Gameweek Guide

The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for Triple Gameweek 35

Gameweek 35 of the 2020/21 season will be etched in our memories forevermore – the Fantasy Gods have thrust a mythical Triple Gameweek upon us.

The Premier League’s most successful side, Manchester United, will be playing three times. But the burning question is, with the Red Devils cramming their three fixtures into five days:

Do you let this Treble – which probably will be a Double for most of the players – completely destroy your plans and blinker you to the potential of the Double Gameweek players?

– Mark, FPL BlackBox

Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool and Southampton all play twice. 

We have a Friday deadline of 18:30 BST to finalise our teams.

The Fixture Ticker

Here’s how the schedule currently looks

Notice that four teams blank in Gameweek 36, including Man United, while five teams play twice in this round of fixtures and also have a match next Gameweek: Liverpool, Southampton, Everton, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa – could these be the sides to target for those without a Free Hit chip or Wildcard?

Recovery times between matches is likely to have a big say in team selection, and arguably performance too. In the past, Pro Pundit Zophar has noted the impact on injuries:

Recent research has shown that muscle injury risk increases by almost 20% when recovery time is reduced from six to three days. It concluded that fixture congestion and insufficient recovery time between matches are two of the major risk factors associated with injuries and suggested that players should have at least 96 hours between matches in order to recover fully. Beyond the 96-hour period, there were no significant gains observed.

– Zophar

With a day’s rest between each of their three fixtures, caution is advised with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s troops.

Although, as Neale observed, is the silver-lining of playing three matches in a week that there’s a greater chance of two or more starts for most of United’s key players, even allowing for a benching along the way?

Andy certainly thinks so:

It’s unlikely any of them play three times, the only thing I would say is you kind of guarantee two games for most of the main players whereas … Jota for example or or even Mané potentially – and I know not everyone’s really got him in their team right now but some people might be thinking about it – I don’t think anyone will guarantee two games for them whereas Bruno, Luke Shaw they’ll definitely play twice.

The other question to consider is how good are the fixtures for the 13-time Premier League champions?

And given their current position in the table, when they arguably only need three more points to secure Champions League football, how can we expect them to approach their fixture triplet? 

They have, on the whole, been cautious when facing the ‘big six’ teams and Leicester City. Since the 6-1 defeat at Old Trafford to Tottenham Hotspur in early October, they’ve failed to score in six of their nine matches against this elite opposition (Man United’s score first):

  • 0-0 Gameweek 6 v Chelsea (H)
  • 0-1 Gameweek 7 v Arsenal (H)
  • 0-0 Gameweek 12 v Man City (H)
  • 2-2 Gameweek 15 v Leicester (A)
  • 0-0 Gameweek 19 v Liverpool (A)
  • 0-0 Gameweek 21 v Arsenal (A)
  • 0-0 Gameweek 26 v Chelsea (A)
  • 2-0 Gameweek 27 v Man City (A)
  • 3-1 Gameweek 31 v Spurs (A)

Fantasy Football Scout founder Mark declared yesterday on FPL BlackBox:

I’m quite happy having no Bruno.

– Mark, FPL BlackBox

He outlined his reasons across a couple of videos:

Do you United need to risk it? They don’t need to beat Leicester and Liverpool do they? And they probably think they can get something out of Villa with a weakened team … Both Leicester and Liverpool need to get results, so they’re going to be tough games, I think … Even if physically some of the [Man United] players won’t have played three games in five days mentally, as a team, they’ve got to prepare for three games in five days. That’s going to take its toll.

In recent weeks we’d analysed a slump for Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m), and even questioned if he was a viable premium for our FPL squads.

But his underlying stats have improved, as Jan highlighted in his Captain Sensible article:

The Portuguese international has dominated underlying statistics among midfielders in recent weeks. No midfielder has registered a higher figure for expected Goal Involvement (xGI) over the last six matches.

Tom Freeman picked up on the stat, explaining that his expected goal involvement (xGI) delta stands at -1.73 over the last six Gameweeks – no midfielder has underachieved more in front of goal during that time.

For Jan, there’s only one captain option:

Even in the scenario where Fernandes only starts in two of those three games, he is comfortably the most likely player from Manchester United to provide big returns in Triple Gameweek 34 according to his underlying statistics.

– Jan

And, despite having some reservations, Zophar feels that the first Triple Gameweek since 2005/06 is an opportunity that should not be passed up:

In five years’ time, I don’t want to be saying that I had only two players when Manchester United had a Triple Gameweek, irrespective of the outcome.

– Zophar

Harry Maguire (£5.5m) is widely considered to be the most-nailed of all United players, having failed to miss a single minute of Premier League football since moving to United at the start of 2019/20. 

However, that run is likely to come to an end:

But there have been encouraging quotes from Bruno Fernandes, even if he’s unlikely to play all three, his words give hope to his backers:

Advantage Liverpool and Leicester

Given the rotation we expect for Man United, could the real winners be Liverpool and Leicester?

Unlike many of the teams around them in the Premier League table, Liverpool have neither FA Cup, Europa League or Champions League involvement as a sideshow distraction. The sole focus is on securing a top-four finish in the Premier League, which would likely reduce the risk of rotation from now until Gameweek 38.

– Neale

The risk with Liverpool’s attacking quartet is that, following a very open game against Newcastle, Klopp may be unwilling to start all four again. So we could see Diogo Jota (£7.0m), Mohamed Salah (£12.7m), Roberto Firmimo (£9.0m) and Sadio Mané (£11.7m) eat into each other’s game-time during the run-in.

Perhaps Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m) could be a safer option, David even mooted him as an option for the armband on the Captaincy Video:

The assist potential of Alexander-Arnold was very high, so in the last six matches he’s created 16 chances … but also the quality of it as well, so he’s created four big chances.

Finally, Everton were tipped by Lateriser in his latest column piece:

I looked into the numbers and 46% of the big chances that they have created this season have fallen to him. Despite their perceived lack of form, only five teams have created more big chances than Everton in the last six matches (2.33 per game). It is also worth noting that Everton’s next four opponents conceded 2.45 big chances per game on average in their last six matches, which bodes well for Calvert-Lewin. He could have easily had a brace against Aston Villa in Gameweek 34, as well.

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

Elsewhere, Neale previewed finals of both the FFS Open Cup and FFS Members Cup, and RedLightning brought us his regular update on the community competitions.

The Head-to-Head fixtures for Gameweek 35 can be found below. 

The scores and tables update every night on the Head-to-Head Leagues main page so you can keep track of the action as the Gameweek unfolds. 

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1,069 Comments Post a Comment
  1. tinear
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Kane Phillip to DCL TAA worth -8?

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Nope

  2. Jebiga
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Is Rudiger to Lindelof no brainer ?

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I'm considering it.

    2. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      What's up with Rudiger?

      1. Jebiga
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Dont want to transfer out Son. So rudiger to lindelof it is

  3. corderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Mendy Forster
    TAA Reguilion Shaw Rudiger Holding
    Salah Son Maddison Greenwood Lingard
    Kane Iheanacho Vydra

    Good moves for a minus 4?

    Out: Son + Vydra + Rudiger

    In: Bruno + DCL + Phillips

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Bb?

      1. corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Unfortunately not

  4. Tinmen
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Folks, should I go Shaw or WanB?

    1. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Shaw

    2. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I went Shaw but both are good picks

  5. Henning
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Gtg or anything worth a hit (on -4 )?

    Mendy
    TAA Azpi Holding
    Salah Fernandes Jota Lingard Greenwood
    Kane Iheanacho

    Forster. Wood Dallas Coady

  6. Kellz86
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    It’s Vardy Party this week

  7. The Frenchie
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Vardy or Rashford?

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Vardy

    2. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      3 Utd players imo so Rashy

    3. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Vardddy

  8. Bad Kompany
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Is alioski nailed? Need him for bgw 36

    1. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      No and he gets subbed off often.

      1. Bad Kompany
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Is cooper?

  9. Arteta
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Last dilemma - give 2 chances Smith Rowe or 1 Bale?

    1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Rowe is rubbish

      1. Arteta
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Decent for a 20yo but his performances rarely transform into FPL points. Hope that it'll be different this time is always around.

    2. Il Capitano
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Bale

      • Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Bale

      • Arteta
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Thank you all!

    3. lugs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      feck it Bruno(c) it is then, i was set on capping Nacho but this is my first ever TGW so i might as well cap him just for the novelty of it, as it could be a decade or more before one pops up again 🙂

      Martinez
      TAA, Digne, Rudiger
      Salah, Bruno(c), Son, ESR
      Kane, Watkins, Nacho

      Areola, Lingard, Reguilion, Veltman

    4. revelc
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Zaha or maddison?? Please help

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Siggy? Prefer Zaha of those

      2. chriscosta
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        i gone with zaha

    5. aapoman
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Do we think Nat Philips will start?

      1. Balls of Steel
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Yes

      2. Studs Up
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        yes

      3. chriscosta
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        yes

    6. Kabayan
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      3 Man U
      3 Pool
      3 Lei
      2 Villa
      Go big or go home.....
      Good luck everyone...!!

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Lei to let you down 🙂

    7. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Bench Boosting. Hoping for good things. Can I get a G2G? 🙂 GL all!

      Mendy*
      Shaw**. TAA*. Rudiger*. Ward*
      Bruno(C)**. Greenwood**. Salah*. Jota*
      DCL*. Nacho*
      (Forster*, Holding*, Kane, ASM)

      * DGW
      ** TGW

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Looks good Rafa! 100+ hopefully

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Would be lovely Karan mate. GL matey 🙂

      2. Vertigo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Shweet.

    8. Bubbles1985
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Captain choice doing my head in this week!!

    9. Hitthewall
        2 months, 28 days ago

        A) Mendy + Vydra -> Pickford + DCL (-4)
        B) Vydra -> Watkins

        No playing GK in 36 as og now.

      • Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Rudiger -> Digne or save FT?

        1. corderz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Yup

        2. Donnie D
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I would do it. Digne is perfect (in theory) for 36. and 37.gw

      • Klip Klopp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I just did Rudiger and Davis to Mitchell and Che Adams for a -4. Am I mad????

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Nuts

      • Well you know, Triffic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Is it mad to be on FH and only have Bruno from United?

        1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          100%

        2. chriscosta
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          yes

      • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Repost

        Play one please:
        1)Holding
        2)Coady
        3)Bowen

        1. chriscosta
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          2

        2. Klip Klopp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          1

      • tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I have no Bruno...what could possibly go wrong!
        Might need more than a sofa...maybe an underground bunker

      • Il Capitano
          2 months, 28 days ago

          0 FT 0 ITB

          Martinez
          Digne TAA Shaw Targett
          Bruno (C) Salah Jota Lingard ESR
          Nacho Kane

          Fabri - Targett Mitchell Bamford

          Struggling to stick with a player for the last slot, would you swap ESR out for any of the bench?

          1. Il Capitano
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Ignore the Targett in the XI ha

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Martinez Guaita
            TAA Digne Shaw Rudi Coufal
            Salah Bruno Greenwood Jota Lingard
            DCL Nacho Watkins

            -4 BB Active

            G2G?

            1. Il Capitano
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Ye

            2. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Captain one;

              A) Rashford
              B) greenwood
              C) Cavani

              1. JBG
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                B

            3. corderz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Leading my ML. Am I best getting Bruno in and captaining to be 'Safe'

            4. djman102
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Crossing the line from genius to insanity: own Bruno, but (C) Shaw (who has outscored him both previous DGWs)!

              So get those armbands on Bruno: a pen and max bonus each start now confirmed!

            5. Luton_Fan
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Madds to zaha -4? Negated by the fact it will give me extra player for 36?

            6. Jdpz
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Play
              a) Pickford
              b) MArtinez

            7. TNB
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Bench one:

              1. Holding (DGW)
              2. Rudiger (DGW)
              3. Lingard (EVE)
              4. Vydra (Ful)
              5. Son (LEE)

              1. Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                4 easy

              2. Il Capitano
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  4

              3. Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Better option?
                A) AWB & DCL
                B) Maguire/Shaw & Richarlison

                1. Donnie D
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Maguire and DCL

                2. Bad Kompany
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  A

                  1. Bad Kompany
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    DCL much better than rich. Not much difference in United defenders. Shaw most attacking but least likely to play