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.


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)


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)