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Coach’s Tips DGW37: Must-haves picks and players to avoid

With double Gameweek 37 finally upon us there’s a huge opportunity to potentially get a big score. Many FPL managers will looking to maximise the number of double Gameweek players in their teams especially if they plan to use the bench boost chip.

To make things a little easier for you I have highlighted three players, two of which I believe are must haves and one I have a sneaky feeling could return big.

I’ll also share a couple of warnings on other players to avoid.

Raheem Sterling

Man City winger Sterling is the man on form right now and boy did he reward those who gambled on giving him the captains armband in Gameweek 36 as he returned his third double digit score in a row.

A hattrick of assists was added onto make it 3 goals and 7 assists in last 6 matches. The Englishman should have had a potential 4th assist in this game too as he was denied a blatant penalty.

From open play Sterling is as far forward as any other City player and is always looking to contribute to attacks down their right hand side. His inside runs made a particularly tough afternoon for the Hammers.

City host Huddersfield and Brighton at the Etihad this Gameweek as Sterling alongside team mate Jesus make a claim for the arm band. The latter is perhaps the most assured starter of the two but in his current form will Pep stand in the way of Sterling finishing on a high in the best season of his career yet?

Other City players showed their propensity for rotation as this week saw David Silva sit out alongside Bernardo Silva. Benjamin Mendy’s return from injury may also reduce the minutes for Leroy Sane and put his game time at risk.

David De Gea

So it’s hardly a revelation to recommend a goalkeeper, who at 44.8% ownership is the second highest selected player in the game, but this probably makes De Gea one of the biggest must haves for Gameweek 37.

The Spaniard has been incredible for United between the sticks this season contributing 17 clean sheets making 110 saves and collecting 10 bonus points along the way.

One could argue that De Gea alone easily has won United an extra 10 league points from his performances and is their most valuable player.

These stats mean one thing, he is “undroppable”.

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Unlike the rest of the United defence, it’s highly likely that we will not see rotation for De Gea which makes him the best option for their double fixtures vs Brighton away and West Ham away.

Some would argue that Smalling also appears to be firmly in the team right now but with Jones, Bailly, Rojo and Blind alongside potentially any other youngster Mourinho may want to try out the safe bet lies with De Gea.

I would also strongly advise against the acquisition of United attackers as they are just not scoring enough goals this season. The one exception to this rule though could be Marcus Rashford who could be the player to benefit if Lukaku is injured following his early withdrawal on Sunday. If the youngster is given an opportunity he will desperate to prove to his worth not only to Jose for next season but also Gareth Southgate as he finalises his World Cup team.

Charlie Austin

I may be biased as Charlie Austin is a bit of a cult favourite of mine. The striker did me very proud back in 2015 when he scored 21 points in a double Gameweek but allow me to share with you why he is a top striker and worthy of consideration.

The Saints pulled out a massive win last time out vs Bournemouth and a look at the reaction of the players and staff shows how much Premiership survival means to them all. The appointment of Pellegrino was a complete failure and Mark Hughes looks to potentially be orchestrating an escape.

Dusan Tadic was the star of the show v the Cherries and he is also a player who could perform again for the Saints but his form could also be catalyst for returns for Austin.

The Saints play travel to Everton before a huge showdown game with Swansea and both opponents play the type of football that Austin can profit from.

Having been out injured for a large part of the season Austin could finally be returning to full match fitness at the right time following his first start in four matches.

Despite his lack of matches the former bricklayer who only turned professional at the age of 22 is Southampton’s highest goal scorer this season with 7 goals. This may appear quite a low number but when you factor in that he has only played 795 mins of football which when broken down into 90 minute chunks is just short of 9 full matches seems way more impressive.

There’s no denying that Austin is one of the league’s most natural goal scorers and on his day has the potential to score vs any opponent and I’m pinning my hopes on Gameweek 37 to be another memorable double Gameweek for the striker.

Warning

Before concluding I want to highlight a handful of players that I would look to avoid this week personally.

Leicester City look finished for the season and are just going through the motions as their players are to use the old cliché “already on the beach”.

The Foxes have lost three of their last four matches in the league with their most recent a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Crystal Palace. This may be a catalyst for mini revival for two home matches against Arsenal and West Ham but is it worth the gamble? I would say no. If you already have Mahrez or Vardy then don’t rush them out but in current form for transfers in there are just better options.

Two other teams in patchy form are Chelsea and Tottenham. Despite a top four position and a place in next season’s Champions League still being within grasp for one or both teams, neither seem really all that interested in their last few matches.

Chelsea actually have good form having won their last four matches in all competitions but their performances have been anything but inspiring. On top of this hardly any of their players have shown any individual brilliance to bring themselves to the attention of FPL managers.

This article is being written before Spurs’ Monday Night football matchup vs Watford and the biggest talking point is the form of Harry Kane. Just one goal in six matches is hardly the form you want from a potential double Gameweek captain especially for those considering him for the triple captain armband.

A lot rests on Harry this evening then to convince managers he is the player we all know he can be.

Bonus team

Finally, I wanted to highlight a potential goldmine of points on the horizon. Arsenal have been indifferent in the last few weeks as Wenger has rotated players to keep them fresh for their Europa League campaign but this weekend is likely to be different story.

Burnley’s trip to the Emirates at the weekend will be Wenger’s last ever home match for Arsenal and I’m expecting him to pull out all the stops to prove he is leaving a lasting legacy and can see a big win for the Gunners. With the aforementioned Leicester and Huddersfield rounding off their final matches Wenger’s men could very well end the season in the goals and on a high.

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