Fantasy Football Preview: Gameweek 36

Arouna Kone

Two matches for several sides including Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur make this a gameweek to savour, with any late season surge up the table likely to be dependent on who you pick this week

Fixtures Analysis: Six teams play twice this gameweek, meaning the bulk of your players will need to come from Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Wigan, Swansea and West Brom to have the best chance of big points. Clearly not all of those sides offer equal chances of a fine return, with Swansea and West Brom perhaps lacking a little motivation. Elsewhere Aston Villa look tempting away at Norwich after their six goal haul on Monday, whilst Arsenal's trip to already relegated QPR could prove fruitful for the Gunners.

Transfers In: Manchester City, despite not having much to play for, have perhaps the friendliest fixtures of the teams playing twice, with a trip to Swansea followed by the vist of West Brom. Sergio Aguero (11.0) is back in form, with Carlos Tevez (9.3) also playing well in Mancini's attack. Samir Nasri (8.1) is still probably the best option from their midfield, although Yaya Toure (8.2) is also worth considering.

Chelsea face Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, but still have plenty of players who should be looked at. Juan Mata (10.0) and Eden Hazard (9.6) are the standout choices from their impressive midfield, but Frank Lampard (8.2) is also a good choice as he attempts to overhaul Bobby Tambling's goals record.

Gareth Bale (10.6) is clearly a shoe-in this week, with Spurs playing Southampton at home before going to Chelsea. Picking other players from Andre Villas-Boas side is tricky, with rotation and injuries making it hard to judge who will be guaranteed a start. Aaron Lennon (7.1) is probably worth looking at, and Clint Dempsey (8.9) will almost certainly feature in both games.

Wigan need good results from their two matches more than any other side, and with West Brom and Swansea perhaps already focussed on their summer break Roberto Martinez's team might be able to pick up two vital wins. Arouna Kone (6.8) is the main threat, but James McCarthy (4.8) and Shaun Maloney (5.2) are good options in midfield, and Emerson Boyce (4.7) offers the chance of points at both ends.

West Brom and Swansea are harder to call, but Romelu Lukaku (6.7) is in excellent form for the Baggies, whilst Michu (8.2) is always going to be tempting when playing twice in a gameweek.

Even with only one match, it could be wise to find a place for Christian Benteke (7.6) in your side, with the Belgian's hat trick on Monday continuing a fantastic scoring run in 2013.

Finally from Arsenal, Theo Walcott (8.8) and Tomas Rosicky (5.7) are perhaps the best choices, but with rotation possible, and Arsenal only playing once, they are riskier choices than the players above.

Captain Choice: Even with a tricky trip to Stamford Bridge to negotiate, Gareth Bale looks the best man to hand the armband to, with (injuries permitting) his place in Spurs starting line-up secure.

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