Gameweek 32 is barely behind us as attention turns to another weekend of Premier League action.
Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Southampton and Fulham are all sitting out or otherwise occcupied this weekend, so make sure you aren’t caught out with only 16 teams in top flight action over four days this weekend.
Whether you’re weighing up using your Wildcard, Free Hit, or simply want to take a punt on one or two of our suggestions, we’ve pulled together an 11-man team of players you should be considering for Gameweek 33. Our captaincy suggestion this week is Kelechi Iheanacho.
Opta’s stats power the FPL game and help steer the Sky Bet market so what better way to figure out how to build your squad this week? Be warned, Friday’s deadline is at 18:30 ahead of Everton’s trip to Arsenal (20:00 kick-off).
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Rui Patricio: Wolves head into a favourable run of fixtures over the coming weeks, with Burnley, West Brom and Brighton up next. Patricio has 15 points from his last two GWs and has now not conceded in more than 230 Premier League minutes. Only three goalkeepers have more clean sheets than the 33-year-old’s 10 this season. Wolves to keep a clean sheet is 6/4 with Sky Bet.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: The Liverpool defender has a goal and two assists across the last three GWs and has not scored fewer than 8 FPL points in a single GW since mid-February. Liverpool host struggling Newcastle this weekend and Alexander-Arnold ranks first among his defensive team-mates for goals, assists, shots and chance creation. Liverpool have four particularly kind fixtures to end the campaign, too. Salah to have 2+ SOT from outside the area and Alexander-Arnold to have 1+ SOT from outside the area is 28/1 with Sky Bet.
Lewis Dunk: Brighton should be confident of some more clean sheet points over the coming weeks, with Sheffield United, Leeds and Wolves up next. At the other end, only Leandro Trossard, Yves Bissouma and Neal Maupay have had more than Dunk’s 29 shots this season. He is their second-top goalscorer (4) and no Brighton player has picked up more FPL points (116) than Dunk this season. Dunk to score a header is 8/1 with Sky Bet.
Conor Coady: We’ve already covered their tasty fixture list, so we reckon it’s worth doubling up on Wolves assets. Coady is their top-scoring defender on FPL this term and none of his defensive team-mates have had more big chances (3) in front of goal. He’s in form, too, with an average score of 5.6 FPL points across the last six GWs. Wolves to keep a clean sheet is 6/4 with Sky Bet.
Ricardo Pereira: Leicester face Palace, Southampton and Newcastle next. Pereira will likely play a more attacking role against Palace, with the opportunity for a big haul if he delivers attacking returns and a clean sheet. Palace have one of the bluntest attacks in the division, so there’s every chance the Foxes will shut out their visitors. In the last six GWs, he has played five key passes and attempted 16 take-ons – more than any of his team-mates. Pereira to score any time is 16/1 with Sky Bet.
Mohamed Salah: Liverpool may be struggling in 2021 but Salah is still capable of some very decent hauls. He is the Premier League’s second-top scorer (19) and will be hopeful of toppling Harry Kane in the charts during a particularly kind run-in. The Reds face Newcastle, Southampton, West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace in five of their last six fixtures. Salah is also the fourth-top overall points-scorer on FPL this term and has taken more shots on target (38) than any of his Liverpool team-mates. Get him in. Mohamed Salah 1+ shot on target is 1/1 with Sky Bet.
Bruno Fernandes: No player has scored more FPL points than the Manchester United man this season (218). Despite a recent barren spell, we’re backing Fernandes to star during the run-in. United face leaky Leeds (50 goals conceded) next and if anyone is going to capitalise, the Portuguese will. He has 27 goals involvements and has created 87 chances this season, while only Salah and Kane have taken more than his 99 shots. Bruno Fernandes to score from outside the area is 7/1 with Sky Bet.
Bukayo Saka: Arsenal are without both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette so will be leaning on others to step forward in the final third. They will be hoping fixtures against Everton, Newcastle then West Brom will provide a shot in the arm for their European bid. At £5.1m, Saka is a steal and boasts more FPL points than anyone in the Arsenal squad, barring the two absentees. He has five goals and four assists this term. Saka to score and Digne to be carded 16/1 with Sky Bet.
Christian Pulisic: Pulisic is back. He has now completed back-to-back matches for the first time since Thomas Tuchel took charge, and has three goals in his last three appearances. Across those matches, no player has had more shots on target or created more chances. He could be key in the crunch top-four meeting with West Ham before a more comortable home tie against Fulham either side of the PSG fixtures in the Champions League. Pulisic & Bowen 1+ shots on target each is 6/4 with Sky Bet.
Ollie Watkins: Watkins has been quietly hoovering up decent FPL returns against formidable opposition. He averages 5.4 points per match across the last five GWs, with two goals and two assists in that time. They face West Brom, Palace and an out-of-sorts Everton in their next four, and Watkins can expect to rack up more points over that period. He is out on his own as Villa’s best attacking outlet, with more goals, more shots and more big chances than any of his team-mates this term. Only Jack Grealish and John McGinn have chipped in with more assists, too. Watkins to score and Aston Villa to win is 5/2 with Sky Bet.
Kelechi Iheanacho: We’re running out of reasons to leave the Leicester forward out of our team, so in he comes. At £6.1m he is a steal, with returns of 11, 9, 17 and 13 in the last six GWs. Iheanacho is the very definition of form-man, with seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances. He’s had more shots, more big chances and attempted more take-ons than any of his team-mates over that same period, and that’s before you even consider his four goals in Leicester’s last three FA Cup appearances. Iheanacho to score first and either Leicester to win 3-1 or Leicester to win 3-0 is 20/1 with Sky Bet.
Who’s it time to get rid of/avoid?
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal): The club have confirmed that the pair will miss the visit of Everton.
Matt Cash (Aston Villa): Suspended after being sent off in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday.
Ben White (Brighton): Suspended after being sent off in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Tuesday.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham): Expected to miss the crunch Chelsea fixture with a hamstring injury.
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