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Best Newcastle players for Double Gameweek 36

By The Scout 8 May 2023
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The Scout assesses who to target for the Magpies' matches against Leeds and Brighton

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The Scout assesses the prospects of Newcastle United players ahead of their Double Gameweek 36 in Fantasy Premier League.

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In-form forwards

Callum Wilson (£7.1m) goes into Newcastle's Double Gameweek 36 against Leeds and Brighton & Hove Albion as their top performer across the last four matches.

Despite starting only two of those encounters, Wilson scored five goals. This compares to two goals and an assist of his fellow forward Alexander Isak (£7.0m) in the same period.

Top scorers GW32-35
Newcastle G A Starts Sub apps Mins/app Pts
Wilson 5 0 2 2 59 32
Joelinton 2 1 4 0 88 24
Murphy 3 0 3 1 56 23
Isak 2 1 3 1 66 23
Willock 0 2 4 0 86 14

Notably, although Isak started three of four matches, he only averaged seven minutes per appearance more than Wilson, with 66 to 59.

This suggests the latter’s threat of rotation is less of an issue for managers to consider when assessing both as options.

But managers should not only think about their forward lines when considering Newcastle players, as their midfield has proven a handy source of value, too.

Joelinton (£6.0m) and Joe Willock (£4.7m) started each of the last four matches and were involved in three and two goals respectively, while Jacob Murphy (£4.2m) scored three goals in three starts.

Data backs them up

The underlying statistics show the potential on offer from the Newcastle attack as a whole.

Attacking stats last four matches
Newcastle Total PL rank
Goals 13 1st
Shots 74 2nd
Shots in box 56 2nd
Big chances 17 =1st
Shots on target 25 =3rd

They have scored a league-high 13 goals in their last four matches, while they also place in the top two for shots, shots in the box and big chances. 

Don't be put off defence

The Newcastle defence also fares well, despite a recent lack of clean sheets.

Defensive stats last four matches
Newcastle Total PL rank
Goals 5 7th
Big chances 4 2nd
Shots 38 5th
Shots in box 25 5th
Shots on target 17 =8th
Set-piece attempts 7 2nd
Headed shots 0 1st

They have conceded a mere four big chances in their last four matches, second only to the two of Manchester City.

Newcastle also rank in the top five for the fewest shots and shots in the box conceded, while they have not allowed a single headed attempt in that run.

Defensive options

Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) has frustrated his 65 per cent ownership with a run of seven straight blanks.

Nonetheless, Trippier owners should be encouraged by his recent creative displays.

The right-back made 15 key passes in Newcastle's last four matches, six more than any team-mate.

Elsewhere, Sven Botman (£4.5m) has the improving goal threat to offer an option alongside Tripper for managers looking to double up on the Newcastle defence.

The centre-back's five shots in the box in the last four matches are more than any other member of their back four.

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