Five Fantasy Premier League Talking Points from Gameweek 33

Well that was an epic round of Premier League football!

It all started during the early kick-off, with Arsenal seemingly going into a commanding 2-0 lead at the Boleyn Ground against West Ham United. It looked as if the Gunners may actually mount a late title challenge after convincing 2-0 and 4-0 wins over Everton and Watford in their last two games.

However, the game turned into a Premier League epic when Andy Carroll, yes that Carroll, scored two goals in the space of two minutes right before half-time, before then grabbing his hattrick and the lead only seven minutes after the break.

Arsenal’s men levelled it through Laurent Koscielny in the 70th minute, but it was a sign to come for the gameweek. Swansea shocked Chelsea by condemning Guus Hiddink to his first defeat of the season, while Everton continued their poor form with a 1-1 draw with Watford. Manchester City made hard work of West Bromwich Albion, and on Saturday we saw Leicester City continue with another victory over Sunderland and Tottenham crushing Manchester United 3-0.

But in Fantasy Premier League terms, what did we learn from all this?

Here are FIVE Fantasy Premier League Talking Points from Gameweek 33.

Single Gameweek Players do the business

Jamie Vardy (centre)

If you went on Social Media this morning, you’ll notice a plethora of Fantasy Premier League managers complaining that they transferred out the likes of Jamie Vardy, Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld, and Gylfi Sigurdsson for players with the a Double Gameweek, only to see their former assets continue to accrue points.

This could be a sign of things to come, with no less than 10 teams playing a double in GW 34. Yet with Tottenham playing Stoke City, Swansea facing Newcastle United, and Leicester City hosting West Ham, the single gameweek players may make those that took them out for an additional game regret their decisions.

Carroll a forward option for the Double

Andy Carroll (centre)

Diafra Sakho was expected to start for West Ham United against Arsenal, but he pulled himself out of the clash with an injury, sparking uncertainty over his game time and his Hammers career. This will bode well for Andy Carroll, who took his opportunity to by grabbing a hattrick against Arsenal ahead of a Double Gameweek.

Slaven Bilic’s men face Leicester City in their next clash, with the Foxes not having lost a single goal in their last five games. But, the league leaders will be facing a different opposition in Carroll, whose presence is enough to cause panic in and around the area.

But after that it’s Watford at home, and the Englishman will do all he can to remind Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson of his abilities.

Liverpool in good knick

Liverpool celebrate

Liverpool are a team on the up, and it couldn’t have come at a better time with the Reds having two double gameweeks and no blanks on the horizon.

The Reds easily disposed of Stoke City on Sunday, with Belgian Divock Origi becoming a surprise striking option after two goals in just 45 minutes. Daniel Sturridge continued his goalscoring exploits, while Alberto Moreno grabbed a goal and an assist in the victory.

The fact that Liverpool have no blank in Gameweek 35, though, is what makes them extremely appealing. It’ll take a brave man to enter the final part of the season without at least two of Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Lukaku frustration continues

Romelu Lukaku

Many managers drafted in Romelu Lukaku ahead of two away games against Watford and Crystal Palace, with a large chunk captaining the Belgium international in hopes of a goalscoring feast.

However, once again Lukaku frustrated his owners with another blank against the Hornets, meaning he has now gone three games without any sort of attacking returns. His inconsistency has become something of a consistent frustration for his owners, who are bewildered how the Everton star managed to already score 18 goals this season.

He has the second game of the Double against Palace to make amends, but another no-show and he could be sold heavily ahead of another double.

Fosu-Mensah a cheap route to Man United’s Defence

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Manchester United fans have pointed to their 3-0 capitulation against Tottenham Hotspur down to the exit of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who limped off injured in the 67th minute with the game at 0-0.

Only three minutes after his departure, the Lilywhites scored three goals in the space of seven minutes, all from his side, making Twitter explode in admiration for the youngster.

But, more importantly, if the Dutch wonderkid recovers from his knock, he could be a brilliant route into the Man United defence ahead of clashes against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, both at Old Trafford.