A quick turnaround into Gameweek 33 and, as we hurtle towards the end of the Premier League, every move has the potential to make or break a season.
For the Bookies Advantage XI this week, our attack is made up of explosive assets, while in defence there are one or two interesting differentials.
We have analysed the captain options in Gameweek 33 here
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Goalscorer odds gameweek 33
|Alex Mac Allister||33%||3||BHA||MID|
|Kevin De Bruyne||25%||3.95||MCI||MID|
|Virgil van Dijk||8%||12||LIV||DEF|
Erling Haaland (60%) scored four goals in his last two games before he blanked in Gameweek 32.
This week he welcomes Arsenal to the Etihad who will be hurting after their third draw in a row handing the initiative back to City in the title race. Arsenal’s defensive data has collapsed since William Saliba was injured, conceding nine goals in five games, keeping zero clean sheets, with four of those games against teams in the bottom eight.
The Norwegian number nine will be licking his lips at the prospect of taking on this wounded Arsenal side. He’s an easy choice as captain this gameweek.
Mohammed Salah (46%) scored again in Gameweek 32 to make it four goals in three games as he continues to look back to his best form.
He travels to West Ham this midweek, buoyed by good recent results but still vulnerable in defence. Over the last six gameweeks, West Ham have conceded eight goals (9th) from an expected goals conceded (xGC) of 10.12 (12th).
Salah is first amongst all midfielders for shots in the box (19) and big chances (7) in the same period.
Having returned 16 times in 16 games since the World Cup, Ollie Watkins (46%) waited until everybody had him in their Free Hit teams to blank.
However, the Bookies do not expect this to continue this week when he takes on a Fulham side who appear to be packing their bags and browsing flights to Marbella as they dream of the beach.
Villa have been in flying form recently, now is not the time to try to be clever, we’re sticking with Ollie Watkins for this gameweek at least.
Speaking of dreaming of being elsewhere, Harry Kane (42%) must be thinking about life outside of North London. Though, even in a 6-1 demolition, Kane still managed to find a return, single-handedly beating the Newcastle defence to slot home a meek consolation.
This week he takes on a Manchester United team who are without their two starting centre-backs and despite the recent good defensive form in the league, conceded five goals over two legs against Sevilla in the Europa League.
Marcus Rashford (36%) is another good pick from this game as he tries to find his best form again since his injury and coming up against this incredibly fragile Spurs side may be just what he needs to find it again. A goal and assist in his last two starts shows that even when out of form he is Man United’s most dangerous player on the pitch.
Kaoru Mitoma (34%) takes up the last starting midfield spot. Playing a Nottingham Forest side in free fall this gameweek, in the last six gameweeks he has 48 touches in the box (3rd) and looks a constant danger any time he is on the ball.
On the bench for us this week are Andreas Pereira (18%) who scored in Gameweek 32,as well as Jacob Murphy who at just £4.1m bagged a brace against Spurs.
Clean sheet odds Gameweek 33
|Team||Clean Sheet Probability||Odds|
Newcastle (46%) top the charts in terms of clean sheet odds this gameweek despite having just one clean sheet in their last 11 games. Some FPL managers are starting to suggest that putting our blind faith in their defence may be something that needs questioning.
The Bookies, however, continue to counsel patience and to look at each game in isolation. Newcastle’s opponents this gameweek, Everton are 19th for xG from open play in the last six, scoring just five goals. They continue to edge closer to the drop and show little signs of fight.
Kieran Trippier is 2nd for xGI amongst defenders in the last six gameweeks, behind only Trent Alexander-Arnold. Holding him, for now, seems like the right play. He is joined by Fabian Schar, who is top among defenders for shots (43), shots in the box (32) and big chances (7) over the course of this season.
Chelsea (45%) also had a blank in Gameweek 32 and may benefit from extra time on the train pitch for Lampard to implement his ideas (if he has any).
No clean sheets as yet under Lampard may seem worrying but to be totally fair, one way against a high-flying Brighton and two were against Real Madrid.
This week the slightly easier task of playing host to a Brentford side who have failed to score in three of their last five away from home.
Ben Chilwell sits third amongst defenders for expected goal involvement over the last six games and provides a high upside differential. He is joined by Kepa Arrizabalaga in a second defensive double-up this gameweek.
Brighton (45%) are up next as they travel to Nottingham Forest for what looks like a must-win game for both sides. Three clean sheets in their last seven, while also keeping one in the FA Cup semi-final against Man United shows their defensive credentials.
Forest however will no doubt be dispirited having scored two away at Liverpool and still coming out empty-handed. Even with those two goals they are still bottom for open play goals and open play xG in their last six, scoring four goals from an xG of 2.50.
Pervis Estupinian seems the most obvious choice here, as he has the highest xGI out of all the Brighton defenders.
On the bench for us in defence this week are Daniel Iversen and Toti Gomes, who continue to offer excellent value at just £3.8m.
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Odhrán Brennan is a data journalist for a sports data company, living in Finland. He’s been playing FPL since the 06/07 season and is a long-suffering fan of both Arsenal and the Republic of Ireland national team. You can follow him on Twitter here