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.
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!