Top 5 FPL Captain Picks and Tips - BLANK Gameweek 33

1:15pm Apr 5 2019

Is Chelsea’s Eden Hazard the standout captaincy picks for BLANK Gameweek 33?

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Whether you have a squad of 15 players or just two (stay strong) for Blank Gameweek 33, your captain choice will be pivotal.

There’s no Man City or Man United due to the former’s quadruple commitments, but Liverpool and Chelsea have, on paper, great fixtures, while Arsenal and an in-form Everton meet at Goodison Park.

The likes of Leicester, fresh off three straight victories, are also exciting options this week providing you own Jamie Vardy; and with most betting sites having him has the nailed-on, red-hot Anytime and First Goalscorer, it’s hard to look past him.

Double Gameweek 32 may have done wonders for your rank (or hurt it irreparably), but GW33 is another week to steal a march on the casuals, especially if you’ve done your planning.

Read on for which players could help augment your mini-league title bids.


Sadio Mane vs. Southampton (A)

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Pros for captaining:

> No one has more goals in last 10 league games

> Just 3 blanks in that period

> Saints nearing safety, game could open up

Cons:

> Saints just 1 home defeat in last 5

Mane may have blanked against Spurs – just his third blank in 10 league games – but the 17-goal Senegal forward remains the standout Liverpool option ahead of GW33.

No one has more Premier League goals from the last 10 games.

Yes, Firmino scored and Salah assisted in GW32, but the former lacks Mane’s explosiveness and Salah still looks too desperate to score to be trusted not to make a hash of simple chances.

Southampton edged nearer to survival in GW32, which isn’t to say the pressure is off vs. Liverpool, but it kind of is.

Cardiff were cut adrift in defeat to Chelsea thanks to inept officials, and Saints can treat this as a game to nothing.

If they decide to open up, Liverpool will exploit them on the break.

The Reds have the opportunity to reclaim top spot while City are engaged with the FA Cup and Champions League, and with Mane also in the Golden Boot race expect his motivation, and confidence, to be heightened.

Jamie Vardy vs. Huddersfield (A)

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Pros for captaining:

> 6 goals in last 7 PL games

> Leicester won last 3

> Huddersfield lost 12 of 16 home games

Cons:

> Hudds playing for pride

Huddersfield suffered the joint-earliest relegation from the Premier League (with six games left) when they fell 1-0 to Crystal Palace in GW32.

Now left playing for pride, relegation could mean the Terriers feel freer, more able to express themselves. Or it could mean they’re primed for another defeat to an in-form Leicester.

The Foxes have won three straight under Brendan Rodgers, with the in-form Vardy scoring six in his last seven – only Mane and Aguero have more league goals than Vardy (7) in 2019.

Vardy had the most shots (4) and the highest xG (0.95) in their 2-0 victory over Bournemouth in GW32, and with James Maddison creating five key chances against the Cherries, Vardy will be confident he’ll receive sufficient service to extend his scoring run.

The bottom club have lost 12 or their 16 home games, conceding an average of 1.5 goals per game.

Whether they can muster something for the home fans to cheer before they depart for the Championship remains to be seen, but holding off an uber-confident Vardy could be just the latest struggle for the Terriers.

Eden Hazard vs. West Ham (H)

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Pros for captaining:

> 4 goals, 2 assists in last 5 at home

> 3rd-highest scoring FPL player

> 2nd-most assists (12)

Cons:

 > You could be left very frustrated

It’s a strange time to be alive when writing about Hazard’s captaincy credentials after he’s just hauled. So often it’s a case of desperately justifying his inclusion with “but he’s hauled recently, honest”.

Yet here we are. The Belgian is fresh off a 14-pointer against Brighton, and while we all know how notoriously streaky Hazard is – six blanks in his last 10 – this list would be a Sarri state without his inclusion.

Hazard has a respectable four goals and two assists in his last five at Stamford Bridge. Only Salah and Sterling have more FPL points; only Sterling has more assists.

It’s worth noting though that the Hammers held Chelsea to a goalless draw earlier in the season. That was West Ham’s first clean sheet of the season and Hazard’s first blank. The Hammers may be as unpredictable as the lottery numbers, but they turn it on in London derbies.

Alexandre Lacazette vs. Everton (A)

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Pros for captaining:

> Started all but 1 of Arsenal’s last 11 PL games

> 4 goals, 3 assists in last 6

Cons:

> Everton 4 clean sheets in last 5

Lacazette is on fire. His current form is worthy of abandoning your FPL plans to accommodate the Frenchman in your team however you can, whatever it takes.

In his last six league games Lacazette has scored four and assisted three. He hasn’t blanked once during that period.

Lacazette’s inclusion in this list could of course be afforded to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and rightfully so. The Gabonese has four more goals that his team-mate.

But, remarkably, Aubameyang has started just two of Arsenal’s last six league games. Lacazette, meanwhile, has started all but one of the Gunners’ last 11.

Everton’s defensive upturn should be noted though. The Toffees have kept four clean sheets in five, and will fancy their chances against an Arsenal side with only the 10th-best away record this season.

Josh King vs. Burnley (H)

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Pros for captaining:

> 6 goals in last 5 homes

> Bournemouth 8 home goals in last 4

> Burnley conceded 4th-most away goals (31)

Cons:

> Burnley’s unpredictable form

Josh King’s all-round form isn’t currently great. But that’s largely attributable to his performances away from the Vitality Stadium. On home turf, King is one of the form forwards in the league.

In Bournemouth’s last five games King has scored an impressive six goals. If that stat has taken you aback then you’re not alone. I’m abandoning my weeks-old strategy to make the move for the England Norway star this week.

King actually has just four points (125) less than his revered team-mate Callum Wilson this term. And the arrival of Burnley, whose up and down form and fourth-most away goals conceded (31), isn’t particularly daunting.

Yes, they just beat Wolves, but that was their only win in five.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, have swept aside Chelsea 4-0 at the Vitality in recent weeks; they’ve also scored eight in their last four at home. King is the punt of the week, and one who could heartily reward those brave enough to skipper him.

Captain Obvious

Last week’s captain points: 20

Average captain score: 14.25

Total captain points: 456

This week’s Captain Obvious: Sadio Mane

Mane vs. Vardy is the big call this week. Both are in excellent form; both face reasonable away fixtures. Mane edges the call for now though.

This is based on Liverpool’s undeniable title incentive and the timing of Mane’s form, particularly with the Golden Boot race heating up.

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