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Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 33+?

Fantasy Premier League managers must decide between the best options at Manchester United and Liverpool for the Gameweek 33+ captaincy.

The two clubs come into this next round of action atop the popularity charts for the armband, but there is still plenty to decipher when picking the right skipper.

As ever, the Captain Sensible article is here to help you do that with data comparisons of each candidate’s statistical form, as well as that of their upcoming opposition’s defences.

As this article uses data from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area, only those with a valid subscription can read it in full.

Captain Poll

So soon after letting down his followers in the 3-0 win over Sheffield United, Bruno Fernandes (£8.8m) is back at the top of the captain poll once again.

A blistering double-figure haul in Gameweek 32+ has handed the Manchester United man 34.5% of the vote this week.

Despite that Gameweek 31+ blank, the Portuguese midfielder has a remarkably consistent record since joining the Red Devils. In eight Premier League appearances, Fernandes has already racked up five goals, three assists and, as far as we know, retains control of the club’s penalties.

An unfortunate blank at Manchester City on Thursday night was not enough to stop the support of Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) for the Gameweek 33+ captaincy.

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The Egyptian was denied early by Ederson (£6.0m) and the post as Liverpool crashed to a 4-0 defeat, a result that 19.5% of our voters are convinced will produce a fierce backlash when Aston Villa come to Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

Indeed, Salah is a reliable asset at home, averaging 10 points per game in his last six league matches there. An improved Aston Villa defence stands in his way for Gameweek 33+, but Dean Smith’s men have only kept one clean sheet since they tightened things up.

Solid returns in their last home match are enough for Anthony Martial (£8.2m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.1m) to act as differential options for the captaincy in this poll.

The Frenchman scored a hat-trick against Sheffield United, 10.5% of the voters reading more into that than his Gameweek 32+ shotless blank at Brighton.

Meanwhile, Rashford’s midweek two-pointer has done little to weaken the resolve of the 8.6% backing the England international, who registered two assists in his last home outing.

Despite coming into a Gameweek 33+ meeting with Crystal Palace devoid of form, Jamie Vardy (£9.7m) completes the top-five but is unlikely to play a huge part in the debate. He has two goals since Gameweek 19 and is backed by just 4.1% of our voters.

Kevin De Bruyne‘s (£10.7m) latest world-class performance has not been enough to allow him entry into the top-five for the latest captaincy popularity contest, perhaps on account of playing 90 minutes against Liverpool, and a quick turnaround before the Southampton game.

Those interested in the Liverpool attack do seem to be presented with an opportunity for serious gains if the performance of Sadio Mané (£12.5m) in this poll is anything to go by. Just 2.7% of our voters have backed him for the Gameweek 33+ armband.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m), Mason Greenwood (£4.4m), Harry Kane (£10.9m) and Christian Pulisic (£7.1m) are the only other options backed by more than 1%.

Player statistics – Last four matches

FPL Lessons Learned from Gameweek 32+

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  1. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Henderson
    Trent Doherty Aurier
    Bruno (c) Sterling KDB Pulisic
    Rashford Greenwood Jimenez

    Will my city mids play?

    1. gers23
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I'd say yes.

    2. AJ24
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      So unpredictable. They will get some minutes no doubt.

    3. ManUtdFan_UK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Hard to tell, possibility of a KDB benching I think

      1. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Im thinking this aswell.

    4. Yozzer
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I can easily see both being benched as much as starting. Get a feeling KDB will get a rest considering how important he is

    5. JURGENAUT
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I think KDB more likely than Sterling to be benched considering Jesus is off form, Sterling may play no.9

  2. gers23
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Bruno I'm hoping. Redemption.

  3. AJ24
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    G2G?

    Pope
    TAA, Doherty, Lascelles
    Salah (Triple Captain), Fernandes (VC), KDB, Pulisic
    Greenwood, Rashford, Jimenez,

    Steklenberg, Foden, Saiss, Robinsion - 0.8 ITB

    1. gers23
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Looks fantastic

  4. AlpoShearer
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Grealish to
    A. Salah -4
    B. Mahrez -4
    and
    Bench
    1. Mount
    2. Boly
    3. Lacelles

    1. ManUtdFan_UK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      A and captain

      1. ManUtdFan_UK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Bench Lascelles

    2. gers23
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      A and captain. Bench 3

    3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      A3

    4. AlpoShearer
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      thanks both

  5. tjshawsey
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Who is the best option between Pulisic and Foden for the remainder of the season?
    Feel like Pulisic is the safe choice, but surely Foden is likely to get a lot of game time now? City's fixtures look really appealing.

    1. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Foden plays for the better team, is cheaper, and arguably more explosive. He's going to be rotated for a couple but Pulisic might not start every game either and also has 2 really difficult fixtures 37-38 whereas City are a sea of green all the way to the end.

      1. tjshawsey
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        I also have De Bruyne, Martial, Fernandez and Saint-Maximin, so I am more inclined to take a risk with Foden (also have a full playing bench too, no fodder).

  6. Long ago I drew a walrus
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    new article right after I type up an essay, haha. Sorry for the repost!

    -- My thoughts on FH choices and rotation for the upcoming GW.

    1. There is no reason for Salah and Mane to be rested. They're playing their 2nd match in 4 days, not their 4th in 11, they're naturally fit blokes, and they had an entire week off before the City game. As a team, Liverpool are playing their first home game since becoming champions, are looking for their first win as champions, are looking for redemption after that god-awful showing yesterday, and have their easiest fixture of the remaining schedule. As individuals, Salah and Mane are both still after the golden boot, are generally hungry for goals and performances, just look at Mane's reaction to being subbed yesterday, man was disgusted. They're going to do well. If they're rotated, it won't be in this game.

    2. There is very little reason for KDB to start vs Southampton. He's started the last 3 and played 90 in both the league matches. Southampton are the worst team in the league when it comes to home form, City don't need KDB. Bernardo and David Silva are well-rested and need minutes, why run KDB into the ground.

    3. There is a 50/50 chance of Sterling starting vs Southampton. He's also started the last 3 but came off slightly earlier yesterday. He's well known for having good stamina and Pep has praised his recovery abilities in the past. He also has an amazing away record and great record vs Southampton. However, Mahrez is going to take a spot on the wing and it's hard to say who's going to play on the other side. If he starts, he should have a field day.

    4. There is no reason for Bruno, Rashford or Martial to not start against Bournemouth. United have one of the kindest schedules of all teams playing Tues - Sat - Thur compared to Thur - Sun - Wed for both City and Liverpool. Fatigue is going to be less of an issue and Bruno had half an hour off against Brighton, with Rash and Martial also being taken off early. The only player who is less assured is Greenwood who played 90 and Ole also hinted at rotation in his presser. Greenwood is a good pick long-term but on a FH for one week, is risky imo.

    Hope that helps someone, trying to organise my thoughts as well to really take advantage of the great fixtures this week.

    1. Yozzer
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      All opinion though. Good effort but it still doesn't change the fact it is a total lottery.

    2. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Agree with all of this, thanks. My only extra observation is that if the game at Anfield was in front of a full crowd there would be no way there would be rotation - the first XI would play to take the adulation and, hopefully, put on a show. As it's behind closed doors it's not quite so clear cut, but I think the City result makes rotation less likely and we'll see a pretty standard starting lineup.

    3. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      As already said, excellent post!
      Would love your view on Foden minutes for this GW?

  7. ManUtdFan_UK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Foster
    TAA, Doherty, Aurier (Lascelles, Simpson)
    Mane, KDB, Son, Fernandes, Martial
    Jimenez, DCL (Nketiah)

    2FT, £0.0ITB

    A) Son, Lascelles > Mahrez, AWB
    B) Son, DCL > Pulisic, Rashford (and look to bring in Mahrez the week after)
    C) Something else?

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      B

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Son, Jimmy -> Salah, Greenwood

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        First thing that came to mind.

  8. Gooner97
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Pope (Button)
    TAA Aurier Saiss (Lascelles, Justin)
    Mane KDB Bruno Traore Saka
    Rash Jimi (DCL)

    2FT, 0.2ITB

    What would you do? Would you change the bench order?

  9. Nespinha
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    2FT + 0.6ITB

    Pope, button
    Robertson, Holgate, Lascelles, Doherty, Ngakia
    Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Sarr, Dendoncker
    DCL, Rashford, Jimenez

    Sarr -- Maximin?

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Sarr + Rob -> Pulisic + VVD

  10. GreenAmberRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Bruno rested imo, risky captain.

    Backing Rashford myself

    1. Toblerone52 - Jimmy Flloyd …
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Don't think so, he came off after 60 mins in the last match surely being rested to play the next one.

  11. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    DCL(tot) to Pukki(BUR), one week punt?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      *BRI not BUR

  12. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Surely start Saiss for his set piece threat against Arsenal?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I am

  13. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Martial or Fernandes?
    Sterling or Mahrez?

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Bruno
      Sterling

  14. grennans2
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Martinez
    TAA - Doherty - Saiss - Lascelles
    Salah - KDB - Mahrez - Fernandes
    Rashford - Jimenez

    Button - Nkietah - Guendouizi -Simpson

    A or B?

    A) Guendouzi > Pulisic (and bench Saiss) (-4)
    B) Save

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Flip a coin

    2. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      A

    3. Party time
        1 year, 5 months ago

        A

    4. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Anyone giving Sarr another chance? Or Sarr to ASM no brainer?

      1. Toblerone52 - Jimmy Flloyd …
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        I sold Sarr to get Mahrez. have had enough of him, has looked quick but not been close to scoring or assisting except one big chance v Leicester. Watford looking devoid of ideas. I think he could do well v Norwich but was happy to trade to get mahrez.

    5. akhilrajau
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Pope,Martinez
      TAA, Aurier,Wan-bissaka,Lascelles, J. Robinson
      Bruno,Mane,KDB,Son,Saarr
      DCL, Jimenez, Nketiah
      Bank: 0.1m, FT: 1

      A. Mane, Saarr -> Martial, Pulisic(-4)
      B. Mane, DCL -> Pulisic, Jesus(-4)
      C. Saarr -> Foden/ASM
      D. Save Transfer
      E other suggest

    6. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Keep one just for GW33

      A Vardy
      B Jiminez

      1. Toblerone52 - Jimmy Flloyd …
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Jimmy

    7. fgdu
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Play saiss(ARS) or Calvert lewin? Or take a -4?

      1. Gooner97
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Saiss

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

      Surely Salah (c) I think Klopp will want to bounce back massively

      1. Gooner97
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Why not Mane?

        1. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Dont own him 🙂

      2. Toblerone52 - Jimmy Flloyd …
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        I think I will go for Mo. Was tempted by uber differential mahrez as I'm doing rubbish with my rank but I can see salah getting a brace easily to be honest.

    9. Champions League Varane
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      GTG? Start DCL/Lascelles??
      Son ➡️ Mahrez -8?

      Allison.
      Trent Doherty Justin
      KDB Martial Bruno Foden Son
      (C) Rashy Jimenez .McCarthy,Lascelles,DCL,Lundy.

      1. G Banger
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Lascelles a doubt, and risky for a hit, but might pay off if Mahrez starts

        1. Champions League Varane
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Thanks mate

          How do you know Lascelles a doubt?

          1. G Banger
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Yellow flagged

    10. Adzy
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Last spot for my team this GW?

      A- Barnes (cpl-H)
      B- DCL (tot-A)
      C- Jota (ars-H)

      1. linkafu
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        C

      2. Toblerone52 - Jimmy Flloyd …
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        DCl, spurs look disinterested v Sheffield united and very weak at the back. DCL is a fox in the box and I think he will score. Jota always at risk of a 1 pointer and Barnes is not nailed anymore by the look of things.

    11. LIARS POKER
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Anything here worth an ft or save?

      DDG
      TAA Saiss Lascelles
      Mane(c) KDB Mahrez Bruno
      Rashford Jimenez DCL

      Subs: 3.9, Robinson, Holgate, Guendouzi

      1. LIARS POKER
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        1.4 itb

      2. DAVESAVES
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Lascelles is a doubt

    12. DAVESAVES
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      DDG
      TAA Saiss Robinson
      Salah Bruno(C) KDB Mahrez
      Rashford Jimenez DCL

      3.9 Aurier Hayden Lascelles

      1FT 1.3itb

      Any transfer needed or save FT?

    13. ANDERSON 2000
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Why everyone take Pulisic rather than Willian?

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Better guy all round

      2. DAVESAVES
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Dont need pens or fk to score points

      3. Party time
          1 year, 5 months ago

          For those reasons. Pulisic is a class apart

      4. Boris Bodega
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Here's my current defence, I have 1 FT and 0.2 itb.

        Lundstram (out), Lascelles (out?), Laporte (rested?), TAA and Boly

        Should I do:
        A) Lundstram & Lascelles > Jack Robinson & Dunk (who plays Norwich next) for -4?
        B) Just Lundstram > Jack Robinson and hope Laporte plays?

        1. linkafu
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          B

      5. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Bruno EO will be over 100 wont it?

      6. PaulParker
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Stick or twist? Traore & DCL are troubling me...
        2 FT & 0.9 ITB

        DDG
        TAA - Doherty - Aurier
        Salah - KDB - Traore - Bruno
        DCL - Rashford - Jimi

        Button - Davis - Lascelles - Robinson

      7. DontPiqueTooSoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Rank 28k
        36 clear on ML rival who has Son & Pulisic

        Pope / McCarthy
        TAA / Van Dyk / Doherty / Boly / AWB
        Salah / KDB / Bruno / KDB / Saka
        Jimeneze / Ings / DCL

        I want some Chelsea coverage. Looking at Ings (back in for 36) & Saka to Connolly (sub) & either Pulisic or Willian.

        Lot of love for Pulisic but not Willian just wondering people’s reasons?
        Thanks

      8. LewanGOALski
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        WC Team - good to go?

        Allison - Martinez
        TAA - Doherty - Maguire (Saiss - C.Taylor)
        KDB - Mahrez - Bruno - Martial - Foden
        Kane - Jimenez (Nketiah)

      9. G Banger
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        GTG team?

        Pope
        TAA Doherty AWB
        Salah Bruno(C) Mahrez KDB
        Rashford Jimmy DCL

        Button Robinson Holgate Guendouzi