Fantasy Premier League Week 33: Projecting Week's Top Point Scorers

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2014

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates his penalty goal against Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane, London, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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As the season approaches its climax, Fantasy Premier League players will be looking for a managerial masterstroke to take home the bragging rights of their respective leagues.

Week 33 is set to be another blockbuster as we enter April, with twists and turns expected in every clash.

Here, we review the players that could make the biggest impact in your Fantasy Premier League teams.


Strikers: Andreas Weimann (£5.7 million) and Wayne Rooney (£11.5 million)

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Andreas Weimann of Aston Villa in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on December 15, 2013 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Image
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Aston Villa’s industrious Austrian forward Andreas Weimann has had a stop-start campaign in 2013/14, but a string of impressive performances has seen him cement his place in the Villa front line.

Weimann and Co. welcome bottom club Fulham to Villa Park in Week 33, and it’s safe to say that they’re a team they wish could visit every week.

Villa are unbeaten in their last 14 league outings at home against the West Londoners, their last loss dating back over 40 years to 1973, per Aston Villa Mad.

Over the last two seasons, Villa have drawn 1-1 with Fulham and beaten them 1-0 at Villa Park—match reports via BBC Sport—with Weimann playing a key role in both goals that the Midlands club scored.

Weimann notched his first goal in the Premier League against Fulham in the 2011/12 season, and went on to grab an assist one season later—setting up Charles N’Zogbia’s goal against the Cottagers last April.

When Premier League players enjoy playing against teams, they really enjoy playing against them, and Weimann’s love for terrorising Fulham looks set to continue this week.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal from a penalty kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on March 29, 2014 in Manche
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Similar to Weimann, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney’s record against Newcastle United is one that will strike fear into Magpies fans heading into Week 33.

According to transfermarkt, the English striker has scored nine goals against Newcastle during his time at Old Trafford, and one of those nine happened to be a goal-of-the-season contender back in 2005.

After exchanging heated words with referee Neale Barry, Rooney took his frustration out on the ball to unleash an unstoppable 25-yard volley into the top corner.

Following the match, Rooney told Manchester United’s official website about the makings of his wonderful strike:

Me and Paul Scholes stay behind after training sessions and have someone cross the ball in for us to practise shooting and volleying. The first-team players stay to knock the ball in, so it’s always high-quality delivery. Most of our shots go over or wide but, luckily enough, the one against Newcastle flew in.  

Rooney has hit top gear in the Premier League over the last few weeks, scoring six goals in as many games, and with the out-of-sorts Newcastle coming up, the 28-year-old is a shoo-in for the captaincy in your side this week.


Midfielders: Robert Snodgrass (£5.9 million) and Raheem Sterling (£5.9 million)

NORWICH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23:  Robert Snodgrass of Norwich City (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Leroy Fer of Norwich City during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road on February 23, 201
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With Norwich City looking like candidates to slip through the relegation trap door come the end of the season, they’ll need to take full advantage of their home tie against fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion in Week 33.

It’s been a gloomy season for Chris Hughton’s Canaries away from Carrow Road, but their home form has looked like being just enough to keep them in the Premier League for another season.

Norwich have won six and drawn six of their 16 home matches this season, and Scottish winger Robert Snodgrass has been the catalyst behind such results.

Three of Snodgrass’ five Premier League goals and both of his assists this season have come at Carrow Road. What’s more, the 26-year-old found the net during last season’s 4-0 drubbing of the Baggies at home and he enters the match in imperious form—scoring two and grabbing one assist in his last three matches.

Meanwhile, West Brom have conceded nine goals in their last four matches, and with Snodgrass in top form in Week 33, don’t be surprised if that tally gets added to.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08:  Raheem Sterling of Liverpool celebrates scoring the fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on February 8, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty I
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Liverpool’s season has risen from strength to strength this year, and likewise the season of teenage sensation Raheem Sterling.

Sterling has formed a formidable bond with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in the Reds’ front three, and looks a sure thing for a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad with England.

The 19-year-old, who is rated at £5.9 million, has scored six goals and set up five more so far this season. He’ll be looking to take advantage of the Hammers’ shaky back line in Week 33.

West Ham have conceded six goals in their last three games, while Liverpool have scored 30 in their last eight to put them very much in the driver's seat to win the Premier League title.

In Sterling, Liverpool have a lethal winger whose trickery and pace can cause problems for even the strongest of defences, and he’ll once again be out to torment full-backs at Upton Park.


Goalkeeper and Defender: Michel Vorm (£4.8 million) and Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.6 million)

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Chelsea and England star Ashley Cole, who has won 12 lots of silverware during his time at Stamford Bridge according to Yahoo! Sport, has found his chances few and far between this season due to the form of Cesar Azpilicueta.

The 24-year-old has made the left-back position his own this season with a string of solid, yet forward-thinking performances throughout.

The Spaniard has been instrumental behind Chelsea maintaining 10 clean sheets during the current campaign, and with Stoke City visiting in Week 33, he’ll be keen to make it 11.

Per Chelsea Mad, the Potters have failed to score in each of their last seven visits to Stamford Bride in all competitions, dating back to March 2010.

With a player like Azpilicueta in the back line, Chelsea will almost certainly make it eight in a row on Saturday.

Stoke have failed to score in nine of their 16 away matches this season, according to BBC Sport, and the Blues’ defence aren’t the ideal opponents to try to turn that record around.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have conceded just nine goals at home this season. With Azpilicueta in the form that he’s in, that record looks set to get even better.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Goalkeeper Michel Vorm of Swansea directs his defence during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at White Hart Lane on August 25, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Gett
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Big things were expected of Swansea City at the start of the campaign after their impressive ninth-place finish and Capital One Cup triumph last season, but it hasn’t quite gone that way.

The Swans sit just seven points from the drop zone heading into Week 33, so they’ll welcome a trip to goal-shy Hull City to boost their chances of survival.

Hull have lost three of their last four matches, scoring just three goals in that time. Meanwhile, Gary Monk’s Swansea have battled their way to seven clean sheets this season, and they’ll be looking for another at the KC Stadium.

Michel Vorm has been solid in goal throughout the campaign, making a credited 52 saves—including three vital stops during last week’s 3-0 hammering of Norwich at the Liberty Stadium.

With Swansea looking to avoid defeat at all costs in Week 33, expect Monk to set his team out with a defensive mindset away at Hull, where a clean sheet will mean crucial points in the Premier League table, and crucial points for Vorm in Fantasy Premier League.


All statistics via Fantasy Premier League.