This is the one we’ve all been waiting for, Gameweek 33! Despite a few teams taking part in the FA Cup semi-finals, this gameweek is rammed full of fixtures and unsurprisingly, we’ve gone for a number of double gameweekers. With a whole host of postponed fixtures, the next few days could prove pivotal for fantasy premier league managers like yourself and I, as we look to close down on rivals before the season’s over.
The end of the football season seems to be just round the corner, although, we might not want to admit it. Time to make up ground in mini-leagues is quickly evaporating and we have to make each gameweek count. With this in mind, here is our advice for last minute squad changes and transfers.
To help you plan ahead for this gameweek, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures and form, and have come up with some players you might want to consider bringing in or captaining for Gameweek 33. If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Premier League Fantasy Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. So without further ado, here is our selection for the 33rd gameweek of the season:
- Jussi JAASKELAINEN [SOT(A), MUN(H), 5.1m] – West Ham have struggled for clean sheets but they provided a shock last weekend when they prevented Liverpool from scoring in their 0-0 draw. With Jaaskelainen making 7 saves, he received an additional 2 points on top of the original 6. Jaaskelainen is far from guaranteed to pick up any further clean sheets against Southampton and Man United but it’s guaranteed that he’ll make a considerable amount of saves which is sure to lead to more save points.
- Laurent KOSCIELNY [NOR(H), EVE(H), 5.3m] – With Mertesacker starting his ban, Koscielny should be nailed-on to play both of Arsenal’s favourable home games against Norwich and Everton. At 5.3m, he offers decent value at two potential clean sheets with Arsenal in strong form and motivated by a potential Champions League spot.
- Leighton BAINES [QPR(H), ARS(A), 7.7m] – A Select XI regular, we’ve called on Baines given his double gameweek potential and recent form of two clean sheets and an assist in his last 3. Fellaini is back from his ban and should be raring to go and more importantly, he’s a great target man for Baines’ excellent deliveries. If Everton have any outside hopes of making the top 4, they’ll need to put in two impressive performances in Gameweek 33.
- RAFAEL Da Silva [STO(A), WHM(A), 6.2m] – Rafael looks pretty certain to start both games in this double gameweek and if Vidic is back, we could see some more clean sheets. There’s always the added potential of attacking points and following Monday night’s loss against City, Fergie will be expecting no less that two wins as United look to secure the title before May comes around.
- Santi CAZORLA (C) [NOR(H), EVE(H), 10.1m] – With a little uncertainty surrounding Walcott, it’ll come as no surprise that fantasy managers are putting their faith in Cazorla, with his price rising by 0.4m since the previous Select XI. In Arsenal’s last two home games, Cazorla has scored 3 in addition to creating another and if he can continue this form, a lot of fantasy managers will be very pleased.
- Theo WALCOTT [NOR(H), EVE(H), 8.7m] – Wenger has given Walcott a 90% chance of being ready for Norwich but there is still the doubt that he may be limited to a substitute performance in order to make sure he’s ready to start the Everton game. Either way, we think that Walcott’s too good to leave out and is likely to get at least one start in this tasty Arsenal double, if not a little more.
- Phillippe COUTINHO [RDG(A), 7.0m] – Liverpool were disappointed to have not scored against West Ham last time out but I can’t see that happening again against Reading. Goals are sure to flow and we fancy Coutinho to deliver some attacking returns this week amongst all of the double gameweekers.
- Marouane FELLAINI [QPR(H), ARS(A), 7.4m] – Fellaini has been banned alongside Pienaar for the last two Everton games, so they should be fully refreshed and ready to make up for lost time. Fellaini was in decent form before his ban with a goal and 2 assists in 2 games, and we’re expecting him to pick up from where he left off when Everton entertain QPR.
- Rickie LAMBERT [WHM(H), 7.1m] – For the third week in a row, we’re going for Lambert, after he returned 7 point returns in each of his last two gameweeks. He’s most definitely one of the most in-form players of the league and it is almost guaranteed that chances will be created against West Ham. Getting past Jaaskelainen may prove a difficult task but when given the chances, goals are likely to arrive for Southampton.
- Robin VAN PERSIE [STO(A), WHM(A), 13.6m] – A lot of focus has been on Van Persie’s supposed goal drought but we think he’ll come good in this double gameweek. He’s continued to show decent form with 4 assists and a goal in his last 6 matches but obviously we judge him differently, given his pricetag. He was unfortunate not to get another assist against City with his powerful free kick causing Jones to nod onto Kompany’s back and we firmly back him to return again for this double gameweek.
- Kevin MIRALLAS [QPR(H), ARS(A), 6.8m] – Mirallas has been talked up by Moyes all season but injuries have prevented him from truly shining. However, he has stepped into the void left by Pienaar and Fellaini in the last two gameweeks, to score two excellent solo goals and keep Everton’s distant dream of Champions League football alive.
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