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The Scout’s FPL Gameweek 33 Ones to watch

By The Scout 9 Apr 2024
FPL GW33 Ones to watch

See the five players backed for big returns, including Brentford's Ivan Toney

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The Scout is tipping five players for big success in Gameweek 33 of Fantasy Premier League and FPL Challenge ahead of Saturday's 11:00 BST deadline.

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Ivan Toney (Brentford) £8.1m

A home meeting with Sheffield United gives the Brentford forward the perfect opportunity to rediscover his best form.

Toney faces the Blades on the back of a single assist across his last eight appearances.

But the underlying numbers highlight the striker's huge influence on his side’s attack. Toney’s totals of 14 shots and 11 shots in the box across his last four outings are both more than any team-mate.

Sheff Utd's weakness at defending free-kicks and corners looks particularly promising for Toney. They have conceded a league-high 20 headed shots over their last four matches, while they rank second-worst for allowing shots from set-pieces.

Brentford, meanwhile, have had 144 shots from such situations this season, the second-best record in the league.

Pascal Gross (Brighton) £6.3m

The Brighton & Hove Albion playmaker’s dead-ball delivery looks set to pose major problems for Burnley this weekend.

Gross’ hosts rank among the bottom three sides for conceding shots from set-pieces and headed shots this season.

The underlying statistics highlight the midfielder’s huge influence on the Seagulls’ attack on their travels.

In away matches, Gross’ 24 shots is a team-leading total, while his 40 key passes are at least 26 more than any other Brighton player. 

Chris Wood (Nott’m Forest) £4.9m

Nottingham Forest’s forward has the form and fixtures to prove a handy budget asset for managers in Fantasy.

Wood has scored in each of the last four Gameweeks ahead of his home encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Further analysis of the Kiwi’s displays show he has emerged as a crucial figure for new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo. He has produced nine goals and an assist in 10 appearances under the Portuguese, averaging 7.2 points per match.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), Nott’m Forest have one of the kindest run-ins of any side. Four of their remaining six matches score just two, including their contest against Wolves on Saturday. 

Wood's goal v Crystal Palace
Mykhailo Mudryk (Chelsea) £6.3m

The Chelsea winger boasts strong home form ahead of Everton's trip to west London on Monday evening.

Mudryk has blanked only once in his last league five appearances at Stamford Bridge, combining two goals with two assists to collect 26 points.

He has been involved in 44 per cent of Chelsea’s goals in home matches when selected, with three of his four goals this season and four of his five assists coming in those encounters.

Everton’s poor defensive record on the road gives every indication the Ukrainian can extend his run of home returns. The Toffees have managed only a single clean sheet across their last eight away matches. 

Lucas Paqueta (West Ham) £6.0m

The West Ham United midfielder has stepped up his output ahead of a favourable fixture at home to Fulham.

Paqueta’s converted penalty against Wolves last weekend means he has scored two of his four goals this season – as well as supplying an assist – in the Hammers’ last five matches.

The underlying statistics also highlight the Brazilian’s all-round influence on David Moyes’ side.

Paqueta’s 14 shots in the Hammers’ last six matches is double the seven of their top scorer Jarrod Bowen (£7.9m). Furthermore, his nine key passes also place among West Ham’s top two players. 

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