Southampton’s budget friendly substitute Davis (4.5) is our man between the sticks for GW32, as they take on a struggling Hull side at home. The Saints have a kind fixture list in the upcoming weeks and with Forster out for the season with a knee injury, Davis is a decent option to hang on to until the end of the season.
Alternatives: Liverpool’s Mignolet (5.3) is our alternative pick of the week, as he faces off against a feeble Newcastle side, who have managed just one goal in their last 4 games.
Like we mentioned in the Keeper’s section, Liverpool’s Moreno (5.3) and Southampton’s Clyne (6.1) have the easiest set of fixtures this week, and look most likely to earn clean sheets. Though Burnley have been in giant-killing mode off late with 2 clean sheets in their last 4 games, they have also been shut out 2-0 in the other two games, so we expect Mertesacker (6.0) and company to come through with a clean sheet in this one.
Everton have picked up 2 clean sheets in their last 3 games, but will have a tough game on their hands as they take on Swansea at the Liberty stadium. We feel this fixture has a good probability of ending in a 0-0 draw, so we’re going with Baines (7.0) to bring in the goods on this one. Finally, West Brom’s Dawson (4.5), who was sorely missed in their 4-1 thumping at the hands of QPR, will be back from suspension to face bottom placed Leicester at home this week.
Alternatives: Swansea’s Taylor (4.9) and Palace’s Dann (4.9) are our alternative choices to consider in defence. Both have decent fixtures and might just end up with a clean sheet this week.
Hazard (11.2) put on a terrific display last week to pick up his 12th goal and 8th assist of the season, putting him just 6 points away from being the first to hit the 200 mark. The Belgian midfielder has been in absolutely stunning form for the Blues, with 3 goals and an assist in his last 4 games, and will be looking to get on the score sheet against QPR this week too.
Henderson (6.5), Mata (8.4) and Ramsey (8.6) have all been in top form for their respective teams lately, each having picked up 15+ points over their last 3 games. Though Man Utd. come up against the reigning champions this week, seeing the form City are in defensively, we are going with Mata to pick up a crucial goal or assist. Henderson and Ramsey on the other hand have easier opposition to deal with and we expect them to reel in some good points for us this week.
Crystal Palace’s Bolasie (5.4) has picked up 3 assists in his last 3 games, and is our final pick in midfield as they take on a Sunderland side who have shipped 8 goals in their last 5 games.
Alternatives: Swansea’s Sigurdsson (6.5) has been in decent form after returning from injury and is a decent option for their game against Everton this week. Also, Stoke City’s Adam (5.4) has picked up a goal and assist in his last 2 games, and could cause problems for the shaky West Ham defence.
Giroud (8.7) has been the name on every FPL manager’s lips, after the Frenchman picked up his 14th goal of the season last week, to make it 7 in 6 consecutive games for the Gunners. That type of consistency, coupled with a moderate price tag of just 8.7m, makes him really hard to ignore. But we must warn you, Arsenal have a blank fixture in GW33, so plan your bench accordingly before you swoop for him this week.
Benteke (7.4) too has been in stunning form off late, after picking up a whopping 4 goals last GW, to make it 7 goals in 5 games. Villa come up against a Spurs side who have conceded 6 goals in their last 3 games, and will find it hard to keep the in-form Belgian from scoring. Lastly, Kane (6.4) makes a return to our front 3 in spite of drawing a blank last week. Villa themselves have managed to concede an equally bad 6 goals in their last 3 games, and will find themselves up against the league’s top scorer this time. Looks like this fixture might turn out to be a proper goal fest.
Alternatives: Manchester United’s skipper Rooney (10.7) has picked up 4 goals in his last 5 games, and will be looking to pick up his 13th of the season against bitter rivals City, who themselves have been in questionable form at the back. Chelsea’s Remy (7.1) is another excellent option to consider, as he fills in for the injured Costa up front.