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Staff Picks: Best Fantasy Fixture - Week 33

We continue with our build up to the Week 33 deadline with a look ahead to the our staff picks for the best fantasy fixture. Which teams going head to head will you decide to give you the best opportunity for fantasy investment? Let's discuss!

Can Man City break down WBA to be worthy of fantasy investment?
Can Man City break down WBA to be worthy of fantasy investment?
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Simon - Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion

Boring but Man City v WBA. The PSG could be a distraction but take your pick of Kun, KDB, Silva and co.  It is on paper a likely clean sheet as well even without Kompany. WBA failed to score against Sunderland for crying out loud.  BORING.

As I was so brief I will also continue by picking against Aston Villa. The loss of their manager made no to difference to their effort, which has become feeble at best being very kind.Their hard working fans have every right to feel angry at the players. Unfortunately the show of frustration by the fans seems to make the players even more pathetic rather than force them to prove a point. The laws of probability suggest they should at least score at some point but we should oppose them regardless. Eddie Howes enthusiastic side had a slap in week 32, look for them to produce one of their own in week 33.

Zach - Swansea v Chelsea

Coming off the back of an impressive 4-0 victory of the Premier League's bottom club, Chelsea will be putting their sights on finishing the season as strong as possible. They have been a shadow of their former selves (remember they were Champions just last season) but have begun to string together a few consistent performances. Now Chelsea aren't too far off the top 7. Without any European distractions, Chelsea should be able to continue their upward momentum. Big decisions for Gus Hiddink as Alexandre Pato finally proved he really did indeed join the club in January, with a goal against Villa. With Antonio Conte revealed to have signed a deal to be the next Chelsea boss, the players will know they have to prove themselves even before the new manager arrives next season.

As for Swansea, they have stabilized some what after a rocky spell that saw them fall into the relegation places. Still not completely out of danger but still not out of the woods, the Swans probably know the Chelsea match won't be critical to their survival hopes. There are still enough winnable matches left for the Welsh side that safety can be guaranteed down the stretch. Therefore those looking for a good fantasy return can pick out a few of the Blues to add into their fantasy squad. Whether or not Pato will now keep his place until Costa returns is left up to Hiddink.

Gavin - Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United

I usually take the approach of focusing on one team that has the best chance of delivering fantasy returns on both the attacking and defensive side, but I just can't see a more enticing fixture--for fantasy or reality--this week (ignoring the double for Everton and Palace for the purpose of this piece, of course).

While you should definitely have coverage from the Toffees and maybe the Eagles this week, there's no denying that the contest between Spurs and the Red Devils has the potential to be special. At this point in the season, both teams need to be at their very best to achieve their goals, whether it's the title or Champions League qualification.

Harry Kane is also leading the way for the Golden Boot and will have the support of in-form Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, while Louis van Gaal has gone some way to repair his reputation by keeping the faith with the young attacking trio of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial. The attacking contingent from both sides should be in your thoughts as you plan your teams this week.

Roberto - West Ham v Arsenal

West Ham vs. Arsenal is my match of the week. With West Ham looking to battle Arsenal in a match for European qualification, the Gunners perhaps could be well assured that while their league dream has fallen to pieces yet again under Wenger, another big match is ahead them when they take on the Hammers.

Slaven Bilić’s men are desperately looking for their dream of a European cup competition as they are two points behind the final Europa League spot and three behind the final UEFA Champions League spot, both being occupied by Manchester United and City respectively. The revelation known as Dimitri Payet will have to be on top form in they want to get the three points so expect to get him as well as Enner Valencia up front. As for Arsene Wenger’s side, the importance of David Ospina will be tested again in the goal meaning he will have to be the key player to get on your fantasy team.

Charles - Newcastle v Southmapton

It's kind of a calm before the storm coming up next week in Game Week 34 and difficult to pick a clear cut fixture. After several looks, I decided to select the match that has Newcastle traveling to St Mary's Stadium to play Southampton.  And we know Rafa Benitez was brought in to Newcastle to perform a miracle and save them from relegation.  Unfortunately, for him and the Toon faithful, they have gotten but one point in his first 3 fixtures.  The hole may have been too deep and it appears to be a classic case of too little too late. On the other hand, Newcastle is facing relegation and playing for their lives, what does Southampton have to play for, at this point?

Newcastle have only scored 9 goals on the road all season, that would be even two fewer than hapless Aston Villa.  And they have allowed 36 while traveling, that's the second highest total. So, the Saints look like a good bet this week, both offensively and probably especially defensively.  Most folks are going to be loading up on Everton and Crystal Palace with their two matches and appropriately so.  I would offer considering Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane or Graziano Pelle. And if you fancy Newcastle to outperform expectations, consider Alexandar Mitrovic, who bagged a goal and delivered 12 points last Saturday at Norwich.