The Gameweek 33+ Preview
Written by @NiallHawthorne
The beauty of this sprint finish to the FPL season is that you have no time to dwell on disappointments, or bask in glory.
The games keep coming thick and fast. Personally, I’ve been between 5,100 OR and 10,100 OR in the past two days alone. Yes, that is a humblebrag, and it’s also a reason why you should pay attention to what I’m about to tell you to do.
GW33+ Defender: Victor Lindelöf, Manchester United
Have you heard about the FPL defender with FIVE clean sheets in his last EIGHT games, and no bugger owns him?
Victor ‘No Mates’ Lindelöf, ladies and gentlemen. 1.1% ownership.
The battered and bloody Bournemouth boys arrive at Old Trafford desperately seeking inspiration and quite possibly a jolly good rollicking from an angry and irate manager. Instead they have The Milkybar Kid grimacing sweetly and looking for all the world like Nicky Byrne smiling for the cameras after yet another ‘nil point’ at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Ole’s at the wheel, United are on a roll, and if Dave Saves remembers that his wrists aren’t made of chocolate, then Lindelöf is your only man this weekend.
GW33+ Midfielder: Naby Keita, Liverpool
Did you see how ratty Kloppo was on Thursday night?
At one point I thought he was going to flagrantly breach social distancing rules by ripping Geoff Shreeves head clean off his shoulders and blooting it into the Etihad rafters.
I’ll tell you something for nowt though, there will be a response this weekend, and some players are going to get more chances. Step forward Naby Keita. He’s going to run the show at Anfield on Sunday. He’ll get no less than a goal, an assist and three bonus points. It is written.
Oh, and he’s owned by 0.3% of players.
GW33+ Forward: Dwight Gayle, Newcastle United
Newcastle United are three points behind Spurs in the Premier League Table. I’ll give you a moment to compose yourself after that belly laugh….
The Toon Army have been in great form since the resumption of football, with two wins and a draw thus far. Their shellacking of Bournemouth during the week was one of those genuine ‘WTF?’ moments as you saw the scores roll in. Saint-Maximin is doing a madness and has been nominated for a Player of The Month award for June. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d type, for a myriad of reasons.
Dwight Gayle has two in less than two games after notching off the bench against Villa and from the start against Bournemouth.
West Ham roll into Toon on the back of a smashing 3-2 win over Chelsea, which sees them sitting that bit more comfortable in the table. However, this is West Ham we’re talking about, and no sooner do they take one step forward than they take two back. This will continue this weekend, at the hands of Dwight Gayle.
GW33+ Captain: Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United
Eight games. Five goals. Three assists. 65 points. Three double-digit hauls.
Bournemouth at home.
You do the math.
GW33+ Outsider: Aaron Connolly, Brighton & Hove Albion
As an Irishman, I’ve taken a keen interest in the development of young Connolly this season, as we search for an alternative national striker to Shane ‘great forward that doesn’t score goals’ Long, David ‘great forward that doesn’t score goals’ McGoldrick and Robbie ‘he could probably still do a job you know, he’s not retired THAT long’ Keane.
I like the cut of his Galwegian jib. Which is what those on the west coast of Ireland call a beard.
A trip to Carrow Road to face a now seemingly doomed and accepting of it Canaries outfit provides a chance to add to his two goals and three assists this season. Only owned by 2.4% too.
Written by Niall Hawthorne.
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