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Captain Poll – Gameweek 33

Earlier today, we launched our latest Captain Poll to gauge your views on the best armband candidates for Gameweek 33.

The number one captain pick in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) in five of the last six Gameweeks, Mohamed Salah will again be among the favourites with Liverpool facing a derby day trip to Everton.

A late winner at Crystal Palace last Saturday lunchtime means that the Egyptian has scored or assisted in 23 of 29 league starts on his way to the top of the FPL rankings.

Up against a Toffees defence that have just one clean sheet in the last 12 Gameweeks, Salah seeks a fifteenth double-figure haul of an incredible campaign.

Away from home, he is ranked second for goals (12), shots (46), efforts in the box (40) and is joint-top with Harry Kane for attempts on target, with 23.

Sadio Mane is the visitors’ other form player, serving up returns in five successive Gameweeks, totalling three goals and a trio of assists.

Spurs’ trip to Stoke brings their quartet of big-hitters into consideration, with Harry Kane expected to provide the main challenge to Salah for the armband.

After returning to action with minutes from the bench in the win at Chelsea, Kane looks set to lead the line against a defence that’s leaked more goals (61) than any other side.

Encouragingly for Kane’s backers, he has scored eight times in his last four league meetings with the Potters.

Furthermore, away from home, he is the top-ranked player for goals (13), shots (61) and efforts in the box (42).

The Spurs midfield could mount a challenge to their fit-again striker, though.

Dele Alli’s brace away to Chelsea took his tally to three goals and two assists in the last three Gameweeks. Meanwhile, Son Heung-min has 36 FPL points over that period and served up 16 points in a 5-1 home win over Stoke earlier in the season.

Then there is the consistent Christian Eriksen to consider. He was also on the scoresheet at Stamford Bridge and remains their top scoring midfielder, ranking fifth in that position overall.

A visit from Southampton’s travel-sick defence looks encouraging for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s growing legion of owners.

The third most bought player in Gameweek 33 so far, a brace at home to Stoke took his tally to five goals and an assist from six league outings for the Gunners. Averaging 6.5 points per match, Aubameyang takes on a defence with just a single clean sheet from their 13 road trips.

Leicester pair Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez welcome a Newcastle United side that have struggled for resilience on the road, claiming just a single shut-out in their previous 13 attempts.

Vardy’s strike at Brighton means that he’s now scored in six of the last eight Gameweeks, yet the Foxes frontman has offer minimal explosive potential – his one and only 10+ points haul was in the season opener against Arsenal.

Mahrez, meanwhile, has supplied returns in 11 of his last 15 league starts and has delivered five sets of double-digits thus far.

With uncertainty over the lone striker role, Man City’s midfield offers a host of eye-catching candidates as they attempt to clinch the title at home to neighbours United.

On the back of 44 points in the last four Gameweeks David Silva is the hosts’ form player. Yet the playmaker has been far from explosive at home, with just a single 10+ points haul at the Etihad.

By comparison, Kevin De Bruyne has delivered six sets of double-digits in front of his own fans, while Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane have five apiece.

That duo both found the net at Everton on Saturday to continue their recent form. Sane has three goals and as many assists in his last seven league outings, while Sterling has two goals and four assists in six.

Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku looks the likeliest to breach the Man City backline for the visitors, having recorded four goals and two assists in his last six league matches.

A single assist – and three attempts on goal – in his last four league outings suggests that Eden Hazard may be a gamble at home to West Ham United. However, the visitors’ record on the road offers encouragement – David Moyes’ men have conceded 11 times in their last three away matches.

That also bodes well for Alvaro Morata, who has scored in back-to-back matches in all competitions since returning to the teamsheet.

Despite his brace against Southampton, the Hammers’ Marko Arnautovic looks set to remain a big differential for the Stamford Bridge encounter.

Nonetheless, eight goals and four assists in his last 11 league outings – and three strikes over the international break – underlines the Austrian’s form. Arnautovic fired four shots on target in Gameweek 32, more than any player, and he scored in the 1-0 win over the Blues in Gameweek 16.

Finally, Pascal Gross’ home comforts could be vital for Brighton against visitors Huddersfield this Saturday.

The summer signing has averaged 5.9 points per appearance at the Amex Stadium and is joint-top with De Bruyne for big chances created (12) in front of his own supporters.

Meanwhile, the Terriers arrive on the south coast having conceded in each of their last 13 away matches.

Our poll is now live in the middle column on your homepage on desktop, or via the slide-in menu on mobile and tablet under recent comments.

Remember, we are looking for your vote for the player you think will be most effective, regardless of whether you own them or not.

We will be back to check in on progress in the poll later ahead of the Gameweek 33 deadline when we deliver Friday afternoon’s “Captain Sensible” article, offering an analysis of the results and the statistics behind our leading contenders.

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  1. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Anything for a hit?

    Keane > Ward, Mee or Christensen?

    Lloris
    Smalling - Maguire - Robertson
    Salah - Mahrez - Mili - Zaha
    Kane(c) - Lukaku - Vardy

    Bench: Elliot - Mcarthur - Keane - Kenny

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Cats

      1. Business Cat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        You rang?

        1. #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 8 months ago

          Hahahaha

      2. #FPLBhuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Lol you said Montreal - make sense first 😉

        1. Ha.
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 8 months ago

          I thought we were naming West End shows?

    2. InSaneMan-e
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      I'd save, useful for the doubles
      But if you're going to take hit for gw 34, Christensen is decent as you'd want a chelsea defender for doubles (and he has a better fixture than smalling)

      1. #FPLBhuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Alright not worth a hit imo already on a -4

  2. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Montreal or Robertson?

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Chicago

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Long term ? Short term ? Doubles ?

      1. Ha.
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        All of the above

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 8 months ago

          Had to be the player that has an extra game ?

          1. Ha.
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 8 months ago

            But, does it?

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 8 months ago

              Dude, if you are not asking about next week only, upto 34, upto 35, upto 37, 37 only ... then what justification do you want for either player ? There is no answere without context 🙂

              1. Ha.
                • 4 Years
                1 year, 8 months ago

                The contest was given. I just don’t think it’s as easy as saying Monreal is the better optional solely because he has an additional fixture.

                1. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 year, 8 months ago

                  Rubbish - Monreal in 37, Robertson in 38, either in other games .. budget issues ? Stupid question imho 🙂

  3. 111SWFC111
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Could I get some feedback on this WC draft please? Midfield too risky?

    DDG / Hennesy
    Mustafi / Vertonghen / Robertson / Lowton / Chilwell
    Son / Salah / Willian / Lingard / Albrighton
    Aubameyang / Kane / Barnes

    0.9 ITB (Aubameyang to Lukaku in G34)

    1. InSaneMan-e
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      I like it
      Lingard looks nailed so its decent having him
      personally I would have 1 of Mahrez/Vardy if possible, but you cant have them all

      1. 111SWFC111
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Cheers, lack of Mahrez/Vardy is concerning me as well

    2. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Quite like that mate

      Midfield is decent I’m bored of seeing Willian in so many teams though.

      I like the lingard pick

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Lukaku costs 1.0 more than Auba mate

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        He will drop this week

      2. 111SWFC111
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Auba is 10.7 and Lukaku 11.6

  4. The Hindu Monkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    New, less confrontational discussion point. Has there EVER been a season with so many big clubs (six of the top seven) having such amazing, on paper, double fixtures in 37.

    I think we'll see more movement than ever before. You can't cover everyone and unlike 34, there should be a lot of very different teams.

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Man City, Man Utd and Spurs is all you need.

      1. TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Which City asset/s is key though I guess.

      2. Business Cat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Love is all you need. John Lennon...smart man

      3. The Hindu Monkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Best laid plans and all that. Far too many good players with good fixtures to just take that as gospel.

        World cup year as well. Players will want to stay fit and in form.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      37 will be bouncing 🙂

    3. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Maybe not a bad move then holding wc and bb till 35/36 and 37 🙂

      1. The Hindu Monkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        If you can it's a decent plan yeah. See below. It was my original plan as no free hit.

    4. The Hindu Monkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      My defence for 37 is going to be so bad to afford a premium front 7 (plus ayew)

      Double Swansea
      Double Newcastle
      Double Saints/foxes

  5. JJeyy
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Mkhi to start or not if he gets 90 midweek?

    1. InSaneMan-e
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      I have him, and keeping an eye on it
      lets see what happens midweek, but i fear he's saved for the europa and league playing time will be minimum

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      impossible to know. Him or Ramsey will be rested.

  6. pundit of punts
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    A. Walcott (LIV) + 4 points

    or

    B. Sane (MUN)

    1. Mike82
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      B

    2. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      A

  7. Aaaatsu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Has there been any articles covering alternatives for us without FH, but other chips intact?

    What teams will have DGW 37 ?

    I am wondering activating my WC now to do BB next GW.

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Check the articles and Hot Topics - yes 🙂

    2. The Hindu Monkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      I had planned on using wildcard in 35 to avoid hits later, but changed mind at last minute and wildcarded on Saturday morning. Don't regret it as made 25 points more than team I would have put out. So hits already "paid for"

      Now playing ten plus Salah in 34, with my triple. Carrying 8 into 35 (4 on bench, 3 Burnley, Salah) and then using basically 8 transfers 35, 36 and 37 to get 14 doubles for 37 to bench boost (should be for a minus 16)

  8. Mike82
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Current team with no WC or FH;
    DDG, Ryan
    Ogbonna, Davies, Chilwell, Robbo, Daniels
    Mahrez, Salah, Stanislas, L.Cook, Milivojevic
    Vardy, Aubameyang, Firmino

    What to do, with double game week and blank game week straight after?

    Ogbonna > Lowton
    Stanislas > Willian
    Firmino > Kane
    That’s my thinking

    1. Mike82
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Sorry Davies > Lowton

    2. Garth Marenghi
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Load up on Arsenal Liverpool, secondarily Newcastle

  9. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Should I play

    A) Pope (wat)

    B) Hennessey (bou)

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      A easily

    2. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      A

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Thanks

  10. GingerPrince
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    A question on the free hit chip:

    Plan to use it for DGW 34. Have 1 FT at the moment.
    Can I do 1FT in GW 33 for free as normal then do 1 FT for free in GW 34 AND also use the Free Hit Chip??

    My GW 33 transfer is to bring in a player who plays in GW35 but who I will Free hit out in GW34....

    Please advise... source? 🙂

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      The transfer in 34 will be reversed in 35. 33 stays.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        You get your GW34 team back.

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  12. Henning
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    So with BB TC and FH left, would it be Best with my team to use TC gw 34 FH gw 35 and BB 37?

    Adrian Pickford

    Davies Fernandez Mee Duffy schindler

    De Bruyne Mahrez William Shaqiri Salah

    Vardy Firmino Aubameyang

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Thoughts on WC team?

    DDG - Ryan
    Davies - Christensen - Lowton - Ward - Chilwell
    Mahrez - Albrighton - Son - Salah - Lingard
    Barnes - Kane - Auba

    1.0 ITB to go Auba -> Kaku in 34

  14. George James
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Best move? No FH chip

    A) Firmino >> Vardy
    B) Firmino + Willian >> Kane + 5.1m -4
    C) Firmino + Mkhi >> Kane + 5.7m -4
    D) Save ft

    DDG
    Alonso • Mustafi • Morgan
    Salah • Mkhi • Mahrez • Willian
    Auba • Barnes • Firmino

    Hennessy / Kenedy / Lowton / Tark

  15. Ryanu2
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Evening All

    Forminho/Sterling to Kane Kennedy for this gameweek