For many of us, this is it, the last chance saloon. This gameweek can make or break your season and it represents the last big opportunity to claw back some points on a mini-league rival or establish an unbeatable lead at the top. Gameweek 36 is jam-packed full of fixtures with 13 in total and 6 lucky teams playing twice.
With this in mind, we’ve selected a number of double gameweekers to highlight which players you don’t want to be entering this weekend without. These are the players who have the potential to score big and those you may wish to captain if you’re brave enough to stray away from the unstoppable Welshman that is Gareth Bale.
If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. So without further ado, here is our selection for the 36th gameweek of the season:
- Joe HART [SWA(A), WBA(H), 6.8m] – At fault last weekend for Carroll’s consolation goal, Hart will be desperate to redeem himself and given he faces no challenge, he is sure to play both games. With City proving to be quite solid at the back since the turn of the year, Hart could be in for a big score as long as he doesn’t get nutmegged again!
- Glen JOHNSON [EVE(H), 6.5m] – Liverpool have been in excellent defensive form, picking up 3 clean sheets in their last 4. They demolished Newcastle last time out, scoring 6 without their controversial Uruguayan playing a part and will be full of confidence heading into the Merseyside derby. It won’t be easy against Everton but Johnson is sure to be on the offensive in this highly-charged home match.
- Phil JONES [CHE(H), 5.6m] – Jones has played in each of the last 5 gameweeks, picking up 2 assists in this time to highlight his attacking potential. Given that he has missed the vast majority of the season, he looks likely to start all of the remaining games with Fergie keen to give his young star some gametime. In Gameweek 35, Jones occupied a midfield role and if given the same position, his owners may see further attacking returns.
- Jan VERTONGHEN [SOT(H), CHE(A), 6.7m] – Spurs have struggled for clean sheets but luckily Vertonghen’s attacking forays have saved him and rewarded his managers with a couple of double figure returns. With two matches on his agenda, we’ve added Vertonghen to our Select XI in the hope that he can make it count in at least one of the matches.
- Shaun MALONEY [WBA(A), SWA(H), 5.2m] – With Wigan fighting hard for survival and almost pulling out a shock victory against Spurs last weekend, we’ve selected Maloney for his double. Playing as part of a front three, Maloney is getting his fair share of action and at 5.2, he’s definitely a budget option.
- Samir NASRI [SWA(A), WBA(H), 8.1m] – Nasri has struggled for form this season, leaving Mancini wondering what he has to do to get him performing. However, his performances have definitely picked up recently with 4 assists and a goal in his last 5 games and the Frenchman is looking far more dangerous, which is why we’re backing him to come good again in Gameweek 36.
- Juan MATA [MUN(A), TOT(H), 10.0m] – Mata was given another rest tonight, only coming on for the final 15 minutes, so he should be raring to go for the tricky double. These are two very tricky fixtures and Benitez will need Mata to continue his fine form (4 assists in his last 3 games) to ensure that Chelsea get the necessary points for Champions League qualification.
- Gareth BALE (C) [SOT(H), CHE(A), 10.6m] – Bale was very fortunate to come away from last weekend’s game with a goal and an assist but it goes to show that when things are going right for you, even lady luck’s on your side. Given his form and the confidence boost of winning player of the year, young player of the year and the football writers’ award, we fancy Bale to cause problem after problem with his endless running and ability.
- Arouna KONE [WBA(A), SWA(H), 6.8m] – Kone has had a reasonable season, notching 10 goals and 5 assists for Wigan so far but Martinez will be expecting more from him in the final push for Premier League survival. If Wigan are to stay up, they desperately need to shorten that 5-point gap, starting this weekend. It’s now or never for Wigan and if they are going to come good, you can bet that Kone will be involved.
- Romelu LUKAKU [WIG(H), MCI(A), 6.7m] – Lukaku is another player who has impressed this season with an outstanding performance last weekend against Southampton. The young Belgian has been in great form in 2013 picking up 8 goals and 6 assists, and with a double on the cards, it is impossible to leave him out of the Select XI.
- Carlos TEVEZ [SWA(A), WBA(H), 9.3m] – It was a close toss up between Tevez and Aguero for the final spot but we’ve chosen the former due to a significant dip in price and a stronger guarantee of fitness. Aguero is likely to be playing further forward but Tevez has had a consistent season and still has the potential to return goals and assists as City look to finish the season on a high.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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