Who are the best Fantasy Premier League players to own for Blank Gameweek 33? 4-time top 1k and 4-time top 10k finisher Abdul Rehman uses the Hub's OPTA, Prediction, Comparison and Fixture tools to find the best FPL budget and premium players for our FPL teams.
James Maddison (£7.2m) – Leicester City
Fixture: Crystal Palace (H)James Maddison has been in great form for Leicester City this season. Most recently his injury and a minor disciplinary issue has kept him from playing but he looks to be fit and ready now having played in the FA Cup semi-final win over Southampton. The English midfielder has eight goals and seven assists this season with 56 Shots, 18 Shots on Target, 19 Shots in the Box while also creating 42 Chances and 4 Big Chances. Taking into account he has only started 18 games this season his I like his output. The Foxes play Crystal Palace in Blank Gameweek 33 in which looks a very plum fixture for them. The Eagles have one of the worst defensive stats in the league conceding 442 Shots (15th), 286 Shots in the Box (17th), 149 Shots on Target (15th) and 73 Big Chances (17th). They have also conceded 52 goals (17th). Brendan Rodgers team have been one of the better sides going forward having scored 55 goals (3rd) with 143 Shots on Target (7th) and 67 Big Chances (6th). This looks to be a good game for both Leicester and Maddison. With Harvey Barnes out he will be the main creative threat and everything will go through him when building up play. Also, he has already proven this season he can both score and assist. Our Points Prediction Tool likes him too this week, ranking him at 46% to return anytime.
Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) – Liverpool
Fixture: Newcastle United (H)The Egyptian has scored 19 goals and four assists this season and with it being the business end of the season and Salah still in the race for the golden boot, coupled with his great fixtures it would seem a great time to bring him in if you haven’t already. He has 99 Shots (2nd), 42 Shots on Target (3rd), 73 Shots in the Box (2nd) and 26 Big Chances (3rd) while also creating 41 Chances and 9 Big Chances. Also to add to this the Liverpool midfielder also has the highest xG in the league with 17.63. Liverpool face Newcastle United in Blank Gameweek 33. Although the Toon have won back-to-back league games and look to have secured another season of football in the Premier League they are still conceding goals. In fact over the season they have one of the worst defences in the league with 466 Shots (19th), 287 Shots in the Box (18th), 164 Shots on Target (16th) and have also conceded 53 goals (18th). Whereas Liverpool actually boasts one of the best attacks in the league and over the season have managed 473 Shots (2nd), 170 Shots on Target (4th), 310 Shots in the Box (2nd), and 83 Big Chances (2nd) while also scoring 53 goals (4th). Also if we couple that with Salah’s elite stats and output this looks to be a great fixture for the Egyptian and a prime opportunity for him to catch up to Harry Kane in the golden boot race. According to our Points Prediction Tool he is ranked at 67% for anytime returns which is the highest among attackers and also has a predicted points of 6.9 which is the highest among all players.
Mason Greenwood (£7.0m) – Manchester United
Fixture: Leeds United (a)Mason Greenwood has hit a nice bit of form lately with four goals in his last three games. In that time no player has scored more goals than him and only Jesse Lingard has scored more points - 33 to 32. Also, Greenwood’s stats have been good during this time too – actually much better than Lingard’s even. He has 12 Shots (2nd), 6 Shots on Target (2nd), 11 Shots in the Box (1st) and 4 Big Chances (2nd). He has also created 2 Big Chances (1st) himself. Manchester United come up against Leeds United in Blank Gameweek 33 in what will most likely be a high-scoring game. The reverse fixture saw eight goals where United ran out 6-2 winners in the end. With Leeds’ defensive stats and their ultra attacking style of play I can’t see this game ending any other way than with lots of goals. The Whites have conceded 449 Shots (17th), 279 Shots in the Box (15th), 170 Shots on Target (18th) and 72 Big Chances (16th). Which makes them amongst the worst defences in the league. Manchester United on the other hand have been one of the best teams attacking wise with 448 Shots (4th), 188 Shots on Target (1st), 84 Big Chances (2nd) and 64 goals scored (2nd). With Greenwood’s most recent performances he is sure to start and his stats are showing him be a great option for this game. He has the most Shots in the Box in the last three games and looks to be the most potent attacker in the United team currently. Our Points Prediction Tool has him at 41% for anytime returns.
Raphinha (£5.5m) – Leeds United
Fixture: Manchester United (H)Raphinha has six goals and seven assists so far this season and is putting up some very impressive stats. Since Gameweek 22 he has created the most Chances (31) and Big Chances (7) and over the season has 60 Shots, 22 Shots on Target, 41 Shots in the Box and 5 Big Chances. Leeds United come up against Manchester United at home in Blank Gameweek 33 and as stated earlier this game ended up with eight goals in the reverse fixture. Both teams have great attacking players and also a very direct approach. Leeds over the season have 429 Shots (5th), 160 Shots on Target (5th), 295 Shots in the Box (3rd) and have also scored 49 goals (7th). Overall they are in the top five for attacking stats and won't slow down either. They have already scored against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Man United, Arsenal and Chelsea so we know they aren’t afraid to go toe to toe with the big boys. Raphinha's stats are on par of those you would expect from an £8.5m to £9.0m player so for me he is a season keeper. You can see from his stats the Brazilian has both high goal and assist threat and is playing in a very attack-minded team, therefore more attacking returns are surely around the corner. He is also probably the first name on Bielsa’s team sheet so is nailed as they come.
Anwar El Ghazi (£5.2m) – Aston Villa
Fixture: West Brom (H)Anwar El Ghazi when he starts is a great FPL option to have in your team. In only 10 starts in the league this season he has 6 goals with 43 Shots, 22 Shots on Target, 21 Shots in the Box and 8 Big Chances. He has also created 18 Chances and 1 Big Chance. He is clearly a trigger-happy player which is perfect for FPL managers. Aston Villa play West Brom at home in Blank Gameweek 33. I can't see anything other than a routine win here for the Villains against a team that have been one of the worst sides in the Premier League in recent years. The Baggies have conceded 459 Shots (18th), 298 Shots in the Box (20th), 188 Shots on Target (20th) and 76 Big Chances (18th). They have also conceded the most goals (59). The Dutch midfielder has been in and out of the team this season but with Grealish still injured he has a great chance of starting and is a great shout for this week. He loves to shoot on sight and West Brom have conceded the most Shots in the box and Shots on Target. Although Villa haven’t been the best attacking wise lately I still think they will be too strong for West Brom and El Ghazi is the first-choice penalty taker when he is on the pitch as we have seen previously. Our Points Prediction Tool has him at 51% to return anytime in Gameweek 33.
Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.1m) – Leicester City
Fixture: Crystal Palace (H)Kelechi Iheanacho is in the form of his life right now having now scored 12 goals in his last 9 games. Since his run of starts from Gameweek 26 he has 21 Shots, 10 Shots on Target (3rd), 14 Shots in the Box (4th) and 8 Big Chances (2nd) and during this time also has a Goal Involvement of 64%. With him up against Crystal Palace I really fancy Iheanacho to have a field day in this one. Palace have been terrible defensively conceding 442 Shots (15th), 286 Shots in the Box (17th), 149 Shots on Target (15th) and 73 Big Chances (17th). They have also conceded 52 goals (17th). If we couple that with Leicester's attacking stats and Kelechi’s output then this looks like it could be a painful evening for the Eagles. Brendan Rodgers men have scored 55 goals (3rd) with 143 Shots on Target (7th) and 67 Big Chances (6th) In the last eight league games, Iheanacho is averaging 2.21 Shots in the Box and 10.4 points per game. He has a fantastic fixture again to add to his impressive run of goals and our Points Prediction Tool has him at 53% for anytime returns.
Patrick Bamford (£6.5m) – Leeds United
Fixture: Manchester United (H)Patrick Bamford now has 14 goals and 10 assists for the season and has 98 Shots (4th), 40 Shots on Target (3rd), 87 Shots in the Box (1st) and 30 Big Chances (1st) while also creating 24 Chances and 5 Big Chances. We’ve seen in their last two games that Leeds are pretty much fixture proof due to the way they play and Bamford has been unfortunate to not get something from those games too. Against Liverpool the Leeds forward had 5 Shots (1st), 5 Shots in the Box (1st) and 3 Big Chances (1st) while also hitting the crossbar. Leeds are at home against Manchester United in Blank Gameweek 33 and as if this game is as expected - high scoring, then Bamford is sure to be involved. Leeds over the season have 429 Shots (5th), 160 Shots on Target (5th), 295 Shots in the Box (3rd) and have also scored 49 goals (7th). As stated earlier they are top five for attacking stats and have shown they can score against most teams and with Bamford the focal point of their attack he will always get chances no matter who the opponent is. The Leeds forward is at 43% to score anytime according to our Points Prediction Tool despite a game against Manchester United. He is also on penalties which is always a plus.
Edinson Cavani (£7.9m) – Manchester United
Fixture: Leeds United (a)The Uruguayan notched another goal last Gameweek after coming on at halftime. I have to say I was surprised he didn’t start but this isn’t the first time he has shown this season he doesn’t need many minutes to score. Cavani now has eight goals and three assists in only 11 starts and has managed 29 Shots, 13 Shots on Target, 27 Shots in the Box and 14 Big Chances while also creating 10 Chances and 4 Big Chances. Manchester United face off with Leeds United and with their poor defensive stats and their propensity to press and attack I can see Cavani getting a lot of joy in this game with his movement. Leeds have conceded 449 Shots (17th), 279 Shots in the Box (15th), 170 Shots on Target (18th) and 72 Big Chances (16th). Looking at United’s attacking stats it's clear they will get plenty of chances in this game and it’s only down to them to put them away. The Red Devils have managed 448 Shots (4th), 188 Shots on Target (1st), 84 Big Chances (2nd) and 64 goals (2nd). It's going to be really tough for Ole Gunnar Solskaer to not start Edinson with the form he is in but even then we know he is more than capable of scoring when coming off the bench too. Cavani is also at 49% to return anytime according to our Points Prediction Tool.
Ollie Watkins (£6.5m) – Aston Villa
Fixture: West Brom (H)Ollie Watkins has been a good value option over the course of the season. At a starting price of only £6.0m he has managed an impressive 12 goals and six assists in 30 games. His stats have been impressive also with 80 Shots (5th), 35 Shots on Target (5th), 71 Shots in the Box (3rd) and 21 Big Chances. He has also created 36 Chances and 6 Big Chances. Aston Villa play West Brom at home in Blank Gameweek 33 and I can see Watkins getting plenty of chances in this game. The Baggies have conceded 459 Shots (18th), 298 Shots in the Box (20th), 188 Shots on Target (20th) and 76 Big Chances (18th). They have also conceded 59 goals (1st). Watkins seems to be adapting to life without Jack Grealish and he has now scored two goals in his last two league games. And it seems so have Villa actually as they have scored four in the last two games and look to be much more fluid. With 12 goals and six assists this season we know Ollie knows where the net is and is a great value option. This will probably be one of the easiest games for him on paper and he will desperate to add to his goals tally. He is by far the most forward Villa player and looking at his stats he does have a lot of shots in the box and West Brom also tend to concede a lot of shots in the box so it's looking positive for him. He is ranked at 48% to return anytime according to our Points Prediction Tool. In conclusion, I will rank these Blank Gameweek 33 midfielders and forwards in accordance to our Power Rankings for Hub members!
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