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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.

Talking tactics

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
Oscar (CHE) 10 5 3 0 16
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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Fantasy Premier League Scout Review – Gameweek 32

Yannick Bolasie scored a sensational 11-minute hat-trick as Crystal Palace beat Sunderland 4-1 at Stadium of Light. The Crystal Palace midfielder stole the show in a magnificent second-half display, which earned the 25-year-old maximum Bonus Points in Gameweek 32.

Swansea City 1-1 Everton

3: James McCarthy (EVE)
2: Jonjo Shelvey (SWA)
1: Aaron Lennon (EVE)

Swansea City and Everton drew 1-1 at Liberty Stadium with James McCarthy picking up his second maximum Bonus Points (BP) haul of the season. The Everton midfielder produced an assist, created a further big chance, made three recoveries and completed 90% of his attempted passes.

Jonjo Shelvey scored from the penalty spot to level the score after 69 minutes, helping the Swansea midfielder collect two BP. The 23-year-old also contributed with three dribbles and a couple of key passes.

Aaron Lennon scored his second Barclays Premier League goal in an Everton shirt to give the visitors the lead just before half-time, which resulted in the midfielder achieving a single BP.

Southampton 2-0 Hull City

3: Toby Alderweireld (SOU)
2: Maya Yoshida (SOU)
1: Jose Fonte (SOU), Morgan Schneiderlin (SOU)

Southampton centre-back Toby Alderweireld was rewarded with maximum BP as the Saints defeated Hull City 2-0 at home. Alderweireld created a big chance, made 11 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), six recoveries, three tackles and two key passes alongside a clean sheet.

Japan international Maya Yoshida was rewarded with a couple of BP for his defensive efforts in keeping a clean sheet for Southampton. The Saints defender produced 13 CBI and as many recoveries, as well as completing 80% of his attempted passes.

Saints captain Jose Fonte and midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin shared a single BP. Fonte’s 15th Barclays Premier League clean sheet of the season was accompanied with 10 CBI and seven recoveries. Schneiderlin recorded an assist, created a further big chance and achieved a passing accuracy of 91%.

James Ward-Prowse and Graziano Pelle scored the goals for Southampton, but both missed out on BP. Half-time substitute Ward-Prowse did not contribute with enough passes, while Pelle missed a big chance, fouled an opponent twice and picked up a yellow card.

Sunderland 1-4 Crystal Palace

3: Yannick Bolasie (CRY)
2: Glenn Murray (CRY)
1: Connor Wickham (SUN)

Yannick Bolasie was in sensational form as Crystal Palace comfortably beat Sunderland 4-1 at Stadium of Light. The Crystal Palace midfielder had a hand in all four goals as the 25-year-old netted a hat-trick in 11 second-half minutes, as well as supplying an assist.

Glenn Murray was the benefactor of Bolasie’s assist as the Crystal Palace forward headed in his sixth goal in as many matches. The 31-year-old also has four assists in the same period, with two of those coming in the 4-1 demolition of Sunderland.

Sunderland forward Connor Wickham registered a single BP after scoring a consolation goal for the hosts in the 90th minute. Wickham additionally recovered the ball on five occasions, dribbled past an opponent twice and provided a couple of key passes.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Aston Villa

3: Christian Benteke (AVL)
2: Brad Guzan (AVL)
1: Nathan Baker (AVL)

Aston Villa’s survival hopes were boosted once more as they recorded a valuable 1-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Benteke scored the only goal of the match with a header after 35 minutes, which resulted in the Aston Vila forward claiming back-to-back maximum BP hauls.

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan achieved BP for the first time since Gameweek 4 after an important performance with the gloves. Guzan’s ninth Barclays Premier League clean sheet of the campaign was accompanied with six recoveries and three saves.

Nathan Baker also recorded his first BP since Gameweek 4 with his third clean sheet in the Barclays Premier League this season. The Aston Villa defender produced six CBI and tackled an opponent on two occasions.

West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Leicester City

3: David Nugent (LEI)
2: Jamie Vardy (LEI)
1: Esteban Cambiasso (LEI)

Leicester City gained a crucial 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion with David Nugent securing maximum BP. The Leicester forward scored the visitor’s opening goal, plus the 29-year-old produced a couple of dribbles, two key passes and as many open play crosses.

Nugent’s strike partner Jamie Vardy, who recovered the ball on three occasions, recorded a couple of BP after scoring the winning goal in second half added time.

Esteban Cambiasso provided the assist for Vardy’s winner and the Leicester midfielder additionally completed eight recoveries, four key passes and three CBI.

Midfielders Darren Fletcher and Craig Gardner were the closest West Brom players to securing BP, but both missed out due to committing two fouls and picking up a yellow card.

West Ham United 1-1 Stoke City

3: Marko Arnautovic (STK)
2: Ryan Shawcross (STK)
1: Aaron Cresswell (WHU), Geoff Cameron (STK)

Marko Arnautovic’s last minute strike earned Stoke City a 1-1 draw at West Ham United. The Stoke midfielder’s equaliser, along with five recoveries, two dribbles and a couple of key passes, earned the 25-year-old maximum BP for the first time this season.

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross achieved a couple of BP after playing a part in the visitors earning a draw. Shawcross recorded an assist for Arnautovic’s goal, plus the centre-back made six CBI and produced a key pass.

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell and Stoke’s Geoff Cameron both achieved one BP. Cresswell scored his second Barclays Premier League goal to give the Hammers a seven-minute lead, while Cameron made six recoveries, delivered four open play crosses and completed two dribbles.

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

3: Aaron Ramsey (ARS)
2: Per Mertesacker (ARS)
1: Laurent Koscielny (ARS), Nacho Monreal (ARS)

Aaron Ramsey netted the only goal of the match at Turf Moor to help Arsenal defeat Burnley and remain in second place. The Arsenal midfielder’s quick-fire shot after 12 minutes and 90% passing accuracy resulted in the Wales international receiving maximum BP.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker recorded his 10th clean sheet in the Barclays Premier League for the current campaign. The centre-back produced 15 CBI, seven recoveries and a pass completion rate of 81%.

Fellow club defenders Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal registered a single BP for their defensive efforts and clean sheet. Koscielny made 16 CBI and seven recoveries, while Monreal tackled an opponent three times and achieved a passing accuracy of 89%.

Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Chelsea

3: Cesc Fabregas (CHE)
2: John Terry (CHE), Cesar Azpilicueta (CHE)

Chelsea left it late to edge past Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road and take all three points. Cesc Fabregas tucked away Chelsea’s only shot on target in the 88th minute to record a 1-0 victory, with the midfielder also completing nine recoveries and three successful tackles.

Defenders John Terry and Cesar Azpilicueta earned two BP for their displays in preventing QPR from scoring. Terry’s clean sheet consisted of 10 CBI, three recoveries and a passing accuracy of 80%. Chelsea full-back Azpilicueta produced 10 recoveries, nine CBI and two successful tackles.

Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City

3: Juan Mata (MUN)
2: Sergio Aguero (MCI)
1: Ashley Young (MUN)

Juan Mata continued his fantastic form for Manchester United as they beat their city rivals 4-2. Manchester City were unable to stop Mata with the Spain midfielder scoring once, creating a couple of big chances, completing three tackles, two dribbles and an 89% pass completion rate.

Man City took the lead early on after a close-range finish from Sergio Aguero and the forward also scored the final goal of the match, which resulted in the Argentina international securing a couple of BP.

Ashley Young had a hand in three of United’s four goals at Old Trafford, which earned the midfielder his fifth BP of the campaign. The 29-year-old scored the equaliser shortly after Aguero’s opener before registering two assists.

Liverpool v Newcastle United

3: Joe Allen (LIV), Dejan Lovren (LIV)
1: Jordan Henderson (LIV)

Joe Allen and Dejan Lovren gained maximum BP as they helped Liverpool overcome Newcastle United 2-0 at Anfield. Midfielder Allen scored after 70 minutes, as well as recovered the ball on six occasions and completed a successful dribble. Lovren accompanied a fifth Barclays Premier League clean sheet with eight CBI, six recoveries and a pass completion rate of 83%.

Liverpool’s stand-in captain Jordan Henderson, who produced four key passes, picked up a single BP to take his tally to 20 for the current campaign. The England international registered an assist and successfully completed 90% of his attempted passes.

  • Yannick Bolasie
  • Toby Alderweireld
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Juan Mata

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Tony Boi - Lion Crest FC

Prognosis: A limited Gameweek 33 schedule means that four of Tony’s 15-man squad are without a fixture this weekend. With Swansea City’s Kyle Bartley also falling down the pecking order under Garry Monk, he’s looking to introduce a few new faces for the run-in.

Treatment: In order to free up funds, Tony could part company with Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla, who has a home clash with Chelsea directly after his blank Gameweek 33. Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie has three goals and four assists in his last four matches and is available for just 5.5. Tony could then turn to Chelsea skipper John Terry for Bartley at the back – with Branislav Ivanovic already on board, this allows him to double up on the Blues’ defence. Up front, Tony should consider Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy as a replacement for Charlie Austin. Priced at a mere 4.5, Vardy has produced two goals and a pair of assists in the last three Gameweeks.

Chances of Recovery: Crucially for Tony, both Terry and Vardy not only have a fixture next weekend, they are also set to play twice in Gameweek 34. Vardy has five home matches in addition to trips to Burnley and Sunderland in the final six Gameweeks. Terry has four home matches over that period allied with trips to the likes of Leicester and West Bromwich Albion. Meanwhile, Bolasie now has back-to-back home clashes with West Brom and Hull City as the Eagles look to extend their four-match winning streak.

Brian Omolo - Ngummo Stars FC

Prognosis: Brian has six players without a fixture in the upcoming Gameweek. This includes both his goalkeepers, Simon Mignolet and David Ospina, whilst up front, Olivier Giroud and Christian Benteke are also out of contention due to FA Cup commitments. Brian is keen to adopt a transfer strategy to take advantage of the upcoming double Gameweeks.

Treatment: Bearing in mind that Mignolet and Ospina are poised for a future double Gameweek (34 and 37 respectively), Brian may well look to hold both and simply go without a goalkeeper this weekend. Instead, he could replace Benteke with Crystal Palace’s Glenn Murray in his three-man frontline. Available for just 5.2, Murray has produced six goals and four assists in his last six appearances. Brian would then be able to field ten outfield players and hold his next trades for Gameweek 34. With Chelsea and Liverpool beset with injuries up front, Brian could target their midfield assets and draft in Cesc Fabregas and Philippe Coutinho for Marouane Fellaini and Wilfried Zaha. Fabregas has a goal and two assists in his last three, whilst Coutinho was handed a “false nine” role for the Reds’ 2- 0 win over Newcastle United.

Chances of Recovery: After serving up three successive double-figure hauls, the in-form Murray now hosts West Brom and Hull in the next couple of matches. Both Fabregas and Coutinho are set to play twice in Gameweek 34, with the Blues featuring seven times in the final six rounds of fixtures as Jose Mourinho closes in on the title. Coutinho faces West Brom, Hull and QPR over Gameweeks 34-35 as the Reds look to clinch a top four finish.

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