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Best Captain for Gameweek 33

The new round of Fantasy Premier League is approaching so we take a look at the candidates and pick out the best captain for Gameweek 33. To do this we use some of the fantastic tools in the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area.

As we approach the latter stages of the competition picking the right captain will be absolutely crucial for rank and mini-league position. As tempting as it is to go against the crowd, giving the armband to the player with the most factors backing them tends to be the best option. So, lets take a look at who we should consider this week.

Gameweek 33 Fixtures

The Options – Erling Haaland

Manchester City are in mixed form overall. Whilst not losing any of their last six matches in all competitions they have drawn three and won three. Overall this season they sit amongst the top three teams for several key attacking metrics. More recently, in the last six Gameweeks they also rank in the top four teams for goals scored, expected goals, expected goals from open play and big chances total. They managed this facing teams like Aston Villa, Arsenal and Liverpool, three of the top five placed teams in the league.

Promoted side Luton lay ahead next up. It’s worth mentioning the game is wedged between two Champions League matches against Real Madrid. Luton have struggled recently from a defensive point of view. That could be an understatement as they rank second worst for goals conceded, second worst for expected goals conceded and the worst for big chances conceded.

Erling Haaland (£14.3m) has been reasonable quiet recently, scoring just two goals in his last six matches in all competitions. In terms of his underlying data, the only key metric he ranks in the top 10 players for is big chances total.

Mohamed Salah

Liverpool appear to be in great form at the moment after winning four of their last six league matches and drawing two. Overall this season, Liverpool rank in the top two teams for most of the key underlying attacking metrics. They also sit first in the league for total attempts on goals and total shots in the box.

Crystal Palace lay ahead of the Reds who lost three, drawn two and won one of their last six matches. In terms of their defensive data, the Eagles sit amongst the best six teams for lots of the key defensive metrics. However, they also rank amongst the worst six teams for goals conceded and total big chances conceded in the last six Gameweeks.

The best player to target the Crystal Palace defence is Mohamed Salah (£13.4m). The Egyptian has racked up four assists and three goals in his last six matches in all competitions. This season he sits second best overall for both expected goals and non-penalty expected goal involvement. In the last six Gameweeks he also ranks third best for total shots in the box, third best for big chances total and third best for total attempts on goal.

Cole Palmer

Chelsea are also in similar form to Manchester City in that they have won two and drawn four of their last six matches. Overall this season they rank outside the top six teams for multiple key attack metrics. However, they also sit in the top five teams for expected goals and total big chances. In the last six Gameweeks Chelsea also rank joint first for goals scored and the best for shots on target.

Up next lay Everton for the Blues, a side whom have won one, drawn two and lost three in their last six league games. What is interesting is that when compared to all teams Everton rank amongst the best five teams for clean sheets kept, total goals conceded and expected goals conceded. In the last six rounds they also sit average to good for most underlying defensive metrics.

The most effective Chelsea attacker is Cole Palmer (£6.1m) who has been excellent recently. In fact, in the last six matches he has managed a huge six goals and three assists. His offensive underlying data shows that he ranks second best for expected goals, the best for total goals, top for total attempts on goal and fourth best for total shots in box.

Who is the best captain for Gameweek 33?

Captaincy is extremely tough this week because we have three great options, all of whom take penalties and all have or are maintaining some very good underlying attacking data. With fine margins, fixture difficulty could be a major factor.

With the above in mind, Erling Haaland is the best captain for Gameweek 33. This is because Luton have been woeful defensively and are conceding more goals and big chances than most other sides recently which is something which will suit the Norwegian.

Our expert revealed his team ahead of Gameweek 33 here.

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