EPL Fantasy Preview: Six Sides on Double

EPL Fantasy Preview: Six Sides on Double Photo: TT
Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal

We’re close to the end of the season although if you’ve got trades left it’s time to pull the trigger with Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Southampton on the double in a prolonged matchweek.

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There’s a few sides flying home as they pursue UEFA Champions League football, namely Chelsea with Marcos Alonso among the goals in last weekend’s win over Manchester City. He’s worth consideration given they have so much to play for.

Liverpool are another side storming home, with goalkeeper Alisson Becker keeping a clean sheet and he is on the double this round.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has re-discovered some form for Everton too, with a good three-game average and two goals from his past two games.

Previous week lessons

Crystal Palace players went berserk last round as they thrashed relegated bottom club Sheffield United. The Blades have now been joined by West Bromwich and Fulham in officially being relegated, meaning they have nothing to play for. As a result, there may be big points up for grabs against those sides.

On the flipside, some sides have dropped off in the top four race, meaning West Ham’s Jesse Lingard and Tottenham’s Harry Kane aren’t delivering lately.

Also four of the most owned players meet this round, with Manchester United up against Liverpool with Bruno Fernandes, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah in action. Be careful on your selections.

Who to captain?

You need to focus on the sides on the double, although it is important to note Manchester United play the first fixture, so it’s wisest to put the VC on Bruno Fernandes who has been dominating for United all season.

Marcus Rashford is the next best United option but it must be noted the Red Devils have two difficult fixtures; against Leicester and Liverpool.

Top 10 sides Liverpool and Everton are also on the double, so Mohamed Salah comes into calculations, especially if Fernandes doesn’t fire, while Calvert-Lewin cannot be ignored either.

Injury front

There’s a long list of concerns this matchweek, led by Jack Grealish who is close to returning for Aston Villa ahead of their double. Monitor that.

Everton’s James Rodriguez appears set to miss which is frustrating with a double, while Emile Smith Rowe has a fresh hamstring injury.

Kevin De Bruyne was rested last time out with “muscle fatigue”, while Harry Maguire has an ankle issue for United. Does that open the door for Salah or Jamie Vardy to score in their match-ups.

James Maddison is a chance to return from a heel injury for Leicester City too.

Ben somerford
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