- Manchester City face Chelsea in Champions League final rehearsal during Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 35
- Latest double Gameweek sees 10 teams play twice, with Manchester United turning out three times in five days
- United and Liverpool play rearranged fixture from GW34, whilst Fulham look to stave off relegation versus Burnley
PREMIER LEAGUE – As Manchester City look to seal the Premier League title, who do you need in your squad for Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 35’s double dose?
Edinson Cavani (£7.9)
To kick off Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 35’s selections, all eyes will likely be on Manchester United with their three games on the menu. The question of who to select with the issue of rotation a likelihood is a difficult problem to resolve, however, Edinson Cavani could fit the bill.
As FPL enters unchartered territory in GW35, United are set to play three times in five days from Sunday, having booked their place in the Europa League final on Thursday night.
In that game in Rome, Cavani was again on the scoresheet grabbing a brace, and has now scored seven goals in five outings in all competitions.
With his future at Old Trafford still in question, the Uruguay is finding his groove at last, and fans are keen to see Cavani pen a permanent deal, with FPL owner now also having sat up.
Withdrawn shortly after 70 minutes against Roma, Cavani may be somewhat questionable for his role in the coming days. However, with the form he is currently in, and given United are still chasing a top-four slot, Cavani looks a good bet for consistent points this GW.
Mohamed Salah (£12.7) (c)
The picture for Champions League places is a similar one for Liverpool, who still harbour hopes of finishing inside the top four also. And, for Mohamed Salah, after a run of poor form, he now merits an FPL recall.
Still owned by 35.5% of managers, that ratio is still down some way on last season, but can be explained with his relatively paltry tally of 20 goals in comparison with that of his best total from three seasons ago.
Nevertheless, 20 for the season is far from shabby, but his steep price-tag has not allowed managers to justify his inclusion, having scored just twice in a spell of eight games before GW30.
In the last four however, Salah has notched three times and though his future has come under question his past week, a DGW35 is perhaps the perfect time for managers to return to the Egyptian King. A captaincy consideration.
Harry Maguire (£5.5)
The temptation will be to perhaps double up on United defenders for GW35, but with rotation a threat as documented, it could be difficult to call Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s bluff. We feel however, that Harry Maguire should be in.
Instrumental in the Red Devil’s 13 clean sheets this term, the England defender has played every minute of every league game he has played in this campaign, and looks the best bet for at least 180 minutes in GW35 – but it could be more.
With home clashes against both Leicester City and Liverpool in their rearranged fixture from last weekend, Maguire has been the beneficiary of tight games from a bonus point perspective, but his threat from set-pieces cannot be overlooked also – netting twice this campaign.
Aston Villa play the opening act on Sunday, which could see Maguire rested and brought back in for both midweek games. In truth however, United look a less stable unit without him. As a result, there is the chance of a full three games for Maguire in this coming GW.
Ollie Watkins (£6.5)
Though Aston Villa’s form has fallen off a little in recent weeks, Ollie Watkins continues to drive the Birmingham side along. With two more chances to get in amongst the goals here, the Villa front man looks an excellent consideration in GW35.
As the fourth-highest scoring striker in the game, Watkins’ recruitment from Brentford has been a roaring success for the Villans, with 13 goals already this term.
A double-header for the newly-capped Three Lion then, appears tempting, given – like Maguire – he has played every minute of every league game he has started this season.
Moreover, in the last five games, Watkins has either scored or registered an assist – a key element of any front man in FPL, not least when the goals are at a premium – netting in three of his last five, grabbing six bonus points.
With a visit of perhaps weary Man United after their trip to Italy, Watkins can impress at Villa Park, before a home clash with Everton, sees Watkins goes head-to-head with Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the second time in 12 days and potentially, for a spot in England’s Euro 2020 squad this summer.
Punt of the Week: Christian Pulisic (£8.3)
For GW35’s punt, we are looking at some of the less utilised players for the DGW’ers in question, in this case, Chelsea. One such threat in Christian Pulisic looks a tasty draw, and having had his minutes managed by Thomas Tuchel, could strike this week.
After the Blues booked their place in the Champions League final with Manchester City later this month, the pack will likely be reshuffled in the coming days, leaving Chelsea’s resident American in a decent position for a points haul.
With the likes of Mason Mount and Kai Havertz potentially given a day off, Pulisic meanwhile, did not feature against Fulham in the derby last week, and was subbed after 73 minutes against West Ham in the game beforehand.
In two of the three games prior though, Pulisic played a full 90 minutes, where he scored three times in two games – notching a brace against away to Crystal Palace.
As City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad, the Blues may be looking at alternatives for their titanic clash in Istanbul in a few weeks, and Pulisic will be keen to impress.
With a home clash to a shattered Arsenal also in GW35, this could be the time for Puli – and his small band of owners – to shine.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 35 deadline is Friday, 18:30 BST.
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