No fewer than 10 teams enjoy two fixtures in Gameweek 32, with assets from Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United set to be in high demand. We look at the bookies’ clean sheet odds to help you out in defence, whilst our analysis of the “To score 2+ goals” market will assist with those all-important selections in midfield and attack.
Implied Probability To Keep A Clean Sheet
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Blue is the colour!
Whether that is Sky Blue, Royal Blue, or both, you decide. Manchester City and Chelsea are ranked by the bookies as the two sides likeliest to provide defensive returns in Gameweek 32. Plum doubles for both – City travel to Fulham before hosting Cardiff, whilst Chelsea visit the Bluebirds before entertaining Brighton – mean that the likes of Ederson, Kepa, Aymeric Laporte and Cesar Azpilicueta should all be popular choices, especially for those using their Free Hit chip. The trio of opponents (Fulham, Cardiff, Brighton) are 3 of the 5 shyest attacks in the Premier League this term and for those fantasy managers looking for a bit of an attacking threat to boot, Laporte produced 20 points in Double Gameweek 25 courtesy of a goal and an assist, whilst Azpilicueta has set up 3 goals in his last 6 appearances
FA Cup Semi Finals boost United’s allure
An Old Trafford meeting with Watford, followed by a trip to Molineux to face Wolves, would not normally scream “buy United defenders!” But with both of their opponents facing each other in the FA Cup semi-final next weekend, could rotation and a lack of focus benefit the Red Devils? Victor Lindelof is a cheap and secure route into Solskjaer’s back line and has a goal and an assist in his last 6 matches, whilst, perhaps most importantly, his wife gave birth over the international break – a well-renowned good omen in fantasy football circles…
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Etheridge the ultimate differential?
A pair of games against Chelsea and Manchester City should be enough to put anyone off the Cardiff City custodian, but hear me out. Etheridge is the fourth-highest scoring goalkeeper in FPL this season, with 3 penalty saves (joint-best in the top flight), 16 bonus points (more than any other keeper) and 104 saves (bettered only by Lukasz Fabianski). He’ll no doubt be under siege in both games, meaning save points are virtually guaranteed, whilst any surprise clean sheet or penalty save will almost certainly see him clean up the bonus points and produce a monster haul. He’ll be a huge differential this Gameweek, and whilst he certainly represents a risky punt, the Philippines international could be just the selection you need to gain an edge at this crucial stage of the campaign.
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Implied Probability To Score 2+ Goals
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City’s main men set to dominate
Ahead of a tantalising double away to Fulham and at home to Cardiff, the worst and joint-third worst defences in the top flight respectively, heavy investment in Pep Guardiola’s attack looks mandatory. Having been given the international break off by Argentina, Sergio Aguero’s chances of starting both games in Gameweek 32 have been handed a boost, especially with Gabriel Jesus remaining on duty with Brazil. Raheem Sterling, meanwhile, continued his recent stunning form with 4 goals and an assist in England’s wins over the Czech Republic and Montenegro. It looks like a straight battle between these two for the captaincy…
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But could a turn of form for Hazard see him challenge for the armband?
Not so fast. We know how Pep likes to rotate. We know how Eden likes to troll us FPL managers. Is now the time to trust the Belgian wizard and steal a march on our rivals? After scoring 3 times over the international break, he now has 4 goals in his last 4 outings for club and country. A plum double, away to Cardiff and at home to Brighton, is certain to pique interest. After hauling in the reverse fixtures (20 points vs Cardiff and 13 vs Brighton), can you afford to ignore him, even with the recent failings of “Sarri-ball”?
Cheap options aplenty ahead of the double gameweek
With the aforementioned trio each eating up more than £10m of your budget, and premium big-hitters Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku also enjoying doubles, it’s a good thing there are a number of attractively priced options to help us balance our squads. All priced at £7m or below, and offering owners a pair of games in Gameweek 32, are; Watford’s Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu (mun, FUL), Palace quartet Wilfried Zaha, Michy Batshuayi, Luka Milivojevic and Andros Townsend (HUD, tot), and Wolves’ fantasy favourites Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota (bur, MUN). The hostings of Fulham and Huddersfield for the Hornets and the Eagles, respectively, are the most attractive games here, which you’ll see reflected in our Dream Team below.
Gameweek 32 Bookies’ Dream Team: