Game Week 33 Captain Pick
Game Week 33 Captain Tips
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With the small matter of a double game week for Crystal Palace and Everton it seems that everyone is clambering all over Romelu Lukaku this week and he looks set to be the most captained player for the week. With an ownership that is going to break over 40% by the weekend (39.9% at time of writing) we will be looking at whether Lukaku as captain is the right call and whether there are in fact any better options from within the double game week players as well as the rest of the teams that play just one game in GW33. Is it short sightedness to lump on Lukaku or is it quite simply a must make play – we will leave no (John) Stone(s) unturned – sorry, it’s been one of those weeks!
Let’s start this article by assessing the chances of Lukaku. The Belgium striker is having his best Premier League season ever and has already topped his previous record of 17 goals in a season, something he achieved back in the 2012/13 season. One of the biggest reasons for his success this season is the amount of game time he has enjoyed and this is something that won’t change going as Everton look to have a positive end to the campaign. With Everton lacking in alternative attacking options with only Kone and Niasse (who has managed only 23 minutes of football since his January arrival) as viable striking options, the place of Lukaku looks assured in game week 33 particularly that holds some pretty kind fixtures for the Toffees.
Lukaku only sits behind Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy in the FPL striker league table for this season and the latter playing in a Leicester team struggling for goals as they look to see out a tremendous league campaign, it has been argued by many (myself included) that Lukaku has to have a place in your forward line.
GW33 Captain Pick No.1: Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku has not scored in his last two games (against Arsenal and Man Utd) but prior to that he has scored 3 goals and grabbed 1 assist in his previous 4 games. There have only been two occasions this season where he has not scored for 3 games on the bounce and that came in a 4 and 5 game goal drought in February 2016 and Aug/Sept 2015. Based on that statistic alone and the fact that he takes on two teams in Watford and Crystal Palace who have very little to play for (Palace perhaps less so although they do look safe).
The fear of two away games is unfounded for this captain pick for game week 33 as Lukaku has actually been more clinical away from home this season as he has been at Goodison Park, with 9 goals away to match the 9 he has scored at home, but having played two less away games. Watford looks like the easier fixture for Everton this week and they have lost their last 4 games on the bounce so I expect to see at least a couple of Everton goals against the Hornets this week. Crystal Palace is a similar proposition and Lukaku scored against them in the reverse fixture. Palace have conceded 10 goals in their last 5 games so it is highly likely that Everton can grab a couple against the Eagles in what could be a higher scoring encounter than what we saw earlier this season when the two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Goodison.
The verdict from us this week is that if you have Lukaku already in your team then he is pretty much your nailed on captain pick. If you don’t, then you should probably put him in if you can fit him in.
Captain Pick No. 2: Sergio Aguero
Our second pick is if you don’t have any way of getting Lukaku in to your team and it goes to Sergio Aguero. The Argentine played pretty much the entire game against PSG and although he didn’t score, the return of KDB to the team means that this City side are potent once again. Taking on a West Bromwich Albion side this week who seem to have absolutely no ambition of bettering their season and making a push for Europe, Aguero will have every chance of bagging one or two at the Etihad Stadium. Don’t let that PSG performance fool you, City are still scrapping in the Premier League to preserve their Champions League status for next season and they can ill afford to rest their star players this weekend.
Aguero has been in consistent form of late, even if he has not been particularly explosive but that could change at any time and don’t be surprised to see a brace or more from him this weekend. He doesn’t quite have the edge of Lukaku which is probably why his price has dropped back to £13.5m this week – but he remains a very top pick!
We have one more pick for our Premium Members this week and it is a serious differential selection. If you are chasing in your mini-league and you want to take a gamble against Lukaku and Aguero then this pick could be for you. You can read the full article here.