FPL Gameweek 33 – Captain Picks

Salah's potential injury has thrown a spanner in the FPL works, as Aubameyang and Kane now look to be GW33's standout captain choices.

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Mohamed Salah (£10.7m) vs EVE (a)

UPDATE: Salah was substituted with an apparent groin injury early in the second half of Liverpool's 3-0 Champions League quarter-final win against Man City on Wednesday. Post match, Jurgen Klopp said: "After the game I asked him and he said, 'I will be good, it will be fine'. But now we have to wait for the real diagnosis, not Mo's self-diagnosis."

Klopp's press conference on Friday will be essential for fantasy managers but Salah now looks a serious captaincy risk at the very least. Keep an eye out for The Stats Zone's predicted line-ups after tomorrow's pressers.

A lacklustre first-half performance from Liverpool against Crystal Palace saw the Egyptian less involved than usual but Salah’s class told late on for the Reds. The midfielder’s goal came from one of four attempts, three of which hit the target.

Salah will be heavily captained playing away to an Everton side that was carved open by Man City at Goodison in GW32. Kevin De Bruyne’s comments suggest Liverpool could have a lot of joy in attack against Sam Allardyce’s outfit.

Liverpool take on the Citizens in a Champions League quarter-final second leg three days after the Merseyside derby. The only worry for those captaining Salah is that if the Reds are cruising against the Toffees, Jurgen Klopp may be tempted to haul off his prize asset.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) vs SOU (H)

Much like Liverpool, Arsenal’s first-half showing at home to Stoke was disconcerting for FPL investors. However, a dubious penalty award set Aubameyang on his way to a 13-point haul, rewarding the brave bosses who captained the Gunner.

It could have been an even more profitable decision had the Gabon striker not graciously handed over penalty duties to Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal’s second spot kick.

While Auba’s decision was rightly lauded, owners of the forward were less than pleased.

Ineligible for Europa League duties, the ex-Dortmund man will start up front again in GW33. Arsenal take on a Southampton side that were fortunate to only concede three away to West Ham in GW32.

Aubameyang’s certainty of pitch time, fixture and returns (five goals and one assist in six starts) make the forward an enticing option this gameweek. With the top four basically out of reach for the Gunners, the team’s motivation is the only issue for those handing Auba the armband.

Harry Kane (£12.7m) vs STK (a)

Despite Stoke’s solid defensive showing for 74 minutes at the Emirates, Paul Lambert’s men crumbled after conceding the first goal.

Up against a hungry Spurs side, the Potters’s resistance may be broken far earlier in GW33. Kane should be restored to Mauricio Pochettino’s starting line-up barring any issues in training this week.

Even worse news for Stoke is that the England striker, surprisingly, is hungry for goals as he attempts to catch Mohamed Salah in the Golden Boot race.

FPL’s most expensive player has already been transferred in by over 75,000 managers this week. However, the plethora of forward options and Kane’s awkward price means it’s not a straightforward switch to make.

However, if the Tottenham striker puts Stoke to the sword, the transfer frenzy will undoubtedly go into overdrive ahead of Spurs’ DGW34. Kane clinched the top-scorer award last season with a flurry of goals in the last two gameweeks – the foward will need to go on a similar scoring spree if he’s to have any chance of clawing back Salah’s five-goal margin.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.4m) vs MUN (H)

The aforementioned Belgian has notched double-digit scores six times at the Etihad this season. Despite claims that Pep Guardiola may rest players at home to Manchester United, it’s hard to see too many changes considering the Citizens can clinch the title with a win.

De Bruyne has started every league game for City in this campaign. Up against a United side with just two clean sheets in the last six gameweeks, the midfielder’s point-scoring form at home and reliability of minutes make him the standout captain choice in Guardiola’s squad.

Differential Choice

Tammy Abraham (£5.4m) vs WBA (a)

The Chelsea loanee looked bright when substituted on at half time against Man United in GW32. Abraham looked likely to get on the scoresheet at least once but incredible saves from David de Gea (£5.9m) kept Swansea scoreless.

Carlos Carvalhal may be tempted to hand the 20-year-old a start in GW33 following his impact off the bench. With Jordan Ayew (£5.3m) still suspended, Abraham could be favoured in the lone striker role with Andre Ayew (£6.8m) utilised in attacking midfield.

Managerless West Brom are without a clean sheet since GW23, conceding 21 goals since that shut out. It took GW32’s differential choice Ashley Barnes (£5.4m) just 22 minutes to breach the hopeless Baggies’ defence.