Gameweek 33 preview

April 13, 2017

Spurs v Bournemouth
Crystal Palace v Leicester
Everton v Burnley
Stoke v Hull
Sunderland v West Ham
Watford v Swansea
Southampton v Man City
West Brom v Liverpool
Man Utd v Chelsea
Middlesbrough v Arsenal

This is definitely the year that Arsenal don’t finish in the top four. Just look at their fantasy season. There’s only really been one player worth having at any time and that’s Alexis Sanchez, and even that bubble may well have burst. Laurent Koscielny has had his moments in an unusually unreliable defence and some of us got a bit excited when Olivier Giroud scored that scorpion kick. But that’s about it – and that’s being kind. Sanchez is still the overall leading points scorer, but has Hazard, Alli and Lukaku breathing down his neck. We need more than a single goal and assist in your last five outings, Alexis. That’s coincided with Wenger shifting him back out onto the flanks with Danny Welbeck through the middle. So is it time to get rid? We’re all clinging onto him in the hope that his manager sees sense and sticks him up top again – where the double figure scores undoubtedly are. And there are **NEWLY ANNOUNCED** double gameweeks ahead – two in consecutive weeks for Arsenal. Who’ve they got this week? Oh, it’s Boro. K E E P !!!

Harry Kane’s back. There’s your replacement. Providing of course you haven’t already got three Spurs players in your team. And why wouldn’t you? They’re the form team with the easiest run in and a double gameweek fixture in GW37. Bringing in Kane means the obvious sacrifice of a big hitter elsewhere – Sanchez is probably a leading contender (up against Boro – are you mad?). The real decision is which Spurs player to drop. Maybe there’s just too much surgery involved bringing Kane in right now. Bournemouth at home screams goals, but whose to say those goals won’t be shared between Alli, Son and Eriksen?

Also, drafting Kane in probably disrupts your carefully laid plans for next week’s double gameweek. Anyone whose been gradually transferring in Palace players must be pleased with themselves. Right through the team, from back to front, Palace arguably offer much more, and for much less money, than Manchester United, who also play twice. Be aware that Mamadou Sakho doesn’t play the double gameweek match against Liverpool as part of his loan agreement. And don’t be afraid that as well as Liverpool, they face Spurs away. They’re fairing better against the big guns anyway. Leicester this week – their minds will be elsewhere.

Click forward – the double gameweeks are in. Gameweek 36 sees Arsenal and Southampton play twice. They both play twice again in gameweek 37 – along with Chelsea, Watford, Manchester City, West Brom, Manchester United, Leicester and Spurs. Oh, and Sunderland. Best start planning those chips and wildcards.

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