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When to play your FPL Wildcard in final gameweeks of 2023/24

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The end of the Premier League season is rapidly approaching and that means there's not much time left for FPL players to use their remaining chips.

The Free Hit, Triple Captain and Bench Boost options all carry significant advantages but the second Wildcard offers managers the chance to reshape squads and maximise their points returns before 2023/24 comes to a close.

Wondering how to navigate the final few weeks of the FPL season? Here's all the information you need about when to use your Wildcard and how to get the most out of your team.


When should I play my Wildcard in FPL?

Josep Guardiola
Time to get thinking about Gameweek 34 / Visionhaus/GettyImages

There are a few ideal opportunities for managers to use their second FPL Wildcard of the season during the final few months of the campaign.

One big tactic is to use it the gameweek before a double gameweek, especially if you still have the Bench Boost chip to use. Bringing in a new set of players will freshen up your squad and allow you to pack out your bench with assets with two fixtures each to ensure the best possible points return.

With that tactic in mind, it makes sense to use your Wildcard relatively soon.


When is the next double gameweek in FPL?

Fixtures for Gameweek 34 have been confirmed and FPL players now know it is the biggest opportunity for a large haul before the end of the season.

Gameweek 34 sees a total of 13 matches take place between Saturday 20 April and Thursday 25 April. Seven fixtures are scheduled over the weekend - Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United will all play in the FA Cup semi-finals instead - before a further six in midweek.

Arsenal and Liverpool are among the sides who will play twice in Gameweek 34. The Reds have two away games to deal with as they visit Fulham and local rivals Everton in quick succession, while title rivals Arsenal travel to Wolves before hosting Chelsea in midweek.

As some clubs still have fixtures to rearrange for later in the campaign, there will be more double gameweeks before the season is over. Chelsea and Tottenham still have matches in lieu and are likely to fulfil them in Gameweek 35 or 36. The two clubs are also likely to join Man City, Brighton, Man Utd and Newcastle with two matches each in Gameweek 37.


Teams with two fixtures in Gameweek 34

Arsenal, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Everton, Liverpool, Sheffield United, Wolves


Which players should I sign for my FPL Wildcard?

Gameweek 34

Mohamed Salah
Salah is an obvious pick for Gameweek 34 / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

If you've decided to hit Gameweek 34 with your Wildcard, the obvious tactic will be to fill your team up with as many players with two games as possible.

Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) is one of the heaviest scorers on the game and has to be included for the run-in, while Darwin Nunez (£7.5m) or Luis Diaz (£7.5m) could help bolster your score. With games against Fulham and Everton, a cheap Reds defender like Conor Bradley (£4.2m) or Joe Gomez (£4.6m) could bag some clean sheet points.

Big Arsenal assets like Bukayo Saka (£9m) and Gabriel Magalhaes (£5.3m) have to be considered, while the likes of Declan Rice (£5.5m), Kai Havertz (£7.2m) and Leandro Trossard (£6.5m) could offer some variety to your Wildcard team.

Crystal Palace have two home games in Gameweek 34 and a couple of Eagles stars could be worth a punt. Daniel Munoz (£4.5m) is a frugal option in defence, while Jean-Philippe Mateta (£4.9m) has been scoring of late and Eberechi Eze (£6m) could be a quality addition in midfield.


2023/24 Premier League - remaining fixtures

Gameweek 31

Date

Time (BST)

Fixture

02/04/2024

19:30

Newcastle v Everton

02/04/2024

19:30

Nottingham Forest v Fulham

02/04/2024

19:45

Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

02/04/2024

19:45

Burnley v Wolves

02/04/2024

20:15

West Ham v Tottenham

03/04/2024

19:30

Arsenal v Luton

03/04/2024

19:30

Brentford v Brighton

03/04/2024

20:15

Man City v Aston Villa

04/04/2024

19:30

Liverpool v Sheffield United

04/04/2024

20:15

Chelsea v Man Utd

  • Teams with two fixtures: None

Gameweek 32

Date

Time (BST)

Fixture

06/04/2024

12:30

Crystal Palace v Man City

06/04/2024

15:00

Aston Villa v Brentford

06/04/2024

15:00

Everton v Burnley

06/04/2024

15:00

Fulham v Newcastle

06/04/2024

15:00

Luton v Bournemouth

06/04/2024

15:00

Wolves v West Ham

06/04/2024

17:30

Brighton v Arsenal

07/04/2024

15:30

Man Utd v Liverpool

07/04/2024

17:30

Sheffield United v Chelsea

08/04/2024

20:00

Tottenham v Nottingham Forest

  • Teams with two fixtures: None

Gameweek 33

Date

Time (BST)

Fixture

13/04/2024

12:30

Newcastle v Tottenham

13/04/2024

15:00

Nottingham Forest v Wolves

13/04/2024

15:00

Brentford v Sheffield United

13/04/2024

15:00

Burnley v Brighton

13/04/2024

15:00

Man City v Luton

13/04/2024

17:30

Bournemouth v Man Utd

14/04/2024

14:00

Liverpool v Crystal Palace

14/04/2024

14:00

West Ham v Fulham

14/04/2024

16:30

Arsenal v Aston Villa

15/04/2024

20:00

Chelsea v Everton

  • Teams with two fixtures: None

Gameweek 34

Date

Time (BST)

Fixture

20/04/2024

15:00

Luton v Brentford

20/04/2024

15:00

Sheffield United v Burnley

20/04/2024

15:00

Brighton P-P Chelsea

20/04/2024

15:00

Man Utd P-P Newcastle

20/04/2024

15:00

Tottenham P-P Man City

20/04/2024

19:30

Wolves v Arsenal

21/04/2024

13:30

Everton v Nottingham Forest

21/04/2024

15:00

Aston Villa v Bournemouth

21/04/2024

15:00

Crystal Palace v West Ham

21/04/2024

16:30

Fulham v Liverpool

23/04/2024

20:00

Arsenal v Chelsea

24/04/2024

19:45

Wolves v Bournemouth

24/04/2024

20:00

Crystal Palace v Newcastle

24/04/2024

20:00

Everton v Liverpool

24/04/2024

20:00

Man Utd v Sheffield United

25/04/2024

20:00

Brighton v Man City

  • Teams with two fixtures: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Everton, Liverpool, Sheffield United, Wolves

Gameweek 35

Date

Time (BST)

Fixture

27/04/2024

12:30

West Ham v Liverpool

27/04/2024

15:00

Fulham v Crystal Palace

27/04/2024

15:00

Man Utd v Burnley

27/04/2024

15:00

Newcastle v Sheffield United

27/04/2024

15:00

Wolves v Luton

27/04/2024

17:30

Everton v Brentford

27/04/2024

20:00

Aston Villa v Chelsea

28/04/2024

14:00

Bournemouth v Brighton

28/04/2024

14:00

Tottenham v Arsenal

28/04/2024

16:30

Nottingham Forest v Man City

  • Teams with two fixtures: TBC

Gameweek 36

Date

Time (BST)

Fixture

04/05/2024

15:00

Arsenal v Bournemouth

04/05/2024

15:00

Brentford v Fulham

04/05/2024

15:00

Brighton v Aston Villa

04/05/2024

15:00

Burnley v Newcastle

04/05/2024

15:00

Chelsea v West Ham

04/05/2024

15:00

Crystal Palace v Man Utd

04/05/2024

15:00

Liverpool v Tottenham

04/05/2024

15:00

Luton v Everton

04/05/2024

15:00

Man City v Wolves

04/05/2024

15:00

Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest

  • Teams with two fixtures: TBC

Gameweek 37

Date

Time (BST)

Fixture

11/05/2024

15:00

Aston Villa v Liverpool

11/05/2024

15:00

Bournemouth v Brentford

11/05/2024

15:00

Everton v Sheffield United

11/05/2024

15:00

Fulham v Man City

11/05/2024

15:00

Man Utd v Arsenal

11/05/2024

15:00

Newcastle v Brighton

11/05/2024

15:00

Nottingham Forest v Chelsea

11/05/2024

15:00

Tottenham v Burnley

11/05/2024

15:00

West Ham v Luton

11/05/2024

15:00

Wolves v Crystal Palace

  • Teams with two fixtures: TBC

Gameweek 38

Date

Fixture (BST)

Time

19/05/2024

16:00

Arsenal v Everton

19/05/2024

16:00

Brentford v Newcastle

19/05/2024

16:00

Brighton v Man Utd

19/05/2024

16:00

Burnley v Nottingham Forest

19/05/2024

16:00

Chelsea v Bournemouth

19/05/2024

16:00

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

19/05/2024

16:00

Liverpool v Wolves

19/05/2024

16:00

Luton v Fulham

19/05/2024

16:00

Man City v West Ham

19/05/2024

16:00

Sheffield United v Tottenham

  • Teams with two fixtures: None

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