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The one remaining DGW of this benighted season?

Pep Guardiola embraces Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City - Premier League
It may be worth taking a leaf of out Guardiola’s book and holding on tight to KDB this Double Game-week!
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Four teams have a game-in-hand, and the cups that would create more wrinkles have all been scrapped or delayed beyond domestic league completions. So when this game-week has those four teams meet in two midweek matches ahead of a standard raft the following weekend, we will probably see the last of this season’s DGW differentials. Load up mates, and don’t spare the chips!

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Goalkeepers

Dean Henderson - £5.3Mil - Aston Villa (A) Newcastle (A)

Sheffield United feature in the Double Gameweek, with two away trips. Henderson is a safe bet; he is the 2nd highest points scoring Goalkeeper so far this season, accumulating 10 clean sheets in total. Don’t be deterred by the away fixtures, especially with the absence of fans mixed in with two low-scoring sides. This could well be a profitable week for Henderson.

Ederson - £6.0Mil - Arsenal (H), Burnley (H)

With two relatively favorable home fixtures, Ederson is a rather appealing choice this game-week. The current PL champions haven’t been as solid as the back this season as they’d hoped. Ederson is only the 15th highest FPL scoring gamekeeper, which is a concern. However, based on this double game-week alone, Ederson is certainly worth considering.

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Defenders

George Baldock - £5.1Mil - Aston Villa (A) Newcastle (A)

This could well have been Lundstram (some may decide to select both!), who has been one of the surprise packages of the season this year. However, due to the fact that Lundstram has been victim of rotation in recent times, Baldock is our pick, having played 90Mins in every fixture this season for the Blades. This isn’t just about defending and potential clean-sheets, the full-back has also provided attacking returns with 2 goals and 4 assists.

Matt Doherty - £6.3Mil - West Ham (A)

The first player in our player picks who doesn’t feature in the DGW, but don’t let that deter you. Leading up to the unscheduled break, Doherty was in exceptional form. In his last three appearances, he has two clean-sheets while amassing impressive attacking returns (a goal and 2 assists). He’s a man in form, and Wolves have a run of favorable fixtures.

Aymeric Laporte £6.3Mil - Arsenal (H) Burnley (H)

It’s no surprise that Manchester City players heavily feature in this week’s picks. One who has been off many people’s radar is Aymeric Laporte, due to an injury-ridden season. Laporte is now fit, but of course Pep rotation is a keen concern, and some people may opt for Ederson as their sole non-attacking Citizen. However, Laporte still offers scoring potential, and at 2.3% ownership, he could be a key differential. In last season’s DGW-25, Laporte scored a whopping 20 points.

Matt Targett - £4.4Mil Sheffield United (H) Chelsea (H)

Matt Targett is a cheap defensive option who is likely to feature for Aston Villa in both of their home fixtures in this DGW. Targett does offer a potential for attacking returns, with 1 goal and 3 assists to his name this season. He has also created a solid 7 Big Chances for this teammates so far. This is impressive considering he has played the full 90 in only 16 fixtures this season, missing a big chunk of the early season due to injury.

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Midfielders

Kevin De Bruyne - £10.5Mil - Arsenal (H) Burnley (H)

De Bruyne is most likely the first name on most FPL manager’s team-sheet and would appear to be a solid choice for a Triple Captain (should you so wish!). No PL player has registered more assists than De Bruyne this season (16), and no out-field player has featured more for the Citizens; this is especially comforting considering that five substitutions will be allowed when the league resumes.

Jack Grealish - £6.4Mil - Sheffield United (H) Chelsea (H)

Aston Villa also feature in a Double Game-week, and their top scorer (7 goals) is easily their stand-out choice. He has been in all of Villa’s action, also registering 6 assists, Villa’s best. With Aston Villa in the midst of a relegation battle, Grealish is a nailed on starter, even with the busy schedule to come.

Sadio Mane - £12.5Mil - Everton (A)

Even with the unscheduled break, it is hard to forget how explosive Sadio Mane has been this season. Mane was voted the best EPL Winger of the season so far by our readers, and for good reason. Not only has Mane been in red hot form (14 goals + 7 assists), but he scored a goal and registered two assists in the reverse fixture earlier this season. Mane’s recent form is positive with three goals and an assist in his last four outings. If Manchester City lose against Arsenal on Saturday, Liverpool will secure the title with a win in this fixture (and that’s no asterisk!).

Son Heung-Min - £9.7Mil - Manchester United (H)

As we also saw in our best EPL Wingers article, Heung-Min’s importance to the Spurs side is unquestionable. Before the unscheduled break, he was on top form, bagging himself four goals in his last three PL fixtures. At only 4.8% ownership, Son is a differential who could well deliver against his boss’s former employers; the explosive forward may be an option for those looking to make up ground in their respective leagues.

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Forwards

Sergio Aguero £11.8Mil - Arsenal (H) Burnley (H)

A rested Aguero with DGW twice at home... What’s not to like? You wouldn’t bet against him to pick up at least one goal versus a leaky Arsenal who shipped him a hat-trick in this fixture last season. And you should also like your chances against Burnley who conceded to him in both fixtures last season. A potential candidate for Triple Captain? Approach with caution (Pep Rotation + 5 Subs). Aguero is currently owned by 18.3% of FPL players.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang - £11.1Mil - Man City (A) Brighton (A)

Arsenal’s top goalscorer and Captain has scored over half of his goals (9) in away fixtures this season, which is promising, with both DGW fixtures away. Aubameyang is commonly deployed on the left, but of course can feature in the centre forward position; his versatility will be especially vital with the DGW and the further fixtures coming thick and fast. Aubameyang has registered three goals in his last three games. He also scored in both fixtures against Brighton last season.

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What do you think of our picks? Are you so eager to grab fit-again Harry Kane that you’re bypassing DGW options to get him now? And the question on everyone’s mind: Which chip are you playing this week and why? Please let us know and comments below!

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