Have you got your breath back yet? Man City and Tottenham served up a treat in the Champions League and they get to do it all again this weekend. Not only is there a full round of Premier League games but eight teams will play twice. Is this the final chance to make up serious ground on your fantasy football rivals?
Not only will we get to see a re-match from Wednesday but there’s also a Manchester derby in midweek. Four of the top six play twice and at this stage of the season, we’re getting very serious indeed.
With that in mind, here are five players who will be playing twice who are worthy of your consideration for week 35.
1) Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, Midfield, £11.5m)
With four goals in a week, it’s impossible to ignore Raheem Sterling. I fully expect Man City to come back looking for revenge for their devastating Champions League exit on Saturday. If nothing else, it should lower the chances of Pep roulette now as Man City go in pursuit of retaining their Premier League title.Embed from Getty Images
Sterling’s last home league game saw him score a hat-trick in a win over Watford and with 17 goals and 13 assists to his name already this season, he has arguably overtaken Aguero as the most important FPL asset. Although Sterling will face Tottenham and Man Utd this week, I think the enormity of those fixtures increases his chances of playing in both. Of course Pep has made fools of us all in his time but Sterling is playing the football of his life at the moment and Man City need to bounce back.
2) Raul Jimenez (Wolves, Forward, £6.9m)
Jimenez has been the bargain FPL forward of the season for many. His price started at a lowly £5.5m but 12 goals and 10 assists later has seen that rise to almost £7m. The Wolves forward comes into our thinking as he goes up against Brighton and Arsenal this week. Brighton are dropping like a stone whilst Arsenal only managed their first away clean sheet of the season on Monday. Wolves boast a good record against top six sides and they’ll fancy their chances of improving that record on Wednesday.Embed from Getty Images
On the negative side, Nuno has rotated his side when faced with two fixtures in a week which has seen Jimenez benched for at least one of the games. Those were in the lead up to important cup games though and with that out the window, there is little reason for that to happen here.
3) Lucas Moura (Tottenham, Midfield, £6.7m)
For all Tottenham face the daunting trip to Man City, they’ve just scored three goals there. Their second game is the visit of Brighton though, which surely won’t end well for the Seagulls given their current plight. The obvious pick would be Son, who scored twice on Wednesday and will have security of minutes due to his Champions League suspension. Lucas Moura however scored a hat-trick last week and has an ownership of just 6.7%. He could be the differential your are looking for.Embed from Getty Images
It would be typical if Man City vs Spurs was a damp squib after the thriller earlier this week but I can’t see it. Even if it is, in a single game week you would be piling in on Tottenham players for a home game against Brighton.
4) Nathan Redmond (Southampton, Midfield, £5.3m)
Southampton face two tricky away trips but Cardiff’s win means they are still in the hunt for points. Nathan Redmond is that beautiful FPL commodity – a midfielder who is basically playing as a striker. He scored twice last week and has looked dangerous since Hasenhuttl took charge. Could he find the net against Newcastle or Watford?Embed from Getty Images
Neither team are particularly tight at the back and even if you don’t back Southampton to win, they must be a good bet to at least trouble the scoreboard.
5) Andre Gray (Watford, Forward, £5.9m)
I’ll be honest, I had planned to bring in Troy Deeney for this week. The Watford captain put paid to that with a senseless red card early on against Arsenal. Still, rather last week than this week, Troy. I’ve therefore drafted in his striker partner and now potential replacement, Andre Gray.Embed from Getty Images
Watford make the trip to relegated Huddersfield before hosting Southampton. It’s a great set of fixtures and with Roberto Pereyra a doubt, Gray could be the man for Watford.
In the OffsideRulePod league, I clung onto my lead with a solid week. My points mostly came courtesy of Callum Wilson (15) but using bench boost also added 10 points to my total. The chasing pack are circling though!
That’s all for this week. It’s a Saturday deadline for a change so less of a Friday night panic to change your teams. Good luck!