Everton are next up with a home match against QPR before travelling to the Emirates. This isn’t the easiest of doubles with QPR battling desperately for points whilst travelling away from home will always be tricky. To compound matters, Fellaini and Pienaar are both suspended for Gameweeks 31 and 32, so their form going into the double may suffer a dip. This should mean that both are well rested and eager for action but transfers for the double should be left until the week leading up to Gameweek 33, to give us enough time to assess the situation.
Starting at the back, for those looking for an expensive gamble, Baines (7.6m) is your man. With bags of attacking potential, the left back is always threatening to produce strong returns from his hand in set pieces, surging runs down the left and penalties. The drawback is clearly the expensive pricetag and the tendency to leak goals at the back, with Everton only keeping one clean sheet in their last 6 matches.
In midfield, the clear option is Fellaini (7.5m) who is having an incredible season for Everton notching 11 goals and 7 assists so far this season. His only downside is his disciplinary record, with his 10th yellow card of the season coming in the win over City and punishing him with a 2-match ban. Many will look to transfer him back in for the double and he should be raring to go as Everton continue to dream of a spot in the top 4.
Given the fixtures and form, we don’t think it’s worth doubling up on Everton midfielders. Osman (6.4m) has scored 2 in his last 3 matches but has had an average season so far and unless his form continues in Gameweek 31 and 32, he will be a heavy gamble. The same goes for Pienaar (6.7m) who has only returned a single goal and an assist in his last 10 matches. However, the rest might do him good as he’s started all but one of Everton’s league games this season.
In attack, there’s little to choose from with Everton’s strikers struggling with form and security. Jelavic (7.8m) has had a poor season, where he has struggled for confidence and goals despite his impressive start to the Premier League last year. Anichebe (4.3m) has potential and could be an interesting budget differential but there is the risk that he may not start both matches and is prone to being substituted. However, for those considering a 3-5-2 formation, Anichebe has impressed picking up goals and assists when given gametime.
Mirallas (6.8m) is another option with Moyes often praising his ability and he was slightly unfortunate to see his thumping strike disallowed for offside in the win over City. Concerns over fitness continue to plague the talented Belgian with Mirallas completing the full 90 minutes only once in the last 6 gameweeks but he does represent an incredible differential option with only 0.2% of managers selecting his services. Once again, form and gametime should be monitored in the lead up to Gameweek 33.
Tomorrow, we will round off our analysis of Gameweek 33, looking at Fulham and West Ham’s assets. In addition, we’ll be delving into Swansea and West Brom’s fixtures, as they both suffer a blank gameweek with managers considering the benefits of offloading their players.
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