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. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Forster ayling lingard veltman is the bench , benchboost or later ?

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Sell two of them and BB with maximum -12 pts

      1. Nightf0x
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        0.0 itb and -4 already

  2. OptimusBlack
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Who to get ?
    A- Coleman
    B- Phillips
    C- Ward

  3. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Captain
    a) Bruno
    b) Greenwood

    1. Lord of Ings
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Bruno

    2. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A

    3. artvandelay316
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B

    4. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A

  4. Lord of Ings
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Right
    Captain salah or nacho?
    Chasing so gotta go different.

    1. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Salah

    2. doher.ty
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Both could do well. It's a toss up for me.

    3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Repost

      Chances Holding plays WBA?

    4. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Good luck to other Fernandes-less teams :mrgreen:

      Mendy
      Alexander-Arnold Castagne Digne Robertson
      Salah (vc) Bale Greenwood
      Iheanacho (c) Calvert-Lewin Vardy

      1. Lord of Ings
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Nacho over salah captain?

        1. Arteta
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I expect weakened United side against Leicester and not Liverpool.

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        good luck!

        Martinez
        Castagne - Kabak - Digne
        Salah - Rashford - Siggy - Martinelli
        Nacho - Vardy - Kane

    5. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      GTG?

      Martinez
      TAA Maguire Digne
      Bruno(C) Salah Jota Greenwood
      DCL Watkins Iheanacho

      Areola Targett Lingard Dunk

    6. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Iheanacho captain anyone?

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        not for meeee

      2. artvandelay316
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I'd say Salah, then Nacho

    7. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      REMEMBER TO ACTIVATE BB!!!

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Or triple capitano

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Got any triple captain chips for sale? I'm good for it.

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        So nearly forgot to do this!

    8. corderz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      GTG?

      Mendy
      TAA Shaw Phillips
      Bruno(C) Salah(vc) Greenwood Maddison
      Kane DCL Iheanacho

      Forster Holding Lingard Reguilon

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Good to gooo

    9. cescpistols111
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Team G2G?

      Leno
      Shaw Kabak Rudiger
      Bruno (c) Son Jota Ward-Prowse
      Kane Vardy DCL (v)

      Forster Lingard Coady N.Williams

    10. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Eh screw it:
      Shaw or AWB?

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

        Awb

      2. Ady87
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I’ve gone AWB

      3. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Nothing much in it mate. Shaw I guess for added threat

      4. doher.ty
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I think AWB is safer.

      5. londontom
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        A) Pereira and Welbeck
        B) Zaha and Welbeck, -4
        C) Pereira and DCL, -4

        1. londontom
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          chasing uno

      6. Henning
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Do we think Shaw Will outscore Azpi?

        1. Art Vandelay
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Yep.

          1. artvandelay316
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Are you also an importer/exporter of latex and an architect?

          2. Henning
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Thanx

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

        FH team gtg?

        Henderson
        Castagne, Digne, TAA
        Bruno (c), Salah, Greenwood, Zaha
        Dcl, Vardy, Nacho

        Subs: Forster, Jwp, Mitchell, Phillips

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Nice

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

            Cheers, GL, SS!

        2. Ady87
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I’m the same team except Guaita/AWB over Henderson/Digne. I’ve been spooked on Henderson by people on here haha.

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

            Vert close to get the same, too

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

              GL!

      8. Art Vandelay
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Robertson or Zaha?

        1. Luton_Fan
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Z

          1. Art Vandelay
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Ta

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

          Zaha

      9. Sid07
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        CAPTAIN

        1) SALAH
        2) BRUNO

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          A

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

            2

        2. TNB
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Bruno safest
            Salah if chasing

          • Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            2

          • artvandelay316
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 8 days ago

            A

        3. Jdpz
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          a) Kane, Bowen >>> Watkins, Salah
          b) Bowen,Coady >>> Greenwood, Digne

          1. Luton_Fan
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            B

        4. PL Ball
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Will Coleman start both games?

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            not sure... Everton have 3 games in 6 days, I think so went with Kabak instead.

        5. Hitthewall
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Zaha or Greenwood?

            Got 9 GW36 players.

          • Tmel
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Start one:

            a) Rudiger (mci, ARS)
            b) Lingard (EVE)
            c) Bamford (TOT)

            1. Luton_Fan
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Lin

            2. Donnie D
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Rudiger

          • Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Starting Coleman and benching Rudiger and Lingard (in that order). Makes sense?

            1. Luton_Fan
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              No i wud play lingard amd bench the doublers

              1. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Dunno if you were serious but too late and... why?!

                1. Luton_Fan
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  I like lingard.

          • Nightcrawler
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Salah TC locked in

            PARTY Tomorrow night all the Salah cappers are invited

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Don't have the TC left. But captaining him.

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Sure u can join in the FEAST

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Thanks!

            2. Boxwoods
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Rooting for you this time, mate.

          • Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            2FT

            A) Kane + Saka to DCL + Rashford (c)
            B) Saka + Rudiger to Greenwood + Diop
            C) Rudiger to Dallas, roll other FT (start preparing for GW36)

          • Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Mark going Salah (c)
            Bruno triple blank confirmed

            1. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              No doubt he'll get away with it again.

          • Corona is not good 4 U
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Is this bench boost team good to go? Or would you transfer out one?

            Guaita, Martinez
            Konsa, Ward, Coleman, Alexander-Arnold, Castagne
            Fernandes, Greenwood, Salah, Saka, Lingard
            Vardy, Iheanacho, Watkins

            Thanks!

          • BENOIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Start Saka or KDB?

            1. Royal5
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Id sell kdb tbh

          • tinear
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Martinez to Guaita for -4. Opinion lads?

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              No

          • Jebiga
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Good luck to all !

          • cescpistols111
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Bench G2G?

            Leno
            Shaw Kabak Rudiger
            Bruno (c) Son Jota Ward-Prowse
            Kane Vardy DCL (v)

            Forster Lingard Coady N.Williams