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Fantasy Preview – Match Week 33

Games continue to come thick and fast in what is one of the busiest months of the season. That means there are a lot of points to be had for your teams whether you are challenging at the top of your fantasy league. While I do not guarantee anything, I have been known to have made some successful tips this season, so find out below my suggestions for your teams this week.


BUY

Harry Kane – Forward, Tottenham Hotspur, 11.3

I’m fairly sure Kane is a robot, or at least some kind of cyborg, considering his appearance against Watford came just four weeks into a six-eight week injury layoff. Despite missing eight matches this season, the England forward is still second in goals among players and will, no doubt, make a late charge for the golden boot through the end of the season. Bournemouth should pose little resistance this week as they’ve been averaging over two goals per match in their last five away fixtures.

Romelu Lukaku – Forward, Everton, 10.4

It seems Lukaku just refuses to come back down to Earth this season. He leads the league in goals (23) and, with just two top ten defences remaining, will likely end the season with some hardware in his bookshelf. Bring in the Belgian while you can as it’s very likely that he will not still be in the Premier League next season.

Wilfried Zaha – Midfielder, Crystal Palace, 5.8

The “Ivorian” winger has been spectacular of late with two goals and a league-leading three assists over the last five matches. Palace have a very difficult fixture list ahead but Zaha seems to be thriving in the spotlight with eleven points against both Chelsea and Arsenal. Look for the Eagles to continue their impressive form, both fantasy and real life, as they come up against a Leicester side whose eyes are firmly set on their Champions League campaign.

Ben Davies – Defender, Tottenham Hotspur, 4.9

What originally looked like a short term stint for Davies has turned into a much longer one with Danny Rose still out with a knee injury. The Welshman has been playing in more advanced positions the past couple of weeks but let’s be honest, you are just here for the cheap clean sheets. Spurs will face three top ten attacks in the next five matches but, as a member of the league’s best defence, Davies is certainly worth the gamble.

Mason Holgate – Defender, Swansea City, 4.1

Speaking of clean sheet gambles, Holgate is definitely the cheapest one. He has three straight starts since the horror injury to Seamus Coleman, but they’ve also struggled since then with an average of two goals allowed per game. Obviously he’s not coming into this match on form but this weekend should provide an opportunity to improve against a Burnley team that must hate leaving Turf Moor.

SELL

Diego Costa – Forward, Chelsea,

With his goal being changed to an Adam Smith own goal, Costa now has just one goal in the last five matches. The worst thing about that is the statistics back it up as he’s only averaging one shot on target per game over that period. With Harry Kane and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both available again, it’s all the harder to get excited about having Costa in your team.

Alexis Sanchez – Midfielder, Arsenal, 11.6

This may be a bit too reactionary but things just aren’t looking great for Alexis. He’s been pushed further back in the formation with Danny Welbeck/Olivier Giroud playing up top, and his performances have definitely dropped as a result. All this has happened at the worst time as well with Arsenal facing four top ten defences in their next five matches. I understand if you want to stick with him for one more week, but I wouldn’t expect too much against Middlesbrough’s stout home defence.

Andre Gray – Forward, Burnley, 6.1

I really liked him early in the season but, man, have things got bad. He’s scored just twice in the last ten matches and hasn’t even managed a shot on target in the last five. If you don’t have a lot of money left in your bank, just swap to Origi for 0.1 and call it a day.

Chelsea Defenders

It’s now nine straight matches without a clean sheet. The next three matches are pretty rough but they do have fairly clean sailing from there on in so if you wanted to hang onto Marcus Alonso I could understand it, but the rest don’t have the upside that their prices seem to imply.

Jordan Pickford – Goalkeeper, Sunderland, 4.1

Like many, I owned Pickford earlier in the season and was awaiting his return from injury. Well, he’s back now, but the points just aren’t coming. Sunderland’s defence has been stuck in the bottom five all season and, while he still ranks second in saves, that’s unfortunately not enough to make him worth owning.

TEB FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE – TOP TEN

Rank Team & Manager Round Score Total Points
up Head Down Studs Up ⚽ – Jesse Boyce 70 1771
up Soper’s No Hopers – Mike Soper 93 1763
down Pepsi Guardicola – Craig Perry 55 1752
up King’s Army – Edward King 83 1747
down Sik United – Sir Wayne Nizamovic 61 1745
down Bentekkers – Martin Colairo 76 1738
same Dynamo Dan Dan – Daniel Bright 82 1734
up Oooooo Bobby firmino – Ally Thompson 102 1730
down waddon_massive – Steve Larden 71 1715
10  up Abra-Mandanda – Matthew Freeman 86 1715

 

 

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Kevin De Vries

Kevin De Vries

Kevin lives in the US and hosts the EPL Roundtable podcast. He has more than a passing interest in Dutch football. Avid supporter of Spurs and Pittsburgh Steelers among others.

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