Hello and welcome to another of my weekly FPL articles as we head into gameweek 33.
Gameweek 32 was fairly average as far as FPL goes. Not many huge scores but not many low scores either. Salah scored (water is wet), Aubameyang bagged a brace and Lukaku also found the net once again. Clean sheets were scarce, but for owners of Leicester’s Schmeichel, a cool 15 points came your way after a penalty save and 3 bonus points (as a Schemichel owner, I was thrilled!).
Gameweek 33 offers nothing exciting and is just another standard gameweek. For those of you with your wildcard and free hit still intact, now would be an advisable time to use your wildcard. Look ahead to week 34, load up on 15 double gameweek players, and then smash out your bench boost in gameweek 34. You’ll then need to hit in gameweek 35, as none of the double gameweek players in week 34 will play in week 35.
Aubameyang – the perfect striker
Looking at possible targets, Aubameyang is a no brainer. He has fantastic fixtures, no blanks and a double gameweek yet to come. Aubameyang has scored 5 goals in his first 6 Premier League games, and this could have been 7 goals in 6 if he didn’t miss one penalty and give another to team mate Lacazette.
Aubameyang isn’t too expensive for a forward player either, coming in at a cool £10.8m and as he is not eligible to play in the Europa league, he will be playing every premier league fixture for sure.
The weekend however saw another premium forward re-emerge way sooner than expectations. That’s right, Harry Kane is back! The back to back golden boot winner is back playing matches and comes up against a poor Stoke City side next, and we all know how Harry Kane operates… its either a 2 pointer, or a 17 pointer!
Harry Kane also faces a double gameweek in week 34, but one of those games is against Manchester City, so don’t be surprised if he leaves that match with only 2 points.
Just made my transfer plan… here’s how it works:
▪️ Very top – transfers in that GW
▪️ ** around a player identify who is transferred in that GW
▪️ Green = plays, Yellow = rotated a lot, Grey = doesn’t play
▪️ Dark colour shade = plays twice
▪️ Bold = GW line up pic.twitter.com/2Vyl4NpXEL
Going back to Arsenal, they have kept back-to-back clean sheets (who would have thought it!?) so Mustafi makes a brilliant cheap option to sneak into your backline. He also likes the odd goal too.
For those of you who are behind the trend, Riyad Mahrez is still as great of an option as ever. He faces Newcastle (H), Burnley (A) and Southampton (H) in his next two gameweeks courtesy of the double gameweek. That’s back-to-back captain potential! He’ll be looking to add to his 10 goals and 11 assists this season as he seeks out that long awaited move to a champions league team.
Another player I am a big fan of is also making the headlines. Marko Arnautovic is only £6.9m and smashed another 16 point return in gameweek 32, but don’t rush to buy the Austrian. He plays Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Leicester and Manchester United before the season is out. He’ll be bringing you the same level of returns as Walcott has been recently (in my opinion, of course).
Looking at who to captain for gameweek 33, I can offer a few choices.
Harry Kane will be a popular choice. He is back and he is after the golden boot, and Salah has stormed ahead in the race to take it. Kane will be working double to get on the goals and we all know what he is capable of. He scored an unbelievable 7 in goals in the final two games of last season.
Aubameyang is on fine form and faces a woeful Southampton side at home. No doubt he’ll grab a goal this weekend, but can he make it a brace or hat-trick? It’s possible now we know he is on penalties.
Mahrez against Newcastle offers a differential choice. With midfielders gaining a clean sheet point and an extra goal point, this could be a tempting option for many.
???? PLAYER IN FORM – DELE ALLI
— Daily Strikers (@DailyStrikers) April 5, 2018
For those of you lacking any imagination, Salah faces Everton (a poor Everton at that!). There’s no saying he won’t score another two this weekend. Salah faces City midweek in the Champion’s league however, so he might saving his best for the Champion’s League rather than the derby game. Moreover, Salah injured himself against Manchester City on Wednesday and he may not be available on the weekend.
I’d avoid City and United players, they play each other and although there will be goals I imagine it will be a relatively goalless affair.
Chelsea face West Ham, but with so many goalscorers and no obvious option, I’d looking away from captaining any Chelsea player.
Double gameweek 37
Moving on from players, lets quickly look to the double gameweek 37 fixtures that have been announced. Manchester City have it huge, they play Brighton and Huddersfield BOTH at HOME. Teams get destroyed at the Etihad, with Manchester City scoring almost 3.5 goals every game! There’s a goal fest if I ever heard one.
Elsewhere Arsenal will play Burnley (H) and Leicester (A), Tottenham play West Brom (A) and Newcastle (H), Manchester United face Brighton (A) and West Ham (A) and Chelsea play Liverpool (H) and Huddersfield (H). Liverpool have no double gameweeks.
Triple City and triple Tottenham sound like a must already, but beware there will be a lot of rotation in the double gameweek so transfer carefully!