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. Hitthewall
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Last Calle

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

      No playing GK in 36 as og now.

      1. Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        A with Guita?

    • Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Start Holding or Lingard?

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Lingard

      2. Jebiga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Holding

    • Woy_is_back
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      zaha tripe c?

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        If you're chasing big or just want to be a maverick yes

        1. Woy_is_back
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          ok I do it

      2. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Yeah if you're ranked 1m+ and don't mind finishing 2m ...

        1. Woy_is_back
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          1 or 2 million doesnt matter tbh but your a mediocre player

          1. FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Ooh big boy. But it's not a serious question is it? I get not capping bruno but surely Zaha who's an injury doubt, only 2 games, and palace have no form. Doesnt make alot of sense

      3. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Yes stripe Captain go with captain poll

    • Wılly
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      1. Keep Lucas Moura vs Leeds
      2. Bring in JWP vs Liverpool, Crystal Palace (-4)

      1. FarkeMee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 9 days ago

        2 for me - not sure if Moura gets his starting place back.

    • F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      United defenders are a trap other than Shaw. Nobody is going to play all 3 games and the fixtures are tough

    • Six Season Wonder
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Is Mitchell gonna play both games?

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Doubt it

    • Henning
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Repost

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

      Mendy
      TAA Azpi Holding
      Salah Fernandes Jota Lingard Greenwood
      Kane Iheanacho

      Forster. Wood Dallas Coady

    • Bubbles1985
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Sod it.

      Greenwood captain.

      I'm locked in.

      GL ALL

      1. Bad Kompany
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        GL mate

    • Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Is cooper on Leeds nailed? He’s missed a lot of games recently

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        He gets injured every week

        1. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          If he doesn’t get injured is he? Just need him for 36. The last 3 were for a red card I just remembered

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            I believe so, he's the team C

    • Jebiga
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Who is better pick:

      1. Lindelof
      2. Kabak
      3. Phillips

      ?

      1. # Young Gun SEAMUS #
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        1

      2. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        You've ranked them. All will play 2 games, just hope if you go 1 then he doesn't get rested when they keep a CS

      3. Bad Kompany
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        3

    • corderz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Good moves for a minus 4?

      Out: Son + Vydra + Rudiger

      In: Bruno + DCL + Phillips

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Not bad

    • nadman89
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      is mitchell nailed?

      1. londontom
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        No

    • londontom
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Worth -4 to get let's say Zaha for Pereira or DCL for Welbeck?

      My BB team: Martinez Guaita, Coufal TAA Shaw Diaz Phillips, Pereira Greenwood Maddison Jota Lingard, Welbeck Iheanacho Kane

    • tbhogal
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Shaw or Maguire guys ?

      1. londontom
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Shaw all the way, rested last night, often on BPS, assists galore

      2. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Shaw

      3. Donnie D
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Maguire doesn’t need to be rested. He’s also more likely to play in 38 if you need him

    • SalahFingers
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      on WC...

      Castagne or Digne?

      Ignoring that digne plays next week.

      1. londontom
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Castagne

        1. SalahFingers
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          thanks

      2. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Cast

        1. SalahFingers
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          thanks

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Repost sorry

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

      1. londontom
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Bowen

      2. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Holding

      3. FarkeMee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Bowen, just...Holding over Coady.

      4. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Bowen

    • Cheeto__Bandito
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Anyone else with 25 fixtures in their team this week? Feels good.

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Feels good until I see live fpl averages.

        2. londontom
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          26

          1. Cheeto__Bandito
              1 month, 9 days ago

              with cap 28

          2. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            30 on BB

        3. Balls of Steel
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Guys must nailed Everton defender besides Digne?

          1. ViperStripes
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Coleman

            1. FPL_Motty
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Nah it really isn't. Keane or godfrey

              1. Balls of Steel
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Ya thought this also

        4. ViperStripes
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Don’t just ask questions you f%%kwits, answer other people’s questions too.

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            This, lots of Q's not many A's

        5. Luton_Fan
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Any further hits required for this bb team?

          Mendy, forster
          Digne, taa, maguire, shaw, cast
          Lingard, madds, salah, bruno, jota
          Dcl, watkins, nacho

          Tia

          1. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Obviously not

            1. Luton_Fan
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Was thinking madds to zaha.

        6. BENOIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Bench one of Antonio, KDB and Joel Ward (2 fixtures)???

          1. Luton_Fan
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Ward

        7. BurnMyBread
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Martinelli or Zaha?

            1. Catastrophe
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Zaha

            2. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Zaha

          • Cancelo Culture
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Sod it I’m going Salah cap. Chasing in my mini league and can’t see Fernandes playing 4 games in 7 days anyway.

          • Bruno Commando
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Anyone captaining Salah over Bruno? I'm feeling uneasy but I don't think Bruno will start in all 3 games..

            1. L S P
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              o/

            2. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              I’ve gone without Bruno altogether. C Iheanacho

              1. Bruno Commando
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                You are a brave man, my friend!

            3. londontom
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Greenwood C, gotta chase them differential points :s

              1. Bruno Commando
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Good luck mate!

            4. Vertigo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Seen quite a few boasting it up on twitter.

              Not sure I believe half of them.

            5. ViperStripes
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Agree Salah good shout but THW's are ultra rare and it's a game so why not go with a TGW player.

              1. Bruno Commando
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                True that, I'm really pulling my hair out here!

            6. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Just made the switch from Mo to Nacho - rate them both above Bruno this week. It's a DGW all round in all likelihood and the other two have one really plum one at home.

              Going with form - both individual and team

              1. Bruno Commando
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Nice one, my friend! Good luck! I guess I will stick with Mo and hope for the best =)

            7. Cancelo Culture
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              See above

          • Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            A) Kane & Son
            B) DCL & Son (-4)
            C) Kane & Zaha (-4)
            D) Kane & Maddison (-4)

            Important H2H this GW!

            Cheers.

            1. Luton_Fan
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              C

          • WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Zaha or Siggy?

            1. L S P
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Sig

            2. londontom
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Zaha if 100% fit, Siggy if not

            3. Catastrophe
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Z

            4. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Zaha

            5. WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Cheers all! 🙂

          • DF Team
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Henderson (MU keeper) gonna play 3 matches?

            1. londontom
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Maybe

            2. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              No

            3. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              At least 2, maby 3

            4. Donnie D
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Doubtful. No one really knows

          • Nightf0x
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Start forster or mendy ?

            1. Luton_Fan
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Mendy

          • TNB
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Final Team

              Martinez
              TAA - Holding - Rudiger - Shaw
              Salah - Bruno (C) - Lingard - Son
              Kane - Ihenacho

              (Forster- Vydra - Coufal - Gundo )

              Good luck everyone!

            • revelc
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Triple Captain Bruno?

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Sure! A triple on a triple GW’er, what’s not to like 🙂