Double Gameweek season is finally upon us, Fantasy Premier League managers!
John Stones’ unofficial title as the double gameweek king of 2020-21 will be up for grabs with three consecutive doubles set to take place between Gameweek 24 and 26.
The Premier League has to take any opportunity it can to shoehorn previously postponed matches into an already clogged-up calendar meaning there should be plenty of gameweeks with twice the fun for FPL managers in the weeks and months to come.
There are four clubs scheduled to play twice in Gameweek 24: Manchester City, Everton, Burnley and Fulham, while Leeds United and Southampton will do so in Gameweek 25. As for Gameweek 26, the outlook for that will be a lot clearer following this week’s FA Cup results.
Teams playing twice in Double Gameweek 24
Burnley: Crystal Palace (a), Fulham (h)
Everton: Fulham (h), Man City (h)
Fulham: Everton (a), Burnley (a)
Man City: Tottenham (h), Everton (a)
Teams playing twice in Double Gameweek 25
Leeds: Wolves (a), Southampton (h)
Southampton: Chelsea (h), Leeds (a)
Given Manchester City’s imperious form over the past few months, the majority of FPL managers will already have stocked up on their assets but there are interesting options to consider from the other three sides playing twice.
There are some eye-catching single gameweek matchups to watch out for too – hello leaky West Brom vs free-scoring Manchester United – but i‘s picks this week predominantly revolve around those likely to play in two games.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
Following a barren run of seven games without a goal, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has rediscovered his early season form over the past two gameweeks, scoring twice and registering 21 FPL points.
The crucial factor behind Calvert-Lewin’s dip was that his supply line was almost entirely cut off with Everton’s two most creative players James Rodriguez and Lucas Digne sidelined through injury and attacking foil Richarlison also unavailable.
It is no wonder that with the gang all back together again, Calvert-Lewin is re-emerging as one of the very best forward options in FPL. He will be looking to match the 13 points he scored against Fulham at Craven Cottage when the sides meet on Merseyside.
Price: £7.7m Points: 120
Nick Pope (Burnley)
Nick Pope is likely to be a popular goalkeeper pick for Gameweek 24 given Burnley arguably have the best pair of matches of any of the clubs playing twice.
The Clarets begin with a trip to Selhurst Park to face a Crystal Palace side who looked toothless in defeat against Leeds on Monday without the injured Wilfried Zaha and then host low-scoring Fulham at Turf Moor.
Only Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez has outscored Pope amongst goalkeepers this season and with good form and fixtures on his side, he could emulate or surpass the 13 points he amassed in double gameweek 19.
Given the fixtures, it could be profitable to go for a defensive double-up from Burnley. Ben Mee (£5.0m) or Matt Lowton (£4.5m) are both excellent picks at their price points.
Price: £5.5m Points: 102
Raheem Sterling (Man City)
It says a lot about the standards that Raheem Sterling has set over the past few years that the general consensus seems to be that he is having an average season.
A predatory finish against his one-time employers Liverpool on Sunday took him to 12 Premier League goal contributions – eight goals, four assists – for the campaign. Not bad considering he’s started 18 games.
Meanwhile, over the past five gameweeks in which he has played, Sterling has returned in four, averaging 7.6 points per game. He has been ticking over nicely but a big haul could be imminent.
Guardiola’s tendency to start Sterling in City’s tougher games suggests he is more likely than most to be involved from the outset against both Spurs and Everton too. Sterling has a particularly strong record against the former, scoring eight times against them.
Price: £11.6m Points: 113
Antonee Robinson (Fulham)
If your transfer budget doesn’t quite stretch far enough to sign the pricey Pope, Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola is a more than capable alternative. However, there are some budget-friendly options to turn to in Fulham’s defence if you would rather have Pope between the sticks.
Antonee Robinson is Fulham’s lowest-scoring starting defender in FPL – behind Tosin Adarabioyo, Ola Aina and Joachim Andersen – however, the underlying statistics suggest he has been unfortunate to have not amassed more points.
The US international’s 22 chances created is second only to Ademola Lookman (33) in Fulham’s squad and ranks seventh amongst defenders across the division. With just 0.2 per cent ownership, Robinson could be an excellent cut-price differential for matches against Everton and Burnley.
Price: £4.4m Points: 39
Edinson Cavani (Man Utd)
It’s not looking good for the three clubs positioned in the bottom three of the Premier League table.
But while Fulham and Sheffield United have shown flashes of quality and some fighting spirit of late, West Brom already look doomed. Since Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge – a 3-0 loss to Aston Villa in December – the Baggies have conceded 28 goals, 10 more than any other Premier League club.
Such statistics suggest that owning two Manchester United attackers this weekend would be wise. Bruno Fernandes has usurped Son Heung-min as the most-owned player in FPL and is the main United asset to own but pairing the playmaker with Edinson Cavani could lead to you flying up your mini-leagues.
Cavani has replaced Anthony Martial as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice striker, starting in four of United’s last five league games, scoring in three of them. His movement and clinical touch in the box will be too much for the beleaguered Baggies to cope with.
Price: £7.9m Points: 56
i readers league
The good news for Oscar Booker is that his team remains top of the i readers league. The bad news is he left 37 points on his bench this week. Ouch.
Oscar made a good captaincy call by handing Bruno Fernandes the armband and also had returns from Kasper Schmeichel, Aaron Cresswell, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Ilkay Gundogan and Harry Kane, who had been expected to miss Tottenham’s game against West Brom.
Oscar’s starting XI combined for a healthy 66 points, eight points abover the gameweek average. However, all of Oscar’s bench players returned with Emi Martinez (nine), Son Heung-min (10), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (12) and Patrick Bamford (six) all enjoying profitable weeks.
The decision to play five defenders at the back with that much firepower on the bench seems a defensive move to us, but who are we to criticise the current No 1 in the i readers league!
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