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Premier League 2020/21: FPL Gameweek 36 Fantasy Forecast

Ahead of each Gameweek in the Premier League, The Hype Train's team, Robert Austin, Sam Austin and Phil Jones, duel for FPL and league supremacy in predicting Premier League scores, as well as going head to head in picking a Scout Picks squad for each round of games. With the 2020/21 Premier League season starting tomorrow, we provide our Gameweek Forecast predictions, speculating how we think the latest round of games will be played out. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

Premier League 2020/21: Gameweek 36 Fixtures

Premier League 2020/21: FPL Gameweek 36 Forecast

Enjoy our FPL Forecast article, with each of our team forecasting how we think the Premier League will shape up this upcoming Gameweek. If you agree or want to challenge us on our point of view, get in touch with us on our main Twitter account, @RealHypeTrain.

Fixture Predictions: Gameweek 36

Newcastle 0-3 Man City

Burnley 1-2 Leeds

Southampton 2-1 Fulham

Brighton 0-2 West Ham

Crystal Palace 1-1 Aston Villa

Spurs 2-0 Wolves

West Brom 0-3 Liverpool

Everton 2-0 Sheffield United

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 36

4 teams do not play during Gameweek 36:

The FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester is being played during GW36 meaning there is a blank for 4 teams – Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester and Man United*.

Translation: Most of the used FPL players in the game.

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

Liverpool (Watch): Liverpool need three wins and they automatically qualify in fourth place, their win over Manchester United has saved Liverpool’s season from being a total disaster. The good news for Liverpool is that they only have bottom half clubs for the bottom of the season, and with Trent and Salah inform, it is possible that the Reds season could go down to the final minutes of the season. I just have a feeling they’ll do it, starting with West Brom.

Southampton (Watch): Danny Ing’s return to the starting eleven after another injury has seen just how much Ralph Hasenhüttl relies on the English forward. Two goals, and a stellar display against Palace has shown how hungry Ings is for a space in Gareth Southgate’s England team. A home tie against relegated Fulham should be another chance for Ings FC to shine.

Newcastle (Avoid): Something is completely ajar when Steve…ugh I want to vomit, Steve…Steve Bruce is the new Premier League Manager of the Month. He basically got it for doing his job, obtaining two wins and two draws in April. Everyone else was so hot and cold all it took was someone just to be slightly competitive and their manager is lauded. That is how bad the league has sunk. Hell has frozen over. City travel to Newcastle, and despite the recent acclaim, I can’t see how Newcastle don’t lose this game. The newly elected Premier League Champions should make short work and show Bruce’s true colours when faced with a real challenge.

Gameweek 36 – FPL Differential Picks:

NEW/MCI: Sergio Aguero (MCI, FWD, £10.3mil, 1.5% ownership)

BUR/LEE: Chris Wood (BUR. FWD. £6.4mil, 4.1% ownership)

SOU/FUL: Danny Ings (SOU, FWD, £8.4mil, 6.9% ownership)

BHA/WHU: Michail Antonio (WHU, FWD, £6.5mil, 7.0% ownership)

CRY/AVL: Christian Benteke (CRY, FWD, £5.5mil, 1.4% ownership)

TOT/WOL: Gareth Bale (TOT, MID, £9.2mil, 4.7% ownership)

WBA/LIV: Rhys Williams (LIV, DEF, £4.0mil, 0.2% ownership)

EVE/SHU: Jordan Pickford (EVE, GK, £4.8mil, 5.4% ownership)

Differential Captain: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)

The Belgian has had a late season resurgence, as the Eagles forward has notched three goals in his last five games. On occasion, there are times a former player comes up against one of their former clubs, and with Aston Villa’s trip to Selhurst Park there will be a chance for Benteke to get the better of his former club. I wanted to go a bit more differential this week after selecting Edison Cavani in the Triple Gameweek, and there is not a forward more overlooked than Benteke this gameweek as most people will still think he isn’t good for a goal. Well, the form is there, as is the fixture, which is a pretty good time to roll the dice on the once prolific forward.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 36

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Ederson (MCI)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

DEF: Ruben Dias (MCI)

DEF: Andrew Robertson (LIV)

MID: Gareth Bale (TOT)

MID: Mohamad Salah (LIV) - (C)

MID: Hueng Min-Son (TOT)

MID: Raheem Sterling (MCI)

FOR: Harry Kane (TOT)

FOR: Christian Benteke (CRY) - (VC)

FOR: Danny Ings (SOU)


GK: Jordan Pickford (EVE)

MID: Raphinha (LEE)

DEF: Michael Keane (EVE)

DEF: Vladimir Coufal (WHU)

Fixture Predictions: Gameweek 36

Newcastle 0-4 Man City

Burnley 1-1 Leeds

Southampton 2-0 Fulham

Brighton 1-2 West Ham

Crystal Palace 0-0 Aston Villa

Spurs 2-1 Wolves

West Brom 1-3 Liverpool

Everton 2-0 Sheffield United

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 36

4 teams do not play during Gameweek 36:

The FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester is being played during GW36 meaning there is a blank for 4 teams – Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester and Man United.

Top FPL player targets ahead of the upcoming Gameweek:

We’re at the stage of the season where we can group teams with having good or bad last fixtures, so you kind of have to start with the teams who have an easy ride from now until the end of the season. There’s one last Double Gameweek that will involve the four above clubs that are missing this weekend, these games are usually played the midweek before the final round of games during Gameweek 37.

Teams with ‘Good’ Remaining Fixtures (GW36-38):

Leeds: Burnley (A), Southampton (A), West Brom (H)

Liverpool: West Brom (A), Burnley (A), Crystal Palace (H)

Spurs: Wolves (H), Aston Villa (H), Leicester (A)

West Ham: Brighton (A), West Brom (A), Southampton (H)

If I were to have a team based around the upcoming weeks, I’d probably look to build a foundation around Liverpool, City and Spurs and then pick up cheap options from Leeds, Southampton and West Ham to fill out your squad.

Essential would be Salah, Kane, Alexander-Arnold and then I’d like to say DCL and Ings are up there too alongside the likes of Gundogan and Mahrez.

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

The Golden Boot Race (Kane vs. Salah): If you have the funds, with the only thing left to fight for being the Golden Boot race and Champions League qualification, Kane and Salah are essential and have the fixtures to go for it. I’m expecting Salah to pinch the award from Kane as Liverpool haven’t been in half-bad form, which is kind of shocking given their stuttering season.

Man City (Watch): Steve Bruce of all people just won the Manager of the Month award. Karmic retribution can only mean one thing given how the monthly awards work… Man City are going to win big tonight against my beloved Magpies. If I were to play a wildcard, Gundogan, Foden and Mahrez are all on the radar.

Everton (Watch): The Toffees have back-to-back home games against Sheffield United and Wolves, the perfect way to bid farewell to the likes of DCL and Digne before you ditch them against Man City at the Etihad on the final day. Calvert-Lewin has been impressive from the glimpses I have seen and I know it is a ‘template’ pick for this week, but it’s that dead obvious that he’s a must-have against the toothless Blades at Goodison Park.

West Ham (Cautiously Optimistic): The Hammers have the fixtures to potentially sneak into the Champions League but I think there’s a faulter in there at some stage. Brighton are a tough cookie on occasion, though as a Lingard happy I am happy. Not sure I would load up and bank on Coufal & Antonio on top of that, however.

Palace & Villa (Bored Already): Just one of them games that doesn’t scream goals, rather it screams a 16th clean sheet of the season for the league’s best shot-stopper this season, Emi Martinez.

Southampton (Dark Horses): The Saints could finish the season strongly against Fulham (H), Leeds (H) and West Ham (A), which puts Ings and Adams on the radar after a confident win against a Palace side in the midst of their summer holidays. A win against Fulham looks likely, whilst Leeds and the Saints are in the same position in mid-table mediocrity, whilst they could really do a number against West Ham on the final day!

Gameweek 36 - FPL Captaincy Picks:

Essential: Mohamed Salah (LIV)

Alternative: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)

Differential: Danny Ings (SOU)

Other Gameweek Comments:

My picks below are merely a reflection of this singular week, though I am conscious of Chelsea, United, Leicester and Arsenal ahead of Gameweek 37, so I’ll be having a hard time setting my team as I do indeed have my second wildcard. I’m currently playing mental gymnastics over playing it now or waiting to mean-max during the double.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 36

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Jordan Pickford (EVE)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

DEF: Ruben Dias (MCI)

DEF: Vladimir Coufal (WHU)

MID: Riyad Mahrez (MCI)

MID: Jesse Lingard (WHU)

MID: Mohamed Salah (LIV)

MID: Diogo Jota (LIV)

FOR: Harry Kane (TOT)

FOR: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)

FOR: Danny Ings (SOU)


GK: Fraser Forster (SOU)

MID: Raphinha (LEE)

DEF: Stuart Dallas (LEE)

DEF: Mason Holgate (EVE)

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