Welcome back to another edition of Forecasting Bad Fixtures, in which we analyze which players you should avoid signing ahead of some rather not so tempting games.
As announced in our previous edition where we analyzed teams with favourable runs, there will be two set of Double Gameweek matches propping up during the remainder of the season, greatly affecting your decision on who to bring in.
Before we get started, let’s take a look first at the clubs playing two games in Gameweek 34. We shall ignore Gameweek 37 for now.
Arsenal [vs Crystal Palace (H) and West Brom (H)]
Crystal Palace [vs Arsenal (A) and Man United (A)]
Everton [vs Southampton (H) and Liverpool (A)]
Liverpool [vs Bournemouth (A) and Everton (H)]
Man City [vs Chelsea (A) and Newcastle (A)]
Man United [vs Aston Villa (H) and Crystal Palace (H)]
Newcastle [vs Swansea (H) and Man City (H)]
Watford [vs West Brom (A) and West Ham (A)]
West Brom [Watford (H) and Arsenal (A)]
West Ham [Lei (A) and Watford (H)]
These are the teams involved in two games during 34, but will any of the make our ‘Top Three teams to avoid’ list?
Wait so… Manchester United have a double gameweek coming up against Aston Villa (Home) and Crystal Palace (Home) during gameweek 34, so why are the Red Devils on this list?
Well it’s because their next three games before the double will really push Louis van Gaal’s men to the test, starting with Manchester City (Home) this weekend followed by Everton (Home) and Tottenham Hotspur (Away).
It should be reason enough to shy away from Red Devils stars, but monitor the likes of David de Gea (5.7), Chris Smalling (6.5), Juan Mata (8.1) and Anthony Martial (7.6) and even Marcus Rashford (4.6) again before the Double Gameweek. Don’t invest heavily though, as they have a blank right immediately afterwards.
What a season Bournemouth are having (well not as good as Leicester’s), coming up from the Championship as champions and almost sealing their stay in the Engish top flight with 38 points currently.
However, it doesn’t get any easier until the end of the season, with huge matches against Tottenham Hotspur (Away), Man City (Home), Liverpool (Home), and Chelsea (Home) in the next five. They do face an easier task against Aston Villa in Gameweek 33 as a breather, but it’ll still be a tough schedule for the Cherries.
If you want a Bournemouth player though for some reason (as a differential), Max Gradel (5.7) is your player of choice after recovering from an early injury and now an integral star for Eddie Howes’ men, scoring and assisting in their 3-2 win over Swansea.
Everton are again another team that have double gameweeks coming up, yet should still not be heavily invested in until then.
The Toffees face Arsenal (Home), Man United (Away), and Watford (Away) in their next three, while their double isn’t the best one on paper against Southampton (Home) and Liverpool (Away). And after that they have a blank, lowering their appeal.
But, Roberto Martinez’s men are the only team to have THREE Double Gameweeks incoming, so while Romelu Lukaku (8.7) is a solid choice for the first double, timing your transfers for the likes of Ross Barkley (7.1), Seamus Coleman (5.8), or even Aaron Lennon (5.6) later on could be vital to your successes.