Game Week 33 Tips
Game Week 33 Picks
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A goal laden Saturday in the Premier League was followed by two low scoring games on Sunday as Leicester and Manchester United sealed crucial 1-0 victories as the countdown towards the end of the season really begins. As each week passes by Leicester City look all the more likely to do the impossible and claim the league title and with an fairly good looking run of fixtures to come, they could be sealing the title with games to spare.
If you are all about FPL though (and obviously you are otherwise you wouldn’t be here) there will be three words on your mind as we prepare for game week 33 – double game week – or affectionately known as DGW in this acronym heavy fantasy sport of ours. As well as Leicester are doing in the league (and you can count Spurs in this too), they don’t have a double game week to play between now and the end of the season, as they have played 32 games already. The other teams that this applies to are Southampton, Stoke, Bournemouth, Norwich and Aston Villa. This means that if you have any number of players from these teams then you will probably need to address that this week unless you have a wildcard remaining up your sleeve.
You should be fully aware that Everton have 4 games in the space of the next 2 game weeks and we fully support the idea of stocking up on at least 2 Everton players – but keep in mind that they blank (like 5 other teams) in GW35 so you should also consider your squad depth and rotation plan for that week.
This is very much a first look at game week 33 and these transfers targets will also have one eye on game week 34. Expect price rises on Everton players during the week this week so keep an eye on our Twitter feed for potential price rises this week – you may want to act early.
On the subject of taking minus hits, if you are going to do it for an Everton player then it can be justified by doing it this week. So, lets say for example you have no Everton players at the moment and you want to bring in two this week – you can justify a minus 4 this week if you can be confident that the player will play in all four games – perhaps the only players that we could say this about are the goalkeeper (Robles), Lukaku and Ross Barkley. There are some others who are excellent differential shouts but the midfield could be subject to some rotation so read carefully.
Game Week 33 Transfer Tips
Damien Delaney – Crystal Palace - £4.3m
We mentioned Delaney last week as a cheap (double) double game week defender although we must admit that we didn’t expect much from him at West Ham and we certainly aren’t claiming to have predicted him scoring. Palace have been poor defensively, but the two games in GW33 represent a good chance to pick up the points to see them over the relegation safety line with a crucial home game to Norwich and then another home game against Everton. If you have other Palace defenders such as Scott Dann, then don’t bother – but if you are looking for a Palace player then look no further. Just be aware that the GW34 games are very tough for Palace with testing trips to Arsenal and Man Utd on the agenda.
Kevin De Bruyne – Man City - £10.2m
There are certain players who just make a team tick, Vincent Kompany is one of them at Man City. Another is Kevin De Bruyne (acronym time again) who sparked City in to life at Bournemouth on Saturday and grabbed a goal and an assist to boot. His comeback was something of a surprise and he looked like he had never been away. With a home game at West Brom followed by a double game week 34, it would be a foolish man or woman who forgot how KDB ran the show for City earlier in the season prior to his injury.
The fact that City also play in GW35 means that you don’t need to be concerned with blanks and if you want him for the DGW, it makes sense to put him in this week with Man City needing to stay in top gear to secure their Champions League place in the league. Just hold fire on an early transfer this week for him as City play PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday and he is almost sure fire to play – which is probably why Pellegrini rushed him back for the Bournemouth game to give him some match fitness ahead of a season defining game for City.
Romelu Lukaku – Everton - £8.9m
37.7% ownership for Lukaku is surely a figure that will rise this week ahead of what will be a popular triple captain shout in GW33. The Belgian hasn’t scored in his last two outings in the league, but they have been tough games against Arsenal and Man Utd. Prior to that, Lukaku had been in top form and we expect him to bag at least one goal in these two games this week. The Watford game is probably the toughest, whereas the Palace game could be any scoreline. Everton have a better squad depth than Palace and this could be telling in this game. Quite simply, I wouldn’t want to be without Lukaku for the next two game weeks so get him in your team now.
Ross Barkley/Aaron Lennon – Everton - £7.1m/£5.6m
This is a case of the expensive nailed on starter versus the differential cheaper risky alternative. Ross Barkley is the class act in the Everton midfield and whatever your views on the England man, you cannot argue with his points tally for the season that sees him as the 6th best midfielder in FPL. This is in no small part down to the consistency of his selection that has seen him play in every single game this season for Everton. If you can afford him then he is a perfect pick for the next two weeks. If you are struggling then perhaps Aaron Lennon who has started the last 7 games for the Toffees could be worth a punt with.
At £5.6m Lennon represents a good bet and prior to the last two games, the ex-Spurs man had been amongst the goals with 4 in 5 games. He will certainly play in at least one of these games and will probably feature in both. If he plays then he is always a threat – and with ownership of just 1.2% he could give you some huge differential.
Man Utd and Arsenal
These two powerhouses have tough games in GW33 as United face Spurs at the Lane whislt the Gunners make the short trip to East London to play West Ham United. However, both Arsenal and Man Utd have delicious looking fixtures in GW34 with two home games each. United take on Aston Villa and Crystal Palace and Arsenal face Crystal Palace and West Brom. Defensive points should be forthcoming for both sides in GW34 and the likes of Jesse Lingard, Iwobi, Gabriel, Marcus Rashford, Anothony Martial and Danny Welbeck all offer excellent value picks. If you can get a Man Utd defender or DDG in your team then even better as two clean sheets is highly likely for the league’s second best team in terms of goals conceded.
We will be back later this week with our usual podcast, game week 33 captain tips and a shortlist of the double game week players you will want in your team for GW34. Be sure to have signed up as a member here to get access to absolutely all of our content.