Fantasy Premier League: Captain picks for GW33+ as Man United’s Bruno Fernandes is a safe call

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The post-lockdown Premier League fixture list is a hectic one which means there’s precious little time between Fantasy Premier League Gameweeks.

One way to ensure you keep raking in the points is by nailing your captaincy pick and that’s precisely what we aim to help you with.

We analyse the best options for the armband every GW, breaking them down into three categories: Top Pick, Alternative and Bold Choice.

Here are the picks for GW33+…

TOP PICK – BRUNO FERNANDES | MANCHESTER UNITED | 8.8M

There’s a saying within the FPL community – ‘when in doubt, captain Salah.’ Such has been the Liverpool star’s consistency and capacity for big hauls that leaving the armband on him is always a viable option regardless of the opponent.

Bruno Fernandes’ incredible start to life in the Premier League means he’s encroaching into that territory as an FPL asset.

Since his debut for Manchester United, he’s been involved in more goals than any other player in the league, scoring six and providing the assist for four. He’s always in the thick of things as well, averaging a shot every 22.7 minutes, a key pass every 45.4 minutes and a goal involvement every 68.2 minutes.

Like Salah, he’s become a good captain candidate regardless of the opposition. But GW33+ brings a particularly appealing opponent. Bournemouth are fresh from conceding four goals at home to a Newcastle side who, prior to the game, had the second worst scoring record in the league.

The Cherries have now picked up just one point from seven games and travel to Old Trafford with a

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England vs West Indies: A battle of two elite all-rounders in the form of Ben Stokes and Jason Holder

The first Test between England and the West Indies in Manchester will generate plenty of attention, not least in regards to the eagerly anticipated return of international cricket.

Among the many subplots that will unfold at Old Trafford on July 8 is the fact that the two sides will be led by the premier Test all-rounders of this era. With Joe Root giving the opening Test a miss to attend the birth of his second child, it will be Ben Stokes who will captain England for the first time in his career.

This turn of events means it will be the No1 and No2 ranked Test all-rounders who will greet each other at the toss in Manchester. While Stokes has been the flavour of the past year after his heroic World Cup and Ashes displays, it is West Indies skipper Jason Holder who is the top-ranked all-rounder currently and deservedly so at that.

Separated by just 153 days in age, Stokes and Holder are two players of talismanic abilities and contrasting personalities. Stokes is a global superstar, an IPL millionaire and man constantly in the spotlight for both good and bad reasons. Holder, on the other hand, barely hogs the limelight due to the minuscule media attention bestowed on West Indies cricket.

That they are the best in their respective roles in the game is not in doubt. But how do these two stalwarts compare against each other? We examine that below by taking into account their performances with both bat and ball.

BATTING

Ben Stokes

Innings: 115

Runs: 4056

Average: 36.54

100/50: 9/21

Jason Holder

Innings: 69

Runs: 1898

Average: 32.72

50/100: 3/8

The statistics suggest that Stokes is the better batsman, but the gap isn’t that wide. One thing that has to be considered is the Englishman regularly

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Norway’s rising star Viktor Hovland should already be in the Ryder Cup conversation

When a player starts to show signs of magic early into his professional career, the hype appears. Pressure is immediately added, even though it all might be misguided.

Some can live with that high bar of expectation and continue to demonstrate their class, while most others take time to adapt to the gruelling realities of the pro game. Players have to make mistakes, gain confidence and find their own path to success.

For Viktor Hovland, he appeared to be the real deal from early on, a total star in the making on and off the course. Quick with a joke and a smile, he has a mature head on his shoulders for a 22-year-old.

After turning pro following a T12 at the 2019 US Open, he finished last season with eight successive top-16 finishes. Among the many highlights of his burgeoning stardom was setting the record for most consecutive rounds in the 60s on the PGA Tour (19) after less than a full year as a professional.

That consistency was displayed with impressive ball-striking – he would have ranked second in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and third in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green if he had enough rounds to qualify for the PGA TOUR’s statistical rankings. Impressive for a young player still trying to unearth his own journey to glory.

Already a winner on the PGA Tour this season in Puerto Rico, the Oslo man provided another landmark feat when he became the first Norwegian man to break into the global top-50 following his T11 finish in the Travelers Championship last week.

Twelve months ago at the same event, he was ranked 340th in the world. Even then, there was something special about him.

It’s his presence, his innate sense of calm and self-confidence that sets him apart from other rising stars. He

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