Fantasy Football Preview: Gameweek 33

Cazorla Arsenal Debut

Double gameweeks galore make this a vital fantasy football round as the season nears its conclusion, and if you can plot your war around the pitfalls of rotation and poor form a massive haul could come your way.

Fixtures Analysis: Whilst normally any double gameweek side would be worth considering, having so many teams involved means you can be a little more selective in your approach. Clearly Arsenal are the most attractive option, with home games against Norwich and Everton, whilst Manchester United will be keen to bounce back away at West Ham and Stoke. Everton look to push for a Champions league place at home to QPR and at the Emirates, whilst the odd Fulham player could be useful as they play Aston Villa and Chelsea. From those not involved in two matches, Liverpool at Reading and Manchester City at home to Wigan could both bring in plenty of points.

Transfers In: Arsenal are in excellent form and will be desperate to make this week count, as they have a chance to go seven points clear of their neighbours before Tottenham Hotspur play again. Santi Cazorla (10.1) is perhaps the safest choice, with injury returns making picking between Gervinho (7.0), Theo Walcott (8.6) and Tomas Rosicky (6.1) a bit of a gamble, although the latter will surely keep his place after a brace at West Brom if he gets over his injury. At the back Laurent Koscielny (5.3) is the best choice, with more chance of rotation on the flanks.

Robin van Persie's dire form makes Wayne Rooney (12.0) the natural choice from Manchester United. Picking players from the rest of their attack is tricky, and Rafael (6.2) might be the other good choice to give a chance of both defensive and attacking returns.

Everton welcome back Marouane Fellaini (7.4) and Steven Pienaar (6.6) for this gameweek, and they both should be well rested for two crucial matches. Kevin Mirallas (6.8) and Victor Anichebe (4.3) are also good choices, with the two forwards impressing against Tottenham Hotspur.

Fulham might be happy to drift to the end of the season, but two bites of Dimitar Berbatov (7.4) is always tricky to resist. It might also be worth having Christian Benteke (7.3) against the Cottagers, with Aston Villa and the Belgian in good form.

From Liverpool, the usual suspects are still good value against a woefully out of form Reading side. Luis Suarez (11.2) and Steven Gerrard (9.7) could both be in the points as they look to reignite their challenge for a European spot.

Finally Manchester City might not really believe they can win the title, but they should have enough to dispatch Wigan at the Etihad, with Sergio Aguero (10.9) probably the best pick after his superb striker against Manchester United.

Captain Choice: Arsenal players are the order of the day, and Santi Cazorla is perhaps the best pick for the armband, although if Theo Walcott is confirmed as back for the Norwich match he could also be a fine choice.

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