To round off our analysis of Gameweek 33, we look at the remaining guaranteed doubles and the teams that miss out. First up, we have Fulham who travel to Villa Park before hosting Chelsea. The game against Villa is sure to be tricky as the Midlands side try to secure more points in their battle for survival. Lambert will have noted this game down in his remaining fixtures as a potential win and the Villa players will be fired up for the clash.
Fulham have recently improved their defensive form, picking up 3 clean sheets in their last 4 matches but it remains to be seen whether this will continue. They are sure to be given a difficult test in both of their double gameweek matches. Fulham also have some tricky matches surrounding their double with a visit to St James’ Park before and games against Arsenal and Reading coming immediately after.
With this in mind, we think investment in Fulham player should be carried out with caution and we’ve only chosen two players worthy of consideration. Berbatov (6.9m) is the most obvious option and the only Fulham player who has gone above the 100-point mark this season. He looks to have rediscovered his form, finding the back of the net in each of his last 3 games and could be an interesting differential with an ownership of 6.7%.
For those out there with less budget and are interested in taking greater risks, there is the option of Ruiz (5.0m), who has simmered for most of the season without truly exploding. Jol is a big admirer of the Costa Rican and would have expected more from him in recent months. With form against him, it’s unlikely we’ll see groundbreaking scores but he is an interesting budget option for those looking for a cheap third striker.
West Ham have showed very little form of late and it’s hard to find reason to invest in any of their players leading up to their double gameweek where they take on Southampton and United. The one player who has performed admirably is their reliable shot stopper, Jaaskelainen (5.1m), who is their highest points scorer and one of only two to break the 100-point mark (Nolan being the other).
West Ham have kept 2 clean sheets in their last 5 matches and Jaaskelainen is the main reason behind it all making save after save. Against Spurs and Chelsea, he made a total of 19 saves, which rewarded Jaaskelainen with an additional 3 points in each match. With games against Liverpool (GW32), United (GW33) and City (GW35), Jaaskelainen will once again be called into action to prevent an avalanche of goals.
In addition to the doubles in Gameweek 33, there are also teams who are set to miss out with Swansea and West Brom guaranteed, and one of Stoke or Spurs (depending on whether United or Chelsea progress in the FA Cup replay). With this in mind, you should start planning ahead to ensure that these blanks do not affect your ability to field a starting eleven. The ideal transfer is from a player who’s missing out to a double gameweeker.
Swansea’s fixtures after the blank are not particularly appealing despite their double in Gameweek 36. In GW35 they travel to Chelsea, in GW36 they host City and in GW37 they travel to Old Trafford. Hardly an ideal way to end the season and fixtures that could convince managers to offload Swansea assets.
West Brom on the other hand have easier fixtures with home games against Newcastle and Wigan and away trips to Southampton and Norwich to follow. Those holding on to McAuley and Lukaku may want to hold fire before releasing them in the lead up to Gameweek 33, as long as they have adequate support on the bench to step up.
With the FA Cup replay yet to take place between Chelsea and United, we’ll leave the rest of the analysis of Gameweek 33 until next week. This will feature the main assets from the team that has kept their double, as well as the fixture schedule for the side (Stoke or Spurs) that has gained a blank gameweek from the result.
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