FPL Gameweek 32 Recap
After all the hype and anticipation this Gameweek 32 was a bit meh. Injuries and rotation marred what could have been a very high scoring week and not much ground was made up by those that utilised their chips. It is now very clear that rotation is going to be rife for the teams that are battling on all fronts, which should be considered when building your squads for the back end of the season.
Who did I tip?
- Aguero (10) – the overriding poll favourite with good individual / team stats and a good fixture. It all started so well with an assist then a goal, but a muscle injury forced him off early and looking at the lineup for the Cardiff game, it’s likely he would have been rotated regardless of his fitness. Although disappointing for many, it’s still a reasonable score and could have been a lot worse.
- Sterling (3)– didn’t look as sharp against Fulham and annoyingly was rested against Cardiff, which shows that International Form does not always directly transfer to league form.
- Laporte (18) – once again he was the top city performer in a double Gameweek, with a few other defenders also racking up big points, it clearly highlights the potential for defenders during double Gameweeks where there’s a good chance of a clean sheet and some form of attacking return. This is something that I raised last week:
“Think back to the last DGW, everyone remembers the Aguero hat trick but do you remember that it was Laporte that was the top scoring player that week. Historically for DGWs it’s often the defensive assets that end up being the big scorers with a combination of a clean sheet, attacking returns and bonus points.”
What did we learn?
- Rotation – at this point of the season with important European games this is going to be a major factor for the teams still competing and should definitely be considered when planning for double Gameweeks. Next time around it may be prudent to focus on more secure options.
Gameweek 33 Captaincy
After the highly anticipated double Gameweek 32, a lot of us that used the Free Hit chip will come crashing back to earth with our Gameweek 31 squads. Gameweek 33 is another reduced fixture week due to the FA Cup Semi Final games, which gives me a nice respite from analysing multiple teams. If you’re planning on Wildcarding after this week then it’s a great opportunity to take a one week punt before you reset your team.
The first thing that I’ve noticed is that there’s a Friday fixture, don’t forget to set up your team beforehand!
For anyone on a Wildcard in Gameweek 34 strategy, this is an ideal week to take a punt on someone for a one off game, as you can reset your team next week.
- Southampton v Liverpool– Southampton have looked so much better since Hassenhüttl took over and they will give Liverpool a good game. They’re not confirmed safe yet and could do with a few more points, but as Liverpool showed against Spurs, winning the league means everything to them and they’ll be going all out again. They face Porto at home on Tuesday, but I can’t see them resting anyone with a reasonable gap between games.
- Bournemouth v Burnley– Burnley bought a little time with their win against Wolves and could do with a few more points to widen the gap between them and Cardiff. However, Bournemouth are very strong at home, they don’t tend to go on the beach and I expect Burnley to struggle here.
- Huddersfield v Leicester– Huddersfield are confirmed as relegated now, Leicester are on decent form and this should be a guaranteed win with great potential for a clean sheet and Leicester goals, so I would load up on their assets.
- Newcastle v Crystal Palace – this should be a tight game, both are on decent form and it’s a tough one to call.
- Everton v Arsenal – Everton have somehow started to get results again, although a lot of this could be due to the poor performances of their opposition rather than them being invigorated. Despite that, they should be quite tough opposition for an Arsenal team that doesn’t tend to travel well. Arsenal are right in the mix for top four though, so I expect this to be quite an open game with goals from both sides. Arsenal don’t play UEL until Thursday, so I wouldn’t expect too much rotation for this game and Emery has already stated that he hopes Ramsey is fit for this game.
- Chelsea v West Ham– who knows what’s going on with Sarri at the moment and both of these teams are so Jekyll and Hyde lately that you just don’t know who’s going to turn up. Chelsea historically do well when they play West Ham at home though and that’s how I expect this one to go. This game is on Monday and Chelsea have a busy week with their UEL Quarter Final on Thursday then a big game with Liverpool on the Sunday. I just hope they field the same lineup as they played against Brighton, they look so much more dynamic with Giroud, Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi.
Old Hunting Ground – do any of these picks have a good history vs their opposition?
It’s quite open this week with the forgotten man, Salah posting an impressive history against Southampton. Could that lucky assist and his spikey interview resurrect his form? His team mate Mane’s history is quite contrasting though (does he not want to put his old team to the sword?), he’s notoriously inconsistent and he might be cooling off after his recent purple patch. Both the Bournemouth strikers look good for this week, but as usual it’s hard to identify which one to go for. Vardy could be a very interesting differential captain with a great history and arguably the best fixture. Similar to Bournemouth the two Arsenal candidates look good, but it’s difficult to pinpoint one of them. Lastly, although Hazard’s history doesn’t look as impressive, he’s got a far bigger sample size which highlights his consistency (slightly ironic).
Purely based on past performance I would be shortlisting Salah, Vardy and Hazard.
All stats are from OPTA and are based on the last four home or away games dependant on where the next fixture is.
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