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Perfect XI

AM's Perfect XI - Week 33

by Nik Argiropoulos
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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. Download the apps via the link below and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements:

Download the Togga app

 

Once downloaded, open the app and register an account. Once registered, click the Fantasy tab at the bottom of the app screen. Then from the Fantasy screen, click the arrow at the top of the app screen to select Perfect XI.

We've set up a Rotoworld PL Private League where you can challenge myself and the rest of the RW PL team over the course of the season. To join it download the app and then click the below link from your device, or find us from the Featured Leagues tab:


http://tog.ga/rotoworld

 

Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek of Premier League fixtures, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions for each position. The main 11 players listed won't necessarily be the exact players 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 to get you thinking. Hopefully you'll find the advice useful, whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.

 


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I had another very good week (160 points) in GW32 but so did many other managers around me, so I moved up just two places in the overall standings, now sitting 148th overall. I'll have to play the upcoming double weeks very smartly to finish up in the top 100.

Normal service is resumez this weekend with a full list of 10 fixtures, starting with the Merseyside derby as our early Saturday kick-off. 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 from your squad 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 wonderful flexibility allows you to avoid the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat ZERO. Just make sure you keep an eye on the starting line-ups as kick off approaches each week by following the Rotoworld PL Twitter account.

Here are your fixtures ...

Saturday 07 April
Everton v Liverpool
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
Brighton v Huddersfield
Leicester v Newcastle
Stoke v Spurs
Watford v Burnley
West Brom v Swansea
Man City v Man Utd

Sunday 08 April
Arsenal v Southampton
Chelsea v West Ham

As always we will focus on the players from team's with the "most winnable" match-ups. Tottenham away at Stoke looks to be the pick of the bunch, with Chelsea at home to West Ham, Arsenal at home to Southampton and Leicester at home to Newcastle not far behind. Liverpool should sweep aside Everton in the Merseyside derby and I fancy Manchester City to rebound with a win over their rivals Manchester United, while Brighton should have too much for Huddersfield at home. The remaining games could go either way, so we'll look to pick out some potential clean sheets or surprise goalscorers. With that in mind, here are the players I feel it's worth considering ...

 

KEEPERS
Petr Cech - at home to Southampton. The Saints are in trouble and look toothless in attack so I'm expecting a clean sheet for Cech, provided he's recovered from last week's minor injury.

Honourable Mentions:  Hugo Lloris away at Stoke, Mat Ryan at home to Huddersfield, Kasper Schmeichel at home to Newcastle

DEFENDERS
Marcos Alonso - at home to West Ham. A no-brainer given the fixture and Chelsea's desperate need for victory.
Harry Maguire - at home to Newcastle. My go-to Leicester defender rarely let's us down. A likely clean sheet plus he offers a goal threat at set pieces.
Shkodran Mustafi - at home to Southampton. Monreal did a fine job last week but I feel like changing it up this weekend and so Mustafi comes in to double up on the Gunners' defence alongside Cech.
Ben Davies - away at Stoke. Well and truly established as Tottenham's number one left-back and should get plenty of joy at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

Honourable Mentions:  Nicolas Otamendi at home to Manchester United, Shane Duffy at home to Huddersfield, Andrew Robertson away at Everton, Matt Lowton away at Watford

MIDFIELDERS
Riyad Mahrez - at home to Newcastle. The pick of the week. Outstanding since his return from Leicester excile and the most likely candidate to be match-winner once again.
Son Heung-min - away at Stoke. It's tough to choose between Spurs' midfield trio of Son, Eriksen and Alli but this feels like a game for the South Korean's pace to have a real impact.
Willian - at home to West Ham. In better form than Eden Hazard right now and so the Brazilian is the pick of the Chelsea attacking players for a favourable home fixture.
Pascal Gross - at home to Huddersfield. Quietly efficient for Brighton over the course of the season with five goals and eight assists in the Premier League. He can improve those numbers further this weekend.

Honourable Mentions: Kevin De Bruyne at home to Manchester United, Sadio Mane away at Everton, Wilfried Zaha away at Bournemouth, Mesut Ozil at home to Southampton

STRIKERS
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - at home to Southampton. I backed Arsenal's star striker to fire last weekend and he rewarded us with a brace. No reason that can't happen two weekends in a row.
Harry Kane - away at Stoke. Recovered from injury as proven by his cameo against Chelsea and has a ludicrously good goalscoring record again the Potters.

Honourable Mentions:  Jamie Vardy at home to Newcastle, Roberto Firmino away at Everton, Glenn Murray at home to Huddersfield, Alvaro Morata at home to West Ham.

That's it for Week 33. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to access a host of fantastic content to get you ready for the weekend ahead. If you have any questions about the Perfect XI game or general questions about a player or your own team then feel free to post them below or ping me on Twitter and I promise to get back to you.

Thanks for reading - good luck to all managers this weekend.

Nik Argiropoulos

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