- Champions Liverpool travel to Arsenal in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 36+
- Manchester City welcome AFC Bournemouth, as Chelsea entertain relegated Norwich City
- West Ham and Watford clash in seismic six-pointer, as Leicester City and Sheffield United vie for European berths
PREMIER LEAGUE – With another midweek fixture list on the menu, who are the key picks for your Fantasy Premier League squads for Gameweek 36+?
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With just three games remaining of the Premier League campaign, thoughts of Fantasy Premier League managers will be consumed by the threat of rotation for the final two weeks of the campaign. As we look for a reliable option to begin a potential points haul, Christian Pulisic looks an excellent option.
Since the restart, Chelsea’s flying forward has been a revelation for the Blues netting three goals and as many assists in six games. Throwing off the shackles that led the American to struggle in the top flight for large parts of the season, Pulisic has now well and truly began to fill the weighty boots of Eden Hazard.
Having played every minute of the previous four games before Chelsea’s resounding loss at Bramall Lane, Pulisic was withdrawn just after the hour mark against Sheffield United, pointing to his inclusion from the beginning this Tuesday evening against now-relegated Norwich City.
As the Canaries roll into London, Daniel Farke‘s men could be in for some capital punishment after shipping another four at home to West Ham and Pulisic is poised to cause all manner of problems for the visiting back line.
Priced at 7.3, the forward is still of strong relative value for new fantasy owners and the 12.5% who already retain his service in their squads. Pulisic will be a strong contender for the captain’s armband in midweek.
Kevin De Bruyne
If Pulisic looks a sure source of points in Gameweek 36+, Kevin De Bruyne is not far behind. After Manchester City hit five past their opponents for the second game running, the Belgian was rather on the periphery but after his bit-part against Brighton, City’s talisman could be primed against Bournemouth.
With just one assist in two games, the likes of Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and Raheem Sterling have come to the fore of late, but as the Cherries visit the Etihad with a sense of hope after their 4-1 win over Leicester City, the hosts will be on the offensive here also.
Eddie Howe‘s men put in a plucky showing on their last visit to Manchester but were still taken apart with five goals, and a similar scenario could be on the cards as City go for a trifecta of quintets.
De Bruyne notched just a single assist when the sides met at the Vitality back in August, but will be fresh for Wednesday night and that will be key. After the Citizens had their European ban overturned on Monday, Pep Guardiola will be looking to make a further statement and though the Cherries will look to salvage a point, De Bruyne could render their efforts meaningless.
As Premier League games go, Friday night’s clash between West Ham United and Watford looks seismic. In a game that will surely lead to safety for the victors, we turn not to home favour but to Danny Welbeck, who’s form is on the rise for the visiting Watford.
Having formed a strong partnership with Troy Deeney since his return from injury, Welbeck has looked sharp on his way back to the Premier League fold – indeed, his spectacular effort against Norwich last midweek was evidence of that.
Priced at 5.8, only 0.2% of fantasy have Welbeck in their ranks, however the former Arsenal and United striker will be prowling against a likely nervous Hammers side that lost their last game at the London Stadium by a single goal.
Welbeck has scored three times versus the Hammers during his career and as the Hornets make the trip across London will be looking for more. Now stationed on the left of attack – an area West Ham continue to labour in – Welbeck will be poised to strike against a home outfit. A differential to consider for Gameweek 36+.
As a man who continues to divide opinion, Dwight Gayle is next for our selections. Away from other pricier options to lead our respective attacks, the Newcastle forward has seemingly replaced the struggling Joelinton as Steve Bruce‘s first-choice striker.
With the still-conflicted Tottenham Hotspur visiting St. James’ Park in Gameweek 36+, Gayle will be looking to add to his three strikes since the restart against a side that away from home, faltered against Bournemouth and shipped three versus Sheffield United.
The Magpies have become upwardly mobile in the latter stages of the campaign and though Spurs travel to the North East after North London derby victory last Sunday, Newcastle will be a different opponent altogether.
Having netted in all but one game since resumption, the hosts have 11 goals to their name in the six games played. For Gayle in particular, the former Crystal Palace front-man is looking sharp again as his finish from Federico Fernandez‘s flick-on at Vicarage Road showed and with home comforts in mind, stands to trouble Spurs’ back line.
For our final pick of Gameweek 36+, we return to Chelsea and whilst at one end Pulisic could be set for significant spoils, the further inclusion of Cesar Azpilicueta could be a very canny move for fantasy managers.
As documented, the visiting Norwich have already succumbed to the drop back to the Championship and in the extra knowledge they have scored just once away from home since January, the Spanish full-back could play a significant part in Tuesday evening’s Stamford Bridge meeting.
Having returned to his natural left-back berth, Azpilicueta has played an integral part in the Blues’ balance in both defence and attack. Though Chelsea’s back line have kept just two clean sheets since June, it was the Azpilicueta’s clever cut-back assist for Olivier Giroud in their 3-0 win – their last home game – that saw the former grab the maximum bonus points in Gameweek 34+.
With two further assists against Aston Villa to speak of, it’s now six for the campaign. Given the Canaries’ proclivities at conceding from set-pieces in to the bargain – as when we tipped Craig Dawson two weeks back – the versatile defender’s two goals already this term, could become three.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 36+ deadline is Tuesday, 19:15 UK time.
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