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The much anticipated Double Gameweek in round 34 is upon but beware, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
You might be tempted to try and capitalise on the three teams that play twice in this round and while it’s always favourable to do that, don’t go wildly out of your way to make it happen.
Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough are the teams in question when it comes to the DGW. However, most United players are unlikely to play both games, Palace have two difficult fixtures with Liverpool away and Tottenham at home while relegation-threatened Middlesbrough are hardly reliable for points despite the kind fixtures.
Nevertheless, this column will address the players to look at for the DGW while also making a case for Marcus Rashford as captain.
But first, here’s a look at the tactical geniuses who make up the top five in our fans league this week.
WHO TO PICK AS CAPTAIN
Romelu Lukaku [10.5m] was our captain pick in Gameweek 33 and he did well to return six point thanks to his goal in Everton’s 3-1 win over Burnley.
This week, we’re backing Marcus Rashford [6.5m] who is most certainly a gamble but hey, what’s life without a few risks?
The 19-year-old has hardly been a regular in the Premier League this season but he has gained some momentum of late, playing at least some part in the last 10 games and starting six of them.
It seems unlikely that he will start both games after being integral in United’s intense win over Chelsea and then playing extra-time o Thursday night as well. However, he’s not been used at full tilt this season and he is ever so young so he should have plenty of gas in the tank.
Furthermore, those two vital goals over the past week might well be among the most important in United’s season and would have boosted his confidence exponentially, an area he seemed to be lacking in earlier in the campaign.
If you’re looking to stick with a single-game candidate though, Lukaku again is your best bet as he travels to West Ham United, a team he seems to enjoy playing.
If you insist on bringing in players who will feature in the DGW, here are a few worth considering.
ERIC BAILLY – MANCHESTER UNITED (5.4M)
Antonio Valencia (6.0m) has been the prime option in United’s back-line this season but Jose Mourinho has made it clear recently that he cannot play every game until the end of the campaign and will be rested. You’d think Burnly on Sunday would be one he’d miss out on after playing against Chelsea and Anderlecht.
Eric Bailly meanwhile seems indispensable at the moment given United’s injury crisis in central defence with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and, most recently, Marcos Rojo out of action. He’s never scored or assisted this season but his style of play in terms of carrying the ball forward, blocks, interceptions, tackles and distribution has seen him register 13 bonus points.
CHRISTIAN BENTEKE – CRYSTAL PALACE (7.2M)
Wilfried Zaha (6.0m) has scored the most points for Palace this season despite going away for the AFCON briefly but given the fixtures they have in this round, Christian Benteke is more likely to deliver.
The Belgian has been in good form of late, registering three goals and an assist in the last four games.
ALVARO NEGREDO – MIDDLESBROUGH (6.2M)
The Spaniard has disappointed in the second half of the season, going on a run of just one goal in 11 appearances. However, he’s scored twice in his last three and has Bournemouth and Sunderland to face in this round.
Alvaro Negredo lo empata— Carlos A. Avellaneda (@Capetok10) April 17, 2017
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