We are already passed through the three-fourth of the season, and ups and downs on the league table as slowed down, teams are trying to focus on their league table position to qualify for the various tournaments and to avoid relegation. After the end of FPL 2021/22 Gameweek 34, there has been a lot of share of points with the premium assets delivering huge points. Apart from the popular picks, there are quite a number of players, who have impressed over the weekend with points and underlying stats. The onset of good fixtures along with their form can really turn them into good replacements for the underperforming assets of the fantasy team. All the managers are trying to stabilize their teams with suitable options before the price hikes. In this FPL Gameweek 35 Watchlist 2021/22, we will be looking at 5 Fantasy players, who could become future transfer targets, carrying their good run.
FPL Gameweek 35 Watchlist 2021/22
The watchlist is back to identify players who’ve caught the eye based on recent performances and upcoming fixtures. So, here are a few suggestions (keeping eye on double gameweeks 36 and 37) for your consideration.
1. Andrew Robertson (Defender) – 7.3 Million
Liverpool kept up the pressure on Man City with a 2-0 win over Everton after Andy Robertson headed in from Mo. Salah‘s cross to break the deadlock. His 0.33 (xG) expected goals figure ranks third amongst defenders during the gameweek so far, behind Pontus Jansson and Nuno Tavares. With a total of 7 goal involvements in 12 appearances during this calendar year, no defender has amassed as many as Robertson’s 100 FPL points, which is an average of 8.3 per game.
Robertson’s Tally of 25 attempted assists and 4 big chances created in that time can only be bettered by Trent Alexander-Arnold amongst defenders. In the same period, Jurgen Klopp’s side has kept a league-high total of 10 clean sheets in 14 matches, 3 more than any other side. The Red’s upcoming double gameweek 36 sees them host a Tottenham side that has failed to score in two consecutive matches and an Aston Villa side with one goal in their last four.
2. Aymeric Laporte (Defender) – 6.0 Million
Man City’s defense may have been breached during that 5-1 win on Saturday but Watford has recorded the second-lowest expected goals figure during the gameweek so far and no side has attempted fewer than that 5 shots. Starting all but one league match since gameweek 15 Aymeric Laporte has kept 10 clean sheets in 18 matches.
Also notching 2 goals and 2 assists to average 5.4 points per game. Only Marcos Alonso, Joël Matip, and Dan Burn have taken more than his 16 shots in the box across that spell amongst defenders, while only Gabriel, Pontus Jansson, and Matt Doherty have recorded higher expected goals figures.
Since the turn of the year, the league leaders have shipped 9 goals in 13 matches keeping 7 clean sheets. Only Liverpool has fared better on either account but Manchester City ranked first for expected goals conceded in that time with an average of 0.63 per game. We can expect an announcement shortly as to whether that double with Wolves will be in gameweek 36 or 37.
3. Matthew Cash (Defender) – 5.2 Million
Aston Villa is one of the most discussed teams ahead of gameweek 35 because of their very good spell of fixture. For Aston Villa, the Polish International has appeared in 32 games starting all of them. He has registered a total of 3 goals, 3 assists, and 12 clean sheets so far this season. He has an average of 2.7 crosses per 90 mins with an average of 2.6 times appearances per 90 mins in the opposition’s box.
Aston Villa’s four out of five matches in the next three gameweeks are rated as 2 by FDR which includes Norwich (H), Burnley (A), Crystal Palace (H), and Burnley (H). Villa boasts both a double gameweek 36 and 37 against Burnley (both home and away) and Crystal Palace at home. This will be Steven Gerrard‘s golden opportunity to pull the team into the mid-table.
4. Richarlison (Forward) – 7.5 Million
Richarlison was kept relatively quiet at Anfield to no real surprise but he offered a team-leading 0.29 expected goal involvement figure comprised of 2 shots and 2 attempted assists. The Brazilian has been in form of late, with 3 goals and an assist across the last 4 gameweeks. During that period he’s fired 21 shots with 17 in the box and 8 on target all league-high tallies and he’s recorded an unrivaled 3.42 expected goals figure. Only Mohamed Salah has taken more than his 35 touches in the opposition penalty box.
The defeat to Liverpool has seen the Toffees fall into the bottom three and meetings with Chelsea and Arsenal in gameweek 35 and 38 respectively place even more importance on their more winnable matches in double gameweek 36 and 37. Leicester City and Watford of each one just one of their last five matches, Crystal Palace have suffered back-to-back defeats and Brentford has failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 14 away matches.
5. Ollie Watkins (Forward) – 7.4 Million
It has been a big dilemma in front of the goal since the start of the season with no forward delivering consistently. Among the limited options, we had to rotate according to the fixture. So, looking at the fixture Ollie Watkins could be a great pick for the upcoming gameweeks.
Despite losing two out of the last three matches the Englishman has recorded a 0.7 (xG) expected goals figure per 90 and 0.07 (xA) expected assists figure per 90. He scored the only goal for Aston Villa in those matches landing a total of 9 shots, keeping 4 on target, and performing 8 SCA with 1 big chance.
Aston Villa will be hosting Norwich City in Gameweek 35 followed by double gameweeks of both 36 and 37. Also, Watkins averages 7.67 touches in the opposition’s penalty box which shows his attacking threat to the teams in the lower half of the table. Apart from this, his penalty duty also adds value to his tally.
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