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FPL Double Gameweek 34/35: My thoughts on United and Chelsea players

The news for the potential doubles in Gameweek 34 and 35 has just dropped and with this article, I give my initial thoughts on the current state of play.

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BACK TO BACK DOUBLES POSSIBLE FOR UNITED

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The first obvious repercussion is that it makes Manchester United assets more attractive now than they were before, with a guaranteed ‘double’ in Gameweek 33 and the potential for another one in Gameweek 34 (ars, CHE). Now while the Double Gameweek 34 is not too attractive, it is still a Double Gameweek. I was already feeling that people are ignoring the Red Devils’ double this week (there might be some bias as a United fan), calling it a ‘single Gameweek’ just because the second game is at Anfield against Liverpool. Now, in no way am I saying that we will demolish the Reds based on what we’ve seen so far but Jurgen Klopp’s side do concede their fair share of big chances, and I wouldn’t rule out a goal from my team.

And then there is the fixture against Norwich at home. There are a lot of people saying that the Canaries have done well in keeping two clean sheets on the trot but the fact is they have an expected goals conceded (xGC) of 4.95 in the last two Gameweeks – only Burnley and Southampton have a higher xGC in that period. Add to that the fact that they are the worst team in the league for xGC this season, I think it’s very much worth rolling the dice on a Manchester United attacker.

Since Gameweek 25, Manchester United are fifth in the league for expected goals (xG) and despite our Jekyll and Hyde nature, we are at least capable of scoring a few goals against Dean Smith’s troops. You know what they say about FPL: it is about putting yourself in a position to get lucky. You don’t necessarily need to hold on to your United asset in Gameweek 34, either, and converting that attacker to a Chelsea player (should the Blues’ double materialise) is also a good option.

GO BIG ON CHELSEA?

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Speaking of Chelsea, if they do beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup and have a Double Gameweek in 34, Wildcarders have a great opportunity in terms of going heavy on the Blues. Given that they are out of Europe and have a good-looking Double Gameweek 36 as well (WOL, lee), I assume most Wildcarders would probably triple on Chelsea in Gameweek 34, rule out the Free Hit in Gameweek 36 and instead deploy it in Gameweek 37, although that still depends on where the as-yet-unannounced Manchester City Double Gameweek falls. It also helps that, outside of the doubles, Thomas Tuchel’s side have great fixtures right until the end of the season.

We have Chelsea options across the field at the moment and it won’t be too difficult to pick three of their players and hold them until the end of the season. And yes, in case you’re wondering, of course Timo Werner (£8.6m) is on my mind.

INTEREST IN LEICESTER LESSENING

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Leicester City’s UEFA Conference League tie against PSV Eindhoven has just ended as I write this and it seems like they will primarily focus on Europe now. My interest in them has definitely dwindled after tonight’s results and it is worth pointing out that their next European ties will be after Gameweeks 34 and 35. Interestingly, Tottenham Hotspur have an away game against the Foxes in Gameweek 35, which makes Spurs assets very attractive – if they weren’t already – for that round of matches.

ROLL A TRANSFER IF YOU CAN

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Another thought in my head, and something I’m contemplating with for my team, is that if you have a captain that you are happy with this week and don’t have a Wildcard to fall back on, it might be worthwhile rolling your transfer (if you can afford it) to attack better teams in Gameweek 34/35. I currently am thinking of getting a Manchester United player to captain in Gameweek 33 and saving my other transfer so that I can attack and set up my team in Gameweek 34 with a lot more information at my disposal. Primarily, this concerns Double Gameweek 34 or 35 and where Manchester City’s double is likely falling.

If you have a strong feeling about a team this week, don’t hesitate from going there either because there are not many Gameweeks left. If you have a Free Hit outstanding, one Gameweek is 20% of your remaining FPL season – so don’t be afraid to chase hauls, even if for one week. That said, Chelsea next week seem worth attacking more than any of the doublers this time around, especially since they are out of Europe. It is not a given at all that they will beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup semi-final, which is a reason why I like the idea of waiting for this week before going heavy on any team.

DOWNGRADE DOHERTY?

Asessing the best Matt Doherty replacements in FPL

A couple of things before I sign off.

A lot of people are looking for Matt Doherty (£4.9m) replacements and if you have already used your Bench Boost chip, dead-ending this spot to generate a million in funds is also something you should consider if it fits your plans, especially as people will be targeting expensive assets from good teams for the run-in.

READ MORE: Who are the best Matt Doherty replacements in FPL?

And lastly, being a Manchester United fan, I just want to say, think again and very, very, very hard if you’re considering selling Mohamed Salah (£13.2m) this Gameweek.


You can watch my fellow Pro Pundit Zophar and I reacting to the Double Gameweek 34/35 news in our latest pod below.

Good luck and see you next week!


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462 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sz21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Have 2 ft's here. Which of these options are you doing?
    1. Pope to Schmeichel.
    2. Salah to Bruno (c).
    3. Kane to Ronaldo.
    4. Other- What would it be?

    Pope.
    James, Cancelo, TAA.
    Martinelli, Kulu, Saka, Salah, Havertz.
    Kane, Broja.
    Foster, Laporte, Amartey, Mateta.
    2ft's, 0.2m ITB. 1 FH left.

    1. CLOD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I would just do Pope to Schmeichel. Can see Salah and kane outscoring Bruno and Ronaldo. Wouldn't be surprised to see Utd lose both games.

    2. SharkyT
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      1

  2. mo 10+ FFS- einzkp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    So I have 2 free home ta left and have no idea when to use them..

    This is the first time in years i have been stumped with my strategy!

    Sitting just inside 50k.

    Pope
    Cancelo, taa, James, white
    Salah, saka, kulu, Gordon
    Tony, Kane, weg

    1. balint84
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Who is the captain?

    2. Davemc23
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      2 free hits?

    3. SharkyT
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      You can’t use them back to back so I’d use one this week then 36 or 37 although your team doesn’t really warrant one

  3. Do I Not Like Orange
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    On BB this GW, have to take a hit to replace my final blanker (Raph).

    Do I go for Maddison (possible double, heavy chance of rotation in the medium-term) or Mount/Havertz (only a SGW, but would set me up well for Chelsea's run-in)?

    1. JT11fc
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I think Id just go Havertz tbh

  4. balint84
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Is Maddison capitany a Maddness this week?

    1. Bavarian
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yes

    2. Davemc23
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      It's not madness but I think he only starts one

  5. upforgrabs
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Who do you think scores more over the next two GWs (given United gets DGW34) ?

    A) Fernandes (NOR, liv, ars, CHE)
    or
    B) Salah (MUN, EVE)

    1. Bavarian
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      B

    2. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A

    3. Chrispy
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Salah, only way I go near Bruno is on my FH this week.

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        B

    4. Bavarian
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      BB this? YES or NO

      Ramsdale*-Guaita
      TAA-Cancelo-White*-Schar*-Targett*
      Salah-Maddison*-Kulusevski-Saka*-Sancho*
      Kane-Broja*-Weghorst*

    5. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Ramsey to Sterling? Have 7.0m ITB, would leave me with the following:

      Ramsdale*
      Robertson Cancelo Tarkowski* Schar*
      Fernandes* Sterling Maddison* Saka* Kulu
      Kane

      (Lacazette*, Coady, Gelhardt)

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        That could well be the best play into Manchester City attack at the moment.

      2. JT11fc
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Really tempted by Sterling too

    6. DennisTheMenace
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Thoughts on this FH draft? 0 ITB

        Schmeichel (new, eve)
        Gabriel (sou, che) | Burn (LEI, CRY) | Schar (LEI, CRY) | Cancelo (BHA)
        Maddison (new, eve) | Bruno (NOR, liv) | Son (BHA)
        Ronaldo (NOR, liv) | Wood (LEI, CRY) | Kane (BHA)

        Raya (wat) | KDH (new, eve) | Brownhill (whu, SOU) | Tsimikas (MUN)

        Is it a worry that I don’t have Trent, Saka or Kulusevski? Anyone else that I should or shouldn’t have?

      • bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Need another starter, will WC next GW,

        Sanchez
        TAA, Cancelo, White
        Son, Saka, Barnes, Bowen
        Kane, Broja

        Steel, Rudiger, Watkins, Raph, Doherty

        A) Doherty to Schar for free play 4-4-2
        B) Bruno (and bench fodder defender up to 4.3m) for a hit, play 3-4-3
        C) Play Rudiger (and bring in bench cover)

        1. DennisTheMenace
            2 months, 13 days ago

            a

        2. Dyche sacking reaction
          ShaunGoater123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Sean dyche sacked!

          Stupid decision from Burnley

          1. JT11fc
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Huh??

            1. ShaunGoater123
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              The athletic reporting that Sean Dyche has been sacked

              1. JT11fc
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Ridiculous decision, they may bounce and manage to stay up but hes had them punching well above their weight

                1. ShaunGoater123
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Totally agree

          2. Bavarian
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Weg (C)

          3. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Who do they think they are?

            Might make United think twice on rushing the ten Hag appointment.

          4. The Knights Template
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Pochettino’s next move sorted!

          5. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Wow that’s an outrageous decision

          6. The Tinkerman
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            A completely ridiculous decision from the outside. Wouldn’t be surprised to not see them in the prem again for decades.

            1. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Big Sam time

            2. Wild Rover
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Good

          7. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks for the memories Dychey baby!!

            https://youtu.be/Ube9YZFYqvk

          8. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            What is going on? Sean to United? 😛

          9. Qaiss
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            After 10 years as well. Something must have happened between Dyche and the owners this week.

            1. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              headbutt?

          10. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Madness if true

          11. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Madness.

          12. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            To be fair, how man league titles has he won for Burnley , how many champions leagues, how many fa cups, how many world cups, how many Olympic golds, how many F1 championships, how many Green jackets you seen him sporting … not a single Brit award!? All perfectly normal expectations for a club like Burnley.

            1. Lord.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              He managed to keep a Pub team in the Premier League for most of the last decade.

          13. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Tony Pulis next.

          14. diesel001
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Probably the right move.

            He took over in September 2012/13. Dyche's high point was taking Burnley into Europe - that was in 2017/18. His low point is now with Burnley in the relegation zone (2021/22).

            5 year rise to the top (2013 to 2017) and 5 year fall to the bottom (2018 to 2022). They are likely to go down so get a new manager in, might get lucky and stay up and gives the new manager time to work over all summer whatever the result.

          15. RedRo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Wonder what this means for the recruitment policy requiring players to have a forklift truck licence to be able to sign

          16. ringwraith
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Burnley are going down now. Love to know who made such a decision. The timing is terrible. Breaks my heart being a Burnley fan

            1. Chemical76
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              It makes no sense at all.

              Burnley now going to be caught in the washing machine that is the Championship for around 5 to 10 years.

              Will tantalise fanbase with play offs but Premier League will become a distant memory.

              Dyche was the club.

        3. XX SMICER XX
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Who scores more points in the next 3 gameweeks
          A. Ronaldo -4 (NOR liv ars CHE BRE)
          B. Kane (BRI bre LEI)

          1. Bavarian
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            B

          2. MightyGar
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            B

        4. Saosin
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          White or Telles on FH?

          1. Bavarian
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            White

          2. XX SMICER XX
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Telles for me

        5. balint84
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Why is Wood more popular thsm ASM here?

          1. schlupptheweek
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Gets more minutes, on pens and everyone like getting Wood

            1. No Kane No Gain
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Wood gets 1 penalty and everyone jumps on board

          2. Maddamotha
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Because Wood scored last gw.

            1. XX SMICER XX
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              This

        6. The Frenchie
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Guys who were set to use FH on DGW33, are you plans changing now with potentially DGW34?

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Not sure myself got 2FT and 2FH making FH33 more difficult

        7. Meechoo115
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Kane to Ronaldo -4

            Will then captain Ronaldo this week not Saka

            Have wildcard which I am doing in 34 anyway so one weeker

            A. Yes
            B. No

            1. XX SMICER XX
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              I like it.
              I’m considering moving to Ronaldo with no WC left

          • Well you know, Triffic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Burnley owners finally watched Weghurst highlights from the past 6 weeks.

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Boom

          • KANTEnders
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Weggy resurgence incoming lads!

          • Ruinenlust
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Keep Weggy then?

            1. No Kane No Gain
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              TC

            2. XX SMICER XX
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Chucking the armband on him

          • diesel001
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Burnley bounce coming? Cornet, Rodriguez, McNeil resurgence?

            1. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              sh*t gets sh*tter after bounce...

            2. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Bounce to where is the question

            3. No Kane No Gain
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Just cornet if you had to go there

          • Echoes
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Weghorst -> Pele transformation incoming. C locked.

          • Lingard’s Shin Guards
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            which one?

            a) doh -> reguilon/emerson
            b) iheanacho, doh -> Pukki, Laporte (-4)
            c) iheancho, doh -> Broja, Laporte (-4)
            d) iheanacho, doh -> Wood, reguilon/emerson (-4)
            e) iheanacho, raph -> Broja/Pukki, Havertz/Mount/Madds (-4)

          • DV8R
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Best FH mid to have? Got up to 8.5m to spend.

            Midfield is currently: Saka, Maddison, Bruno, Son

            1. Well you know, Triffic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Bruno
              Son
              Salah
              Saka
              Maddison
              Cornet
              Martinelli

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                No
                No
                No
                Yes
                Yes
                Yes
                Yes

            2. No Kane No Gain
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Cornet or Barnes or Martinelli

          • No Kane No Gain
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Doherty to James or Cancelo -4?! Need to do it to field 11.

            I guess James with the potential double 34 is the best option?! Are we expecting a cancelo rest in either 33 or 34??

          • Holmes
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Now just need Dyche to take the commentator role...

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Imagine him at United with all the prima donnas a few black eyes would sort out the dressing room 🙂

          • g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Any United defender nailed at present?

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Telles with Shaw injury

            2. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              People taunting Telles as Shaw is out

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Looking for Docherty replacement so I can use BB but also have Laca 🙁

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Is it a Mistake benching Rudiger?

            Ramsdale
            TAA, Robbo, Schar
            Maddison (c), Son (VC), Salah, Saka, Kulu
            Lacazette, Weghorst

            Bench: Rudiger, non playing players

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Over Weghorst probably yes ... keep an eye on Laca fitness

          • Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Outrageous, DGW 33 34 35 36 37 now? When the heck I will use my 2FH?

          • FCSB
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Wout Weghorst just announced player-manager til the end of the season

            1. Echoes
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Quadruple captain locked

          • RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            With 2FTs, 1.8ITB and a WC next week. Doherty >> Schar / Targett with 1FT then either…

            A. Weg >> Wood/ASM/Adams
            B. Raph >> Maddison (bench Weg)
            C. Both -4 and bench someone else.

            (2)DDG
            TAA. Cancelo. Doherty**
            Salah. Kulu. (2)Saka. (2)Martinelli
Kane. Toney. (2)Weg
            (Foster, Raphinha**, Tierney**, (2)Dalot)

          • Iceball
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Schmeichel
            Cancelo Targett Schar
            Bruno(C) Maddison Saka Martinelli Son
            Ronaldo(V) Kane
            Steele Burn Richardson Tsimikas
            On FH, GTG or reshuffle?

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Decent whoever you pick someone else will haul just the FPL way 🙂