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Friday Foreplay – Gameweek 36

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I’ve lost count of the times I given up on you
But you make such a beautiful wreck, you do
Yeah, you make such a beautiful wreck, you do
You make such a beautiful wreck, you do

Some had a great Gameweek 35 while for others it was a beautiful wreck. With only three Gameweeks left, it is now or never to move in on or captain the player that will give you the few extra points you need to secure a victory in your mini league. Let us help as we travel together to All Things FPL’s (ATFPL) Gameweek 36 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) preview and its captain picks, heavy hitters, clean sheets, punts, and the big ol’ rumbling gut.

Captain Picks

The holder of the highest Captain Foresight score this Gameweek, Alexis Sánchez, is starting to look like the Fantasy elite we experienced in the first half of the season. He was devastating against Hull City — managing eight goal attempts of which 63% were inside the box — and is a contender for the armband as Arsenal play at home against Swansea. All signs point to an Arsenal win.

The captain of the official All Things FPL squadSergio Agüero, also tops ATFPL’s Forwards Watchlist. A home game against QPR is as good a fixture as you can hope for so many will be tempted by the lethal Argentine. He scored yet again last Gameweek, extending his scoring run to four consecutive games — hopefully you went by the underlying numbers and kept him during his blanks in Gameweeks 29-31 as mentioned in last weeks Foreplay.

“You cannot deny the Belgian Beast”, wrote Stoosher in his What We Learned about in form striker Christian Benteke. He has come to life under Tim Sherwood and is on a fantastic run, scoring 10 goals and providing one assist in his last eight games. Aston Villa’s two home games in the last three fixtures are worth considering and Benteke is still a differential, owned by less than 10% of Fantasy Managers. With both Sánchez and Agüero playing at home against beatable opponents Benteke is certainly a gamble, but one that could pay off handsomely.

Heavy Hitters

This week’s Beat the Fixture List focused on the Arsenal attacking quintuple ahead of their double Gameweek 37. Sánchez has already been covered above which leaves Mesut Özil, this week’s Risk v. Reward pick;  Aaron Ramsey, sitting on top of the ATFPL Midfielders Watchlist;  Olivier Giroud, who has the best underlying numbers at in Arsenal’s last three league games at the Emirates; and Santi Cazorla, the outside pick. All are viable options this Gameweek.

Despite securing the title last Gameweek, Chelsea are still favourites at home against a Liverpool team on a poor run of form. El Garitero fancies a bet on Chelsea, pointing out that José Mourinho will want to maintain his unbeaten home record, and the Foreplay likes its own flutter on Eden Hazard, the top FPL scorer in the game.

Last week’s Manchester City win came on the back of the classic City goal: a David Silva assist to an Agüero finish. Never underestimate the Spaniard, especially as City are capable of big wins. They are now on a run of three wins in a row, averaging two goals per game, and could provide one big thrashing before the season is over. I would want to be holding Silva in that case.


Stoke City have had a great season under Mark Hughes, in a relatively quiet fashion. He’s got the Potters rotating between possession football and quick counter attacks resulting in more use of the speedy Mame Biram Diouf. The former Manchester United player has had a decent season, scoring nine times and assisted twice. He’s a low-key punt as Stoke welcome Tottenham, who are conceding several big chances every game, to the Britannia.

Highlighted in this week’s Differentials, Marc Albrighton has been a key figure in the Leicester City revival. He’s leading midfielders in key passes in the last four Gameweeks, carries a decent goal threat, and is available for a budget price of 4.2 million. What more could you want from a differential?

Romelu Lukaku rounds out this week’s punts, playing the lone-forward role for Everton in their home game against Sunderland. His season has been a disappointment, having scored only nine goals, but with Everton playing better of late and facing a kind schedule Lukaku is set to add to that tally.

Clean Sheets

The ATFPL Clean Sheet Consortium likes the look of…

…Chelsea’s ever reliable John Terry, who has scored an average of seven Fantasy points in Chelsea’s last five league games.

…Arsenal’s David Ospina, now entrenched as Arsenal’s number one keeper and second in the ATFPL Goalkeeper Watchlist.

…perennial Fantasy favourite Aleksandar Kolarov, covered in Darsh’s Differentials, if you want to yet again go for his attacking potential against a weak QPR defence.

Big ol’ Rumbling Gut Pick

Louis van Gaal will surely hand Ángel Di Mária a starting spot against Crystal Palace after Manchester United have failed to score in three consecutive games. As teams have followed Chelsea’s lead of defending deep and denying space in the middle, United could do with the speed and trickery of Di Mária. Hopefully Van Gaal’s gut rumbles like ATFPL’s for the Argentine international.

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