I’m sacrificing a snooze on my couch on a lazy Good Friday afternoon, as the Lord himself intended, to write this preview for you, so you’d better appreciate it.
I’m also reeling from the news that Sean ‘Gravel Gargler’ Dyche has been given the big heave-ho by Burnley. I thought he owned the club, he’s so synonymous with them.
GW33 Defender: Fabian Schar, Newcastle United
Two fixtures this week, at home to Leicester and Crystal Palace.
Leicester are coming into their game off the back of an historic European success, reaching the semi-finals of the *checks notes* UEFA Europa Lucky Losers Tombola, so could well be giddy and not quite at it.
Crystal Palace will be coming into their game off the back of an FA Cup Semi-Final against a Chelsea side still reeling from chucking away history at The Bernabeu, potentially not being ‘on it’ and Palace then sucker-punching them and suit-shopping ahead of Cup Final day.
In short, Newcastle could well catch two teams cold. Scharhas two goals, two assists and five clean sheets this season and at his price point and ownership level, is my standout defensive pick this week.
GW33 Midfielder: James Maddison, Leicester City
Having said all the above about Leicester City, you should consider James Maddison this week as he has two fixtures against Newcastle and Everton, both of whom aren’t really very good.
While they could be distracted by their European heroics, they could also be inspired by them. Maddison has been in decent form in recent weeks, scored in the European triumph in midweek and will be looking to add to his 8 goals and 8 assists this season.
GW33 Forward: Ivan Toney, Brentford
He may only have a single game this week, but the man is on fire. In recent weeks he has plundered 17 points against Norwich and 12 points against Burnley.
This week he faces Watford, who are very much on the same level as the two clubs just mentioned. A double-digit haul looks more likely then not in my eyes.
GW33 Captain: Harry Kane, Spurs
In his last 9 GW’s, Harry has one blank, 7 goals and 8 assists as well as 12 bonus points.
Last weeks Captain pick brought home 10 points thanks to his second hat-trick of assists in three games. That flick header into the path of Son? Filth.
This week Spurs once more play Brighton, who they beat in GW29 at the Amex. This game is at White Hart Lane and Spurs are flying. He may only play once, but he’s likely to score more than those playing twice.
GW33 Outsider: Vitalii Mykolenko, Everton
I haven’t had a 0.0% return in AGES, so here we go once more.
The Toffees full back has started the last three games, kept the mighty Manchester United scoreless last time out while picking up three bonus points, and this week faces Leicester City at Goodison in a must-win game.