If you are not aware then this gameweek coming in FPL is a big deal, as it is the first real double gameweek of the season. So, more chips are being used than a Summer in Blackpool. Wolves are one of the teams involved in the double week mania with two difficult fixtures away at Burnley followed by Manchester United at home. But one thing we have learned about Nuno’s men this season is that they thrive in difficult games. The international break has naturally affected how some managers are selecting their sides so I will be breaking down the Wolves who and who discuss the potential of rotation. Oh, and if you haven’t heard we are going to Wembley!
Matt Doherty 5.4M- Let’s start with the most owned of the Wolves defenders and one of the most popular players in the game. Doherty started on the wing for the Republic of Ireland in a 1-0 away win against Gibraltar. Given his attacking instincts and his performances in the league would make you think this role would suit him. For whatever reason, it clearly did not work out and he ended up being subbed in the 56th minute. This resulted in him being benched for the following game against Georgia, coming on in the 82nd minute. So overall it looks very promising for Doherty in this double gameweek, with him being used to playing Saturday, Tuesday and his lack of international minutes I am fully expecting him to start both games.
Ryan Bennett 4.1M- Nice and simple this one. He is suspended for the game against Burnley and only has a slight chance of featuring against United. So, in short avoid.
Conor Coady 4.5- Another nice and simple one. The captain has not missed a single minute of football this season for Wolves and with a full rest over the international break he is not about to stop now. Given his price and guarantee to start he could be a very decent differential. He is only owned by 0.8% of teams.
Willy Boly 4.6M- A certain starter and like Coady could be a very nice differential being slightly more owned at 4.7%. The huge Frenchman unlike Coady is a very potent goal threat having scored three goals this season against Man City, Spurs and Newcastle. I feel he has been an extremely underrated this season in FPL given his goal threat and chances of bonus points given his style of play.
Jonny 4.3M- The Spaniard was left out of the squad this time around so like most of the Wolves defence he has had a complete rest over the international break. However, Jonny is one of the few players I am unsure of coming into the doubles. Jonny has been the most consistently subbed defender in the team this season which makes me question whether he will start both games. Ruben Vinagre 4.3M could easily start one of the games, as he is more than able to come in and do a job. So, I would personally avoid Jonny just because there is some doubt in my mind over whether he will start both games. Same goes for Vinagre avoid.
Romain Saiss 4.2M- Despite naturally being a midfielder the Moroccan has found his place in the side recently in the back three, although he does play there for his national side. Strangely FPL classified him as a defender at the start of the season so those extra clean sheet points and points for goals in the games he has played in midfield have been very nice. He played the full game against Argentina on Tuesday earning some good reviews in the process, so should be fully ready and gearing to go. He will start both games I think but possibly in different positions. Burnley he will certainly start centre-back but there is a slight chance he could start in midfield against United. Either he way he starts both games.
Ruben Neves 4.9M- The deep playmaker only played 62 minutes of Portugal’s 0-0 draw with Ukraine. He then completely sat out of their next game against Serbia. I think he is guaranteed to start both games and as always possesses a chance of returns with his long-range strikes, free-kicks and potential penalty taking. For his price there will not be many midfielders who have all of that in their locker.
Joao Moutinho 5.3M- The little magician has been in glorious form for a while now and goes through spells of racking up the assists. His set piece delivery is often on point and he plays the highest of the midfield three. He also made seven key passes in our FA Cup victory against Manchester United, showcasing his chances of picking up points in a double gameweek. He played 87 minutes in Portugal’s match against Ukraine and then did not play in the following game. My gut feeling is that he may not start one of the games just to make sure he is fully ready to go for our semi-final. The breaks between our games are kind though with our semi-final being on the Sunday. I have a slight doubt over whether he starts both, but I would not be surprised if he did.
Leander Dendoncker 4.3- One of the Wolves players who played full matches over the break. The Belgian powerhouse has great stamina, but I think Nuno maybe wary of burning him out given his international minutes and our run of games. This is where I think Saiss could be deployed in midfield against United with Bennett returning to the side. Dendoncker is just an enabler though realistically so I would not worry about his minutes if you own him to sit on the bench.
Morgan Gibbs-White 4.3- Possibly starts one of games in place of Moutinho. Just an enabler.
Helder Costa 4.7M- Being blunt here…. just no.
Ivan Cavaleiro 5.2M- Too expensive for his lack of minutes avoid.
Adama Traore 5.1M- He is an impact sub at the minute so avoid.
Diogo Jota 6.1M- The best is saved for last. Despite getting his first call up to Portugal senior side this week, sadly for Jota he did not make an appearance in either game. This is fantastic news for FPL though. He is coming into these games in great form and has been playing as a striker. With a full two weeks of rest and probably wanting to prove a point to show why he should have gotten a first cap, I think Jota will be our best player in this double gameweek. I think he will start both games but will not play a full ninety in either of them.
Raul Jimenez 6.9M- The most popular Mexican export since tequila has become somewhat of a cult hero in FPL this season. Starting as a 5.5M striker, Jimenez has seriously performed in his debut season. He has scored 12 league goals and recorded 7 assists, with a further three goals in the FA Cup. In 2019 alone he is one of the most in form strikers in Europe. Only eight players in Europe’s top five leagues have outscored Jimenez’s nine goals. That’s more than Aubameyang, Griezmann and even Ronaldo. He played 75 minutes last Saturday against Chile and managed to score. Importantly he then sat out the Mexicans second game against Paraguay on Tuesday. This to me is crucial. If he had played in that game, then I would have said that he does not start against Burnley given the travel etc. Due to him not playing against Paraguay I think he starts both games but will not play the full game against Burnley. We all know what he did to United last time we played them right??