With the FA Cup semi-finals wiping out a hefty chunk of players from this weekend, FPL managers had to be flexible over gameweek 32. However, the instant return of gameweek 33, starting on Tuesday night, sees both Manchester clubs and Brighton and Hove Albion return to action. Here’s our top three tips for getting big points and rising through your mini-league.
Newcastle are back in business
Tottenham fell apart quicker than Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan at St James’ Park on Saturday. A lot of the focus has been on how shambolic the Spurs back line was as they conceded five goals in the opening 23 minutes, but this was a confidence-boosting win at a vital time for Newcastle United.
They now have a comfortable cushion between themselves and the chasing pack and should finish in the top four, given the six point gap and gap in hand they now have over a miserable Tottenham side. For FPL, this means Newcastle assets are key to include, after a slightly sticky spell.
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Top of the list has to be Alexander Isak. He’s scored seven goals in his last seven appearances and has been devastating in front of goal since taking the starting spot from Callum Wilson. Kieran Trippier is in everybody’s team and shouldn’t be left out while a third option could be Joe Willock at just £4.7. He came up with an outrageous pass to assist Isak this weekend and could stamp his influence on Eddie Howe’s side.
Stack up Man City stars
After they cruised through their FA Cup semi-final with Sheffield United, the treble is still on for Manchester City. Now their focus turns to the Premier League. At this point, it wouldn’t be a surprise for City to win every single game in the league from now until the end of the season. Their FA Cup exploits also mean they have a double gameweek coming up, so it’s time to bank on those big players.
Erling Haaland must be included in your team, after some managers chose to sell him a couple of weeks ago. Jack Grealish has established himself as the first choice left winger at £7.2m and you’d think Kevin De Bruyne will start to play his best stuff as the season comes to a close. Some managers might be put off by the fact they face Arsenal this week, but don’t be.
This could be a hammering for City, as they show off their title credentials. In gameweek 34, they face Fulham and West Ham, and you don’t want to miss out on those juicy points on offer. Go big on Man City. Now.
Beware of Brighton’s games in hand
There’s only six gameweeks left of the season. In three of those, Brighton have a double fixture. Over the next three gameweeks it is certainly worth considering the options from Roberto De Zerbi’s defeated FA Cup semi-finalists but they do have a tough run-in after that.
With Nottingham Forest (A), Wolves, Man Utd and Everton (H) to come in the next three FPL gameweeks, the likes of Kaoru Mitoma, Solly March and Danny Welbeck are worth considering. But it's another name that could provide a key differential. Enciso is irritatingly listed as a forward, but at £4.6m has found himself starting as a number ten in recent weeks.
He’s managed two goals in his last three and could shine once again at a bargain price. Consider joining the 0.4% of managers who own the Brighton man.