 SCHEDULE

MANCHESTER UNITED

Sun 9 May: Aston Villa (A)
Tue 11 May: Leicester City (H)
Thu 13 May: Liverpool (H)

LIVERPOOL

Sat 8 May: Southampton (H)
Thu 13 May: Manchester United (A)

REVISED GAMEWEEK 35 FIXTURE MATRIX

*Thanks to moderator Legomane

WHICH UNITED AND LIVERPOOL ASSETS STAND THE BEST CHANCE OF STARTING ALL OF THEIR GAMEWEEK 35 MATCHES?

Earlier in the week, we had a two-part look at which Double Gameweek 35 players stood the best chance of avoiding a benching in the upcoming set of fixtures.

The article linked below has been revised after today’s announcement and now includes Liverpool, along with an amended entry for Manchester United.

CHANGE OF CHIP STRATEGY/TRANSFER FOCUS?

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Today’s announcement was seismic but it doesn’t change some things.

Manchester United, for example, will still blank in Gameweek 36, so the situation remains that any Fantasy managers going all-in on the Red Devils in Triple Gameweek 35 will have to either have a strong bench, an exit plan (possibly involving hits) or an unused chip up their sleeves.

Those on a Free Hit, of course, will have no such worries.

What it does perhaps alter is a greater chance of two or more starts for most of their key players in the upcoming Gameweek, even allowing for a benching along the way.

Liverpool players suddenly become even more attractive – although that was immediately the case as soon as Sunday’s match was postponed and it became clear that the game wouldn’t be rescheduled for Gameweek 34.

A double-header against Southampton and West Bromwich Albion, as had been mooted in some circles, would have been dreamland territory with regards to the Gameweek 35 captaincy and triple captaincy. The fact that United now play thrice, and one of Liverpool’s fixtures is at Old Trafford, may temper interest in Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) and co when it comes to the armband discussions.

But the Reds being one of just five teams who have two fixtures in Triple Gameweek 35 and an unaffected match in Blank Gameweek 36 is a boon for chipless FPL managers and Wildcarders alike who are investing in players for the entire run-in, not just a one-off Gameweek.

While the addition of Liverpool to the Double Gameweek 35 contingent does give chipless managers a greater chance of getting more players out with two games, those FPL bosses with Free Hits and Wildcards in hand still have the advantage of focusing mostly on the next seven days without being too concerned about the decimated schedule in Blank Gameweek 36.

IMPLICATIONS FOR OTHER TEAMS

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Today’s shock announcement will not just affect Liverpool and United.

It could, first and foremost, also be good news for Leicester City assets.

The Foxes now have an extra day of recovery ahead of their FA Cup final appearance on Saturday 15 May, which could alleviate some of the rotation risk – if there ever was any – for that clash with United. The temptation for Brendan Rodgers to hand some of his key players a breather may partly depend on the results of the weekend fixtures, however, and where they leave his side in their ongoing push for a top-four place.

The game against the Red Devils is also the second of United’s three fixtures (or four, if we include tomorrow’s UEFA Europa League tie against Roma). Would Ole Gunnar Solksjaer perhaps rotate against the Foxes with one eye on Thursday’s clash with Liverpool, then?

Aston Villa, United’s first Triple Gameweek 36 opponents, will also be hoping for similar favours from Solskjaer on Sunday.

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3,218 Comments Post a Comment
  1. vova
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Bench one

    Son
    Saka
    Jota

    thanks!

  2. Tango74
      2 months, 21 days ago

      A few of my opponents used WC to load up on villa Everton soton palace and to BB

      Bet there gutted. What a strange season !

    • onceuponatyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I've got Rob Holding as one of my DGW players, but he'll likely play very little.
      Sub out for SGW Son, or -4 for Lindleof? (Extra Man Utd defender I could afford).

      1. onceuponatyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Actually, I could ditch Coady and bring in any MU defender.

    • hjc13
        2 months, 21 days ago

        What’s peoples thoughts on using FH chip this weekend if still have it ?

      • Gizzachance
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        1 ft
        Son to
        A Greenwood (tgw & blank
        B zaha dgw no blank
        Have Bruno & shaw
        Cheers

      • Newsman70
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        On a bench boost with this team:
        No money and 1 FT Leading mini league by 46 points.

        Martinez Langley
        TAA AWB Holgate Castagne Ward
        Salah Zaha Sigurdsson Lingard Pereira
        Kane Vardy Iheanacho

        Would you do Castagne to MaGuire and Pereira to JWP for -4?
        How would you get Bruno in to C as I think that's what the next two opponents in my mini league will do?
        Do nothing fine to BB as it is?

        Thanks for any thoughts!

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Looks pretty good as is considering you’ve used no chips and have lots of DGW’ers. Have you considered possibly say downgrading Martinez and using the funds to get another DGW keeper and a starting second choice? I know taking a -4 on keepers isn’t preferable but could be a shout in order to maximize bb

          1. Newsman70
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Great idea. Just thinking of Maguire x 3 v Costagne x2 -4 and Sigurdsson ?? V JWP.

            Keepers yes -4 not my usual move. Who....

            Also trying to block my opponents chasing me who both have Bruno and Jota.

      • Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Which one to play?
        A) Rudiger (mci, ARS) (Doubling with Mendy)
        B) Lingard (EVE)

      • ragsyboys
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Will Robbo play the next 3 games ?

      • umerlfc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Does this move make sense?

        Alonso + Son + Welbeck - > TAA + JWP + DCL (-4)

      • KevinByrnes
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Play one of?

          Saiss vs Brighton
          Dias vs Chelsea
          Veltman vs Wolves