Premier League: GW33 Starting XI

It’s been a long week, not only personally but FPL wise. European matches were an absolutely killer this week, as I lost Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mohammad Salah. Of the two, one kept their place, while the other was transferred out to make way for talent, fit in order to gain that all important 5th green arrow in a row.

It’s only been a few hours ago that I finally made a decision and hit the button to confirm my transfers. By that I mean I took another -4 point hit in order to cover injuries for the upcoming gameweek.

In order to help me the rest of the way, I consulted FPL scheduling guru, Ben Crellin and opted to pay for his services and got his “spreadsheet” for the run in. While I haven’t spoke much about it, it’s money well spent. Not only does it allow me another tool, it helps Ben in the effort he has put forth to create this little gem. I do recommend the sheet.

As for GW33, I moved Mkhitaryan and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino on the news from Klopp that Danny Ings was going to start this week. While I didn’t have the budget for Harry Kane without getting more creative and taking more hits, I opted for Hueng-Min Son to take over Mkhitaryan’s role. Up front, Firmino made way and Jamie Vardy returned to my squad for the second time this season.

For the week I have decided to stick with David de Gea in goal. He’s got Man City away, but I don’t believe Jose will back the bus, which means City could be in for a long day and the championship celebration might have to wait one more week. I do like Jordan Pickford this week in the Merseyside Derby, but historically there are always goals. Liverpool without Firmino and Salah won’t be as strong and he could still be a worthwhile start.

Defensively I line up with four at the back, led by Virgil van Dijk, while Matt Lowton travels to Watford and Paul Dummett visits Crystal Palace. Nathan Ake is dropped to the bench, as the Cherries are home to Crystal Palace. Can’t say I have much hope in clean sheets this weekend, but will continue to keep my fingers crossed.

It’s a midfield four, as Salah will miss out on the start. New boy, Son will start with Riyad Mahrez, David Silva and Luca Milivojevic. Son has posted excellent numbers against Stoke City and Kane’s start is still questionable. Regardless, Son has been damn good recently and I look for that trend to continue.

Up front it was a tough decision to bring Vardy back in, as he struggled for points last time he was in the starting XI. To make matters more convoluted, I have decided to bring Cenk Tosun back into the lineup instead of defender, Ake. With goals usually coming in the Merseyside Derby, I can only hope that Tosun is on the end of one. He’s a bit of a punt going forward, but Everton do have some good fixtures. Finally, it’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang donning the captain’s armband this weekend as Arsenal visit a hapless So’ton.

While this week could be a defining week as all attention has been paid to the double gameweek in 34 and 37, this week has been forgotten. There are some viable fixtures that could result in good points. No Salah and a questionable Kane could make for some excellent movement in the OR, with any lucky I will come out green with envy this weekend.

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