EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 17 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 7th to 10th

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Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-10 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over three articles. This part 3 covers the teams in positions 7 to 10, part 1 covers the lineups for positions 1 to 3, and part 2 looks at the formations for positions 4 to 6. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 17 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 16, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 17.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW17

Spurs Champions League group stage vs. Bayern Munich (a) on 11/12: 3-1
Sheffield United None
Arsenal Europa League group stage vs. Standard Liège (a) on 12/12: 2-2
Crystal Palace None

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 17 (positions 6 to 11)

6 Wolves 24 pts
7 Spurs 23 pts
8 Sheffield United 22 pts
9 Arsenal 22 pts
10 Crystal Palace 22 pts
11 Newcastle United 22 pts

Lineups for gameweek 16: Predicted vs. confirmed

SPURS (home vs Burnley, 5-0)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 16   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 16
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Kane   Kane
MID Son, Alli, Lo Celso   Son, Alli, Moura
DEF MID Ndombele, Dier   Sissoko, Dier
DEF Rose, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier   Vertonghen, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier
GK Gazzaniga   Gazzaniga
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Sessegnon (Moura), Skipp (Aurier), Parrott (Alli)
       
Goals ///   Kane (Son), Moura (Alli), Son (Vertonghen), Kane (Alli), Sissoko (Kane)

SHEFFIELD UNITED (away vs. Norwich, 1-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 16   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 16
Form. 5 – 3 – 2   5 – 3 – 2
       
FOR McGoldrick, Mousset   McGoldrick, Mousset
MID Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram   Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram
DEF Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock   Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock
GK Henderson   Henderson
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Besic > Norwood, Robinson > Mousset, McBurnie > McGoldrick
       
Goals ///   Stevens (Baldock), Baldock

ARSENAL (away vs. West Ham, 1-3)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 16   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 16
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Lacazette   Aubameyang
MID Aubameyang, Özil, Pepe   Martinelli, Özil, Pepe
DEF MID Torreira, Guendouzi   Xhaka, Torreira
DEF Tierney, David Luiz, Sokratis, Bellerin   Tierney, Sokratis, Chambers, M.-Niles
GK Leno   Leno
       
Subs ///   (1st half) Kolasinac > Tierney (2nd half) Guendouzi > Xhaka, Reiss-Nelson > Pepe
       
Goals ///   Martinelli (Kolasinac), Pepe (Aubameyang), Aubameyang (Pepe)

CRYSTAL PALACE (away vs. Watford, 0-0)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 16   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 16
Form. 4 – 3 – 2 – 1   4 – 3 – 2 – 1
       
FOR Zaha, Ayew, Townsend   Zaha, Ayew, Townsend
MID Kouyaté, Milivojevic, McArthur   Kouyaté, Milivojevic, McArthur
DEF Schlupp, Tomkins,  Cahill, Kelly   Schlupp, Tomkins,  Cahill, Kelly
GK Guaita   Guaita
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Riedewald > Schlupp, Benteke > Townsend, McCarthy > Kouyaté
       
Goals ///   ///

Predicted lineups for gameweek 17

SPURS (away vs. Wolves)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Kane
MID Son, Alli, Moura
DEF MID Dier, Sissoko
DEF Vertonghen, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier
GK Gazzaniga
   
Ruled out Lloris, Vorm, Ndombele, Davies, Lamela
Doubtful Winks
Notes For the mid-week clash with Bayern, manager Mourinho rested a few of his squad’s stars, including Kane, Son, Alli, Vertonghen, D. Sanchez and Aurier. The outlines of Mourinho’s Spurs are becoming more visible after the first few weeks with the Portuguese manager at the helm. Due to unsuccessful contract negotiations, it looks like Rose will need to accept Vertonghen taking his spot at left-back with Davies out injured. On the opposite side, Aurier returns, while the central duo will be formed by Alderweireld and D. Sanchez. With Ndombele out injured and Winks having just returned from injury, we expect Mourinho to stick to a double pivot consisting of Sissoko and Dier. Up front, Son, Alli and Kane return. Seeing as Moura was taken off after 65 minutes mid-week, the Brazilian should be filling in the last available starting slot.

SHEFFIELD UNITED (home vs. Aston Villa)

Form. 5 – 3 – 2
   
FOR McGoldrick, Mousset
MID Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram
DEF Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock
GK Henderson
   
Ruled out None
Doubtful Mousset
Notes With almost a full week of rest and no major injury concerns, manager Chris Wilder, we expect little to no changes to the starting lineup when the Blades welcome Villa. Mousset got a knock last weekend that forced him off in the 66th minute, but the striker is expected to start this weekend. Should he not be fit in time, then the likes of McBurnie, Sharp or Robinson will be hoping to get the nod, but it’s hard to say who of the three.

ARSENAL (home vs. Manchester City)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Lacazette
MID Aubameyang, Özil, Pepe
DEF MID Torreira, Guendouzi
DEF Kolasinac, D. Luiz, Chambers, Bellerin
GK Leno
   
Ruled out Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney, Holding
Doubtful Bellerin, Pepe
Notes Caretaker manager Ljungberg completely mixed it up against Standard Liêge mid-week. Compared to GW16, only Sokratis and Maitland-Niles started both games, with the Europa League game taken as an opportunity to let lesser-utilised and young players get game minutes. For gameweek 17 against City, Leno returns between the sticks. Tierney injured his shoulder and will be replaced by Kolasinac, while Bellerin (if fit) will fill in on the opposite side. In the centre, D. Luiz will partner Chambers, who should provide a comfort with the ball in his feet that Sokratis does not. With Xhaka ruled out, the defensive midfield block should consist of Guendouzi and Torreira. Martinelli’s first goal and Lacazette’s 90 minutes versus Liège could indicate a first start for the former, but considering this weekend’s opposition, we’d expect Ljungberg to line up his strongest eleven. That’s why we believe Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe and Özil have the highest chance of starting on Sunday.

CRYSTAL PALACE (home vs. Brighton)

Form. 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
   
FOR Zaha, Ayew, Townsend
MID Kouyaté, Milivojevic, McArthur
DEF Riedewald, Tomkins, Cahill, Kelly
GK Guaita
   
Ruled out Sakho, Ward, Van Aanholt, Schlupp
Doubtful Meyer
Notes The Eagles are going through a defensive injury crisis, so a bit of a makeshift back-line can be expected. Guaita is in goal, Riedewald will probably fill in at left-back, Kelly continues to replace Ward on the right, and the duo Tomkins-Cahill starts centrally. We expect the rest of the team to remain unchanged in comparison to GW16. That means a three-men midfield consisting of Kouyaté, Milivojevic and McArthur, and Ayew up top with Zaha and Townsend in his back.

EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 17 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 4th to 6th

Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-10 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over three articles. This part 2 covers the teams in positions 4 to 6, part 1 covers the lineups for positions 1 to 3, and part 3 looks at the formations for positions 7 to 10. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 17 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 16, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 17.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW17

Chelsea Champions league group stage vs. Lille (H) on 10/12: 2-1
Manchester United Europa League group stage vs. AZ Alkmaar (H) on 12/12: 4-0
Wolves Europa League group stage vs. Besiktas (H) on 12/12: 4-0

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 17 (positions 3 to 7)

3 Manchester City 32 pts
4 Chelsea 29 pts
5 Manchester United 24 pts
6 Wolves 24 pts
7 Spurs 23 pts

Lineups for gameweek 16: Predicted vs. confirmed

CHELSEA (away vs. Everton, 3-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 16   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 16
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Abraham   Abraham
MID Pulisic, Mount, Willian   Pulisic, Mount, Willian
DEF MID Jorginho, Kanté   Kovacic, Kanté
DEF Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta   Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, R. James
GK Kepa   Kepa
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Hudson-Odoi > Willian, Batshuayi > R. James
       
Goals ///   Kovacic

MANCHESTER UNITED (away vs. Manchester City, 1-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 16   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 16
Form. 5 – 2 – 3   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Rashford, Martial, D. James   Martial
MID Fred, McTominay   Rashford, Lingard, D. James
DEF MID ///   Fred, McTominay
DEF Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Wan-Bissaka   Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka
GK De Gea   De Gea
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) A. Pereira > Martial, Young > Shaw, Tuanzebe > Lingard
       
Goals ///   Rashford (pen), Martial (D. James)

WOLVES (away vs. Brighton, 2-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 16   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 16
Form. 5 – 2 – 3   5 – 2 – 3
       
FOR Jota, Jimenez, Traoré   Jota, Jimenez, Traoré
MID Neves, Moutinho   Neves, Moutinho
DEF Jonny, Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker, Doherty   Jonny, Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker, Doherty
GK Patricio   Patricio
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Neto > Jota, Cutrone > Jimenez, Vinagre > Traoré
       
Goals ///   Jota (Jimenez), Jota (Jonny)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 17

CHELSEA (home vs. Bournemouth)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Abraham
MID Pulisic, Mount, Willian
DEF MID Kovacic, Kanté
DEF Emerson, Zouma, Christensen, R. James
GK Kepa
   
Ruled out Loftus-Cheek, Tomori
Doubtful Giroud
Notes We expect the four-man defence in front of Kepa to consist of Emerson or Azpilicueta at LB (who both played mid-week against Lille), Zouma (also completed the 90min mid-week), Christensen (who was rested in favour for Rüdiger), and R. James or Azpilicueta at right-back. Rüdiger is a potential starter, but we’re not sure if manager Lampard will start him twice in one week just after coming back from a long injury. Tompori is ruled out with hip injury. Emerson and James could be preferred to Azpilicueta given this is a home game against a team in 15th. Whilst lampard has said he will rotate his midfield in the weeks ahead, Kovacic seems to be a mainstay in Chelsea’s starting lineup and he was replaced by Mount after 82 minutes against Lille. We expect both to feature from the start this weekend. Kanté could be partnering Kovacic in the centre, while we expect Pulisic to join higher up after being replaced by Hudson-Odoi mid-week after 62 minutes. Willian is the most logical player for the opposite flank, but considering his 90 minutes mid-week, though Lampard might opt for Hudson-Odoi or Pedro on that position as well. Abraham was replaced by Batshuayi in the 72nd minute against Lille and is expected to lead the line against the Cherries this weekend.

MANCHESTER UNITED (home vs. Everton)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Martial
MID Rashford, A. Pereira, D. James
DEF MID Fred, McTominay
DEF Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka
GK De Gea
   
Ruled out Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Rojo
Doubtful Pogba, Dalot, Lingard, Shaw
Notes It looks like United have left the worst of their form behind as the treatment room is getting emptier and manager Solskjaer seems to be starting to get an idea of what the foundation for his team should look like. The victory at the Etihad will only have strengthened the belief in his own ideas. It looks like a four-man defence as illustrated is the Norwegian’s preferred set-up in the back. The double pivot in the double will be formed by Fred and McTominay as Pogba has returned to training, but is unlikely to be fit enough for a start already. With Lingard a doubt, we expect A. Pereira to take his spot on number ten, with Rashford to his left and D. James to his right. Up front, Martial leads the line.

WOLVES (home vs. Spurs)

Form. 5 – 2 – 3
   
FOR Jota, Jimenez, Traoré
MID Neves, Moutinho
DEF Jonny, Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker, Doherty
GK Patricio
   
Ruled out Boly, Gibbs-White
Doubtful None
Notes Manager Espirito Santo lined up a mix of regular starters and frequent substitutes for the mid-week game against Besiktas. Out of this season’s Premier League regulars, just Coady (played 90 minutes), Dendoncker (played 73 minutes), Moutinho (played 70 minutes) and Neves (played 56 minutes) started in that game. Considering this data, we expect Wolves to revert back to their familiar starting eleven for the game against Spurs. The majority of those players had a week of rest and three out of the four players who featured mid-week were taken off early.

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EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 17 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 1st to 3rd

Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-10 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over three articles. This part 1 covers the teams in positions 1 to 3, part 2 covers the lineups for positions 4 to 6, and part 3 looks at the formations for positions 7 to 10. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 17 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 16, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 17.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW17

Liverpool Champions League group stage vs. RB Salzburg (a) on 10/12: 0-2
Leicester City None
Manchester City Champions League group stage vs. Dinamo Zagreb (a) on 11/12: 1-4

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 17 (positions 1 to 5)

1 Liverpool 46 pts
2 Leicester City 38 pts
3 Manchester City 32 pts
4 Chelsea 29 pts
5 Manchester United 24 pts

Lineups for gameweek 16: Predicted vs. confirmed

LIVERPOOL (away vs. Bournemouth, 0-3)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 16   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 16
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah   O.-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah
MID O.-Chamberlain, Keita, Henderson   Keita, Henderson, Milner
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, A.-Arnold   Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez
GK Alisson   Alisson
       
Subs ///   (1st half) A.-Arnold > Lovren (2nd half) Jones > Robertson, Shaqiri > O.-Chamberlain
       
Goals ///   O.-Chamberlain (Henderson), Keita (Salah), Salah (Keita)

LEICESTER CITY (away vs Aston Villa, 1-4)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 16   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 16
Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1   4 – 1 – 4 – 1
       
FOR Vardy   Vardy
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze   Iheanacho, Maddison, Tielemans, Praet
DEF MID Ndidi   Ndidi
DEF Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira   Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira
GK Schmeichel   Schmeichel
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) H. Barnes (Iheanacho), Albrighton (Praet), J.Justin > Chilwell
       
Goals ///   Vardy (Iheanacho), Iheanacho (Maddison), Evans (Maddison), Vardy (Praet)

MANCHESTER CITY (home vs. Manchester United, 1-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 16   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 16
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Mahrez   Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, B. Silva
MID D. Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne   D. Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne
DEF Mendy, Fernandinho, Stones, Walker   Angeliño, Fernandinho, Stones, Walker
GK Ederson   Ederson
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Otamendi > Stones, Mahrez > B. Silva, Gundogan > Rodri
       
Goals ///   Otamendi (Mahrez)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 17

LIVERPOOL (home vs. Watford)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah
MID Wijnaldum, Keita, Milner
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold
GK Alisson
   
Ruled out Fabinho, Clyne, Matip, Lovren
Doubtful Lallana
Notes After Lovren had to come off early for a second consecutive time due to the same minor discomfort, manager Klopp has confirmed he will sit this one out. Replacement Gomez joins Robertson, Van Dijk and A.-Arnold in defence. After being rested last gameweek and playing the full 90 minutes against Salzburg mid-week, Wijnaldum should retain his spot in the middle. Keita has been a main replacement for Fabinho and is expected to feature from the start as well. The third midfield spot could be Milner’s after Henderson completed the mid-week game. Mané was rested in gameweek 16, so we expect him to start against the Hornets. Firmino was replaced by Milner after 75 minutes versus Salzburg, which should indicate the Brazilian starting this weekend as well. Salah seems to be getting back to form and should fill in the last spot, but considering the opposition, the upcoming fixture calendar and the quality of the bench players, we think the Egyptian is the most likely one to be replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain or Origi.

LEICESTER CITY (home vs. Norwich)

Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1
   
FOR Vardy
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze Perez
DEF MID Ndidi
DEF Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira
GK Schmeichel
   
Ruled out None
Doubtful None
Notes Manager Brendan Rodgers has no urgent injuries to deal with, but he did surprise us in gameweek 16 by mixing up his starting lineup a bit after maintaining the same lineup for many weeks. Praet and the in-form Iheanacho came in for H. Barnes and Ayoze. In terms of our expectation for the game against Norwich, we’re leaning towards Rodgers picking the usual starting eleven again, including H. Barnes and Ayoze, but this could be considered harsh on Iheanacho. Knowing that a cup game is coming up soon after this encounter, Rodgers will probably revert to his preferred 4 – 1 – 4 – 1  with H. Barnes and Ayoze on the wings.

MANCHESTER CITY (away vs. Arsenal)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, B. Silva
MID D. Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne
DEF Angeliño, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Walker
GK Ederson
   
Ruled out Sané, Laporte, Stones
Doubtful Aguero, D. Silva, Ederson
Notes Ederson missed the mid-week clash with Zagreb due to illness, but is expected to return in goal against Arsenal. Stones is out injured, making a central defensive pair of Fernandinho and Otamendi very likely. Mendy and Cancelo completed the 90 minutes mid-week, so we can see Angeliño (left) and Walker (right) return to the starting lineup. De Bruyne was rested for the Champions League game on Wednesday and will return against the Gunners. Foden and Gundogan got a 90-minute run against Zagreb, so we expect them to be replaced. D. Silva has missed the last 2 training sessions and is a doubt due to pain in his leg but will have a very late fitness test to see if he’s recovered in time to take Foden’s place against Arsenal, while Rodri should fill in the third midfield spot. Up front, Gabriel Jesus continues to lead the line, flanked by Sterling and B. Silva. If D. Silva doesn’t make it in time, we could see a mixed-up midfield with De Bruyne, Rodri and B. Silva, and with Mahrez starting on the right wing.

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FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 17 Preview

“How is Freddie Ljungberg’s Arsenal going to fare against Guardiola’s City at the Emirates on Sunday?” (CC by 2.0 ). Image by Gavin Murdock

After a whopping 30 games in just ten days, gameweek 17 offers us a full week to plan and prepare. With three of the current top-4 playing at home against teams that are currently in the bottom-6 of the league, we might see the Fantasy Premier League template score big this week. The likes of Abraham, Pulisic, Vardy, Maddison, Pereira, Mané, Salah and Alexander-Arnold are all clear favourites to win their respective games, and to bring great fortune to the FPL forum managers that own them.

The game of the weekend will probably be the Sunday afternoon clash between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates, though. The Cityzens seem to have already lost the league now that Liverpool are 14 points ahead but they won’t be giving up. The Gunners, on the other hand, just booked their first victory under caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg against West Ham last weekend, which was also the first victory for the club after a run of nine matches without a win. The home game versus the reigning champions will be a good benchmark to see to what extent Arsenal have changed or improved since the dismissal of Unai Emery.

Finally, don’t forget that the deadline for gameweek 17 is set at 11h30 (GMT+0) on Saturday, December 14th.

How did our fantasy picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Jamie Vardy Aston Villa (a) 13
Premium Kevin de Bruyne Man United (H) 1
Non-premium Dele Alli Burnley (H) 9
Non-premium Tammy Abraham Everton (a) 2
Differential Gabriel Jesus Man United (H) 2
Differential James Ward-Prowse Newcastle (a) 1
Captain Kevin de Bruyne Man United (H) 2

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per December 12th, 2019)

  TRANSFERS OUT TRANSFERS IN INFO
GK Ederson (MC), Patricio (Wol), Pope (Bur) Guaita (Cry), Schmeichel (Lei), Martin (Whu)  
DEF Van Aanholt (Cry), Tomori (Che), Aké (Bou) Kelly (Lei), Baldock (She), Evans (Lei) Injuries are a big reason for the transfers out
MID De Bruyne (MC), Sterling (MC), Pulisic (Che) Son (Tot), Alli (Tot), Maddison (Lei) Spurs & Leicester form & lack of points for high value MC players
FOR Jimenez (Wol), Aubameyang (Ars), Pukki (Nor) Rashford (Utd), Abraham (Che), Vardy (Lei) The trend for GW17 follows form and fixtures

Premium fantasy picks

Another week, another goal for Jamie Vardy (£10.1m). Or better said, another two goals for Jamie Vardy to bring his current total for the season to 16 goals in the Premier League. The Leicester striker has now scored in eight consecutive games, a stretch during which he scored 11 goals, provided 3 assists, won 14 bonus points and racked up a sweet total of 82 FPL points. With Norwich at the King Power up next, Vardy has a good chance of extending his current run to nine consecutive games in which he scored at least one goal. What’s more, he will very likely be the most popular option for the captaincy this weekend, but more on that later. For now, just be aware of the fact that Norwich have already shipped 34 goals in 16 games, and 14 of those goals were conceded in 8 away games. Leicester, on the other hand, are in outstanding form and have scored 18 goals in 8 home games so far. On paper, this looks like one of Leicester’s stand-out fixtures of the season.

While 2nd place Leicester face 19th placed Norwich at home on Saturday, current leaders Liverpool are hosting the league’s bottom club Watford at Anfield just a few hours earlier. Sadio Mané (£12.3m) put in a man-of-the-match performance in the Champions League versus Salzburg on Tuesday night after being rested in the Premier League last weekend. We expect him to be back in the starting lineup again this Saturday and we couldn’t have wished for a more favourable opponent for the occasion. Liverpool are playing against Watford at Anfield, where the Reds have yet to lose a PL game this season, and where they scored 24 goals in just eight encounters. Watford, on the other hand, are going through a horrid season that could very well end with relegation if the Hornets don’t turn things around soon. They have taken just 5 points from eight away games so far, a run over which they conceded 17 goals. Like for the Leicester-Norwich game, everything in this game is pointing towards a high-scoring win for Mané and his team mates.

Non-premium fantasy picks

Our first non-premium fantasy pick for gameweek 17 is Chelsea’s Mason Mount (£6.6m). The young English attacking midfielder saw his stock rise quickly after his consecutive goals in gameweeks 2 and 3, but just a single goal and a single assist in the last eight Premier League games made plenty of managers move him out in favour of Leicester’s Maddison or other similarly priced midfielders. Those who kept the faith were rewarded though, as Mount turned up with a goal at home to Villa in gameweek 15. For this week’s Champions League encounter with Lille, he only came on in the 82nd minute to replace Kovacic. This makes us confident in believing that Mount will start against Bournemouth this Saturday. The Cherries have lost their five last Premier League games and no other team in the league conceded more goals than them over that period (11). With Steve Cook, Adam Smith and most likely Nathan Aké out injured for the encounter, it’s not too hard to imagine a scenario in which Chelsea run riot this weekend, with Mount at the centre of it.

For our second non-premium fantasy pick of the week, form and fixture are colliding in such a way that we can’t ignore it. Leicester’s James Maddison (7.7m) started the season relatively slow, with just a goal and 2 assists in his first seven games of the season. Since gameweek 8 though, the English playmaker has improved considerably on those numbers, with 4 goals and 3 assists. What’s even more relevant, is that in the last two Premier League, Maddison brought his owners an impressive 19 FPL points, courtesy of a goal in gameweek 15 against Watford and a brace of assists against Villa last weekend. This Saturday, one of the league’s leakiest defences is visiting the King Power Stadium when Norwich come to face the Foxes. A total of 14 goals conceded in eight games does not bode well for the Canaries, but Vardy, Maddison and the other Foxes will be licking their lips in anticipation.

A differential fantasy pick or two

Last week’s recommendation of James Ward-Prowse as a differential against Newcastle at Saint James’ Park didn’t work out the way we hoped as the Magpies snapped up a 2-1 victory, but the Saints remain in thoughts. This weekend, they are hosting an out-of-sorts West Ham side that has booked only a single victory in the last ten gameweeks. The Hammers have conceded 11 goals in 8 away games, and five of those goals came in the past three gameweeks. For Southampton, Danny Ings (£6.3m) has been the man on fire recently. The Saints striker has hit the target in five consecutive games now, which has earned his owners a fantastic 39 FPL points over that period. In total, Ings has already bagged 9 goals this season and he has also 1 assist to his name. For the upcoming game against West Ham on Saturday evening, all eyes will be on him to lead the Saints out of the relegation zone.

Our second differential pick and final fantasy pick of the week plays for a team that has scored just 17 goals in 16 Premier League games so far, but hear us out. When Rafa Benitez was replaced by Steve Bruce before the 2019-2020 campaign started, many people placed Newcastle amongst their three most likely candidates for relegation. Sixteen games into the season though, and the Magpies are in 11th, a solid seven points above the drop zone. One of the pillars of Bruce’s Newcastle is midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (£5.1m), who seems to have been dealt a more offensive role by his new manager. As a result, the ex-Liverpool man has already scored 5 goals this season, three of which came in his past three games (1 goal a piece against City, Sheffield United and Southampton). His low price tag and Newcastle’s relatively decent run of fixtures over the coming weeks (Burnley away, Palace home, United away, Everton home) make Shelvey a pretty decent candidate for the slot of fifth or even fourth midfielder in your FPL squad.

For further GW17 transfer ideas look at this fiso FPL forum topic.

The captaincy.

We touched on the subject of the captaincy earlier, because with the Liverpool, Leicester and Chelsea all playing at home against weaker opposition, gameweek 17 is offering us plenty of options for the armband. The stand-out names are Liverpool’s Mané and Salah against Watford, Jamie Vardy versus Norwich, and Tammy Abraham as he faces Bournemouth. Both Mané (who was rested last weekend) and Salah played mid-week with the latter deciding the match against Salzburg, and Abraham played Champions League against Lille on Tuesday, while Vardy will have had a week to recuperate from his brace in gameweek 16 and prepare for the Norwich game. In the end, it was between Vardy and Mané for us, and we’ve gone with the former.

The FISO Forum Captain poll for GW17 has Vardy once again leading the way with well over 50% of the votes (unlike any of the UK’s political parties).

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Breakthrough Premier League Stars for 2020

You can play the official Fantasy Premier League game in many different ways and luck will certainly play a big part in determining the extent of your success, but there are a few traits that all good FPL managers have in common. One of those traits is the ability to plan ahead. It’s preferable to take at least the two to three next gameweeks into consideration when working on your team during FPL season, but it’s not all about making that next transfer. It’s also about keeping an eye on potentially interesting developments for the next season.

With 2020 almost upon us we should remind you that each new year of the Premier League sees exciting talents emerge (just like casino superwins) at different clubs and recognising these talents early can give you a considerable competitive advantage over your FPL forum rivals. Imagine knowing about the likes of Caglar Söyüncü (Leicester, 70 FPL points), Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth, 60 FPL points), Mason Mount (Chelsea, 69 FPL points) or Aaron Connolly (Brighton, 33 FPL points) before the start of the current campaign. Not only would you have gotten good FPL assets at a bargain price, but you would have also enjoyed a very quick rise in team value as well. Just to give you an idea, the four previously mentioned players currently represent a combined value increase of £2.0m.

Seeing as the second wildcard will be activated soon (after the deadline for GW20 has passed), we figured it could be interesting to take a look at some of the potential breakthrough Premier League stars for 2020. With that, you can hopefully identify the official game’s next big thing. We have looked at players who seem to be on the fringe of regular playing time for their respective teams, which is why players like Man City’s Phil Foden and Man United’s Mason Greenwood, for example, are not on this list. That’s because, while they are enormous talents, their FPL potential looks to remain limited this season, unlike certain new casino 2020 sites.

Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (midfielder, Bournemouth, £5.8m)

When Danjuma joined Bournemouth last summer for a sum of £13.7 million from Belgian side Club Brugge, the Nigerian-born Dutch international was working on coming back from an injury. That’s why it took almost two months before he could make his official debut for the Cherries, which he finally did In gameweek 7 at his own Vitality Stadium against West Ham. It wasn’t until gameweek 10 that manager Eddie Howe gave Danjuma his first start and the winger made four more starts over the six weeks that followed, all of which came in the past four gameweeks. He booked his first attacking return of the season (and his career) against Spurs in gameweek 14, as assist for Harry Wilson that earned him a total of 5 FPL points. Overall, Danjuma currently stands on 408 minutes of Premier League football, 1 assist and 18 FPL points. His injury at the start of the season represented a bit of a false start for him, but now that he’s fully fit again, it only looks like a matter of time before he starts having more of an impact on his Bournemouth side.

Reece James (defender, Chelsea, £5.0m)

So far during this 2019-2020 Premier League campaign, Chelsea have been one of the more exciting teams to follow and watch. A transfer ban for the Blues partly forced manager Frank Lampard to limit himself to Chelea’s existing roster and the academy, and it has brought them more success and compliments than many would have thought. One of the latest players to benefit from Lampard’s approach is young English full-back Reece James. He only got his very first Premier League minute of the season back in gameweek 9, when he replaced Callum Hudson-Odoi with a minute to go on the clock. Just three weeks later though, James, who preferably plays on the right but can play on the left as well, got his first Premier League start, his first full 90 minutes in the league, and his first PL clean sheet against Palace at Stamford Bridge. In each of the four games Chelsea played since then, he featured as well: once coming on as a substitute for the final half hour, three times as part of the starting eleven. Lampard seems to have a lot of faith in the youngster and even though it remains to be seen how much trust in academy graduates will remain once Chelsea’s transfer ban is lifted in January 2020, it’s hard not to see Reece James making more waves in 2020.

Moussa Djenepo (midfielder, Southampton, £5.2m)

Similarly to Bournemouth signing Danjuma, hopes were high at Saint Mary’s when the local FC bought midfielder/winger Moussa Djenepo from Belgian side Standard de Liège for £14 million. The Malinese dribbler was off to an underwhelming start at Southampton, in big part due to a combination of having to get used to a new environment and dealing with injury. He made substitute appearances in gameweeks 2 and 3, and scored a goal against Brighton at the AmEx in just his second official appearance for the club. In gameweek 5, Djenepo got his first start and in the 73 minutes he was given, he scored a goal and returned 11 FPL points. His next Premier League minutes come in gameweek 11 though, when he gets 11 minutes versus City. The week after he started and finished the game against Everton, and with exception of his 14 minutes as a substitute in GW13, he has started all of Southampton’s games since then. With a single assist over that run, Djenepo’s direct goal involvement has been limited, but more than one pundit has already hailed him as the spark that Southampton need to survive this year. The year 2020 could very well be his break-out year in English football.

EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 16 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 7th to 10th

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Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-10 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over three articles. This part 3 covers the teams in positions 7 to 10, part 1 covers the lineups for positions 1 to 3, and part 2 looks at the formations for positions 4 to 6. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 16 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 15, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 16.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW16

Crystal Palace Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week
Spurs Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week
Sheffield United Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week
Arsenal Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 16 (positions 6 to 11)

6 Manchester United 21 pts
7 Crystal Palace 21 pts
8 Spurs 20 pts
9 Sheffield United 19 pts
10 Arsenal 19 pts
11 Newcastle United 19 pts

Lineups for gameweek 15: Predicted vs. confirmed

CRYSTAL PALACE (home vs. Bournemouth, 1-0)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. ///   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR ///   Zaha, Ayew, Townsend
MID ///   McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyaté
DEF ///   Van Aanholt, Sahko, Tomkins, Kelly
GK ///   Guaita
       
Subs ///   (1st half) Schlupp > Van Aanholt (2nd half) McCarthy > Townsend
       
Goals ///   Schlupp (McArthur)

SPURS (away vs. Manchester United, 2-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Kane   Kane
MID Son, Alli, Sissoko   Son, Alli, Moura
DEF MID Ndombele, Dier   Winks, Sissoko
DEF Vertonghen, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier   Vertonghen, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier
GK Gazzaniga   Gazzaniga
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Eriksen > Moura, Ndombele > Winks, Lo Celso > Sissoko
       
Goals ///   Alli (Aurier)

SHEFFIELD UNITED (home vs. Newcastle, 0-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 5 – 3 – 2   5 – 3 – 2
       
FOR McGoldrick, Mousset   Sharp, McBurnie
MID Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram   Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram
DEF Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock   Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock
GK Henderson   Henderson
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Mousset > Sharp, McGoldrick > Norwood, Freeman > Basham
       
Goals ///   ///

ARSENAL (home vs. Brighton, 1-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe   Lacazette
MID Willock, Xhaka, Guendouzi   Özil, Willock, Aubameyang
DEF MID ///   Torreira, Xhaka
DEF Tierney, D. Luiz, Holding, Bellerin   Kolasinac, D. Luiz, Sokratis, Bellerin
GK Leno   Leno
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Pepe > Willock, Tierney > Kolasinac, Martinelli > Lacazette
       
Goals ///   Lacazette (Özil)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 6

CRYSTAL PALACE (away vs. Watford)

Form. 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
   
FOR Zaha, Ayew, Townsend
MID Kouyaté, Milivojevic, McArthur
DEF Schlupp, Tomkins,  Cahill, Kelly
GK Guaita
   
Ruled out Van Aanholt, Ward, Sakho (red card suspension)
Doubtful Meyer, Cahill, Dann
Notes Manager Roy Hodgson is finding himself in the middle of a defensive injury crisis, with Ward and Van Aanholt out injured, Dann and Cahill doubtful for Saturday’s game, and Sakho out suspended for three games. As he did in GW15, Schlupp is expected to fill at left-back, while cheap FPL player Kelly should start on the opposite side. The central pair can be formed by Tomkins and possibly Cahill, who looks set to feature. In the middle, captain Milivojevic is joined by Kouyaté and McArthur, like in gameweek 15. Up front, Zaha and Townsned are expected to support striker Ayew, from the left and the right, respectively. Guaita should continue in goal against Watford.

SPURS (home vs. Burnley)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Kane
MID Son, Alli, Lo Celso
DEF MID Ndombele, Dier
DEF Rose, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier
GK Gazzaniga
   
Ruled out Lloris, Davies
Doubtful Lamela, Vorm
Notes A tough defeat at Old Trafford last round and just two full days of rest might result in manager José Mourinho making some changes to the starting lineup. Gazzaniga will start in goal, protected by central defenders Sanchez and Alderweireld. On the left, the rested Rose could replace Vertonghen, who is playing a little out of position at left-back and who has played several games in a short period of time now. On the right we expect the improving Aurier. The central midfield block was formed by Winks and Sissoko in GW15, and seeing as Mourinho has been tinkering with these positions, we believe Ndombele and Dier could start against Burnley on Saturday. Three of the four offensive positions are pretty much filled in, with Son, Alli and Kane retaining their starting spots and Alli playing in quite an advanced role. Moura hasn’t been completely convincing at the right side of the midfield, so Mou might see this as a good opportunity to start with Real Betis-loanee Lo Celso in front of his own fans.

SHEFFIELD UNITED (away vs. Norwich)

Form. 5 – 3 – 2
   
FOR McGoldrick, Mousset
MID Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram
DEF Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock
GK Henderson
   
Ruled out None
Doubtful None
Notes Manager Chris Wilder surprised a few of us at the start of this week by beginning with Sharp and McBurnie up front against Newcastle, instead of the usual McGoldrick and Mousset. The disappointing result against the Magpies, the lack of serious injuries in the squad and Wilder’s tendency to stick to a so far proven concept have us expecting a very familiar Blades lineup. We believe McGoldrick and Mousset will be restored at Carrow Road, while it would be logical for Sheffield United to want to bounce back after Thursday’s home loss. Therefore, we expect the strongest eleven and no surprises this weekend.

ARSENAL (away vs. West Ham)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Lacazette
MID Aubameyang, Özil, Pepe
DEF MID Torreira, Guendouzi
DEF Tierney, David Luiz, Sokratis, Bellerin
GK Leno
   
Ruled out Ceballos
Doubtful Holding
Notes For caretaker manager Ljungberg, it’s currently a balancing exercise between rotating players due to the congested schedule and sticking to his best players in the middle of this gigantic slump in which the Gunners find themselves at the moment. The home loss against Brighton on Thursday evening did not do their already brittle confidence any good and Ljungberg might want to make a statement by benching a few players. In a 4-2-3-1 formation, Lacazette and Aubameyang seem to be nailed-on starters, which leaves two offensive spots open. Against West Ham, we feel these will be filled by Özil and Pepe who did look lively when coming on against Brighton. After being rested in GW15, Guendouzi is expected back in midfield, probably to partner Torreira. With Leno in goal, we predict the defence might be formed by Tierney on the left (he replaced Kolasinac in the 73rd minute in GW15), D. Luiz and Sokratis centrally, and Bellerin at right-back (who also started and completed the 90 minutes mid-week). It’s also possible that Ljungberg will opt for Chambers on the right with fatigue and the busy schedule in mind.

EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 16 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 4th to 6th

Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-10 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over three articles. This part 2 covers the teams in positions 4 to 6, part 1 covers the lineups for positions 1 to 3, and part 3 looks at the formations for positions 7 to 10. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 16 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 15, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 16.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW16

Chelsea Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week
Wolves Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week
Manchester United Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 16 (positions 3 to 7)

3 Manchester City 32 pts
4 Chelsea 29 pts
5 Wolves 23 pts
6 Manchester United 21 pts
7 Crystal Palace 21 pts

Lineups for gameweek 15: Predicted vs. confirmed

CHELSEA (home vs. Aston Villa, 2-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Giroud   Abraham
MID Pulisic, Mount, Willian   Pulisic, Mount, Willian
DEF MID Jorginho, Kanté   Kovacic, Kanté
DEF Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta   Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, R. James
GK Kepa   Kepa
       
Subs ///   (Late 2nd half) Batshuayi > Abraham, Hudson-Odoi > Pulisic, Jorginho > Willian
       
Goals ///   Abraham (R. James), Mount (Abraham)

WOLVES (home vs. West Ham, 2-0)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 5 – 2 – 3   5 – 2 – 3
       
FOR Jota, Jimenez, Traoré   Jota, Jimenez, Traoré
MID Neves, Moutinho   Neves, Moutinho
DEF Jonny, Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker, Doherty   Jonny, Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker, Doherty
GK Patricio   Patricio
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Neto > Jota, Cutrone > Jimenez, Bennett > Traoré
       
Goals ///   Dendoncker (Moutinho), Cutrone (Neto)

MANCHESTER UNITED (home vs. Spurs, 2-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Martial   Greenwood
MID Rashford, Lingard, D. James   Rashford, Lingard, D. James,
DEF MID McTominay, Fred   McTominay, Fred
DEF Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka   Young, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka
GK De Gea   De Gea
       
Subs ///   (Late 2nd half) Pereira > Greenwood, Shaw > Lingard
       
Goals ///   Rashford, Rashford (pen)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 16

CHELSEA (away vs. Everton)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Abraham
MID Pulisic, Mount, Willian
DEF MID Jorginho, Kanté
DEF Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta
GK Kepa
   
Ruled out Loftus-Cheek
Doubtful Rüdiger, Barkley
Notes Chelsea will be facing a struggling and manager-less Everton on Saturday. The defence shielding Kepa will likely consist of Emerson, Tomori (who were both rested for GW15), Zouma and Azpilicueta. Seeing as Azpilicueta and Zouma played the full 90 minutes against Villa on Wednesday, Lampard might opt for R. James and/or Christensen again. There are currently three players vying for the two central midfield spots: Kanté, Kovacic and Jorginho. The former two started mind-week, so we can see Jorginho coming on (for Kovacic) this weekend. Up front, even though Abraham limped off late on against Villa he is expected to be fit and starting, with Pulisic and perhaps Willian (assuming fully recovered from his knock against Villa, although CHO could be preferred) on his sides, and Mount in the central number-ten position. If Lampard wants to rest Pulisic or Willian, who played 86 and 90 minutes respectively this week, Hudson-Odoi and Pedro would be top of the list. Another possibility is to move Mount to the wing and have the three of Jorginho, Kanté and Kovacic start against the Toffees.

WOLVES (away vs. Brighton)

Form. 5 – 2 – 3
   
FOR Jota, Jimenez, Traoré
MID Neves, Moutinho
DEF Jonny, Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker, Doherty
GK Patricio
   
Ruled out Boly, Gibbs-White
Doubtful None
Notes Considering Wolverhampton’s current fifth spot in the league, manager Espirito Santo will have little reason to mix up his squad. Key central defender Boly remains out injured, but Bennett is fit again and there are not other immediate injury concerns. While Bennett was an assured starter prior to his injury, it remains to be seen if he will displace Saiss as part of the central back three. Dendonker has been good centrally and scored in GW15, so we expect him to retain his spot. Neves and Moutinho are expected to once again form the double pivot. In attack, we expect the usual three: Jimenez, flanked by Jota and Traoré. Most of the Wolves players have been playing twice a week for much of the season!

MANCHESTER UNITED (away vs. Manchester City)

Form. 5 – 2 – 3
   
FOR Rashford, Martial, D. James
MID Fred, McTominay
DEF Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Wan-Bissaka
GK De Gea
   
Ruled out Pogba, Bailly, Dalot, Fosu-Mensah
Doubtful Matic, Rojo, Martial
Notes We’re tempted to say that manager Solskjaer won’t tinker too much after a home victory over Spurs, but City at the Etihad are another kind of beast altogether. We can imagine a starting 5-man defence consisting of Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, possibly Tuanzebe and Wan-Bissaka. Poga remains sidelined (although is not far away from playing again) and we can’t imagine Matic being thrown into this match after such a long time out, so the two spots in front of United’s defence will likely be filled by Fred and McTominay. Despite the doubt surrounding Martial’s likeliness of starting up front, we have picked him to begin up front, with D. James and Rashford on his favoured left side to cause City some trouble on the counter. If Martial is not fit then Greenwood should again take his spot up front. In the United goal, we obviously expect De Gea.

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EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 16 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 1st to 3rd

Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-10 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over three articles. This part 1 covers the teams in positions 1 to 3, part 2 covers the lineups for positions 4 to 6, and part 3 looks at the formations for positions 7 to 10. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 16 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 15, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 16.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW16

Liverpool Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week
Leicester City Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week
Manchester City Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 16 (positions 1 to 5)

1 Liverpool 43 pts
2 Leicester City 35 pts
3 Manchester City 32 pts
4 Chelsea 29 pts
5 Wolves 23 pts

Lineups for gameweek 15: Predicted vs. confirmed

LIVERPOOL (home vs. Everton, 5-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah   Origi, Mané, Shaqiri
MID O.-Chamberlain, Wijnaldum, Henderson   Milner, Lallana, Wijnaldum
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, A.-Arnold   Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, A.-Arnold
GK Adrian   Adrian
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Henderson > Lallana, Firmino > Origi, Gomez > A.-Arnold
       
Goals ///   Origi (Mané), Shaqiri (Mané), Origi (Lovren), Mané (A.-Arnold), Wijnaldum (Firmino)

LEICESTER CITY (home vs. Watford, 2-0)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1   4 – 1 – 4 – 1
       
FOR Vardy   Vardy
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze   H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze
DEF MID Ndidi   Ndidi
DEF Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira   Fuchs, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira
GK Schmeichel   Schmeichel
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Praet > Ayoze, Choudhury > Tielemans, J. Justin > H. Barnes
       
Goals ///   Vardy (pen, Evans), Maddison (J. Justin)

MANCHESTER CITY (away vs. Burnley, 1-4)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, B Silva   Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, B. Silva
MID Foden, Rodri, De Bruyne   D. Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne
DEF Angeliño, Fernandinho, Stones, Cancelo   Angeliño, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Walker
GK Ederson   Ederson
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Mahrez > Sterling, Foden > De Bruyne, Garcia > Fernandinho
       
Goals ///   G. Jesus (D. Silva), G. Jesus (B. Silva), Rodri (D. Silva), Mahrez (B. Silva)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 16

LIVERPOOL (away vs. Bournemouth)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah
MID Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Henderson
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold
GK Alisson
   
Ruled out Fabinho, Clyne, Matip
Doubtful None
Notes Last round, manager Jurgen Klopp mixed it up, bringing in Origi, Shaqiri, Milner and Lallana in from the start, instead of the rested Firmino (entered in minute 73), Salah, Henderson (came on in the 72nd minute) and Ox. Alisson is back from his suspension, while we expect the four in front of him to remain intact. Most likely to be rested at some point are Robertson and TAA, but they seem safe for now as Gomez hasn’t exactly been brilliant and Matip still out injured. Up front, Firmino and Salah can be expected to return, while Mané seems immune to congested fixture calenders. Should he be next in line for a rest though, Origi could come on. It’s a bit of a guessing game in the middle, but there seems to be a lot of talk about an Oxlade-Keita-Henderson midfield in the run-up to the weekend, so Wijnaldum can be rested as he’s not had 2 matches in a row. Injury-wise, the situation for the Reds is quite clear, but rotation-wise, keep an eye on last-minute team news.

LEICESTER CITY (away vs. Aston Villa)

Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1
   
FOR Vardy
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze Perez
DEF MID Ndidi
DEF Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira
GK Schmeichel
   
Ruled out None
Doubtful D. Gray, Chilwell
Notes Manager Brendan Rodgers had to tinker with his starting lineup for the first time in a long time last round, as left-back Chilwell needed a last-minute replacement. For the rest, the team remained intact. Rodgers is hoping for his return this weekend, which would mean the bench again for Fuchs. Rotation is always a risk in December, but seeing as the Foxes do not play in Europe, they have a lot less need to rotate. We expect Rodgers to pick a starting lineup that is largely if not completely identical to the one he picked last gameweek, bar Fuchs at left-back. Iheanacho is pushing Perez for his starting place.

MANCHESTER CITY (home vs. Manchester United)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Mahrez
MID D. Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne
DEF Mendy, Fernandinho, Stones, Walker
GK Ederson
   
Ruled out Sané, Laporte, Aguero
Doubtful Zinchenko
Notes Ederson starts in goal. In front of him, Pep should revert to the central duo consisting of Fernandinho and Stones, flanked by Mendy on the left and maybe Walker, whose experience with Manchester derbies might be welcome, on the right even though he has had 2 matches in a row and otherwise you’d expect Cancelo to take his place. In the middle, two spots are expected to be taken up by De Bruyne and Rodri. We’d say that the third spot is between D. Silva, Gundogan and Foden, with Silva being our guess, despite his 90 minutes on Tuesday versus Burnley which was his 2nd match in a few days. Up front, we expect Jesus to be accompanied by Sterling on the left and Mahrez on the right, as the Algerian winger has now scored 2 goals in 3 gameweeks, including the 18 minutes he got on Tuesday. Bernardo Silva started that game, played very well and is naturally in contention for this one as well, but we’ve gone with Mahrez for now.

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FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 16 Preview

“Gameweek 16’s game of the week is taking place at the Etihad, where City are welcoming United on Saturday evening” (CC by 2.0). Image by Riik@mctr.

Alright, first things first. To those who followed our very well-meant, but ultimately unfortunate, back-to-back recommendations of Aubameyang as a preferred premium: we’ve learned our lesson (again). Stay away from Arsenal assets (again). The club seems in serious disarray at various levels and yesterday’s home loss against Brighton did not do much to help us believe that’s going to change any time soon, so that’s our first decision for gameweek 16.

After a relatively high-scoring gameweek 15, the next round of fixtures is already upon us, just 24 hours after the Arsenal game ended. From an Fantasy Premier League perspective, there are a few interesting games, such as Burnley’s visit to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the clash at Goodison Park between Chelsea and an Everton side currently in the relegation zone, and current leaders Liverpool taking on Bournemouth on the south coast. From a general perspective, and possibly an FPL perspective if the visitors decide to have another off-day, it’s the Manchester Derby between City and United at the Etihad that stands out. With a majority of the clubs in the top-half of the table playing an away game this weekend, it looks like it’s going to be another interesting and hopefully not too upsetting affair.

Finally, don’t forget that the deadline for gameweek 16 is set at 11h30 (GMT+0) on Saturday, December 7th.

How did our fantasy picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium P-E Aubameyang Brighton (H) 2
Premium Jamie Vardy Watford (H) 5
Non-premium Raul Jimenez West Ham (H) 2
Non-premium John Lundstram Newcastle (H) 1
Differential James Ward-Prowse Norwich (H) 5
Differential Willian Aston Villa (H) 2
Captain P-E Aubameyang Brighton (H) 4

Premium fantasy picks

Last night, Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) became the third player this season to see his price rise by at least a million, after it happened to John Lundstram and Tammy Abraham a few weeks back. The Leicester forward was already a very premium pick as far as his performances and FPL points total went, but by breaking the 10m barrier, he has also joined the elite price-wise. In the middle of a busy week and a busy month, the certainty of Vardy starting up front for the in-form Foxes can be more than valuable in FPL. It can be decisive. The English striker is playing Villa away this weekend before his team are hosting Norwich in gameweek 17. With Vardy currently being the most-owned player in the official game (selected by almost 50% of teams), you can expect his involvement to be huge over the coming weeks. In gameweek 15, he became the first player in FPL history to be captained by more than two million people and he could well break that record again this weekend or the next. That’s what scoring in seven consecutive games (9 goals, 3 assists, 69 FPL points) gets you (Vardy’s record is 11 successive games so he may not be finished just yet). There are alternatives to the man in form, but if you do choose to keep going without Vardy, your alternative choice better be have a good day.

With most of the official game’s premium fantasy picks playing away games this weekend, we have gone with one of the few who have a home game coming up. True, for Kevin de Bruyne (£10.2m), that home game is a Manchester Derby at the Etihad, but that doesn’t mean he’s not an interesting prospect. First of all, he is starting against United (right, Pep…?!). Second of all, with 2 goals and 20 FPL points from his last three games, he’s in decent form. Third of all, Man United have played 7 away games so far and from that stretch they have taken just 6 points (only six teams performed worse in away games, surprisingly including Arsenal, Spurs and Everton). Fourth of all, in those seven away games, the Red Devils have scored just 8 goals, while conceding 10. In other words, despite Marcus Rashford’s great form, recent performances point at a Man City victory in this derby. The hope is that Kevin de Bruyne is going to be the one orchestrating that victory.

Non-premium fantasy picks

When Jamies Vardy is in title-winning form and you, as a mid-priced FPL asset, outscore him over the last three gameweeks, then you’re going to end up in this list. Tottenham’s Dele Alli (£8.6m) has been sensational of late, scoring 3 goals and providing 1 assist for 29 FPL points over that period. Next up is a Burnley side that are having a decent season, but got outplayed losing 4-1 on their own pitch to Man City in gameweek 15 (and alos lost at home 2-0 to Palace in GW14). The Clarets roll up to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium having conceded 11 goals in 7 away games, while the home team has managed to put 14 in the net in 7 home games. Sean Dyche’s men are no push-overs and we’re more than sure that José Mourinho is aware of this, but we are seeing a Spurs victory here, and a good chance on attacking returns for their shadow striker, Dele Alli, who’s clearly enjoying playing in an advanced role (at times well in front of Kane!).

Our second non-premium fantasy pick for gameweek 16 is the man who has been on the mind of millions of FPL managers over the past two gameweeks or so. Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) missed gameweek 14 due to injury and despite the club, the manager and Tammy himself stating that he was very likely to return to action soon, he was transferred out by so many impatient FPL managers that his price dipped below £8.0m again, but it were the patient managers who were rewarded. Abraham returned in full force last gameweek, scoring a goal and assisting another against Villa at Stamford Bridge, and brought his owners 12 FPL points. This coming Saturday, Chelsea are visiting a struggling Everton side that has taken just 10 points from 7 home games. The Toffees conceded 10 goals over that stretch, while the Blues’ 19 goals scored in 7 away games show that Lampard’s men are more than comfortable netting away from their own ground. It’s not that Everton don’t have quality players, because they do, but their current form has seen them drop into the relegation zone and Abraham might well be the one to make things worse for them this weekend. Do bear in mind that Abraham limped off late on against Villa in GW15 so is a slight injury doubt for GW16.

A differential fantasy pick or two

Our first differential pick is one for the short to medium term, but one that could pay off big over that period. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is expected to be unavailable through injury for at least another two weeks, Gabriel Jesus (£9.6m) seems to be assured of starting spots and playing minutes for the Cityzens. While his first game after Aguero’s injury was disappointing, at least in terms of FPL returns, his second game last round resulted in 2 goals and a wonderful 13-point haul. He played the full 90 minutes in that game at Turf Moor, and we see no reason why that shouldn’t be the case for the upcoming games against Man United (home) and Arsenal (away). It’s true that these are, on paper at least, difficult fixtures, but the Red Devils and the Gunners are not in impressive form, and that’s a bit of an understatement. We can easily see City put a few past each of them, and when they do, chances are high that the 3.4% of FPL managers who currently own Gabriel Jesus will be very happy. Man City dominated their match at Burnley in GW15 and with that much possession and control of the ball it’s likely Jesus will see some chances come his way.

The second differential pick for gameweek 16 is Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m). This is, in essence, another pick for the short to medium term, considering that the Saints are facing Newcastle away this weekend, followed by West Ham at Saint Mary’s and Aston Villa at Villa Park. Saints striker Danny Ings has been taking up most of the spotlight of late, which is logical considering he has scored a goal in four consecutive Premier League games now (and picked up more than one 3 point bonus), but JWP has been just as instrumental for his side. He is their main creator, which is why he is also on most set-pieces, including penalties. The Saints are finding a bit of form, illustrated by a draw at Arsenal and two home victories in the last three PL games. Newcastle at Saint James’ Park are no walk-over (6 goals conceded in 7 home games), while West Ham have conceded 11 in eight away games and Villa 7 in seven home games. JWP and co have their work cut out for them, but that doesn’t mean that the playmaker is not an outstanding option as a fifth or even a fourth midfielder in your squad for the weeks to come.

For further GW16 transfer ideas look at this fiso FPL forum topic.

Looking at the latest FPL GW Transfers In/out Stats:

Attackers – Managers are mainly selling Jimenez (150,000 sold), Aubameyang, Kane & Aguero (injured) to fund the buying of Abraham (225,000 buys but did limp off at near the end of the match against Villa), Rashford, Vardy (ownership now 48%), and Ings (8%).

Midfielders – Martial & Sterling are the big sellers (about 125,000 each) followed by Salah, Pulisic and KDB (!) and the money instead is being used on buying Alli (235,000 buys), Mane, Son, Maddison & Zaha.

Defenders – Chilwell (injury doubt), PVA (injury), Digne, Robertson & Tomori are being sold (but lowish numbers) with the proceeds then spent on the cheap (£4.1m) Kelly, Soyuncu, Pereira, Aurier, Dunk & TAA.

Goalkeepers – Ederson tops the sold list next to Pope. Schmeichel & Ryan top the most bought.

The captaincy

With so many of gameweek 16’s “favourites” playing away from home, picking a captain wasn’t easy. Eventually we went with Kevin de Bruyne, who seems to be combining good form with a winnable (but still derby) game at home this weekend. Tottenham stars like Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli are high up the list as well, seeing as they are playing a home game against Burnley that they are expected to win comfortably.

The FISO Forum Captain poll for GW16 has Vardy leading the way but this gameweek there are other good options.

Finally if you like FPL but want to have a go at a weekly Fantasy Premier League type competition for prizes then have a look at FanTeam’s 50,000 euro weekly monster. There are freerolls for new entrants if registered within the last 8 weeks. There’s also a free chance to win an entry into a comp over two gameweeks where the top prize is a guaranteed 30,000 euros.

THE SEASON DEFINING PERIOD IS HERE – AND HERE’S HOW TO COME OUT ON TOP

The football season is well and truly underway now with the table more than taking shape and form patterns establishing but, as in the real world, the period from now up until the New Year can be a defining month for your side with so many points up for grabs.

Whether your aspirations are cementing your place at the top, breaking into the top four or even just battling to get your head above the relegation zone then the below tips will see you through.

Say hurrah to Tammy

Frank Lampard has been an almost instant hit since jetting into Stamford Bridge and England striker Tammy Abraham has been a key component of their good form having contributed 11 goals and three assists. So why is now the time to get shot of him?

Well firstly, the key to fantasy football is about getting in as a player hits their hot streak and bailing before the dip and we think Abraham’s drop off could be on the horizon. He’s still a youngster, for one thing, and it would be a huge ask for him to replicate his form up to now for too much longer – especially, given he’s been out with a knock – and that’s also true of the players around him so the whole side could suffer a little tail off.

A shaky defence and King Kev

Manchester City are trailing league leaders Liverpool by what, to some, looks like an insurmountable margin. Pep Guardiola’s men have looked untouchable over the past two seasons but the loss of long serving captain Vincent Kompany combined with the injury suffered by Aymeric Laporte mean City have a vulnerability about them.

Teams who face City now set up knowing they can get at the Champions’ backline, which means if they keep it tight at the other end then they can take points. They’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight games across all competitions so you might want to keep away from any City defenders.

Regardless of teams lining up with a defensive, counter attacking mentality though you still fancy the Citizens to find a way through; Kevin de Bruyne is the key player in those scenarios with a range of passing that would rival that of a NFL Super Bowl winning quarterback. No matter how tight a match is you fancy – or even expect – the Belgian to conjure up some magic either in terms of providing a defence splitting pass or thumping home an unstoppable strike himself.

So far this season De Bruyne has averaged 2.7 shots per game that have yielded four goals and he’s central to a lot of the teams’ creativity with nine assists to his name as well as creating at least one clear chance per game for his teammates.

Jose’s Spurs Dele-ightful

A few weeks ago, it would have been a mammoth call to load your team with Spurs players but now Jose Mourinho is at the helm it looks a wise move to get them in. He’s already motivated Dele Alli enough to rediscover his form of old; the ex-MK Dons man has now scored three and assisted two in just three games. Another player who has stood out under Mourinho is Son Heung-min.

Son has been singled out for praise by his new boss after winning a record breaking third Asian player of the year award and the midfield duo, along with obvious choice Harry Kane, have all the ability in the world and they’re all ‘Mourinho players’ in the sense that they have physical attributes, technical quality and work hard in both directions. If their gaffer can continue to keep them on their upward trajectory then the sky is the limit for what they, as individuals and a team, might achieve.

There you have it, three key things to consider as the busiest period of the season gets underway. Wait to make your move and you might live to regret not acting more swiftly.