Gameweek 25 Preview – 4 February 2016

Gameweek 25 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365.

What a way to start the weekend, with the Premier League’s top two teams going head to head in the lunchtime kick-off. Man City know that their superior goal difference means a home victory would move them above Leicester City in the table, and cement their status as favourites for the title. Their form at the Etihad is really good too, with only the two Merseyside clubs managing to avoid defeat there in the past 14 games. City have 33 goals from 12 home games in the league so far this season and Leicester have the worst defensive record of anyone in the top 5, so you’ve got to fancy the hosts to score a couple. Sergio Agüero (£13.5m) is the man to look to here, having scored 6 goals in his last 5 league outings.

Liverpool face Sunderland at 3pm, and despite Liverpool’s shaky form they are tough to beat at Anfield. They’ve lost only 2 of their last 17 home games in all competitions, and it’s rare that Sunderland come away from anywhere with all 3 points – they’ve lost 10 of 13 away games this season and have kept just one clean sheet in the process. Roberto Firmino (£8.0m) has 4 goals and 35 Fantasy Football points from his last 4 matches, so putting your faith in him could pay dividends.

Tottenham are the form team in the country, having won their last 5 games in all competitions. They’ve scored 16 and conceded just 3 in that time, and next up for them is a Watford team who are in a bit of slump (only 3 wins form their last 9 matches, and in the league it’s 1 win in 7). Harry Kane (£10.0m) is the only real centre forward in the Spurs squad and he’s leading the line well, bagging 4 goals in his last 3 league games. He could well add to that tally on Saturday, and at the back there could be a real bargain in Kevin Wimmer (£4.6m). With Jan Vertonghen out injured he could be set for an extended run in the team and he helped Spurs to a clean sheet last time out against Norwich. This Spurs side have conceded more than 1 goal on only 3 occasions in the league this season, so Wimmer could pick up some decent points over the coming weeks.

On Sunday Arsenal travel to Bournemouth, hoping to turn around their fortunes having failed to win any of their last 4 league games. Bournemouth have found some form, with only 2 defeats from 14 in all competitions. One of those defeats came against Arsenal though, and the Gunners should be too strong for the home side in this one. Alexis Sánchez (£10.9m) is back from injury and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet against Southampton last time out. He has 4 goals and 2 assists from the 8 away league games he’s featured in this season, and with Mesut Özil (£10.0m) failing to score or assist in his last 4 league games it could be up to Sánchez to lead his team to victory.

The last game of the weekend is historically a huge Premier League fixture but this season is between two massively underwhelming and underachieving teams. Stamford Bridge hosts Chelsea v Man United, with Chelsea setting their sights on a top half finish and Louis Van Gaal’s men hoping they somehow scrape a Champions League place despite his negative tactics! United have a wretched record in this fixture, with only 1 win in their last 11 games against the Blues. They’ve also failed to score in 4 of the last 7 meetings between the two sides, and with Chelsea’s recent defensive record (it’s now 5 clean sheets in 8 games after their goalless draw with Watford last night), the best players to look to for this game are defenders. John Terry (£6.6m) has picked up 33 Fantasy Football points from his last 6 matches, including 2 bonus points in each of the last 2, and would be a solid pick this week.

Saturday

Man City v Leicester

(12.45pm BT Sport 1)

Liverpool v Sunderland

Newcastle v West Brom

Stoke v Everton

Swansea v Crystal Palace

Tottenham v Watford

Aston Villa v Watford

Southampton v West Ham

(5.30pm Sky Sports 1)

Sunday

Bournemouth v Arsenal

(1.30pm Sky Sports 1)

Chelsea v Man Utd

(4.00pm Sky Sports 1)

Gameweek 24 – 1 February 2016

Gameweek 24 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365.

Amongst tomorrow night’s 8 fixtures leaders Leicester City are looking to maintain their advantage at the top of the table against Liverpool. The Foxes lost at Anfield in December so will be keen to gain revenge for that, but it’s almost 15 years since they managed to beat Liverpool. They’ll be confident of a result here though, having had 10 days’ rest since their last match (a 3-0 cruise against Stoke), whilst their opponents have had two gruelling cup ties in which they failed to score in 210 minutes of football – their Capital One Cup semi-final went all the way to penalties on Tuesday night and they then played out a hard-fought 0-0 draw against West Ham in the FA Cup on Saturday evening. Leicester have a formidable record at the King Power Stadium too, with only 1 defeat in the league there this season and 2 defeats in their last 18 home league matches. Jamie Vardy (£7.2m) was back amongst the goals in their victory over Stoke, bagging his first in 7 appearances. He’s still the Premier League’s leading scorer this season, so is well worth a look for your team.

Elsewhere Arsenal take on Southampton in an intriguing tie at the Emirates. The last time these sides met the Gunners were in great form having won 5 and drawn 1 of their previous 6 matches, whilst Southampton were the exact opposite, having recorded 1 draw and 5 defeats from their previous 6. Of course, the formbook was completely thrown out of the window with the Saints hammering a shell-shocked Arsenal 4-0. Since then the two teams have continued to have contrasting fortunes, with Southampton losing 3 on the bounce and Arsenal recording 3 consecutive wins, before Southampton won 3 league matches in a row while Arsenal went on a run of no wins in 3 in the league. It’s anyone’s guess what happens here, but Southampton’s Charlie Austin (£7.0m) scored 18 goals for relegated QPR last season and marked his return to the Premier League with the winner at Old Trafford last weekend (scoring 8 Fantasy Football points from just 12 minutes on the pitch). He would be a fine addition to anyone’s strikeforce.

Manchester City’s away form has been patchy at best in the league this season, but tomorrow night’s fixture provides them with a perfect opportunity to pick up 3 points. The hosts have kept just 3 clean sheets from 26 matches in all competitions this season and City have won 4-1 on their last 2 visits to the Stadium of Light. Sergio Agüero (£13.5m) appeals as a captain choice here, having scored 5 goals and assisted 1 in his last 4 league appearances. Those of you with Kevin De Bruyne (£10.5m) in your squad may want to take this opportunity to offload him after the midfielder picked up a knee ligament injury in last week’s Capital One Cup Semi Final win against Everton.

On Wednesday Everton host Newcastle at Goodison Park. The Toffees have failed to win any of their 5 league games since beating Newcastle with a goal deep into injury time on Boxing Day. Indeed that last-gasp win was their only victory from their last 10 league games, and Newcastle have only 1 win from 7 in the league, so neither side are in good form. This is a game between 2 of the leakiest defences in the Premier League so goals should be on the cards, and for that reason Romelu Lukaku (£9.1m) is worth serious consideration and could find himself back on the scoresheet after 4 league games without a goal.

To round off the midweek action we have Watford v Chelsea. The Blues will be hoping to continue their revival under Guus Hiddink, having won 5 and drawn 4 of the 9 games since his appointment. It’ll be a tough task to secure a win at Vicarage Road though, with Crystal Palace the only away team outside of the top 5 to do that this season. Watford have just one win in their last 6 league games and Chelsea have kept clean sheets in 4 of their last 5 Premier League games away from Stamford Bridge, so perhaps a Bore Draw could be on the cards. Kurt Zouma (£5.4m) has established himself as a regular starter so could be a solid choice at the back.

Gameweek 23 Preview – 22 January 2016

Gameweek 23 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365.

The early game on Saturday pits Norwich City against Liverpool, and the visitors have a great record in the Premier League in this fixture. They’re unbeaten in their last 11 games against Norwich and have won on each of their last 5 trips to Carrow Road. In those 5 wins they’ve scored 15 goals, so the home defence will be expecting a tough afternoon. Roberto Firmino (£7.8m) should start, whether this is as Liverpool’s ‘false nine’ or just behind a front man in the absence of Philippe Coutinho. He has scored 28 Fantasy Football points from his last 5 matches, and could add to that total on Saturday.

Leicester have the chance to go back to the top of the table when they entertain Stoke at the King Power Stadium. Neither Arsenal nor Man City are in action until later in the weekend, so the Foxes know that even a point will assure them of top spot by 5pm, even if it’s just temporarily. This incentive is in stark contrast to the visitors; Stoke may well have one eye on their Capital One Cup Semi Final against Liverpool on Tuesday, a game they go into knowing that only a win will give them a chance of booking their place at Wembley. With the away side potentially distracted Leicester could turn around their shaky form (it’s now 1 win in 7 in all competitions) and secure the 3 points. It’s the defenders who have impressed recently, with Leicester recording 3 clean sheets from their last 4 games. They can potentially add to that at the weekend, and with both centre backs a threat at set pieces Robert Huth (£4.3m) and Wes Morgan (£4.3m) are well worth consideration.

Meanwhile, there’s a relegation six-pointer at the Stadium of Light where Sunderland host Bournemouth knowing that a win could put them to within one point of safety but a defeat could leave them 7 points adrift of that coveted 17th position. Patrick van Aanholt (£4.6m) has 3 goals and an assist from his last 3 league games and scored 26 Fantasy Football points from those, not bad going for a left back! He could be an option this week, but be mindful of the fact that following Saturday’s game Sunderland face a tough fixture list consisting of Man City, Liverpool and Man United in successive matches.

The late kick-off provides Man City with a stern test as they try to turn around their poor form away from the Etihad. They’ve won only one of their last seven away games in the Premier League, a run that started back in September when they lost 4-1 at Tottenham. They face West Ham this weekend, a team who are in superb form having not lost in their least 8 league games at Upton Park. Dimitiri Payet (£8.0m) is the Hammers’ main threat, and over half a million Fantasy Football managers have brought him into their squad since his return from injury just over 2 weeks ago.

On Sunday there’s an obvious captain choice with Everton hosting Swansea. Romelu Lukaku (£9.2m) has gone 3 league games without scoring but will be confident of getting back amongst the goals against a Swansea defence that has kept just one clean sheet on their travels all season.

Finally, the big game of the weekend is Chelsea’s trip to the Emirates. The Blues are having a woeful season, and could find themselves just one point clear of the relegation zone going into this game if other results go against them earlier in the weekend. They won’t be relishing the news that Alexis Sánchez (£10.8m) and Mesut Özil (£10.0m) are both in contention to start for Arsenal having recovered from injury. Either of these players would be a fine addition to your team this week.

Good luck to all our Fantasy League managers. There’s a break for the FA Cup next weekend, but that’s followed by a double header of Fantasy Football action, with midweek fixtures on 2/3 February and another full round of games over the weekend.

Saturday

Norwich v Liverpool
(BT Sport 1, 12.45pm)
Sunderland v Bournemouth
Watford v Newcastle
West Brom v Aston Villa
Crystal Palace v Tottenham
Leicester v Stoke
Man Utd v Southampton
West Ham v Man City
(Sky Sports 1, 5.30pm)

Sunday

Everton v Swansea
(Sky Sports 1, 1.30pm)
Arsenal v Chelsea
(Sky Sports 1, 4.00pm)

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Gameweek 22 Preview – 15 January 2016

Gameweek 22 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365.

Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off provides a potential captain choice in Harry Kane (£9.9m). Tottenham face a Sunderland side who have conceded at least one goal in each of their last 8 games in all competitions, and recorded just one shut-out in 12 away matches this season. Despite registering a blank on Wednesday night Spurs are still the fifth-highest scorers in the league, and with Kane as their only viable striking option plenty of managers will be putting their faith in him against the league’s worst defence (41 goals conceded in 21 league games).

Later in the day Man City’s game against Crystal Palace is another that looks to be a home banker. Palace have lost their way recently, failing to score in their last 4 Premier League matches. This run of games has produced draws with Bournemouth and Swansea and defeats to Chelsea and Aston Villa, all sides in the bottom half of the table. A visit to the league’s top scorers is the last thing they want, and the likes of Sergio Agüero (£13.2m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£10.9m) will be at the forefront of many managers’ thoughts when picking their captain this week. In defence, Bacary Sagna (£5.5m) could be a great addition to your team. With Palace struggling for goals a clean sheet is likely, Sagna likes to get forward to help out the attack too. He has 2 assists from his last 5 league matches and he’s picked up bonus points in 3 of those, racking up 31 Fantasy Football points from them.

The big game of the weekend, and arguably still the biggest fixture in English football, takes place on Sunday with Liverpool welcoming Manchester United to Anfield. Both sides played out thrilling 3-3 draws in midweek but are out of form, with Liverpool winning just 2 of their last 7 league games and Man United fairing even worse with 1 win in 8. Two players who caught the eye in midweek may be worth another look this weekend though. Roberto Firmino (£7.7m) bagged a brace against the league leaders and will fancy his chances of more goals, while Wayne Rooney (£9.9m) starred with 2 goals and assist at St James’ Park. He’s a player that has always tended to score in bursts, so another goal on Sunday would be no surprise.

Following on from that it’s Stoke City v Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium. This is a ground on which Arsenal have struggled over the years – they haven’t won here on any of their last 5 visits (2 draws and 3 defeats) and last season found themselves 3-0 down before half time. Marko Arnautovic (£6.7m) has 7 goals and 4 assists this season and has 4 goals from his last 5 home matches, so he could be a good addition to your midfield this week. For Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey (£8.1m) has 3 goals and 2 assists from his last 7 matches, and got one of each in the draw with Liverpool. He scored on this ground last season too, and there’s every opportunity that he gets on the scoresheet on Sunday against a team who haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 5 matches in all competitions.

Saturday
Tottenham v Sunderland
(BT Sport 1, 12.45pm)
Man City v Crystal Palace
Newcastle v West Ham
Southampton v West Brom
Bournemouth v Norwich
Chelsea v Everton
Aston Villa v Leicester
(Sky Sports 1, 5.30pm)

Sunday
Liverpool v Man Utd
(Sky Sports 1, 2.05pm)
Stoke v Arsenal
(Sky Sports 1, 4.15pm)

Gameweek 21 Preview – 12 January 2016

Gameweek 21 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365.

We have three fixtures tonight and seven tomorrow night, making up a full round of midweek fixtures and helping to compensate for the lack of Premier League action over the weekend.

From a Fantasy Football perspective the pick of tonight’s games could be Aston Villa v Crystal Palace, with the Palace players offering a good opportunity for you to pick up some points. Their away form is superb, with only Leicester and Tottenham defeating the Eagles on their travels this season. Tonight’s opponents have yet to win a home game this season and sit at the bottom of the Premier League table. Palace’s strikers haven’t been finding the net with any regularity this season though, so look to the midfielders to provide you with goals and assists. Wilfried Zaha (£5.3m) could be a shrewd choice – he played in a very advanced role in the FA Cup win at Southampton this weekend and scored the winning goal. At the back Wayne Hennessey (£4.1m) has taken over as first choice goalkeeper for Alan Pardew’s men. He has 3 clean sheets from his last 5 league appearances and has every chance of adding to that tally tonight. He could be a great option if you want to free up some funds for more expensive forward players.

Tomorrow night Chelsea face West Brom at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues somewhat rejuvenated since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal. They are undefeated in 5 games since the Special One left, securing 3 wins and 2 draws. They’ve scored 10 goals in those 5 matches and have kept 3 clean sheets in a row, so the visit of West Brom, a team who haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 1978, should hold no fears for them. A win could move them to within 3 points of the top half as they look to recover their season in the second half of the campaign. Kurt Zouma (£5.4m) seems to have established himself as a regular in the Chelsea defence, completing 90 minutes in 16 of the last 18 Premier League fixtures. Bearing in mind their impressive defensive record since Hiddink took over he could be a great pick. The outstanding player of Chelsea’s season though has been Willian (£7.1m). The Brazilian midfielder has 3 goals and 6 assists in the league this season, as well as 5 goals in 6 Champions League games. He’s also established himself in the starting line-up, and 4 assists and 1 goal have come from his last 4 league matches.

Man City v Everton is a game in which attacking players should star, with both teams less than convincing at the back. It’s 3 clean sheets from the last 15 league matches for City and 2 from 14 for Everton. The options are seemingly endless, with a whole host of star names to choose from. For the home side Agüero (£13.2m), Touré (£8.7m), De Bruyne (£10.9m), Sterling (£8.7m) and Silva (£10.0m) are all worth serious consideration, whilst for Everton Barkley (£7.4m), Deulofeu (£6.2m) and Lukaku (£9.3,m) continue to impress this season.

Over at Anfield league leaders Arsenal face a tough test of their title credentials. Liverpool’s form isn’t great, having won just 2 of their last 6 league games, but they seem to have reserved their best performances for the big matches under Klopp’s tenure so far. Having said that, Liverpool have an injury crisis at the back that’s got so bad that reports this morning suggest they are set to sign Steven Caulker on an emergency loan. Arsenal’s attacking talent will fancy their chances of goals, and the two standout performers are still Olivier Giroud (£9.2m), who has 10 goals and 2 assists from 20 Premier League games this season, and Mesut Özil (£10.0m) with 3 goals and 16 assists.

Finally, two teams with slightly more surprising ambitions of Champions League places for next season go head to head at White Hart Lane, with Tottenham hosting Leicester. The two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the FA Cup at the weekend, but that means for Leicester it’s now 4 games without a win. Jamie Vardy (£7.3m) is a doubt for tomorrow night’s match and hasn’t scored in his last 4 league games, whilst Riyad Mahrez (£7.2m) hasn’t scored in 3 and missed a penalty in his last match. Throughout Leicester’s excellent start to the season there have been doubts over their ability to sustain their performance levels and concerns over what would happen to them should the form of Vardy and Mahrez dip. This dip seems to be happening now and Tottenham will therefore be confident of securing the 3 points that would move them to within 1 point of tomorrow night’s opponents and potentially just 3 points from the top of the league if the Merseyside clubs can do them a favour against Arsenal and Man City. Alli (£5.4m) and Kane (£9.9m) are the men that can propel Spurs to victory here, with the two of them contributing 5 goals and 3 assists between them in the last 4 league games.

Don’t forget that a second wildcard has been allocated, and this can be used in the second half of the season. If your team is in need of wholesale changes to give you a chance of climbing the table it’s definitely worth considering.

Who should be in your fantasy stable before Cheltenham Festival 2016?

There are only a few months until the Cheltenham Festival kicks off, so if you haven’t thought about your fantasy league team yet then it’s time to start selecting your stable. The countdown to the event is definitely on, and excitement around one of the year’s biggest racing festivals is building every day, so if you want to get involved in a fantasy league there hasn’t been a better time to start. But if you’re unsure of the best horses and trainers to back, here are a few tips to help you choose your team or bet online this Cheltenham festival.

Of course the main race everyone will have their eye on this festival is Friday’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. Currently the bookies favourite to win the Gold Cup is last year’s runner up Djakadam, with odds of 4/1 if you bet online. Ridden by Ruby Walsh, the horse impressed many with his performance during the two-and-a-half-mile Grade One John Durkan Memorial Chase. Djakadam looked confident over all of the jumps, especially the final fence which allowed him to gain a 12 length lead on the final turn.

Another strong possibility to take the Cheltenham Gold Cup is Don Poli. The horse ridden by Bryan Cooper managed to scrape victory at the Betfred Lotto ‘£100K Cash Giveaway’ Chase after beating Many Clouds in a sprint from the final fence. Don Poli managed to win the RSA Chase at last year’s Cheltenham Festival and is now in the running to do the same in this year’s Gold Cup. If you bet online on him now, Betway currently have him as third favourite at 11/2. But if you want to put your money on an outside chance, you can find out all the odds and bet online at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival on the Betway website.

But when you play the fantasy leagues, every race is as important as the final headlining race of the festival. There are 28 races over the four days of the festival, so it can get complicated on choosing your dream stable for your fantasy league. One of the most open races of the Cheltenham Festival at the moment is the Champion Bumper race, with the bookies struggling to decide who is the most likely to win. If you bet online on the Betway website, you’ll find that four horses – Admiral Chief, Lucky Pass, Fulham Road and Some Neck – are all joint favourites at a very tempting 14/1. As this is the only race of the festival without any obstacles, this is one of the races where a good choice could really separate you from the rest of your fantasy league.

There is still a lot of time left for more horses and jockeys to stand out from the crowd as favourite for any of the 28 races. Some of the Irish entries will be racing for the last time just six weeks before the festival starts, so these odds could change massively after those races. But it’s a good idea to get your first draft down early so you know what horses to keep an eye on in the lead up to March’s Cheltenham Festival.

The best Fantasy Premier League goalkeepers

When it comes to fantasy football, you need to put plenty of focus into every player you pick, from the starting 11 to those players who will start on the bench. That’s definitely the case when it comes to selecting your goalkeeper, knowing getting it right in this area will hopefully result in a regular and impressive amount of points. Earning points for a number of factors, from saves made to goals conceded, it’s not just as simple as selecting the goalkeeper who plays for the best team in the league.

If your goalkeeper spends most games talking to members of the crowd while his team hammer a sixth goal past their opponents, he isn’t going to be bringing home the same sort of points as those keepers who are making five saves a game. And you only have to look at this year’s ratings to see just how unpredictable it is which keepers are going to be most profitable when selecting your teams at the start of the season.

There are plenty of ways to do research when it comes to picking your number-one. Say you enjoy playing pokies, players can often visit a single source for all their gaming needs. In fantasy football, though, you might have to visit a few different places in your search for the right fantasy goalkeeper. There are a number of different aspects to think about when selecting one of the most crucial pieces of your fantasy jigsaw. Here are some factors to weigh up when you’re picking your next goalkeeper.

Selection: There’s nothing worse than seeing one of your starting players on the bench in real life on a Saturday, and that’s even worse when it’s your goalkeeper. While you can’t predict a player’s loss of form, picking a goalkeeper who is the definite first choice at their club means you only really have to worry about injury keeping them out of action. It might be tough to tell whether or not a manager is going to suddenly change his mind and bring in a new goalkeeper, but in the main it’s unlikely a club’s established number one is going to be dropped out of the blue.

Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea (and Belgium) goalkeeper, in action against Paris Saint-Germain

Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea (and Belgium)” (CC BY 2.0) by Ben Sutherland

Penalty Saving: While goalkeepers are awarded a point for every three saves they make, five points are instantly rewarded for a saved penalty. This is something to consider when picking your first-choice shot-stopper. Last season saw West Ham goalkeeper Adrian join an elite group of players to have stopped three consecutive penalties, a feat Hull City’s Alan McGregor had achieved earlier in the campaign. There might be benefits to having David de Gea from Manchester United or Thibaut Courtois in your team but you have to think about how many penalties either of those two sides actually concede during a season.

Defences: Because most games aren’t going to involve a penalty, the best chance your goalkeeper has of bringing home regular points is through clean sheets. While the man between the posts has a big say in whether or not his team concede a goal during 90 minutes, the defenders in front of him could often have a bigger say. But while you want your keeper to have a defence that are going to keep him relatively protected, you want to find the balance that means your man is going to see enough action to rack up the points. This season, for example, Stoke’s Jack Butland and Watford’s Heurelho Gomes currently lead the goalkeeper points list – achieved playing for team’s that are mid-table.

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FISO Xmas 2015 Cryptic Crossword

Last year we uploaded a fiso cryptic crossword for Xmas 2014.

Here is fiso’s cryptic crossword for Xmas 2015 for you to print-out:

The Grid and
The Clues

It’s just for fun but if you want to email us a copy of your completed grid we will check for you.

Nearly all answers are sports or fantasy sports related.

The answers will be published in about 10 days. In the meantime use this forum topic for any queries.

Christmas/New Year Preview

Christmas/New Year Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365.

With three gameweeks taking place between now and the first week of the New Year, we’ll take a look at where you could win some crucial Fantasy Football points in these.

First up, Arsenal look to have a comfortable fixture list over the Christmas period. The Gunners are title favourites after their win against Manchester City last night, and have won their last 4 matches in all competitions. Their next three matches see them face Southampton (who have 1 draw and 5 defeats from their last 6 matches) away, followed by back to back home games against teams in the bottom half (Bournemouth and Newcastle). Maximum points from these games has to be the aim for Arsène Wenger’s men, and they know this will be enough to secure top spot moving into 2016 if Leicester drop points against Man City in their clash on 29 December. In the attacking third the standout options for Arsenal are still Olivier Giroud (£9.0m), who scored his tenth league goal of the season in last night’s win against Man City, and Mesut Özil, who assisted both goals last night and now has 2 goals and 15 assists from 16 league appearances this term. In goal Petr Cech (£5.7m) needs just one game without conceding a goal to take the outright record for Premier League clean sheets, and this should be well within his reach from the Christmas games. Hector Bellerín (£5.9m) could also be worth a look for your defence, taking into account the potential clean sheet points and his enthusiasm to join the Arsenal attacks. He scored 2 goals and claimed an assist last season and has also assisted 2 goals so far in this campaign.

On Boxing Day, Man City should have no problems in despatching Sunderland at the Etihad. City have won 14 of their last 16 home matches in the league, while Sunderland have lost 8 of their last 10 away. Sergio Agüero (£13.0m) is back to fitness and will be looking to get back amongst the goals in what has been a stop-start season for him. He’s only in 12.2% of Fantasy League teams now, so could make a real difference for you if you can find the funds to accommodate him. Tottenham v Sunderland is another game in which the home side will be strong favourites. Spurs have lost just one league game at White Hart Lane so far this season, and Saturday’s visitors have recorded just two away wins. It’s fourth from top against fifth from bottom, and Harry Kane (£9.7m) could be the man to fire your team up the table!

Finally, a mention for West Brom, who have an inviting set of fixtures coming up. The home defeat to Bournemouth last time out was their first defeat in five games, but their cause wasn’t helped by 2 red cards in that game. If they can keep all their players on the pitch they will fancy their chances of picking up points in their next three. They face Swansea away first, a side that have just 2 points from their last 7 games, then follow that up with home games against Newcastle and Stoke. The top half is well within reach for the Baggies if they can get a couple of wins from these matches. With Rondón suspended Saido Berahino (£5.9m) could well return to the starting line-up, and after scoring 14 goals last season and hitting 3 goals in 4 games earlier this season he could be a good selection if he can find some form. Meanwhile, Ben Foster’s continued absence makes Boaz Myhill (£4.8m) a reliable option in goal. The Welshman has 6 clean sheets to his name this season and is the fourth-best performing goalkeeper in the Fantasy Football game. In defence, Craig Dawson (£5.1m) is also picking up plenty of points, having appeared in every minute in the league this season for the Baggies and scoring 2 goals.

Saturday

Stoke v Man Utd

(12.45pm Sky Sports 1)

Chelsea v Watford

Liverpool v Leicester

Man City v Sunderland

Tottenham v Norwich

Swansea v West Brom

Aston Villa v West Ham

Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

Newcastle v Everton

(5.30pm BT Sport 1)

Southampton v Arsenal

(7.45pm BT Sport 1)

Monday

Crystal Palace v Swansea

Everton v Stoke

West Brom v Newcastle

Norwich v Aston Villa

Watford v Tottenham

Arsenal v Bournemouth

West Ham v Southampton

Man Utd v Chelsea

(5.30pm BT Sport 1)