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Manchester United up to the Heady Heights of 5th: Gameweek 33 Review

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 33 Preview

Crystal Palace’s Glenn Murray & The 5 #FPL Players You Must Pick For GW33

DEFENDER: Jeffrey Schlupp – £4.5m (Home v Swansea)

In this reduced Gameweek we’re missing Arsenal, Aston Villa, Hull, Liverpool, QPR and Sunderland, and so it’s impossible not to look ahead and plan for the weeks to come.

The only two teams to play three times in the next two Gameweeks are Chelsea and Leicester, and whilst it’s easy to be drawn to the players from the champions-elect, the fact that Leicester’s first two fixtures are against Swansea and Burnley will give them hope of picking up some valuable points.

Jeffrey Schlupp – registered as a defender but also an attacking threat – will be vital in that quest for a third win in a row, and he can pick up some points at the same time.

 

MIDFIELDER: Yannick Bolasie – £5.5m (Home v West Brom)

His hat-trick at Sunderland last weekend brought in a staggering 24 points for Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie, and although recommending him feels a bit ‘after the horse has bolted’ there’s plenty of reasons to suggest he’ll impress at home to West Brom on Saturday.

Bolasie registered three assists in the three matches before going to Sunderland, and more could be on the way against the struggling Baggies.

 

FORWARD: Glenn Murray – £5.2m (Home v West Brom)

Six goals and four assists is a pretty decent haul for any forward in his first season in the Premier League, but the fact that all of those have come in his last six appearances makes Crystal Palace’s Glenn Murray one to watch.

Palace face home games against West Brom and Hull next up, and Murray’s scoring streak could go on.

 

THE OUTSIDER: David Nugent – £4.9m (Home v Swansea)

He’s played the full 90 minutes in Leicester’s last three matches, and David Nugent has responded with two goals and an assist as his side battle against relegation.

The ‘Fox in the Box’ will be crucial as he side face three games over the next two Gameweeks, and a goal or two could go a long way to helping them off the foot of the table.

 

THE CAPTAIN: Sergio Aguero – £12.4m (Home v West Ham)

With Chelsea facing an in-form Manchester United and some of the other usual suspects not in action, the captaincy pick for this week looks to be a simple one given Sergio Aguero’s return to scoring form in Manchester City’s loss at Old Trafford.

He’ll be backed to stay on the goal trail as his side host West Ham in a match they really have to win if their Champions League hopes are to stay on track.

Manchester City’s sparkling David Silva to continue golden form

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As the Premier League title race enters a crucial stage, the big players are starting to make even bigger contributions for their teams.

The perceived wisdom is that the battle at the top is now going to be between Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea – despite what Jose Mourinho thinks – and all three clubs have players capable of earning them crucial points.

Take City, who go into Saturday’s game at home to Southampton off the back of picking up four points from back-to-back away games at Manchester United and Arsenal.

Key to earning those points was the Spanish international David Silva (£9.4m), who shone in the 3-0 win at Old Trafford and then gave his side the lead at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday with a close range finish.

Although clearly one of the most gifted players in the Premier League, Silva has often been overlooked by many from a Fantasy football point of view due to his comparative lack of goals when stacked up against other attacking midfielders. He’s currently in just 7.9% of teams.

His strike at Arsenal was his sixth of the season though, and with Manuel Pellegrini opting to play the World Cup winner behind front man Edin Dzeko (£6.9m) in recent weeks, Silva has found himself getting into attacking positions more and more.

At the time of writing it isn’t clear whether Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) will be fit to face Southampton at the Etihad Stadium this weekend, but even if he isn’t then City shouldn’t worry and will probably field the same team they started with in their last two games.

Silva has been a key part of those selections, and with City players likely to be crucial to your team for the rest of the season given that they face two double Gameweeks (the first of which comes next week) then he could be seen as a more than useful addition.

Samir Nasri (£8.1m) and of course Yaya Toure (£10.4m) will of course be crucial too, as City look to utilise their midfield power in their bid for glory.

 

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Elsewhere, City’s title challengers Liverpool head into the weekend on top of the table and will be looking to stay there when they go to West Ham on Sunday.

Everyone knows who the main men for the Reds are, but Jordan Henderson (£6.5m) continues to impress and grabbed a goal against Tottenham, whilst Glen Johnson (£5.7m) has picked up two assists in his last three games and registered 11 points in that 4-0 win over Spurs.

Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle (£6.9m) should start at home to Stoke, against whom he scored twice earlier in the season, whilst arguably the match of the weekend sees fifth-placed Everton host an Arsenal side they’ve got their eye on overtaking and reaching the Champions League ahead of.

A tight clash is expected, but Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4m) has now started four of Everton’s last five games in the league, and after scoring in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal in December he’ll be determined to give home fans something else to shout about before he returns to Barcelona in the summer.

One player who could also be on the move at the end of the season is Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke (£8.7m), and after he had a day to forget at Manchester United he could take out his frustrations on a Fulham side who now seem destined for the drop.

Juan Mata (£9.2m) managed his first goal for Manchester United in that 4-1 win over Villa last weekend, and he’ll be worth keeping an eye on as the Red Devils go to a Newcastle side who seem to have mentally switched off for the season already, whilst although they had that day to forget at Anfield last weekend, Tottenham should get a result at home to Sunderland on Monday when Nacer Chadli (£6.8m) may continue in his advanced midfield role.

The Belgian international would be a huge gamble for your team, with Christian Eriksen (£6.5m) perhaps a safer and cheaper option.

@Mark_Jones86

 

 

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Fantasy Football GW33 Preview: Arsenal pair can offer double delight

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The business end of the season has already both approached and made its presence felt, and as if that wasn’t ramping up the pressure enough this Gameweek has an added element of complications about it.

Whilst some teams such as Tottenham and Swansea will go through Gameweek 33 without a fixture, others – five others to be exact – are playing twice.

For Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton, Fulham and West Ham a double Gameweek lies in store, and of those sides it is arguably the Champions League-chasing Gunners who offer the best chance for Fantasy points.

Home matches against Norwich and Everton over the next week will go a long way towards confirming whether or not Arsenal will finish in the top four come the end of this season, and two of Arsene Wenger’s men in particular could end up having a huge say in whether or not that becomes a reality.

Both Santi Cazorla (£10.0m) and Olivier Giroud (£7.6m) have impressed at various points over their first season in English football; the Spaniard no doubt more often that the Frenchman admittedly, although both can shine over the next few days.

Four of Cazorla’s last five Gunners league goals have come at the Emirates Stadium, whilst a staggering nine out of Giroud’s 10 Premier League goals this season have come on his home turf.

Both men clearly like their home comforts, and with these back-to-back matches in North London offering them the chance to further improve their records in front of their own fans, then the pair should really be backed to do well for both Arsene Wenger and for you too.

Elsewhere across a Gameweek which has been affected by the FA Cup semi-finals, Manchester United will be seeking to recover from their loss to rivals Manchester City with back-to-back games which could help them seal the title.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men face tough contests though, firstly at a Stoke City side who are fighting for their lives at the bottom before a trip to West Ham in midweek.

With both matches looking to be on the tight, uncompromising side then it could pay to back United’s defensive players as opposed to their more famous attackers.

Goalkeeper David de Gea (£5.8m) had kept six clean sheets in a row prior to the City loss, whilst Rafael (£6.2m) completed 90 minutes for the first time in three games in the same fixture.

It could be a former United player who enjoys his double Gameweek a little more though.

Dimitar Berbatov (£7.3m) has scored five in his last five, and with the Bulgarian facing matches against a leaky Aston Villa defence and then a tired Chelsea he could just be the man to make the difference for Martin Jol’s men.

The forward has also scored four in his last four Craven Cottage appearances, and so it might be the Chelsea game which really sees him catch fire following Fulham’s visit to Villa Park.

Of the other clubs who are playing two matches this Gameweek, the return of Andy Carroll (£8.2m) to the West Ham side and of both Marouane Fellaini (£7.4m) and Steven Pienaar (£6.6m) at Everton should be noted, although the Blues’ other Belgian Kevin Mirallas (£6.8m) has been the man to watch following three goals in his last four games. Sadly he’s listed as a forward.

Elsewhere, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez (£11.2m) will be backed to cause damage to a frequently creaky Reading defence at the Madejski Stadium, whilst Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse (£8.8m) has rediscovered a scoring touch recently and will be looking to score for the fourth St James’s Park appearance running in Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby against Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland.

In midweek, Manchester City will hope to keep up their momentum following the win at Old Trafford, and Sergio Aguero (£10.9m) should start against Wigan following his Manchester derby heroics.

If he does, there could be more goals in the horizon.

@Mark_Jones86

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