Heung-Min Son Must Step Up For Spurs In Harry Kane's Absence
We’ve got two consecutive double gameweeks coming up - DGW34 & DGW35 - which look set to play a vital role in shaping the outcome of your final fantasy league position.
Here are the teams that allow you to have double-chance over the next fortnight.
DGW34 - (Starts, Friday 12th April - Ends, Tuesday 6th April)
Brighton: Bournemouth (H), Cardiff (A)
Cardiff: Burnley (A), Brighton (A)
DGW35 - (Starts, Saturday 20th April - Ends, Wednesday 24th April)
Arsenal: Crystal Palace (H), Wolves (A)
Brighton: Wolves (A), Tottenham (A)
Man City: Tottenham (H), Man Utd (A)
Man Utd: Everton (A), Man City (H)
Southampton: Newcastle (A), Watford (A)
Tottenham: Man City (A), Brighton (H)
Watford: Huddersfield (H), Southampton (A)
Wolves: Brighton (H), Arsenal (A)
With just 5 gameweeks remaining, if you have an unused Wildcard, now is a great time to for activation to maximise your points return.
You should construct a team for DGW34 which also sets you up nicely for DGW35, enabling you to take advantage of the extra games coming up.
Subsequently, Wildcarding in DGW34 will also allow you to activate any remaining chips in DGW35 to take advantage of the eight teams playing twice.
Many managers will aim to use their Bench Boost and Triple Captain to use on a well-prepared squad in DGW35.
Son to Shine
With double-Golden Boot recipient Harry Kane out of the equation after his latest injury in the Champions League, we look towards his Spurs teammate Son Heung-min.
The South Korean international looks to be picking up form once again since scoring two goals in his last two games for Tottenham Hotspur.
Son also holds quite the record this season when Spurs have played without their star man, Harry Kane. The forward boasts a record of six goals in six games when the Englishman hasn’t featured.
Surprisingly, Mauricio Pochettino’s side has a higher win percentage - 66.70% - without Kane, compared to - 61.50% - when he’s leading the side.
To further a case for Sonny, Spurs face rock bottom Huddersfield Town at home. The Terriers have shipped in 35 goals away from The John Smith's Stadium in the Premier League this season.
Jan Siewert’s side have also conceded 14 away goals in their last five games, a record which looks set to get worse.
In DGW35, Tottenham are one of eight teams playing twice, which strengthens our selection for Son Heung-min to make up more points.
Highest goalscoring defender this season
Brighton & Hove Albion are the only Premier League side who will play twice in DGW34 & DGW35.
No defender has scored more Premier League goals this season than the Seagull’s Shane Duffy and therefore, we simply cannot ignore the proposition the centre-half offers.
Furthermore, Chris Hughton’s side will play both their DGW34 fixtures at The Amex Stadium.
Brighton’s home advantage in both fixtures boosts their potential for clean sheet points. Five of their six clean sheets have been at home, furthering a case for Duffy who is currently only selected by 8.6% of teams at the time of writing.
The Seagulls’ double home fixtures come via a south-coast match-up with Bournemouth, and Cardiff City. The Cherries have lost 11 games out of 12 away from the Vitality Stadium since the 10th November in all competitions, failing to score in four of the last six; a record which speaks for itself. Cardiff, on the other hand, have lost five of their last six games on the road and have failed to score in four of those games and they nearer the drop.
Another Vardy Party?
We don’t like to brag, but after tipping up Jamie Vardy in last week’s #FPLBottomLine pointers to great success, we're sticking to our guns and have decided we’re having another Vardy Party this weekend, as Leicester City take on Newcastle United.
Vardy has been in electric form since the arrival of manager Brendan Rodgers, producing a goal involvement every 67 minutes, a record the likes of Sergio Aguero, Mohamed Salah and Eden Hazard haven’t been able to match. The Englishman has recorded two stunning 16 point hauls in his last four games.
Prior to Rodgers’ Premier League return, the Englishman had only registered a goal or an assist every 160 minutes.
Although the Foxes don’t play a double gameweek in DGW34 or DGW35, they do however face two out-of-form sides in Newcastle and West Ham. Over the last five gameweeks, the Magpies and the Hammers have both shipped in nine goals each, which makes an argument for Vardy even more convincing.
Ranked 1st for bonus points (16), 2nd for saves (114) and 7th for clean sheets (8) amongst goalkeepers this season, Neil Etheridge has clearly been a standout asset for Cardiff City this season.
With a DGW34 fixture against Burnley and Brighton ahead, the Filipino international looks a good shout.
In Brighton’s previous two home fixtures, they have only managed to score once against the relegated Huddersfield and failed to score against Southampton. Although Burnley have only failed to score twice at home this season, their previous encounter against the Bluebirds at Turf Moor did, however, finish in a goalless 0-0 draw in 2016.
Additionally, The Clarets rank second bottom for shots (319) in the Premier League this season, just edging Brighton (312), which boosts the chances of a Cardiff clean sheet.