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FPL Saturday review: Watkins in form for Double Gameweek

The Scout 2 May 2021
Ollie Watkins

Forward returns for fifth successive match ahead of Aston Villa’s two Gameweek 35 fixtures

Ollie Watkins (£6.5m) continued his fine run of form in Fantasy Premier League ahead of his Double Gameweek 35.

The striker scored Aston Villa's opener in their 2-1 win at Everton on Saturday and has now delivered a goal or an assist in five successive appearances.

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.5m) was also on target in his side's defeat at Goodison Park.

He and Watkins are already among the three most-bought forwards for Gameweek 35.

That's because Aston Villa and Everton are among only four clubs who enjoy two fixtures in Double Gameweek 35 and also have a match in Blank Gameweek 36.

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

Lucas Digne (£6.1m) was another to impress, collecting the maximum three bonus points after setting up Calvert-Lewin's goal.

His total of nine assists this season has been bettered only by the 10 of West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell (£5.6m) among defenders in Fantasy.

Digne has now delivered attacking or defensive returns in 13 of his 25 appearances this season.

Pick Havertz for Double Gameweek?

Kai Havertz (£8.2m) highlighted his own appeal for Chelsea’s Double Gameweek 35 with the highest score of Gameweek 34's first five matches.

The German netted both goals in Chelsea's 2-0 home win over Fulham, earning his season-high haul of 16 points.

Although rotation remains an issue in picking Chelsea players, Havertz has nevertheless averaged 7.3 points per match when named in the starting XI under Thomas Tuchel. 

Brighton pair impress

Danny Welbeck (£5.5m) also claimed his best points total of the campaign with a goal and an assist in Brighton & Hove Albion's 2-0 win over Leeds United.

The forward earned 12 points, while his team-mate Lewis Dunk (£4.9m) picked up eight points thanks to a clean sheet and two bonus. 

Nine of Dunk's 11 shutouts and three of his four goals have come from Gameweek 17 onwards. 

Benefit from Pep roulette?

Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) and Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) reminded managers of their abilities with returns in Manchester City's 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.

A lack of playing time has been an issue for both players this term, but Man City's ongoing involvement in the UEFA Champions League has led to more minutes in the Premier League.

Aguero scored only his second goal of the season to return eight points, while Mendy's assist and clean sheet helped him to 12 points, his second double-figure return in his last three appearances.

Ferran Torres (£6.9m) has also made the most of his limited involvement.

He scored Man City's second goal at Selhurst Park and has now registered an attacking return in five of his six starts from Gameweek 15 onwards.

Also in this series

Part 1: FDR Analysis: Time to consider Everton
Part 2: GW34 FPL stats: Frustration for Kane backers
Part 3: GW34 Bonus points: Antonio returns to claim a maximum
Part 5: GW34 Lessons: European clubs causing rotation issues
Part 6: GW34 Lessons: Red-hot Bale to shake up run-in
Part 7: Who to target from clubs still in Europe? What the experts say

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