Sunday, 16 April 2017

Gameweek 33 Review: Zlatan Sleeps as Kane and Kaku Fire

Zlatan was rested against Chelsea as his potential successor Romelu Lukaku kept up his scoring form with a goal against Burnley. Lukaku ought to be kept to avoid losing value, but West Ham away and Chelsea at home will pose different challenges, and Lukaku can never be totally relied upon away from Goodison Park or against a top side, despite scoring 24 goals as the league's top scorer. 

A certain Harry Kane is back to chase down Rom, with a goal and assist in his side's 4-0 rout of Bournemouth, his first start since his injury 4 gameweeks ago. Kane has notched a goal every 100 minutes, the best strike rate of any player in the league. Kane and Lukaku could prove better value than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has failed to live up to his billing as second most expensive striker when the season started. Ibra has a double gameweek next, but one of those games is away at the Etihad, so managers may need to steer clear of Zlatan's lure.

Son vs Alli vs Eriksen- The Hotspur Heachache Continues

Over the past 3 gameweeks Spurs have had 3 or 4 players on top of their game tussling with the best in FPL for a place in your team, the appeal of trebling up on Spurs has grown and grown, as they have managed to concede just one goal and score 11 in three games. Which of the three to go for is in question, but you might be surprised to know that Dele Alli isn't one of the stand-out trio on recent form.

Heung Min Son has emerged into a must-have in the mid-priced bracket to rival Eriksen and Alli, but with Spurs' defence as mean as ever, choosing one their back four along with the ever-clinical Kane means that only one Tottenham midfielder can be chosen. Let's take a look at the stats from Spurs' last three:

Most goals: Son (4)
Most assists: Eriksen (3)
Most shots/shots on goal: Son (14/7)
Most chances created: Eriksen (11)

Least goals: Alli and Eriksen (2)
Least assists: Son (1)
Least shots/ shots on goal: Alli (8/3), (Eriksen 13/5)
Least chances created: Alli (5), Son (6)

It seems that Son has decreased Alli's action in the final third. Son is notably playing higher up than the Englishman, so Alli's effect on the game is much less. Son is still a cheap differential, so it could be a wise move for the 35% who own Alli to cash in on his much higher price for a player in better form and have an extra 1.5 to play with. 

Either that, or ride out Alli's comparative slump and hope for a change in fortunes.

Written by Kyle Norbury,
Stoke fan, football fan, fantasy football nerd,
Twitter: @SCFCnerd