Friday, 9 December 2016

Seb's GW15 Preview

Teams, Games and Players to Look Out For


Clearly, the most in form team in the Premier League is Chelsea. The table toppers have won eight matches on the trot, and there have been no signs that this form will change. In this eight game period, Chelsea have netted 22 goals, and conceded only 2, keeping 6 clean sheets. On the attacking front, Chelsea players have excelled over this eight game period. Diego Costa (6 goals & 4 assists), Eden Hazard (6 goals & 2 assists) and Pedro (3 goals & 4 assists) have all provided consistent hauls to their owners. For those looking for a budget option, wing back Victor Moses could be a viable option. Although listed as a midfielder, Moses still has the potential to bring home points despite his more defensive role. In this period, Moses has managed 13 shots (2 goals) and 8 shot assists (1 assist), which is actually more than attacking midfielders such as Pedro (12 shots), Mahrez (11 shots). Defensively, all Chelsea defenders offer exceptional clean sheet potential. However, the clear in form stand out option is Marcos Alonso. Alonso is arguably the most valuable FPL asset from the Chelsea team, and his introduction to the starting team coincided with the start of Chelsea’s current eight match unbeaten run. During this period, he has had 13 shots (1 goal) and 11 shot assists (2 assists). Although, his shot frequency (1 every 55.38 mins) is inferior to Moses’ 53.07, his superior creativity as well as the fact that he is classified as a defender makes him a near essential FPL asset. Furthermore, Chelsea’s next five fixtures (WBA, sun, cry, BOU, STK) are highly favourable, which heightens the appeal of all Chelsea players. Ideally, all FPL managers would love to have Alonso, Hazard and Costa in their teams. However, this may not be possible due to the form of other players such as the red hot Alexis Sanchez and Harry Kane. As a result, turning to players such as Moses and Pedro or Willian may become more common. Nevertheless, due to form, it is necessary to own at least one Chelsea player over their coming run of fixtures.


The history of matches can tell us a great deal of information. This is applicable to Arsenal vs Stoke this GW. Arsenal have won each of their last 14 home games against Stoke, keeping eight clean sheets along the way. Also, Stoke’s last away win at The Emirates came in the 1981/82 season, which highlights Arsenal dominance in this fixture. In fact, Arsenal have kept clean sheets in their past three meeting against Stoke. As a result, Laurent Koscielny, who has had three shots on target and 1 goal in his last two home games vs Stoke is a standout option this GW. On the attacking front, Arsenal players are also top options in GW15. In this fixture last season, Mesut Ozil created 8 chances (1 assist) and had a clear cut opportunity saved. Theo Walcott also excelled in this fixture last season, taking 8 shots (all inside the box) in which 5 were clear cut chances, and netting a goal. However, the main man in this fixture has been the currently in form Alexis Sanchez. In his past two home matches against Stoke, Sanchez has scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist, with a shot frequency of 1 every 14.5 minutes and a rate of 1 chance created every 34.8 minutes. Therefore, history suggest that Arsenal should beat Stoke comfortably, keeping a shut out in the process, which brings both defensive and attacking options from Arsenal into play.

Injuries and Player Availability

 Manchester City are the team that has been the hardest hit by injures and suspensions recently. Guardiola’s first choice centre back pairing of Kompany and Otadmendi has been torn apart, with Kompany (knee ligament injury – 02/01/2017) and Otamendi (5 yellow cards) both ruled out. Fernandinho, who has shielded the City back four so well this season, is also ruled out, having been handed a three game ban. Again, Sergio Aguero has been suspended, this time for four games for his horror tackle on David Luiz. Additionally, just to compound all these losses, Raheem Sterling is doubtful for the weekend, having picked up a knock against Burnely. Therefore, injuries to main players in key areas have weakened the already leaky City defence, and potentially lessened the potency of their attack.

Everton have been struck hard by injuries this week. First, Seamus Coleman was substituted with a shoulder injury and is now doubtful for the weekend. Then a minute later, Yannick Bolasie sustained a season ending injury, rupturing his ACL. These two right sided players are key to the Everton side, especially the attacking play. Four of Romelu Lukaku’s seven goals this season have been assisted by Bolasie, so the injury to the Congolese flyer will significantly reduce the appeal of Lukaku. Also, the appeal of Everton’s defence is also reduced without Coleman, who is ranked 11th amongst all players for average tackles per game.

Another team which has been impacted by injuries and suspensions is Watford. Like City, two of their key centre backs are injured, with Cathart ruled out and Kaboul doubtful. Additionally, right wing back Daryl Janmaat is also higly doubtful. This lessens the appeal of Watford defenders as they are now less likely to keep a clean sheet. Furthermore, Roberto Pereyra has been handed a one match ban after receiving a red card against West Brom. This diminishes the appeal of Troy Deeney, as he will not have a player with the creative skills such as Pereyra to provide him chances.

Finally, Liverpool have also been impacted by injuries. Philippe Coutinho is an obvious loss due to his form and talent. However, Liverpool do have other attacking players to fill the gap left by Coutinho. Despite a calf injury ruling Daniel Sturridge out, Klopp already has fit attacking players, Firmino, Origi, Lallana, Wijnaldum and Mané (recently passed fit after knock sustained vs Bournemouth) at his disposal. The biggest concern for Liverpool is the absence of Joel Matip, who has returned to training following his injury but may not be ready to start this weekend. In the three league games where Matip has not started this season, Liverpool have conceded 9 goals. In comparison, in the eleven games he has started, The Reds have conceded 9 goals. This indicates his immense importance to Liverpool and highlights how key a player he is to them. With Matip playing, the Liverpool defence is still not the tightest and doesn’t offer great clean sheet potential, but Lovren and Clyne are still viable options due to their price and attacking output. However, when Matip does not start, the Liverpool defence becomes diabolical. Despite the attacking talent Klopp’s side possesses, he cannot rely on outscoring the opposition to win every game, and a time will come when his side must defend to stay in the game. If this cannot be done, Liverpool may find themselves lower on the table than expected and not dominating games as they would like. Therefore, without Matip, the appeal of all Liverpool players is greatly reduced.

Potential Stand out Players

Alexis Sanchez vs Stoke (home) - £11.6 (TSB 31.4%)

To be fair to Stoke, their form has been quite solid as of late. However, I can’t look past Alexis Sanchez this week as one of the top captain picks. With 5 goals, 1 assist and 37 points in his last two matches, Sanchez is pretty much untouchable at the moment. Compound this with his history against Stoke (2 goals and 1 assist in his past two matches with a shot frequency of 1 every 14.5mins) and Arsenal’s record when taking on the Potters, Sanchez clearly has the potential to be a standout player this GW.

Eden Hazard vs West Brom (home) - £10.4 (TSB 36.9%)

I know that Hazard is an obvious pick, but there are few players with greater potential to stand out this GW. In his seven home appearances this season, Hazard has netted 6 of his 8 goals, and recorded a shot frequency of 1 every 23.6 minutes. Chelsea’s superb form boosts Hazard’s appeal this GW, as The Blues have scored 14 goals in their last 4 home games. Also, Chelsea have scored 5 goals in their past 2 games against West Brom, and 6 in their past 3 home clashes with The Baggies. Moreover, West Brom have not kept an away clean sheet since GW1, which further increases Hazard’s potential for points this GW.

Gylfi Sigurdsson vs Sunderland (home) - £7.4 (TSB 7.6%)

Although a differential, I believe that Sigurdsson has the potential to outperform some of the heavy hitters this GW. In Swansea’s last home game, they put 5 goals past Palace, and Sigurdsson netted a goal and provided an assist in this game. He also registered 7 shots. More broadly, 25/43 of Siggy’s shots have come at The Liberty this season, with a rate of 1 every 25.15 minutes. Now looking at his opposition in GW15, Sunderland have not kept an away clean sheet this season. Delving in Swansea’s history against The Black Cats, Swansea have scored 9 goals in their last 4 home games against Sunderland. Furthermore, in his two matches against Sunderland last season, Siggy managed 8 shots (1 every 22.5mins) and 6 shot assists. Therefore, Sigurdsson clearly has the potential to reward his owners greatly this GW.

Punt Picks

Victor Anichebe vs Swansea (away) - £4.7 (TSB 4.3%)

Despite Defoe’s record against Swansea (5 goals in past 3), I’m backing Victor Anichebe to score more points this GW. This is due to his exceptional underlying stats. Taking Sunderland’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield where Moyes instructed his side to “park the bus” out of the picture, Anichebe has excelled since being instated into the first team four games ago. Of his 15 shots in these three games (1 every 24mins), 11 of them have come inside the box. He has also netted 2 goals and registered an assist. This highlights the clear attacking threat Anichebe possesses, and he should be able to exploit a Swansea defence which has conceded a league high 31 goals, including 9 in their past two games.

Christian Benteke vs Hull (away) - £7.6 (TSB 7.8%)

With 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 4 games, Christian Benteke has the potential to excel this GW. In addition to his goal scoring form in his last 4 games, his overall form is evidenced in his underlying stats, where he has registered 13 shots (1 every 26.9mins), 12 of which came from inside the box. Although Hull are not in the worst form, they still have a leaky defence, and expect Benteke to get the better of them this GW.

Divock Origi vs West Ham (home) - £6.6 (TSB 3.0%)

Despite the limited statistical data available backing this selection due to Origi’s limited game time, I believe that he could be a solid sneaky differential captain pick this GW. In his two league games this season where he has had enough time to make an impact, he has done so, netting 2 goals and picking up 2 bonus points. He has also scored 2 goals in his 3 starts for The Reds in the EFL Cup this season. Origi’s appeal is heightened by the creative players around him, with Firmino, Lallana, Wijnaldum and Henderson all capable of finding a pass to unlock a defence, in which Origi is capable of capitalising on due to his pace and finishing. Furthermore, Origi is also a solid captain pick due to the opposition he will face. West Ham have an extremely leaky defence, who have shipped 9 goals in their past two games in all competitions. However, this Origi option does have a slight element of risk. With Lallana sitting on the bench, he will want to force his way back into the starting side, and if this occurs, Origi may be the one to miss out, with Wijnaldum shifting to the left wing and Firmino moving back to centre forward. Nevertheless, Origi’s potential outweighs this risk, and he will definitely be wanting to make it three goals in three games this GW.  

Score Predictions

WAT 1 (Amrabat) | EVE 0

ARS 3 (Walcott x2, Sanchez) | STK 0

BUR 1 (Gray) | BOU 1 (Wilson)

HUL 1 (Snodgrass) | CRY 2 (Townsend, Benteke)

SWA 2 (Sigurdsson, Barrow) | SUN 4 (Anichebe x2, Defoe x2)

LEI 1 (Slimani) | MCI 1 (De Bruyne)

CHE 4 (Costa, Hazard, Pedro, Moses) | WBA 0

MUN 1 (Ibrahimovic) | TOT 1 (Alli)

SOU 2 (Redmond, Van Dijk) | MID 2 (Fischer x2)

LIV 3 (Mane, Origi, Firmino) | WHU 1 (Carroll)

So, with all this being said, here is the Star Picks XI for GW15

 If you have any questions about GW15 or need some advice on your team, please don’t hesitate to contact me on twitter – I’m happy to help.

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Enjoy this week’s Premier League action and good luck to all FPL managers for GW15.

By Sebastian Candido
(Twitter: @sebcandido)

Monday, 5 December 2016

Gameweek 14 Review: Costa and Aguero Swap Places

It seems the narrative of the two best premium strikers in FPL has reversed as Aguero (13.0 and dropping) and Costa (10.7 and rising) have taken up new characters in an striking role reversal. This theme has been recurring all season long in what has been a strange turn of events.

Last season's hero Sergio Aguero has become something of a villain to FPL managers, while Diego Costa has gone from zero to hero in under a year. Nothing could sum up this season's two main striking assets' fortunes better than the game at the Etihad. Diego Costa was involved in two more goals, with a goal and an assist, taking his tally up to 11 for the season as the league's top scorer. Costa has now been involved in 7 goals in Chelsea's last 5 games, marking him out as a must-have forward.

Juxtaposed to Costa's sumptuous form, Aguero has struggled to string together any kind of scoring run this season due to injury and suspension. While Costa can't stop scoring, Aguero is struggling to go on the sort of scoring streaks we're accustomed to seeing him do. Costa is yet to go 2 games without a goal, while Aguero is yet to go on a run of more than two games with a goal and is now suspended for three games after a horror tackle on Costa's teammate David Luiz. Costa and Aguero have well and truly swapped places in terms of goals and discipline.

A word of warning on Costa is that he is one yellow card away from a suspension himself, but Conte has done extremely well to get the best out of Costa as well as tone down his infamous aggression. Costa has avoided a yellow card in his last 8 games, despite picking up 4 in the first 6. This time last season the Brazilian Spaniard had already picked up a 3 match ban for kicking an opponent and had more yellow cards than goals.

Cherries Come Back To Bite Liverpool's Defence

Liverpool won't win the league this season because their defence is too shabby and they can't keep clean sheets. Bournemouth deserve credit for the team spirit shown to battle back from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 at the Vitality on Sunday. Their extended run of tough fixtures is the only deterrent to transferring in Eddie Howe's players.

The Reds' defensives woes are back, even in a game where they scored three goals. Mane, Firmino and Coutinho, when back from injury, will carry on firing, but it is Klopp's inept defence that is costing them. This is a tip in FPL not to judge all Liverpool assets by their healthy league position and avoid signing the shaky Karius in goal or any of the 3 current Liverpool defenders. As Klopp continues to rotate his centre forward, the only Liverpool players worth owning are in midfield.

Written by Kyle Norbury,
Stoke fan, fantasy football nerd
Follow Kyle on Twitter: @SCFCNerd

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Gameweek 13 Review: The Week of the Super Strikers

I title this review 'the week of the super strikers' because this gameweek it was goals galore, with goals coming from usual sources. At last, a conventional FPL gameweek, though there were stumbling blocks to avoid. We can see a shift in where the points are coming from for various reasons.

Midfielders scored considerably less than the average striker this week. It was all about strikers scoring points and less about midfielders in a season where midfielders have been consistently hitting top points. Firmino, Coutinho, Lallana, Mane and Milner are big reasons behind this season's trends, but Liverpool's goals are beginning to dry up as Klopp looks to make his team more defensively solid as they make a serious title challenge over the Christmas period, when it is impossible to play intense football every game without getting injuries. It's working. The Reds have kept clean sheets in their last 2 games despite only keeping a single shutout previously, but have only scored 2 goals in those games. Liverpool midfielders are now much weaker options. Elswhere in midfield, Eden Hazard's popularity may have peaked. The Chelsea man was in fine form going into the game with Tottenham but had little involvement and Hazard owners endured a costly blank now Hazard's price has shot up to 10.2. It was Hazard's 5th points score of 3 or below, proving he is still not always reliable.

However, Hazard's teammate Diego Costa, although didn't score, managed to assist in Chelsea's 2-1 home win to Spurs on Saturday. Costa is a much better value option if you need Chelsea cover. Costa, Ibrahimovic, Aguero and Alexis Sanchez, who is playing as an out of position (OOP) striker, came up trumps while midfielders failed to deliver. Other strikers who deserve a mention this week are Alvaro Negredo, who hit a brace past the champions, Islam Slimani, who staked a claim for a regular starting berth with a goal on Saturday in a cameo appearance, Christian Benteke, scoring and assisting in the 5-4 thriller at the Liberty, a game in which another centre forward Fernando Llorente scored a brace and made an assist after a slow start to life in South Wales. Sakho was back in the West Ham team with an equaliser at Old Trafford and Charlie Austin scored the winner vs Everton, while Callum Wilson reminded FPL managers that he is rightly the Bournemouth penalty taker.

Austin Shows Signs of Things To Come

Charlie Austin is a player to watch in the next gameweek away to a leaky Crystal Palace, playing well in the forward role alongside Nathan Redmond. Redmond's pace and trickery and Austin's positioning and aerial ability make the Saint's forward line one of the most feared in the league at the moment. Boosted from a very good win v ex-manager Koeman's Everton, Southampton's fixtures from gameweek 13 through to 25 look very promising indeed, as Austin will look to hit the goal trail. If out-playing Everton was anything to go by, Spurs is the only test in that lengthy run of games.

Even at this stage of the season with 13 gameweeks played out there are still no must-have strikers yet. The next few weekends might change that however.

by Kyle Norbury
Follow me on Twitter: @SCFCNerd
Stoke fan and fantasy football nerd

Friday, 25 November 2016

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Seb's GW13 Preview

Teams, Games and Players to Look Out For

First of all, form is a big factor when looking out for teams and potential FPL options. This means teams in and out of form must be studied. West Brom and Hull are excellent examples for GW13. The Baggies have won two matches on the trot, scoring 6 goals and conceding 1. During these matches, Matt Phillips in particular has excelled, registering a goal and assist as well as full bonus in both matches. James Morrison has also netted in consecutive matches, and Rondón has netted a goal (7 shots) and provided an assist. In comparison, Hull have conceded 11 goals at home this season in 6 matches, and have been held scoreless on three occasions. 

Secondly, history should also be considered. This GW, Manchester United vs West Ham provides an example of this. The last time West Ham beat Man U at Old Trafford was in the 2006/07 season. This means that United are unbeaten in 10 straight home matches against the Hammers, scoring 20 goals, so are therefore averaging 2 goals per home game against West Ham in the past 10 years. This brings attacking players such as Zlatan Ibrahimović and Juan Mata (6.4 points per home game this season) into account. Looking at further history to pinpoint potential star players, Anthony Martial could be set to bag the points this GW. Martial has netted 3 goals in his last 3 games against West Ham, so if he starts, he could be in line to net again this GW. History can also bring the prospects of defensive returns to the minds of FPL managers. In this ten game period spanning ten seasons, Man U have kept 6 clean sheets. As a result, Antonio Valencia and David De Gea could be set to reward FPL managers this GW.

Another area that FPL managers must look out for is teams in European competitions (Champions League and Europa League) as well as teams with upcoming mid-week games in the League Cup. Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham, Leicester, Southampton and Manchester United all played matches throughout the week and fielded near full strength teams in these games. This may create some doubt for FPL managers, as players may be suffering from fatigue and needing a rest, which could bring rotation into the picture. To make it even worse, Arsenal, Southampton, and Manchester United all have EFL Cup matches mid week after this GW in addition to their European commitments. Liverpool, Hull and West Ham will also be playing in the Cup mid week. With the competition coming to the pointy end, managers may want to field stronger sides in the Cup rather than a reserve team. This could mean less minutes or even a rest for big name players. Major FPL options Kane, Agüero, De Bruyne, Ibrahimović, Sánchez, Özil and Koscielny all played 90 minutes in European games mid week, so these players must be monitored this GW.

Finally, the injuries and suspensions must be taken into account. The loss of a key player can have a negative affect on the performance of a team. At Arsenal, it was confirmed on Wednesday that Cazorla will be out indefinitely, and it is rumoured that it could be another month until he returns. This season, Arsenal have averaged 2.4 goals per game when Cazorla plays, and only 1.5 when he does not. When he is out, Wenger has turned to two very defensive minded midfielders, Elneny and Coquelin, in the double pivot which leaves the Arsenal side rather unbalanced without a deep lying playmaker to build up their play. Ramsey’s poor performance on the left wing against Manchester United may prompt Wenger to move Ramsey back to central midfield, but even still, he is not the same player as Cazorla. This is because he tends to contribute more with penetrating runs into the box rather than controlled distribution and build up play. In a similar way to Arsenal without Cazorla, Leicester will be without their chief central midfielder Danny Drinkwater after he received a three match ban for violent conduct. This may result in the Foxes lacking control in matches and having less fluent build up play and their defence not being as strongly shielded. Furthermore, Klopp revealed after his side’s 0-0 draw with Southampton that Adam Lallana could miss the next two or three games with a groin injury, which will impact the attacking potency of Liverpool, and the front three may have less service. On the defensive front, teams are also impacted by injuries and suspension. In particular, the Middlesbrough defence may be impacted by the loss of George Friend (knee – 2/3 weeks) and Daniel Ayala (ankle – late fitness test). Also, investment in the Sunderland defence such as Patrick van Aanholt or Jordan Pickford looks less appealing now due to the injury of Patty McNair (ACL – season), who had been playing out of position at defensive midfield and helped the Black Cats to consecutive wins with only 1 goal conceded. With this being said however, these injuries do boost the appeal of attacking players playing against these sides.

Potential Stand out Players

Kevin De Bruyne vs Burnley (away) - £10.8 (TSB 10.7%)

Having blanked in only 3 of his 11 matches so far this season (9 assists, 2 goals & 14 bonus points), De Bruyne is one of, if not the most consistent FPL asset. In 4 starts away from home this season, KdB has registered 12 shots (1 every 28.8mins) and 16 shot assists (1 every 21.6mins), with 1 goal and 5 assists in these 4 matches. His appeal his heightened by the recent lacklustre performances from Burnley, who have conceded 6 goals in their past two games.

Roberto Firmino vs Sunderland (home) - £8.8 (TSB 17.9%)

Playing as a centre forward, Roberto Firmino has the potential to return a massive haul at home to Sunderland. This season, he has managed 17 shots (1 every 26.1mins) and 18 shot assists (1 every 24.7mins) in his 5 home games, with 3 goals and 3 assists coming at Anfield in these 5 games. He is also averaging 8 points per home game this season. In two starts against Sunderland last season, Firmino registered 1 goal (7 shots) and 1 assist (5 shot assists) which bodes well for his owners in FPL. Also, his appeal is heightened by the attacking strength of his team, who have scored 17 goals in 5 home games this season (3.4 goals per game).

Mesut Özil vs Bournemouth (home) - £9.6 (TSB 9.0%)

Despite a poor performance last GW against Manchester United, I’m backing Özil to succeed in GW13. This season, both of Özil’s goals and subsequent double figure hauls in the PL have come at home. He also netted a hat-trick at the Emirates in the Champions League. His appeal is boosted by the fact that he has only blanked at home once in his last four appearances. Looking at Özil’s history vs Bournemouth, in two games last season he netted 2 goals and provided 2 assists, as well as creating 11 chances for his teammates. Therefore, Özil definitely has the potential to reward his owners this GW.

Punt Picks

Salomón Rondón vs Hull (away) - £6.5 (TSB 4.9%)

In five away matches this season, Rondón has registered 20 shots, at a frequency of 1 every 22.5 minutes which is very impressive. Also, 2 of his 4 goals, as well as 4 of his 5 bonus points have come away from home. Furthermore, his team is in good form, managing 6 goals in their last 2 games, and this has been without arguably their best attacker Nacer Chadli. In addition, Hull have conceded 11 goals in 6 matches at home this season and have not kept a clean sheet at the KCOM this season. Also, the Baggies have only been held scoreless away from home once this season, which bodes well for FPL managers who own West Brom attackers, in particular, Salomón Rondón.

Troy Deeney vs Stoke (home) - £7.0 (TSB 6.4%)

It’s fair to say that Deeney isn’t in very good form at the moment, having not netted a goal since GW7. However, his assist against Leicester last GW will hopefully spark a return to form for the Watford captain. Deeney has been stuck on 99 goals for the club for some time now, and he will be trying to bag a goal this GW to reach the milestone. Furthermore, his record vs Stoke is very impressive. In 2 matches against the Potters last season, Deeney netted 2 goals and registered 6 shots. 

Gylfi Sigurdsson vs Crystal Palace (home) - £7.2 (TSB 3.5%)

Sigurdsson is one that has flown under the radar of many FPL managers. Looking at his recent attacking statistics, he has been one of the strongest and most consistent options. Overall, he has registered 36 shots (3 goals) at a frequency of 1 every 27 minutes as well as 17 shots assists (3 assists). More impressively, 50% of his shots have been on target. He has also only blanked 3 times in his past 9 GWs. Sigurdsson’s appeal for GW13 is heightened by his record against Crystal Palace. In his last 2 starts against the Eagles, Siggy has scored 1 goal and provided 1 assist. In addition, he took 9 shots and created 9 chances in these two matches, which accounts for a rate of 1 attacking contribution every 10 minutes! Moreover, Palace have conceded 12 goals in their past 4 games, which increases Sigurdsson’s appeal this GW.

Score Predictions

BUR 1 (Hendrick) | MCI 3 (Aguero, De Bruyne, Otamendi)

HUL 1 (Mbokani) | WBA 2 (Dawson, Rondón)

LEI 2 (Mahrez, King) | MID 1 (Negredo)

LIV 5 (Firmino x2, Coutinho, Mané, Clyne) | SUN 1 (Defoe)

SWA 2 (Routledge, Sigurdsson) | CRY 2 (Benteke x2)

CHE 0 | TOT 0

WAT 3 (Deeney, Janmaat, Pereyra) | STK 0

ARS 4 (Özil, Sánchez, Walcott, Giroud) | BOU 0

MUN 2 (Martial, Ibrahimović) | WHU 0

SOU 2 (Boufal, Austin) | EVE 1 (Lukaku)

So, with all this being said, here is the Star Picks XI for GW13

If you have any questions about GW13 or need some advice on your team, please don’t hesitate to contact me on twitter – I’m happy to help.

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Enjoy this week’s Premier League action and good luck to all FPL managers for GW13.

By Sebastian Candido
(Twitter: @sebcandido)

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Gameweek 12 Review

A Week for the Differentials

FPL managers were left shocked, as heavy hitters such as Aguero, Lukaku, Hazard and Sanchez were unable to record any returns while many new differentials were uncovered by various interesting results throughout the weekend.

Furthermore, Chelsea continued their great form in the Premier League since the application of Conte’s brilliant 3-4-3 formation, which has seen them win 6 in a row without conceding a single goal. West Brom had a dominant performance as they scored 4 against Burnley. Liverpool faltered against a defensively solid Southampton side to allow Man City to catch up with an impressive 2-1 win against Crystal Palace and Chelsea to overtake them at the top of the Premier League.

1.      Differentials Galore
Many players who were overshadowed by the brilliant performances of heavy hitters in recent weeks flourished in a very underwhelming week for FPL managers. These players could be recruited in the future if they continue this run in form

Matt Phillips headlines these differentials. The West Brom winger has been on immense form in the last two gameweeks providing 2 goals and 2 assists. In GW12, he provided another goal and assist in West Brom’s 4-0 destruction of Burnley which resulted in a 14 point haul. This run of great form is not unfamiliar with Phillips providing 8 assists in the final 12 games in the 2014/15.

Cedric Soares is one of the greatest differentials in FPL this season. Priced at 4.9m, he is the cheapest of all the Southampton defence, which have been solid defensively in a season in which clean sheets have been scarce. Cedric returned from injury in GW12 and was able to rack up his 3rd clean sheet in his last 4 starts in the Premier League. Cedric could be a great player to free up funds for other improvements in FPL squads.

Sigurdsson concludes the best differentials from GW12. Swansea haven’t been in the best form in their Premier League history as they sit in bottom place after 12 games. However, regardless of this terrible form, Sigurdsson has still managed to get 3 goals and 3 assists so far this season. Sigurdsson had an impressive performance in GW12 against Everton managing 1 goal and a 9-point return in an improved performance by Swansea.

2.      Chelsea continue their dominance
Chelsea are the team on hot form at the moment. Conte has been successful with the application of the 3-4-3 as Chelsea currently sit on top of the Premier League table after keeping their 6th straight clean sheet. With the 1-0 win against Middlesbrough in GW12, Chelsea put forth an unchanged starting lineup for the 5th consecutive game, which is the first time they do so in the Premier league era. Along with that, Conte has become the first ever Chelsea manager to win 6 consecutive games without conceding a single goal. At the core to this success are the players who have been in great form.

The players crucial to this recent success are Hazard, Costa and the entire defensive players. Hazard has played a pivotal role in the Chelsea attack, showing the form which won him the PFA Player of the Year in the 2014-15 season. However, Hazard wasn’t able to show the form of recent weeks as he was basically man-marked out of the game by a sold Middlesbrough defence. Costa has been influential in the Chelsea attack so far this season, only failing to find the back of the net in two occasions. This was no different in GW12 as Costa continued his great run of form and found the back of the net to win the game for Chelsea. The Chelsea defence have been solid with Cahill, Azpilicueta and Luiz in the form of their life. Adding to this is Marcos Alonso, the left back being utilised in Left Midfield. All of these members of the Chelsea squad have helped establish Chelsea as a force to be reckoned with this season.