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The best three Newcastle players for Gameweek 36

We pick out the best three Newcastle players for Gameweek 36 in Fantasy Premier League. With the help of the Fantasy Football Scout members area we can utilise its fixture ticker and underlying stats to some to a conclusion.

Newcastle have surprised everyone this season and their assets have become some of the most appealing in the game. Finding the best three Newcastle players for Gameweek 36 could be key for managers to tackle the double Gameweek ahead.

Gameweek 36

We can see from the graphic below that Newcastle face Leeds and Brighton in their double Gameweek. This is an early indicator that their assets should be prioritised in terms of transfers.

The opponents

Brighton – They have had a fantastic overall campaign maintaining some of the best defensive and offensive stats in the league. More recently, in the last six Gameweeks they rank the fourth best for expected goals (15) and fifth best for expected goals conceded (7.89).

Leeds – Struggling at the bottom of the league, Leeds are fighting for their position in the league. To highlight their recent stats, in the last six Gameweeks they rank around mid-table for expected goals (eight) and the worst team in the league for expected goals conceded (16.29).

The data suggests that there could be more potential for Newcastle’s attacking assets rather than their defensive assets.

The Newcastle defence

Season overall – Amongst all teams in the league this season Newcastle rank second best for expected goals conceded (33.89), the best for goals conceded (27), second best for clean sheets kept (13), third best for shots on target conceded (113) and second best for big chances conceded (44).

More recently – Amongst all teams in the last six Gameweeks Newcastle rank sixth best for expected goals conceded (8.64), fifth best for goals conceded (eight), ninth for clean sheets kept (one), joint sixth for shots on target conceded (26) and joint third best for big chances conceded (eight).

Newcastle’s seasonal defensive data is impressive. However, their recent slump at the back is concerning. The fact they have kept just one clean sheet in their last six games does raise question marks.

The Newcastle attack

Season overall – Amongst all teams Newcastle rank joint fifth for expected goals (61), fifth best for attempts on goal (483), joint third for shots in the box (354), joint third for big chances total (96) and sixth for shots on target (165).

More recently – In the last six Gameweeks Newcastle rank the best for expected goals (22), second for attempts on goal (117), first for shots in the box (87), first for big chances total (26) and second for shots on target (39).

Newcastle have maintained some fantastic season-long offensive data so far. However, their recent attacking form is even more impressive. Their attacking progression suggests that investing more into their frontline could be key.

Conclusion

There are significant implications that moving away from the Newcastle double defence to a double up in attack could be beneficial. Not only do their opponents stats back this but Newcastle’s recent data also reinforces it.

The best three Newcastle players for Gameweek 36

Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) – He should be the first name on the team sheet in terms of Gameweek 36. The full-back has proved deadly from set pieces this season whilst also maintaining the best distribution stats amongst all defenders in the league.

Callum Wilson (£7m) – The in-form striker ranks first amongst all players in the league in the last six matches for non-penalty expected goal involvement (5.33). Wilson has bagged three double-digit hauls in the same six-match period, highlighting his huge explosiveness in FPL.

Alexander Isak (£6.9m) – The Swedish international has been crucial for Newcastle as of late. In fact in his last six games Isak has bagged four goals and one assist, helping Newcastle to regain their scoring form after a small slump.


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