This is the time of the year when game weeks come thick and fast, and as soon as Newcastle’s spectacular thumping of Spurs is in the books, another deadline looms. Gameweek 33 decisions must be made by Tuesday at 6 p.m. BST, leaving you with very little time to make the crucial choices. To help you, we’ll share some advice ahead of another important slate of Fantasy Premier League games, including West Ham’s intriguing matchup against Liverpool.
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The good news is that no teams are anticipated to have any more blank game weeks for the remainder of the season. However, as the FA fills in the remaining holes in the fixture calendar, the last few doubles have been revealed. Your prospects will depend on your ability to transition smoothly from the doubles in week 34 to the new ones in weeks 36 and 37.
The fact of the matter is that Newcastle will play twice in game week 36, against Leeds and Brighton. In week 37, Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs will also play twice. In those two weeks, Brighton will play four games, so if they are not overextended and the psychological toll of yesterday’s loss in the penalty shootout is not too great, their assets might become quite important in the future.
The games they’ll play in those doubles are challenging: Southampton and Manchester City at home, then away games against Arsenal and Newcastle. However, Brighton will play twice the following week, so stocking up on their finest players is still a very safe choice. However, you should be mindful that the quality of the opponent may restrict their potential profits.
As you plan your moves, the two Manchester teams are arguably the finest places to look for assets because they each have two double weeks left. You should be aware that Erling Haaland’s price has already increased to 12.2 million as individuals invest in the Norwegian. Additionally, Phil Foden is back, while Manchester United’s standard options continue to be excellent choices. Jack Grealish still remains a good option considering his red-hot form.
Right now, it’s more difficult to defend Chelsea players because of their double game week, which includes contests with both Manchester teams. Although they may gather momentum before that with games against Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest in weeks 35 and 36, realistically, you should still avoid any players that frequently play at Stamford Bridge.
Let’s quickly examine the players whose value is rising or falling in the FPL transfer market. As was already noted, Haaland, as well as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alexander Isak, have now risen. It may be difficult for players wanting to move the Spurs striker because Harry Kane and Brennan Johnson have already lost 0.1 million off their tags, but the player who has been transferred out of the most before Tuesday isn’t expected to lose any more money.
James Maddison, Ivan Toney, Nathan Aké, Ben Chilwell, Evan Ferguson, and Oleksandr Zinchenko are among a long list of players who might easily lose their jobs overnight. Shift the books as soon as you can if you need to balance them carefully for the rest of the season. Six players – Pervis Estupián, Mohamed Salah, Lewis Dunk, Daniel Iversen, Sven Botman, and Andy Robertson – are expected to see their prices rise over the coming days. Get any that are on your purchasing list in now since Liverpool will be hosting Spurs and Fulham the following week.
For the midweek games, there are a number of new injury concerns. In addition to the hamstring injury mentioned above, Emiliano Martnez, Bruno Fernandes, James Maddison, Fabian Schär, Jamie Vardy, and Hugo Lloris are all only slightly doubtful due to various knocks and possible illnesses. Most of them will play some role, but if you were on the fence about keeping or parting with any of those guys, that may help you decide.
Finally, choosing a captain this week is more difficult than normal because none of the major teams have games that are easy. You might choose to support Marcus Rashford to add insult to injury when Manchester United take on a demoralized Spurs team, or you could simply predict that Manchester City will replicate their 3-1 victory over Arsenal in February and bet on Haaland to score once more. But if you had such players, my pick would be between Salah, who appears to be returning to form and has an away game against West Ham, and Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa, who is in excellent form and has a game against Fulham to look forward to.
Gameweek 33 gives one of the ideal opportunities for managers still left with their wildcards to use it. A team that has been set up now can easily be navigated till the end of the season. My wildcraft for Gameweek 33 would be:
May the variance be on the side of all the managers reading this.