Daily Fantasy Premier League Football Tips - Gameweek 33
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
10:20am Apr 6 2018
@FFPundits_Drew returns with his Safe vs. Differential fantasy football picks for FPL and Starting 11 in Gameweek 33
Good day to all fantasy bosses around the world and welcome to our Gameweek 33 edition of Safe Picks vs. Differentials, where I, @FFPundits_Drew, look to provide Fantasy Premier League and Starting 11 bosses with a mixed bag of picks for this weekend’s contests.
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I hope this week’s Safe Picks vs. Differentials give you plenty of food for thought when making your FPL transfers and creating your Starting 11 lineups.
Safe Pick – Kane vs. Stoke (A)
Earlier than expected, Harry is back in the Tottenham squad and is targeting a third Golden Boot award on the trot – but can he catch Mo Salah by Gameweek 38?
Last weekend, I took advantage of a poor Stoke defence and brought Arsenal striker Aubameyang in to my FPL team as well as my Starting 11 lineup.
Delivering two goals and a huge points-haul for those who put their faith in him, we’re now looking for the Potters to help us out again – this time, Harry Kane to inflict further damage of Stoke’s Premier League survival chances.
This week, the Tottenham front-man, in my opinion is a must-own as he attempts to chase down the Golden Boot from Salah and will therefore go straight into my lineups across all fantasy formats.
Differential – Jesus vs. Manchester United (H)
I can see Jesus being avoided by FPL and Starting 11 bosses this week due to his tough fixture against Manchester United. However, given the strength of other premium forwards available this weekend – could Jesus be the differential you’re looking for?
With title celebrations against their fiercest rivals the reward for a win on Saturday lunchtime, Manchester City have a unique opportunity that they can not pass up – I know that I’m considering benching my Manchester United defenders on FPL, that’s for sure.
Leading the attack for a side who can score against anyone, I fear, as a Manchester United fan, this could a tough watch and for Jesus to inflict misery on my weekend.
A huge differential on FPL in Aguero’s absence, but is the fixture match-up too much of a risk in your opinion?
Safe Pick – Eriksen vs. Stoke (A)
Quite frankly, owning only Kane isn’t enough for me this week and I will be doubling up by selecting Eriksen too – hopefully he can score another cracking goal like last weekend!
That result for Spurs against rivals Chelsea not only boosts their top four aspirations, but also fills them with confidence ahead of this weekends trip to a struggling Stoke City side.
With Stoke now on a three-game losing streak and without a win in eight games, time is running out for Paul Lambert and Co. to turn things around this season and I struggle to see them taking anything from Saturday’s 3pm kick-off.
Differential – Zaha vs. Bournemouth (A)
Zaha has made all the difference to Crystal Palace since his return from injury and he looked lively once again in Gameweek 32 – winning a penalty for his side and was unlucky not to get on the score-sheet himself.
Crystal Palace are fighting for their lives but unlike Stoke, seem to have the potential to do something about fixing their current predicament – if Benteke can remember where the goal is, of course.
Bournemouth themselves are still leaking goals and the West Brom win aside (doesn’t everyone beat West Brom?) are looking vulnerable – conceding fourteen goals in only six games gives Zaha a great opportunity to bag some points on Saturday in my opinion.
A bargain differential on FPL and a shrewd move on Starting 11 this Saturday, for those bold enough to give up one of their precious midfield spots for him.
Safe Pick – Alonso vs. West Ham (H)
He was up to his usual tricks last weekend against Spurs on Gameweek 32, with 3 shots on goal as well as a disallowed goal – how many other defenders find themselves high enough up the pitch to be caught offside?
With West Ham up next fir Chelsea on Sunday, I believe the Spaniard is not only offering a huge goal-threat, but also a strong chance of a clean-sheet – don’t let last week’s win vs Southampton fool you; West Ham are still susceptible to a big defeat and I can smell one coming this weekend.
It’s as exciting to own him as it is terrifying not to – with such a high points ceiling for a defender on both FPL and Starting 11, this week Alonso could explode and return a healthy double-digit haul.
Differential – Schelotto vs. Huddersfield (H)
You may think I’ve lost my mind here, but I have an unusual dilemma for my FPL team this week – do I bench my Manchester United defenders for my Brighton defenders? Decisions decisions…
With Manchester United travelling to their noisy neighbours, Manchester City, Brighton will play at home to a goal-shy Huddersfield Town – The Terriers haven’t scored a goal in four games now.
While my FPL lineup is still undecided, what I am sure of is utilising Schelotto as a defensive differential in my Starting 11 lineup this for Gameweek 33.
Safe Pick – Cech vs. Southampton (H)
This week, I am backing Arsenal once again, as after securing two clean-sheets on the run, I don’t see how Southamption will restrict Cech to making it three – especially after their display in the 3-0 defeat to West Ham last weekend.
In my opinion, Southampton will join Stoke City and West Brom in the Championship and Sunday will take the Saints one step closer to relegation.
Differential – Pope/Heaton vs. Watford (A)
Well, that was frustrating – like many of you, I was 7 minutes away from a double Burnley clean-sheet on FPL last weekend.
I do, however, still have faith in Burnley and on Saturday, I’m backing the Clarets to keep things tight at the back again.
On paper, it doesn’t look great – during their last nine Premier League games, Burnley have kept only one clean sheet. That said, during that period, they have never conceded more than 1 goal in a single game.
Their opponents, Watford have scored only four goals in six games – I believe Burnley have been unlucky not have recorded more clean-sheets and my gut says there is more to come, starting this weekend.
UPDATE: It’s also worth noting that Burnley boss, Sean Dyche has confirmed that Tom Heaton is back in contention to start this weekend – luckily, on Starting 11, you can edit your team up until kick-off.
With good old Sir Harry Kane back in the mix for Gameweek 33, he takes the armband for me this week.
I have fond memories of the goal-hauls from Kane during the closing stages of last season and I’m happy to take my chance on him replicating that blistering form.
To be five goals behind Salah but publicly targeting his third Golden Boot, shows the self-confidence the Spurs striker has – however, unlikely it may seem, would you dare to write his chances off?
Stoke offer him the perfect opportunity to close the gap and I feel I can captain him with confidence this week – it’s not a case of if he will score, it’s a question of how many, for me.
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