We’re in the final four game-weeks of the Premier League 2021/22 season. As usual, there’s a big headache waiting for Fantasy PL managers, with the next GW deadline looming. With 2 back-to-back double game-weeks just round the corner in GW36 and GW37, there’s a lot of thinking to do. Now would be a great time to refresh the squad, and those that saved their second wildcard are in a great position. For those that also saved the Bench Boost chip, this is a great opportunity to combine the two. Here, we have compiled a Wildcard guide for FPL 2021/22 Gameweek 35 which structures the team for the remainder of the season and sets the team up nicely for a Bench Boost in GW36.
With clocks ticking, the race for key places on the table is far from over. Only 1 point separates Manchester City and Liverpool at the top, and this season’s title could go either way. Meanwhile, Arsenal has enjoyed a pretty decent week, beating their rivals Chelsea and Manchester United to go 2 points clear in 4th place. There’s no rest time for rest though, as Spurs are lurking just behind in 5th, hoping to get their form back on track again. On the other side, of the table, Norwich City and Watford remain in the relegation zone, hoping for some sort of miracle. Everton slipped into 18th place whilst a series of good performances gives hope to the Clarets of staying up another season.
Note: This Wildcard draft will cost around 100 million, so should be affordable for the majority of players. We have also suggested some alternatives should you want to upgrade any players with some leftover cash.
FPL 2021/22 Gameweek 35 Wildcard: Goalkeepers
1. Alisson Becker (6.0 million)
Liverpool is making a charge towards securing the title and they’ve got a decent DGW in GW36 against Tottenham and Aston Villa. Whilst the defenders are great options by default, they still carry a slight rotation risk considering Liverpool’s European commitments. Alisson is unlikely to get rested and currently sits as the highest-scoring keeper in the game.
2. Kasper Schmeichel (4.9 million)
Leicester City is, of course, one of the teams to be targeting over the next few weeks. They play back-to-back double game-weeks in GW36 and GW37, their remaining 6 fixtures include all 3 of the bottom three teams in the league (Norwich, Watford, and Everton). For those planning a bench boost in GW36, having two double game-week-playing keepers could pay well.
- Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa) – 5.5 million
- Ederson (Manchester City) – 6.1 million
- Vincente Guaita (Crystal Palace) – 4.6 million
FPL 2021/22 Gameweek 35 Wildcard: Defenders
1. Marcos Alonso (5.6 million)
Chelsea lost the London derby against Arsenal a week ago, but it looks like they may have got their run back on track after the last-minute winner against West Ham. From now on, they don’t play any other big six teams until the end of the season.
Their double game-week in GW36 against Leeds and Wolves is also one to be targeting. Alonso has struggled for consistent minutes throughout the season but he has started all of Chelsea’s last four games. With 2 goals, 5 assists, and another 8 clean sheets, the Spaniard has averaged 6 points per game this season.
2. Trent Alexander-Arnold (8.4 million)
Alexander-Arnold has been crazy this season with 12 assists – leading the league alongside teammate Salah. He’s a definite pick for this wildcard draft, despite his hefty price.
3. Joao Cancelo (7.1 million)
It looks like the title race is going straight down the wire. Luckily for Manchester City, their fixture schedule shouldn’t be too much for them. They’ll play Leeds, Newcastle, West ham, and Villa in their remaining 4 gameweeks, with a postponed fixture against Wolves, which has been scheduled into GW36. Cancelo has been one of the best performing players in FPL this season, totaling 202 FPL points – the 4th highest in the league.
4. Aymeric Laporte (6 million)
It’s worth doubling on the Man City defense, especially now that their DGW in GW36 has been announced. They have conceded the least xGC all season and rank 2nd for the most clean sheets (19). There’s no room for complacency as City battles it out for the title, so Laporte is likely to play the majority of the remaining minutes of the season.
5. Nuno Tavares (4.3 million)
With Tierney out injured, Tavares is the only natural LB available for selection. Although looking shaky at times, the 22-year-old has started the last three Arsenal matches. He bagged a goal against Manchester United in GW34 and will be hoping to carry some of that form through. Tavares’ 7 shots in the last 3 matches are joint-second at Arsenal, with 5 of them coming from inside the box. The Portuguese has also created 3 chances and had 11 touches in the opposition box – both 3rd highest amongst his teammates.
- Liverpool Defender – Andrew Robertson (7.3 million) / Virgil Van Dijk (6.8 million)
- Matty Cash (Aston Villa) – 5.2 million
- Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace) – 4.5 million
- Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester City) – 4.9 million
- Ben Davies (Tottenham) – 4.4 million
FPL 2021/22 Gameweek 35 Wildcard: Midfielders
1. Mohammed Salah (13.3 million)
Liverpool‘s appealing double gameweek in GW36 combined with Salah’s run of form makes the Egyptian a must-have on a wildcard.
2. Dejan Kulusevski (6.4 million)
Looking purely at fixtures, Tottenham doesn’t seem like a team worth going for. Their recent form has dropped off massively too, dropping points in the last 2 league games and failing to register a single shot on target either. However, despite all that, Spurs have managed to make something out of nothing on multiple occasions this season. Kulusevski has scored 3 and assisted 7 in just 13 appearances since joining in January. He’s almost half the price of both Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane, yet has still been a notable part of the trio.
3. Bukayo Saka (6.8 million)
Saka has had some season for Arsenal. The 20-year-old has bagged 11 goals and a further 5 assists and doesn’t look like he’s done yet. He’s been equally as good an asset in FPL, totaling 164 FPL points including 6 memorable double-digit hauls. Arsenal plays a double game-week in GW36, against Leeds and North London rivals, Spurs. There could be quite a few goals in both these ties, and Saka is probably the best bet out of all the Arsenal options.
4. Mason Mount (7.7 million)
Mount has had a great season so far, hitting double digits in both goals (10) and assists (10). He ranks highest in both of those aspects amongst his teammates too. With 28 appearances for Chelsea, Mount has played the most minutes out of any other attacking midfielder, which is quite good considering how much rotation has happened on that front.
In addition, the 23-year-old has had the most shots on target (26), key passes (47), big chances created (9), and touches in the opposition box (111), out of any other Chelsea player. Clearly, he has been integral to the Blues going forward, and the club’s upcoming fixtures make him an important player to own for the coming weeks.
5. Anthony Gordon (4.6 million)
Everton has such a great fixture list but their recent performances have looked far from convincing. They currently sit 18th on the table and will be hoping to dig their way out of the hole as soon as possible. As for FPL options in that team, there aren’t many, and a budget enabler like Gordon is probably the best bet. The 21-year-old is priced at just 4.6 million but plays as a winger for the Toffees. Over the last 5 game-weeks, Gordon has created 8 chances, including 2 big chances – a team-leading total. He also ranks 2nd at Everton highest for shots in the box (4) and touches in the opposition box (19) in that period.
- Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 11.9 million
- Heung Min Son (Tottenham) – 11 million
- Leicester City Midfielder – Harvey Barnes (6.6 million) / James Maddison (7 million)
- Philippe Coutinho (Aston Villa) – 7 million
- Martin Odegaard (Arsenal) – 5.6 million
FPL 2021/22 Gameweek 35 Wildcard: Forwards
1. Ollie Watkins (7.4 million)
Aston Villa has emerged as a team to target, especially on a Free Hit. The Lions play Norwich at home in GW35, then have 2 back-to-back double game-weeks in GW36 and GW37. Villa hasn’t had a win in their last 5 games but fans will be optimistic about fixing that in the upcoming fixtures. In those matches, Watkins was the only spark for a generally quiet team. Villa only scored twice, and Watkins contributed to one of those goals, with an xG of 2.41. He ranks top at Villa for shots (14), shots on target (6), and touches in the opposition box (38).
2. Teemu Pukki (6 million)
The striker market has been rather dull for most of the season, which leads us to Norwich City‘s main man. The “Pukki Party” seems like a distant memory, and the Finland international hasn’t quite lived up to that status for a while. However, as a matter of fact, Pukki has quietly been adding to his PL goal/assist tally in recent weeks.
With 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 6 appearances, Pukki has emerged as someone worth considering ahead of GW35. Norwich faces Aston Villa in GW35, followed by a double in GW36 against West Ham and Leicester. Obviously, the Canaries are huge underdogs in this tie. However, considering his form, these are 3 games in which Pukki can return a decent amount of points.
3. Eddie Nketiah (5.5 million)
Nketiah completes a slightly underwhelming frontline for the wildcard draft, which in fairness, was expected due to the lack of decent options. The 22-year-old whipped out his telephone as Arsenal took an unexpected 3 points at Stamford Bridge. This coming into to replace Lacazette in GW33, Nketiah has started all 3 matches, bagging 2 goals for the Gunners. He also put the ball in the net against Manchester United as well, though that was disallowed.
Bukayo Saka steals the show when it comes to Arsenal attackers, but Nketiah has put up decent underlying stats in comparison though. He ranks second best for shots in the box (6), big chances (2), and touches in the opposition penalty area (19). Arteta was full of praise for Nketiah’s performances, so he is expected to lead the line in the upcoming fixtures too.
- Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 12.5 million
- Richarlison (Everton) – 7.5 million
- Jean-Philippe Mateta (Crystal Palace) – 5.3 million
FPL 2021/22 Gameweek 35 Wildcard: Full Team and Strategy
Gameweek 35 Plan
It should be a relatively simple team selection for GW35. Salah takes the armband considering he is the most valuable player in the squad, and there aren’t many other stand-out options. There is a debate over who starts between Pukki (vs Villa) and Nketiah (vs West Ham). It’s worth knowing that West Ham will be missing all of their CBs against Arsenal, due to injuries and suspension. The defense will probably be significantly weakened, which is why Nketiah gets the start here.
Double Gameweek 36 Plan
It really is a beautiful sight. Every player will play twice in this draft, making for an optimal bench boost. Salah will probably take the armband again, but Mason Mount or one of Alexander-Arnold/Cancelo are both decent shouts.
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