Looking back on
FPL Gameweek 35
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By Shane from the Drafthound Team 14th May 2021
5 min read

Introduction


Gameweek 35 in the FPL was completed on Thursday night. There were 15 games played with Manchester United having a triple gameweek. We saw 45 goals in those 15 fixtures, giving an average of 3 goals per match for the round. The highest FPL score for gameweek 35 was 200 points and the average team total was 83. Now, let’s take a closer look at all the action from gameweek 35 and see who were the FPL’s big hits and misses.


Arsenal looking to finish the season on a high


Arsenal took six points from their two games in this round. The Gunners beat West Brom 3-1 at the Emirates on Sunday before winning 1-0 away to Chelsea on Wednesday.


Emile Smith-Rowe, 20, was the hero of gameweek 35 for Mikel Arteta’s side. The young midfielder scored in both games, clearly enjoying his two consecutive starts. Smith-Rowe earned 19 FPL points making him the top-scoring Arsenal player for the round. Smith-Rowe costs just £4.2 million at the moment and is selected by 2.3% of FPL teams. He was the most ‘transferred in’ Arsenal player for the round with over 5,000 managers making a great choice.


Goalkeeper Bernd Leno was next-best for The Gunners on 11 points with former Chelsea man Willian following closely on 10.


Other Arsenal players worth a mention from their double gameweek are Rob Holding (9 points), Gabriel Magalhães (9), Nicolas Pépé (9), Bukayo Saka (8), and Kieran Tierney (7).


Arsenal don’t play again until gameweek 37 when they are away to Crystal Palace. Then, they finish the season with a home game against Brighton.


Manchester United win one of three


United fell to two consecutive home defeats in gameweek 35. They started the round with an impressive 3-1 win at Aston Villa before then losing twice at Old Trafford - 2-1 against Leicester and 4-2 versus Liverpool.


Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes were the best United players to have as they enjoyed a triple gameweek in the FPL. Both players started two of the three fixtures and earned 19 FPL points apiece.


The best of the other United players in this round were Marcus Rashford (13 points), Edinson Cavani (11), and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (8).


Eze points from the Crystal Palace boys


Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace had gone four league games without a win recently. They stopped the rot with a 2-0 victory at bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United on Saturday thanks to goals from Christian Benteke and Eberechi Eze.


Benteke was on the scoresheet again for The Eagles as they lost their second game of the round, 3-1 at Southampton. Interestingly, Benteke scored in just the second minute of both matches.


Eze was the best Crystal Palace player for the round in FPL terms. Eze scored 16 points with Benteke next on 15. Eze costs £5.8 million at the moment and is selected by 1.3% of FPL teams.


Veteran defender Gary Cahill earned 11 points for gameweek 35. Next-best for The Eagles was goalkeeper Vicente Guaita on 8.


And the rest...


Southampton’s two frontmen, Che Adams and Danny Ings, got 13 points apiece in this round. The Saints lost their first match of the round 2-0 against Liverpool but Adams and Ings (x2) both scored in their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. Adams also laid on an assist for Ings.


Everton’s Ben Godfrey was the best Toffees player to have, getting 18 points over two games. Carlo Ancelotti’s side kept two clean sheets, winning 1-0 at West Ham and then drawing 0-0 against Aston Villa.


Callum Wilson of Newcastle scored two second-half goals to give The Magpies a 4-2 win at Leicester. However, Wilson also suffered a hamstring injury late on in that game, bringing his season to a premature end.


Speaking of Leicester, Marc Albrighton rolled back the years in gameweek 35. He scored in the defeat to Newcastle and provided an assist in the win at Manchester United. His score for the round was 15 FPL points. Albrighton is only selected by 0.1% of teams at the moment so was something of a hidden gem for those who did have him.


Trent Alexander-Arnold and Bobby Firmino were on top form as Liverpool romped to a 4-2 win at Manchester United on Thursday night. Alexander-Arnold scored 16 FPL points thanks to his two assists while Firmino got 17 points for his two goals.






That’s all for our review of Gameweek 35. Gameweek 36 takes place this weekend and the deadline for transfers and changes is Friday, May 14th at 18:30 GMT.


Yours truly,

the Drafthound Team

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