Gameweek 17 preview of Fantasy Premier League

Gameweek 17 preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

On Saturday lunchtime Chelsea will be heavy favourites to extend their winning run to eleven consecutive league matches when they travel to Selhurst Park to face a Crystal Palace team who have won just one of their last ten. Despite their lowly position Palace are scoring plenty of goals, with only the top 4 in the league boasting a better attacking record this season. Their problems lie at the back, having conceded 31 goals in 16 league games. The Blues should be able to find plenty of opportunities to exploit and Diego Costa (£10.9m) is the man to do this. He’s the league’s top scorer and has terrorised defences much better than Palace’s this season. Cesc Fàbregas (£6.9m) could be an interesting pick in midfield; the Spaniard hasn’t had much of a look-in this season but has featured in all of Chelsea’s last three matches, scoring the winner against Sunderland last time out and grabbing an assist in each of the 2 games prior to that.

On Sunday there’s a huge game as fourth in the table Man City entertain the side one place and one point above them, Arsenal. Both sides’ strengths lie in their attacking talents so it’s a game that promises goals, and it’s players who are classed as midfielders rather than forwards who can be trusted to provide those crucial Fantasy Football points. David Silva (£8.7m) scored his first goal of the season against Watford on Wednesday evening to follow up the assist he got in the weekend defeat to Leicester. He has proved his quality time and again in the Premier League and now has 76 assists (that’s 228 Fantasy Football points from assists alone!) during his 5 and a half seasons in England. He’s in just 2.1% of Fantasy teams across the site, so if you draft him in you could be picking up points that others aren’t. Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) could go on to surpass Silva’s efforts once he has as many years under his belt in England. He got 10 assists in his Man City debut season last year and racked up his 10th assist of this campaign on Wednesday night against Watford. He also has 9 Premier League goals to his name and is due another having gone 10 games without. Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez (£11.8m) is the top Fantasy Football points-scorer with 122 so far in this campaign. The fact that he’s classed as a midfielder despite playing in the central striking role for a team who are chasing the title will help to ensure this continues throughout the season, and he’s looking to be the essential player to have in your team.

Tottenham’s home game against Burnley gives Harry Kane a chance to redeem himself for those managers who captained him against Hull in midweek. He didn’t manage to claim any goals or assists despite his team running out 3-0 winners in that one, but he’s still their main attacking threat and scored 5 goals in his last 3 league appearances at White Hart Lane before that game. Just behind him Christian Eriksen (£8.5m) has found some form, scoring 5 goals and assisting 2 in his last 4 league appearances. At the back you can take your pick from the Spurs players as the league’s best defence come up against a side who have lost 7 and drawn 1 of their last 8 away fixtures in all competitions, scoring just once in that run.

There’s a Monday night fixture this week and it’s a massive one to round off the games before Christmas. The Merseyside Derby is always explosive and Goodison Park will be rocking as Everton look to build on their midweek victory over Arsenal. Everton have scored in each of their last 11 home league games while Liverpool have failed to score in just 2 of their 20 games in all competitions this season, so it’s another game in which you can expect attackers to come out on top. Divock Origi (£6.8m) has scored in each of Liverpool’s last 5 fixtures and is hard to ignore in this kind of form, while in midfield Adam Lallana (£7.2m) has come back with a bang from injury, scoring 3 and assisting 1 in his last 2 appearances. The home side are heavily-reliant on Romelu Lukaku (£9.4m) for goals, with the Belgian scoring 9 times in the league this season.

To finish off, one Fantasy Football pick from each of the remaining fixtures:

Middlesbrough v Swansea – Calum Chambers (£4.4m)
Stoke v Leicester – Ryan Shawcross (£4.9m)
Sunderland v Watford – Jermain Defoe (£7.8m)
West Ham v Hull – Michail Antonio (£6.7m)
West Brom v Man United – Salomón Rondón (£6.5m)
Bournemouth v Southampton – Benik Afobe (£5.6m)

Best of luck for this weekend, and we’ll bring you another update next week.