As we enter the business end of the FPL season, transfers and captaincy choices become even more important for us to make that last gasp push for glory. Check out our analysis of the clean sheet and anytime goalscorer odds for Gameweek 36 in order to gain that all-important edge over your closest rivals.
Gameweek 36: Team 2+ Goals & Clean Sheet Odds
Title contenders offer top defences
As they continue to trade blows in the title race, Liverpool and Manchester City top the bookies’ defensive rankings for Gameweek 36 with 63% and 57% chances of keeping clean sheets, respectively.
The Reds, who have the tightest rearguard in the top flight (20 goals conceded), haven’t been breached in either of their last 2 games, whilst Pep Guardiola’s side have the second best defence in the division (22 goals conceded), and have recorded shutouts in 4 of their last 5 outings.
The fact that Liverpool host a Huddersfield side who have only scored in 1 of their last 8 on the road sees them with the undeniably more favourable fixture, whilst the Citizens have a trickier trip to Burnley, although they certainly have defensive form on their side.
Virgil van Dijk is also ranked by the bookmakers as the likeliest defender to score in Gameweek 36, with a 20% chance of adding to his 3 Premier League so far goals this season.
Can we trust Brighton again?
After a horror show Gameweek 34, where two plum-looking home games against Bournemouth and Cardiff resulted in 7 goals conceded, the Seagulls turned the tables in Gameweek 35, keeping a clean sheet away to Wolves and almost adding a second against Tottenham on Tuesday night.
This Saturday they welcome Newcastle to The Amex, with the Magpies having scored just 13 times on their travels this term (17 games), and having blanked in 3 of their last 6 away from home.
With only the aforementioned van Dijk ranked likelier to score than Shane Duffy (18%) amongst defenders this weekend, it could be time to place some trust in the Brighton back line once again…
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Fulham the surprise package
The relegated Cottagers have, seemingly, turned a corner of late – too late for their survival hopes, but not for our fantasy teams.
Back to back shutouts over the solid attacks of Everton and Bournemouth have both surprised and turned heads in equal measure, and a home game against the division’s joint-worst travelling attack, Cardiff (11 goals), offers real hope of a third successive clean sheet for Scott Parker’s side.
With budget options aplenty, and the Bluebirds failing to find the net in 3 of their last 4 road trips, could it be the South West Londoners who provide the unlikely defensive differentials needed for you outsmart your rivals?
Gameweek 36 Anytime Goalscorer Odds
Liverpool: riot or rotation?
With a Champions League semi-final coming up next Wednesday against Barcelona, could Jurgen Klopp rotate some of his star men and give them a rest against Huddersfield on Friday? Or, with the Reds still in the hunt for the Premier League crown, will he field a full-strength starting XI?
If the latter is the case, Huddersfield look ripe for a pillaging of fantasy points, having lost 12 of their last 13 games, conceding 2 or more goals in 10 of those. The likes of Mohamed Salah (67% chance of scoring), Sadio Mane (also 67%) and Roberto Firmino (59%) will all surely be heavily backed – the question is, how many of them do you plump for? And who do you captain?
In terms of the FPL form metric, Salah leads the way having averaged 6.3 points per game over the last month, followed by Firmino (4.8) and Mane (3.8), but in truth, any or all 3 could explode.
It’s a non-stop party for Jamie Vardy
Over the last 10 gameweeks, the Foxes’ talismanic striker has bagged himself 9 goals – a superb run of form that has taken him to seventh in the FPL striker standings, only 5 points shy of Alexandre Lacazette in fourth.
Next up for Vardy and co is Lacazette’s Arsenal, and, with the Gunners in possession of the sixth poorest away defence in the top flight (31 goals conceded) and having just kept a single clean sheet on the road this season, the Vardy party looks set to continue come Sunday.
Tottenham midfielders set to profit against the Hammers
3 of the top 10 midfielders rated likeliest to score by the bookies this weekend play for Tottenham; Son Heung-min (59%), Lucas Moura (51%) and Dele Alli (38%). That is a reflection of their opponents’ terrible away form of late – West Ham have lost 7 of their last 8 on the road, conceding 2 or more in 6 of those.
With Son suspended for the first leg of Tottenham’s Champions League semi-final tie against Ajax on Tuesday, he looks like the most secure pick in terms of game time, whilst he is also the highest scoring Spurs midfielder in FPL this season (159 points) courtesy of 12 goals and 8 assists.