EPL Fantasy Preview: 12 Clubs on Doubles, Free Hit?

EPL Fantasy Preview: 12 Clubs on Doubles, Free Hit? Photo: TT
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There’s doubles galore for gameweek 36 with 12 clubs playing twice, including powerhouses Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.

The clubs not on the double are Brentford, Burnley, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Manchester United, Southampton and West Ham United. All that invites the prospect of using a chip such as a free hit before the end of the season.

Previous week lessons

Son Heung-Min was the form player in Fantasy Premier League four gameweeks ago with consecutive scores of 15, 12 and 21 and he produced a return to form with two goals and an assist equalling 19 FPL points, to top the gameweek. Son had only managed back-to-back scores of 3 prior to that.

As Manchester City home in on the title, there’s likely to be some strong displays and big wins, highlighted by last gameweek’s 4-0 victory over Leeds United, meaning big points, shared around by Ruben Dias (12), Phil Foden (9), Rodri (9) and Gabriel Jesus (8).

With the stakes high and their Champions League quest over, rotation will be less of a factor, so it’s worth getting a City player or two, if you don’t own any. That’s only reinforced by the fact they’ve got a gameweek 36 double.

New Options

At this time of the season, new options don’t really pop up, but there’s players you need to consider on the double, who you’d previously overlooked. Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah is a value forward who has started their past four games. Bringing him in may enable you to spend up elsewhere.

Kevin De Bruyne isn’t a new option, but arguably he’s an essential option, with excellent form. In fact over the past six gameweeks he’s outscored Mohamed Salah 56-35 and with City chasing the title, you know he’ll play a key role. He was rested last gameweek too.

Son and Harry Kane may be getting all the attention at Spurs but Dejan Kulusevski must be considered on the double, having contributed two goals and eight assists since his January move to Tottenham.

Who to captain?

De Bruyne makes a compelling case given his recent form compared to Salah. KDB’s City face Newcastle at home then go to Wolverhampton.

Salah’s Liverpool host Tottenham then go to Aston Villa in midweek. It’s worth noting Salah was also rested last gameweek, coming off the bench, so he’ll be fresh.


Arsenal defender Ben White is “still in contention” according to manager Mikel Arteta despite a thigh concern.

Aston Villa’s Jacob Ramsey picked up a knock in training this week, while Leicester City’s James Maddison returned to action in the UEFA Conference League in midweek.

Chelsea have ruled out midfield pair N’Golo Kante and Jorginho with the latter’s absence potentially opening up penalties duties for someone like Mason Mount or Kai Havertz.

Ben somerford
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