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The Burnley and Everton options for FPL Double Gameweek 31

We’ve got yet another Double Gameweek of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) to contend with as we get set for the first round of matches following the March international break.

This time, Burnley and Everton ‘double’, although both sides fixtures and form are far from ideal, which we’ll discuss below.

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BURNLEY

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Burnley arrive in Double Gameweek 31 on the back of three straight league defeats, a period which has seen them fail to find the net and concede a combined eight goals against Brentford, Chelsea and Leicester City.

Prior to that, performances and results had generally picked up, with a narrow home win over Tottenham Hotspur and battling draws against Arsenal and Manchester United suggesting they could pull clear of the relegation zone.

However, momentum has stalled of late, which is a concern given that their Double Gameweek 31 opener is against table toppers Manchester City, who haven’t lost on the road since the opening day.

Beyond that, a Turf Moor clash against an Everton side with the league’s worst away record is much more appealing, while there are also meetings with Norwich City and a potentially ‘on the beach’ Southampton outfit to follow. The latter forms the second-part of another ‘double’ in Gameweek 33, which means the Clarets have more matches (five) and Double Gameweeks (two) than any other team in the next three rounds.

In an attacking sense, goals have been in short supply all season, with just 22 in 27 Premier League games so far. The fact that Chris Wood (£6.7m), who left the club in January, remains the club’s joint-second top scorer in the league alongside Ben Mee (£4.7m) with three is revealing.

Admittedly, they have two games in hand on most of the teams above them, although regardless of that, the attacking stats are a real concern.

MetricTotalRank v other Premier League teams
Goals2219th
xG27.5419th
Shots27320th
Shots in the box16819th
Shots on target7920th
Big chances3517th=

Wout Weghorst’s (£6.4m) return of one goal and two assists in his first nine Burnley appearances underwhelms, although his all-round displays have generally been good. Given the dearth of appealing forward options right now, he’s probably worth considering, too, given that at the very least, he should at least contribute 10 appearance points over the next three rounds.

Elsewhere, Maxwel Cornet (£5.9m) has not scored since Gameweek 21, although a succession of fitness problems has not helped, while alternative midfield options like Dwight McNeil (£5.6m) and Aaron Lennon (£4.8m) are a little uninspiring.

Above: Burnley players ranked by xGI since the turn of the year


At the other end of the pitch, prior to their recent three-match losing streak, Burnley had improved defensively, shutting out Spurs, Brighton and Hove Albion, Watford and Arsenal in 2022. Notably, only one team (Brighton) below eighth in the table have conceded fewer goals than their 38, while their total of seven clean sheets ranks a pretty decent joint-ninth overall.

With Man City up next, defensive coverage certainly isn’t a priority, but given that they face Norwich in Gameweek 32, followed by another double-header against West Ham United and Southampton in Gameweek 33, it does add to their appeal.

Nick Pope (£5.4m) has made some crucial saves of late and put in one of his best displays of the season away to Chelsea. He has also been Burnley’s most reliable Fantasy performer, claiming 91 points. It’s a fairly modest total that ranks joint-10th among goalkeepers, largely due to a shaky start which saw the Clarets keep just one clean sheet across the opening 12 rounds. However, from Gameweek 14 onwards, the England international has rediscovered his best form, producing a further six clean sheets and averaging an impressive 4.8 points per start, a tally only bettered by Alisson (£6.0m) among first-choice ‘keepers.

Meanwhile, budget defender Connor Roberts (£4.4m) has now started each of Burnley’s last 10 Premier League matches, becoming first-choice right-back for Sean Dyche. In that time, he has produced one assist, four clean sheets and three bonus points, averaging a respectable 3.7 points per match. His attacking instincts and long throws raise his potential, whilst it’s also worth noting that his more expensive team-mate, James Tarkowski (£4.9m), is just two yellow cards away from a two-game ban.

However, a word of warning, there are selection issues which could impact their defensive performances: we are still unsure if Ben Mee (£4.7m) will be fit, while backup centre-half Nathan Collins (£4.3m) is suspended for the next three games after his red card at Brentford.

EVERTON

Frank Lampard took charge of Everton in January after a steep drop-off in form under Rafa Benitez.

However, inconsistencies remain, with their late win over Newcastle United in Gameweek 29 followed by another worrying display at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.

Overall, it’s five losses in Lampard’s first seven league games in charge, with four depressing defeats on the road in all competitions.

EVERTON AWAY RESULTS IN ALL COMPETITIONS UNDER LAMPARD
CompetitionOpponentScore
FA CupCrystal Palace4-0
Premier LeagueTottenham Hotspur5-0
Premier LeagueSouthampton2-0
Premier LeagueNewcastle United3-1

The longer-term schedule is also off-putting, with matches against Manchester United, Leicester City, Liverpool and Chelsea to follow Double Gameweek 31, although they do have two fixtures still to be arranged, which should result in further ‘doubles’ during the run-in.

Everton’s recent record in attack – one goal in their last five games against Premier League opposition – is concerning, although one of the few bright sparks has been Anthony Gordon (£4.5m), who is probably the pick of the sub-£5.0m midfielders right now and a budget enabler if nothing else. The youngster is unbeaten for shots, chances created and expected goal involvement (xGI) among his teammates since Lampard took charge and is now flourishing under a manager with a track record for trusting youth at his previous clubs.

Above: Everton players ranked by xGI under Frank Lampard


Elsewhere, Richarlison (£7.5m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) have done precious little to warrant Fantasy interest. The latter’s return to the side had been heralded as a key turning point for their fortunes, but he has looked far from his best since coming back from injury.

That leaves Demarai Gray (£5.5m), who started each of their Double Gameweek 29 fixtures after injury. Despite blanking twice, his four goal attempts and three shots in the box were team-leading totals. Notably, Andros Townsend’s (£5.2m) absence having suffered a serious knee injury enhances his chance of further starts, too.

Defensively, only four clubs have conceded more goals than Everton in 2021/22, with Norwich City, Watford, Leeds United and Newcastle United the only sides to have leaked more than Everton’s 47. They also feel way too open at times under Lampard, and given the schedule that follows their ‘double’, it’s hard to get too excited about any of their options at the back.

Uncertainty over how Lampard will react to their FA Cup mauling in personnel terms is also a factor, with Ben Godfrey (£4.7m), Michael Keane (£4.7m) and Mason Holgate (£4.2m) all poor last time out. Jordan Pickford (£4.9m) is perhaps the safest route into the Everton defence, then, and did at least impress for England in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Switzerland.

However, with Allan (£4.3m) still suspended and Yerry Mina (£4.9m) out with a thigh injury, caution is advised if punting on an Everton defender.


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267 Comments Post a Comment
  1. HD7
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Anything you would change here?

    33 BB
    Pope Dubravka
    Robbo Cancelo White Schar WalkerP
    Salah Saka Maddy Kulu Fraser
    Kane Weghorst Laca

    36
    Ramsdale
    Robbo Matip Cancelo White
    Salah Saka Cout Kulu
    Kane Watkins

    37 FH

  2. Tonyawesome69
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Robbo, Cancelo, James and Weghorst are my transfer options to replace TAA, Digne and Watkins.

    Which 2 (-4) or 3 (-8) players which you bring in this GW?

    WC34 BB left
    1FT 0.3ITB
    Ramsdale
    VVD Doherty Digne TAA
    Saka Barnes Raphinha Salah
    Kane
    (Forster Broja Tierney Watkins )

    1. HD7
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Looking good. Just not sure how many games will James start

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I'm thinking Digne and TAA to Robbo and Cancelo (-4) this GW. I could delay Watkins to Weghorst to GW32 for Norwich or take another hit this GW for the Everton game

    2. basilfawlty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Would go for Robbo and Cancelo, James is a big rotation risk. Not personally sold on Weghorst, but probably as good a forward choice as any.

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Robbo and Cancelo are the safer options. Undecided if it worth taking another hit this GW for Watkins to Weghorst

  3. basilfawlty
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Thoughts on next moves here? Initial thinking was to lose Digne, Saiss and Jimenez but with the TAA news, now considering selling him.

    Keep it simple and do TAA, Digne > Robbo, Cancelo?

    Sa Ramsdale
    TAA Tierney Doherty Saiss Digne
    Salah Saka Coutinho Raphinha Kulusevski
    Kane Broja Jimenez

    2 FT 1.7m ITB

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I'm looking at the same moves so look good. I would consider Jimenez to Weghorst for a hit this GW when you look at 31-33

      1. basilfawlty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Thanks mate, I’ve been thinking about Jimenez out, just who to get - slim pickings!

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          If you don't need to downgrade to fodder for funds, I think Weghorst is worth a punt

  4. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Do you guys think James will play at the weekend?

    1. DavidBW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Defo he's Leeds best player

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Funneeh

        1. DavidBW
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 29 days ago

          I aim to please

    2. basilfawlty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Wait for Tuchel's presser but with RM a few days later, that game will be the priority.

      1. Flynny
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        He was pictured in training so I think he starts

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Took part in full training so looks like he could be available for selection

    4. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Yeah, he'll need to build up match fitness before RM in midweek. Everything Tuchel said before he was called up by England suggested he would have been ready to at least be on the bench v Middlesbrough, I think he was only left out to avoid him going with England

  5. Flynny
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Hi....what would you do here please? 0 cash. 2 fts. Will use my last free hit in 36/7

    Currently thinking: saiss laca and vvd to cancelo robbo and cucho - 4

    Would start broja if taa out. Thanks

    Sa (Dubravka)
    Taa vvd rudiger doherty (saiss)
    Salah Coutinho kulusevski saka (ramsey)
    Kane laca (broja)

  6. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    This is my team. Keep TAA or ship out for -4?

    Pope
    TAA Matip Cancelo Tierney
    Salah Son Saka Raph
    Kane Weghorst

    Lewis Gelhardt Ramsey Davies

    Thanks!

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      If you sell TAA this GW, how will you get him back?

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        The problem with selling TAA is that besides money it costs downgrade elsewhere (extra transfer) + those two transfers. That is too much for only two games imo. So imo selling TAA should mean decision to stic with Robbo. However, TAA is hardly needed back before gw 34.

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Easier decision for folks that plan to WC34

        2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Plays City. Whips in a lethal cross for Mane to score. Gets a FK right outside the area. Scores.

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Hold is the answer then.

  7. fedolefan
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    So, Johnson is the only nailed on sub 4.0m defender right? Amartey looks like a no-go given Evans Fofana Soyuncu are all fit.

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Coufal could be available next week

      1. fedolefan
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Ugh, is there any 4.0 defender likely to play then? Really only need him GW 34 on.

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Why GW34? Williams or maybe Manquillo

          1. fedolefan
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            FH in 33. Freeing up cash for KDB.

  8. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Bottomed, since no answers. And for general discussion about strategies and players to target for those who are not loaded with chips. Having a couple of different teams and considering different strategies is worth discussing instead of just A/B questions. However I present also them so that there are different choices to discuss.

    Ramsdale*/ Dubravka*
    TAA*, Cancelo, Cash, Kilman*, White
    Salah, Son, Saka(*), Raphinha, Kulu
    Kane, Broja, Gelhardt
    1 ft, 2.3 mitb, 1 FH (36 strategy)

    What would you do here (and why)?
    1) Get a goalkeeper, who out for whom?
    2) Kilman to Laporte/R James /Chalobah
    3) Broja to Weghorst
    4) Raphinha to Sancho/Havertz (exact money)
    5) TAA to Robbo (and one of the above)?
    6) Broja to Cucha and Saiss to Robbo -4
    7) Something more clever for the future?

    1. Super John McGinn-
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      2 or 4

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Thx!

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      1/ GK is a tough one, real bad luck on the injuries. I'm not sure to be honest, partly want a premium but also concerned of cost. I think in the end I'll stick with Sa until 33 and decide whether to FH33 or swap him out at that point.

      2/ I'd try stretch to Robbo.

      3/ Nah - Weghorst shmeghorst.

      4/ Maybe Havertz, not sure on Sancho. What about a Leicester mid?

      5/ I'd want both - but the injury might make this make sense.

      6/ Ah - I like this!

      7/

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Thx. If I do 6, I can afford later Raphinha to Barnes 🙂

    3. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      5 for me plus maybe Pope for Dub if you have no chips and both keepers look likely to miss out

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Thx. Pope for Dub takes too much money long term (million) though.

  9. Super John McGinn-
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Got Wildcard, bench boost and one FT left

    Ramsdale
    TAA, Cancelo, Rudiger
    Salah (C), Son, Foden, Saka, Martinelli
    Jimenez**, Weghorst

    Foster, Livramento, Ait Nori, Dennis

    1.5 ITB 0 FT

    A) TAA + Jimenez > Holgate/Johnson + Kane (-4)
    B) Son + Jimenez > Kulu + Kane (-4)
    C) TAA + Son + Jimenez > Robbo + Havertz + Kane (-8)
    D) Wildcard

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      One FH, 0 FT u mean?

      1. Super John McGinn-
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Free hit I meant yes

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I like C, because you can dead end gw 33 and WC 34. With WC left selling TAA is worth considering, without less so.

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        A is certainly better than B. The difference between Son and Kane isn't 4 pts imo, at least in short term. Robbo has only one good fixture during next 3, so I am not certain he is the best option to get now. So I can narrow your problem to be between A and C.

  10. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Tempted by a -8
    TAA, Ramsey, Watkins > Cancelo, KDB, Greenwood

    Gets me to

    Sa,
    Robbo, Tierney, Alonso, Cancelo
    Salah, KDB, Saka, Kulusevski, Martinelli
    Kane

    Foster, Broja, Ait-Nouri, Greenwood

    Really should be moving Alonso on at some point...but what if he plays? Would be a great differential.

  11. DavidBW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Instead of selling Trent I could play double Wolves Def. Any chance they get a CS against Villa??

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Tough game to call. Could see 1-1.

      Bookies CS odds for both teams are at 28%

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      i never know what Villa team will show up. i hope for a Wolves CS myself.

    3. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Too slim for my liking. Somewhere around 30% or less. Getting Chalobah for one of them is an option also.

  12. Meechoo115
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Am I right in saying the Trent news is “only” definitely out of the Watford game and maybe misses the tough city game?

      Wouldn’t say necessarily means a definite sell especially if haven’t got a wildcard to bring back

      1. Meechoo115
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Better off making sure your sub (mine Kilman) isn’t a disaster

        • NateDog
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 29 days ago

          He's in a race against time to be fit for City. Given that they have the 1st CL leg before that, the 2nd leg 3 days after, then the FA Cup semi 3 days after that (4 games in 10 days), I'm not too sure I'd be hopeful of him playing v ManUtd in GW33 if he is fit.

      2. dshv
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        What to do with this team?? (WC BB FH left) when to play the chips?

        Ddg foster
        Taa Cash Cancelo Rudiger Ait nouri
        Salah Son Saka Jwp Kulusevski
        Jimenez Lacazette Weghorst

        0.5 itb 1ft

        Cash to tierney? How to use the chips

      3. Sir Spawnsalot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Current GW31 setup:

        Ramsdale, (Dubravka)
        TAA, Doherty, T.Silva, Holgate, (Kilman)
        Salah, Son, Saka, Raphinha, (Ramsey)
        Kane, Broja, (Toney)

        Which option would you do with 1FT and £0.3 ITB;

        a) Kilman > Roberts
        b) Ramsey+T.Silva > Gordon+James (-4)
        c) Nothing & roll FT.

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

        Jimenez to Weghorst?

        Or

        Dubravka to Pope?

        Rest of team:
        Dubravka/Foster
        James/TAA/Dier/Coady/White
        Son/Salah/Saka/Barnes/Kulu
        Jimenez/Wood/Broja