You know it’s getting close to Christmas when the Fantasy Premier League fixtures keep coming thick and fast and whilst the frustrations over squad rotation have been evident this week, the plethora of FPL action is a joy to behold.
Those managers who opted for Sane this week were left dumbfounded by his omission from the squad, but those who selected the cheaper Raheem Sterling were richly rewarded once again as he struck deep in to injury time at the Etihad to secure all three points for his team.
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Arsenal hitting 5 past Huddersfield has put the cat amongst the pigeons for the visit of Man Utd who themselves put 4 fast Watford in midweek and with another relatively simple home fixture for Chelsea, Morata and Hazard owners will be hoping for a more emphatic display than was witnessed against Swansea.
Salah may have started on the bench at Stoke but coming on a getting a brace keeps him firmly at the top of everyone’s Christmas list this winter.
Let’s take a look ahead to game week 15 and our top picks.
Game Week 15 Top Picks
There are once again some favourable fixtures in the offing in GW15 with Chelsea probably getting the pick of them with a home game against Newcastle who have conceded 9 goals in their last 3 games. Given that two of those games were against West Brom and Watford alarm bells should be ringing for Benitez and anyone affiliated with the Toon.
Liverpool will massively fancy their chances against Brighton whilst West Ham look to be in for another whipping against Man City after conceding 4 goals at Everton on Wednesday.
Chelsea Vs. Newcastle
On paper this has all the hallmarks of a one way demolition but Newcastle are not Swansea when it comes to defence and organisation. The Swans have conceded just 6 goals away from home in 7 games whilst Newcastle have conceded 11 in the same number of games away from home.
The concern is that Chelsea have actually been much more free scoring away from home than they have at the Bridge, but that being said there has to be at least 2 goals in this for the home side. Morata was unlucky not to score in midweek and with Hazard returning to the starting line up they will both relish the chance to score big – and they will be the danger men.
Perhaps not one to go all out captain on this week – as there are plenty of options elsewhere – but the run of fixtures that Chelsea having coming up between now and the middle of February means you will want to stock up on at least two of their players for that run. Defensively, we see them grabbing another CS here.
Brighton Vs. Liverpool
It is hard to bet against Liverpool at the moment and they really seem to have turned a corner in all aspects of their game. This represents another chance for some cheap clean sheets with Moreno being the best budget defender at the moment in our book – in terms of his almost guaranteed position in the team.
Mo Salah is just red hot at the moment and I find it hard to believe that there are still people who don’t have him in their sides. Expect Coutinho to return also and with Mane showing real threat at the moment he could be another to consider. But – for now, Liverpool are all about Salah and he could be a very good captain shout once again this week.
Everton Vs. Huddersfield
Although many Everton fans are not happy with the appointment of Sam Allardyce, they will have been happy with a 4-0 thumping of West Ham against their old manager David Moyes and with a hat-trick for Wayne Rooney it could be a good time to grab an Everton player for the first time this season.
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The one area that should provide promise at least is defensively with some decently priced defenders available for the Blues. Jonjoe Kenny has played the full 90 minutes in the last 6 games and with Baines, Keane, Coleman and Funes Mori all still on the sidelines he could be a very decent shout at just £4.3m.
Niasse is set to return from suspension this week and at just £5m looks like the sort of player that his new manager will like. 3 goals and an assist in his last 4 games will provide hope for more against a Huddersfield side who capitulated against Arsenal in midweek.
Watford Vs. Spurs
Spurs have been out of sorts in the last few league games and dropped down to 7th in the league with any hopes of winning the title this year all but gone. This will be a very interesting game and could go either way. Watford showed real spirit in their match against Man United and Doucoure and Richarlison continue to impress. That being said, I expect a response from Spurs in this game and I also expect Harry Kane to grab a goal or maybe even two. He is the one player who has continued to score amid the dross.
Arsenal Vs. Man United
Mesut Ozil announced his FPL potential on Wednesday night with 2 assists and a goal against Huddersfield but this will be a completely different affair. Expect this one to be tight and edgy with Mourinho likely to park the bus and wait for his chance to pounce.
Unfortunately, this is a game to chalk off and avoid – as for Lukaku – if you haven’t got rid yet then there are so many better options right now.
We are yet to learn the full extent of Lacazette’s groin injury but he looks a serious doubt for this game and it does provide a good chance for a cut price Oliver Giroud.
Man City Vs. West Ham
You have to fear for David Moyes’ West Ham side in this game and if they play like they did at Everton they will get blown away. There was no fight from the Hammers at all at Goodison Park – particularly in the first half – and City could be out of sight by half time in this fixture.
Leroy Sane looks set to return after disappointing his owners and it will be interesting to see if Pep sticks with Aguero and Jesus or if one of them has to drop down to accomodate the German winger.
Sane will be among our thoughts for captain this week, as will KDB… but Raheem Sterling will pose a rotation concern and as such might not be afforded the armband yet again.
City have struggled to keep clean sheets lately but this should be one where they get those defensive points too.