Fantasy Premier League GW19/20 – All You Need to Know
Christmas is just around the corner and that means just one thing for us fantasy football fans – plenty of Premier League action to follow over the festive period! Below you’ll find the Gameweek 19 and 20 (GW19 and GW20) starting lineup for the Free Super Tips Fantasy Premier League team, candidates for the captain’s armband, and some other potential transfer options worth consideration.
With two gameweeks coming up in short succession, making transfers for the long term are more important than ever, and the number of goals from GW18’s Premier League action has sparked some new interest in a few of the lesser-owned players. Crystal Palace extended their streak to unbeaten in seven in the Premier League with a 3-0 win against Leicester City, Huddersfield clocked their biggest win yet with a 4-1 thrashing of Watford, and West Ham continued their charge up the table with a 3-0 win at Stoke, so who should you be looking into for the upcoming matches?
Team FST Gameweek 19 and 20 Line-up
GW19 Deadline – 22nd Dec 18:45
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GW20 Deadline – 26th Dec 11:30
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FST – Captain
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £10.3m
Manchester City are running riot at the top of the Premier League and Kevin De Bruyne has arguably played the most important role in their success. No other Premier League player has created as many chances (56) or provided as many assists (10) – teammates Leroy Sane and David Silva (both 8 assists) follow close behind – and the Belgian has only failed to produce either a goal or an assist in 26% of his last 15 Premier League outings. No team seems to be able to stop Pep Guardiola’s best XI at the minute, so giving him the captain’s armband against Bournemouth and Newcastle over the next two gameweeks looks to be a no-brainer!
Other GW19 and GW20 Captain Alternatives
Mohammed Salah (Liverpool) – £10.0m
Is there anybody better than Mohammed Salah in the Premier League at the moment? Salah has adjusted back to life in England with ease and his goal against Bournemouth last weekend kept him 2 goals ahead of Harry Kane as the Premier League’s top goalscorer. Salah has now played a role in a massive 17 of Liverpool’s 38 goals this season (14 goals 3 assists) and is the top-ranked FPL midfielder for shots in the box and shots on target, so if Liverpool score 2 or more, expect him to be involved at least once! Given we like Liverpool’s chances against Arsenal and Swansea, he’d be another top choice for captaincy.
Harry Kane (Spurs) – £12.8m
Even though Kane struggled to get much going against Man City last weekend, after three 20+ goal seasons in the Premier League, there’s really no doubting what he can be capable of. Kane is the best forward in terms of total FPL points so far this season – though he is also the most expensive – and his most valuable asset is that when he does find the back of the net, he tends to bring those coveted bonus points with him. He’s earned 16 of these so far this season – the joint 2nd highest number in FPL – and favourable fixtures against Burnley (A) and Southampton (H) should see him have ample opportunity to add to this tally.
Wayne Rooney (Everton) – £7.6m
Needless to say that Everton didn’t have the best start to the season, but a revival under Big Sam has drawn our attention to the Toffees once again. Everton look a much more rounded team, with Wayne Rooney being a core cog in play going forward. The former-England international has scored six goals and assisted three over his last five Premier League outings – in part thanks to his role on penalties – and has taken a tidy 12 bonus points in the process – he’s now ahead of the likes of Harry Kane on that count. Given Everton’s form (W5 and D1 from last 6), we like their chances against Chelsea (H) and the Baggies (A) over the coming week.
FST – Ones to Watch
Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £7.9m
Paul Pogba returns to contention for Manchester United’s festive schedule after his three-match ban. Before this the Frenchman was in fantastic FPL form, clocking three goals and seven assists from eight starts, an average of 7 points per match – only midfielders Salah (7.5ppm) and Coutinho (7.3ppm) did better over the same number. Pogba’s influence in Jose Mourinho’s team is well known, and his 44% involvement rate in goals when on the pitch is higher than any other team mate! First up for United over GW19 and GW20 are Leicester City, who have allowed the 3rd most shots (121) in home matches this season!
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £9.3m
With Aaron Ramsey injured and Alexis Sanchez struggling to rekindle last season’s form, Ozil looks the go-to option into the Gunners’ midfield at the minute. He’s clocked three goals and five assists over his last nine starts and his performance last weekend against Newcastle saw him produce the second most goalscoring chances (8) in any match this season – only bettered by Kevin De Bruyne (9) in GW 14. Though Liverpool should prove tricky opponents on Friday, the Gunners have shown ruthless form at the Emirates, scoring 22 goals and created 33 big chances – numbers bettered only by Manchester City (32 goals and 46 big chances).
Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) – £6.2m
It’s hard to fault Manchester City this season, least of all their defense, which has come on leaps and bounds since their 2016/17 campaign. Center back Nicolas Otamendi has become a permanent fixture in Guardiola’s back line, playing the full 90 minutes in all but two of City’s matches this season, and there’s almost no chance he will be rotated given their current defensive injury crisis. His intimidating presence from set pieces gives him huge attacking potential too – he’s scored 4 goals already this season – and with all of City’s next four gameweeks being rated 2 or lower on the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR), he has plenty of potential for clean sheets too.
Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield) – £5.3m
Huddersfield’s run of favourable fixtures over the festive period means that the modest fee on Australian Aaron Mooy should be money well spent. The Terriers’ playmaker returned to the scoresheet with a brace last weekend against Watford and upcoming matches against Southampton and Stoke City should give him ample opportunity to build on from this. Mooy has scored or assisted in 31% of Huddersfield’s goals this term and his monopoly on set-pieces is key to his appeal – he’s the designated penalty, free kick and corner taker.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – £5.4m
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has become a permanent fixture upfront for Everton, and the young striker is starting to prove himself as one of the most lucrative bargains for FPL managers. As mentioned above, we like Everton’s chances against Chelsea and West Brom over the next days, and Calvert-Lewin’s underlying statistics should mean there’s a lot of potential in him for these matches too. He’s recorded 2 goals, 3 assists and 3 bonus points over his last six Premier League outings, and with Everton’s form on the up, he should prove a decent long term investment for just a fraction of your budget at £5.4m.