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Eight sides handed Double Gameweek 35

The Scout 1 May 2021
Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United

The Scout looks at the implications as Double Gameweek and Blank Gameweek are confirmed

Managers in Fantasy Premier League can look forward to a bumper Double Gameweek after four postponed fixtures were given new dates.

Firstly, Crystal Palace's trip to Southampton will now take place on Tuesday 11 May, while Aston Villa’s home match against Everton is scheduled for Thursday 13 May, handing all four a Double Gameweek 35.

See: Matchweek 36 and postponed fixture dates announced

In addition, the change to the schedule means that Gameweek 36 will now coincide with the weekend of the FA Cup final.

Therefore the two Wembley finalists, Chelsea and Leicester City, are among four sides who will have a Blank Gameweek 36.

Their respective matches against Arsenal and Manchester United have been moved to Gameweek 35.

Leicester will travel to Man Utd on Wednesday 12 May, with Chelsea hosting Arsenal later that evening, providing all four teams a Double Gameweek 35.

For guidance, Gameweeks 36 and 37 have been rescheduled to provide an opportunity for each club to welcome the safe return of supporters before the end of the season, subject to the Government’s further easing of lockdown restrictions.

Gameweek 36 will now start on Friday 14 May at 20:00 BST, with Gameweek 37 getting under way on Tuesday 18 May at a time to be confirmed.

Double Gameweek 35 sides' schedules
Club DGW35 BGW36
ARS WBA (H), CHE (A) -
CHE MCI (A), ARS (H) -
CRY SHU (A), SOU (A)   AVL (H)
LEI NEW (H), MUN (A)  -
MUN AVL (A), LEI (H) -

Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) will be among the standout armband picks for Man Utd’s pair of GW35 matches against Villa and Leicester.

Foxes’ duo Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.2m) and Jamie Vardy (£10.3m) will host Newcastle United before visiting Old Trafford and also boast strong captaincy potential that Gameweek.

Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette (£8.4m) could also appeal, with a home encounter with West Bromwich Albion in the first of his two fixtures.

Chip strategy

Those four players could prove particularly popular for managers playing their Free Hit chip in Double Gameweek 35 as they will all face a Blank Gameweek 36.

Managers using their Wildcards for Gameweek 35 must also consider the Blank Gameweek 36 for Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester and Man Utd when building their new squads.

They must look for a balance between loading up on players from those four sides and investing in the teams who play twice in Gameweek 35 and also feature in Gameweek 36.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m), along with Southampton's James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m) and the Everton pair of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.5m) and James Rodriguez (£7.7m), all have strong home matches in Gameweek 36 to help solve this dilemma.

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