Gameweek 33 is all about the double layer fixture cake. Ingredients include captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Also, an analogy inspired by hunger.
- Van Persie: Even though Van Persie hasn’t been scoring enough to justify his price tag his statistics show that he should return to form soon. His last four games have seen him take five shots and create two chances on average per game, quite enough to expect at least a goal or two in this double fixture Gameweek. Add to the mixture the loss against Manchester City last week which means United can not take their foot of the pedal, just in case City go on a winning run until the end of the season.
Cazorla: Probably the most popular captain pick of the Gameweek, given Arsenal’s two home games. His attacking numbers impress; over three shots and almost three chances created per game in his last five fixtures. If you are leading in your mini-league, he is hard to ignore this Gameweek.
Baines: The differential pick of the bunch, despite being owned by almost 23% of Fantasy managers. He will not be captained in numbers, but there is ample reason to consider the left back. He is an integral part of Everton’s wing play, is on set pieces, and has a decent chance of at least one clean sheet this Gameweek. He should also benefit from Fellaini’s return to the team, both as an outlet for Baines’s delivery and as an added attacking dimension to worry about for opponents.
Berbatov is another valid choice for the armband given Fulham’s double fixtures and his five goals in as many games. Fulham face Aston Villa in their first game which Berbatov’s owners will be targeting for points returns. In addition, the home game against Chelsea is less daunting than usual due to Chelsea’s fixture pile up.
Rooney continues to be a surprising differential pick due to Van Persie’s ownership of almost 40%. The risk with Rooney is that Ferguson gives either Welbeck or Hernandez a game, thus reducing his chance for returns to a single game this Gameweek. Nevertheless, he is a great pick for those chasing in their mini-leagues.
Giroud has quietly crept up to ten goals in the Premier League this season, a decent enough return for his first year. He was always going to suffer from comparisons to Van Persie, and would probably be getting more praise replacing any other striker in the league. His last three games have returned a goal and an assist and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him add to that tally this Gameweek.
Fellaini and Mirallas are good value for points from midfield. Mirallas due to his fine form of late and Fellaini for the consistency he has shown in the league this season.
Duff is the only viable midfield option from Fulham, and I wouldn’t be too excited about owning him going into the Gameweek. If you have him play him, but don’t bust a gut getting him in. However, he is playing two games, meaning he will most likely get at least four points and gives an outside bet of a goal or an assist.
Going on to players not enjoying double fixtures the striker trio of Aguero, Suarez, and Benteke stand out. Mancini surely must start Aguero after his amazing solo effort against Manchester United, Suarez is probably playing the best football in the league, and Benteke just can’t stop scoring with goals in four consecutive games.
Manchester United, despite playing both fixtures away from home, are the strongest clean sheet candidates. De Gea is the safest bet, although Rafael brings the upside of attacking returns.
Everton’s home game against QPR is their clean sheet opportunity and Heitinga’s price of 5.0 is the cheapest in the Everton defence.
Arsenal’s Sagna is amazing value at 4.6 going into the Gameweek. He is also the safest of Arsenal’s picks given the left back battle between Monreal and Gibbs.
Walcott’s injury prevents him from being a heavy hitter. If he is guaranteed a start against Norwich he is a great punt going into the Gameweek.
Carroll’s price meant that he was always going to play a minimal role in the Fantasy game this season. His last six games have seen him score four goals as West Ham set to secure their stay in the Premier League for one more season. He is an interesting, if a tad expensive, punt for both this Gameweek and for the rest of the season.
Kagawa is my outside bet for the Gameweek. He isn’t even likely to start both games, but has attacking intent and could deliver goals and assists.