FPLTips Team Selection for FPL Gameweek 33
Posted by FFPundits
12:28pm May 5 2021
The FPLTips team has a few issues to address ahead of the Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 33 action
Gameweek 32 Review
Alexander-Arnold registered his fifth assist of the season and claimed maximum bonus points for a fourth successive match.
Coady kept a second successive clean sheet, in a 1-0 win that sees Sheffield United’s inevitable relegation now confirmed.
It was once again down to Jesse Lingard to rack up the points in midfield; this time from the penalty spot, in a 3-2 defeat to Newcastle.
But Son will get a chance to redeem himself when Spurs host Southampton on Wednesday.
Harry Kane got his Double Gameweek off to a flying start with a brace against Everton but now looks unlikely to feature midweek after coming off with an ankle injury.
Thomas Tuchel has hinted at giving Kepa Arrizabalaga another chance to impress after the 1-0 FA Cup win over Man City, which could see Forster coming off the bench to deputise for Mendy.
So, let’s take an early look at the transfer plans ahead of Friday’s Gameweek 33 deadline:
Please note that all players prices, ownerships and FanDuel’s Sportsbook odds were correct at the time of writing and recording.
There’s only 1 free transfer available and issues are starting to mount up.
We’ve also got a potential Double Gameweek 35 and Blank Gameweek 36 to prepare for.
Neto to Greenwood?
Having been ruled out for the remainder of the season, Neto will have to make way at some point and there’s enough money in the bank to stretch up to Mason Greenwood; who has hit form recently.
James Maddison could also be someone to consider if he proves his fitness against West Brom beforehand.
Raphinha was the initial target for that spot but he remains an injury doubt himself after missing the draw with Liverpool.
Kane to Vardy?
Interim Spurs manager Ryan Mason was unable to provide a timescale on the injury to Harry Kane but it may make sense to move him on first, given the price tag, should he be sidelined for a number of weeks.
Particularly if he looks set to miss the meeting with Sheffield Utd in Gameweek 34.
In the event that it is bad news on that front, Jamie Vardy looks like the straight-forward replacement, given Leicester’s next three Gameweeks.
They face West Brom, Southampton and Newcastle and could get a Double Gameweek 35 against Man Utd, depending on how the schedule is altered.
Mo Salah is also in the thinking, of course, but bringing him in would involve a 4-point hit to sell both Neto and Kane and would leave just 6.3m for the replacement forward – where there aren’t many options.
Until further news, the plan is to hold off from making a transfer and, with a full team of XI available for Blank Gameweek 33 already, saving a free transfer remains an option.
Here’s how the team is set to line up as things stand:
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The goalkeeper situation could continue to be a concern if Kepa Arrizabalaga is indeed given a chance against Brighton.
But hopefully we’ll see Mendy come back in for the trip to West Ham regardless.
Chelsea have kept a league-best tally of 4 clean sheets over the respective last 6 matches, whilst conceding the fewest number of big chances (3) and shots in the box (20).
Banking the free transfer would mean fielding an unconventional five-man defence, with Digne and Targett coming in.
West Brom rank 11th with 7 goals scored in their last 4 away matches, while Aston Villa have kept just 1 clean sheet in their last 4 at home, shipping 5 goals.
Arsenal have managed just 3 goals in their last 4 matches at the Emirates and Lucas Digne has picked up 6 of his 8 assists on the road this season.
Alexander-Arnold (41), Shaw (28) and Coady (25) are amongst the top 5 defenders for FPL points over the last 6 Gameweeks.
Alexander-Arnold and Shaw, meanwhile, have been the two most creative defenders, with 14 and 11 attempted assists, respectively.
Jota has failed to score in the last 2 Gameweeks but no midfielder has taken as many as his 9 shots in the box.
He also ranks top amongst players in his position with 24 touches in the opposition’s box in that time.
Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in just 2 goals in the last 6 Gameweeks (1 goal, 1 assist), averaging 4.4 points per game.
But only De Bruyne (12) and McNeil (13) can better his 11 attempted assists amongst midfielders in that time, while only Lingard can equal his 9 efforts on target.
With 6 goals and 2 assists over the same period, the on-loan West Ham star has picked up 50 FPL points; 14 more than any other midfielder.
Leading the line will be Watkins, up against a West Brom defence that have kept just 1 clean sheet in their last 4 away matches.
Only Southampton, Sheffield Utd (each 14), Burnley (15) and Crystal Palace (17) have given up more big chances than the Baggies (11) across that spell.
Alongside him is the league’s second-most in-form forward across the last 6 Gameweeks, Iheanacho – who trails only Kane for FPL points in that time (55 to 41).
His 5 big chances rank behind only Bamford (6) and Kane (7), while only Wood (9) and Kane (11) have struck more than his 8 shots on target.
The form of Iheanacho could see him challenge Bruno Fernandes for captaincy.
Only three teams have conceded more goals than Crystal Palace (8) over their respective last 4 away matches, while no side have faced more than their 17 big chances.
But in the absence of a well-rested Mo Salah, the Man Utd talisman is the only big hitter in the side this Gameweek and therefore remains the safe pick by default.
Leeds have improved defensively over their last 6 matches, where only three teams have shipped fewer goals than their 6 and just four teams have allowed fewer big chances than their 10.
They have, however, kept just a single clean sheet in that time.
Man Utd rank joint-fourth with 11 goals scored in their last 6 matches, while only Man City (20) have fashioned more than their 18 big chances.
— Fantasy Football Pundits (@FFPundits) April 22, 2021
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