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AM's Perfect XI - Week 33

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 33 player picks. This column focuses on Togga's Perfect XI game, which you can play via their IOS and Android app. Find the apps here and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements: https://www.playtogga.com


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Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions. The players listed won't necessarily be the exact 11 selected for my own Perfect XI fantasy side. The point of this column isn't to tell you exactly who to pick; it's to present some ideas and get your brain whirring. I'll be listing a combination of the must-haves and slightly riskier options, alongside the odd hunch. Hopefully you'll find this useful whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.


Thanks to Mr Thurman for covering the Week 32 column while I was on holiday. I had a bit of a disaster as the place we were staying had no Wi-Fi. I managed to find a local bar which did and picked my PXI team but I couldn't check injury news or the line-ups over the weekend and ended up with FOUR players who unexpectedly didn't make it on the pitch. It's back down to 88th overall which is very frustrating.


We've got another full fixtures this week, with kicking off with in-form Tottenham hosting Bournemouth at 12:30pm BST on Saturday. It's important to have your fantasy team locked in ready for this match but remember in Perfect XI you can swap out a player right up to one minute before their match kicks off and bring in an alternative player whose match is also yet to kick off. This flexibility will allow you to avoid the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat zero. Ensure you keep your eyes on the RW PL Twitter account for line-ups one hour prior to matches.


Here are your fixtures:

 

Saturday 15th April
Tottenham v Bournemouth
Crystal Palace v Leicester City
Everton v Burnley
Stoke City v Hull City
Sunderland v West Ham
Watford v Swansea City
Southampton v Manchester City


Sunday 16th April
West Brom v Liverpool
Manchester United v Chelsea


Monday 17th April
Middlesbrough v Arsenal

 


And a look at the players to consider:


KEEPERS
Hugo Lloris - at home to Bournemouth. Spurs are on fire right now and should win the early kick-off to nil for the second week in a row.


Honourable Mentions: Joel Robles at home to Burnley, Darren Randolph away at Sunderland


DEFENDERS
Kieran Trippier - at home to Bournemouth. Trippier has replaced Kyle Walker in two of the past three matches and has been excellent on the overlap down the right flank. We expect him to keep his place but check pre-kick off line ups to be sure, as Pochettino has two great options.
Jose Fonte - away at Sunderland. West Ham aren't in great form but the Black Cats are truly rotten and Fonte can be part of a clean sheet at the Stadium of Light. The Portuguese defender is also my hunch to score a surprise goal from a set piece.
Leighton Baines - at home to Burnley. Baines has put up disappointing fantasy scores for the past three weeks, with few attacking contributions, but a home match with the Clarets presents a prime opportunity to get back on track.
Mamadou Sakho - at home to Leicester. Palace have shown a steep upturn in form since Sakho arrived, winning five of the last six games and keeping four clean sheets to pull away from relegation trouble. They face a Leicester side that won't travel back from Madrid until Thursday and are likely to be weary on Saturday. It's a home win to nil for me, so plenty of points for the French international.


Honourable Mentions: Marcos Alonso away at Manchester United, Dejan Lovren away at West Brom, Geoff Cameron at home to Hull, Jose Holebas at home to Swansea


MIDFIELDERS
Dele Alli - at home to Bournemouth. Alli turned 21 this week but is performing to a level that defies his age. The intelligence of his movement, his passing and his finishing is something to behold and Eddie Howe will be having sleepless nights on the run up to Saturday.
Philippe Coutinho - away at West Brom. The Brazilian took a while to sharpen up after his long term injury but looks to be hitting top form at the perfect time to help secure a top four spot for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.
Wilf Zaha - at home to Leicester. Another mesmerising display for the Eagles at home to Arsenal, including two more assists, will have added additional millions to Zaha's price-tag this summer. The winger's pace and trickery is sure to trouble the tired Foxes' defence.
Manuel Lanzini - away at Sunderland. Lanzini has been the shining star for the Hammers in a difficult season in a new stadium, providing the creative outlet that was left gaping by Dimitri Payet's exit. His PXI returns for Week 33 should be in double digits once again.


Honourable Mentions: Christian Eriksen at home to Bournemouth, Ross Barkley at home to Burnley, Eden Hazard away at Manchester United, Gylfi Sigurdsson away at Watford


STRIKERS
Romelu Lukaku - at home to Burnley. The Premier League's top scorer is a no-brainer this week.
Harry Kane - at home to Bournemouth. The 30 minute cameo in Week 32 was proof that Kane is ready to return to the starting line-up and I fancy him to hit the ground running and get back to scoring ways with Alli, Son & Eriksen supplying the chances in a dominant display.


Honourable Mentions: Andy Carroll away at Sunderland, Roberto Firmino away at West Brom, Zlatan Ibrahimovic at home to Chelsea, Sergio Aguero away at Southampton


That's it for Week 33. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to see a whole bunch of great content to get you ready for the weekend ahead. Feel free to comment below to us know how you're getting on so far. And of course, good luck to all managers this week.



Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for Rotoworld and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.
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