The Scout Preview - Gameweek 33
There are just seven Barclays Premier League fixtures in Gameweek 33 due to the upcoming FA Cup semi-final schedule.
League leaders Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho’s side look to extend their lead to ten points at the top of the table. Manchester City attempt to bounce back from their derby defeat at Old Trafford as West Ham United make their way to the Etihad Stadium, whilst in-form Crystal Palace look for a fifth successive victory at home to West Bromwich Albion.
Elsewhere, Leicester City seek a third straight win as Swansea City visit the King Power Stadium. Stoke City will be hoping for a first victory in five attempts at home to Southampton, whilst Newcastle United face Tottenham Hotspur, with both sides looking to recover from defeats in the previous Gameweek.
Yannick Bolasie benefitted from a change of position as Crystal Palace hammered Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last weekend. Alan Pardew retained his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation for the Wearside encounter but swapped Jason Puncheon and Bolasie in the attacking midfield three, with the latter shifting into a central role behind Glenn Murray, as Puncheon moved onto the flank. Bolasie played a part in all four of his side’s goals, courtesy of a hat-trick and an assist in the 4-1 win, and, with back-to-back home encounters with West Bromwich Albion and Hull City up next, could be unleashed through the middle once again.
Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to roll out a lone striker system helped end Sergio Aguero’s five-match goalless streak last weekend. The Chilean moved away from his default 4-2-2-2 system and, dropping Edin Dzeko to the bench, handed James Milner a support role behind Aguero in a 4-4-1-1 at Old Trafford. Sold by over 100,000 Fantasy managers in each of the last two rounds of fixtures, Aguero’s brace and subsequent pair of bonus points helped him deliver 12 points for his 22% owners – his highest haul since Gameweek 14. With three home clashes in the next four, Aguero looks back on many managers’ radars, though given the nature of the 4-2 defeat, it remains to be seen whether Pellegrini will reconsider his tactics as he attempts to clinch a top four finish.
Swansea City’s Neil Taylor and Southampton’s Victor Wanyama are both set to serve two-match bans after collecting their tenth cautions of the season in Gameweek 32. Fantasy managers should be aware, however, that, as of Sunday April 12, the limit for triggering an automatic suspension was extended to 15 bookings. This means that Chelsea duo Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic, along with the likes of Joey Barton, Ciaran Clark, Phil Bardsley and Winston Reid can all breathe a little easier, with all six currently sitting on nine cautions. With over 28% ownership, Fabregas is the most popular player amongst those listed and, having produced a goal and two assists over the last three matches, will be amongst the Blues’ main options ahead of their double Gameweek 34.
By the numbers
After serving up a 24-point haul in the previous Gameweek, Yannick Bolasie has been subject to major investment from Fantasy managers, with over 76,000 acquiring his services this week.
Priced at a very affordable 5.5, the Crystal Palace midfielder has produced three goals and four assists in his last four outings, picking up points in all but one of those matches.
With that in mind, The Scout analyses Bolasie’s goal threat from Gameweek 29 onwards in comparison to his fellow midfielders.
|David Silva (MCY)||15||8||7||1||25|
|Alexis Sanchez (ARS)||14||8||6||1||25|
|Philippe Coutinho (LIV)||13||4||4||0||12|
|Charlie Adam (STO)||12||1||2||1||3|
|Cheick Kouyate (WHU)||11||8||5||1||15|
|Yaya Toure (MCY)||11||3||2||1||7|
|Matty Phillips (QPR)||10||3||5||2||16|
|Yannick Bolasie (CPL))||9||6||4||3||20|
|Raheem Sterling (LIV)||9||6||2||1||34|
|Niko Krancjar (QPR)||9||4||2||0||10|
|Fabian Delph (AVL)||9||2||3||0||3|
David Silva has produced more attempts on goal (15) than any midfielder in the last four rounds of fixtures. The Manchester City playmaker also leads the way for efforts on target (seven) but has scored just once over that period.
Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has equaled Silva for both shots in the box (eight) and touches in the penalty area (25) and has fired 14 attempts. Similar to the Spaniard, he has also found the net on only once occasion.
Philippe Coutinho has failed to find the net with any of his 13 attempts. The Liverpool midfielder has managed only four shots inside the box and registered 12 touches in the area – almost a third of team-mate Raheem Sterling’s 34. Sterling has scored once over the last four from a total of nine efforts on goal.
West Ham’s Cheick Kouyate has also produced eight attempts from close-range. Available for just 4.9, the Senegal international has netted just once in the last four, taking his tally to four goals for the season.
QPR’s Matty Phillips and Chelsea playmaker Oscar have both produced ten shots on goal and 16 touches inside the box. Priced at 4.6, Phillips has netted twice in recent outings, with five attempts on target.
Charlie Adam has fired 12 efforts in the last four, though all but one of those have come from range. The Stoke midfielder has registered only three touches inside the opposition area and managed two efforts on target.
Bolasie has fired nine attempts on goal, equaling Liverpool’s Sterling. The pair are also neck-and-neck for efforts in the area (six), with the Palace man scoring three of his four attempts on target.
Ones to watch
Pablo Zabaleta – a home clash with West Ham offers the Manchester City defender a chance to pick up points at both ends of the pitch. The champions have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three at the Etihad Stadium, whilst Zabaleta’s runs down the right have already served up a goal and four assists to date.
Danny Rose – a trip to struggling Newcastle bodes well for the Tottenham left-back. The 5.0-priced Rose, who has produced two goals and five assists so far, squares up to a Magpies side that have found the net just twice in the last seven Gameweeks ahead of Sunday afternoon’s encounter.
Yannick Bolasie – the midfielder has played a part in seven of his side’s 11 goals over the last four Gameweeks, courtesy of three strikes and four assists. Bolasie has also served up six bonus points over that period and with a home clash against a West Brom side that’s conceded at least three times in as many matches, he looks a bargain at just 5.5.
Aaron Lennon – a loan move to Everton has reignited the winger’s Fantasy potential after months on the periphery at parent club Tottenham. Lennon’s weekend opener at Swansea took his tally to two goals and an assist in his last four fixtures ahead of a plum home clash with Burnley.
Jamie Vardy – the Leicester forward has flourished since returning to the first-team in Gameweek 29. Vardy has produced two goals, an assist and four bonus points in his last three appearances and is the Foxes in-form player ahead of the visit of a Swansea side hit hard by injuries and suspension in defence.
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