Blank Gameweek 33 - Key Players, Captains, and Team Strategy

By Drafthound Team 23rd April 2021
10 min read

This week's analysis breaks down some of the key players to look out for in the Drafthound dream teams. If you don’t own any of the mentioned players - fear not - as we have insights on all players and teams including performance predictions, odds indexes, and predicted lineups to ensure you get those green arrows!

Disclaimer: All odds, ownership, and price optics were correct at the time of writing.


DGW32 will stand out as one of the longest and most bizarre Gameweeks in existence.

  • Kane was a popular TC pick this round and he got off to a great start by scoring a brace in the opening game against Everton only to be injured in the dying minutes.

  • Newcastle managed a surprise victory against West Ham but Lingard (obviously) still managed to score.

  • Lacazette was one of the most popular WC template picks last round but he was forced off with a hamstring injury during Arsenal’s draw against Fulham.

  • Europe’s “largest” clubs announced the formation of a new European Super League but had to default on it after pressure from their own fans and UEFA who threatened to ban all participating members and players from domestic and international football.

  • Jose Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham effectively making him the only European Super League manager to ever be sacked.

  • UEFA approved a new 36-team Champions League format in the midst of it all.

  • Stones returned -2 points in his game against Aston Villa and will now miss the next three games.

  • And much more...

But who has time to dwell on that?

We have less than 24 hours separating the end of this Gameweek and the deadline of the next one - and with Manchester City, Tottenham, Southampton, and Fulham all blanking we have no time to waste!

Upcoming Gameweeks

Premier League finally announced new fixture dates for Gamweek 34 and 35 but unfortunately, there was still no confirmation of any blank or double Gameweeks in the announcement as they only presented the fixture running up to May 10.

The working theory is that the DGW fixtures will be added to GW35 (May 11-13) and there’ll be blanks in GW36 but we won’t know for sure before the GW33 deadline.

If you want to bring in a player in GW33 who will definitely have a double GW soon then your options are limited to Aston Villa, Everton, Crystal Palace, and Southampton.

Thanks again to Ben Crellin for the input on these!

Gameweek 33 Key Players

£4.90 | Defender for Wolves

Sheffield United’s inevitable relegation from the Premier League was confirmed as Wolves sealed their fate with a 1-0 victory at Molineux on Saturday.

Wolves manager Nuno Santo changed their usual formation back to a more defensive 3-4-3 which helped them tighten up their defense and secure a second consecutive clean sheet.

If they continue to approach the games this way then there could be more defensive returns on the cards - and especially since they have consecutive games against three of the bottom five teams coming up.

We have highlighted Conor Coady as one of this week’s key players but an honorable mention to his colleagues Patricio, Saïss, and even Semedo is in order!

It’s also worth noting that Coady is Wolves third-highest scoring player this season (99) and their defender with the most recent attacking return.

He faces Burnley next in a matchup where the bookmakers have made Wolves favorites to win whilst also giving them a 43% chance of keeping a clean sheet with only Brighton (50%), Liverpool (54%), and Leicester (56%) being given a higher chance this round.

£6.20 | Attacker for Leicester

Iheanacho fought his way back into the Leicester starting lineup in GW26 and hasn’t looked back since.

Since then he’s scored 11 goals including the winning one against Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final and one in his most recent league game against West Brom which makes him their top goalscorer this season (16).

Over the last seven GW’s, he has scored 8 goals and racked up 58 points with only Kane returning more (63) and in the same period, he has also attempted the second-most shots (29) and had the second-most shots on target (13).

He has one of the best runs of fixtures between now and GW35 where Leicester will face three of the five teams who have conceded the most goals this season; Crystal Palace (H), Southampton (A), and Newcastle (H).

Leicester have scored the third-most goals this season (58) behind only Man United (64) and Man City (69) and they face a Crystal Palace side next who have conceded the fifth-most goals (52).

They won 3-0 in their last home fixture against Palace and have been made favorites again this time by the bookmakers who have also given them a 31% chance of scoring 2.5+ goals making them one of the odds-on favorites to deliver the goals this week.

Iheanacho has 3 career goals and assists against Crystal Palace and he scored in his most recent home game against them. This time around the bookmakers have priced his chances of repeating that feat to 47% making him one of the go-to candidates for that fixture.

£5.50 | Midfielder for Brighton

Return of the Bossard?

The Brighton winger has returned some huge point-hauls in his recent outings and we feel he’s gone under the radar this GW despite facing a relegated Sheffield United side.

Over the last five rounds, he has produced two of his four double-digit hauls this season, delivering 10 and 14 points against Southampton and Newcastle respectively.

This season no other Brighton player has more attacking returns than him (4G, 6A) and only Dunk (115) can beat him for FPL points (133).

He faces a Sheffield United side next who have only managed 2 clean sheets this season with no other team in the league faring worse whilst also conceding the third-most goals (56).

The bookmakers have Brighton as major favorites and Trossard as one of the most likely goalscorers in that game (26%).

Captaincy Candidates

Many players have the potential to be good captain picks but here are the ones on our watchlist.

The first candidate is Salah who has an easy home game against Newcastle.

The Magpies have only managed 5 clean sheets this season whilst also conceding the fourth-most goals (53) - and Salah has scored in his last three home games against them.

He’s also rested, in the race for the golden boot and he’s this week’s odds-on favorite to score and his team Liverpool are the odds-on favorites to score the most goals.

Bruno is another candidate for the armband this week against Leeds (A) but he definitely feels like more of a punt than Salah given his recent run of form.

He is, however, still the league’s joint-point leader (218) and he managed a double-digit point haul (17) in the reverse fixture against Leeds when he scored twice and provided an assist.

His high effective ownership means you’ll probably have to captain him to benefit from any points he makes and that could very well be the case since Leeds have conceded the joint-most penalties in the league...

The last candidate and this week’s differential is Iheanacho who is bang in-form, has one of the best fixtures, and seems to get bonus points easier than everyone else!

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That’s it for our BGW33 analysis!

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