Gameweek 33 in the FPL finished on Monday night. There were a total of 8 games played with Manchester City, Spurs, Southampton, and Fulham all having blank gameweeks. We saw 16 goals in those 8 fixtures, giving an average of 2 goals per match for the round. The highest FPL score for gameweek 33 was 110 points and the average team total was 36. Now, let’s take a closer look at all the action from gameweek 33 and see who were the FPL’s big hits and misses.
Burnley’s New Zealand international striker, Chris Wood, scored his first Premier League hat-trick as Sean Dyche’s men won 4-0 at Wolves on Sunday. Not content with his three goals, Wood also provided Ashley Westwood with the assist for his team’s other goal in a win that goes a long way towards securing Burnley’s Premier League status for another year.
Almost 37,000 FPL players brought Wood into their teams for this round - a move many are likely to be talking about for a long time to come. Wood scored 20 points for gameweek 33. A marvellous haul from a player currently valued at 6.3 million and selected by 2.4% of teams.
Dwight McNeil was Burnley’s next-best FPL player on 11 points after he laid on two assists for Wood at Molineux.
The other Burnley players of note were Westwood (9 points), Matthew Lowton (8), Nick Pope, Ben Mee, and Charlie Taylor (6 points each).
As you may have guessed, not a single Wolves player scored higher than 2 FPL points for the round.
Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho scored a late winner for Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes as they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 on Monday night. Iheanacho has now netted 9 times in the last seven league games. The 24-year-old Nigerian international was signed up by close to 90,000 FPL managers for gameweek 33. Iheanacho also provided the assist for Timothy Castagne’s equaliser early in the second half.
Wilfried Zaha had given Roy Hodgson’s visitors the lead in the 12th minute after some good work by Eberechi Eze to create the opportunity.
Of the Leicester players, Iheanacho scored 12 FPL points meaning he has now earned 70 in the last seven gameweeks, giving him an average of 10 points per round for that period - a great run of form for the forward.
Timothy Castagne was Leicester’s second-best FPL player with 9 points. Jonny Evans earned 5 points in this gameweek.
Crystal Palace’s two standout performers were goalscorer Zaha and assist-provider Eze. Both players scored 7 FPL points with no other Eagle flying higher than 2 points for the game.
West Brom’s Matheus Pereira made it four goals in his last four games with another strike in the West Midlands derby against Aston Villa. Pereira made it 1-1 from the penalty spot in the first half after Anwar El Ghazi had opened the scoring for Villa, also from the spot. A Tyrone Mings own goal shortly after the break put The Baggies ahead only for Keinan Davis to level it up again deep in injury time. It finished 2-2.
Pereira was West Brom’s best FPL player with 10 points. Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was next on 6.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mbaye Diagne both earned 5 points for the round.
El Ghazi was Villa’s top player with 9 FPL points while Davis, Ross Barkley, and Ollie Watkins scored 5 apiece.
Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale was the best goalkeeper of the round with 9 FPL points. Ramsdale kept a clean sheet in what was only The Blades’ fifth league victory of the season.
Chelsea’s rearguard was up to the task as they picked up a huge three points in their race for a top-four finish. The Blues won 1-0 at West Ham thanks to Timo Werner’s goal shortly before half time. Ben Chilwell provided the assist and was the top-scoring FPL player for Chelsea on the day. Chilwell was also the best defender for gameweek 33. His score was 12 points. Antonio Rüdiger (8 points), Thiago Silva (7), and César Azpilicueta (6) were the best of the rest for Chelsea.
Mohamed Salah earned 9 FPL points for his stunning turn and finish early in the game against Newcastle on Saturday. Unfortunately for Jürgen Klopp’s men, Salah and his teammates could not capitalise on countless more gilt-edged opportunities to seal the win. They had to settle for a 1-1 draw after Joe Willock popped up with another late equaliser for The Magpies.
That’s all for our review of Gameweek 33. Gameweek 34 takes place this weekend and the deadline for transfers and changes is Friday, April 30th at 18:30 GMT.
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