FPL Predictions for Gameweek 36

Here is our algorithm pick for Gameweek 36, along with a few non-premium picks

Kasper Schmeichel:

Leicester are up against Watford this week, who have scored a grand total of 1 goal in their past four fixtures. Additionally, two of those games were against relegation threatened Swansea and Hull. Add to that a total of 2 Big Chances Created (second lowest) in the same time period, and it is probably safe to assume their strikers are not going to lay siege to the Leicester defense. This hopefully means a minimum of 6 points for Schmeichel.

Ben Davies:

In Ben Davies you have a full back who ranks 4th for Open Play Crosses and 1st for Big Chances Created in the past 4 fixtures, whose team has also conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League this season. The Welshman offers potential for a clean sheet and an assist/goal/bonus points.

Marcos Alonso:

Middlesbrough have allowed for the third most number of Open play crosses this campaign. That should be meat and drink for Alonso and Chelsea. The marauding full back — who has the second most goals of any defender this season — will relish the opportunity to push forward and test Boro’s defensive resolve, whilst likely keeping a clean sheet against a misfiring Boro frontline.

Phil Jagielka:

Jagielka seems to have hit a purple patch at both ends of the pitch. He ranks in the top 5 for interceptions, tackles and clearances in the past 4 weeks and has obtained the highest bonus points among all defenders in same period. He is up against Swansea, who rank in the bottom 5 for goals scored and big chances created. Additionally, his 3 goals in the past 4 weeks is the highest of any defender.

Dusan Tadic:

Even after a penalty miss last gameweek courtesy a Eldin Jakupovic’s outstanding save, our algorithm tips Tadic to play an important role for the Saints, even though they face Champions League contenders Arsenal and Liverpool in this double gameweek. His impressive ICT index of 9 over the last 4 gameweeks has helped him make his way into the dream team.

Christian Eriksen:

Is Eriksen the most complete midfielder in the Premier League right now? The Dane ranks in the top two for Big Chances Created, Assists, the FPL provided ICT index, and Bonus points among Midfielders for the past 4 weeks. Kane and Alli may provide the fireworks, Wanyama and Alderweireld may hold the fort, but it is Eriksen who seems to be running the show in the middle for Spurs.

Eden Hazard:

Coming off the back of a confident 3–0 victory at Goodison park, Eden Hazard and Chelsea seem to be making Spurs’ supposed title push look irrelevant. Next up for Conte’s men is a Middlesbrough side that have conceded the second most goals in the past 4 weeks. They also rank in the top 5 for dribbles conceded, and no prizes for guessing who the Premier League’s most efficient dribbler is — Eden Hazard is in fine form, with the highest bonus points of any player earned in the past 4 weeks.

Alexis Sanchez:

The high of an FA cup semi-final victory was shortly followed by the defeat at the hands of rivals Spurs, with Sanchez caught in a storm for playacting in the win over Leicester. No matter his form however, if there is anyone who can inspire this Arsenal side, it is him. With Jose Mourinho clearly prioritising the Europa League, the Gunners might be up against a weakened United side. Arsenal also play Southampton in their other fixture of this double gameweek.

Harry Kane:

With 2 assists and 2 goals in the past 4 weeks, the Premier League’s second top scorer seems to be getting into the groove to give Chelsea a run for their money. The fact that Spurs play before Chelsea should give the Tottenham forward added motivation to grab some goals. The gap at the top could be reduced to 1 point by Friday evening.

Diego Costa:

Diego Costa is back in the goals at the moment. However, what is often ignored is his ability to assist his team mates. He has the highest number of assists this term among forwards. With 3 goals and an assist in his last 4 home games, our algorithm tips the former Atletico Madrid man to score, which may well be the final nail in the coffin of Boro’s hopes of staying in the Premier League.

Gabriel Jesus:

“You saw today after three months out in five minutes what he can do”. This was what Pep Guardiola had to say after Jesus’ substitute appearance against United. The Brazilian went on to score the late equaliser last week against Boro. Pep seems to love everything about this guy and he looks like the perfect Guardiola forward.

Non-Premium Picks

These are the picks with a value less than £7.0, who we believe can add quite a few points to your teams.

Harry Maguire (Hull) (DEF)

With a game against Sunderland who have found the net only twice in the past 13 games, and supported with a healthy average of 5.25 points over the last 4 game weeks, Harry Maguire could be the value pick that everyone is looking for. Maguire also has a goal and a clean sheet in his past two games. He can be a very useful 4th defender, and his timely heroics might well guarantee another season in the top flight for the Tigers.

Joshua King (Bournemouth) (MID)

The Norwegian International has a more than impressive ICT index of 8.95, backed with 3 goals over the last 4 gameweeks. He might have just missed the bus for the dream team but with a home game against Stoke, who have managed to keep only 2 clean sheets in their 17 games outside the Bet365 stadium, he is a definite buy.

Pedro (Chelsea) (MID)

Imagine a side playing 3 of their next four games at home with two of those against a relegated Sunderland and soon to drop Middlesbrough, and one against a Watford side seriously needing some motivation. Imagine if that side were Chelsea with all their attacking prowess. Pedro is to Chelsea what Eriksen is to Spurs: often undervalued and overlooked. He has a goal and an assist in his last 2 outings. Middlesbrough have kept just 4 clean sheets in their previous 17 away games. Barring rotation Pedro could terrorise them this week.

Oumar Niasse (Hull) (FWD)

With 3 goals in his last 4 home games, the Hull City talisman is tipped to score against a struggling Sunderland defense at the KCOM Stadium. He missed the party against Watford due to a red card, which was later overturned. Leaving Everton without being given much chance to impress, Niasse has been Hull’s Lukaku at home. Scoring goals and winning games. Who knows — maybe when Lukaku is gone, the on loan Senegalese striker will get another chance to lead the Toffees!

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