Big decisions are to be made in Fantasy Premier League this week as a number of clubs have a highly-coveted double gameweek. All eyes are going to be on Liverpool assets as they have two very favourable fixtures at home against Norwich City and Leeds United and many will be thinking about using their bench boost or triple captain chips.
Here is a look at how to get the very best out of players with double gameweek 26.
Liverpool’s favourable fixtures
As already mentioned, the Reds have two very winnable home games coming up this gameweek and you would have to be very brave to not be bringing in one of Jurgen Klopp’s men (if you don’t have any already). There comes a crushing blow as affordable midfielder Diogo Jota is definitely ruled out of the Norwich clash, but it is still up in the air as to whether he will be back fit for the Leeds game. The Portuguese star has been an FPL dream this term and his absence is sure to hit a lot of managers hard.
Now they will be thinking which of his teammates they should turn to for this gameweek, with Mohamed Salah the obvious choice. The Egyptian magician is arguably the best player in the world and his incredible goal and assists stats for the Reds speak for themselves. However, he comes at a hefty price, and is not the only attacking threat in Klopp’s squad that could make a splash this week. There is his fellow attacking partner, Sadio Mane who is back having won the African Cup of Nations with Senegal, playing an integral role in his nation's first ever AFCON title. Both have exceptional records at this level and would be the most sensible picks for managers, if you have the budget.
However, it would also be worth looking at Roberto Firmino who is likely to fill in during Jota’s absence. The Brazilian scored Liverpool’s opening goal at San Siro in the victory over Inter Milan in midweek and his addition to the match had a significant impact on his side. Another shrewd selection could be his compatriot Fabinho who has scored in three of the last four gameweeks. Could he continue his fine form in front of goal in this double header?
Any of the Reds’ defenders would be sensible picks, too. Two games on home turf and two sides languishing in the bottom half of the table who sometimes struggle to score goals. Not to mention the assist kings at either side of the defence in Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Smart defensive picks
Clean sheets in a double gameweek are also worth their weight in gold and both Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers have two promising fixtures with the two sides squaring up to bring an end to the double header with the Emirates Stadium the venue. It was only recently that the pair last met, which Wolves edged 1-0, so judging by that result, it is likely to be another low-scoring game. So for those looking to bring in any of either side’s defenders,such as Nelson Semedo or Max Kilman, they will be happy to see a goalless stalemate.
Before they meet, Arsenal are also at home against London rivals Brentford and that is more than enough to justify picking any of their back line this week. Aaron Ramsdale in particular has been superb so far this campaign. As for Wolves, they first travel to the turbulent Leicester City who have an unpredictable nature. This will be another great chance for them to keep a clean sheet as they look to pounce on their rivals in the race for European football.
Is Pope your saviour?
Now picking a keeper from a Burnley side that has conceded so many goals this season may not seem like a sensible choice, but Nick Pope could prove to be a key differential, if you are after one. The Clarets face Brighton away at Tottenham at home this gameweek and are in desperate need of results in order to pull themselves away from danger. Pope should face a decent number of shots in these two games, giving him a good chance to make saves, while if he can get hold of a clean sheet in even one of these matches, he is likely to be in for some bonus points.
It's a risk, but it could well be a risk worth taking.
The Fantasy Premier League deadline is at 11.00am on Saturday morning.