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Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 35

Preview
Another double gameweek is upon us in Fantasy Premier League – and for more reliable teams than Cardiff and particularly Brighton proved to be last time out. Manchester City still have the actual Premier League title in their hands, but face a couple of huge fixtures at home to their Champions League conquerors Tottenham and against local rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford. Liverpool, meanwhile, have just one game – away at relegation battlers Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.

In the battle for the Champions League spots, Chelsea are the only side to play just once, at home to Burnley on Monday night. Arsenal have two winnable fixtures, at home to Crystal Palace and then away at Wolves, while Tottenham follow their return trip to the Etihad – who knows how that will go? – with a home game against floundering Brighton. Before hosting Pep Guardiola and co on Wednesday, Manchester United make the short trip to Goodison to play Everton in the early Sunday game.

It might also be worth keeping an eye on FA Cup finalists Watford, who play Huddersfield and Southampton in the gameweek. Bournemouth only play once, but they hammered Brighton last weekend and might fancy repeating the feat at home to Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

Captain’s pick

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the Arsenal matchwinner at Watford on Monday night. He hasn’t been a nailed-on starter for the Gunners in recent times, but he remains only one goal behind Sergio Aguero and Mo Salah at the top of the Premier League scoring charts – and fixtures against Crystal Palace and Wolves in the upcoming gameweek should afford him chances to add to his current tally of 18.

Palace have had problems protecting the space in behind their defence – witness Raheem Sterling’s opener against them for Manchester City last weekend (below) – and have been vulnerable against low crosses into their box for much of the season.

Aubameyang has the pace to get in behind, and the quality of his blindside movements to get between defenders could prove influential. Wolves, the Gunners’ second opponents of the week, push their wing-backs high – Aubameyang and Arsenal might be able to take advantage of that and have some joy in transition.

Value selection

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Watford forward Andre Gray hasn’t been prolific this season – he has only five Premier League goals to his name – but when he has scored it has generally been at important times. Since the turn of the year, he has scored decisive second-half goals against Everton and Leicester in the league, and Newcastle and Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.

With Troy Deeney suspended after his red card against Arsenal at the start of the week, Gray could well prove to be Watford’s main goal threat in their upcoming fixtures. The Hornets face already-relegated Huddersfield and Southampton in this double gameweek, and Gray will want to show manager Javi Gracia that he should be in the starting XI for the FA Cup final against Manchester City next month.

Season run-in
With only a handful of fixtures left this season, it is worth considering the respective run-ins for the teams your players represent. Well, we’ve done it for you – here are the most and least sympathetic of the run-ins as we see them. You can thank us later. Possibly.

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 35

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