Tutorials

Who’s The Best Captain For Gameweek 33?

With GW 33 creeping upon us. Over here at the FPL way, we are determined to help you select the best captain choice for the upcoming Gameweek. This week, however, the choice will be made harder as we are without any of our beloved and reliable Manchester City and Tottenham assets. So I (@FplKarlll) will help shed some light on how to work around this and climb rank this week. Providing you with the best captaincy choice to get those green arrows.

Firstly: What to do with your Spurs or City assets? If any of your assets go by the name of Ederson, Dias, Stones, Kevin De Bruyne, Harry Kane, or Heung-Min Son, then please safely and kindly direct them to the bench. Why? Well, Spurs will be facing newly relegated Sheffield United in GW34 whilst Man City will be facing Crystal Palace. For GW34, these will be two potential fixtures to target, but more on that next week.

Tier 1 Captaincy picks (Ol Reliables)

Two of the most reliable Fantasy assets find themselves with two tasty fixtures going into GW33 with only 1 captain armband to share.

Mo Salah (12.3) found himself blanking after coming off the bench in the 71’st minute against leads in a 1-1 draw. This means that Newcastle will be facing a well-rested Salah who has seen himself amass 3 goals in his last 4 starts whilst simultaneously chasing a golden boot against Harry Kane. Not only that but he has managed 4 goals and 2 assists in his 8 previous games against Newcastle. Salah is my favourable pick of the week and I believe these stats help justify that. Salah has exhibited typical golden boot chasing form; producing 17 shots (2nd highest) and leading with 13 shots from inside the box over the past 5 game weeks. And with the right side of Liverpool’s attack getting a goal or assist in the past 5 games, I’m sure the 2nd top goal scorer in the league will be looking to add to that run.

Bruno Fernandes (11.4) has found himself blanking for 3 Gameweeks in a row. That being said; Man Utd are in impeccable away form, scoring thirty goals on the road in 16 games this year. It’s hard to count him out in the roses derby this weekend, especially with his fellow strikers. These players include Greenwood and Cavani who have picked up their form in recent games. The patient may find themselves being rewarded this week as I find it hard to believe a player with 16 Goals and 11 Assists in 32 will go quietly into the night as the season comes to a close.

Tier 2 – In Form players

Fantasy law #1 Form over instinct.

Mason Greenwood (7.1) are playing Leeds away. Greenwood has been back to his best recently with 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 3. Since GW28, His stats per 90 speak for themselves with 5.31 shots per game, 2.19 shots on target and 1.25 big chances a game with 0.94 big chances created per game. Also, add those stats to the prolific finishing ability of the youngster. There are certainly no signs of him stopping.

Kelechi Ihenacho (6.1) will be up against Palace at home. The senior man has recently stepped into the spotlight this year with 8 goals in 2021 including a sensational brace against West Ham. His form has proven him to be a non-debatable starter especially with his current price at only 6.1M. Ihenacho has found himself taking the 4th highest shots with (12 in the last 4 game weeks and 7 of those shots being on target). Ihenacho’s ability to find the net cannot be questioned, solidifying his position in captaincy discussions this week.

Tier 3 – Differential tier

Trent Alexander Arnold (7.4) will be facing Newcastle at home. He has recently found his form we normally expect from him. He’s had a disappointing season but he has picked that up by gathering 3 goals and assists in his last 3 PL games. Since GW26 Trent has created the most chance (19) outranking the likes of Bruno and KDB. He has also created 5 big chances (1 less than the leader). With the possibilities of him being able to get a clean sheet as well, he could well be a decent differential captain!

Matheus Pereira (5.4) face Villa away in their next fixture. West Brom’s main man this season has managed to accrue 14 goals and assists this season. This means the Brazilian has contributed to 50% of his teams’ goals this season. Added with Villa’s current form and last clean sheet being Wolves (H) on March 6th. West Brom’s games always seem to find Pereira’s name on the score sheet. He is also the team’s designated penalty taker. For a player at only 5.4M, this could help free up some money for some potential big hitters.

Conclusion

Overall Gameweek 33 seems to have fellow FPL players struggling for captaincy picks, especially without the likes of Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne, and Heung-Min Son. We’ve been left scrambling for a solid captaincy pick and I hope the information provided will ease your decision this Gameweek. Personally (if you could not tell already), Mo Salah will take my Captain’s armband this week against Newcastle who has managed to concede 53 goals this season. I have been slightly tempted by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s creative ability and Greenwood’s recent attacking prowess but this can only go one way in my eyes.

I wish you all good fortune and plenty of green arrows in the closing game weeks to come! Until next time @FplKarlll out!

Differential Picks For Gameweek 33

Sumptuous Gameweek 33 Differential Picks:

@FPLCasuals

Wow, what a week we have had in the footballing world. First, the news of the Super League and the sacking of Jose Mourinho, talking & even thinking about FPL feels rather odd when there are much bigger fish to fry. However, I’m here to try and resume some normality.

Today I will be exploring some potent picks for Gameweek 33. I wanted to include some players that have a nice fixture this week while also having favourable fixtures in the coming weeks. Just to give you an idea of my current thought process, I had a nice green arrow last week climbing up the FPL ranks so I am now going to be choosing my battles far more carefully when It comes to differentials this week. I am currently sat at 62% on the ‘Template Rating’ on Livefpl.net so my team already includes a fair few interesting players.

Similar to last week, I will be picking five players who I feel will be good to have for this week and for the longer term. My aim for this week is to give you something to think about with your free transfer and hopefully give you an edge over your mini-league rival or increase your overall.

Please note; all stats & figures will be over the last 4 Gameweeks except for one player who has just come back from injury.

Mason Greenwood: £7.0 – 2.9%

Fixture: Leeds United

First up we have Mason Greenwood the Icelandic womanizing wonderkid. He has been in great form recently and with Anthony Martial out injured he has been enjoying greater game time over the last couple. Ole seems to like this kid and he is one of the best finishers I have seen in recent years. Remember towards the end of last season when this geezer was getting FPL managers some serious points? That being said, let’s look at some numbers:

Last Four Gameweeks:

  • xG: 1.59 xA: 0.42
  • 4 Goals & 1 Assist
  • 20 Penalty area touches
  • 49 Mins per goal
  • 4 Big chances (Scored 2)
  • 12 Goal attempts (6 Shots on target)
  • 2 Big chances created (3 In total)

Now, these numbers are even more impressive due to the fact he has started twice in the last four and came on as a sub once. Last week I would have said that he is a slight rotation risk however with the form he’s been in recently I don’t think Ole will be taking him out of the team. I think Greenwood is a good pick moving forward due to playing Leeds in his next fixture and we all know how games v Leeds can go (Like a basketball game). Manchester United’s fixtures until the end of the season are looking nice too, they play Aston Villa, Fulham & Wolves.

In conclusion, I would personally be considering Greenwood if I hadn’t already brought in Edison Cavani who seems more of a rotation risk than Greenwood. One thing to keep in mind is that they have the Europa League to navigate & I wouldn’t be surprised if he was rested so he can play in these games. The young man has a shot accuracy of 50% and he is converting 1/3 shots to goals. Leeds is a great fixture and we all know how much space can be left on the counter against Leeds and they do like to bomb forward.

Adama Traoré: £6.0 – 5.6%

Fixture: Burnley

This is another player I would never have been looking at however with his recent form and upcoming fixtures it could be the perfect cocktail of muscle, baby oil & FPL points. He has racked up a cool twenty FPL points in the last three games and considering Wolves don’t have many attacking players left in their entire squad, that is fairly impressive. Now let’s look at some numbers:

Last four Gameweeks:

  • xG: 0.37 xA: 0.33 (Has beed overachveing)
  • xLively: 10.6
  • 1 Goal & 2 Assists
  • 70 Touches in the final third
  • 12 Penalty area touches
  • 7 Goal Attempts (4 In the box)
  • 36 Mins per attempt
  • 5 Chances created (1 Big chance)

As you can see Adama has been overachieving on his underlying stats. However, he does pass the eye test at the moment and always looked very lively. Now Wolves do not have any attacking/creative players left available in the squad. However, it’s that age-old saying; “is your glass half full or empty?”. You can look at this both ways; the positive is that in the recent week; more play has been going through him and he has been seeing the ball far more. As a caveat to this, you can go down the route of him not having that “inform” striker to finish off his chances.

In conclusion, their fixtures are very attractive and we know that on their day; this Nuno team can go through the gears and play some expansive football, we just haven’t seen it enough this season. Wolves next three games are against Burnley, West Brom & Brighton. Looking at these games, I would normally advise a defender; however, I’m pretty sure everyone already has or is lining up a move for Coady or Semedo (or even Saiss for that matter). So I thought I would sprinkle some spice in the mix and throw in Wolves henchest asset.

Ozan Kabak: £5.0 – 0.6%

Fixture: Newcastle

I am sure some of you were expecting this with the shock news that Nat Phillips has a hamstring injury. I would have gone with Kabak on the wildcard if he was slightly cheaper as I’m sure we all know he is the most nailed Liverpool CB at the moment. Due to the injury to Phillips, I am looking at a straight swap to Kabak. I don’t need to bore you to tears with the Liverpool injury list; however they have been unlucky and Kabak has had to adjust quickly. Let’s look at some numbers:

Last four Gameweeks:

  • 2 Goals conceeded
  • 1 Clean sheet
  • 0 Yellow cards
  • 86% Pass Completion
  • Won 50% of his aerial duels
  • 2 Interceptions
  • 4 Clearences
  • 14 Recoveries

I want to stay clear of tackling the defence of Liverpool because it has been improving gradually. They have been conceding fewer goals while the output has been on the up from the likes of Trent. Liverpool’s fixtures are the best from now until the end of the season, they play Newcastle, Southampton, West Brom, Burnley & Crystal Palace. Those fixtures scream Clean sheets (so we definitely hope). My only concern is that Kabak hasn’t exactly been able to form a partnership with anyone considering the constant injuries to the squad’s defence.

In conclusion, I would seriously be looking at the Liverpool triple up if you haven’t already. Trent is yet to prove value for money and I’m not convinced on his defensive numbers. I will however admit his form has improved drastically. The triple up makes perfect sense until the end of the season and two defenders might be a nice differential considering they have been struggling to score loads of goals.

James Maddison: £7.2 – 5.8%

Fixture: West Brom

James Maddison is back from injury folks and I love it. He has been a real star this season for Leicester and has really been a catalyst for their creative play along with Barnes. I think he comes back in for Perez and Brendan Rodger will continue to play with two strikers which will hopefully boost how valuable Iheanacho will. Let’s look at some numbers:

Last four matches:

  • xG: 0.88 xA: 0.17
  • 2 Goals
  • 82 Touches in final third
  • 9 Penalty area touches
  • 15 Goal attempts
  • 3 Chances created (1 Big chance created)
  • 43 passes received in the final third (Getting in attacking positions)

It’s no secret that Maddison is a great asset going forward and will be next season. One thing that I really like about potentially bringing him is the form of Nacho. Kelechi Iheanacho has been getting into some classic poacher positions and we all know Maddison can turn creator just as easy as he can turn scorer.

In conclusion, with Leicester’s fixtures, It would not surprise me if we saw his ownership rise over the next few weeks. In his next four Gameweeks, Leicester plays West Brom, Crystal Palace, Southampton & Newcastle. I wouldn’t say no to the triple up and a Defender, Midfielder & Attacker wouldn’t look out of place in people’s teams. Playing devil’s advocate here they have dipped in form lately at a vital part of the season, however, with Maddison back this may spearhead them to finish strong.

Leandro Trossard: £5.7 – 2.4%

Fixture: Sheffield United

Leandro popped up in my differentials thread previously when we first launched The FPL Way and here he is again. In a Brighton team that has been struggling for goals and that spark all season, he has been the only one to really turn it up a notch and make the difference. Let’s look at some numbers:

  • xG: 0.29 xA: 0.43
  • 1 Goal & 1 Assist
  • 65 Touches in the final third.
  • 11 Penalty area touches
  • 6 Goal Attempts (3 In the box)
  • 38 Mins per attempt
  • 4 Chances created

Now you’re probably wondering why I would include a Brighton player with their form this season. however, their next 3 fixtures look tasty. They are playing Sheffield United, Leeds & Wolves. Brighton’s goals scored per game (1.1) slightly outweigh their goals conceded per game (1.2) hence why I have suggested an attacker for these next fixtures. Let’s remember though, Sheffield United have now officially been relegated from the Premier League. Sometimes this takes away the pressure, but Brighton is still fighting to stay in the league themselves. This means they’re going to be fighting for every chance they can get. Leeds though, leave a load of space behind and have scored a lot of goals. With that in mind, they have conceded just as many.

In conclusion, I know this is just a punt so it is not something I’m considering for my team exactly. As you saw in the intro, my template rating is low rather low. I have seen a few people considering him and the last time he popped up as an option; people even threw the captaincy on him, so he has the potential to deliver big time.

Well, this concludes this weeks differential article for Gameweek 33. Thank you for reading and follow me on Twitter @FPLCasuals for more FPL related content.

#SayNoToEuropeanSuperLeague

Who Are The Best FPL Players To Own For GW33?

Posted by: @FantasySilva

Here is our FPL Way XI in preparation for the 18:30 Friday deadline.

As always we have compiled the best picks for this game week in our FPL Way XI. This week’s team comes at just under 99 million. Obviously, many of you will have money to upgrade players. This week only 16 teams are playing as Man City, Spurs, Southampton, and Fulham all blank.

Liverpool vs Newcastle

We have two picks from Merseyside Nathaniel Phillips (4.1m), and Mohamed Salah (12.5m).  Liverpool has a great run of upcoming fixtures warranting two players in our GW33 selection. Liverpool’s favourable run definitely boasts clean sheet potential and at 4.1m surely Phillips is a no-brainer.

Salah has finally come back into form scoring in his last two. And with Liverpool’s sole focus now lying in the Premier League I suggest having him for the season run-in. His race for the golden boot may also spur him on.

West Ham vs Chelsea

Yes, Jesse Lingard (6.6m) is obviously our pick here. Since debuting in GW22 against Aston Villa no player has averaged more points per game (8.9) than Jesse. Although he picked up a late knock in the game against Newcastle, it’s only minor and he should be back for the Chelsea match. With West Ham boasting amazing fixures until the end of the season and with the form Lingards in, I don’t see any reason to get rid of him.

Wolves vs Burnley

We’ve looked at the Wolves defense in this game and decided to go with Rui Patrício (5.3m) and Nélson Semedo (5.3m). Wolves have some great fixtures coming up which is why we have two Wolves defenders in our XI. Wolves have looked shaky defensively this season, but have recently shored up at the back keeping back-to-back clean sheets for only their second time this season.

Leeds vs Man Utd

Here we have gone for a differential pick with Edinson Cavani (7.9m). Although he didn’t start against Burnley game he came off the bench to score. The Uruguayan has now scored in each of his last three games, definitely one to keep an eye on. We have also gone with Bruno Fernandes (11.6m). While his form of late may be questionable, I feel he has been unlucky not to have picked up more FPL points in recent weeks. Maybe Greenwood could be a cheaper alternative.

Leicester vs Crystal Palace

Here we have tripled up on Leicester assets with Wesley Fofana (5.0m), James Maddison (7.2m), and Kelechi Iheanacho (6.1m) being our picks. Crystal Palace, Newcastle, and Southampton make up Leicesters’ next three fixtures. Three teams who have conceded a combined 29 goals in their past four games and only scored 18. To add to these fixtures we have Maddisons return which can surely only boost Iheanachos appeal.

Our Bench Picks

Emiliano Martínez (5.4m)

Martinez (5.4m) has been wonderful this season, providing the best value for money in the FPL game this season. Although he hasn’t kept a clean sheet in the last four games, he has still provided some extra points with either bonus points on saves.

Matheus Pereira (5.4m)

Pereira has been West Brom’s star player this season but has struggled for form when being deployed on the flanks. Pereira however has recently been deployed down the middle and has produced 5 attacking returns in the last two games during that time.

Matt Targett (5.0m)

Aston Villa has the second-best defence this season managing 15 clean sheets. On the other hand, West Brom has only scored 28 goals this season. Targett also has attacking potential to come off the bench.

Rob Holding (4.2m)

An Arsenal defender at 4.2m is an easy pick in this team. Arsenal also has some great upcoming defensive fixtures.

 

If you need any help or advice with your team transfers/selections, feel free to drop a comment below or get in touch with us via Twitter: @TheFPLWay