Heading into GW33, key topics to be addressed are 1) what is everyone doing with Salah, 2) will City clinch the title, and 3) how are managers setting up for DGW’s in GW34 and onwards. With Salah appearing injured, it is unclear whether or not he will be fit for the weekend or the near-future.
Klopp’s focus remains weighted towards taking down City in the Champs league and putting in a strong performance to close out the season (with some hopes of winning some silverware). Pep and Co. continue to manage without Aguero, having virtually wrapped up the season. For DGW’s, we are still focused on trying to field close to 15 players and applying bench boost even if it means sacrificing some quality in GW33. Having said that, this week we like:
Firmino, Vardy, Aubameyang (c) up top. Auba is the clear favorite, muscling out Lacazette to assert his dominance. While we are sad that he didn’t put together a hattrick last week with the 90th minute pen, we were more than happy to see him reconfirmed as the main center piece of Arsenal’s offensive saddle.
Firmino and Vardy round out the balance of our forwards with Salah potentially taking some time out. We think Klopp will build his team around Firmino again, which puts him in prime position for racking up fantasy points. Vardy and Leicester are up against Newcastle at home. If anyone is scoring in this game it is probably Vardy.
Across midfield, this week we like Son, Sterling, Ramsey, and Willian. Tottenham and Spurs are expected to go up against Stoke United, who are effectively in a tailspin. Stoke basically imploded against Arsenal and are on their way toward relegation. Tottenham have won their last 5 matches. Should Kane return to full fitness, Son is probably a good pick. If Kane is rested to start, Son is a great pick (as an out of position midfielder).
We are keeping Sterling in the squad even though we hate derby’s. Man City have won 26 of their last 29 matches and will be looking to clinch the title here at HOME against UNITED. No better way to come out on top. While Pep could easily opt to field a weaker squad in hopes of saving some players for the champs league, we see it likely that the fans will demand his best squad given they are in position to take the title. Rambo makes our team solely because Mhki seems to be out. Arsenal is up against a frail Southampton. Willian and Chelsea continue to underperform and Conte is probably on his way out. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of West Ham’s last 9 away games. In defense this week, we like Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, and Leicester to keep a clean sheet.